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The Lord Is Our Lamp

2 Samuel 22:29

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have a thing about light switches. If the lights are off – the switch needs to be down – even if there are two or three switches that run the same light – they all need to be in the right position. I know – I have issues. I will walk through a dark room in order to hit the switch on the other side of the room or to keep the switches in the right position. I will turn our kitchen light on and go to the other side of the room to turn it off (to get the switches in the right position) – and then walk through the dark kitchen. It is a wonder I like Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory?

I’m so glad my cell phone has a flashlight on it. It has helped me many times coming through the basement – with very little natural light and few switches! At least the upstairs has lots of natural light sources and unless it is night – I can see where I am going. Continue reading

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Is God Real?

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

I know this is not the question you would expect your pastor or a pastor to ask – but the question is legit.  Is God real?  Does He really exist or is He a figment of humanities imagination – something to explain the unexplainable?  Did we create God because we could not explain the creation of the world in any other way?

I grew up in a Christian home – so I have ALWAYS been told that there is a God.  When I got to science class they tried to tell me there was no God and that all of creation was merely by chance.

One of the unexplainable things in life – whether you believe in God or don’t – how did something (God or the basic elements of life) come out of nothing?  I mean if God always was – where did God come from?  If the universe as we know it began as hydrogen and oxygen atoms came together – where did they come from – or where did the two cosmic forces come from in the Big Bang Theory?

In Seminary – a place you would think your faith would be supported and built upon – some believe the Creation Story to be just a myth – and not an account given to Moses or someone – of God’s actions.  Yet – science says everything was by chance.  I remember learning that things left alone – left to chance – tend to breakdown – not become more complex!  Then I look at a hummingbird or a flower or the eye of a fly and wonder.

I have a headache!  Where did space – time – life – energy – come from?  Is God real or was it all by chance?

Some will say – how can you believe in a God who allows __________ – and they fill in the blank with some sad story of trouble in their life or the life of others. Their proof that there is no God is that bad things happen in the world.  Does that hold water in your thinking?

Is there no God because we cannot understand or grasp the existence of God – or does God exist to help us explain what we cannot understand or grasp – or does God simply exist – whether we believe or understand or not?  Does our lack of belief in God mean God doesn’t exist?

Instead of giving my ideas here – my proof – what do you think?  How do you prove that God exists or doesn’t exist?  If you were raised a Christian – or a God believer – have you ever taken the time to think through the process of questioning God’s existence – or is that a sign of a lack of faith?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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