Author: David

Genesis 1 – Creation

I have been really reflecting the last couple of days on the first two verses in Genesis, the first book of the bible. I guess I never really realized that water was not “officially” created by God. If you look at the text literally, God created the heavens and the earth – the earth was formless and void (“empty” in the NIV) and then the Spirit hovered over the waters… If the earth was empty, then when did the waters come into the scene? I have been told by some that the water mentioned here symbolizes the chaos of darkness. But if we look at this as symbolism then we have stopped looking at it literally… Now we have to look at the whole context as metaphoric as opposed to literal text. For this passage which interpetation is correct? This is where I stand, what do you think? No tags for this...

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Struggling with sin

I have been thinking through a lot of things lately. Most of them have to do with my commitment to God and how that relates to my faith in God. Just this morning, I found myself asking “If I truly believe in God and all He has and is doing for and with me, Why do I fight Him for control?” What is it in me that fights so hard against allowing God to lead me in the direction He would have me to go? One word comes to mind-SIN. I know that sounds like a “religious” answer, but ultimately that is what it leads back to. If I look at the times when I feel farthest from God, it is amazingly consistent with the times that I am focused more on myself and what I need alone and not necessarily what those around me need. Moving forward I need to be more like Jesus, who is the perfect model of God on Earth. I should strive to live my life the way Jesus lived his. In service, first to God and then to others and then to self. Even Jesus asked people for housing or food when he had need. But only after the needs of others were considered as well. Interesting things to think about… No tags for this...

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Faith and Committment

I think one of the most exciting tihngs to see these days is a group of Jesus-Followers that are really excited and committed to following Jesus at any cost. What is unfortunate is how hard they are to find. Many people, including many found in churches across America, have what I like to refer to as a “wimpy faith.” They see thier faith as nothing more than “fire insurance.” This “I’m not going to Hell” crowd has what they want and does not see any reason to go further with thier faith. Talk about selfish and self-centered. That kind of mindset screams hypocrisy. Faith is not about being saved from hell and that’s it. Faith, as the Book Of James puts it, is not faith without some kind of response. Think about the wind. You can not see the wind but you can see the affect the wind has on the trees. Faith is the same way. You can not see faith but you can see the evidence of true faith through the actions of those who truly believe. Some one with a “Wimpy Faith” is not going have anything to show for it. At that point, I would challenge them on the validity of that so-called faith. But then there is the other extreame. Those who are all about keeping the traditions and every single part of the...

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Puzzling Design

Genesis 50:18-20Then his brothers came and bowed low before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. Devotional: I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the patience for puzzles. Especially those large 500 or 1000 piece puzzles. My wife, on the other hand, loves them. She loves to challenge herself with the types of puzzles that have repeating patterns or lots of different images within them. Whenever I think of her taking on one of these challenges, it reminds me of the story of Joseph and his relationship with our Heavenly Father. Joseph’s life can seen as a confusing puzzle, filled with lots of dark and light images; favored by his father Jacob, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, granted top servant status in Potipher’s house, thrown in jail accused of attempted rape, released from jail and eventually elevated to second in command of all Egypt. I could understand how Joseph would question why God had designed his “puzzle” with these pieces. But Joseph just continued to trust that the One who created the “puzzle”...

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Life, What’s The Point?

Ecclesiastes 12:13Now all has been heard: here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and Keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.Think about this:Ever wonder what the purpose of your life is? Why did God create you an place you on this planet? It is a question that we all struggle with in our life and Ecclesiastes 12:13 gives us guidence toward discovering what our mission is in this life.Fear God and keep His commandments; seems pretty simple, but what does that really mean? How does that look in 2004?The best place to start is with yourself and how you relate to the Almighty. Do you fear God? Not fear in the sense of “you’re going to Hell” but more along the lines of respecting and revering the one who created you and gave you life. What should our response be to the Great Designer and Creator? Humility, awe, respect, and a willingness to serve are just a few things that come to mind. A spirit of worship that communicates to our Father that we are committed to honoring Him above all else and willing to sacrifice all that we hope and dream for the life He has laid out for us in advance. Who better to plan your life than the one who created you and knows you better than yourself? Think about...

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