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Friday, May 15, 2009

Horse and colt (Photo by Brenda Harry)
Horse and Colt
(Photo by Brenda Harry)

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"Formed At God's Command"

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3).

What was your wakeup call this morning?  I remember when we lived in Northern Pennsylvania the Christian radio station played an upbeat child-like song, "It's Time to Get Up, It's Time to Get Up, It's Time to Get Up in the Morning."  It got a little old, but it did the job. 

Well, what would be an appropriate tune to awaken you if your surroundings were not just planet earth, but Outer Space? How about "God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are holy, holy.  The universe declares Your majesty, You are holy, holy.  Lord of heaven and earth."  That was the wake up tune for the astronauts aboard the space shuttle this morning!

Here on planet earth, specifically in the southern region of Pennsylvania we've been getting wonderful rains in our area and it rained again last night making it extremely green outside. Today it is supposed to clear off and I expect I will have some heavy duty mowing later this afternoon.  What a joy to look outside and see all the little creatures going about their business including a squirrel cleaning up after the birds this morning. I express praise to the God of creation! "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3).

Ken Ham of Answers in GenesisSo many have either rejected or never learned the Biblical teaching concerning our origins nor about God who created all things.  Last night I heard Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, speak at a banquet here in Lancaster County. He made this powerful point concerning Biblical history, specifically the often maligned early chapters of Genesis.  If the history of the Bible is not true (as many contend) then what assurance do we have that the Gospel of Christ, based on that history is itself true. That is a powerful question!  He asserts that too many in the church have succumbed to compromise in this regard and points out that compromise unrefuted in one generation brings even greater compromise in each succeeding generation. That is easily observable!

I have a firm, unwavering belief in the Genesis creation account in spite of the relentless assault of modernism. I am aware that many mock my view and would call me a simpleton. (A typical template of the secular mindset is to characterize those holding a Biblical viewpoint as being uninformed, simple-minded, uneducated and hateful.)

But I believe the Genesis account forms an inviolable foundation for God's redemption plan.  I am also aware that there are those who make a profession of faith in Christ, yet concede to the shifting whims of the world on this issue, asserting the creation account is really not that important to their faith.  Many Christians may not be aware of the excellent resources available defending the Biblical record.* Sadly, still others seem more interested in being admired and esteemed by the world than contending for Biblical truth.  Most of us want to avoid a confrontational conversation and find ourselves remaining quiet even when we don't agree with one's position.

Today, I encourage you, wherever you live, to observe the beautiful creation of God. "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3). Take some extra time to observe the often overlooked blessings of God's creation today and give praise to our God who blesses and rules the universe.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily Prayer:  The skies and the earth belong to You, Lord, and have sustained humankind since the time of creation.  When You made the world You set everything in its proper place and in its proper timing.  Lord, You have made many things; with Your wisdom You made them all.  What is man that You are even mindful of Him yet You've made us the apple of Your eye.  With our whole being we praise You, Almighty God.

Shady Maple Banquet with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis
Last night's banquet was held at the Shady Maple and all banquet room space was needed to host the large crowd. We had seats directly in front of the speaker. My brother Pat drove down from the Lehigh Valley to join me.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"All Creatures Of Our God And King"  Video

"God Of Wonders"  Video  Beautiful photos!  Here's the audio from the NASA playlist. Commander Domionic Gorie: "Good morning Al and that timing was perfect. Right before the music came on the sun hit the space station. It was just beautiful. A very, very appropriate song. Thank you for waking us up with that. The glory is apparent this morning."

"Even The Wind Bows DownAudio

"Higher Than Your Ways" Isaiah 55:8,9 Audio from the Integrity Scripture memory series.

Here are links to two ministries that provide abundant resources in defending the Genesis account of creation:
"Answers in Genesis"
"Institute for Creation Research"

Here's an interesting blog post concerning observations by a fellow minister who was at the grand opening of the Creation Museum.

"Survival Of The Fakest"  A thoughtful scientific article.

Today's photo of the horse and colt was taken by Brenda Harry, a friend of ours from one of the companies we serve as chaplains. Like many, Brenda enjoys casual photography and living near Paradise she has lots of photo opportunities. (Paradise is a small town here in Lancaster County!)

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