Evanga-Colors

Do you remember the bracelets with the colored beads? Each bead represented a step in God’s plan of salvation?

Black – Sin –
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
James 2:10 Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Red – Blood of Jesus –
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (He shed His blood.)

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures

White – Forgiven –
Romans 10:9 If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Blue – Eternal Life in Heaven –

    Heaven is our home.

John 14:2-3 …I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:1 We know that if our earthly house were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    Eternal life

John 3:16 God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Green – Christian growth

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Through prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with other believers)

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Exercise

Bodily Exercise vs. Spiritual Exercise

Why do you want to exercise?
The most common answers are:
Look better
Feel better
Have more energy

Those are all good things. Let’s look at what the Bible says about exercise.

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Is exercise bad? No. Your body is important; it is the Lord’s temple. You need to keep it healthy.

But you need to keep that in perspective.

If you commit to exercise your body two hours a week, but don’t have time to pick up your Bible once during the week, you need to adjust your priorities. If you are making a commitment to spend time improving the physical, make a commitment to improve the spiritual also.

Benefits of spiritual exercise:
Look better: When non-Christians look at your life, they will see Christ in you. You will be a godly example to your friends, family, and church members.
Feel better: The fruits of the Spirit are peace, love, joy,… (Galatians 5:22)
Have more energy: You will be stronger and more confident in your witness and in your ministries. You will have the wisdom to counsel and encourage others.

Your body must last a lifetime.
Your spirit will last an eternity.

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Why God Created

Why did God create the heavens and the earth?
(From a Bible study called “Firm Foundations”)

– To be inhabited
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

– Created man to glorify God
Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

– Created the heavens for His glory
Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

– Shows his existence and his character
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

– As an act of His sovereign will, for His pleasure
Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

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Noah and the Flood

Genesis 6-7 tells us about a world-wide flood.

Read Genesis 6:3
God’s Spirit strived with man.
Every thought of man’s heart was wicked.
God is loving, merciful, and long-suffering. Ezekiel 33:11, II Peter 3:9
God gave man 120 years to repent before he sent the flood waters.
Noah was a preacher of righteousness — 2 Peter 2:25

Read Genesis 6:5 and 11
Increased wickedness
(Man is in a similar state of wickedness today)

Read Genesis 6:12
God saw the unbelieving world and its sin.
Nothing is hidden from God. Hebrews 4:13

Read Genesis 6:6-7
God decided to destroy the world

Read Genesis 6:8-10
Noah found grace in the eyes of The Lord
Man must have faith in order to please God. Hebrews 11:6
Man can only come to God according to His plan.

Read Genesis 6:13-21
God gives Noah specific instructions for the ark (the dimensions, the material)
The length of the ark was 450 ft (one and a half football fields) – No small boat
One ark, one door, one way to come to God and be saved
The ark represents salvation.

Read Genesis 6:22
Noah obeyed God by faith. Hebrews 11:7
Noah was moved with fear. Proverbs 9:10

Read Genesis 7:1-5
1 Peter 3:20 God waited for Noah to build the ark.
Noah had faith. He believed that he and his family could only be saved by God.
God said COME into the ark. COME in TO ME.

Read Genesis 7:15-16
One door
The Lord shut the door. Noah didn’t have to shut the door.
God shut the door and Noah was secure in the ark (his salvation)

Read Genesis 7:17-23
After God shut the door, the rain (His judgment) began.
Vs. 20 The mountains were covered.
Vs. 21-22 All flesh died that moved upon the earth.
Earth defined Genesis 1:10

We listen to the stories of the Old Testament and even believe them but never really apply the truths that God is revealing. They reveal to us the very character of God.
–God hates sin.
–God is patient.
–God desires for all to be saved.
–God’s judgment is swift and sure.
–God is gracious in His care and salvation for all who come to Him by faith.

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Paying taxes

It is tax season again. Many of us are struggling with the burden of taxes this year. What does Jesus have to say about paying taxes? He addressed the question of taxes on two separate occasions.
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Jesus pays taxes
Matthew 17:24-27

And when they arrived in Capernaum,
they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said,
Does not your master pay tribute?
Peter said, Yes.

And when Peter would have come into the house,
Jesus prevented him, saying,
What do you think, Simon?
Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute?
of their own children, or of strangers?
Peter answered, Of strangers.
Jesus said to him, Then are the children free.

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go to the sea, and cast a hook,
and take up the fish that come up first;
and when you have opened his mouth,
you shall find a piece of money:
that take, and give to them for me and thee.

