One of the biggest challenges of my life is waiting.

Waiting on God. Waiting on the next assignment.

It’s not like waiting for your car to be fixed, or standing in line waiting to pay for your groceries.

This waiting means believing and expecting and obeying. None of which I excel at. It’s hard. Even if you have done it before its hard. It’s harder when you wait.

All the things that you do, look for work, send resumes, interview with churches, further your education-nothing makes anything go faster.

Church has changed. I am older. I am complex. God’s placement for me has always been unique.

It feels like exile.

It looks like a wilderness on the edge of city skyline at dusk. It smells like burgers and fries and people are drinking coke and eating cheesecake in crowded diners. Laughing and Loud.

While I stare panoramically contemplating about the past, present and future.

But I have to learn and learning is waiting.

The Toughest Seminary

The Apostle Paul graduated summa cum laude from the school of hard knocks with a doctoral degree in contentment.

You could see on his transcript that he took classes in being needy and classes in having plenty.

One semester He took a class in hunger and then a class in feasting.

He was under deep pressure and experienced times of confusion but it did not crush him and did not drive him to despair.

He had a contract on his head. He was hunted down, but God did not abandon him.

He was knocked down but not knocked out.

During this time his transcript read that he learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.

His testimony was that he could do all this through Christ who gave him strength. (2 Cor. 4:8-9; Phil 4:12-13).

Through Christ he had a 4.0 GPA! -SG


“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

God says things to and of the Son of God, Jesus Christ that he does not say to anyone else. The writer of Hebrews asks and seems to answer his own question on the behalf of his readers, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Heb 1: 6). Angels are spirits, glorious beings for sure and he made thousands, myriads of them so they cannot be counted (Heb 12:22). BUT they are never to be worshipped or invoked in prayer (Rev 19:10). They are created beings doing the bidding of God’s will (Psa 103:21). The message is simple. Jesus is NOT an angel. He is NOT a created being. He is the Creator, God the Son, the second person of the Triune God.

The Father says to him and not to the angels, “Your throne O God is forever and ever.” Christ is eternal God, the true God and eternal life, “God blessed for ever.” (1 John 5:20; Rom 9:5). He is God with us (Isa 7:14; Matthew 1:23). God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16). He is the Deity, in the the one and only God the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible having the glory of the Father made visible (1 Tim. 5:14-16) HE IS THE FIRST meaning Preeminent and Sovereign. He is the Creator, Redeemer and Head of the Body of Christ the Church. First in Creation, First in Resurrection, First in the Church. All things lead up to him and he fills all things. All things were made by him and for him (Col 1:15-22).

It is a beautiful picture of the Father’s love for the Son. Christ was continually proclaiming the Father’s love from him (John 15:9) and that the Father loved him before the foundation of the world (John 17:24). The Father pours out on the Son the oil of gladness, a picture of the Holy Spirit, echoing the words in the gospels that declared Jesus Christ as God’s dearly loved and only Son resting in the “bosom of the Father” (see Matt 3:17; John 1:18) and as the Spirit descended and rested upon him (John 1:32). God the Father loves no one better or more than his Son (John 3:35; 5:20).

We see this because of the superior joy Christ’s has above all his friends and companions. Who are these companions of Christ? Enoch who walked with God (Gen 5:24), Noah who found favor with God (Gen 6:8), Abraham who was God’s friend (Isa 41:8), Moses who saw God face to face (Exodus 33:11), Elijah taken in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:12), David a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord (James 5:10), and Job whose patience God rewarded with his most tender mercies (James 5:11) and all his original disciples who obeyed him even to the giving of their lives for the Gospel (John 15:14-15). Oh God did anoint them with some oil of gladness.

But to the Son he reserved a special oil, a unique oil, superior to that of the high priest (Psa. 133:2) which flowed down his beard and robes. He is our Prophet (Luke 24:19), Priest (Heb 4:14) and King (Rev 19:16). Christ has all fullness, God Spirit is given to him without measure (John 3:34) and the exuberant joy he has is seen in a small measure when he made his glory known in the joyful dancing at the wedding of Cana when the wine was served that was once water (John 2:6-9). All was flavorless water compared to the intoxicating Gospel wine Jesus gives (John 2:10). The joy that was set before Christ was after his perfect obedience that led him to the cruel Cross. Now God the Father honors Christ in front of all his companions, the cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1-2) as part of the church triumphant that sit at the heavenly feast upon his return from heaven after his ascension. Oh what music still plays, oh what shouts of incessant still worship continue this day as that heavenly feast goes on and on as when the oil was poured on the head of the Father’s distinguished and very welcome Son with such full joy no one could ever understand it.

