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Is God Fake News? Day 8

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Scripture: Genesis 1: 1-25 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.  God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,  and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.  God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.  God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,  to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Devotional: When’s the last time you actually took time to read through the creation account in Genesis 1?  It’s amazing to observe all the detail that God provides in this account.

Not only does God let us know that He is the One who created the heavens and the earth, but He gives us insight into His order and purpose for the creation.  He creates from nothing (ex nihilo), and then, by His Word, He fills voids.  He fills the void with the sun, moon and stars; with the creatures of the sea; the birds of the air; the livestock and wild animals; giving them purpose to be fruitful and increase on the earth. 

Then, on every day of His creative work, He sees that it is good.   He fills voids with good things, and takes time to observe and to enjoy that goodness. In this account, He also gives us insight into His very nature: as One who not only creates, but One who enjoys the goodness of His creation. 

Reflect:

  • Take some time to go outside today and to observe the intricacies and beauty of God’s creation. Observe the sky, clouds, trees and other foliage as they are breaking forth in Spring; the birds, and squirrels and other creatures busying themselves with the newness of this season. And as you do, be mindful to enjoy the creativity, the order, and the sustaining work of our Sovereign God.

Is God Fake News? Day 7

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Scripture:1 Peter 3:15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”

Devotional: As followers of Jesus Christ, not only do we believe that God exists, but we are called to share with gentleness and respect the reasons we believe. Of all the “arguments” that Pastor Jeff spoke about in the message on Sunday, the most compelling is always the experiential argument.  Because no one can argue against your own personal experiences with God. And when you share those with others, you are sharing something of yourself.  You’re being vulnerable and speaking from the heart.  And that is compelling evidence.

Reflect:

  • List some of your experiences – of life change and of answered prayer, guidance, and comfort- that you have encountered in your life.
  • Pray for opportunity to share these with someone this week, giving a verbal testimony to God’s existence.

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