A Life Characterized by Love

By Pastor Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle speaking at First Baptist Orlando

Has Science Discovered God?

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Purpose in Life

Do you wonder why you are here? Does your life really have meaning?

Is it possible there is a creator who designed you for a purpose?

 

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Unhitched

The N Commandments. Jesus commanded his followers not to do a few things. But his “not” commandments were so extreme his followers were tempted not to even try. And then, Jesus rose from the dead and everything changed.
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Professor Dr. Caroline Crocker mentioned intelligent design and lost her job at George Mason University. Peers claimed she taught creationism and as a result was blacklisted from being hired at other employers. In another classroom, neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Egnor, received vicious public criticism after telling his students that studying evolution wasn’t necessary to practice medicine. Opponents are worried that allowing giving the freedom to teach intelligent design in the classroom opens the door to allow creationism into the schools. There is a strong public incentive for professors to remain in the main stream and suppress teaching of intelligent design. (watch video)

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Ben Stein is concerned that “Modern Theory of Intelligent Design is microwaved creationism.” Dr. Nelson from Biola University, claims that creationism properly understood begins with the Bible, asking “How can I fit the Bible into the data of science?” Whereas intelligent design is study of patterns of nature that are best explained as a result of intelligence. Then Darwinism states there is a common decent of all life on earth from a single ancestor by undirected mutation and natural selection. Scientists who are creationists claim that Darwinism corrupts and distorts the evidence and it is bad for science. Darwinism is used to prop a theory that doesn’t fit it. (watch video)

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David Berlinski, PHd in philosophy, asks “Is the Darwinian Theory clear enough so that it could be correct?” Berlinski says no. He claims that Darwin’s theory is a mess and is like looking into a room full of smoke, nothing is clear. The theory doesn’t say how life begins, the theory starts after the origin of life, with a single cell. Ben Stein discovers that a cell is infinitely more complicated than Darwin thought in 1859. Darwinist Michael Ruse, actually believes Darwin’s theory is more plausible than intelligent design. Ruse supports his opinion with the theory that life is formed on the backs of crystals. Nobel prize winner Francis Crick believes life originated by aliens. Is it even conceivable that life could have happened in a step-by-step method? (watch video)

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A cell is unlike anything we have ever seen in the physical world, it contains the equivalent of a gigabit of information. Since cells need an information source, scientists want to know where do cells get the information from. Science is a multi-billion dollar industry, but the freedom of science is an obstacle. According to journalist Larry Witham, if you want to get grants, high positions, and awards, you cannot question the paradigm. Scientific establishments are afraid of free speech for fear of unraveling when one aspect of the theory is scrutinized. Evolution is an engine pushing people to Atheism. Is it possible to believe in God and Darwinism? (watch video)

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Reporters are supplying a boiler plate answer to what intelligent design is. They say that life is “too complex” to answer that question. Therefore, public understanding of evolution and intelligent design never advanced. When reporters side against evolution, extreme pressure is experienced. Journalist Pamela Winnick received hate letters after her article on intelligent design was published. The conflict of where life begins has become a worldview conflict. The debate is a religious war and no longer a scientific investigation. Ben Stein discovers that religions are being attacked instead of society combating Darwinism. (watch video)

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Evolutionists are here today and gone tomorrow, their belief is that there is no life after death and that there is no free will. Since throughout history, evolution has been illegal to teach, many Christians are unaware of evolution. Science can erode faith by reporting the horrible conflicts with religion. For most evolutionary biologists, Darwinism leads to atheism. They feel religion is fantasy and empty of explanatory content and they hope for religion to fade away and science to replace it. Science was used to replace humans during WWII. People who were handicapped and not able to work were useless eaters and were killed by Nazis. They wanted a society without illnesses and without handicaps. Darwinism was the driver of this madness. (watch video)

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Ben Stein toured the Hadamar death camp where useless people were killed during WWII. The movement of evolution continued its obsurdity with Eugenics by sterilizing the feeble minded and preventing them from getting married. 50,000 were sterilized because they were unfit to breed. Planned Parenthood drove this movement by pushing birth control for the impoverished and lower classes to help them improve their species. These are examples of how evil can be rationalized as science. Sadly, Hitler thought he was bettering humanity by driving evolution forward. The inhumane drive continues with euthanasia and abortion. (watch video)

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Science is protecting a failing ideaology from competition. Science is similar to the Cold War, a wall was built in Germany to keep ideas out, society is keeping discovery of science out. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Inquiring builds great nations. Thomas Jefferson had it correct “all men are created equal.” Not only have scientists been expelled, freedoms are being expelled. There needs to be a break in the wall to allow questions to be asked of the sciences and allow academic freedom. (watch video)

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Ben Stein interviews atheist Richard Dawkins about why he does not believe in the existence of God. When pressed to explain how the universe began, Dawkins does not respond with a clear answer. He then allows for the possibility of intelligent design while still refusing that God could be the designer. Stein then concludes by emphasizing that the freedom of inquiry in science is being threatened. What happens to science when scientists are not free to ask certain questions or express conclusions from their investigations? (watch video)

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Follow the Smart Money

“…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven….” (Matthew 6:20, NKJV)

You can have an eternal 401(k). Yes, it lasts forever! Yes, it is guaranteed. The returns are fantastic! In fact, they are beyond our human ability to measure.

