God’s voice is a creating force. Nine times in Genesis chapter one it states, “Then God said…” and with His words God spoke into existence atoms, planets, water, plants, animals – life! Our existence today is possible because He spoke us into being and it is with words that we receive our salvation from Him, through a verbal confession of our belief that Jesus is Lord. (Rom. 10:9-10) As the Lord’s image bearers, we should take care with our words bringing hope to the hopeless and love to the unloved.
It has been said, again and again, that ‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’. Because our perception and response to beauty is somewhat unique to individual observation and appreciation, it can be tricky to articulate why we perceive something (or someone) as beautiful and something else as ordinary. Although beauty itself cannot be measured the characteristics that make something beautiful are very real. We can perceive them from all our senses. For instance, our eyes recognize patterns, bright colors, curves, blending or a combination of these attributes. The debate surrounding beauty is not if it exists but why it exists. At the time of creation Genesis 2:9 says, “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food,” [emphasis added]. The beauty that covers our world is, in my view, irrefutable evidence of a Creator and Scripture tells us He designed it intentionally.
Consider the following question carefully: Does your faith in God keep you safe? If you said “yes” you’re not alone. For the majority of us living in West, we can expect a level of safety. We have freedom and rights where other nations have violence and oppression. Our culture has influenced our expectation of safety. The problem is this expectation can lead us to forget we are not promised safe and comfortable lives. Rather than living our best life now we should be reaching out in love, willing the good for others and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 18:28-20). C.S. Lewis expressed in God In The Dock, “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” 
The world’s understanding of love is very different from God’s definition. As a word, we use ‘love’ all the time and it seems the distinctions have been worn away. People say they love everything from their family to movies to food to Lego to coffee. It affects our society at all levels and as a culture, we describe it using many metaphors: crazy love, love sick and falling in or out of love. According to the ancient Greeks, there are eight different types of love. Today’s definition seems to be ‘unconditional acceptance’. Read More »
No doubt everyone has heard the story about humans descending from ape-like creatures. We are shown modern chimpanzees as proof of this ‘fact’. Over the years we have been told (erroneously) that our DNA is a 96-98% match to chimps and that they have an amazing ability to learn sign language and to use sticks as tools to fish for termites and ants, so they must be our close relatives. Yet when compared to other animals how much do chimpanzees really stand apart from the rest of nature’s creatures with their intellect? Read More »