SPF 095: What is God's Will for My Life? The Hidden and Revealed Will of God

What is the will of God for my life? How do I live faithfully in the times of mystery? Am I responsible for my actions? Today we talking about God’s Sovereignty, His hidden will, His revealed will, and how we can prove faithful in knowing and not knowing every day.

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Life Hack - Laundry Edition

Crystal from IG says to take care of gum on clothes, soak it in some warm vinegar and it comes right off!

Julie from IG says freeze stinky workout clothes to kill the bacteria that’s causing the stink.

Knowing God’s Will

God has a Sovereign will because God is sovereign and He acts with sovereignty.

Psalm 95:3, Romans 9:19, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 115:3, Job 42:2

Theologians agree that when talking about God’s will we can look at two aspects of it as seen and described in the Bible:

  1. God’s hidden will

  2. God’s revealed will 

Some things of God’s will are hidden from us and some are revealed to us.

Deuteronomy 29:29 says “Secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong  to us and our children forever.”

God’s hidden will includes what will happen tomorrow, or next year, or how something will work out. There are things that are hidden from our knowledge.

In the times of mystery, even in the every day when we do not know what tomorrow holds, I love what author Guy M Richard wrote in his article called, “Our business is not to give our attention to the the hidden or secret things, but to those things that are revealed.”

The revealed will of God is revealed to us in His Word. So if we want to know what God has plainly willed for us, then we need to be in the Word of God. 

Thessalonians 5:16-18  "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

There is a plethora of God’s revealed will for us to discover in God’s Word and faithfully live out through His grace. 

A great rule of thumb is asking “is it sinful” if not, “is it wise?” And how do we find out if it’s sinful or wise, in God’s Word. And if it clears those things, then there is great freedom.

Sovereign God and Human Decisions

“How is God sovereign, and yet humans are still responsible for their actions and decisions?”

Here’s the Truth that we know:

  • God is the primary cause of all things.

  • He is Sovereign and acts with Sovereignty

  • Nothing surprises Him

  • Nothing happens by accident.

  • God also does not sin, but He does use sin sinlessly to accomplish His purposes

  • People are the means through which God brings about His purposes

Author Guy M Richard says,“God’s sovereignty employs our actions and decisions and uses them in accomplishing exactly what God intends to happen.”

We have the ability to disobey God.

We cannot live like our sin is simply a fulfillment of God’s Sovereign will as to absolve our guilt from what we’ve done. God uses our sin sinlessly and is conforming all things to the pattern of His will.

God uses our decisions to bring about His purposes.

RC Sproul is know for saying, “Embrace the Godness of God.” Relent to the fact that God has hidden things from us but is still working out His perfect plan, and while living in the hidden things, live purposely in the revealed things.

When we don’t know, there are still things we do know.

Resources

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Knowing God
By J. I. Packer
Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul

SPF 094: Can Popular Opinion Change the Truth?

What is true isn’t always popular and what is popular isn’t always true. A little twist on a famous Albert Einstein quote as we walk through argumentum ad populum, a fallacy that what is popular determines what is true. I’ll walk through two current examples and even one Biblical one, plus three ways to avoid the slippery slope of popular polls.

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Can Popular Opinion Change the Truth?

What is true is not always popular and what is popular is not always true.

So can what is popular ever become Truth? If enough people agree, can that change truth?

The world would say yes.

But that is a informal  fallacy called agrumentum ad populum  - which is an argument to the people.

Basically it means, that 80,000 people can’t be wrong.

You determine truth by taking a poll and on the basis of the majority you determine the truth.

Two examples from our culture:

  1. Evolution - Evolution can fall under agrumentum ad populum - all my science teachers from Kindergarten to college taught me it was true. Bill Nye and his 2.6 million instagram followers think evolution is true - so it must be true - that many people cannot be wrong.

  2. Abortion - Abortion falls under agrumentum ad populum. RC Spoul talks about this in his sermon - that lady justice is blindfolded as to not let justice be influenced by the popular opinion. But once in a while lady justice peeks. How else could explain the Supreme Court ruling to deny the most basic human right which is life.

These two examples remind us that the World despises truth. 

RC Sproul said "Nothing is more irritating and intolerable to the status quo of the world and the world's wisdom, world's power, than the Word of God. by nature we despise it; we reject it, and by nature we vote against it.”

