BARA: Creating Something from Nothing

BARA: Creating Something from Nothing

                                                                          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. Genesis 1: 1-2 Before God began His miraculous work of creation, the earth was described as “formless and empty.”  In other words, there was nothing there. The word …

Good and Very Good

Good and Very Good

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…”  Genesis 1: 31a My oldest son is a man of few words.  From the time he was a little boy, the mono-syllabic response I received to  questions such as, “How was the party?” “How was the pizza?” or “How was the movie?” was always the same:  Good.  The mother in me wanted details.  Give me sentences loaded with verbs, adjectives, adverbs – I wanted more words!  After reading God’s description of each day’s creation, perhaps I need to consider good an appropriate, fitting and positive summary. Each day …

A Day Off

A Day Off

  “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”  Genesis 2: 3 School children love snow days. Moms and Dads love vacation days.  Everybody loves holidays.  Celebrating the occasion aside, just doing something different than what is required all the other days makes a day off a treat.  In proclaiming the seventh day for rest, God set the example of giving us a day off. He even modeled this for us by resting from all the work He had done on the other …

Worshipping God by Walking Green

Worshipping God by Walking Green

  The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2: 15 One of mankind’s first assignments was to care for the creation. Stewardship of the earth is not a political issue, but a Biblical call.  Christians should lead the charge to actively and purposefully demonstrate conservation of our earth’s resources—being careful to proclaim that we worship the Creator and not the creation. The call to recycle is heard by every generation. Modern-day school children recognize the green triangle and the words Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  …

Just One Little Rule

Just One Little Rule

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2: 16-7   Today we have federal, state, city, and county rules. We have rules for driving, for buying and selling, and even for dying.  Some of those seem to always be changing – like the speed limit:  50 here, 70 there, only 35 over here.  There are rules at home and at work.  There are …

Believing God

Believing God

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3: 1   “Did God really say?”  We can’t see the emphasis, but I think the crafty one focused heavily on the word really. The serpent’s plan was to get Eve to doubt God’s word.  He didn’t try right away to get her to eat the fruit.  He was clever, devious.  Just get a toehold of doubt into the door of her heart …

Creation

Creation

The God I serve is a mighty, awesome, Holy God!  He is the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all creation.  When He designed the earth, moon, sun, stars and all creation, He did it with great detail in mind.  He left nothing to chance and everything He created was good and it pleased Him. If you do not believe in God as the Creator of the universe, I challenge you to look at the great detail in God’s design.  Creation did not just happen. Human beings did not just form by themselves from the garbage of space aliens that landed …

Before the Beginning of Time

Before the Beginning of Time

Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” John 1: 1, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Before the beginning of time and the creation of the heavens and the earth, There was God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, God designed a plan for saving the souls of man …

My Special Delight

My Special Delight

Ps 63: 1-3 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” For many years now, there has been one thing in particular that delights my soul. Sometimes it comes and goes in an instant and other times it lingers for awhile so I may enjoy its presence. I am …

The Pelican

The Pelican

Genesis 1: 21 “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Pelicans are magnificent birds and are made by our Creator with a bill-tip for catching large fish.  When catching this size fish, the pelican will toss it up in the air and slid it into his gullet head-first.  Schools of fish are caught at once as the bird scoops them up into its large throat pouch.  Before swallowing the fish, the …

Spider Web

Spider Web

Early one morning as I was walking down the road, my eye caught a glimpse of a spider web glistening in the morning light. The dew was still on the web making it sparkle in the sunlight and making it appear as if it was made of diamonds. It was so beautiful, I quickly snapped a photo as it hang between two barbed wires on the fence. It was as if, the spider delicately and intricately had planned every detail of this magnificent feat. It was strong enough to with stand the wind as the it blew to and fro …

The Palm Tree

There stands a solitary palm tree on a narrow strip of land on the bank of the Choctawhatchee Bay. This tree is short in statute and rather than standing tall as trees are intended to do, this tree leans over. So bent over is this tree, it is hard to believe that it can remain standing. It seems to defy gravity. But somehow it remains standing. Somewhere along the way, as a young tree, it was blown over by a strong wind perhaps during a hurricane or just a constant strong wind blowing in from the sea. Somehow its roots …