Thursday, February 23, 2017

World view vs Biblical view pt4

     How are you seeing, by the world's view or a biblical view?  The world says that we got here by an accident called the "Big bang theory".  Scientists have tried to prove for centuries that there was no creation, that everything we see in the universe was just a chance encounter of chemical romance.  That the right chemical components just happened to meet up and create everything around us, including us.  Sounds a little ridiculous, right?  That's why it's labeled a theory.
     They don't want to believe that an all-powerful God had anything to do with their existence, because then they'd have to be accountable to that same God for all that they've done, or haven't done while here on earth.
     God wants you to know about a different "bang" that took place.  The Bible says that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen 1:1).  The infallible word of God tells that God created everything, and it wasn't by chance.  The Apostle Paul wrote that "by Him (God) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth...all things were created through Him" (Colossians 1:16).
     The Bible also says that we should all "fear the Lord," and "stand in awe of Him," because "He spake, and it was done.  He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 3:8-9).
     Take time today to pay to God and thank Him for all His creation.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Newest review for Written in Blood

Feb 09, 2017 Ariel C rated it: 5*s  it was amazing          
Thrilling crime read!

Very fast paced, unpredictable, clean crime fiction.
None of the extreme violence or unnecessary profanities typical of the crime genre.
Intensely powerful character voices just jump off the pages, desperate to tell their story.

John and Ken are both such versatile great 3D characters.
No cardboard cut outs of "good/bad cop".
John has an almost paternal air about him and his faith adds to this element.
Ken is a fascinating and complex character.

Brilliant writing from Nathan Bush, with fabulous use of the unforeseen twist just before the end.
Written in Blood would make a great movie or tv series, likely to appeal to fans of Chicago P.D & Law & Order.

Wolrdly view vs Biblical view pt 3

     How do you see things, through the world's view or a Biblical viewpoint?  Have you ever had somebody do something to you that really hurt or annoyed you?  How did you respond?  The world says "don't get mad, get even."  Most times when someone has wronged us, our natural instinct is to strike back.  Either immediately, or after some careful planning for the perfect counterattack.
     Satan loves to see people fighting, and it doesn't matter what it's about.  If the devil can keep us at odds with one another, it distracts us from what really matters in life, and we won't be focused on what he's planning or doing.
     God, however, has a different approach for dealing offenders and retribution.  The Bible says to "avenge not yourselves...for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.'" (Rom 12:19)  God will always have the perfect punishment to fit the crime, whether it's now, or in the future.  He's been doing it a lot longer than we have, so let God be in control of doling out justice.
     Take time today to pray and ask God to help you take control of your "I'll get even with you" attitude.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

World view vs Biblical view pt2

     How do you look at things?  Do you have a World view or a Biblical view?  The world says that "whoever has the most toys wins".  From the time we are able to understands our wants and desires, we are set upon by advertisers to get the newest, most improved, best ever, whatever.  It doesn't matter what it is, we think we just have to have it.  And for the majority of us, we try to do just that.  Whether its a new electronic device, the latest fashion designs, or the most impressive new car, we want more and better stuff.  Some of us have so much stuff that we need to get a bigger house to hold it all.  But then what?  We get more stuff and fill up the bigger, newer house!
     However, the Bible teaches a completely different philosophy.  The Bible teaches that you need to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matt 6:24).  All the temporary treasure we can gather here on earth are just momentary pleasures compared to the eternal riches we will receive when we lay our crowns at Jesus' feet.  And these crowns can only be obtained by doing God's work here on earth.
     Don't let worldly treasure seeking take the place of the treasures that could be waiting for you in heaven.  Take time today to pray to God and ask Him to help you be a heavenly treasure seeker.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Which view do you hold?

     Do you ever stop to think about how different our world is from what God actually wanted it to be?  When God created the world, He wanted a place that was perfect for us, a heaven on earth homeland.  He wanted a world filled with god-fearing people.  A people who would give Him the love and worship He deserves.  A people that cares more for others than themselves.  He wanted a people that would reflect His nature, character and attitude.
     Somewhere along the way, sin came in and corrupted "all that was good" (Gen 1:31).  So, instead of a 'what can I do for you' kind of people, we area 'what's in it for me' kind of people.
     As I post over the next few weeks, I want to examine some World views and Biblical views, then you can decide which view you hold.  Stay tuned.