Archive for May, 2011
There’s been quite a bit of talk about today being the end of the world. Here’s a thought to ponder:
If the Bible does give “clues” so that we (or Camping) could decode those clues to discover the exact time and date of the end of the world, that would prove God, and consequently the Bible, to be a liar and untrustworthy (see Matthew 24:36 & Acts 1:7), which means we cannot trust God to (accurately) provide those clues in His revealed Word. After all, how could we trust a liar?
This prediction (and other’s like it) is a contradiction within itself.
By His grace and mercy, God cannot violate His own nature of pure truthfulness. Jesus said that He Himself is truth (John 14:6), and since God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one (Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:11, 21, 22), we can trust that the God-breathed revelation (the Bible) is completely true and reliable (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It will not contradict itself or the nature of the triune God.
Nevertheless, The Bible can be trusted, and Jesus is coming again (Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 19:11-15). Christians should live accordingly (Colossians 1:10). We ought to live with the same sense of expectation that the 1st Century Christians did. As my Pastor frequently says, “If nothing else, we know that we are 2000 years closer to Jesus’ return than those 1st Century Christians.”
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Today the Lord showed His grace to us once again. My wife awoke this morning with some sporadic contractions. She was unsure as to whether we should trek to the hospital or not. After a call to the on-call nurse, we headed out. We arrived at the hospital just before 10am.
After our arrival, we found ourselves waiting again as the nurses connected Janna to all the monitoring equipment. Finally, the on-call doctor stopped by with the message that we would be staying and, with any luck, delivering the baby soon. We moved to the Labor & Delivery room around 1:30pm. After the epidural and some more waiting, my wife gave me “the” look and said, “Look out there to see if the nurse is there, I think he’s coming.” I obeyed. Then, we waited some more, as the on-call doctor was no longer on the premises. Hudson Bryan was born at 3:55pm weighing in at 7 lbs even and 19 1/4″ long. He’s healthy and doing great…as is mama.
We are so grateful to have so many loving friends and family who have been faithfully praying for us during this entire pregnancy and with even greater fervency over the last week (and I should, also, mention our thankfulness for the wonderful expressions of generosity)!! Today is an example of those moments in life when God’s graciousness and goodness is overwhelmingly, abundantly evident! We are truly humbled!!