There is no North Star on the world’s compass to point to Truth. The needle is constantly moving around the dial and pointing to the popular opinion of the age.

Argumentum ad populum can be a slippery slope for Christians too.

Galatians

  • The Galatians were quickly deserting Christ and turning to a different Gospel because of the fear of men.

  • Even Peter was called out by Paul who was living in the freedoms of Christ and eating and fellowshipping with the Gentile believers, however when the circumcision party came into the picture, Peter was out. He drew back from the Gentiles and the rest of the believing Jews followed his example and also acted hypocritically along with Peter.

So what keeps a Christian from following fear of the influential people, or the popular opinion? 

  1. Remember The Gospel is from God, not from man.

  2. Remember When we speak and teach the truth, we do not seek the approval from man

  3. Remember to yield to God and the Scriptures and not to seemingly influential people.

"Let us boldly despise the whole world" - John Calvin "Not that we should hate people in the world, the ministers of the Gospel, those entrusted to preach the word, must learn to shut their eyes." - RC Sproul

Sometimes we are tempted to peek. We must learn to shut our eyes to the world. Because to God be the glory and may the Truth be exalted that people might be saved.

Resources

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Renewing Your Mind - RC Sproul sermon on Galatians: https://renewingyourmind.org/2018/08/26/love-lines-men-pleasing-

Wikipedia article about evolution taught in schools: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_and_evolution_in_public_education_in_the_United_States

Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul

 

 

 

SPF 093: Generations: Making Time for Family Discipleship with Jenna Hallock

"He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God." Psalm 78:5-7a "Moms and Dads you are the first and best disciples of your children" - Jenna Hallock, Director of Family Time, is on today's show to talk to us about family discipleship, and a great resource to help us prove faithful in the home. Plus she has a special offer for SPF listeners.

 

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Family Discipleship with Jenna Hallock

Family Discipleship: Every believer is a disciple of Christ and is making disciples by accepting the truth of the Gospel and spreading the Good News to others. That's what we need to be doing in the home.

Be careful not to neglect the hearts of our children in the home with the Good News of Jesus while attending to the mission outside the home.

"Moms and dads, you are the first and best discipler of your children. The church is there to support you, but God has given you this responsibility."

"Don't be afraid to say no to some of the things that you're being asked to do, for the sake of being able to give your best to this work of raising up your children."

Overcoming Obstacles to Family Discipleship

1. Didn't see it modeled - find someone at your church who is discipling their kids to help you

2. Business - "What are you busy with?" We all have choices how we spend our time; where are the pockets of time that are less important but have more of a priority where we can plan and be intentional about discipleship instead?

3. Not being intentional - are you truly being intentional with the time you have? Write reminders, say no to some things.

"Say no to things to give the best things a better yes."

Family Time

Website: famtime.com

"The mission of Family Time Training is to train and equip parents and grandparents to pass the faith to the next generation in the home."

Deuteronomy 6

Psalm 78

"What we are doing moms, matters so much, not just for our own souls, not just for the souls of our own children, but for our children's children. . . . there will be generations some day who could come to salvation."

"This is the most important work we could be doing!"

"Intentional time will create organic moments throughout your week that go back to the lesson."

Family Time Resources:

Family Time Activity Books

Family Time Training (for churches to teach families about family discipleship)

Total Access Membership

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Membership is $97 a month - a little over $7 a month.

Membership is only open a few times a year and will be open August 23-28 2018!!

Plus! Use the code SPFTA818 and get 10% off your membership.

To learn more: https://members.famtime.com/ 

Jenna's Life Hack - Clean that Ceiling Fan

Jenna has a great life hack! Use a pillow sheet to clean those fan blades. Take an old pillow case, open it up and insert the fan blade in the case and pull off the dust!! Shake out the dust in the trash, and throw it in the wash!

Connect with Jenna: http://famtime.com/contact

SPF 092: Virtue Signaling (Media + Heart Issues)

Virtue Signaling is something we probably come in contact with multiple times a day. Though a relatively new term, we can see virtue signaling in the Bible. Today we are talking about this issue and three things we need to be aware of when it comes to signaling some virtue. 

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Life Hack - Trash Bag Storage System

There's nothing like a clean garbage slate - the trash is out and the can is ready to be filled. But you forgot to put a trash bag back in! Here's a life hack from Emily - keep extra trash bags in the bottom.