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“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”

Christ is the bright shining Glory of God the Father. In His Son, Jesus the Christ, we see God the Father clearly and exactly. He is the the Final Word of God, the Superior Word of God to all the words of prophets in their words, dreams and visions. Even Moses whom the Lord God spoke to, “face to face..plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord.” (Num. 12:8) is overshadowed completely by the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ who, “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (2 Cor 4:6; Col 1:15). In the wonderful mystery of the Trinity we see the very essence of God the Father in Christ. “He is the revelation of the very heart of God. In Him has been seen the embodiment of the Eternal Power by which the worlds were made. In Him has been unveiled the Eternal Love by which all things are preserved and sustained.” (P. M.Muir.)

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” (Heb 11:3). He created the universe with Christ as his frame of reference. He framed the words that were Christ, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:16-18).

All the years, the times, ways and people that God used to speak his Words he was leading up to framing, giving structure and support of time and space by putting Christ into glorious words of Scripture. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). The text became tactile, words became a man and that Man was the God-man who lived among us (John 1:14). The frame became the foundation, the solitary cornerstone (1 Cor 4:11; Eph 2:20) of all that is, even the living and the dead.

God’s written Word in both the Old and New Testaments speaks fresh and new through His Word every day because Jesus is the reference for how speaks in the Bible. In the study and contemplation and especially the preaching and teaching of the words of the scriptures God is speaking every day, and he speaks Christ to us. Every day the Bible is fresh and alive as is the Risen Christ and as we read them we know we are connected with God through the scriptures which are much more than the writings of men.

God speaking to us in these last days by His Son. The method, mode, style and means by which he speaks is Christ, the living Word of God. This is how Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. His Word. He is like a tree planted by the riverside (Psalm 1:1-3) and he is planted in our hearts for his seed remains in us (1 John 3:9) It is Christ who grows and grows in our minds and hearts making us like sturdy, stable oaks of righteousness (Isa 61:3). Our faith came by hearing the seed of the living and enduring Word of God (1 Peter 1:23NIV). That Word, is the Word of Christ (Rom. 10:17) dwells in us lavishly (Col 3:16) and the Holy Spirit reinforces our inner being with his power, through the words which the Holy Ghost teaches (1 Cor 2:13) and the words he speaks is when he brings glory to Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit teaches us through the Scriptures, “the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:18). Christ is the Word and that Word is final.

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The NKJV Bible mentions the word angel or angels 280 times. 105 times in the Old Testament and 175 times in the New Testament. According to Herbert Lockyer, “In both the Old and New Testaments the root for angel means messenger. The Hebrew word mal’akh in the Old Testaments and angelos in the New Testament means simply messenger whether human or divine…both terms…tell us what angels do rather than who they are.” [i]

According to Christ in these verses the role of angels is to protect God’s children. In fact, Jesus tells us that the ministry of angels is one of the reasons and motives why we do not despise and make light of any Christian. Simply, if God cares enough to protect his children by sending angels, they must be important to him.

The angels were made by Jesus Christ, God the Son himself, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:15-16). It is obvious that Christ knows about angels because he created them and he teaches about their role in our lives here on earth.

God in His Providence has given us his servants to be our servants. Paul asks, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). The angels worship God, “Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.” (Ps. 148:2). In the book of Revelation, in heaven called the city of the living God, there are an innumerable company of angels, myriads of angels who number ten thousand times ten thousand, who do not rest shouting worship day and night (Rev 4:8; 5:11; Heb 12:22; Deut. 33:2). There are so many angels you could not count them. Don’t worry about the multitudes of people going in the wrong direction and their influence over our lives! They are pathetically outnumbered by God and his angels and they minister to you, and serve you. You are not alone.

In addition to this, angels are powerful, “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” (Psa. 103:20).  There was an angel that blocked the entrance to Eden with some form of omnidirectional sword. (Gen. 3:24). Seeing angels terrified Gideon (Judges 6:22) David, “was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.” (1 Chr. 21:30). The angels at the resurrection of Christ frightened the women there (Matt 28:5). Just one angel can destroy a mighty army. In 2 Kings 19:35-36 one angel destroyed 85,000 soldiers and another time 70,000 (2 Samuel 24:15-16). So, the little pictures of angels who look baby cherubs fluttering around is cute but not biblical.

