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Today's Creation Moment

Not-So-Smart Irritation
Psalm 119:11
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
I am completely relaxed. I have my work under control. I have a cup of coffee with me. And Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is playing in the background. Then there is an ugly sound. It is a pinging...


Study Shows Americans Are Spiritually Hungry

2 Timothy 1:13
"Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."

Image: peopleA poll conducted by George Gallup reveals some alarming trends in Americans' religious thinking. First, the good news is that more than 80 percent of Americans desire to grow spiritually. Secondly, Christian religion continues to show wide popularity, with church attendance remaining steady over the last half century.

As One Approved

2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Image: Teenage boy reading BibleWhen you come up against a Christian who believes in evolution, your conversations with him will be qualitatively different from the conversations that you might have with an unbeliever. It can be very frustrating and even depressing to encounter a Christian who says that he believes the Bible but does not believe the literal truth of what the Bible teaches in Genesis 1.

Much Study

Ecclesiastes 12:12b
“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”

Image: Man studying BibleThere is a time and a place to defend your faith. Scripture tells us that we are always to be ready to give that defense to someone who asks us the reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). But what if the questioner is not interested in asking about the hope?

The Robots Are Coming

Genesis 1:26-27
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Everybody’s scariest monsters would be robots. I remember as a little boy, in November 1968, hiding behind the couch while watching Doctor Who – The Invasion. I was enthralled as the Cybermen (cybernetic robots) emerged from London’s sewers to take over the world!

Abel Saved by Faith

Hebrews 11:6
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

We have talked before about Cain and Abel, and we have seen how Cain’s offering was rejected because it was his attempt to get right with God by his own power. We have also seen how Abel’s offering was acceptable because it was the necessary blood sacrifice to atone Artist rendering of Able's offering for sin. 

God: Natural or Supernatural

Genesis 1:31a
"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good."

C.S. Lewis suggested that those who deny the supernatural can still believe in a god of sorts. He said:

The Beginning of Wisdom

Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

What arrogance to tell someone that he is a fool! How much more arrogant, if that man is a highly educated, highly qualified scientist, with a string of degrees and doctorates to his name. Such a man might think that he has the right to comment on the existence, or rather the non-existence, of God, and that his Antique Bible on a tableintellectual superiority will be sufficient to convince his hearers.

Something New Under the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

There are some who think that the book of Ecclesiastes is a depressing book. The writer—an old man, called Qohelet (the Preacher)—seems to be musing on a life of achievement, that he now thinks is meaningless.

A Lesson from an Hourglass

Genesis 5:5,8
Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died….Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died….

Calculating the age of the earth, from empirical data, requires presuppositions. The scientists, who calculate the age of rocks using, for example, uranium-lead dating, are intelligent people, and completely capable of performing careful experiments. Their care, coupled with their technology, means that they make highly accurate measurements of the amounts of uranium and lead.

Is the Earth Flat?

Isaiah 40:22
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

A number of Christians have, in the last couple of years, posted articles and YouTube videos, and even published books, stating that the Earth is not a sphere, but is flat.

What Is the Matter, My Lord?

Ephesians 5:6a
Let no man deceive you with vain words…

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is a famous scene where Hamlet is talking to Polonius. Hamlet – for various reasons too complicated to go into now – is feigning madness. Polonius finds him reading a book, and asks “What do you read, my Lord?” Hamlet answers “Words, words, words.”

When Did God Create Angels?

Job 38:7
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

One question that I get asked a lot, after my talks, is “When did God create angels?” It is a fair question. Angels are created beings, so it is fair to ask when God made them. The assumption in many people’s minds is that God must have made them before the Creation Week. However, this idea does not seem tenable.

Heavens, Earth and Everything

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

What exactly did God create? How much of everything did He create? An impression is sometimes given, by those who want to accept long, deep timescales, that there is much in the universe, which is just going on and on, and has gone on since eternity past.

Approaching Genesis

Genesis 1:1a
In the beginning God…

What are your thoughts as you start reading the book of Genesis?

Visitors from Mars

Job 19:23-24
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

It must have been pretty disconcerting for many people, who heard the famous Orson Welles 1938 radio adaptation of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds. The radio play was made to sound like an actual news broadcast. Apparently, there was widespread panic among the listening audience, who were sure that they were learning about invaders from Mars.

Evolution: A Student Car

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

When I was a university student in the late 70s and early 80s, few students had cars. One of the young men that I shared accommodation with was one of the lucky few. Student cars of that era were infamous! My friend’s car fit into this category. When the fender fell off, he tied it back on with  Evolution: A Student Carstring.

Should We Teach Our Children Evolution?

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

In creation ministries, such as this, we are very eager that people should see the fallacies and the lack of a good scientific basis for evolutionism. Instead, we point people to the factual basis for science, found in the pages of God’s Word. It is particularly important that we do not allow our children to be indoctrinated by the godlessness of secular philosophies. It is for reasons such as this, that many parents prefer their children to be educated in Christian schools, or to be homeschooled.

The Most Offensive Verse

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

I recently recorded a Creation Moments program about the Trinity, as reflected in the first verse of the Bible. My reason for revisiting this matter is for two reasons. 1. I read a blog, entitled “Genesis 1:1 – the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible”, and 2. A recent visit from religious people to my door.

Which Way the Wind Blows

John 3:7-8
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

As I sat in my office, to write this program, the wind was howling outside. We have some idea, today, of why the wind blows, as the atmosphere contains shifting areas of high and low pressure. However, the direction of the wind is not simply from high to low – other factors, such as the rotation of the Earth, are also important.

Three in One in Genesis

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

One of the most fundamental doctrines about the nature of God is the doctrine of the Trinity. This primary doctrine states that there is only one Being called God. At the same time, we find in the Bible that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all described as God, and as Persons in their own right. Therefore, God is One Being, yet Three Persons.

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