Do You Love God’s Word?

2017-08-12
Matthew 24:35 NIV

The Bible is powerful. An anonymous author wrote: ‘It contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and the happiness of believers. It is a light to direct you, food to nourish you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveller’s road map, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s weapon, and the player’s game plan. It’s a mine of incredible wealth, and a river of genuine joy. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Christ is its grand subject, your good its design, and the glory of God its end. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practise it to be spiritually healthy. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. Let it fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your steps. It is given to you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and judge those who trifle with its sacred contents.’ The Bible is ‘the word of our God [which] endures forever’ (Isaiah 40:8 NIV). Whatever situation we’re facing, the first thing we should do is turn to God and His Word for guidance. Our circumstances might change. Things around us might change. But God’s Word never does. It’s right there, available to us at all times, ready to speak into our lives every single day. We need to recognise the power of His Word. Let’s be a generation that’s hungry for God’s wisdom and guidance. Let’s be a generation that lives, breathes and loves God’s Word.

1 Chr 19:1-23:20; Mark 4:26-41; Ps 119:57-64; Prov 21:7-9

Science and the Bible (6)

2017-08-11
Genesis 6:14-15 NLT

In the Bible, we can find the original plan for building big ships. In Genesis, God told Noah to build a 1.5 million-cubic-foot ship and fill it with enough people and animals to repopulate the earth after the flood. And the specific dimensions God gave to Noah turned out to be significant. In 1609 in Hoorn, Holland, a ship was built in the same proportions and it revolutionised shipbuilding. According to Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (see The World Almanac), by the year 1900 every large ship was built to a similar size as Noah’s Ark. There’s even evidence to show that the world was once destroyed by a massive flood. About 85 per cent of the rock surfaces around the world are made up of sedimentary rock, which shows that at some time in the past, the world was covered by water. The Bible also talks about meteorology. Solomon wrote, ‘The wind blows to the south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles’ (Ecclesiastes 1:6 NLT). The air around the earth turns in huge circles, anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Because of this knowledge, meteorologists are able to predict what the weather’s going to be like. (They might get it wrong sometimes, but the majority of times, their predictions are accurate!). There isn’t any book like the Bible. When we believe its core message of salvation through Christ, we have peace and joy now, plus the hope that we’ll be with God in heaven for eternity. It doesn’t get better than that.

1 Chr 16-18; Mark 4:13-25; Ps 119:49-56; Prov 21:4-6

Science and the Bible (5)

2017-08-10
Isaiah 51:6 NLT

The Bible tackles the first law of thermodynamics (known as the Law of Conservation of Energy), which states that while energy can be changed from one form to another, it can’t be created or destroyed. This law disproves Sir Fred Hoyle’s ‘steady state’ or ‘continuous creation’ theory, which has been discarded by scientists. Hoyle thought that at points in the universe called ‘Irtrons,’ matter (or energy) was constantly being created. But the first law of thermodynamics states the opposite: there’s no more energy being created today. The Bible says, ‘So the sky, the earth, and all that filled them were finished’ (Genesis 2:1 NCV). The word finished in the original Hebrew indicates an action completed in the past, never to happen again. The second law of thermodynamics says that in all physical processes, every ordered system tends to become more disordered over time. In other words, everything is running down and wearing out as energy is becoming less and less available for use. The psalmist wrote: ‘In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment… But you remain the same, and your years will never end’ (Psalm 102:25-27 NIV). The more scientists learn about life on earth, the more they discover the truth of what the Bible’s been teaching us for centuries. The Bible is the key that unlocks the door to understanding all of life, and God’s plan for each of us.

1 Chr 12:23-15:29; Mark 4:1-12; Ps 119:41-48; Prov 21:1-3

Science and the Bible (4)

2017-08-09
Ecclesiastes 1:7 NIV

The Bible talks about the water cycle. ‘All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.’ Every day the Mississippi River dumps approximately 420 billion gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico. And when you think about the Thames, the Nile, and the Amazon, every day the same thing is happening in rivers all around the world. So where does all that water go? The answer lies in the hydrologic cycle, which the Bible introduced almost three thousand years ago. King Solomon wrote, ‘If the clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth’ (Ecclesiastes 11:3 NIV). Amos the prophet said, “He… calls the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth” (Amos 9:6 NKJV). And Job’s friend Elihu said, ‘How great is God – beyond our understanding!… He draws up the drops of water, which distil as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers pour on mankind’ (Job 36:26-28 NIV). The idea of a complete water cycle wasn’t fully understood by science until the seventeenth century. But more than two thousand years before its discovery, the Bible clearly explained the water cycle. The truth is, the Bible is inspired, accurate and reliable. That means we can trust it to guide us in every area of your life.

1 Chr 10:1-12:22; Mark 3:20-35; Ps 119:33-40; Prov 20:28-30

Science and the Bible (3)

2017-08-08
Job 38:35 NKJV

The Bible predicted modern telecommunications. Does that sound incredible? Have a think about this verse: ‘Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, “Here we are!”?’ Fifteen hundred years before Christ, in the book of Job, God said light could be sent, and manifest itself in speech. And along those same lines, did you know that all electromagnetic radiation – from radio waves to X-rays – travels at the speed of light (about 186,000 miles per second)? That’s why we can have instant wireless communication with someone on the other side of the world. The fact that light can be sent and translated into speech wasn’t discovered by science until 1864 – 3,300 years later – when British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing (See Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia). Samuel Morse, who invented the first telegraph and changed the world of communication forever, was a Christian. A few years before he died, he said, ‘The nearer I approach the end of my pilgrimage, the clearer is the evidence of the divine origin of the Bible. The grandeur and sublimity of God’s remedy for fallen man are more appreciated, and the future is illuminated with hope and joy.’ As we go through life, we’ll meet ‘doubting Thomases,’ and God loves them. In fact, Jesus made a special appearance after His resurrection just to resolve Thomas’s doubts. And He still resolves our doubts today. So, let’s get committed to reading the Bible, and then let every sincere, questioning heart know that science proves the is Bible true.

1 Chr 7:20-9:44; Mark 3:1-19; Ps 119:25-32; Prov 20:25-27