VIDEO ‘Is Genesis History?”, A Must See Movie

Genesis

Is Genesis history? That is the title of an intriguing new film, hosted by Del Tackett, who created and hosted “The Truth Project” (for Focus on the Family), which was seen by some 12 million people worldwide.

I spoke with Del Tackett on my radio show recently about this new movie. I asked him: Why does it matter? Some think God made the world through evolutionary processes. Who cares?

He answered, “Well, it matters a great deal…One of the key things that spurred me on to do this was I began to see a very aggressive rise within what I will call ‘evangelical hierarchy’…within our seminaries and pastors and authors, and so forth, a tendency to buy the current scientific paradigm…”

“Deep time” is a phrase Tackett uses to describe “the current scientific paradigm,” which means millions of years. He continues: “…you end up without a real sin and fall. You lose the whole perspective of God’s announcement of the coming Messiah in that great proto-evangel that God speaks there in the garden [Gen. 3:15]. You lose the understanding of God’s judgment in the flood.” In short, you have death apart from man’s sin.

He added, “our worldview is rooted… in those historical narratives” of Genesis.

He was impressed with the various scholars (mostly scientists) in the film, whom he interviewed in the field. He called them “scary smart.”

These guests include Doctors  Kevin Anderson, microbiologist, Steve Austin, geologist; Steve Boyd, Hebraist; Robert Carter, marine biologist; Arthur Chadwick, taphonomist; Danny Faulkner, astronomer; Paul Nelson, philosopher of science; Douglas Petrovich, archaeologist; Marcus Ross, paleontologist; Andrew Snelling, geologist; Kurt Wise, paleontologist; and Todd Wood, biologist.

I also spoke with film-maker Tom Purifoy, Jr., of Compass Media. He is the producer, writer, and director of “Is Genesis History?” He explained that the origins of this film go back a few years ago when his then ten year old daughter was trying to understand some questions about the Bible related to creation/evolution.

The film showcases evidence not widely known—such as the theory that the Grand Canyon was created quickly through rushing water, not slowly over millions of years. Or evidence that dinosaurs are not as old as we’re led to believe. Noah’s flood is the key to all these things.

Tackett told me that when a scientific paradigm, e.g., evolution, captures the culture, “it reigns supreme. And there are really no other questions that are allowed to be asked. No other evidence.”

Tackett says we then end up without the whole picture: “We wall ourselves off to any contrary evidence. And so it’s not surprising that we’re now finding soft dinosaur tissue in a number of bones, and yet the current paradigm doesn’t know how to deal with that and so, therefore, in many cases it’s just ignored.”

Indeed, we are never told about soft tissue found in connection with dinosaur bones, for the creatures supposedly died off 65 million years ago. But in making the film, Tackett was amazed at some dinosaur remains he was able to see and touch: “When we were in the lab looking at the soft dinosaur tissue, it was absolutely fascinating. I saw it under the microscope. I held it. It is stretchy. This cannot occur in a dinosaur bone that is millions of years old. That protein breaks down rapidly.” I’m grateful for this film to bring these kinds of discoveries to light.

For this column, I reached out to Dr. George Grant, one of the “scary smart” scholars in the movie. He is a theologian, and in the movie he comments about a literal Adam and Eve.

George wrote me, “The truth is, Del is one of the great thinker-apologists of our day. Though he is astonishingly omni-competent, he persists in humbly questioning, learning, stretching, and growing—and this shows in the various video series he has produced. Where ‘The Truth Project’ left off, ‘Is Genesis History?’ picks up….I was delighted to be able to be a part of this very important project.”

When I asked George why the issue matters, he told me, “Our understanding of history necessarily shapes our operational worldview, our understanding of the reliability of Scriptures, and our sense of moral coherence.”

It is my view that those who see “Is Genesis History?,” which is beautifully shot, will come away with the same conviction. Perhaps, the tagline for the film says it all, “Two competing views…one compelling truth.”

*Note (relevant until 2/24/17): On February 23, at 700 select theatres across the country, the film will be shown on the big screen, for which it was filmed. After that, it will be available for use in homes, classrooms, including Sunday schools, on the “small screen.” To find out if it’s playing in your area, see www.isgenesishistory.com.

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Better Than a Piñata

Better Than a Piñata

By grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:5

There cannot be a Mexican party without a piñata—a carton or clay container filled with candies and treats. Children strike it with a stick and try to break it, hoping to enjoy its contents.

Monks used the piñatas in the sixteenth century to teach lessons to the indigenous people of Mexico. Piñatas were stars with seven points that represented the seven deadly sins. Beating the piñata showed the struggle against evil, and once the treats inside fell to the ground, people could take them home in remembrance of the rewards of keeping the faith.

Thank You for Your mercy, Lord, which is great and free!

But we cannot fight evil on our own. God is not waiting for our efforts so that He will show His mercy. Ephesians teaches that “by grace you have been saved through faith, . . . it is the gift of God” (2:8). We don’t beat sin; Christ has done that.

