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Created by Love

horizonThe Bible tells us that God created the world. If you believe the Bible contains the truth of God, such a statement is enough for you. However, if you do not believe the Bible contains the truth of God, then you may be more skeptical about such a statement.Consider with me a few things about the world in which we live and why there may be more rational and logical reasons for entertaining the idea that there is a Creator God.

Consider the various species of animals and plants that exist in our world. Now consider the wide range of environments to which those diverse species of animals and plants are fitted. The intricate diversity and simultaneous specificity shows us an expansive wonder within our world. While some may take this in itself as a rationale for a Creator God, this is not necessarily the case. Some would argue from a naturalistic perspective that the self-contained processes within creation have developed what we recognize as uniquely fitted environments and species within our world.

Now, let’s take it a step further. Consider the expanse of the universe that we have come to understand, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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||40days|| week four: listen in Creation

Our ||40days|| journey through Lent continues this fourth week with attention to our theme: ‘listen’. In previous weeks, we have looked at the journey of Lent, the need to acknowledge things in our lives, and then to turn from them.

Today, with the focus on listening to God, we look at listening to God in Creation. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 19:1:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

The psalmist tells us that skies actually speak of God’s glory. Look out the window right now, if you have the chance. Take a look at the endless blue that stretches over your head. If there are clouds, consider the intricacies of light and shadow that are merely a conglomeration of condensed moisture floating on the air currents. See the tops of trees that scratch the skies with their outstretched limbs. Each of these elements of nature speak forth God’s power and creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Saturday Prayer 45

All around me in the natural world, I see reminders of who You are, oh God.
Every season reveals Your person and glory.

In the beauty of deep skies,
in the variegated contrasting colors of falling leaves,
in the slanting shadows of autumn’s sunlight

All these things remind me that You are here
ever and always
You are God unchanging
in Your creativity and power

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in prayers

 

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Question: the image of God

Here’s a question for you that I’d like your insights, questions, or wonderings about.

In Genesis 1:26-27, we read these words:

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

What do you think it means to be made in the image of God?

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Questions

 

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Summer Praising God

Here in Wisconsin it seems that summer has finally arrived…just in time for the July 4th weekend. The sun’s brilliance floods the earth, the skies are etched with lazy clouds, and the temperatures bring more than a little warmth to our bodies.

Periodically in Scripture we are reminded of the truth that all of creation praises its Creator, the Lord:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech…Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-2, 4)

Let all creation rejoice before the LORD (Psalm 96:13).

Psalm 148 puts this in interesting terms, describing how two spheres of creation declare God’s praise. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Scripture reflections

 

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What Most Clearly Reveals the Power of God?

I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God. (Romans 1:16)

When we consider the power of God, we may think of a variety of things.

We may think of the ferocious winds during this past week that tangled trees in utility wires, peeled weak walls off buildings and fueled white caps on Lake Michigan.

We may think of the majestic Rocky mountains with their craggy grandeur thrust up in the middle of our nation.

We may think of our sun, shining down upon us day after day from a distance of roughly 93 million miles, creating adequate warmth for us here on earth even though it rages at 9,941 degrees Fahrenheit. [1]

We may think of God’s power when we consider that our solar system represents one of at least 200 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, which is merely one of roughly 80 billion galaxies that we know of in the observable universe. [2]

The magnitude and creativity of God’s power is immense and difficult to comprehend. But when Paul talks about God’s power, he says that the Gospel is the power of God.

So, the question I am left to consider is how does the Gospel reveal the power of God?

We read earlier in Romans 1 that it is the Gospel of “God’s Son” (1:9), that is, “Jesus Christ our Lord” (1:4). In 1 Corinthians, Paul says that the Gospel seems like foolishness but to us being saved it is actually the power of God (1 Cor 1:8). He goes on to say:

21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God. (1 Cor 1:21-24)

You see, for all the wonders of God’s immense power and creativity that we see in the natural world, the greatest display of His power, the greatest unveiling of His creative wonders is found in Jesus Christ. Paul writes about God’s power being revealed in Jesus:

6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,

This is how we most clearly see the power of God in the world: the good news of a crucified Savior. The Gospel is the power of God.


[1] NASA web-site, “Sun Fact Sheet,” http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/sunfact.html ; accessed: 10/29/10.

[2] Wikipedia, “Milky Way,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way; accessed: 10/29/10.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2010 in Discipleship

 

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Lost in Wonder

Have you stopped recently to look at the little things of God’s Creation?

I was walking around the neighborhood yesterday morning with my 4-month-old baby, David, in a baby carrier. A light morning mist was falling but it was that slightly warm, humid air that makes you comfortable even when a bit wet.

David held onto my fingers and I looked at the tiny fingers that were constantly moving: rubbing, gripping, grabbing, reaching. The tiny parts of each finger: dimpled knuckles, tender baby skin, raindrop-sized fingernails. All the wonders of these small fingers planned, designed, and put together by God.

I felt the mist against my cheeks, and heard the song of a robin on a tree nearby. I thought about these little things that I so often do not notice. And I thought about how these wonders (how does rain fall in bigger or smaller drops?, why does a bird even make such interesting noises?) are all made by the creative hand of God.

Reflecting on it now, I think of one of my favorite statements in the Bible: “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way” (Genesis 1:31).

Even in the busyness of life – whether work or school or relationships – it is good to stop in wonder before God’s creation.

When was the last time you took time to be lost in wonder before all the little things that God has so excellently made?

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2005 in My Spiritual Journey

 

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