Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

God has richly blessed me this year - far beyond all expectation.

  • This year we had three adults and two children make professions of faith.
  • In April, I was able to travel to China to help teach church workers there.
  • In June, Lola and I traveled 6,107 miles on a trip through western states
  • In August, Lola were enabled to buy our first house.
  • In October, I was privileged to take a week long class at Grace Seminary
  • November and December have been very busy with renovations, moving, membership classes, a new Sunday School curriculum and finishing my class project.

Praise the Lord - Great things He has done!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"The Right Thing To Do"

A news article today is from the AP and datelined "Greenwood Village, Colorado."  A man who was getting on a plane in Las Vegas found two envelopes full of money - $10,000.00.  Ultimately, he returned it to another man who had won it gambling, but had dropped it on his way to his plane.

The man who returned the money said that he wanted to show his children that it was the "right thing to do."

Now, here's the question.  Why is it the right thing to do?  And how does he know it is the right thing to do?

From a Darwinian perspective, it is the WRONG thing to do!  If everything is about improving your own survival and the perpetuation of your genetic heritage - you really should keep the money to feed, nourish and promote those children...  Right?  The honest man in this story has betrayed his own children - his own heritage.

The only way returning the money can be the right thing to do is if there is an ultimate arbiter who has a standard of right and wrong that he can apply to you.  And there is no knowledge of this objective reality of right and wrong if the ultimate arbiter has somehow made it known in objective terms.

Otherwise, any rationalization will do.  "Finders keepers, Losers weepers."  "Easy come, easy go."  "One man's loss is another man's gain."  Even this quasi religious gem from Ben Franklin - "God helps those who help themselves."

I applaud the honesty of the man in the story.  I hope he knows the God who makes the right thing the right thing.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Poor Christopher Hitchens

I'm sure he would be disgusted to hear that I (or anyone else) feel sorry for him.  But I do.  Christopher Hitchens - famous atheist - author of "God Is Not Great" - and cancer victim - is dead.

And I am sorry for him.

His life was short.  Only 62 years.

Worst of all, he never realized the truth - that God IS Great!

He missed out on the glory behind the wonder of this world.

And he missed out on God's promise of eternal life in the next world.

And what exactly is the point of trying to dissuade people from believing in God?  What have you accomplished when you are done?  How have you benefited?  How have you helped?

And what if you are wrong?

Poor Christopher Hitchens!

(Psalms 14:1) The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”