There are three words we notice in Heb 1:14: “ministering” and “spirits” and “salvation” This word “ministering” is where we get the idea of liturgy. Liturgy is formalistic religious worship. The root of its meaning is to help and serve others. It is God’s will that they serve the people of God.  Such is the kingdom of God. The angels no matter how glorious must be servant of all and least of all.

Angels have to give an account as ministering spirits before God and in Job it says twice, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord.” (Job 1:6; 2:1). This verse directly relates to what Jesus said, “angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:10).  The angels are responsible to reflect our Heavenly Father’s loving specific care, protection and attention. Let me illustrate this. Not everyone can be close to the President, only his cabinet and a few other people. The angels have special access to God and give account to Him about us and for us. They have been given custody and care for God’s little ones and are responsible for them, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” (Psa. 91:11).

They are spirits. The angels have no physical bodies. They do not have human limitations. This works for our benefit. The Psalms and the book of Hebrews speak of God, “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.” (Heb 1:7; Psa. 104:4). Angelic wind and fire. They are invisible and powerful like WIND. They have FIRE, great energy they do not become tired. They are EFFICIENT. They achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. They are PASSIONATE, they love what they do and serve God with strong passion and desire to please him and help us.  Such is the kingdom of God. They are created beings-spirits who were made for one purpose: to serve and to give God glory and to serve and give us help.

“For those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Jesus tell us with this ministry of angels in view, “Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matt. 18:15). The most powerful and highest-ranking angels are employed in the humble office of looking after God’s little ones- the heirs of salvation. They aid us in our journey to heaven. The people of God are up for an inheritance WHICH IS salvation.

The angels are concerned about people’s spiritual welfare. Christ says, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10). This recalls what we read today, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?  And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.”  This promise Jesus gives is concerning his children. Those souls are claimed by the Father and HIS faithful Son Jesus and the angels go out to find and rescue them.

The angels are called his hosts. God is called “the Lord of hosts” or Lord Sabaoth.  The Psalmist says, “Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.” (Psa. 103:21). In the birth of Christ, the angels are called the “Heavenly host.” (Luke 2:13) standing on God’s right and left hand (1 Kings 22:19).  

Lord of hosts or Sabaoth has a double meaning.  First it means, the Lord of hosts is the God of the angelic armies. This relates precisely to what Jesus said in gathering lost sheep. He gathers his angels to battle FOR his people. “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” (Psa. 34:7). Christ directly intervenes in these little ones lives to SECURE his own victory and INSURE the salvation of his people. They are, “kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5).

Second the Lord of hosts means God who gathers his sheep. He is the God who brings together his people for salvation and worship. Later on, as God wills, we will see Christ again in Matthew 18:20 when our Lord says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” They gather in the name of Lord Sabaoth the Lord of hosts, the God of the myriads of angels and multitudes of saved sheep, the people of God. One day the Lord of hosts will, “send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matt 24:31). Then Christ, Lord Sabaoth will send out those holy ministering angels like wind and fire, “they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire.” (Matt 13:41-42).

Our only hope is in Christ who is Lord of Hosts. In Gen. 28:10-16 When Jacob dreamed, he saw a, “ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” The immediate context is Jacob later known as Israel, is on the run from his brother Edom. He finds a place called Luz and he uses a rock for a pillow and he goes to sleep. He has a dream where the angelic hosts set up a security check on Jacob whom God had blessed and with whom he made covenant. One angel would come down check on him and go back up the ladder and check in before the face of his heavenly Father, another one would come back down check on him and go back up as see the face of his heavenly Father and check in. Then the Lord stood at the top of the Ladder and said that he would bless Jacob and his descendants.  Delightful.

What a thought for the child of God who has heavens body guard assigned to them by the Lord Sabaoth, “He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4).

Then Jacob woke up excited and renamed the city of Luz as Bethel which means the house of God…the gate of heaven!  (Gen 28:17).  It is interesting because years ago the disobedient people built the tower of Babel to make their own way to God and to achieve their salvation. They called that place the Gate of God. But God called it confusion. Father, Son and Holy Spirit put a stop to that.