Virtue Signaling

Definition: when a person expresses a moral opinion in order to show they are a good person.

The problem with virtue signaling is

1. There is usually no action associated with the expression

2. The purpose of the moral expression is to make themselves look good

I want us to be aware of the messages we are consuming and I want us to be able to look at our own hearts too. Virtue signaling is a trap to distract us from God and seeking His glory. We need to be able to spot these virtue signaling distractions and beware when we are tempted to virtue signal ourselves. 

  1. Be aware of the urgent bandwagon.

  2. Be aware of neglecting what is right in front of you in exchange for what we feel is more meaningful, or what other people tell us is more meaningful

  3. Be aware of practicing righteousness to be seen by others

Luke 11:46

Matthew 6:1

Proverbs 27:2

Proverbs 20:6

James 1:22

It is our fallen human nature that creates a tendency to practice virtue signaling. We naturally want others to think well of us, and it is so easy on social media to publicize our own good deeds or proclaim our lofty values. But we’ve been called to be faithful before God, not to seek the world’s acclaim: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6

- Got Questions

Virtue signaling fishes for compliments and praise for ourselves rather for God.

Resources

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ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul

 

 

SPF 091: Righteous Living - Legalistic or Full of Joy?

In Psalm 23 David writes, He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name sake. What are these paths of righteousness? How do we walk in them? Today we are exploring the theology of righteous living and looking at five examples of how David walked in righteousness. These examples are things God can work in our lives and we can practice today. 

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Life Hack - Sunscreen & Snacks

If you have squirmy kids, or any kid, this is a great life hack for days in the sun and surf that comes from an SPF Instagram friend:

Give your kid a Popsicle while slathering on the sunscreen! It helps them sit still and enjoy a hydrating snack and gives you the opportunity to put on all the sunscreen they need.

Righteousness - Legalistic or Full of Joy?

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake." Psalm 23:3

"Righteousness is something that should be the greatest desire of the Christian's heart because it is when we are in the closest proximity where God has created us to live." - Pastor Aaron Carlson

Righteousness is where we were created to live! It’s living according to what is right!

Arguments against righteousness:

  • It's legalistic

  • It's by grace we've been saved, not by works

Amen!

Legalism seeks to attain forgiveness through works, but our forgiveness is through Christ alone.

However, we are saved into righteous works. We are new creations and God is now leading us in a righteous path.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:1

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The best part about this righteousness is Psalm 23 says it’s Jesus who leads us in these paths of righteousness.

We don’t have to decide what is right . . . we don’t get to decide what is right.

God has done it for us. And he is leading us down this path of righteousness, so that we can keep moving out of that which destroys and is corrupted into what is true and beautiful and lovely.

He is not driving us along like cattle, but he is SHEPHERDING US with his rod and his staff - meaning he is directing and protecting and Psalm 23 says that is is comfort to us. And He is compassionate toward us!

Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

He Leads us in Righteousness for His Name's Sake

He does it for His names sake. Any characteristic of God we find in Scripture we know He will be faithful to. He is always showing and proving himself to be who He says He is and he is completely the best at it.

When do you have more joy? When you are harsh with your children or husband? Or when you are walking in obedience?

Key Points

  • Jesus changes our hearts to want righteous living

  • When we sin, God enables our hearts to want to repent and through faith we are again seeking righteousness

  • Righteous living instructions are found in God’s Word - it’s how we live out of faith in what God has done for us by showing our obedience to His ways.

Five Characteristics of Righteous Living

From the life of David as written in the Bible:

  1. David’s theology was solid because he had a love for God’s laws

  2. David had absolute faith in God

  3. David was thankful and constantly singing praise to God

  4. David was humble and patient

  5. David was repentant

Ways we can walk in righteousness, all by God’s direction and grace:

  1. Meditate on the Word

  2. Believe in the Truth of who God is

  3. Be thankful, have a heart of praise

  4. Be humble and patiently wait on the Lord

  5. Be repentant

Charles Spurgeon Quote

It is an admirable plan to fix your thoughts upon some text of Scripture before you leave your bedroom in the morning—it will sweeten your meditation all the day. Always look God in the face before you see the face of anyone else. Lock up your heart in the morning and hand the key to God and keep the world out of your heart. Take a text and lay it on your tongue like a wafer made with honey and let it melt in your mouth all day. If you do this, and meditate upon it, you will be surprised to notice how the various events of life will help to open up that text. If that particular text does not seem suitable to some special occasion, steal away into a quiet place and get another one—only let your soul be so full of the Word of God that at all the intervals and spaces when you can think upon it, the Word of God dwelling in you richly may come welling up into your mind and make your meditation to be sweet and profitable!

