The triune nature of God remains a mystery. We admittedly trust and worship a God whom we don’t completely understand. Yet he isn’t eons away from our lives. He comes close and gets real with us.
“The Lord bless you and keep you,” God’s Word promises you in his blessing, knowing that you need the Father’s care that he gives to his children.
He gives care like sunshine and rain, farmers and crops, health, a functional government, paychecks, doctors, and... Read More
Acceptance. Love is love. Love wins. Pick your slogan, and Satan is doing an outstanding job of making his lies about marriage, family, and sexuality seem lovely and full of light. In reality, “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The problem is that a culture of acceptance in this world... Read More
Deep down inside, people are not all that proud of their houses, automobiles, bodies, and faces. That’s why the reality TV industry finds such a ready audience for its many “makeover” shows. You know the drill—professionals in home remodeling, auto restoration, or personal beauty parachute into somebody’s life and in a short time, shazam! A whole new you!
Something like that is happening with you in your spiritual life. You were born a mess—selfish, lazy, materialistic, and wired to agree... Read More
You receive a card in the mail. You curiously open the envelope, glancing at the card, which says something nice like, “Congratulations, graduate!” or “Friends are like rainbows.”
Then you open up the card and see two different types of writing on the inside. One is preprinted, and the other is scribbled by the sender. Which attracts more of your attention?
Even though a paid professional created the preprinted message, with a symmetrically balanced font and letters spaced to perfection—the... Read More
Sometimes it’s fun being a dad, like when you’re firing up the grill or taking the perfect dad nap. Sometimes it’s not that fun, like house repairs that never end.
Being a dad, however, is a 24/7 job. Dads can’t just flip a switch and take a break when the going gets tough. And all the while, someone is watching.
There’s a Bible verse in Proverbs that says, “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in... Read More
God began his work on the sixth day with the creation of land animals, both the wild ones and those intended for domestication (livestock). They too were given the ability to reproduce, as with everything else in God’s brilliant design “according to their kind.”
And then came his masterpiece, the crown of his creation—the human race. People, intended to be God’s children, were made in his image, i.e., with desires and values just like his, made to love and carry... Read More
There is almost no place on earth where God’s animals haven’t found a way to thrive. They’re everywhere! Day 5 was the day when God made animal creatures that could go where humans can’t—he made creatures with wings that could defy gravity and soar and dart through the air, and he made creatures with fins and tails for rapid swimming and gills to extract oxygen from water. “God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly... Read More
Day 4 saw a massive demonstration of God’s unlimited power and brilliance. There was now a universe full of stuff surrounding our planet! “God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years’” (Genesis 1:14).
Our sun—source of warmth and light, God’s chosen instrument for replenishing the earth’s energy, driver of the solar convection cycle that moves... Read More
Day 2: God moves some water up. Day 3: God moves some water sideways. He spoke, and although there was still a lot of mud on the earth, now there were clearly demarcated bodies of water and vast areas of dry land: “God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’” (Genesis 1:9,10).
The... Read More
Of the many branches of engineering, one of the most important is the science of how to move and control water—aqueducts, culverts, canals, locks, dams, levees, and just plain-old drainage ditches. Water is vital to human life: drinking, sanitation, farming, animal husbandry. Do you know who is the most astounding hydraulic engineer of all time? Yep. God.
On the second day of creation week, God looked at the enormous mud ball he had synthesized, lit now by the light of... Read More