GOD GOT IT WRONG THE FIRST TIME…OR DID HE?

If God has to recreate everything, how could we say He did not get it wrong? Why are there two different creation accounts in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2? What is the purpose of Genesis 1? Is it about evolution or how He made man? There are lots of big questions that grow out of Genesis 1 and 2. Here are a few thoughts about it beginning with the big question "Did god get it wrong the first time?"

I DON’T BELIEVE GOD: When I don't take God at His Word

I don't believe God. I don't take Him at His word. I trust other voices. I deny Him in the way I live and with my actions.

I am a Bible college graduate. I serve my local church. I am a fraud, a hypocrite.  

This is my story. I am not alone.

But there's hope!

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE IS REVAMPING

Weapons of our Warfare Records is revamping and undergoing some changes. Before I go into a few of the details, I would like to ask you to pray for us. I could use some specific prayer for wisdom and clarity as well as help leading in the likeness of Christ. May His image be clearly upon me.

SCHOOL IS GREAT, BUT LIFE MATTERS

It's been a weekend to say the least. I have experienced turmoil on almost every front I can think of currently. I lost an office via phone near the end of the week. I had already been adjusting my job to carry functions I wouldn't normally have time to personally own. I find out my illness is not covered by insurance while at the doctor on my wife's birthday and then end our beautiful evening with a string of "close but no cigar" incidents where every single plan I had to woo her falls through.  As we arrive home, I look at my cell and see some calls and a text message. Turns out my mother is in the hospital and the intent is to not make it out alive.

Did I mention I still had a ton of homework due?

Nope, because it didn't matter.  School is great, but life matters.

WHERE YA BEEN MIKE?

Mike gives an update on the last two years.

LEARNING TO ABIDE: SEEKING THE FATHER AS A DAD

I've had an obsession of sorts lately. I chose the word obsession purposely. I understand its negative connotation for the Christian.  To be honest, it is exactly what it sounds like. I have been seeking in a most earnest manner ways to abide in Christ .  That doesn't make sense does it? Seeking to abide? Working hard to simply live in Jesus? Yes and to make it worse, instead of rest, I have been overwhelmed and stressed. I can't read enough, pray enough, meditate enough, teach enough, give enough, do enough and so on.  My mind is aware that He is in control, but there was a disconnect. Primarily it was the abiding part.

A Reflection on Guilt/Conviction

GUILTY…..

Do you feel guilt? Do you struggle with it? Do you run from it? Do you take it head on? Do you hide from it?

That is an important question and can make all the difference in the world. Our reaction to guilt is arguably a way to judge the fruit of our understanding of the gospel. Now before you move past this post, take a second to hear me out.

Reflections on Halloween

Halloween.  Pagan rituals, ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. Candy, parties, and trick or treating.  There is so much tied to this holiday now that it can be difficult as a Christian to decide what to do on it. Do you participate?  If so, in what fashion?  Do we rather simply identify with reformation day?  It's definitely a bigger issue if you are raising kids in the world.  So what does one do?

Blessings for Your Children (from A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children by David Michael)

How many of us have Father issues that affect the relationship we have with God?  Mine are minimal compared to some I have heard and rightfully so.  My father was not perfect, but he tried.  This is more than he got to experience personally.  His father was gone around the time he was two.  I place no fault on anyone and my intent is not to get into those relationships.  What I am writing this for is the purpose of helping equip other father's who are looking for ways to share grace and truths about our heavenly Father with their children. To be honest, I had never thought about the act of blessing my children, but learning about it has made an impact on my life and I pray that the Lord use it to impact my daughters and wife.

One of the Planks in My Eye

Matthew 7:3-5

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how [a]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

 

Before I begin, allow me to remove the log from my own eye. 

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