VIDEO Softly and Tenderly

November 11, 2008

GOD IS ALWAYS calling us! But there are distinctive moments in this call of his, moments which leave a permanent mark on us— moments which we never forget

The Never-forsaking God

He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you’ —Hebrews 13:5

What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

“I will never leave you . . .”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.

“I will never . . . forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful— just the everyday activities of life— do I hear God’s assurance even in these?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.

by Oswald Chambers

Creationists ‘Deaf, Dumb, and Blind’ ?

How old is the earth?

Television minister Pat Robertson said on the May 13 episode of CBN’s 700 Club, “The truth is, you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think that this earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence.”1 The eight staff doctorates at the Institute for Creation Research, and the many other biblical creation scientists who agree with their position, might like to know what they supposedly haven’t heard, don’t understand, and haven’t seen.2

Robertson was responding to a letter that asked, “I’ve heard arguments from both sides of whether our Earth is 6,000 years old…Please explain further.”1

But Pat’s explanation sounded far more emotional than factual.

He said, “I think to deny the clear [geologic] record that’s there before us makes us look silly.” Of course the “us” refers to Christians in general, who, in Robertson’s view, should accept millions of years as a scientific fact that geology has left in a “clear record.”

Where in Earth’s many rocks can we find this “record?” We may only have seen it in books that men wrote, not in rocks that carry no literal records. Do Earth layers really present as clear a “record” of millions of years as Robertson so assertively persuaded?

Robertson referred to an age of dinosaurs including a Jurassic Period, “radiocarbon dating,” and oil as three icons representing millions of years. Good science refutes each.

For example, fossils confront the notion of a Jurassic “age of reptiles” in at least three ways. First, dinosaur fossils occur alongside many living creatures that belong to this current age, including palm, ginkgo, and sycamore trees; frogs, turtles, crocodiles and lizards; snails, clams, and fish; dragonflies, spiders, and lobsters; Tasmanian devils, shrews, and otters; ducks, loons, and parrots.3

Second, dinosaur fossils occur in sandwiched rock strata with little or no erosion between layers. Where is the evidence for either millions of years of slow and gradual deposition—which would have failed to preserve these creatures before they could fossilize—or of weathering—which would have eroded ruts and rills into the top of each layer? The strata’s layer cake appearance looks instead like many strata were deposited in rapid sequence.

Third, some dinosaur fossils still have original tissues, including animal proteins, inside them. This is consistent with tissue decay rate studies showing proteins can last thousands but certainly not a million years. Actual rocks exist that men have labeled “Jurassic,” but those very rocks, and especially the Cretaceous layers above them, refute the notion of a dinosaur “age.” They look like massive flood deposits.

And what about Pat Robertson’s “radiocarbon dating?” Perhaps he would be embarrassed to learn that secular scientists do not radiocarbon date dinosaurs since the method is in theory useless for dating anything older than 90,000 or so years.

Unfortunately, too many have turned deaf ears and blind eyes to the many secular reports of still-present Carbon-14 found throughout the very rock “record” to which Robertson refers, including oil, coal, fossils, natural gas, and marble.4 Like the original tissue fossils, this positive evidence powerfully aligns with recent creation.

Robertson almost certainly meant to instead use the term “radioisotope dating,” which secularists routinely use to estimate ages for igneous rocks that lie above or below dinosaur layers. Here again, too few have heard, understood, or seen the main reason why we know these methods don’t work. When radiometric dating is used on rocks of known age (whose formation was observed) it most often gives highly inflated, erroneous age estimates.

Oil presents some major problems for the long-age view, too. First, the organic algae parts of which it is comprised should long ago have either been eaten by Earth’s abundant oil-eating bacteria or have faded away as spontaneous chemical reactions converted it to carbon dioxide.5

Also, oil continues to push upward, being less dense than water. After only hundreds of thousands of years, Earth’s oil should all have finished its vertical migration through rock strata, since all rocks are porous. But oil wells continue to gush with underground pressure. Last, how can one conceive of burying that much algae beneath that much sediment without a recent catastrophe of global proportions?

Pat passionately plead with 700 Club viewers, “There no WAY that all this that you have here took place in 6,000 years.”1 Oh, yes there is. All you need is a Creator, a Flood, and His Word to know that. Good thing that good science confirms it, though.