Render unto Caesar
Matthew 22:17-21

Tell us therefore, What do you think?
Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said,
Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?
Show me the tribute money.

And they brought to him a penny.

And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription?

They say to him, Caesar’s.

Then Jesus to them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s;
and unto God the things that are God’s.

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Our Soul

When God made us in His image, He made us a living soul. Our soul has 3 parts: mind, emotion, and will.

WITH OUR MIND – We have the ability to think.
Because God has a mind, He made a people with a mind that has the ability to know Him.
God wanted to talk to man and have man talk to Him.
He wanted to communicate with us not just by spoken word but also by written word.
We can think and reason.
We can listen and understand and do what God says.
WITH OUR MIND, we can KNOW GOD.

WITH OUR EMOTIONS — We have feelings – joy, sadness, love and anger.
Emotions can sometimes be thought of as negative, but emotions are very necessary and helpful. God has emotions. John 3:16 God loved the world. Proverbs 6:16-19 tells 7 things God hates. The Bible also speaks of God’s delight, His wrath, and His sadness. Because God has emotions/feelings, He made man with emotions. God loved man and He wanted man to be able to love Him.
WITH OUR EMOTIONS, we can LOVE GOD.

WITH OUR WILL — We have the ability to make decisions. God has a will. He is able to decide that He will do something or that He will not do something.
God made man so that he could make decisions too.
God could have made a man who had no choice…like the sun or the moon. They do the same thing every day, every month, every year. But God didn’t want that.
WITH OUR WILL, we can CHOOSE TO OBEY GOD.

With our mind, emotion and will, we can have a relationship with our God – a fellowship. With our mind, emotion and will, we can do God’s work in the way God wants it to be done. That would make God and man happy.

Because we are made in God’s image, we have value. Before you accomplish anything in your life, you have value, simply because you are made in God’s image.

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In the Image of God

God spoke and the heavens and the earth were created.
Genesis 1 – God speaks “Let there be…”
Light; Heaven; land and seas; sun, moon and stars; sea creatures and birds of the air; animals that walk on the land and creeping things.
Universe “one spoken sentence”

God didn’t create all of these things for Himself.
He lovingly, carefully and perfectly created everything in preparation for his final, crowning creation –Man.
Isaiah 45:18 God made the earth “to be inhabited”.
All that man needed was ready and waiting.

When I think of God’s creation, I am amazed.
God provided all the things we need to live.
-The earth was placed in the perfect position – the sun was placed the perfect distance from the earth. Not too hot or too cold for life.
-The atmospheres is just the right mixture of gases for life and breathe.
-The trees and green plants release oxygen for us to breath
Photosynthesis: CO2 +H2O +sugar =O2
Man breathes in the O2 and breaths out CO2, which is used by the trees.
-The trees provide food for man to eat to sustain life

Animals need 3 things to survive and continue to exist
1) A way to get food – spider’s web, bioluminescence in anglerfish in Finding Nemo
2) A way to protect itself – camouflage, bad taste, quills
3) A way to find a mate – color, scent, strutting/movement
All animals have these things—except the sheep: no protection, needs a shepherd
The Bible likens us to a sheep

A bird diligently builds a nest. When everything is ready, the female deposits her treasure/ her eggs into the nest. God prepared a place for his treasure: man.

Man – “Let us make man…”Genesis 1:26
Trinity – Three in one, named in Matt 28:19
God is beyond what our mind can understand. Think of gravity or the wind. We have a hard time understanding it but we can see what it does. We don’t understand everything about God but we can see what He does and learn about Him from His Word.
“God formed man from the dust of the earth…”Genesis 2:7
Man’s creation was something more personal. God didn’t just speak… He formed man. But man was made from the ground just like the animals. Evolutionists will tell you man came from animals because he is made up of the same chemicals. Here is our explanation. Evolutionists say life came from the non-living elements of the earth because we have the same chemicals. Here is your explanation.

“…And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Our body is just a shell. It is made from dust and will return to dust. The Bible describes it as a tent, a building or house, a tabernacle or temple. Don’t get me wrong. Our body is amazing, and one day we will be given a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:53-57). But what is unique…what sets us apart from the animals is what lives inside our tabernacle…our living soul. That living soul, that breath of God, is what makes us an everlasting being. Our soul is going to live forever:
In Heaven, a place of joy in the presence of God
OR In Hell, a place of everlasting fire and torment.
Our soul is created in the image of God.

