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Jun 23, 2015

Here Now LYRICS

Skies spin their dance
Within Your breath
Time runs its race
Within Your hand

And my mind runs wild
To comprehend
What no mind on earth
Could understand

Your ways are higher
Your thoughts are wilder
Love came like madness
Poured out in blood – wash romance
It makes no sense but this is grace
And I know You’re with me in this place

Here now
All I know is I know that You are
Here now
Still my heart
Let Your voice be all I hear now
Spirit breathe
Like the wind come have Your way
Cause I know Your’re in this place

Faith makes a fool
Of what makes sense
But grace found my heart
Where logic ends

When justice called
For all my debts
The Friend of sinners
Came instead

Here now
All I know is I know that You are
Here now
Still my heart
Let Your voice be all I hear now
Spirit breathe
Like the wind come have Your way

Cause I know that You are here now
Heart and soul
God I know that You are here now
Fix my eyes
On the things that I can’t see now
And all I see
Is the glory of Your Name

Atheism’s Failures In Practice Disprove The Theory

Charles-Darwin

 

One might in a preliminary way define reality (or fact) as what you run into when you are wrong.  The collision is usually painful. – Dallas Willard

We’re told that if we can make accurate predictions based on a theory, then that theory must be true. It’s the defense that Darwinists often put forth. Of course Darwin predicted that “innumerable transitional forms” would be found in the fossil record – and they were not. And as I see it, Darwinists made several failed predictions when they asserted that humans have “vestigial organs.” They were predicting that no one would ever find current functions for your appendix, your tonsils and your gall bladder, among others. 

Oops. 

We need to be clear on the distinction between proof and disproof. Accurate predictions (or successful models) cannot prove a theory. We made successful predictions based on Newton’s description of gravity as a pulling force.  Then we made other valid predictions based on Einstein’s description of gravity as a warping of space/time. Now we have doubts about both those theories, despite all the correct predictions that were built on them.

But, while successful predictions don’t prove a theory, it could be that a failed prediction disproves a theory.  Certainly thousands of failed predictions should disqualify a theory for further consideration, right?

I thought about this when I heard that some officials at [The] Ohio State University were excusing the Muslim who stabbed and tried to run over innocent people.   It’s our fault, you see.  We must have made him act that way.  The obvious refutation is that not everyone in his circumstances does act that way.  To shift to a related example, if poverty caused theft, every poor person would steal and no rich person would ever steal.  Clearly reality begs to differ with the theory.

The rabid assertion that society, never the individual, is to blame comes from the premise that people are basically good.  If they act wickedly – excuse me – if they act inappropriately, it’s because society failed them somehow.  Our institutions, from family to church to school to government, are all inherently bad, you see (even though they were created by people who are good).  (Hmm.)  And if we can just “reform” those institutions so they all function like a kindergarten for special needs kids, all will be well.

This is the worldview of humanism, which is atheism.  And it has failed over and over and over again for at least hundreds of years, that we know of.  Most people were not delusional enough to believe anything so patently false until we had Marx and a “systematic atheology,” with government schools to push it.

I need to admit here that the would-be reformers of institutions have often been Christians, listening to their own sin-damaged hearts rather than to the Holy Spirit, trusting in their own wisdom rather than in the Bible.  For example, the high-sounding notion that prisons should be a place of rehabilitation rather than punishment doesn’t come from God.  And “surprise, surprise,” it doesn’t work.  Hospitals work when they’re run the Christian way – privately, voluntarily; and they fail when government force is substituted for authentic compassion. 

This is my “shocked” face.

The abysmal, universal and predictable failure of programs based on the assumptions of humanism should lead us to question those assumptions.  Maybe humanity really isn’tgood.  Maybe our institutions are needed to curb wickedness.  Whatever the malfunction with humanism/atheism, no one can deny there is something wrong.  When applied to the real world, it just doesn’t work.  Ever.  Whatever measures we put in place to enforce “equality,” greater inequality is the result.  Whenever man tries to reconstruct the social order on anything but the theistic blueprint of reverence for God, one man/one woman marriage, personal responsibility, reward of virtue & punishment of vice, duty, private property, charity and so forth, human misery and mass death follow.

With the Hindenburg-esque failures of humanism in practice, the atheists are not necessarily proving God.  But they are definitely disproving atheism.

