Monthly Archives: December 2009

Intelligence on Display

In yet another one of those moments that make me wonder how people can think that life just “happened” by chance, scientists have studied the way a bee lands perfectly every time for hints on improving aviation designs.  It is a fascinating story, but a couple of quotes at the end really grabbed my attention.

Existing technologies, the bee work suggests, may also be more complicated than they need to be.

“It’s a beautiful way of landing using biological autopilot,” he said of the bees. “We would like to make spacecraft that do smooth, flawless dockings. Whatever bees are doing must be computationally simpler than what we are doing now.”

The reason it must be simpler according to the article is that the bee’s brain is tiny.  Yet, this small brain pulls off an engineering feat that we would love to be able to emulate with technology.

A honeybee’s brain is the size of a sesame seed and weighs about a milligram. Yet, bees and other insects manage to perform complicated tasks, including smooth upside-down landings.

The baffling thing is that scientists don’t think it rational to consider this as possible evidence of a deeper design at work within life as we know it.  In so many discussions that I have had with people who consider themselves to be rational (and who otherwise appear to be rational), these kinds of things are chalked up to random chance.  The folly of those who try to deny God’s existence has been noted before and will continue to be observed, but I thought I would throw another nugget out there tonight.

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Quick Note for our Regulars

There is no recording for Sunday 12/20 because that was our Christmas program and I did a more devotional type message that I did not record.  We did not have church on 12/27 due to weather and the fact that Pastor Jeff is out of town on vacation as well.  I will be returning the Sunday after next so there will be no recording for the service on 1/3/10 either.  I pray that you have a blessed new year and we look forward to another year of sharing the Word of God with you starting on 1/10/10.

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Sunday Morning 12/13/09

Here is the sermon from Sunday morning.  It took me a while to get this one posted because I was finishing up my last week of classes.  This sermon covers the story of the “rich young ruler” in Matthew 19.  Press play for the audio and you can follow along with the notes below.  May God richly bless you this week.

Doing the Impossible

Sermon notes 12-13-09

  1. The Story of the Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:16-30
    1. v. 16 – What good deed? – This word is usually translated good. The addition of deed in this context is done by translators.
    2. The difference between eternal life and life
  2. Which commandments do I keep? – v. 18
    1. Notice that Jesus doesn’t mention all of the 10 commandments nor does He limit Himself to the 10 commandments – v. 18-19
    2. The power of self deception – v. 20
    3. Cutting to the heart of the matter – v. 21-22
    4. Understanding how to keep the Law – Matthew 22:34-40
      1. Does it show love for God?
      2. Does it show love for your neighbor?
  3. Doing the impossible – v. 23-30
    1. Who then can be saved? – v. 25
    2. Man cannot save himself – by keeping the Law or otherwise
    3. God alone can save
      1. Following Jesus – v. 28
      2. Giving up everything to God – v. 29
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Personal News Update

For those who care about such things.  I have finally finished my Master of Arts degree in Religion with a concentration on Biblical Studies.  It was a lot of fun and I am excited to see the end of the journey finally reached.  I got my grade back on my last class today and it was an A.  In fifteen classes that I took I got three B’s and the rest were A’s, so I ended up with a pretty good GPA as well.  I am looking forward to having more time for blogging and maybe doing some writing for fun in the near future.  The next two weeks might be slow for blogging though because I am taking some vacation time and we are going to visit our families.  I may write a quick post or two, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t either.  If you don’t see me around here or at your blog, you will know why.  Blessings to you all and may God’s shalom be upon you.

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Misplaced Faith

Everyone lives by faith in more ways than they care to admit.  Even the atheist exercises faith on a daily basis.  We had faith that the chair we are sitting in was going to hold us up before we sat down (admit it, you don’t think twice about sitting down most of the time because you have faith that the chair will do what it is supposed to do).  Some may call that analogy silly or frivolous but it is accurate.  I have faith in much bigger things as well.

A simple look around this blog will show that I have faith in God.  I believe He is capable of doing what He has promised He would do and I have committed my life to that fact.  Much like sitting in the chair, if God isn’t trustworthy, I would fall flat.

Some put their faith in other things besides God.  They think this is smart, but I have been comparing track records and I beg to differ.  One of the most popular places for faith these days is science, but lately there have been a lot of “faith-shattering” episodes and I would like to invite my science loving friends to reconsider their misplaced faith.