 Resources

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Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul
Psalms, Vol. 2
WellHouse Records

SPF 090: God's Plan for Family - Part 2

Why do families exist? What is God's plan for the family? Answering these questions provide a foundational understanding to God's plan of reaching the ends of the earth with His salvation. Homes are not spiritual delegation centers, but parent led discipleship centers. In this two part series we will learn God's plan for the family and how to practically turn your home into a hub of gospel-centered discipleship. Today we are getting practical answering HOW do we prove faithful in the home?  How do we make our homes discipleship centers?

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Life Hack - Homemade Magic Shell for Ice-cream

Here's an easy DELICIOUS home-made ice-cream topping! Think deconstructed Klondike bar!

I use equal parts coconut oil (melted) and cocao powder and then sweetened with maple syrup to taste.

But I found this picture and recipe by mommypotomus than you can follow along!

Yum Yum Yum - get the recipe here: https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-magic-shell-recipe/

God's Plan for Family Part 2

God’s vision is that each generation would know and worship Him and then teach the next generation to do the same! Children are important to God’s plan, as we saw in the creation of the world, after the flood, and even in Malachi when God’s people were being rebuked for recklessly divorcing one another because it impacts His desire for godly offspring.

And we also called to mind that whether we have children or not, we are all called to make disciples of Christ. The great commission to go and make disciples lines up with the great commandment to be fruitful and multiple!

But if we do have children, God has some very specific instructions for us laid out clearly in His Word. That means parents are to create a discipleship-hub within their home. A place where God is taught, talked about, and honored. A place where we are repenting of our sin and growing in our knowledge of God. A place where our loyalty is to the One and only Triune God.

Turning Homes into Discipleship-Hubs

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:4-8

First

  • we need to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and might

  • Mark our homes as monotheistic

  • "Love is the act of the will, accompanied by emotion that leads to action on behalf of it’s object." - Voddie Bauchaum

Second

  • We need to teach our children to love God

  • Deut 6 is not just about our kids memorizing verses, but the enculturation of our children. That everything they do is for the glory of God and the praise of His name. That they learn a heart level loyalty to the only God who saves them from their wickedness.

  • By committing God’s commands to memory and they would become a wellspring of knowledge - a guide to know how to live abundantly.

Keeping these three things in mind will help us create a foundation for discipleship hub in the home (via Voddie Baucham talk)

  1. Saturate them with the word of God

  2. Educate them with a Christian Worldview

  3. Mentor them with a vision for God's glory

Practical Tools for a Discipleship Hub

  1. Family Worship - Family Worship is making the teaching and worship of God a focus of the home every day in a set aside time with the whole family. (Find out more at sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode78 )

  2. Memorization - Catechism and Verse Memory

  3. Teaching obedience and worship of God when disciplining, correcting, and training

  4. Teach to pray

Resources!

Follow Kristina on Instagram and be encouraged with practical godly parenting tips: https://www.instagram.com/bear__squirrel/

Family Worship podcast: sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode78

Great Resources:

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Why Children Matter
By Douglas Wilson
Instructing a Child's Heart
By Tedd, Margy Tripp

SPF 089: God's Plan for Family - Part 1

Why do families exist? What is God's plan for the family? Answering these questions provide a foundational understanding to God's plan of reaching the ends of the earth with His salvation. Parents are not spiritual delegation centers, but parent led discipleship centers. In this two part series we will learn God's plan for the family and how to practically turn your home into a hub of gospel-centered discipleship.

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Go here to try Audible for free (affiliate link).

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Life Hack - Fresh Summer Meats

Going camping? Having a day trip to the lake? It's hot! Keep the meat fresh by prepping some hamburger patties ahead of time and freeze them. When it's time to go, put them in a ziplock bag and place them on the bottom of a cooler and cover with ice.

God's Plan for Family

God's plan for the family is throughout Scripture. It teaches us so much about our roles and responsibilities as women and disciple-makers.

