Friday, September 30, 2016

The Israelites were in captivity in Egypt for 490 years.  Finally they are released and Pharaoh becomes so anger he decides to chase them down and bring them back.   The Israelites are now trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea.  They become afraid and complained against Moses, who they thought brought them into the dessert to die!  Then Moses says these words “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”” Exodus 14:13-14.

 

I am sure you are like me, there are times I see myself trapped between two people or issues.  I have many years of training and experience to assess a situation and make the best choice.  However, there is a more difficult choice to make and that is to wait.  Obviously Moses knew something the people did not, when he told them to wait.  He said they would see the Egyptian be defeated.  But the truth is if the people would have tried to cross the Red Sea before it parted they would have drowned.  If they would have tried to escape from the Egyptians they would have been crushed.  At least in this case they listened to Moses and waited.  They would have waited in fear, anxiety and doubt.  My challenge to us, who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must learn to wait in some circumstances.  God wants us to wait to learn what his plan is and for him to demonstrate his power in our lives.  God cannot always work when we never stop to wait, listen and learn.  Standing still is sometimes the greatest action we can take to accomplish what is best.  Yet waiting is one of the most difficult disciplines to exercise in our Christian faith.

Pastor Daniel

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Much was lost for humanity the day Adam and Eve believed the lie of the deceiver (devil) and sinned against God.   In Genesis 3:10 it says   “Adam answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”   The first loss for Adam and Eve after they sinned was their experience of the permanency of God’s love; instead of love the now knew fear.  Even to this day, fear is the dominate emotion of all and only the love of God can overcome it. (I John 4:18).  Second loss found in Genesis 3:10 is the permanent sense of God’s presence.  Often God is questioned “where are you?”  From Genesis to Revelation God demonstrated over and over his presence with every generation.  In the Old Testament it was by the Ark of the Covenant or the Temple God was with his people.  Also God spoke through the prophets to reveal he was with his people.  The fulfillment of God is always present was the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus was the prefect representation of God and he would never leave or forsake us.  Once the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to live within us to demonstrate he is always there.  Of course once we get to heaven, we will for eternity live in the presence of God.  No doubt in my mind many who are reading this devotion struggle if God is present in your life.  Today if you believe God is absent or silent do the following:  1).  Pray to the Holy Spirit to stir his presence in your heart and mind,  2). Join a community of believers such as small group and learn from them,  3). Make weekly worship a priority,  4). Face any emotional lies which state rejection or false loneliness from your past,  5).  Select a Bible verse which reassures you of God’s presence.  For me, I repeat and personalize Mark 1:11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”    Shalom!!

Pastor Daniel

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Big Lie.

John 8:44  “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Satan is a liar.  He can never tell the truth.  He lied to Adam and Eve and they believed him and fell into sin and rebellion towards God.  He lied to the Lord Jesus Christ and he never once believed him.  Satan lies to us more than we realize and we believe him.   The big lie of Satan comes to us like this “God is not trust worthy, or God will let you down or God is withholding the best from you.”  Satan’s lies are always to move us away from trusting God or doubting God.   Satan’s scheme to move us away from trusting God comes to us in false realities in our minds about who God is.  As time passes we start to believe the false realities are true.  Once we hold to the false reality and label it true, we will move away from or doubt God.  There is no doubt in my mind many who read this devotion are already believing a false reality created by Satan in your mind.  Most likely you are unaware of it.   The false reality you believe is causing emotional disruption, chaos, doubt, repeated self-depreciating thoughts or conflicts with others and self.  Stop now and ask the God of Israel if you are believing any false reality and then ask God to give you his truth.  Remember the Lord Jesus said “then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

Pastor Daniel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Personal Experience

Perhaps there is no greater form of persuasion (with regard to an object’s existence) than to experience it directly.  Billions of people throughout history believe they have personally experienced the divine.  The validity of such a personal proof has been likened to the following scenario in the face of doubters.

