When you thought I wasn’t looking
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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
Let there be people
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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
Let there be animals
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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
Let there be sun, moon, and stars
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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
Let there be continents and oceans
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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
Let there be an atmosphere
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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
Let there be light
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In a sense there was divine activity even before creation began—God must have made a gigantic mud ball in the dark. All of the elements were there, but they were all jumbled together. Matter existed, but it was in chaos. And then came the moment when God decided to begin the process of bringing order of the chaos. The first thing that the world of dark mud needed was the presence of the glory of God himself. Before there were... Read More
Can’t buy me love
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By my totally unscientific analysis, I’d say about 50 percent of the pop songs on the radio are about love in some way—longing for love, dreaming of love, exulting in the love someone is currently experiencing, or bitterly lamenting the love someone just lost. Love is the oxygen of the human spirit. Without it we die inside. So tell me—how would you define love? You know you are being loved when someone makes you feel important . . . when... Read More
Who’s the enemy?
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One of the features of warfare in the 21st century is that a great deal of combat is between fighters who can’t see each other’s faces. Artillery, missiles, drones, and bombs deliver death from great distances, and when on target, the victims never knew what hit them. You and I are combatants in a spiritual war with forces that we cannot see either. We are caught up in the titanic conflict between Christ and Satan, good and evil, that has... Read More
Strange agents of heaven
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Christians could be forgiven for assuming that throughout the many centuries of Old Testament history the only believers in the true God were to be found within Israel. True—God did indeed lavish immense personal attention and care on that nation. But he had many other agents for his agenda, and some were even great “heathen” kings like Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and Cyrus of Persia. And Pharaoh Necho of Egypt, who ruled in the 26th dynasty from 610 to 595 b.c.... Read More