The most obvious problem recently was the uncovered scandal regarding the global warming hoax and the bad science and scientists that pulled the wool over the eyes of their faithful followers.  Some have been unwilling to admit that the house of cards their faith was built on has fallen and prefer to play like the Wizard in Oz, continuing to turn the knobs and hope no one notices the man behind the curtain. The problem is that this scandal has revealed what most people (particularly those “skeptical” science folks) should have known all along.  People are prone to dishonesty and other shortcomings.  These scientists maintained a falsehood for years, apparently mostly for money or notoriety or both.  They aren’t the first to do so and they won’t be the last.  But those who followed them and some who still are have seriously misplaced their faith.

Others still have faith in science regarding evolution.  I am not trying to tar all the evolutionary scientists simply because some other scientists have been caught red handed, but I would like to point out that evolutionary science calls itself “settled” much the same way that the global warming guys did and still do try to call their science “settled,” and the global warming guys are dealing with harder “facts” than the evolution guys ever will.

Take this quote from the end of a recent article about horse evolution:

“It also implies that the loss of species diversity that occurred during the megafaunal extinctions at the end of the last Ice Age may not have been as extensive as previously thought.

In contrast, ancient DNA studies have revealed that the loss of genetic diversity in many surviving species appears to have been extremely severe,” Professor Cooper says. “This has serious implications for biodiversity and the future impacts of climate change.”

Let me spell this out if you missed it.  Evolution says that there is increasing diversity through gradual modification.  It is the only way to get from a “single ancestor species” to the massive number of species we have today without help.  This study shows that the opposite is happening, species are losing information and diversity.  But rather than question the underlying assumption (that evolutionary theory is correct), they are going to go back to the drawing board to try and explain how both things can be true (their theory and the evidence that contradicts it).  This isn’t science; it is blind faith in an “established” scientific fact that doesn’t fit the evidence.  It is misplaced faith.  Science has lost its ability to self-correct errors in some theories that are considered “untouchable” because they have the support of the “consensus” of scientists.  This isn’t science any more.  If you don’t believe this is going on, just do a search for scientist and peer review complaints.  Don’t take my word for it either.  Check out this poor scientist’s saga with a science journal. Or you can check out this post as well for another account from another scientist.

Trying placing your faith in the One who is faithful and true (Psalm 33:4; Revelation 3:14; 19:11).  Any other place and it will be misplaced.

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Expositional Paper on Psalm 132

I am so stoked at the feedback I got for this paper.  I have finished this class and ended up with an A overall, but I got a great response to this paper from the professor and so I am glad to share it with you all out here in the blogosphere.  Here it is for your enjoyment as a PDF file.

Psalm 132 Exposition Paper

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Walking in the Light

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

– John 8:12

Hanukkah (or Chanukkah if you prefer) is officially underway and we have made our first baby steps in observing this season tonight as well.  It has been a roller coaster week in some ways.  I let my mouth move too fast for my brain during my sermon on Sunday and really upset some folks.  It is a good thing is some ways however as it has allowed people within the church to come to me with their concerns and see that I responded in a spirit of reconciliation and love in return.  I made some mistakes in tone and said some things I didn’t mean to say(and left some wrong impressions with other things I did say); which is going to happen at some point to any preacher who stands in the pulpit.  The great thing for me is to see how this week has played out as I have been able to talk to several of the people already and ask for and receive their forgiveness where it was needed.  I have long known that we are blessed to be a part of this body of believers and this week just added confirmation to that.  Hopefully they all still feel blessed to have me as their pastor as well.  🙂

It has made me think that there may be those out there who read the blog as well that feel I have been too harsh or have shown too little grace in these matters.  I assure you that was not my desire, but I have a marked tendency in my character to do that from time to time.  There haven’t been any comments to this effect, but I might have just made some regulars mad all the same.  Believe me, if I can strike a wrong tone on this in person-face to face, it would be far easier for me to have done it here online where tone never comes into play.  So if that fits you, my dear reader, please accept my humble apologies if I have spoken offense to you in these matters.

This marks the beginning of the festival of Lights and/or the Feast of Dedication otherwise known as Hanukkah to many.  The words of our Savior ring loud and true tonight and every night.  In this season, it is good to remember that if we walk alongside our Savior we will be “in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7) and that is a good thing.  May His light shine on you.

