This post will be a really long one but I really hope that you will take the time to read it, even if you do so in a few sittings. Sorry to take so long to get it out to you but there has been so much to say about creation and how God`s creation points to a living God who wants us to serve and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour. I hope you will see this post as an encouragement in your spiritual life and hopefully a challenge to you to get right with God.
We all sin and we all fall short of the glory of God. Our righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ and we are justified freely by his grace because of what JESUS has done for us (died on the cross). There is nothing we can do or can do or will be able to do in order to receive salvation, it is all about what Christ has done for us! We cannot earn eternal life/salvation. (Romans 3:21-24)
We took the Cincinnati turn off to get to the museum, although the museum was in a little town called Petersburg.
The one thing about Christianity, is that we serve a LIVING GOD who rose from the grave! With all other religions, these so called gods are dead and they are worshipped as idols. Christians can have a living relationship with a living God through the Holy Spirit. John 6:47, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life."
Psalm 119:30 "I have chosen the way of truth, I have set my heart on your laws." Have you chosen the way of truth?
In the world today, it is believed that ALL roads lead to Heaven. The Bible tells us that "there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus his son." There is only one way to God. John 14:6 Jesus answered,"I am the way, the truth and the life. Noone comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus said in John 10:7-18 "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep..................I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved..............I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep................I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me...........I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.................." Are you one of the sheep that know God`s voice? Or do you know his voice but you have not come into His pen yet - or accepted Him into your life?
|We passed this electrical power plant on the way.|
There is less Christian influence in the world today and sadly more secular influence. There is a numbing of Christian influence and I believe that this is because Christians do not know the word of God. Christians are not spending time in Gods word and we do not know the scriptures, so we are also being decieved and led astray. The Bible warns us in Mathew 24:24, "For false christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect."
Christians are blending in with the world, we are suppose to be different, set apart, we are NOT suppose to fit in! Fitting in is comfortable - we can just go with the flow and not be challenged because we are conforming and doing what others are doing. It is so much easier to live like this. What does God expect us to do as Christians?
When Peter speaks to Christians, he refers to them as"God`s elect, strangers in the world" (1 Peter 1),1Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect.."
We can`t call ourselves Christians if we are living like the world, going with the crowd, blending in and not being different. In 1 John 1:5-9 "...God is light, in Him, there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But, if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness..........."
God does not see degress of sin like we do. So, no matter what you have done, if you come to him and repent, he will forgive you - no sin is too bad to forgive! Remember the murderer who was crucified on the cross beside Jesus? He was forgiven and Jesus told him that He would see him in paradise! Wow - what a promise we have if we accept Jesus as our saviour and turn to Him! Then, he sees our sin no-more! We become right(righteous) with Him and acceptable to Him.
Genesis is foundational to understanding the Bible! Genesis is quoted many times in both the Old and New Testaments. For example, in Math 19:4-5 talks about God making male and female and so that is why a man will leave his father and mother.........(marriage and divorce) and in Romans 5:12 talks about the first Adam when sin entered the world, In Exodus 20:11 talks about God creating the world in 6 days, in Job God speaks about His creation which He created........................to name a few.
There is hope for all of us! "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves - it is the GIFT of God - NOT BY WORKS, so that no-one can boast." Ephesians 2:8
So, if we give to the poor or get involved in the church or do good works - this does not save us! We need faith in God and believe that Jesus died for us - it is faith that saves us. The result of this faith should be good works (fruit), so the faith comes first, then the good works, but not the other way around.
2. Scrolls, discovered in the last century, confirm that the original words have been preserved
3. Archaelogy has repeatedly been confirmed that the Bible`s historical details are accurate.
4. Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and none have failed!
Above all, the God of truth, the creator of heaven and earth, inspired the men who penned the words!
Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."
We are being deceived, and that is because people do not want to believe the Bible because believing the Bible means that you have to accept Christ, believe that Jesus died for us and that we were created by God! It also means that people have to stop living their lives the way they want to and live a life according to the principles of God set out in his word. People do not want to live for God but they want to live for SELF.
It all boils down to not wanting to accept that God is our creator and his word is true! Then, we don`t have to make a choice, it is made for us (by the majority) and we feel safe believing what everyone else is believing? Following the crowd gives us confidence (acceptance by others) and security (false security). BUT, man`s ways are not God`s ways! Isaiah 2:22 "Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" God is the giver of breath. (Gen 2:7)
Before sin, God created the world and it was good. Sin and corruption came into the world when man willfully sinned and chose to disobey God. This was not part of Gods plan for us.
The garden in Eden. Isaiah 48:13 " My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together."
Only the creator can say this to His creation!
There are so many examples in scripture where God speaks to and commands nature/creation to do His will. (In the book of Jonah, God caused a storm on the sea, he made a large fish swallow Jonah and then caused it to spit Jonah out on the beach exactly where he wanted him, parting of the Red Sea, providing the Israelites with quail from the sky when they were in the wilderness...................just to name a few)
You are made righteous when you accept Jesus and believe in Him. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son and all who believe in him will not perish but have eternal life."
This is the wonderful hope that we have! We either accept it or reject it? We have a choice.
|Noah spoke to us and answered our questions - all done with computers and the latest technology!. This was one of the boys favourite exhibits.|
We have God`s "whole story" to read and it will give us answers.
Noah makes a sacrifice to God when they were all safe and sound on dry ground again!
What if Noah had disobeyed God (and listened to man)? Would we be here today?
They had just started blooming (especially for us!?).
Over the bridge, walking through the gardens to the petting zoo.
In the garden.
Duncan petting a kangaroo.
These two lamas were quite amusing!
Duncan with a Zonkey and a Zorse! This is an example of ONE KIND with variations within a species! A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. A zorse is a cross between a zebra and a horse.
This is evidence of a living God who created all things unique with a purpose. He designed all things the way he wanted to, for his pleasure and for our enjoyment to take care of.
This was a kind of racoon.
Don`t you think I am gorgeous?! Do you think you can find me a dentist? They don`t seem to have any here!
This was great! Buddy Davis (archaeologist) gave a presenation about the dinasaurs. They lived with man. There are about 20 referenes to Dinasaurs (Dragons) in the Bible. The word Dinasaur means "terrible lizard" and the word was only invented in 1841. In the book of Job, he speaks about dragons.