Evolution vs. God

Nearly 40 minutes of some of the most fascinating questions and answers about what we all think about: Who Am I? How Did I Get Here? And if I am an Atheist, Why Do I Work So Hard to Believe that There is no God?

Ray Comfort is one the best public apologists and evangelists of our day. In this presentation of live interview on the UCLA campus, Ray questions both students and professors who believe that there is no God – based on “fact.” By the time he is finished questioning them, he shows them that not only is Evolution a false belief system that denies the existence of God, but that God does exist and sent his Son, Jesus. This presentation can be purchased at this website for $2 each if you buy 10 or more, to give away to friends who do not know Christ because they think that God does not exist and that Evolution is the Truth.

http://www.evolutionvsgod.com/

Enjoy!

Wisdom for another year: Rest in God’s Sovereignty, #10 of 10.

Wisdom says,

“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.     All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.      Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.                                The LORD has made everything for it’s purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble . .  The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.                            The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” Proverbs 16:1-4, 9b; 21:1

Notice a few things from God’s Word:

1. God’s control of all things does not nullify your plans and work. But his control does trump your plans and work in such a way that what you plan to do never takes place outside of his complete control of your life.

2. If that is true, your heart will either cynically say, “then it doesn’t matter what I do,” or it will joyfully say, “then I will work and plan, trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment of his will upon my life.”

3. All evil in the world is under God’s control to corral it to the day of judgement. He turns the heart of the most wicked dictator in whatever direction that serves the ultimate goal to magnify King Jesus as the true King of kings and Lord of lords. And if the most powerful dictator in the world can easily be man-handled by God, then all the power-brokers and suits and CEO’s in the world are no challenge; even mothers who sit on their influential thrones ruling over PTA meetings and community boards, demanding their “rights” while not loving Jesus and submitting their lives to his Lordship will also come face to face with his Majesty.

The Lord said through Joshua,

Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle. For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses” – Joshua 11:18-20.

In the full scope of Scripture and Salvation history, lovers of Jesus Christ can rest in God’s control of evil in the world. Evil will not win the day in the end. God is not creating fresh evil in innocent hearts, but he is seeing to it that opposition to his gospel will only serve to prove that you cannot oppose God, thinking that your rebellion will undermine his rule. All opposition to Jesus Christ will only serve the ultimate goal of exalting his Authority over all things, including evil.

This solid truth does not cause apathy, but rather peaceful consolation in the hearts of those who follow Christ. All fussiness and fretfulness of living in an evil world is put to rest.

Wisdom for another Year: “2014 Desiring God Pastor’s Conference,” #9 of 10.

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This is a pic of our gang from Grace Community Church in the background on the steps, with John Piper in the foreground getting his picture taken with another attendee. We thought it best to just get a pic with pastor John like this.

Have you noticed that wisdom comes in short snippets of truth? (read Proverbs)

This year’s theme was focused on our Union with Christ, as John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, Paul Tripp, Jared Wilson, and Michael Horton each taught and reminded us of what we have in Christ. As a forgiven sinner, I am “in Christ” as Paul says so many times in his letters, and Christ is “in me” (John 15). This is what it means to be a Christian: my identity is in Christ and not in my past sins, my failures, or even my achievements. My life is “hidden in Christ.”  I am in Christ and Christ is in me. We are inseparable for eternity. Christ will not, indeed, he cannot exist without me, being united to me in his baptism, death, burial, and resurrection, as he cannot exist without being who he is as the Bridegroom of his elect Church. Christ’s Church was wedded to him before the creation of the world. The Church, the elect of the Father for his Son, was a transaction that permanently united me to Christ: Faith did not save me – Christ saved me, by faith. All that I have is in Christ! What a peaceful, joyful – even loving place to dwell, safe in the arms of Christ.

John Piper is fond of saying, “sometimes a sentence, or a word in a sentence opens your eyes to see new things in Christ.” As these men opened God’s Word to us, here are some tidbits of wisdom from their bible teaching – Enjoy!

“The Fall [into sin] shows us how weak we are. It doesn’t take much to destroy us. Clearly, man is not very strong” – Jared Wilson

“Pastoring a church can be summarized with two goals: you are to persuade those who are under the dominion of sin that they are. And you are to persuade those who are no longer under the dominion of sin that they are not” – a paraphrase of John Owen by Sinclair Ferguson.

“Jesus was baptized [identified] into my sin in the Jordan, so that I may receive his baptism [identification] of righteousness by faith” – Sinclair Ferguson

“False religion is like a man who runs up an escalator that is coming down to him. God must come down to you – you cannot run up to God” – Michael Horton

“What do you think about when you have nothing to think about? For Paul, his mind drifted to “in Christ” as the most pleasurable place to rest” – Sinclair Ferguson

“The Church needs not new programs but new people who know what it means to be “in Christ'” – Sinclair Ferguson

“Satan is The Identity Theft. He steals who we are in Christ” – Sinclair Ferguson

“If Christ indwells them [your brothers and sisters in Christ], then do not be slow to embrace them” – Sinclair Ferguson

“There is no Union with Christ apart from the communion with the saints. The hand cannot be connected to the head apart from the arm” – Sinclair Ferguson

“Pray that you will always desire to know more of the fullness of Christ (Eph 3). We all live at levels of dissatisfaction with what we know about Christ – you know, and yet, you don’t know what more there is to know” – John Piper

“Like Hudson Taylor, sometimes you need to stop praying and start receiving that which you are praying for – Jesus is standing right in front of you with what you ask – RECEIVE IT – IT’s YOURS!!” – John Piper

“Don’t judge a person by their present place of sanctification, but by the distance they have traveled to get where they are” – Sinclair Ferguson quotes John Owen