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Sharing something from one of our beloved youth leaders today that I think is vitally important in today's busy and hectic culture. This is her first time sharing a story with HeartTouchers. Be sure and email her and let her know your thoughts on her writing! May it touch your heart like it touched mine.
From my family to yours,
Author Michael T. Powers
"My Grace is Sufficient For You"
by Rachel Martin
“My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Do you ever notice that with a slower pace of life it is easier to give grace? It is for me. Sitting here by the lake in the north woods
and it’s so peaceful. Not because it’s super quiet. Because let’s face it…..between 5 children, two dogs, 17 youth and college
kids….quiet is tough to come by.
It’s peaceful because there is no stress, no media, no rushing from one thing to the next all the while thinking of everything you
need to get done.
Where else can our children wake up and hop in a canoe or immediately start fishing.
I love the sounds and sights in the morning here on the lake – the frogs. the loons. our baby boys playing in the dirt or throwing
rocks and sticks in the water. The swish of the canoe paddle and the zip of the fishing pole. The faint crackles of the fire pit.
The turning of the pages as people read in hammocks, around the fire pit or on the edge of the lake. Wood being split. The
crunching of twigs. The zip of tents as youth who stayed up into the wee hours laughing, crying, exploring and growing closer
to God and each other, amble out for breakfast.
The night sounds are cool too. They are a lot of the same sounds as the daytime but they sound different in the night. For
example the paddle of the canoe on the lake sounds different at night. Is it because you can’t see what is making the sounds,
just hear them? Hmmm…..the night sounds…. The “who cooks for you” sound the owl makes. The coyotes. The fire pit
burning bright and crackling. The water. The animals scurrying around the woods. The rustling of the wind in the trees.
The laughter, O so much laughter.
Here we do not have the demands of the world hovering and the world does not have constant access to our lives. Here
we wake up early without an alarm and start the day with Gods beautiful creation staring us in the face and consuming
all of our senses.
Here we do not have pressure to look our best or be the best.
Here we are real, we are relaxed, we are thankful, we are patient, we are forgiving, we are gracious.
As I lay here I think I just want to keep my family here. I want this to be our new normal. But I think, this is not real. We
cannot really live like this. But why not?
I know we don’t live on a lake and can’t spend everyday together all the time.
Kent has to go to work, the children have to go to school.
The pressures of the world and stresses in our lives are still here even this week but we have chosen to put them to the
back of our minds and not worry about them.
We have chosen to go without media and not be on our phones.
So if we can choose that this week here on the lake, we can choose it at home.
We can choose to – be more real, relaxed, forgiving, thankful and patient, give more grace, wake up early and look at
and listen to Gods beautiful creation to start the day.
At this point I could get all hyped up and say “yes I'm going to go home and do all that and it’s going to be just like here!
No it going to be better!”
But I will not. Instead I will start with the first one. – Be more real. –
My hearts cry is that our home be even more Joyful and Peaceful.
So I will strive to be much more mindful of how I respond and give more grace.
I will rejoice and be thankful when it happens.
When it is not, I will remember cloud lake on that early morning on the hammock when God said to me, “My Grace
is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness
Write to Rachel at the above email address and let her know your thoughts on her story!
Rachel is married to her best friend, Kent and a Mama to three homegrown/homebirthed children and 2 adopted through
Foster care. Her family has been in youth ministry for 15 years working with their best friends. She has a busy home
with children of all ages coming and going. God has used their family through foster care and adoption and He continues
to give them His all powerful joy to continue on this journey through the tears and sleepless nights. Whenever she finds
a moment of peace and quiet she loves to read and write.
To view the photos that Rachel took of the trip you can visit her blog at: https://wordpressfree861.wordpress.com/
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Thought For The Day
"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."--(Abraham Lincoln
Verse for the Day
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"-- 2 Timothy 2:15
Kid's Thought For The Day
"There ARE names that hurt much more than sticks and stones."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Children are natural mimics - they act like their parents in spite of our efforts to teach them good manners."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"Too many coaches have too big a mouth and not big enough ears."--John Kessel
Deep Thought For The Day
"I am very proud of myself. I finished a jigsaw puzzle in 6 months and the box said 2-4 years!"
Creation Q & A
How Do We Know There Is a God?
by Nathan Ham
The Bible describes God as eternal (Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17; Colossians 1:17), infinite in understanding (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:28), perfectly holy like no other (Exodus 15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2), the only God (Psalm 86:8–10), incapable of lying (Titus 1:2), Creator of the whole universe (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3), and Savior (Titus 2:13)—just to name a few attributes. How do we know such a God exists?
“Prove to Me There Is a God”
The skeptic’s condemning cry often comes as, “Prove to me there is a God.” Usually the agnostic or atheist expects physical or scientific evidence for the existence of God, but when the Bible believer cannot point to a living being and say, “There is God,” the skeptic thinks he has won.
