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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Arts

John Calvin:

“All the arts come from God and are to be respected as divine inventions.”

Refuting Evolution

Science and Evolution:

In the 1980s, researcher and lecturer David Watson noted an increasing trend that continues today, which very much disturbs those who want evolution to be perceived as the accepted scientific consensus:

“…A tidal wave of new books… threatens to shatter that confidence [in evolution]:

Titles like Darwin Retried (1971), Macbeth;

The Neck of the Giraffe: Where Darwin Went Wrong (1982), Hitching; The Great Evolution Mystery (1983), Taylor;

The Bone Peddlers: Selling Evolution (1984), Fix;

Darwin Was Wrong – A Study in Probabilities (1984), Cohen;

Darwinism: The Refutation of a Myth (1987), Lovtrup; and Adam; and Evolution (1984), Pitman.

Not one of these books was written from a Christian-apologetic point of view; they are concerned only with scientific truth – as was Sir Ernst Chain when he called evolution ‘a fairy tale’.”

Samuel at Gilgal: Many more books refuting evolution have been published since the time of this quotation which I am sure you would find very interesting reading:

Genetic Entropy & The Mystery of the Genome (2005) by J. C. Sanford, PhD

The Edge of Evolution – The Search For the Limits of Darwinism (2007) by Michael J. Behe, PhD

Darwin’s Black Box (1996) by Michael J. Behe, PhD

Icons of Evolution – Science or Myth? (2000) by Jonathan Wells

Intelligent Design Uncensored (2010) by William A. Dembski and Jonathan Witt

Exposing Darwinism’s Weakest Link (2008) by Kenneth Poppe

Darwin’s Demise (2002) by Dr. Joe White and Dr. Nicholas Comninellis

The Darwin Myth – The Life and Times of Charles Darwin (2009) by Benjamin Wiker, PhD

Evolution Exposed (2006) by Roger Patterson

Prepare for Eternity

INTRODUCTION: The language of this text is borrowed from natural sleep, in which a person is in a great measure unaware of what is happening around him but life remains in the body. This condition is applied to Christians who have grown insensitive to divine things–they sleep, but life remains in their souls. In particular, the exhortation is for those who find themselves in a state of spiritual slumber to shake off their drowsiness and awake to spiritual realities.

“Now it is high time to awake out of sleep” (Rom. 13:11).

Asahel Nettleton writes:

Sleeping Christians are reluctant to pray secretly. Prayer has been properly described as the breath of the Christian. When a Christian continues in a state of prayerlessness for a prolonged period, it is a sign that he is asleep. If not shortly awakened from this breathless state, it is reasonable to wonder whether such a person is actually spiritually dead.

Consider the time. Gospel light has risen upon us, and those who do not open their eyes to this light will remain in eternal darkness and despair. How can you sleep when the light of heaven is shining upon you? It is no time for sleep, because the day of salvation is a day that will be witnessed for eternity. The great business of this day calls loudly for you to awake.

Think, my brethren! Have you nothing to do for yourselves in preparation for eternity? Have you no sins to repent of and no evil propensities to mortify? Are your evidences of grace bright enough? Do you love God with all your heart? Are you perfectly conformed to God’s holy law? In short, are you willing to die as you are? If you have anything to do for yourselves, it is high time to awake out of sleep. (“Professing Christians, Awake!”)

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