Genesis 1-3 - shows us God's plan from the very beginning: to fill the earth with people who worship and love God

Genesis 6-9 - shows us God's plan reiterated - fill the earth with people who worship and love God

Genesis 15 - God's promise to Abraham is about future generations of people more numerous than the stars in the sky who worship and love God

Deuteronomy 6 - God's people are about to go into the promise land and they are given a sermon on the covenantal law reminded them of God and His plan - which happens to be for people to love God and worship Him and for people to teach their kids to love God and worship him, and gives a way to do this.

Malachi 2 - God rebukes His people for flippant divorce because it impacts His desire for godly offspring!

Malachi 4 - God makes a promise before 400 years of silence to come and turn the hearts of fathers to their children.

Matthew 28:19-20 - Jesus gives the final command to "Go and make disciples."

The Great Commandment in Genesis 1 (be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it) lines up with the Great Commission to make disciples.

Make disciples = be fruitful and multiple 

Of all nations - fill the earth

Teach them to obey - subdue it

“Being great commission Christians begins in your house. Every little child given to us is an opportunity to make disciples.” 

- Dr. Rob Reinow

Resources

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Instructing a Child's Heart
By Tedd Tripp, Margy Tripp

 

 

SPF 088: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

How did the fit on the ark? How did the dinosaurs become extinct?  Are we sure that dinosaur bones are not millions of years old? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

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Life Hack - Summer Activity

Go on a dinosaur excavation!! (Or any small toy excavation Dino excavation summer activity.)

Here's what you need:

  • ice tray or muffin tin

  • small toys or plastic dinosaurs

  • food coloring (optional)

  • small tools (paint brushes, plastic hammers, etc)

  • freezer ;)

Fill ice tray with water (or color water in pitcher first, then add to ice tray). Add little toys (it's ok if they are sticking out!). Freeze until solid. Take out and play!

Usborne Books Flying Dinosaur Paper Airplanes

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These are just so fun for an afternoon of paper airplane races and dino themed: https://new.myubam.com/p/6877/100-pterosaurs-to-fold-and-fly

(I am not an Usborne book seller, nor is this linked to a specific seller.)

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Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

Were the dinosaurs on the ark?

  • According to Genesis 6 two of every kind of animal went aboard the ark

How did the dinosaurs fit on the ark?

  • The arc was huge.

  • 450 long

  • 75 feet wide

  • 45 feet tall

  • Imagine 6 semi trucks wide for 1/2 a mile standing at four stories tall

  • It was a sea worthy vessel and could not capsize

  • Page 243

  • Only about 55 kinds

  • Dinosaurs didn’t have to be fully grown

  • Most dinosaurs were relatively small

Why aren’t humans buried with dinosaurs if they were alive during the same time?

  • Evolutionists claim the order of the fossil record (trilobites at the bottom, humans at the top) is due to a succession of life-forms on Earth, which occurred over many hundreds of millions of years

  • But since Fossils are a record of death, creationists believe that most of these fossils and their subsequent order were formed by the year long global flood

  • Consider order of death during the flood

  • With the flood starting with the fountains of the great deep sedentary sea creatures would be buried first, then swimming sea life,

  • And as flood waters rose, shore river animals and plants

  • Then small mammals, amphibians, dinosaurs, low land forests

  • And last, large mammals, birds, and upland forests

How did the dinosaurs become extinct?

  • Many died in the flood

  • The rest died out through illness or at the hand of men

Find out more:

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 sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode87

 

SPF 087: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 1

Are dinosaurs in the Bible? Why really happened to the dinosaurs? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

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Life Hack - The Cast Iron Skillet

This is an essential kitchen tool and a FANTASTIC wedding gift that is usually not on registries (because people don't know the amazing wonders of this pan!). The best part, you can get a great deal on a Lodge brand cast iron skillet at Target - $19.99 for a 12'' skillet (and if you have a REDcard you get free delivery!).

Cast Iron Benefits:

  • you can grill with it

  • goes from stove top to oven (oven safe)

  • used for camping

  • easy to clean

  • hard to hurt (I burned mine and brought it back to life)

  • not toxic

Dinosaur Questions Answered

Why it's important:

Evolutionary thinking naturally leads to atheism, belief in no God, and secular humanism which means man can chart his own course without God.

