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January 24, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 3


Romans 2:14-16

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

The second way we know that there must be a God is by looking at morality. We like to imagine that children are blank slates when they come into the world. They learn everything from the people around them, i.e. their culture. However, babies do not need to be taught that taking something they have (stealing) is wrong. In fact, they come into the world already knowing that lying, cheating, stealing, and hurting are all wrong. You have to actively teach them the opposite of these to change a child’s belief about them. It is also instructive that every culture, throughout history, anywhere on the planet has lived by the same basic moral code that we find in the second half of the 10 Commandments. The only exception is when cultures get to powerful and wealthy (Greece, Rome, Persia, etc.) and decide to change these moral laws for their own benefit. If there are universal moral laws, where did they come from? If it is nearly impossible for two humans to agree on where to go for lunch today, it is certainly impossible that we all agreed on these big things! There must have been a Law Giver who is above human beings in the cosmic order of things. This is what Paul is trying to say in our passage for today. If someone wrote the rules to live by on our hearts, He must be greater than we are. This is God. He is the only rational explanation for the universal moral code by which humans have always organized themselves.

 

Prayer

Lord of All, I praise You that You have written Your Law upon my heart. I know that I do not follow it perfectly, but I always know what is right and wrong, and this helps me know that You are there. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe -no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house. The only way in which we could expect it to show itself would be inside us as an influence or a command trying to get us to behave in a certain way. And that's just what we do find inside us. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day (Imagine a President saying this today)

The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State. ― President Harry S. Truman

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January 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is There a God? 2


Week 2: Is There a God?

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

 

Romans 1:19-21

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

 

Thought for Today

The greatest testament to the existence of God is creation itself. The beauty and majesty of creation speaks to the beauty and majesty of the Creator. The complexity of creation speaks to the craftsmanship of the creator. In the early days of theory of evolution, one of the key factors was the belief that cells were simple and highly flexible things. We have since discovered that this is not the case. Cells are incredibly complex and highly specific in function. To change one to the smallest degree is to render is essentially useless. The complexity of the cell speaks to the incredible skill of the the Designer. It takes willful ignorance to deny that a Creator has shaped all that we see. Watch this amazing video of how cells work (about 6 minutes of your time) and ask yourself, “Could this happen by accident or does this shout of an intelligent designer?”
Your Body’s Molecular Machines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_tYrnv_o6A

 

Prayer

Creator of all, I praise You that creation itself proclaims Your glory and that more I learn about what You have made to more I begin to see You. Continue to show me Your glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. — Maya Angelou

 

Quote of the Day

The Biblical world view sees Earth and its ecosystems as the effect of a wise God's creation and... therefore robust, resilient, and self-regulating, like the product of any good engineer. — Christopher Monckton



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01-23-2019 at 11:45 AM
Erica
No matter how many science classes I have taken over the years, human genetics still makes my head explode!!! Only God.
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January 22, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is There a God? 1


Is There a God?

Psalm 14:1 & 53:1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

 

Thought for Today

David begins two of his Psalms with the same words, “the fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Today these words would be viewed not only a bit curious, lots of people struggle with the question of the existence of God, but also highly offensive. It makes a value judgment about them, they are fools. Therefore, this might not be the best opening line for a discussion with your friends who doubt. However, it is an important statement. David believed that the evidence for God was so overwhelming that a person would have to be a fool to not acknowledge it. Yet, this is the place where we have come to as a society. Today you are generally considered a fool if you believe in God. Many people put it on par with believing in fairies and unicorns. This is not the case. While there is indeed an element of faith involved, there is overwhelming evidence for the existence of God. We find it in three main places: nature, morality and revelation. We will explore these three ideas over the next three days. They may help you to see that it takes greater faith not to believe than to believe!

 

Prayer

Lord God, show Yourself to me this week. Give me eyes to see You at work in my life and a mind to understand how You show Yourself to the world. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking. ― George MacDonald

 

Quote of the Day

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God. ― Sidney Sheldon

 

Bonus Quote (because it amuses me)

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful [as the Babel fish] could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist,'" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."
"But," says Man, "The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."
"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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