Gems From Genesis – And It Was Good

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Six times in Genesis 1, we find the phrase “It was good.”  This phrase follows a pattern:  God speaks and something happens.  Then God examines His work and pronounces it “good.”  Following the creation of man – male and female – God looks at all that He has made and says, “It is very good.” This is not a series of haphazard, trial and error events.  Rather, God follows a well thought-out plan.  He is purposeful and precise in what He does.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  Nor...

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Gems From Genesis – Are the Days in Genesis 1 Really Days?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

My first year of college, I went to a liberal “Christian” college.  I remember being taught that the days of creation were not “real” days, but were periods of time, millions of years long and were representative of the long ages of evolutionary history.  This is a common belief in our world today.  However, I believe that there are many reasons to reject this “Day-Age Theory” and to confidently affirm the literal accuracy of the Creation account in Genesis. First, God...

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Gems From Genesis – By the Word of the Lord

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

According to the evolutionary paradigm, it took millions of years of trial and error to “create” everything in the universe; but the Bible tells us a very different story – God spoke, and it was done!  Notice how often words referring to speech are used in Genesis1.  (“God said,” vs. 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 29; “God called,” vs. 5, 8, 10; “God blessed,” vs. 22, 28.)  This truth is affirmed throughout Scripture.  Note the following examples (bold added for emphasis):...

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Gems From Genesis – How Did All the Skin Colors Arise?

Posted on Sep 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

A common question of skeptics of the Bible and even of some Bible-believing Christians is, “If we all came from Adam and Eve, why are there so many different skin colors?”  There is a good answer, which is consistent with both the Bible and with well-known genetic principles.  I will deal with the genetic principles in the next article (The Origin of the Races), but let’s review here the Biblical foundations for answering this question. The early chapters of Genesis reveal...

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Gems From Genesis – What Happened to God’s Good Earth?

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In our last Gems From Genesis article,, we focused on Genesis 1:31:  “And God saw that it was very good.”  And truly it was, but as we look around our world today, we see many things that are NOT good.  How do we reconcile these things with the Bible?  How do we reconcile them with a loving, powerful Creator God? We need to read further in Genesis.  Genesis 3 describes the steps leading up to the tragic event that theologians have come to call The Fall.  The first human...

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Gems From Genesis – In the Image of God pt. 2

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In the last article, we looked at some ideas of what it means to be made “in the image of God.”  In particular, we talked about the fact that as a result of Adam’s sin, the image of God has been blurred and distorted in mankind.  However, in the fullness of time, God sent Jesus, “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15 AKJV), to be the “last Adam” and to undo the damage done by Adam’s sin, that we may be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom 8:29 AKJV).  This is truly...

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Gems From Genesis – In the Image of God

Posted on Jan 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

At the end of Creation Week, after God had prepared the world and filled it with a spectacular array of plants and animals, He performed His crowning work of creation – the creation of mankind.  Genesis 2 describes this creative act in some detail, but the verses in Genesis 1 majestically declare the essence and position of man in creation.  While the animals were created “after their own kinds,” only mankind bears the image of the Creator. Over the ages, Bible scholars...

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Gems From Genesis: Conflicting or Complimentary Accounts?

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

After a lecture at a university, a student told me that although he had a church background, he had become an atheist.  When I asked him why, he said that one reason was because of all the contradictions in the Bible.  I asked for an example, and he replied that there are two different creation stories, one in Genesis 1 and another in Genesis 2.  Personally, I was glad that he chose this example of a so-called contradiction, because I myself had struggled with it in the...

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Gems From Genesis – Our Active God

Posted on May 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In the last article, we looked at the broad sweep of the drama of creation.  Now let’s dig a little deeper and explore Genesis 1:1-2:3 in a bit more detail.  If you can, take a few minutes now to read the passage, paying special attention to what you can learn about God, from just this section. OK, ready?  Here are a few of my observations.  What more can you find? Right from the start, God is there, taking the initiative, in control.  He is “outside” of creation, separate...

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Gems From Genesis – The Drama of Creation

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Like a good movie, the bible starts with intrigue – with a powerful attention-getter:  “In the beginning, God created. . . “ With this verse, we are drawn into the story – left with a sense of wonder, awe, and a desire to know more.  What was it like before creation?  Why did He create?  What was His purpose?  What motivated Him?  What did He create?  When did He do it?  How did He do it?  How long did it take?  What was it like when He finished?  For the curious child or...

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Gems From Genesis 1

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Genesis – the book of beginnings!  What a treasure!  There is so much hidden in these pages, yet they are too often skimmed through, overlooked, ignored, or even scoffed at in our “sophisticated” world.  But stop and think what we would be missing without the book of Genesis. In Genesis, God gives us valuable information about Himself, ourselves, and our world, that we would have no other way of knowing for sure.  In the pages of Genesis, we read about the creation of the...

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