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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Where is the balance between Truth and Grace?
Where is the balance between Truth and Grace?

Some churches today embrace truth but need a heavy dose of grace. Other churches talk about grace but cry out for a heavy dose of truth. ~ Randy Alcorn

The point around which this Truth and Grace apparent dichotomy balances is the statement from John 1:14 that says;

The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.”

It is interesting that many people then go on to assume the Sword of the Spirit that is referred to as the word of God in Ephesians 6, is the sword of Truth and then wield it to inflict pain not so much on Satan’s plans but rather the communities of people within which the church works.

 I think that these same people fail to see the Sword of the Spirit is actually the Word which, as John 1:14 alludes, is actually Jesus.

We can’t go around bashing people with truth and enable the love of Jesus to reach others.

 Truth except through Jesus is mean, hard and uncompromising. I can say this for I as a person also suffer from selfish, nasty and ignorant tendencies that cause me to have deal blows of truth that I also regret. Jesus brings his grace into play and has enabled me to forgive myself for these indiscretions and enabled me to avoid becoming paralyzed by fear of failure. Grace enables us to understand that Jesus loves us even in our nasty, ignorant and selfish state and only wants what is best for us.

Herein is the full truth of the Truth/Grace balance. Jesus our Lord and benefactor enables us to soften our interactions while not compromising on either Truth or Grace.

Notice the central verse states the Word was full of grace and truth.

Not balancing between, optimizing, or anything else.

Fullness of truth and fullness of grace in in Jesus.

We cannot compromise of what we believe is God’s truth but we also cannot compromise on what is God’s grace.

Dr Victor Shepherd at a seminar I attended yesterday made a statement that that the order of God’s blessings is grace, mercy and peace.  I suggest that truth comes after grace.

God’s grace is inherent in salvation of those of us that are evil at the point in which we are in our nasty, selfish and ignorant state.

Truth is our exposure at that time to our view of ourselves which results in our reaching for the grace of God extended to save us into eternity.

Thereafter truth keeps us safe and supports God’s righteousness in our hearts.

The turbulence of the times we live through serves to temper and draw us out into the powerful tool God can us as both powers of grace and truth are evident in our lives through the continual immersing of our lives under Jesus direction and the Spirits leading.

Grace or truth is not the question for the answer is Grace and Truth in fullness is what we need.

What is your opinion?
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What is the cosmic microwave background radiation?
What is the cosmic microwave background radiation?

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.
~Albert Einstein

There is a glow in space which extends in every direction we look and is so consistent that it is obvious it must have started at the same place. Yet everywhere we look it is there.

What is it?

This is the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and is the thermal radiation left over from the "Big Bang".

It is old light. Left over from the beginnings of time. It occurred as those first electrons and protons of the Big Bang plasma recombined into hydrogen atoms. A few photons decoupled from the plasma and travelled through space.

This has been estimated to have occurred when the Universe was a mere 378,000 years old.

Old light! First light! A glimmer of creation.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1

It is fantastic that God left a bit of that original creation for us to see.

This early glow is found in the microwave region of the radio spectrum and was discovered in 1964 by radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson.

Why can't we see it?

Well the Universe has stretched out and this lights wavelengths have stretched into the microwave band and we cant see microwaves. (Look inside your microwave oven and you see food cooking but not the microwaves cooking it. We just don’t see that stuff!)

That doesn’t mean it’s not there. It is!

This CMB is amazing because it proves one thing.

There was a beginning.

The universe has not existed forever.

That means it was created.

The complexity and specialness of that creation points to a creator.

God says he did it.

The bible says it occurred.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1

The bible says Jesus was the one.

In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He was with God in the beginning.   All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him… John 1

This word was Jesus.

He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him.  Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God …John 1

And it says

The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth … John 1

That leave two important questions

a.   Do you believe it?
b.   What will you do about that belief?

I prefer to follow and listen to Jesus.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Thermodynamics, entropy and eternity
Thermodynamics, entropy and eternity

 “No structure, even an artificial one, enjoys the process of entropy. It is the ultimate fate of everything, and everything resists it.”

― Philip K. Dick,

Entropy, a tendency to go to the state of disorder. A tendency to chaos. The searching for an energy equilibrium state.

For an isolated system entropy always increases or remains the same.

These statements are the reason our universe must have had a beginning.

In simple terms, if this universe (a closed system) had been running for eternity, then the entropy would have reached a state where it would be remaining the same. This would mean everything would be at the same temperature throughout the universe and we would be blocks of ice.

Since that is not the case, we are still in a universe that is slowly evolving, and it cannot have been here since forever.

If the universe was started, and we have just proved it must have, then there needs to have been an originator.

Since it takes something to originate something out of nothing, this means for an origin there had to be an originator.

Since nothing created was there before the creation we have to take the creators word about the creation.

God says he was the creator. The Christian genesis describes the cosmic creation process very well, therefore it is highly conceivable that Jesus was who he said he was, that God exists and that he created the universe we live in.

Now, the question that we have left is this... If the creator says there is a best way to live within creation, do we believe him?

That’s the real question we each need to answer and act on.

How about wecheck up in the bible what God wants us to do?

 Have a great day.
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