Visual Evidence Of Creationism With A Flash Flood

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Visual Evidence Of Creationism

There are many National Parks, especially in the western United States that feature grand vista’s and incredible formations. Some of these National Parks are the Grand Canyon, Zion’s, Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, Canyon Lands and many more. At the top of some very high rock formation at Zion’s nation park there is fossil evidence of sea life, thousands of feet above sea level.

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As you walk and hike through Capital Reef national park and other nation parks there are brass placards telling you how certain formations are formed, according to science.

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There are several pictures of spectacular formations in various national parks and from southern Utah included in this post to compare to the video at the bottom of this post that was taken of a flash flood in southern Utah four days ago from a drone.

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 Here is the footage of a flash flood. Notice how the flood is more than just water and notice the amazing force of six inches or water. Click on the link:

Destructive Force Of Flash Flood

A Landslide Creates a Canyon In Wyoming The size is estimated at 750 yards long by 50 yards wide.

Additional evidence of Creationism in the form of the earth opening in the form of a fissure in Arizona . Check out this link to an unusual lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

People who place their faith or personal beliefs in science rather the creationism as taught from the Bible think that major changes in the earths crust come from long (millions) years of window and water in the process of erosion when these videos and pictures show that it is very conceivable that the destructive force of the earth can change its complexion in a relatively show period of time and be spectacular.

I’ll stick with the creation account found in Genesis.

A Christian Review of NBC’s – A.D. The Bible Continues

A Christian Review of NBC’s – A.D. The Bible Continues

I have to applaud NBC for airing a bible based Christian theme TV series. With the making of this A.D. television series and the few Old Testament Bible movies over the last few years proves that there is a demand in our “decadent society” for family friendly high quality Christian entertainment.

I hope NBC will continue airing high quality entertainment such as this series. I hope other Networks will copy the example. The Bible is entertaining, as well as inspirational and educational.

Over all, having viewed the first four or five episodes, I find this series very good. The production qualities are excellent. The writing is good. The acting is very good. I have found, by watching this show, a renewed appreciation for the Apostle Peter. The New Testament starts with the Four Gospels and The Acts of The Apostles which are in story form and easier to read because of the chronological nature of the stories. Most of the rest of the New Testament consists of letters and teachings of supernal significance yet, without as much chronological story line to go along with the teaching of the gospel. Most of those additional books of the new testament are writings of Paul with some exceptions of Peter, James and John.

The concerns I have with this TV show are the things they left out and that some people watching the show might take the show as gospel.

Of course, if watching this show inspires people to reread the Book of The Acts of The Apostles so people know exactly what the Bible says about it, then that is great. I was inspired enough by the show to start reading over again The Acts of the Apostles. Considering this is historical fiction, it is very good. But the show is not one-hundred percent accurate and for historical fiction it doesn’t have to be. It is still perfectly uplifting and well worth the time to watch.

One thing I wish they hadn’t left out was the glorious vision the disciple Stephen had when he saw Jesus Christ standing on the right hand of God before he was stoned to death.

ad_bible_reviewThe scriptures talk about the Holy Ghost being a quite, still small voice in our heart and mind. However, in The Acts of The Apostles, at the day of Pentecost, the sound of might rushing wind was used to describe the Holy Ghost acting on Peter. But they carry it too far. Every time Peter has a revelation from The Lord through the Holy Ghost, they use the sound of wind. There are other ways those incidents could be depicted.

No real detail was mentioned in the New Testament about the Sorcerer in Samaria. I liked their take on it, comparing him to common magician. There is no way to know if it is correct or not but it was interesting. The show portrayed Phillip and Stephen well, in my opinion. But then again, we are lacking the nitty gritty details of interaction between the Apostles and the early Christians. So their guess is as good as any.

The way they have created the character of Saul and Paul is as good as anything I can think of. I am anxious to see how Paul continues to grow in the gospel according to the writers of the series.

Over all, I would say this is the best Television show to appear in decades. It has intrigue, suspense, action and an uplifting message. Just remember, it is historical fiction, which is just fine. It would be a great idea to read along in The Acts of The Apostles to see where their interpretation differs from the real scriptures. It is great entertainment.

Troy Wagstaff

Four Ways To Use The Gospel In Your Life

Four Ways To Use The Gospel In Your Life

There are four basic ways for Christians to have the strength to carry on in a world of temptation and chaos. These four things that Christian can do will help them in any circumstances they find themselves in.

These are 1. Faith, 2. Prayer, 3. Read/Study the Scriptures and 4. Live the Gospel.

These activities are not designed to convert you to Christianity. It is assumed you are a Christian and are looking for a way to apply your Christian beliefs in a way that will strengthen you and comfort you in life.