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http://barbwire.com/2016/12/04/atheisms-failures-practice-disprove-theory/

Consequences of Unforgiveness

Hebrews 12:14-15

Scripture stresses the importance of pardoning those who have offended us. While it may feel natural to pull away from hurtful people, refusing to forgive has consequences far worse than the pain of being wronged. Unforgiveness …

Harms family interactions. Have you ever tried to maintain a growing relationship with an individual who’s rooted in bitterness? You can’t do it, because that person is fixated on unhealthy feelings about someone else. Moreover, it’s hard to spend time with anyone consumed by resentment, because such people simply cease being likable.

Hinders prayer life. Unforgiveness is sin, and unconfessed sin creates “static” in a believer’s relationship with God. So it’s important to forgive others before prayer or worship (Matt. 5:23-24).

Damages one’s personal witness. The highlight of your testimony is salvation, which centers around the truth that the Lord has forgiven all your sins. How can you stress the importance of this if your listener can’t see even a hint of forgiveness in your own life?

Thwarts spiritual growth. God will not bless sinful actions. And so, if you are living a life mired in unforgiveness, you cannot expect Him to shower you with His blessings. By persisting in disobedience, you disrupt intimate fellowship with the Lord and put yourself in a dangerous position.

Is there anyone you need to forgive today? Don’t let another day pass without granting that forgiveness. There is more at stake than you may have realized.

The Christian’s Position

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” (Ephesians 1:4)

The search for identity and meaning can drive one to great successes or tragic failures. For the Christian, however, the question is answered throughout Ephesians.

We are chosen! We are selected as a favorite out of “many [who] are called” (Matthew 22:14) “out of the world” (John 15:19). What a privilege! We are God’s choice to bear His name, represent His cause, and share His glory throughout eternity.

In fact, we are “predestinated [previous boundaries set] . . . unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself” (Ephesians 1:5). And “if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).

Furthermore, we have been “accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). That word, “accepted,” is a specialized form of the word most often translated “grace.” We have been “graced” by almighty God, who has set absolute boundaries around our lives and made us His children. We were purchased “through his blood” (v. 7) “that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar [that is, ‘precious’] people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14).

Moreover, we are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)! Our sins are “covered” (Psalm 32:1); “cast” behind God’s back (Isaiah 38:17); removed “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12); “remember[ed] . . . no more” (Jeremiah 31:34); and cleansed “from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Hallelujah! Since we are God’s children, we should have no identity crisis. We are a chosen, predestined, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, and holy people. Finally, we are predestined “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). HMM III

Admiring Awe and Sincere Humility

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. —1 Peter 5:6

Whose of us who have been blessed within our own beings would not join in any crusade to “follow your feelings.” On the other hand, if there is no feeling at all in our hearts, then we are dead!…

Real worship is, among other things, a feeling about the Lord our God. It is in our hearts. And we must be willing to express it in an appropriate manner.

We can express our worship to God in many ways. But if we love the Lord and are led by His Holy Spirit, our worship will always bring a delighted sense of admiring awe and a sincere humility on our part.

The proud and lofty man or woman cannot worship God any more acceptably than can the proud devil himself. There must be humility in the heart of the person who would worship God in spirit and in truth.

Lord, I bring to You a heart filled with adoration and humility. Accept my worship as something that brings joy to You. Amen.

Yes, Let the Day Dawn

The path of the just… shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)

The Bible tells us that when a person becomes a Christian, it is as though the sun has come up and the day has dawned. Then his experience along the path should be like the glowing light which shineth more and more unto the perfect day!

This brings us to a question: if all Christians are alike in standing and state, why did Jesus point out three distinctions in the Christian life—”some thirty, some sixty and some a hundred fold”?

If we are all alike and have all “arrived” at the same place and state, why did the Apostle Paul tell the Philippian Christians—”I have suffered the loss of all things, that I may know Him and if by any means, I might attain unto that superior resurrection”?

I am of the opinion that we cannot experience that which we have not believed. I still think we must instruct and urge men and women, toiling along in average and common Christian ways, to move forward and claim spiritual victory they have not yet known.

Do not dissociate Jesus from our common manhood

Do not dissociate Jesus from our common manhood. It is a dark room which you are going through, but Jesus went through it before. It is a sharp fight which you are waging, but Jesus has stood foot to foot with the same enemy. Let us be of good cheer—Christ has borne the load before us, and the blood-stained footsteps of the King of glory may be seen along the road which we traverse at this hour. There is something sweeter yet—Jesus was tempted, but Jesus never sinned. Then, my soul, it is not needful for thee to sin, for Jesus was a man, and if one man endured these temptations and sinned not, then in his power his members may also cease from sin.