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For You Formed My Inward Parts…

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Psalm 139:13-17 – Scripture of the Weekend (January 25-26, 2014)

Not long ago, I found out I was going to be a daddy…again!  So today’s scripture has a special meaning for me.  A few days ago, Beth and I went to get the first ultrasound, and got our first look at the child God gave to us.  The jawbone was already formed, and we could see the outline of the head, torso, and feet.  Even now, we could see the evidence of Jehovah’s handiwork inside of Beth’s womb.  When I stop to think about our baby’s inward parts being formed and knitted together by the Lord even as I am typing this, I am filled with awe and gratitude.  There are times when I see my two-year-old daughter smile and laugh and watch with amazement as she continues to grow (too fast!) from that little baby we saw in another ultrasound picture not long ago, to a newborn infant I got to hold in my hands for the first time on a Saturday night in late September of 2011, to the toddler with unlimited energy of today, to the beautiful young woman of tomorrow if her Creator is willing…and I am filled with wonder at the awesomeness, beauty, and power of God’s creation.

How can anyone see their child and still deny the existence of God?  How can anyone hold their child and think that God is not love?  How can anyone use the technology of today to actually see a baby being formed by Yahweh inside of a woman and then decide to murder the work of God’s hands while it is still in the womb?  I cannot understand that.

All I know is that our Lord and Savior has blessed my wife and me with two wonderful children.  Neither of us deserve his kindness, which makes us that much more grateful.  I thank my God with all of my heart for his kindness which he has shown towards me, and ask for his help to make me into the Christian man, husband, and father which I need to be in order to properly teach and guide the children whom he has entrusted to me to grow up to be faithful servants of his kingdom.

Be Doers Of The Word…

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22 – Scripture of the Day (January 24, 2014)

One of Jesus’ most famous parables was told to illustrate this very point.  After promising that on the day of judgment some who had called him Lord in their lives and had even been involved in many good works would be condemned because they had not actually obeyed him (Matt. 7:21-23), Jesus went on to say that “everyone then who HEARS these words of mine and DOES them” will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock and thus was able to withstand the storm (Matt. 7:24-25).  On the other hand, “everyone who HEARS these words of mine and DOES NOT DO them” will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand and as a result had it fall when the storm came (Matt. 7:26-27).

We all have heard of the proverbial unhealthy person who is told over and over again that he needs to lose weight/exercise more/stop smoking/eat right, and who completely agrees…and yet never does anything that he needs to do in spite of having repeatedly heard the truth.  Are we like him, spiritually?  Do we love to go to church and hear a good sermon…but fail to apply the scriptural message of that sermon to our lives?  Are we like the people God told Ezekiel about in Ezekiel 33:30-32?

“As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and HEAR what the word is that comes from the Lord.’  And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they HEAR what you say but they WILL NOT DO IT; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.  And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they HEAR what you say, but they WILL NOT DO IT.”

Something to think about…

One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God…

There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:4-6 – Scripture of the Day (January 23, 2014)

Let’s break this down:

“One body” – Defined a few chapters earlier as the church of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; cf. Col. 1:18), and in the following chapter also (Eph. 5:23).  Christ’s body is his church, and there is only one body…hence, only one church as far as God is concerned.  So why all these different churches with their different names and different doctrines that all claim to follow Christ?  See 2 Timothy 4:3-4.  Here’s the important question:  Christ is the Savior of this body, this church (Eph. 5:23).  Do you want Christ to be your Savior?  Be a part of the one body, the one church.

“One Spirit” – the Holy Spirit, who inspired the writers of the Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:19-21), whose writings if followed will produce “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).

“One hope that belongs to your call” – We are called by the gospel (2 Thess. 2:14), the good news of the love of God shown in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:8), through whom we have hope (Rom. 5:2), the hope of eternal life and salvation (Rom. 8:24-25; cf. 2 Cor. 4:16-5:10).

“One Lord” – Jesus Christ, our only Master.  Only in him do we find the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Here’s a thought to ponder, however.  It’s easy to call Jesus our Lord, but do our actions back up our words?  Study very carefully Matthew 7:21-27, and then examine yourselves.

“One faith” – Want an interesting project to do?  Get out the Yellow Pages, turn to “Churches,” examine the numerous different kinds of churches listed there under all those sub-headings, and call each one.  Ask to speak to the preacher or some other authority in the church.  Ask them to tell you what that church believes and why they believe it.  You won’t get to the “D” section in the sub-headings before you see just how many different “faiths” man has come up with.  What does God say?  There’s only one faith, and it comes from the words of Christ (Rom. 10:17).  He wants his followers to all say the same things and be completely united (John 17:20-23; 1 Cor. 1:10-13; Phil. 2:1-2), and the only way that’s going to happen is by sticking only to God’s Word (Prov. 30:6).

“One baptism” – Different churches today baptize in different ways for different reasons.  Sprinkling, pouring, immersion, etc.  Done as a sign that you’ve already been saved, done for remission of sins, done to save a baby from sins he or she inherited from their parents, etc.  What does God say?  There’s only one baptism.  Every time you read about baptism in the New Testament, you’re reading a transliteration of a Greek word which means to immerse, so that means that the one baptism is immersion.  Sprinkling and pouring are out.  It’s done for several reasons according to the New Testament.  Want to be saved?  Read Mark 16:16 and 1 Peter 3:21.  Want your sins forgiven?  Read Acts 2:38 and Acts 22:16.  Want to be in Christ and clothed with him?  Read Galatians 3:27.  Want to be spiritually circumcised by God?  Read Colossians 2:11-12.  Want to be spiritually buried and raised from the dead?  Read Romans 6:3-4.  Want to be a part of that one body of Christ, his church of which he is the Savior?  Read 1 Corinthians 12:13.  Want to know the requirements for baptism?  Read Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, and Acts 8:12, 35-38, and you’ll see that only penitent believers who confess their faith in Christ as the Son of God are candidates for baptism.  That rules out babies.  Here’s the thing, friends.  We hear baptism is something that has nothing to do with salvation.  After reading all of these verses from THE BIBLE, do you still believe that?

“One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” – There is only one God, one Father of us all…and that is the God of the Bible.  Think you can hide from him?  The writer of Hebrews says it best:  “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13).  Are you ready to give an account to God?  (2 Cor. 5:10)