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More Christmas News

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Lo and behold a church dares to speak the truth and gets blasted for it in their local media.  Their sign reads “Santa isn’t really coming, but Jesus is.”  The “news” media story can’t even quote the sign accurately on their site.  It is a good thing they show it on video or their distortion of facts would stand.

Samantha Davis, “Even people who don’t have kids are offended by it. I haven’t met one person who isn’t offended by it.”

Liz Nagy, “There’s no one at the church to tell us how long the sign has been up, or exactly what they mean, but now parents say they have a lot of explaining to do.”

They have a lot of explaining to do?  Not in my book.  If you don’t get it, maybe you should get a clue.  Santa is a fantasy.  Jesus is the real deal.  The church won’t do anyone any favors by ignoring those facts.  Just my two cents.

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Well, I wrote about it a few days ago and now I have preached about it as well.  This morning I shared a message about Hanukkah and dedicating ourselves to the Lord with the church.  It was a longer message than I normally preach and I will admit to getting pretty impassioned during this one.  The Lord has just been showing me so much and I felt led to share it with His people here that He has given me the privilege to shepherd.  If you are curious give it a listen, you can check it out here.  This Friday at sundown is the beginning of Hanukkah and we are looking forward to giving all thanks and praise to the Light of the world(John 8:12) during this festival of lights.

If you want to listen to someone who covers the subject of Hanukkah with far more detail, I can also commend this audio and notes to you from El Shaddai Ministries.

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Sunday Morning 12/6/09

This morning’s sermon focused on Hanukkah and dedicating ourself to the Lord.  It was a little more empassioned than some of my sermons perhaps, but this is a subject the Lord has been dealing with me about for some time now.  At the end of the notes are two links: one is for the extra sheet of verses from the end of the Sermon regarding Jesus’ view of the Law or Torah and the other is more information about Hanukkah.  Both links are courtesy of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, WA.  I wanted to express appreciation to their pastor, who has been a great source of encouragement to me and is someone I respect very much in ministry, even though we have never met face to face, we have communicated through the wonderful world of the internet and he has always been gracious and encouraging.  My prayer is that you are challenged and uplifted by this look into Hanukkah.  May the Lord bless you through His Word.

Added note: During the course of the week, it has come to my attention that parts of this sermon were not taken as I would have intended them to be.  It is not my desire to needlessly offend and I said some things in ways that were not helpful.  I appreciate those in my church who are willing to come to me with a word of correction or admonition when it is needed.  I wanted to let those who might listen here that are not a part of our fellowship in person that I can understand the reasons for concern and did not set out to offend anyone deliberately.  At the same time, I understand that some of the things I said while true could have been seasoned with more grace and understanding.  I am not perfect (which anyone who knows me knows) and I will certainly learn from this experience as well.  Thanks again to my loving brothers and sisters here in our church for loving on a rookie pastor who is still got some learning to do.  I am blessed to have you all.


Sermon notes 12-6-09

  1. The Dedications of the Past
    1. Numbers 7:88 – Dedication = Chanukkah – Strong’s H2598
    2. 2 Chronicles 7:1-9 – Dedication = Chanukkah
    3. 2 Chronicles 28-29 describes the Temple being defiled by a wicked Israelite king and then being cleansed by Hezekiah – 29:15-17
    4. Another Dedication is described by Ezra 6
  2. Jesus and Hanukkah – John 10:22-30
    1. Understanding the Messianic implications of Hanukkah
      1. Ezekiel ch. 10-11 describe the Glory of God leaving the Temple
      2. Ezekiel 45:1-5 predicts it will return from the eastern gate
    2. Some Jews expected Messiah’s return at Hanukkah to restore the Temple
  3. The Festival of Lights
    1. John 1:1-5 – Genesis 1:1-4 – Jesus is the Light – John 8:12
    2. Proverbs 6:23; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 29:18 – The Law is a Light (Jesus the Word)
    3. We have light when we keep the Law – 2 Corinthians 4:6; 6:14-18
    4. There is no light when we don’t keep the Law – Isaiah 8:20
    5. Hanukkah for us is about Dedicating our “temple” to the Lord – 2 Corinthians 6:16
      1. We are to keep God’s commandments – Revelation 12:17
      2. How Jesus views the Torah (Law or Teachings)

Observing Hanukkah as a disciple of Jesus

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