Science: Creation and the great eclipse of 2017



August 21, 2017
Peoria, IL
92-93% coverage
Begins: 11:50:37
Maximum: 13:17:20
Ends: 14:41:5

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Civil Rights: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.



Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
A Baptist preacher.

"Rev. Martin Luther King... found the Bible so compelling that his undergraduate degree was in Bible studies and his Ph.D. was in theology." (1)

"Moral principles have lost their distinctiveness. For modern man, absolute right and wrong are a matter of what the majority is doing. Right and wrong are relative to likes and dislikes and the customs of a particular community. We have unconsciously applied Einstein's theory of relativity, which properly described the physical universe, to the moral and ethical realm ... This mentality has brought a tragic breakdown of moral standards, and the midnight of moral degeneration deepens." (1, from sermon "A Knock at Midnight")

Unfortunately, in 2017, the culture of death and politics of government dependence has created a culture with no ethics, morality, or humanity, in other words, "the midnight of moral degeneration."

Disciple: Notes from Stuart Briscoe



Notes on being a disciple of Jesus Christ from Stuart Briscoe's message delivered at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Week 5, 2017.

The word disciple is used 100's of times in the new testament. One of the first actions Jesus took in His ministry was to recruit disciples.

the four critical rules of firearm safety


"Do not unsheath me without reason. Do not wield me without valor."
- unknown

The Four Critical Rules of Firearm Safety:

1. Consider all weapons to be loaded at all times.

2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not want to put a bullet through.

3. Never put your finger on the trigger unless you want to shoot.

4. Know your target and what’s behind it.

Civil Government: The Mayflower Compact



An example of an agreement to form "a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid"

Mayflower Compact (emphasis added)
Agreement Between the Settlers at New Plymouth : 1620

Liberty: The Higher Law and Moral Framework of Liberty



Samuel Adams taught that people will not give up liberties or be subdued if they have knowledge and virtue. But if they are ignorant and immoral (un-virtuous), they will be defeated without foreign invaders. Krisanne Hall says "with knowledge there is power." (1)

What informed the founders that they would be willing to give their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to fight for liberty?
They had knowledge! (2)

Forgiveness: Set yourself free!


Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Church: Mission of the Church



"We exist to glorify God."
"To glorify God means that we see God more clearly, enjoy Him more deeply, and communicate His goodness and greatness to others more completely."

Three necessary means:
1. Doctrinal Soundness
2. Relational Wholeness
3. Missional Faithfulness

By Prayerful Dependence

Ioannes (John) 20:19


"Pax vobis" "Peace be with you." John (Ioannes) 20:19

Pax = peace
Vobis = with you (bis = you will [singular])

Truth: Sound Doctrine and the themes in the Doctor Strange movie



What are some themes in the Doctor Strange movie?

People seeking answers in all the wrong places and falling for the same lies that humans have since Adam and Eve in the garden when Satan questioned God's truth and promised that "you will be like God." (Genesis 3:1-7) But good does win over evil in the end.

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