What people often do not realize is that even if God appeared on the earth (which He has, in the person of Jesus Christ), we did not exist in eternity past and do not know the future, so we cannot prove by any human standard that He is eternal. Our understanding is limited, so we cannot prove that God knows all. And our limited perspective renders us incapable of proving God’s standard of morality as absolute and true. Not only that, but by our own fallible standards, our “telescopes are short-sighted,” and we cannot determine if He is the only God that exists inside (or outside) the universe. So, even if we could observe and scientifically test God by our own standards of operational science, we would be unable to prove all of His divine, eternal attributes because of our own limited mortality.
So any answer to the question, “How do we know there is a God?” that does not start with God’s own statements regarding Himself is self-refuting, inconsistent, and limited by human frailty because a finite, limited man can never ultimately prove the existence of an eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing God. Only an eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing being could prove the existence of the God described in the Bible.
Confirming Evidences of Faith
A critic will readily cry foul and declare, “But you are saying that only God can prove God!” It is true that only God can tell us He has always existed in the past and that He knows everything. Even if we could physically see God (Exodus 24:11), at some point we have to believe He is exactly who He claims to be in His Word, including His unlimited power and infinite knowledge. But this does not mean our faith is blind and cannot be confirmed in some way. It also does not mean that faith in the Bible contradicts operational science. God has given us confirming evidences so that our faith is not a blind faith but a rational faith. When we start from the Bible, we can see evidences that powerfully confirm what God has already said. We don’t believe God exists and is true only because He says so.
Unfortunately, skeptics seldom take time to confirm the detailed fulfilled prophecies of the Bible. Given our inability to prove the eternal God by our own human standard, ignoring these is a serious error indeed. For example, God Himself identifies accurate foretelling of the future to be what separates Him from all false ideas of God (Isaiah 41:21–23, 44:6–8, 45:1–6, and 46:8–11).
Also, Acts 1:3 says the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus—to as many as 500 people at a time—are “many infallible proofs” that Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be: the Son of God. Matthew, Mark, John, Paul, and Peter all wrote that they saw Jesus risen from the dead. Many people believe the written testimony concerning the events surrounding the American Revolutionary War without a single photo or video, yet they fail to believe the written testimony of the 40 authors whose works we collectively call “the Bible.”
While we may not be able to scientifically prove the eternal, almighty God exists, we can see how the Bible is consistent with operational science.
Scripture makes it clear that God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in the creation of the world around us (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1; 97:6; Job 12:7–10). God is saying that the design and complexity of nature makes it obvious that He exists. But hard hearts often refuse to accept any evidence that the Bible is true, for it makes them accountable to a Creator God.
While we may not be able to scientifically prove the eternal, almighty God exists, we can see how the Bible is consistent with operational science. With the account of the Flood, we would expect to find billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth, which is exactly what we do find! We also see the universe is logical and orderly, and our Creator, as described in the Bible, is the God of order and logic. Ultimately, love, reason, knowledge, logic, and morality are all impossible to explain in a purely materialistic universe that exists by chance.
Over and over again the statements in the Bible can be confirmed as true (especially prophecies that only God could have known) and consistent with science, showing it can be trusted on all accounts, including the existence of God. Biblical faith in God is rational, not blind.
Therefore none of us have any excuses for rejecting the knowledge of God. But if that is not enough, we know from Scripture that everyone, including atheists, ultimately knows there is a God (Romans 1:19; 2:14–15), so we are literally “without excuse” (Romans 1:20). But the statement, “Prove to me there is a God,” continues to be the rallying cry no matter what argument or confirming evidences of God’s Word are given. However, God did show up on the earth at one time in the person of Jesus Christ, but the skeptics crucified Him (1 Corinthians 2:8). He rose from the dead, but they tried to cover it up (Matthew 28:12–15). He performed amazing miracles, but unbelievers tried to destroy the evidence (John 12:10–11). The same continues today (Ecclesiastes 1:9–11).
“Prove to me there is a God,” continues to be the rallying cry no matter what argument or confirming evidences of God’s Word are given.
In the end, as the atheist or agnostic rejects the truth in unrighteousness as though he has deaf ears, he will deny the clear evidence for God and eventually invent “rescuing devices” (Romans 1:18–21)—like the idea that aliens planted our DNA on earth. No matter what argument or proof for God is given, this is how the atheist will continue to deny the truth. Unless he repents of his unbelief and sin, the atheist will refuse (2 Peter 3:5) to accept the eternal God’s eyewitness testimony concerning Himself and His creative work in the Word of God.
Are you still waiting for someone to prove to you there is a God? We encourage you to go back and read the verses in this article, in which God has already revealed Himself to you in writing before you were born, and also consider the many confirming evidences. Through the truth of God’s Word, only Jesus Christ can save the blinded and unrepentant skeptic who refuses to accept the Bible, which holds him accountable to God as a sinner in need of salvation. We praise and thank God for His free gift of salvation through His Son and urge unbelievers to submit to their Creator and Savior.
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