Jesus Christ and his teachings that we learn from the Holy Bible can provide both a shelter for protection against the storms of life and a warm blanket to keep you warm in the dark coldness of life.

Let’s look at each one of these things to see how they can make a difference in your life as a Christian.

FAITH

Faith is believing in something unseen, which is true. When you exercise that belief in an unseen Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you good feelings inside which were not there before you started to exercise faith in him.

As you process those wonderful feelings it strengthens your faith and then you believe even more in him and the feelings become greater and then a snow ball effect takes place where you exercise great faith in the Lord because of the wonderful feeling you receive.

Many Christians experience a degree of faith that gives them a warm fuzzy as they find the Savior but this warm feeling is fleeting over time and without the proper nourishment, their faith fades away. It takes continued effort to keep faith alive and to keep it burning in your soul. In fact these four items combined will do just that, keep faith alive and growing.

Having a vibrant faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ gives you internal strength and provides perspective in your life. These aspects of life can give you strength to face adversity that mortality surely will provide you with.

It may seem a little strange to say that using faith will give you more faith but it is true along with adding prayer, bible study and living the gospel daily.

I think it is safe to say that faith is the first and most basic building block of living and Christian life and getting blessed by living that type of life style.

PRAYER

Prayer is the prescribed way of talking to God in the name of Jesus Christ. You can talk to Heavenly Father in a more formal prayer of kneeling down and talking out loud to him. However, since God knows the thoughts of your mind and the intents of your heart, you can talk to him from your mind and heart in a silent prayer.

You should try to get in as many formal prayers to him in a day as you reasonably can. You can pray anytime your mind is awake and able to communicate thoughts. Sometimes blessings are held in reserve until you ask for them as a way to teach us humility knowing that the source of our blessings is God.

In our prayers between us and the Lord you can say anything you want. I would suggest that giving thanks for all your blessings is very important. Gratitude is important in showing that we acknowledge God as the source from which all blessings come from.

We can ask God to bless us for any righteous desires we have. Obviously we would not ask Heavenly Father to help us be successful in robbing the local convenience store or to not get caught cheating on an exam.

We can pray for Gods blessings on those around us as well as ask for good health, strength and protection for ourselves and family. I can’t think of any righteous desire that would be off-limits.

We do need to watch for the answers to our prayers as they may come to us in ways we may not expect.

READ/STUDY SCRIPTURES

We start our lifetime journey with the Lord by exercising faith in him. It becomes our eternal goal to be with him. But it can’t stand on simple faith alone. We need to learn eternal behaviors approved of by the Lord himself. We do this by reading the Holy Bible. Then as we learn new things in the bible we ask Heavenly Father how to apply them to our lives and then we act upon that new information. Which brings us to living the gospel in the last section of this article.

LIVE THE GOSPEL

four_ways_live_gospelWhat does it mean to live the gospel? It means to apply what we learn through faith, prayer and the Bible. We need to apply these teachings to our everyday life. We need to learn to forgive others their trespasses against us. We need to learn what the commandments of God are and live by them. We need to learn about repentance and how the bible teaches us the need to repent.

Faith or simply believing in Jesus Christ isn’t enough for salvation or bettering ourselves before God. We need to change the way we live to conform to Gods ways. We learn these things by daily reading the gospel and then prayerfully determine how to adapt our life to meet with the demands of divinely taught truths of the Bible. As we live our lives by applying the gospel to our every thought and every action we will be richly blessed by Heavenly Father and we will bless the lives of those around us.

Doing all this along with continuing to exercise our faith, pray continuously, read and apply the biblical teachings to our lives along with living our lives according to divinely inspired truth we can receive great spiritual strength and peace that can only come from God.

Troy Wagstaff ©

Four Ways To Be A Christian

Four Ways To Be A Christian

If someone who was a seeker of spiritual truth investigated Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible on FaceBook, website’s, blogs and many other places on the Internet they could get a wrong impression of Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Many of these groups share their opinions and their private interpretations of Christianity. Many of them add to a correct and positive discussion about Jesus and his teachings and many muddy the waters.

There is a lot of yapping and nipping from one Christian to another in Facebook pages and various web sites around the World Wide Web. They all espouse their view of what a Christian is. A truth seeker could easily be filled with incorrect ideas about what being a Christian is all about and what it means to be a Christian.

To set the record straight would take a series of books and the right people would likely never read them. So in an effort to stir the proper discussion among those who profess to be Christians, I will outline four ways to be a Christian. This list is, by no means, complete. It’s just a beginning. But if we strived in these four areas it would make a world of difference to our self and to those around us. It would further the work of the Lord to save souls, not to tear them down. Most Christian could provide four other ways of being Christian that would be correct. This short list is intended as an example of the many aspects of being a true Christian.