How we understand dinosaurs tells us how we view the world- it tells us one of our basic assumptions about life.

It shows a theistic worldview where God created everything purposefully and for His glory. Humans have inherent dignity because they are made in the image of God; we love one another because God loved us first; we forgive because Christ forgave us; we live to serve God and others rather than pursue the fleeting pleasures of this world.

Or it shows an acceptance of evolutionary thinking that everything we see arrived at natural processes and that there is no meaningful design and that God is not necessary for life or creation; basically the designed thing designed itself. This is seen in Romans 1 - that the knowledge of Creator God can be known by everyone since God has made it plain by what He’s created. But verse 21 says, "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."

When did dinosaurs exist?

  • God’s Word is a history book

  • It tells us when dinosaurs existed - on Day 6

  • God made the beasts according to it’s kind

  • That word kind is important because it tells us that creation was not evolving or changing

  • Humans were also created on day 6 which means humans and dinosaurs co-existed

  • The word dinosaur is not in the Bible. But word dinosaur was not invented until Sir Richard Owen in 1841

  • English versions of the Bible were set in the 1500s and 1600s with the Geneva bible and KJV versions

  • Dinosaurs are seen in the Bible as we read Job, the first book ever written - it’s not the first chronologically but first written where the Behemoth is talked about

  • "There are even strong indications that people living in the post-flood world encountered dinosaurs."

  • "From Europe across Asia and into china there are historical references to dragons with features that often match scientists modern reconstructions." - Safarti

Resources

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The Creation Answers Book
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SPF 086: How to Stay Focused When Praying

Have you ever been praying and lost focus, or maybe you get stuck and are not sure what to pray? Maybe you’ve faced some obstacles to praying or maybe you want to learn to pray God’s Word - well today we are learning all about praying God’s Scripture with five benefits of praying through a Psalm and 3 easy methods you can practice today.

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Easy & Awesome Father's Day Gift

Father's Day is a few days away and if you're looking for an easy and awesome gift that kids of all ages can make - try homemade firestarters! Great for camp outs, and backyard bonfires - these are easy to make and you probably already have the supplies in your house.

Supplies:

  • cardboard toilet paper roll

  • dryer lint

  • newspaper or brown kraft paper

Directions:

  • Stuff cardboard roll with lint

  • wrap with newspaper

  • roll ends with your hands like a tootsie roll candy wrapper

  • When it's time to use - stick under some kindling and light paper on fire

Prayer

  • prayer is communicating to God our dependence

  • we thank Him

  • we ask for help

  • we are giving God glory for being God

Obstacles to Prayer

  • prideful attitude

  • tired and unfocused

  • overwhelmed by "logistics" of how to pray

  • we forget to pray / busy

5 Benefits of Praying through a Psalm

  1. Praying through a Psalm teaches us about God

  2. Praying through a Psalm helps us focus, and focus on what is most important

  3. Praying through a Psalm helps us dwell on what is truthful

  4. Praying through a Psalm helps us express ourselves rightly

  5. Praying through a Psalm glorifies God

3 Methods of Praying Through a Psalm

The Basic
Read a Bible verse and pray it back to God

The Observe and Pray
Read through a few verses in a Psalm, make some observations, define some words, and pray back what you learned to God

The 3 R's
Read a verse and look for one (or more) of the 3 R's:

  1. Rejoice - What did I read that causes me to rejoice, be glad, or give thanks?

  2. Repent - Is there anything I've read that brings to light sin in my life?

  3. Request - How does this Psalm inform me to pray for others, or myself?

(The 3 R's were from an article on pray on Christianity Today)

Psalm Suggestions

  • Psalm 1 - righteousness vs wickedness

  • Psalm 15 - great understanding of God's righteousness and holiness

  • Psalm 16 - God's Faithfulness

  • Psalm 19 - God's Glory in creation and His incredible Word

  • Psalm 23 - God's Sovereignty and Right view of circumstances

  • Psalm 51 - David's prayer of repentance

  • Psalm 100 - Giving Thanks

  • Psalm 103 - The Blessedness of God

  • Psalm 112 - Righteous man characteristics

  • Psalm 130 - Waiting and persevering

Resources

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ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway

I have not read this Psalms - the prayer book, but I do admire Dietrich Bonhoeffer and am interested in this resource.