My family and I took a trip to see the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky in March 2017, and I had meant to post some pictures from that trip on here…. and never got around to it. But better late than never, right? So here goes!
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33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Matt. 5:33-37, NKJV
The phrase Jesus is examining more closely is actually likely a combination of two Old Testament verses: Continue reading
He was probably only about seventeen years old when his hometown of Jerusalem was torn apart by raids and war and siege. Even though he had remained committed to God in the midst of an increasingly unfaithful culture, he faced the consequences of his people’s disobedience along with everyone else. Did it feel unfair?
The survivors were forced on a 500 mile trek to Babylon as prisoners. There he must have presented himself well, because he was selected along with the very best for a special 3-year training program. At least he wasn’t alone – three of his friends from back home were also selected. His captors gave each of them a new name and introduced them to a whole new way of life – the way of Babylon.
3 Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. 5 You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord. 6 They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.
A short time ago, my family received a ministry letter in the mail. The writer told stories of how he had observed an unintentional breakdown of Scriptural authority in various people and contexts in recent months. I could relate 100% to much of what he was describing: people chipping away at God’s Word (but without any malicious intent), and teaching that it really didn’t matter how you interpret certain parts. The Church, he pointed out, is much lacking in clarity.
I’ve seen it myself. About a year ago I had some discussions with both a pastor and a former pastor, whom I found to be lacking clarity in theological areas that I personally find centrally important. Their willingness to entertain different perspectives without any commitment, their hesitancy to thoroughly explore those different perspectives, and their near-condemnation of my own strongly-held position (mainly because it is strongly held), was surprising to me. I felt as though they were trying to persuade me that I didn’t need to put as much faith in God’s Word as I do! Continue reading