What we know about Jesus Christ, we learn by reading the Bible. If any truth seekers are reading this article then I would suggest you start learning about Christianity by prayerfully reading the Holy Bible and not rely on what is written about Jesus and the Bible online. Online resource can be valuable after you have a foundation built on Jesus Christ and his teachings found in the Bible.

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If you are seeking truth by reading web pages and Facebook groups you will get peoples opinions about what Jesus said and did as his lived on the earth. There are many great website’s, blogs and Facebook pages out there but start first with you and the Bible.

These four ideas all have one major underlying quality about true Christian Discipleship and that is love.

PEACEMAKER

We are taught, among other things, from the Bible to be a peacemaker and an example of Jesus Christ. We are taught to love our neighbor as our self and to seek to do the will of the Lord.

In a world of conflict, from arguments and disagreements in the home to the neighborhood and communities we live it, from politics to national debate and war between countries. We are surrounded by conflict and strife. We need to seek to become peacemakers. Rather than seek to divide, we need to seek to unite in Christ. Being a peacemaker from a worldly point of view saves lives and precious resources. From a spiritual point of view being a peacemaker, we open the doors to peoples heart where a spiritual change can happen.

While peace is an illusive topic in the last days, there is much peace that is possible. We need to follow the Saviors teaching on “blessed are the peacemakers.”

BEING AN EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST

To be an example of Jesus Christ first requires that one should read, study, ponder and pray while delving into the sweet pages of the Holy Bible. The Bible mentions a commandment that we should be perfect like Jesus and Heavenly Father are perfect. While that, is not attainable in this life directly. We can rest comfortable in the knowledge that we are taught throughout the good book that we will receive grace through the loving mercies of our Savior. Combined with our efforts to become perfect and the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we can become perfect.

So short of being perfect we can live our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ by striving to follow his example and in the process becoming an example ourselves to others. Ask yourself, if someone followed by example, would that bring them closer to the Lord?

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Like all messages from the Holy Bible, love is the major theme behind them all. Loving ones neighbor is an oft repeated theme though out the scriptures. To be a Christian is to be one who loves his neighbor. Love the sinner (person), not the sin. Love thy neighbor as thy self. Love the Lord thy God and so on. If there is not love in your heart for your fellow man then either you are not a Christian or you are a beginner.

If you’re a beginner then love will only continue to grow. But keep in mind that love is the essence of Christianity.

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Seeking to understand and then striving to do the will of the Lord may be one of the more challenging aspects of being a Christian, but it is an essential part of being a Christian.

More than once did Jesus teach in the hallowed pages of the bible the need to do the will of the Lord. Christ was always doing to the will of the Lord even down to the time he spent suffering for the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross of Calvary.

In summary, these are just four essential aspects of being a Christian. If people saw you striving in these areas, they would assume you are a disciple of Jesus Christ without you ever having to open your mouth. If we concentrated on these four aspects of Christendom we would attract many more disciples and stem the tide of the younger generations falling away from the rock of our salvation.

I don’t mean to say that these are the only ways one is a Christian. There are so many more to add to the list. But what I hope to put forward for discussion among Christians is rather than tear down other Christian denominations lets all work to the end of bringing souls unto Christ rather than let the younger generation slip away.

Free Chrstian Memes – Christian Devotionals

Free Christian Memes – Christian Devotionals

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Bible Quote

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after that tradition of men, and not after Christ.


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Christian Quote:

Be what the Lord wants you to be. Do what the Lord wants you to do.


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Christian Devotional Memes

I know that my redeemer lives, He lives who once was dead.

Do You Trust Jesus Christ?

Do You Trust Jesus?

Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? If you are reading this article then it is very likely you have faith in our Lord and Savior. This devotional is written on the basis that you, the reader, has faith in Christ Jesus.

Now I want to ask you another soul-searching question. Do you trust Jesus?

As Christians we can say without hesitation that we have faith in Jesus and love him, but, again, do we trust Jesus?

Some may say that trust and faith are the same thing or very close to the same thing. Let’s look at the two words “faith” and “trust.”

Faith

Hebrews 11:1 reads “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, therefore, is believing in something that has no physical evidence of existing.

Trust

Trust is believing that someone will do what they say they will do. When we trust people in our daily life, we generally trust those in authority over us (with exceptions) and we trust people that we have a long-standing relationship with, where they have a proven history of keeping their word.

