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Creation Story – do you believe?

Creation Story – do you believe?

Today I look at the creation story. It amazes me how God puts circumstances into my path for me to follow and learn.

This is a reworking of a post I had from 2012.

Creation Story - Do you Believe?

When I first heard  the word “story” I thought of the story of my week at V.I.B.E. (Vacation Bible School). It was quite a story.

We had 23 children; lots of fun; great weather; wonderful leaders and volunteers. We talked about God and His story. We learned we are unique and loved by Him. We learned the Lord’s Prayer. We had fun with each other.

I survived!

Then on Sunday our minister, Harry Morgan, preached about the Creation Story.

Harry started with a great description of a giraffe and told us many interesting facts that I did not know:

        • a giraffe’s neck can be 500 pounds
        • a giraffe has a spring like thing connecting his head to his body, so he can lift his head quickly.
        • he does not get dizzy because of a system of veins and arteries with stop gates Here is the scientific wording:

  “But the giraffe was engineered with reinforced artery walls, anti-pooling valves, a web of small blood vessels and pressure-sensing nerves that assure an adequate blood flow to the brain at just the right pressure. Creation Ministry.

Later in the sermon he talked about honeycomb and bees.

Creation Story - Bumblebee

Bumblebee – taken by Janis Cox

Harry talked about the special dance that bees do to explain where to find the best nectar field.

“To identify the location of a food source too distant from the hive to be smelled or seen by the other bees, the scout does a dance on the honeycomb inside the hive” Creation Ministries .

Here are my take aways:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

I know I can believe the creation story –  what the Bible says.

There is evidence of a wise Creator – a Designer and we need to answer to Him. May the Holy Spirit continue to show me more and more of God and Jesus.

Two Stories on the same day- both about life and God.

Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

Mark-11-24

Picture is from Free Digital Photos.Net

I am reading through the New Testament with Margaret Feinberg as a Lenten exercise. I started earlier because I knew I needed more time than 40 days.

As I read through Mark, I came across:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, NIV).

We doubt a lot. We wonder if it would be possible for God to answer our prayers. And here Jesus says, “believe you have received it.”

In The Message I read this:

Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything (Mark 11:24, The Message).

Embracing the God-life – listening to His Voice, acting on His Word, praying persistently.

Every day I try harder and harder to do this. And I have seen miracles, divine appointments and God moving mountains.

I believe I have received it when I pray. Do you?

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Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (tweet this)

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Are You Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit?

Are You Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit?

by Janis Cox

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I have started to read a great book called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.

It is a challenging read and I am taking it slowly.

Get out your highlighter and let Kyle take you back to the core of Christianity. You may never enjoy being challenged more than reading this clear, compelling, and winsome book (Lee Strobel).

Lee Strobel, is the author of Case for Christ, a book that changed my understanding of Who Jesus is.

Kyle Idleman’s, is the author of Not a Fan, a book that is changing my understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Today I read a chapter on the Holy Spirit. I am not even finished the chapter but one part startled me enough to want to tell you about it.

I have heard people say, “Wouldn’t it be great to have lived in the times of the Old Testament?”

What would it have been like to hear God’s voice and see him move in such powerful ways? (Kyle Idleman)

And then are those who say the same about the New Testament. They wished they could have been with Jesus and see the miracles.

But then Kyle reminds us that we have a more powerful connection to God through the Holy Spirit.

YES

While God with you is good, God in you is better (Kyle Idleman).

Jesus could be with his followers, but the Holy Spirit would live in his followers (Kyle Idleman).

So let’s give the Holy Spirit time to work in us this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for loving us; for sending Jesus to live with us; for sending the Holy Spirit to live in us. Help us to learn more and listen to You, through the Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Tweetables:

Lee Strobel, is the author of Case for Christ, a book that changed my understanding of Who Jesus is.

Kyle Idleman’s, is the author of Not a Fan, a book that is changing my understanding of the Holy Spirit.

While God with you is good, God in you is better  ~Kyle Idleman.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.