I was teaching a Sunday School class for teenagers recently and mentioned in passing that God sings and when we sing we reflect part of his character. I received a number of confused looks from the teens present. Now my lesson wasn’t specifically on that point and my mention of it was by way of illustration, so I moved on. However, I think I’m going to revisit that briefly with them soon to help them see this important truth better. In addition, my other thought was that other Christians may have never heard this either, so here is a verse which demonstrates God as singing. Continue reading
Many news outlets have reported that Pope Francis wants to change the translation of the Lord’s Prayer. Specifically, he objects that “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13) makes it seem like the Lord leads us to sin.
With all due respect, I strongly believe he is wrong. The pope said, “That is not a good translation.” Actually, it is an excellent translation as you’ll see in this article. Continue reading
We often get the idea that work is a bad thing. However, God didn’t create work to be that way. In the Garden of Eden, Adam had work responsibilities.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Gen. 2:15)
Notice first that God put Adam in the garden. God was the One Who created work. As we saw in the previous verses, God made everything good, so work must be good. In Genesis 3, work became difficult due to sin, but work itself was created by God to be good for mankind. God made human beings to be productive.
It took God just 6 days to create everything. This is a testimony to His omnipotence.
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
That creation was “finished” means that there was no more creation out of nothing (ex nihilo). All physical matter had been created. Of course, the created matter could change through various means (chemical, nuclear, etc.), but from this point, matter could neither be created or destroyed (First Law of Thermodynamics). Continue reading
1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Peter addresses his first epistle to the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”. There is a long debate over the relationship with God’s sovereign election and mankind’s free will. A related discussion is the aspect of “foreknowledge” as helping reconcile the two. The argument goes like this: God looked into the future and saw who would believe on Jesus as savior. He then elected those persons to salvation. This is an valiant attempt to bring election and free will together, but it fails under closer scrutiny. Here’s why. Continue reading