OYB: January 17

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 35, Genesis 36
NT: Matthew 12:1-21
Ps: Psalm 15
Pr: Proverbs 3:21-26

Today´s notable verse:

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 12:8 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

The other thing that these Proverbs verses remind me of is one of my favorite three word quotes - "Habits determine success." I've spoken about this in some of my weekly emails in regards to reading the One Year Bible each day. It takes some planning and insight for us to figure out when we will realistically read the Bible for 15 minutes every day. After this planning and insight and after a week or two we've suddenly built up a great habit. A habit that will determine our success in reading the Bible in a year.

Actually, as I understand it, a behavior takes about 21 consecutive days to form a "habit". Regardless, the point is the same. That's why I set my alarm an hour earlier, to be sure I have time to read and write each morning. (Establishing the complimentary habit - getting to bed an hour earlier - has been more difficult.)

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on my reflections in Proverbs above, how do you go about planning things in your life? In what ways do you invite God into the process of planning your life? And in what ways, or at what times, do you simply make decisions based on your own knowledge or common sense? What is the foundation of your own knowledge or common sense? Is it the Bible? Is it God? Do you suppose with the foundation of God and the Bible in our lives, that we may not need to take every single decision throughout our day to God in prayer because we are operating (generally speaking) from a biblical godly worldview? How do you balance taking things to God for guidance and making decisions on your own?

Wow, if only you knew just how impactful those questions have been in my life recently... We should always seek God when we make decisions. It is wise to take major decisions to God in prayer, and to seek the counsel of godly men and women. For the day-to-day life decisions, I think we need to have God's Word stored up inside of us, so that we can apply it. It is never wrong to seek wisdom from God directly, but I think we can become spiritually "lazy" by not using His Word, that He has already given us, to prepare us to make such decisions. Bear in mind also that God's wisdom usually turns worldly wisdom on its head, and that the right decision is seldom the easy one. God's principles seem exactly opposite to worldly common sense: to become a leader, serve? To become great, become the least? To live, die? Repay evil with kindness, and pray for those who persecute you? To the world, what nonsense! To us, however, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God! (I Corinthians 1:18-31)

OYB: January 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 32:13-20, Genesis 33, Genesis 34
NT: Matthew 11:7-30
Ps: Psalm 14
Pr: Proverbs 3:19-20

Today´s notable verse:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on my last question in the Proverbs section above, have you been keeping up with all of the news and issues of the day surrounding intelligent design / creationism / evolution? I have only kept up at a high level. Are there any websites or books or resources you can recommend to further study intelligent design & creationism? Can anyone offer up a good definition or distinction between intelligent design & creationism - if there is a difference? Do you think it is possible to believe in both intelligent design and evolution - if God's hand was guiding evolution - or no?

I'll have to find the time to write at length on this subject, as it is of interest to me. I think the whole ID-vs-evolution debate is based on bad premises. To answer your question, intelligent design (ID) is simply the alternative to evolution. (Here's my problem with the opposition to ID as scientific theory: if evolution is "sound" science, then it must be - one of the purported arguments against ID - falsifiable. So, if it's a falsifiable theory, then something else must be true. Evolution simply states that random chance produced life as we know it. The alternative to random chance is some non-random event/events. The theory that life came from non-random events is a perfectly valid definition of ID theory.) Creationism, on the other hand, introduces philosophical/moral/religious ideas on top of ID. ID theory itself does not discuss, per se, how or why or by whom or what. Using the term Creationism invokes these issues (in my opinion).

NOTE: The use of the term "evolution" here applies to macro-evolution - speciation - the theory of one species of live evolving through genetic mutuation into a distinct species. The theory of this form of evolution has never been observable nor reproducible: two other fundamental requirements for a theory being considered "sound" science. Micro-evolution, on the other hand - genetic mutation resulting in changes within a species - does happen. No one credibly argues against it.

Note also that evolution is not intended nor is it adequate for answering questions of origin. I think, to ask if evolution can be consistent with the Genesis creation story as a whole would be to invoke questions of origin, and therefore not really appropriate. However, I don't think that evolutionary theory is consistent with the Genesis story for the creation of man. Genesis states that man was a new and unique creation, from the dust of the earth.

I'll write more coherently, and more at length, on this subject in the future.

Sorry For The Delay

Filed in PersonalTags: Computers

My laptop hard drive failed Sunday morning. I'll get caught up on posts this evening. I owe y'all a couple OYB posts.

Oh, yeah... and Anna and I are done; for good. I won't be bothering to hide posts/pics this time, though; what's in the past, is past.