Sunday, January 28, 2018

Accepting the Obvious

For although they know God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. - Romans 1:21

In the 11th chapter of Genesis mankind set out on a mission to build a city with an enormous tower at its center. This tower came to be known as the Tower of Babel and is representative of mankind’s efforts to take hold of God’s kingdom through force. This shameful rebellion was made all the more severe because it occurred after God's judgment of the world through a worldwide flood. The reality of God, and His expectations, were no secret. This did not prevent people from denying the reality of the true God and setting up idols for themselves.

In the early parts of the Bible, mankind directly interacted with God on one level or another. Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden. Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Cain conversed with God on a personal level. Noah was spoken to by God and the flood that followed was God's judgment on the wickedness of mankind. This judgment was intended not only to cleanse the world of evil, but to put the fear of the Lord into the hearts of mankind.

Instead, mankind disregarded the clear signs from God, regarding His existence and His righteousness. Since then, thousands of false accounts have been forged to replace the one authentic story of creation and the flood, through which God judged a rebellious world.

Today, we have gone as far as to remove God from the story of creation. As a result, our thinking has literally become futile and we have darkened our foolish hearts to the most reasonable of truths.

But if you look closely, even at the godless theories used to explain away creation, you will see God’s fingerprints smudging the pages of the most militant of atheist science texts. The complexity of life, the appearance of all things from nothing, and the superiority of mankind over all other creatures are elements of the natural world that can only be explained through an intentional Creator. It is this intentionality that gives us hope and enlightens our hearts to the most obvious truth in all creation.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Giganotus Rex 2: Coming Soon!

I am excited to announce that book #2 in the Giganotus Rex series is well underway. I’m going to be scant on details at this time, but I am pumped to get this title into your hands as soon as possible. In both books there is a balance between intense action scenes and fun humor, along with characters that bring you right in to the story.

Here is a recap of the characters in the first book, The Wrath of Giganotus Rex:

  • G-Rex is a giant fire-breathing dinosaur, who always seems to show up at the right time. 
  • William Martin Stevens, the main character, is a reporter in search for the truth. 
  • Murakoshi is an undercover agent, who secretly helps out William Martin Stevens. 
  • The people of Orwell are kind, hard-working folks, who have been singled out for destruction. 
  • Lilith Greengate is a major official in the world's global government and uses the military to protect the city of Utopia.

 The end of the book leaves us with a question of faith and where this faith will lead our heroes.

In G-Rex 2, most of the “good guys” from The Wrath of Giganotus Rex will be virtually absent. You will see the world through the eyes of the bad guys, a soldier, and William Martin Stevens’ good friend, Murakoshi Honda. By the way, did I mention that there will be a giant monster battle?

You will learn about the fate of our heroes and find out where their faith has led them. But you will also be a fly on the wall in the office of Lilith Greengate as she continues to devise wicked schemes against humanity. This is a book that you will not want to miss!

Get up to speed with the G-Rex series by reading The Wrath of Giganotus Rex! Click here to order your copy!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Visible Invisible God

For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse. - Romans 1:20

We have all seen God's invisible qualities. This phenomenon is known as General Revelation. As the name suggests, it is a revelation to all of mankind that there is a divine Creator of the universe.

In a broad sense, all of creation bears certain qualities of God. The universe, itself, is vast and seemingly endless. The oceans are powerful and unconquerable. Living things are diverse but unified in so many ways.

But there is one form of life that more specifically exemplifies the phenomenon of general revelation: mankind. The Bible tells us that humans were created in the image of God. Nothing in creation comes closer to displaying the fullness of God's nature than human beings. We have the ability to reason, create, love, and tame the world around us. When we look upon each other, it ought to be obvious that we were created with something special in mind.

Unfortunately, because of the curse of sin, nothing in the universe more closely resembles Satan than mankind. Jesus not only called his religious adversaries children of Satan, but called his disciple Peter Satan as well! Another disciple of Jesus, Judas Iscariot, was indwelt by Satan. Judas, as a result, became so filled with hate that he betrayed the Son of God into the hands of those who wanted to kill Him. Mankind is directly responsible for the greatest evils the world has known.

On the other hand, Jesus made a great promise to His disciples before He was crucified: "Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live" (John 14:19). Jesus is God in the flesh. We are born in the image of God, but God lives inside of those who believe in Jesus.

When you believe in Jesus and are in a community of believers you will see Jesus in your midst. He lives inside of you and the Church is the body of Jesus.

The world has absolutely no excuse to reject God. It has the general revelation of nature, the general revelation of mankind, the Special Revelation of Jesus (the God-Man), and God the Holy Spirit living within the community of His Church.

God might be invisible, but He can be clearly understood by what He has made. His eternal power and divine nature are on display through those who love Him and serve Him. Today, if you believe, you can see Him too.