God in Christ show us God makes the ladder, that ladder is Christ. I recall a scripture in the New Testament Jesus said to Nathaniel a Son of Israel in whom there was no guile in John 1:51: “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

Christ is that ladder! Like a ladder reaching from heaven to earth, Christ bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth. The shadow of Jacobs ladder finds its reality in Jesus-WHO presents himself as the true ladder who left heaven to come to earth! As Jacob saw in a dream the reconciliation of Heaven and Earth, Jesus brought this reconciliation between God and man as he reconciles the world to himself not counting their trespasses against them and Jesus speaks from the top of the ladder of the Cross and says, “You are forgiven!” “It is finished!” 

Jesus is our Bethel, the Gateway, the dwelling of God, the door of the sheep (John 10:9).  If anyone goes by that Gateway they will be saved from God’s wrath and punishment and have abundant eternal life. A life of God’s generosity to the underserving not rewards for the deserving. Even for us, wandering straying sheep he says as the Ladder and the Gateway, “Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

[i] All the Angels in the Bible Herbert Lockyer chapter 1 the Spiritual Bodies of Angels, pg. 3. © 1995 Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.


IMG_4824.JPGSome theology is like reading the side of a cereal box. When I was a kid I was probably eating cereal that I would be lectured on today for putting me in a diabetic coma. I loved the sound of the cereal pouring into the bowl and then adding the milk. Then I would read the front and back of the box cover. But on the side, there was a series of unpronounceable words and list of vitamins and minerals. I never focused on that.
When I first came to Christ I had the assurance of salvation. I knew my sins were forgiven. I was baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit. I had a joy and peace and I was hungry for more of God. I guess that box of cereal could be called Jesus Alone Cereal (I know he is the bread of life but please bear with my analogy).
Then I met the people who must be related to the Einsteins who are responsible for the side of the cereal box, theologically speaking, and they had other cereals. They did not mind me eating my Jesus cereal but they told me I needed other cereals because Jesus Alone Cereal was not enough.
They told me I was not saved based solely on what Jesus had done on the Cross, but I needed to endure to the end. Others kept telling me I was saying the wrong words or had to pray a certain way or I did not have enough faith. Then some said I still had generational curses, even telling me I had demons. Then some told me I was baptized wrong and that the Trinity was not in the Bible. Some told me I needed to make a long list of my sins and confess them or I would be lost. Others were telling me that if Jesus was not Lord of all or he was not Lord at all. Then they told me we were doing church all wrong, worship needed to be more culturally relevant and it was hard to find any Jesus Cereal at church.
I ended up having more guilt and shame than before I was a Christian. In fact, it seemed that they discontinued my favorite Jesus Cereal. I could not find it anymore. I was starving, sad and confused.
Then I met with men who did understand those big words but knew that being fed Jesus alone Cereal was important. They introduced me to the Reformation Cereal Company and they told me that they had recovered the recipe for the gospel. I did not believe it until I sat down with two of their main CEO’s a German guy named Martin and another man from France, John. They poured out a bowl and added some milk and IT WAS! There it WAS! It was the Jesus Cereal.
The Gospel is all about Jesus. He is the bread and water of life. His blood and his flesh, his wonderful work on Calvary and his resurrection give life and feed our souls continually. Forget the world’s religion that has infested and confused many churches with their “do this and do that” theology and their big words.  Believe the gospel. Listen to God the Father when he says, “This is my beloved Son, HEAR HIM!”
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In the book Pilgrim’s Progress Mr. Christian found a friend in his travels a man called Mr. Faithful. They were talking about some of the challenges in their journey.

Mr. Faithful began to tell of an experience he had at Difficulty Hill when he met an very old man named, Adam the first. Adam lived in the town called “Deceit” and was wondering where Mr. Faithful was headed. While they talk Adam offers him a permanent position in his company out of no where. Faithful was wondering what about the wages, job and staff at Adam Incorporated. Adam tells him that all his employees were his children said that he was actually looking for an heir to take things over.  He also tell him he has three daughters that Mr. Faithful could marry Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes, and the Pride of Life (1 John 2:16).

Faithful was tempted by the offer until he saw written on Adam’s forehead but looking in his forehead, as I talked with him, I saw there written, “Put off the old man with his deeds.” The truth was that Adam was just flattering him and if he would get there he would sell Mr. Faithful for a slave.  Mr. Faithful declined his offer and Adam was angry and started yelling at him because he would not come near the door of his house. he Adam told him that he would dispatch someone to make his life miserable. As he turned around Adam grabbed him with such strength he thought his arm was almost torn off and he yelled in pain, “O wretched man.” Rom. 7:24.  So I went on the road up the hill.

