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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hershey smokestacks 3/1/17 (Ester)
Yesterday afternoon we were in Hershey and passed up close to the iconic smokestacks of the Hershey Company. We were able to get up close due to a detour and inadvertently taking a private road through the company property.
Ester took this photo. Due to the detour we were in an area she had never been in and she informed me that she was discombobulated. I had a pretty good sense of where we were and I informed her that I was combobulated!

"The Danger Of Deliberately Forgetting"

Message summary: Today, let us determine that we will not take for granted, nor forget or suppress the truth. Instead let us live under the authority of God's Holy Word and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Above all we will deliberately remember His supreme sacrifice of love demonstrated to us at Calvary. If we don't remember and proclaim, who will be there to tell those do not yet know of God's love?

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"But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water" (2 Peter 3:5).

Spilled milk
As children grow and began to expand their vocabulary they often unintentionally misspeak, sometimes with funny notions. Years ago we had a six year old foster child named Chrissie who would accidentally break an item or knock her glass of milk over on the table. She would quickly admit to her deed by exclaiming, "I did it on purpose, I did it on purpose" although she actually meant, "I didn't do it on purpose"! To lessen her confusion we taught her to to say, "It was an accident".

Flower arrangement on Communion Table

God calls His people to deliberately remember, such as the Passover Meal under the Old Covenant and the Communion service in the New Covenant. Most Communion tables in churches have this solemn inscription, "In Remembrance of Me".

Let us consider the phrase in our daily verse, "they deliberately forget". I have been pondering this condition described by the Apostle Peter that I believe is far too common in the Christian's life.

People may forget for a variety of reasons including diminished memory as we age. We often hear the phrase or utter it ourselves, "I'm having a senior moment" to describe a lapse in memory. Years ago I was visiting in the office of Paul Hollinger, the longtime general manager of WDAC, our local Christian radio station, and he had a sign that said, "I Have CRS". Thinking it was some disease I had never heard of that uses an acronym like ALS, MS, etc. I asked what it meant. He informed me it stood for "Can't Remember Stuff"!

Most of you who raised children dealt with their neglecting to do a particular chore. When confronted, their common answer was, "I forgot." As parents we knew the truth of the matter most often was that they deliberately forgot since it was something they really didn't want to remember in the first place. Today's Scripture speaks of deliberately forgetting as well; a critical spiritual condition that results when our priorities are misaligned.

The King James Version words it this way: "They willingly are ignorant of". Another version states, "they deliberately suppress this fact" (NET). The specific matter Peter writes of is God's work at creation. This is an essential Biblical subject many people are ignorant about which has brought about compromise and error, even in the church.

We believe the word "willingly" especially describes people's ignorance toward God's creation and many other areas where God's knowledge and will are revealed. Years ago one of our professors pointed out, "When one is confronted with divine truth, and God's plan for his life, the issue will ultimately come down to making a moral choice." 

Bible teacher David Guzik makes an interesting application of these truths to believers writing that…"A literal belief in Creation, in Adam and Eve, and in Noah’s Flood are essential for a true understanding of God’s working both then and now. To deny these things undermines the very foundations of our faith. Sadly, today it is many Christians who willfully forget these things, putting themselves in the place of scoffers."

Dr. Henry Morris writes, "It is remarkable that evolutionism (Darwinianism) which is currently the dominant theory of the origin and meaning of life is based on absolutely no verifiable evidence. There is simply no scientific or historical evidence that evolution has taken place. In fact the most basic laws of science (laws of probability and thermodynamics) prove that genuine macro-evolution could not happen at all. As Peter prophesied, this belief would be based on "willful ignorance"… which is why Paul categorically stated that such "suppressers of the truth" (the 2 major previous divine cataclysmic events—creation and the flood) are "without excuse" (Romans 1:20).

The first chapter of Romans is the hallmark chapter of Scripture on this topic and sums up the depraved human condition of humans who "deliberately forget". Paul writes, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them" (Romans 1:18,19).

Today, let us determine that we will not take for granted, nor forget or suppress the truth. Instead let us live under the authority of God's Holy Word and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Above all we will deliberately remember His supreme sacrifice of love demonstrated to us at Calvary. If we don't remember and proclaim, who will be there to tell those do not yet know of God's love?

May I never lose the wonder,
Oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we drink of the crushed fruit of the vine to remind us of Christ's pouring out His life's blood so that we might have forgiveness of sins.  We eat the communion bread made from wheat that is cut down, threshed about, and put to the fire. So too, Jesus, the Bread of Life was threshed about to the utmost on our behalf. We deliberately remember and regularly commemorate the act that Jesus commissioned at the Last Supper with the disciples. His supreme sacrifice of dying for our sins so that we might be forgiven is worthy of great honor and faithful remembrance for all the days of our life. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Mercy"  Video  Matt Redman

"Remembrance"  Video  Matt Redmond

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