Posts Tagged "Creation"
OK, so during my recap of my Go Dark week (Http://waynestocks.com/2009/07/25/going-dark-the-recap/) I mentioned that I had written a poem during one of my drives to work. OK, I didn’t actually write it during the drive. I came up with it during the drive and wrote it down later. Maybe I never should have mentioned it, but since I did, here it is. I call it:
God was around before the start of days.
And he created man on the sixth day.
Man sinned and fell on a fateful day.
Then man rejected God for a lot of days.
So, God dwelt amongst them for a few days.
Jesus died on the cross on a bad day.
He rose and conquered death on the third day.
And he went back up to heaven after forty days.
Now, we still sin against him every day,
But he’ll be coming back again someday.
So, it’s time to get right with him today.
So we can live with him past the end of days.
When I started the “Questions Kids Ask” series a couple of weeks ago with the question, Who made God?, I didn’t realize how popular that post would become. Indeed, in less than two weeks, it has become the most popular post ever on my blog. It has also sparked some interesting discussion including one commenter who asked, “So what made him up and decide to create the planets and life?” I don’t know how old this person is, but the question seems like a logical follow-up question in the “Questions Kids Ask” series, so I thought I would deal with it in a separate post. In short, I suppose the question is:
Why Did God Make Us?
This question has been asked over and over throughout history. In fact, King David asked essentially the same question in Psalm 8:
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Psalms 8:3-4]
The fact of the matter is that the Bible does not give us explicit details about why God chose to make us as opposed to not making us. Genesis 1:1 clearly tells us that God created the world, and Genesis 1:27 tells us that he created man (and woman) in his own image. Beyond that, it does not talk much about the why of creation. Accordingly, this question rightly falls under the umbrella of the “secret things” discussed in Deuteronomy 29:29:
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29]
Fortunately, the Bible does give some insight even if it doesn’t come right out and directly answer the question. Let’s start with some of the mistaken theories that are often offered for why God created us. Let’s look at some of those notions and see why they are not true.Read More
Welcome to the first June 2009 edition of the Blog Patrol. It seems like Summer is finally here. I’m looking forward to Autumn already, but tell my kids! It’s a bit of a hodge-podge in the Blog Patrol this week. I saw lot’s of articles this week about the murder of the abortion doctor in Kansas, but I’ve only included what I felt was the best one. I hope you find something useful this week. If you do, let me know!
These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!
- R.A. Torrey offers advice on how to pick and study one book of the Bible.
- Matthew Guevera takes a unique look at the importance of workers in Children’s Ministry and the lasting impression that we leave. This article should serve as a reminder to take work in Children’s Ministry seriously!
Tuesday (May 26, 2009)
- Dr. Russell Moore continues his answer to this year’s Christian Ethics question at the Southern Seminary.
- Trevin Wax shares an excerpt from C.S. Cowles on his view of dealing with the Old Testament story of the conquest of the Canaanites.
- This article asks why we don’t kids more involved in planning Children’s Ministry.
- Thanks to Tony Kummer for linking to my article on getting to know kids in your Children’s Ministry. This is something I feel very passionate about and given that Tony’s audience is vastly larger than mine, I appreciate the link!
- This article examines how a Christian should watch a movie and think about movies.
- I’m not sure when this was originally published, but I found it on the 26th. This is John MacArthur’s 10 commandments for parenting.
This blog is growing almost every day. With that in mind, I thought it might make sense to do a monthly recap of the prior month’s posts in case new readers may have missed something. My goal is to get this out in the first week of each month. I barely made it this month. Rather than a sequential listing of the posts for the month, I thought this would be more useful if I grouped things by category. So, here are the posts to Wayne’s Random Thoughts for the month of April 2009:
Shepherding A Child’s Heart Synopsis
- Introduction – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/09/2009]
- Ch. 1 – Getting to the Heart of Behavior – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/12/2009]
- Ch. 2 – Your Child’s Development: Shaping Influences – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/12/2009]
- Ch. 3 – Your Child’s Development: Godward Orientation – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/16/2009]
- Ch. 4: You’re In Charge – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/19/2009]
- Ch. 5: Examining Your Goals – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/23/2009]
- Ch. 6: Reworking Your Goals – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/26/2009]
- Ch. 7 – Discarding Unbiblical Methods – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis) [04/30/2009]
Monday Morning Prophecy
- Monday Morning Prophecy #1 – Jesus would be betrayed by a friend [04/20/2009]
- Monday Morning Prophecy #2 – The Price of Betrayal [04/27/2009]
In the beginning…God. The first four words of the Bible sum up the rest of divine revelation. In the beginning, God created. In the end, God recreates. In the middle, God redeems and God saves. The Bible is a book about God. It is a book about how he created man who rebelled against him, and how God in his infinite grace and mercy sent his son to redeem and justify man so that they may be reconciled to him.
Much has been written about Genesis 1:1, and I have included excerpts from some better know commentaries below. In these first ten words of our English Bibles are many of the foundations of the Christian faith. Take note of the following:Read More