Now, when he had got above half-way up, Mr. Faithful looked behind him, and saw one coming , swift as the wind caught up with him. He knocked him down and he was dazed. When he recovered from the punch he asked the man why he hit him.  The man said because of his secret desire to go with Adam. Then he hit him again and knocked him out.  When he regained consciousness he begged him to show mercy but he said, “I do not know how to show mercy and he knocked him down again.”  He would have killed him but another man came by and told him to stop. He did not know that man at first until he perceived the holes in his hands and in his side. Then he concluded that the man was Christ. So he went up the hill. Christian said, “That man that overtook you was Moses. He spares none; he does not know how to show mercy to those that break God’s law.

Do you understand the meaning of this story? The law of Moses cannot save you. It can only expose the rottenness of your sinful thoughts, words and actions. It will condemn destroy and kill you. It is a law, “without mercy.” (Heb. 10:28). Only Christ can save you. It is his death on the Cross, the blood he poured out and the witness of the wounds in his hands, feet and side that can save you. He says STOP to the justice of God you deserved because he took your sins, the hell you deserved, the wrath you incurred upon himself. He rose from the dead to declare you as righteous and sits enthroned as proof that your sins are forgiven (Heb. 1:1-3). Believe his words and trust his promises!

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Prayer of a Theologian


O God, early in the morning I cry to you.

Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you.
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness, but with you there is light.
I am lonely, but you do not leave me.
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help.
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you patience.
I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me.
Restore me to liberty, and enable me so to live now that I may answer before you and before humanity.
Lord, whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyred for his faith during Nazi Germany)

Meditation of Psalm 51: The Church of My Heart

799018111.jpgMerciful God, Faithful and True, keep your reputation unstained by recreating a new heart and clean spirit in me. 

Blot out, send away my sin debt, wash away my wrongdoings that you no longer remember my disobedience.  imagesI acknowledge my sin, I was born a sinner and you are the one I have wronged. All I can offer is my broken heart which is crushed to powder. 


Deliver me from my guilt for there is nothing I can give, no sacrifice I can make, no prayer I can pray, no confession I can utter that would be acceptable.cry-out-to-god

Let a continual fire of Your Holy Spirit burn out sin, the hammer of Your Word pummel out evil in my life. In the deepest inner recesses of my being implant truth in place of lies and wisdom that resists temptation so I may always be your faithful servant and obedient child.

080171bb9489bb542eec8ec243fac41c.jpgRestore the joy of serving You in all the broken parts of my life. Let me praise, honor and hear the laughter of salvation that enjoys worship all around.  

Open my mouth in order that I may sing your praise loudly of your forgiveness.  Restore the walls of the city of my heart, rebuild the altar in the church of my soul so I may worship you in a way in which you are pleased.  RGH09611.jpg

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.



3_creation“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) is the most radical statement ever made.

I don’t mean to sound pessimistic but it just seems some days like the world is so untouched by God’s goodness. It seems like any kind of goodness which makes the news in its essence makes it rare. When I read the book of Genesis I see God look over his finished work and say “this is good, very good.” “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1). Satan does not own anything in this world. “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Tim 4:4-5).

This is not to say that God has left some scant details about himself like a billion piececreation 2.jpg puzzle leaving us that were trying to figure things out although for some people it may seem that way. But God is evident. He is seen. When you read a very familiar passage such as Psalm 19 case such a wonderful display of God, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Ps 19:1-3). Creation can be seen bursting with song, loud, bright clear and powerful.

god-creating-creatures-by-r.jpgClearly, it means there is a God. God confronts us face to face, challenges, dares and even threatens people with his existence. Even more drastic, it means that you and I cannot escape God, “You are all around me-in front of me and in back of me. You lay your hand on me.” (Psalm 139:5GW). If you don’t want him around-he’s there anyway-he’s not going anywhere. He is always there and always will be there for all our lives and when we are dead and gone.  God will always be God. You are eventually going to have to confront the whole “God” issue, now or later.

“First, God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we do not get the sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option, not God on the weekends. God at the center and circumference; God first and last. God, God, God.” –The Old Testament Books of Moses © 2001 by Eugene H. Peterson.

Genesis is God giving our lives significance and meaning. God made the world where everything and everyone is created with an intention and design. He does not work impersonally from space, but he is in operation in the here and now. No matter how good or bad anyone is, we continue to be a part of his project-the Adam Project so there is no place to drop out.”

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