Suppose you are on trial for a crime that you yourself know you did not commit. Everyone else involved in the trial believes you are guilty. The “evidence” has been stacked against you on every side. But, because of your experience, you know that you did not commit the crime. Even though you are the only one who has this experience and subsequent belief, you are still completely and totally justified to rationally hold it.

While personal experience would be considered anecdotal in community (and therefore not of much use in demonstrating God’s existence to others) it can be a powerful and transformative personal “proof.”

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Ontological Argument

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Alvin Plantinga, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, is a juggernaut in the history of modern philosophy of religion. He is almost single-handedly responsible for the current renaissance, in philosophy departments around the world, of Christian theism. Dr. Plantinga, is particularly well-known for an argument, based on the study of being, known as the Ontological Argument — an argument first developed by St. Anselm in his 11th century work Proslogion. Anselm framed it like this:

The fool hath said in his heart, “there is no God.” But that same fool understands what he means when he says “God” (a being that which greater cannot be thought). And that understanding exists in his mind. But it cannot exist only in the mind; for it could also be thought of as existing in reality as well — which is greater.

Plantinga offers a much more modern, and logically valid, formulation:

Definitions:

Possible World: A total description of a possible reality

Maximal excellence: To have omnipotence, omniscience and moral perfection in some world.

Maximal greatness: To have maximal excellence in every possible world.

There is a possible world(W) in which there is a being (X) with maximal greatness.

But X is maximally great only if X has maximal excellence in every possible world.

Therefore X is maximally great only if X has omnipotence, omniscience and moral perfection in every possible world.

In W, the proposition “There is no omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being” would be impossible—that is, necessarily false.

But what is impossible does not vary from world to world.

Therefore, the proposition, “There is no omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being” is necessarily false in this actual world, too.

Therefore, there actually exists in this world, and must exist in every possible world, an omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBmAKCvWl74

Worship Pastor Daniel

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kalam Cosmological Argument

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Analytic philosopher William Lane Craig holds two doctoral degrees and is a formidable and practiced debater.  He has faced down some of the most vitriolic and vehement opponents of theism on the debate stage — including famous atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Lawrence Krauss.

Dr. Craig is famous for his work on the cosmological argument; particularly a form of it he attributes to the Kalam school of early Islamic scholarship. Here is his formulation:

Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
The universe began to exist.
Therefore, the universe has a cause.

The cause, says Dr Craig, cannot be part of the universe itself. It must be causeless, spaceless, timeless, immaterial,  and immensely powerful. What possible candidates do we know of that could satisfy these requirements? “A mind,” he says. The greatest mind. God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CulBuMCLg0

Worship Pastor Daniel

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Moral Argument

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Renowned 20th century author C.S. Lewis (most famous for his landmark series of fantasy novels The Chronicles of Narnia) wrote many books on the subject of the divine and man’s relationship therewith.  Among his most famous arguments demonstrating God’s existence is the practical reality that people all seem to believe, through their own actions, that an objective standard of morality exists. For such a thing to be, there must be a mind from which it proceeds — possessing no equal. He writes:

“But the most remarkable thing is this: whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real right and wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking on to him he will be complaining ‘It’s not fair’ before you can say Jack Robinson. A nation may say treaties do not matter, but then, next minute, they spoil their case by saying that the particular treaty they want to break was an unfair one. But if treaties do not matter, and if there is no such thing as right and wrong–in other words, if there is no Law of Nature–what is the difference between a fair treaty and an unfair one? Have they not let the cat out of the bag and shown that, whatever they say, they really know the Law of Nature just like anyone else?”

1. If ethics is subjective, then we should expect people to recognize that actions which they are inclined to think of as “wrong” are only wrong from their point of view.
2. But invariably, people view wrongs against themselves as actions that are really wrong.
3. Therefore moral values are objective and not subjective.

If there is an objective moral standard, then there must be an objective moral law giver (a maximally great mind). Otherwise, all value judgments concerning human action proceeding from finite minds are simply subjective opinions — neither objectively right nor wrong.

Check out this video for a full explanation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU

Worship Pastor Daniel

Saturday, September 17, 2016