Children fight for the candies from the piñata, but God’s gifts come to all of us when we believe in Jesus. God “has blessed us . . . with every spiritual blessing” (1:3). We have forgiveness of sins, redemption, adoption, new life, joy, love, and much more. We don’t get these spiritual blessings because we have kept the faith and are strong; we get them because we believe in Jesus. Spiritual blessings come only through grace—undeserved grace!

Thank You for Your mercy, Lord, which is great and free!

We have been saved by grace. Now we enjoy the many blessings that come by grace.

INSIGHT:Today’s reading shows the spiritual condition of those who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. But it also proclaims that new life is freely offered as a remedy to all who believe. In the King James Version, Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” The Greek word translated “quickened” does not appear in the original. However, it appears in verse 5, and many other passages support this concept of quickening or making alive (Col. 2:13; Rom. 6:11–14; 8:10–11). Every member of the human race is dead spiritually and will someday die physically. But through the extraordinary ministry of Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, all who believe in Him can be “quickened” from death to life.

 

Responding to Persecution

 

1 Peter 3:13-18

Persecution has been a common experience in Christianity ever since the apostles first proclaimed the message of salvation. Even in places that have been blessed with a long period of peace and prosperity, there is no guarantee how long that will continue. And though we may never face severe repercussions like imprisonment or death for our beliefs, we’ve probably all felt the sting of rejection or ridicule. Whatever form the harassment may take, we should all be prepared to suffer for Christ.

Peter wrote to a group of believers who were treated harshly because of their faith. His goal was to offer encouragement and a reminder to follow Christ’s example: Though sinless, He suffered in our place to bring us to God. And while the crowd at the cross mocked Him, He never responded harshly. Instead, He patiently suffered in full submission to His Father, “entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23).

Without this perspective, we could quickly descend into self-pity or angry resentment when we’re mistreated. But Peter reminds us that we are blessed when we suffer for the sake of righteousness. Not only will we receive a reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12), but we may also have an opportunity to gently and reverently be a witness for Christ.

A wise response to persecution flows from an accurate understanding of God’s ways. Unfair suffering is sometimes a part of His will for us, just as it was for Christ. But we can trust our Father, knowing that He can work every situation for our good and His glory.

Naming Names

 

“Their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (2 Timothy 2:17-18)

Many Christians decry the citing of actual names of those Christian leaders who teach heretical doctrines, saying that such an act is “unloving.” Paul, however, considered it an important evidence of true love to warn against those who would “overthrow the faith of some,” realizing that generalities would be useless.

Not only did Hymenaeus and Philetus make Paul’s list, but so did Demas (2 Timothy 4:10), Alexander the coppersmith (2 Timothy 4:14), the Cretians (Titus 1:12), another Alexander (1 Timothy 1:20), and even Peter (Galatians 2:11-14) when he began to teach legalism. Likewise, John warned against Diotrephes (3 John 1:9) and the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6).

On the other hand, Paul was much more generous with name recognition when he was giving out commendations (e.g., Romans 16:1-15; Colossians 4:7-17). We undoubtedly need to follow his example in appreciating by name those who are faithful in teaching and living the truth.

Likewise, we need to be ready and willing to name those individuals, churches, schools, and other organizations that are denying biblical inerrant authority, compromising the doctrine of special creation, requiring humanistic works for salvation, or bringing in other heretical doctrines. We obviously need to be sure of our facts when we do this and also to bring such charges only if motivated by genuine concern for those apt to be led astray if we don’t speak out. But then we must, indeed, “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). HMM

Secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him

Genesis 41:1, 8-16, 25-36

Two years rolled away and Joseph was still in prison, for the right time had not come. If the vision tarry let us wait for it.

Genesis 41:14

Joseph was under no obligation to any one for his release; he was fetched out of prison because the king needed him. Like his ancestor Abraham he owed not a thread or a shoe latchet to any man. God’s people shall thus be made the head and not the tail. The king of Egypt could not say, “I have made Joseph rich.” The Lord will exalt his servants in the best time, and in the best manner.

Genesis 41:16

Then the king detailed his double dream to Joseph, which was at once interpreted by divine illumination, Joseph humbly and plainly ascribing all his knowledge to the true God. Pharaoh had complimented him, but he was not a man of vain mind, and therefore disclaimed all honour for himself.

Genesis 41:33-36

Here was practical wisdom. This is what we should seek of God. Knowledge is of little service unless it be prudently utilised. To be anxiously careful for the future is wrong, but provident prudence is so evidently a virtue, that we wonder any should question it.

 

Ill that God blesses is our good,

And unblest good is ill,

And all is right that seems most wrong,

If it be his dear will.

 

I have no cares, O blessed Lord!

For all my cares are thine;

I live in triumph, Lord, for thou

Hast made thy triumphs mine.