Our soul has 3 parts: mind, emotion, and will.
WITH OUR MIND – We have the ability to think. An animal acts on instinct instead of rational thoughts.
Because God has a mind, He made a people with a mind that has the ability to know Him.
God wanted to talk to man and have man talk to Him.
He wanted to communicate with us not just by spoken word but also by written word.
We can think and reason.
We can listen and understand and do what God says.
WITH OUR MIND, we can KNOW GOD.

WITH OUR EMOTIONS— We have feelings – joy, sadness, love and anger.
Emotions can sometimes thought of as negative, but emotions are very necessary and helpful. God has emotions. John 3:16 God loved the world. Proverbs 6:16-19 tells 7 things God hates. The Bible also speaks of God’s delight, His wrath, and His sadness. Because God has emotions/feelings, He made man with emotions. God loved man and He wanted man to be able to love Him.
WITH OUR EMOTIONS, we can LOVE GOD.

WITH OUR WILL—We have the ability to make decisions. God has a will. He is able to decide that He will do something or that He will not do something.
God made man so that he could make decisions too.
God could have made a man who had no choice…like the sun or the moon. They do the same thing every day, every month, every year. But God didn’t want that.
WITH OUR WILL, we can CHOOSE TO OBEY GOD.

With our mind, emotion and will, we can have a relationship with our God – a fellowship. With our mind, emotion and will, we can do God’s work in the way God wants it to be done. That would make God and man happy.

Because we are made in God’s image, we have value. Before you accomplish anything in your life, you have value, simply because you are made in God’s image.

The boat question – you have probably all heard this question in some variation. You are on a life boat. There is a doctor, a baby, a housewife, name any profession our society values. There is only enough provision to keep the group minus one alive. Who gets thrown out of the life boat? Situational ethics. The question is trying to get you to judge one person as more valuable than another. That’s not hard to do because we tend to do that anyway in everyday life. We tend to PRE-Judge based on external factors – color, country, physical beauty, clothes, homes, cars, jobs. God said man looks on the outward appearance, but He looks at the heart. (1Samuel 16:7) I heard this question discussed on a talk show a year or so ago. The decision came down to a dog or a baby. The woman answered, ” It depends if it is MY dog.” Seriously? UN-believable!!!!

The Spartans – If small, sickly or deformed, a newborn was thrown from the cliff. Every person was born to serve the good of the society, devoted wholly to country. At the age of 7, a boy was taken from his family, brought up by the state and hardened for war. The worth of a man was based on how much he contributed to the strength of the group as a whole.

The Athenians – The individual was exalted, as were self-expression, personal pleasure and pursuit of the good life. Infanticide was common, not because a child was weak or sickly but any child that threatened “the good life”. Parents had 10 days to decide if they would officially accept the child. If the child was not accepted, he or she was placed in a large earthenware vessel at the temples of their gods and left to the elements. If the child was accepted, he or she was indulged. Literature, music and physical beauty were important in Athens. The Athenians feared overpopulation and depletion of resources. Only 8% of the families had 2 sons and few had daughters. Eventually the death rate exceeded the birth rate.

Nazi Germany – early to mid 1940’s – special agency for the termination of children

Oklahoma City – “selective treatment’ program at Children’s Hospital – 1977-1982
Quality of Life = Natural Endowment x (Home + Society)

Peter Singer – biomedical ethicist – published an article in Pediatrics in 1983. Said a severely handicapped person is less capable than a pig or a dog and should not be given special value just because the person is of the human species.

Oliver DeVinck – 1947-1979 severely handicapped. His brother Christopher wrote an article that was published in the Wall Street Journal in 1985 speaking of the value of the weak and helpless. (You will find an excerpt from the article on this blog. It is entitled “Oliver”)

The Americans – We see infanticide today in the U.S. But we don’t give the baby 10 days. Our standard is you can kill the baby at any time before it takes its first breath. We get rid of babies for reasons common to Sparta and Athens. The child may not be healthy – Down’s Syndrome or spina bifida. The child may be inconvenient and get in our way of having the good life.

Races – Charles Darwin popularized the idea of inferior races. God speaks of families and nations and tongues. God speaks of believers and unbelievers. Eve is “the mother of all living” Genesis 3:20. God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” Acts 17:26.

If we look to the Bible, we see that man has value apart from anything he achieves simply because he is made in the IMAGE OF GOD.

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