In this world crowds of people follow “stock tips.” They follow what they perceive to be “smart money” and invest in companies for which they have little or no information. Most of the time this type of investing results in losses.

Jesus gives us an “eternal investment tip.” He says the smart money of this world will be sure to invest in treasures in heaven. He also says we should use the unrighteous mammon (money) of this world to win friends for eternity!

Yes, you can take it with you by investing it in the world to come. You can only do this by sending it ahead by giving or investing in the kingdom while you are in this world.

Just think; he is giving us the opportunity to trade the paper currencies of this world, which will become worthless, for eternal treasures that will last forever. We can trade the perishable for the imperishable. That seems like a good deal to me!

Today, ask yourself:

Am I following the smart money and investing my time, talent, and treasure in my eternal 401(k)?

[This article is from KingdomNomics by Phil Wiegand]

Live for Eternal Significance

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

True faith involves both knowledge and conviction to know about God’s saving grace and then we act on that knowledge. Conviction moves us to act. Doing good, being generous, and being willing to share are the fruits of true faith. They are an outgrowth of the seed of faith, just as an ear of corn is the outgrowth of a kernel of corn planted in the soil. Our conviction moves us to do the good works that God has planned ahead for us to do as we walk on the path of faith.

As God transforms us by the renewing of our minds, we will find ourselves transformed from being “getters” to becoming givers. As we become givers we will be progressively more concerned with fulfilling kingdom objectives. Giving results in our laying up treasure in heaven. When we fully understand the reality of this principle, we truly begin to accomplish great things for God’s kingdom! Our giving will echo into eternity.

The promise of reward is a motivating factor as we consider the eternal impact of what we do in this world. The decisions we make here on earth will echo into eternity. In our passage for today we are promised, “so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” When we give, we also experience life!

Heart Deposit:

In what ways are you able to use your time, talent, and treasure to echo into eternity? Is this a new concept for you? Think about some ways you can deposit to your bank account in heaven.

KingdomNomics echoes into eternity.

Related Verses:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

[This article is from KingdomNomics by Phil Wiegand]

Do You Believe?

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Do You Believe?

God is eternal.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega — the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One.” (Revelation 1:8, NLT)

God created everything.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:28, NIV)

God desires a relationship.

“love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NLT)

God came to Earth.

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.” (Colossians 1:15, NLT)

God loves you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NLT)

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3, NIV

Would You like to know God personally?

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Endnotes – Did the Universe Have a Beginning?

1. Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe (New York: Vintage, 2000), 81-82.

2. George Smoot and Keay Davidson, Wrinkles in Time (New York: Avon, 1993), 36.

3. Greene, 81-82.

4. Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time (New York: Bantam, 1990), 38-51.

5. Greene, 83.

6. Hawking, 39.

7. Smoot, 80-83.

8. Ibid., 187.

9. Ibid., 240.

10. Ibid., 241.

11. Associated Press, “U.S. Scientists Find a ‘Holy Grail’: Ripples at the Edge of the Universe,” International
Herald Tribune
(London), April 24, 1992, 1.

12. Thomas H. Maugh II, “Relics of ‘Big Bang’ Seen for First Time,” Los Angeles Times, April 1992, A1, A30.

13. Nightline with Ted Koppel, ABC, April 25, 1992.

14. Hugh Ross, The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed. (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2001), 224.

15. Roger Penrose, Shadows of the Mind (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 230.

16. E. M. Leitch et al., “Measurement of Polarization with the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer,” Nature 420 (2002): 772-87; J. M. Kovac et al., “Detection of Polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background Using DASI,” Nature 420 (2002): 772-87; Matias Zalarriaga, “Background Comes to the Fore,” Nature 420 (2002): 747-48.

17. Gregg Easterbrook, “Before the Big Bang,” U.S. News & World Report special edition, 2003, 16.

18. Hugh Ross, “Big Bang Passes Test,” Connections, Qtr 2, 2003.

19. Paul Recer, “Newest Space Telescope: The Spitzer,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 19, 2003, A17.

20. Smoot, 291.

21. Ibid., 30.

22. Ibid., 17.

23. Ibid., 291

24. Ibid. 86.

25. Stephen Hawking, ed., Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: A Reader’s Companion (New York: Bantam, 1992), 63.

26. Bradford A. Smith, “New Eyes on the Universe,” National Geographic, January 1994, 33.