 

Diligence Is Required For Success in God

Hebrews 11:6

Some people are just lazy, which is why they never see anything accomplished with their lives. They blame their lack of success on this, that, and everything but themselves. But God is no respecter of persons. What He does for one, He will do for all. The key factors that make the difference are not about God, but about a person’s level of determination and his or her willingness to do whatever is necessary to achieve a goal.

It may be a hard fact to face, but ultimately we are all responsible for our success or our lack of success. We all possess the same promises, the same faith, the same power, the same Spirit, and the same Jesus who sits at the right hand of God to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). The main thing that determines who succeeds and who doesn’t succeed is attitude.

You have to want success in order to get it. It doesn’t float on clouds, and it takes hard work to achieve it. Because most people are willing to do only average work, they reap average results. To achieve super results, one must do super work, be deeply committed to the task, and be willing to do whatever is necessary to realize goals and aspirations.

Hebrews 11:6 says that God “… is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” According to this verse, even God rewards diligence. In fact, He only rewards those who diligently seek Him, which means people with a lazy, lethargic, do-nothing, “take-it-easy” attitude will never be greatly rewarded by the Lord. This verse says that God rewards the diligent seeker.

Diligence is required for any success. The phrase “diligently seek” in Hebrews 11:6 is taken from the Greek word ekzeteo, and it carries an entire range of power-packed meanings. It means to zealously seek for something with all of one’s heart, strength, and might. It presents the picture of one who seeks something so passionately and determinedly that he literally exhausts all his power in his search.

Because the word ekzeteo portrays such an earnest effort, the idea of being hardworking, attentive, busy, constant, and persistent in one’s devotion to what he or she is doing is also included.

 

This tells us that Hebrews 11:6 means:

“God is a rewarder of those who put all their heart, strength, and might into seeking Him. Those who are so committed in their search that they are willing to exhaust all their natural powers in their search for Him—they are the ones who will find what they are seeking!”

You see, you have to be diligent to be rewarded by God, so it should be no surprise that diligence is going to be required in order for you to succeed in every sphere of life. It’s just a fact that a lazy, neglectful attitude will never get you where you need to go. If you take your life assignment lightly—if you approach it with a casual, easygoing, take-it-easy, relaxed attitude—you’ll never go far in the fulfillment of your call or dream. Live like a slug, and you’ll eat dirt the rest of your life!

If you’re serious about succeeding in life, you’ll have to adjust your level of commitment and give your full attention to what God has called you to do. Diligence cannot be a sideline issue. Your assigned task must have your full consideration, your undivided attention, and your mental and spiritual concentration. You must immerse yourself in faith, prayer, and meditation regarding God’s call on your life. Distractions are not allowed.

It takes hard work to achieve any goal, and complaining about that hard work won’t make it any easier. So be constant in your commitment. Refuse to relent! Stay stubborn and unbending even in the face of opposition until your objective is achieved. Your consistency and determination will push the powers of hell aside and obtain the victory you desire!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I ask You to please help me become more serious as I adjust my level of commitment to a higher level. Help me give full attention to what You have called me to do. I realize that diligence cannot be a sideline issue in my life. In order for me to succeed at what You have asked me to do, I must give it my full consideration, my undivided attention, and my mental and spiritual concentration. But I can only keep pressing toward this higher level of commitment if I have the divine energy of the Holy Spirit propelling me forward. As I reach upward to become all that You want me to be, I ask You for divine assistance.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I agree that God is no respecter of persons. What He does for one, He will do for all. Every believer possesses the same promises, the same faith, the same power, the same Spirit, and the same Jesus who sits at the right hand of God to make intercession for us. These promises belong to me today! Because I choose to put my whole heart into my assigned task and to do more than average work, I know I will reap more than average results! I am deeply committed to the task and willing to do whatever is necessary to realize the goals and aspirations God has given to me.

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Do you believe you are diligently seeking after the Lord in a way that will bring success into every realm of your life?
  2. As you honestly evaluate your life, what areas in your life need more diligence? Write them down and make them a matter of prayer.
  3. Would other people say that you are determined and committed or that you only give half your heart to the projects assigned to you?

 

To Be Human Is To Be Wounded

  • By parents
  • By the guys on the team who picked you last
  • By ungrateful children
  • By the cutting remarks of your spouse
  • By colleagues who are clawing their way up the ladder

The Lord Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me:

 

To bind up the brokenhearted

  • To grant Consolation and joy to those who mourn
  • An ornament of beauty instead of ashes:
  • The oil of joy instead of mourning:
  • The garment of praiseinstead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit… ” (Isaiah 61:1-3 – nas; Amp.O.T.)

TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE WOUNDED“… That is true — But,

 

Whatever your wound…

 

Whatever your disappointment…

 

Whatever your fear…

 

The Great Physician, who Himself was deeply wounded, now waits to bring you healing…

 

If you will let Him.

 

 

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