References

1 -The 700 Club – May 13, 2014. CBN TV. Posted on cbn.com, accessed May 15, 2014.
2 -These are:
Clarey, Tim. PhD., Geology, Western Michigan University
Cupps, Vernon. PhD., Nuclear Physics, Indiana University-Bloomington
Guliuzza, Randy. MD., University of Minnesota
Hebert, Jake. PhD., Atmospheric Physics, University of Texas, Dallas
Jeanson, Nathaniel. PhD., Molecular and Cell Biology. Harvard
Lisle, Jason. PhD., Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Morris, John. PhD., Geological Engineering. University of Oklahoma
Tomkins, Jeffrey. PhD., Genetics. Clemson University
3 – Werner, C. 2008. Living Fossils. Evolution: The Grand Experiment, vol. 2. Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press.
4 – Baumgardner, J. 2005. Carbon-14 Evidence for a Recent Global Flood and a Young Earth. RATE II: Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth: Results of a Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative, Vol. 2. L. Vardiman et al., eds. San Diego, CA: Institute for Creation Research and the Creation Research Society.
5- Tim Clarey, Ph.D. 2014. Rapidly Forming Oil Supports Flood Timeframe. Acts & Facts. 43 (3).

by Brian Thomas, M.S who is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

The Days of Yore

“For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?” (Deuteronomy 4:32)

This challenge was given by Moses to the children of Israel as they were preparing to enter the Promised Land. It was vital that they cease all complaining and begin to behave in a manner appropriate to their stature as God’s chosen people.

For this they needed to regain a sense of historical perspective, and Moses urged them to study the history of the world since the beginning. Presumably, this would be possible only through studying the book of Genesis “since the day that God created Adam [same word as ‘man’] upon the earth.”

It is significant that “the days that are past” were implied by Moses to have begun essentially at creation, with no hint of any long geological ages before that. The 25 or more centuries from Adam to Moses had provided enough history to instruct that particular generation about God’s plans for the world, to prepare them for their own key role in their accomplishment, and to appreciate the real meaning of their own lives as they awaited the promised redeemer who was to come someday with salvation.

Now if the Israelites needed a true historical perspective, we need one today far more. In addition to what they had, we now also have the history of Israel, the first coming of Christ, God’s completed revelation, and the Christian dispensation from which to learn and profit. Our understanding of God and His purposes should be far greater than theirs, so we have much greater responsibility. May God help us to study and believe and understand all that has gone before, as recorded in His Word, so that we also can be prepared to fulfill our own role in God’s great plan of the ages for eternity. HMM

Be not therefore anxious for the morrow

Be not therefore anxious for the morrow.—Matthew 6:34 (R. V.)
I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee; be strong and of a good courage.—Joshua 1:5, 6.

I have laid help upon one that is mighty.—Psalm 89:19.
THOU hast Thy help upon the mighty laid;
In Him I trust, nor know to want or fear,
But ever onward walk, secure from sin,
For He has conquered every foe within.
JONES VERY.

WHY should we, then, burden ourselves with superfluous cares, and fatigue and weary ourselves in the multiplicity of our ways? Let us rest in peace. God Himself inviteth us to cast our cares, our anxieties upon Him. MADAME GUYON.

If we may take one test or sign by which to judge of advance in the spiritual life, it would be this—whether more and more calmness is being maintained in the midst of all the disturbances and troubles which are wont to come, which may ever be looked for in some form or other, whether there be peacefulness of mind, and order of thought in the midst of all that once too much distracted and agitated the soul. T. T. CARTER.

Behold how he loved

Behold how he loved. John 11:36.

He died for all. — Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

He … liveth to make intercession for them. — I go to prepare a place for you.

I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also. — Father, I will that they whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am. — Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

We love him, because he first loved loved us. — The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but to him which died for them, and rose again.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

2 Corinthians 5:15. John 15:13. Hebrews 7:25. John 14:2. John 14:3. John 17:24. John 13:1. 1 John 4:19. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15. John 15:10.

Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God

Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? — I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — He died for all, that they which live should not live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again. — If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. — As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. — Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. —Because I live, ye shall live also.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and wilt give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Romans 6:2. Galatians 2:20. 2 Corinthians 5:15. 2 Corinthians 5:17. 1 John 5:20. John 17:21. 1 Corinthians 12:27. John 14:19. Revelation 2:17.