Sometimes we struggle so hard to “find” God’s will for our lives, but often it’s easier than we think. I Thess. 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We recently had an “opportunity” to practice this teaching when our refrigerator died just a day-and-a-half after our latest speaking trip. So (after some time to get over our initial frustration), we thank God:
- That His love and care are constant despite the frustrations and trials of life;
- That we hadn’t gotten groceries yet, so the fridge was almost bare;
- That it happened when we were home and could save almost everything that was there;
- That He led us to a demo unit, saving several hundred or more dollars;
- That He had provided ahead of time so we had money to buy it;
- That we now have a new refrigerator which will hopefully give us many years of service;
- That we have food to put into a refrigerator – after all, millions of people around the world live day-to-day with no refrigeration at all – and scarcely enough food for the day.
Oh, and one more thing – we thank God for all the people whose pictures adorn the front of our fridge. What a blessing to have caring friends and family to enrich our lives!
“In everything give thanks.” Thank You, Lord!
Mary Jo Nutting
We were recently ministering in Oregon and had an opportunity to visit the beach near Seaside for a day. Standing at the edge of the vast expanse of water with an immense dome of sky over my head, viewing a horizon that stretched farther than the limit of my sight, I was awed by the immensity of God’s Creation. The continual pounding power of the surf reminded me of the awesome power of our Creator. “Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.” (Ps. 21:13)
The next day we travelled up the Columbia Gorge along the interstate highway with monumental vertical walls of volcanic basalt hemming us in on one side and the mighty Columbia River on the other side. The seemingly endless varieties of beautiful green vegetation lined both sides of the gorge, swaying and bending from a stiff, blowing wind. Numerous majestic plunging waterfalls added to the magnificent scenery.
Traveling out of Bingen, WA, up the ascending, narrow, winding Cook-Underwood road we came to an overlook of the Columbia Gorge. Over a thousand feet below was a grand view of where we had traveled earlier that day. What a different perspective! I could see what appeared to be small vehicles traveling along the bridge and roads we had crossed earlier. Dozens of colorful wind and parasail surfers scurried across the white capped river, frolicking in the brisk wind. Tugboats pushing loaded barges plowed along the mighty Columbia. The huge walls of basalt and abundant plant life could still be seen, but now on a different scale. To the south could now be seen the towering, snowcapped vista of Mt. Hood. All around was a world that seemed to stretch to infinity. It puts me in awe of my Creator!
“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.” (Ps. 145:5)
The Bible frequently warns believers to be on guard against false prophets and false teaching. Evolution is one of the most common and dangerous forms of false teaching which has permeated our schools, society, and even churches today. As we speak around the country, we run into many well-meaning Christians who have been led astray, thinking that evolution is science, and that it has been scientifically proven. They then try to find ways in which to “fit” evolution with the Bible.
The truth is that evolution is not science. It is an idea about the history of life. There were no human observers of the supposedly millions of years of evolution leading up to man. It is impossible to repeat it or to test it by the scientific method. Molecules-to-man evolution is simply an idea about the development of life – not “proven” science.
Of course, the creation account given in Genesis is not “science” either – but it is an eye-witness, historical account given by the One Who claims He was there. The integrity and character of this witness is impeccable. This is the same God Who loved us enough to die for us. Furthermore, the true “facts” (observable evidence) of science are more consistent with the Biblical account of creation, the fall, and the flood, than with long ages of evolution through mutation and natural selection.
We urge you – beware of false teachers and false philosophies. Stand firm on the plain truth of God’s Word.
Mary Jo Nutting
Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus defines a ‘story’ as the telling of a happening or connected series of happenings, whether true or fictitious; account; narration. I have noticed that when people are referring to an account in the Bible they normally use the word ‘story‘ … “the Creation story“, “the story of Adam and Eve”, “the story of Noah’s ark”, “the story of Jesus”, etc. If used in the context of these stories being true historical accounts, then the word is being used properly.
However, how is the word ‘story‘ perceived by the listener, especially children? Children spend hours watching fictional stories on television or movies, they are immersed with fantasy stories and games on their computers or game boxes, and are read fairy tales from storybooks. Our children are living in a world of fables, tales, myths, fairy tales, fiction, allegories, and fantasy … fictional stories. They are living in a world that promotes the evolutionary viewpoint of the Bible being a myth.
The Bible is the Word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (II Timothy 3:16). When speaking of anything from the Bible, I have begun to try to use the words ‘true story’, ‘account’ or ‘historical event’. With children, I try to explain that these are things that actually happened, not made up, not fictional fairy tales. Shouldn’t we be aware of how children hear and believe words? Do we want to misuse a word and make them stumble? Hmmm … I know what I need to do … try to build up the Word of God, not minimize its truth.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)
A reoccurring theme we encounter time and time again at our seminars is the idea that the days of creation are long periods of time … a thousand years each. The reasoning used by individuals that tell us this is almost always based on 2 Peter 3:8. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
Is this verse speaking of the days of Creation being “as a thousand years”? The preceding verse (2 Peter 3:7) puts it in context – “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” In context, verse 8 is referring to the end times, NOT to the Creation account! Verse 9 follows up to reveal God’s great patience concerning the end times. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us–ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Think about this … if a day is a thousand years, at Creation and at the end times, as some believe, then would not all days mentioned in the Word also be a thousand years to a day? Consider – (Luke 4:2) “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” Can this verse be interpreted as, ‘Being forty thousand years tempted of the devil. And in those thousands of years he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. ‘?
Consider also – Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days and then arose. History shows that this event took place about 2000 years ago. However, if you change 3 days into 3,000 years (staying faithful to interpreting “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years”), then we still have about a thousand years to wait for the resurrection of our Lord and Savior from the tomb! Hmmm … I think I will stick to believing a day as a 24 hour period, using the parameters God gave us by defining the word with “evening and morning”.