While the words “faith” and “trust” are very close in meaning and in concept, they should be used in sequence.

do_you_trust_jesusWe believe that Jesus exists. We believe that the Jesus we read about in the New Testament is a resurrected being. We believe that he suffered, bleed and died for us and that he broke the bonds of death and lives again.

For some the gift to believe, comes as a gift by grace. For others, faith is something we acquire over time as we read the teachings of the Savior and pray and do what he teaches. For all, our faith grows as we see things happen as a result of our faith in our Savior. Our faith grows from grace to grace.

After you have experienced faith and after you have seen your faith grow you come to a point in time when you need to ask yourself, “do I trust Jesus?” It would seem like sound reasoning to say “if I have faith in Jesus then of course, I trust him.”

I agree, it does seem like good logic but I don’t think the transition from faith to trust is as clear cut in the real world. I’ve seen many Christians grow as their faith increases but for whatever reason they seem to hit a plateau. Instead of continuing to grow and climb upward, they seem to fizzle in their ascent. They lie stagnate on their plateau.

I would not presume to know all the reasons why this happens to those that are standing on the plateau. There are likely many reasons. But one reason, I think, that puts them on that plateau is that they fail to make the transition from faith to trust in their relationship with their Savior.

My best friend Scot is a good example of someone I trust. I have known him all my life. He will tell me what he will do and then I can go about my endeavors with no doubt that what he said would be done, will be done.

We need to feel like that in our relationship with Jesus. An example would be on the principle of repentance. If we repent of our sins he will forgive us and remember our sins no more.

Can we do our part in the repentance process and then go forward knowing those sins are gone? Do we trust Jesus when he says he will forgive those that repent? Do we repent then go about our life with nagging doubts wondering if we are really forgiven of our sins? If we do then we need to ask ourselves if we trust Jesus. There is a good point to make right here. We are not talking about faith. We’re beyond that. We have demonstrated our faith by repenting of our sins. Now it’s up to us to trust Jesus to forgive us of our sins.

I’ve used my best friend Scot as an example of people I trust. In the case with Scot we have grown up together we lived next door to each other until after high school graduation.

trusting_jesusWe know each others secrets and weaknesses. We’ve been through life together. I’ve known him much longer than my wife Colette of twenty-nine years.

I am blessed to have a forty-eight-year relationship with one person. We’ve had our ups and downs. I’ve long since come to know that Scot is an honorable man and one true to his word. We have a great history together so I can really use the word trust and mean it.

But Scot is just a man like me. He is not perfect. But I trust him. I hope we all can say that we have people in our lives that we can trust. I can trust my wife and I have other people in my life I can trust like my three daughters among others. But none of them are perfect.

People in our lives are not perfect. Jesus Christ is perfect. If we can trust imperfect people in our lives, shouldn’t we be able to trust Jesus Christ who is perfect in every way? We already have faith in him but do we trust what he says he will do? Do we trust his time frame? Do we trust that he will never fail us?

I do. I hope you do to.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

Are You Wearing The The Whole Armor Of God Correctly?

PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

There is a world at war going on and has been since Adam and Eve. It is a war of good verse’s evil. This was manifested when Cain killed Able. Ever since then the battle of good over evil has been a prevalent theme throughout the Bible.

It’s no wonder that the Apostle Paul admonished the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God in the war that has been going on for thousands of years.

THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:11-18)

The whole armor of God is described metaphorically as having your loins girt about with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. But the armor of God is not all, Paul goes on to say that we should put on the whole armor of God and then pray always and watch for the evil enemy with perseverance.

Doing this will ensure our victory against the evil one. Let’s look more closely at the whole armor of God and see how each piece of the spiritual armor will protect us. The spiritual pieces of armor are truth, righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the spirit, praying and watching.

whole_armor_god_labeledSome of the spiritual armor makes sense and is somewhat obvious like truth, faith, and prayer. Some not so obvious like the preparation of the gospel of peace and helmet of salvation.

Let’s look at all of these pieces of armor individually and in doing so we can also do an inventory check to see what we need to do to make sure our spiritual armor is on and ready to use against the powers of evil.

TRUTH
Truth comes from the Bible and the better we know it, the less likely we are to be lead astray by what other people think is truth. For example, if we are firm in our understanding of the book of Genesis and the creation, the floods etc. then we can understand the truth about how the earth was formed and not be lead astray by false science.

FAITH
Faith is to believe in that which is true but not seen with the naked eye. Faith is to believe something by feeling it, not by seeing it. You can feel the wind but you can’t see it. You can even see the effects of wind but you can’t see the air blowing in all its fury. You can feel faith by the whispering of the spirit of the Holy Ghost and you can see the effects of faith but you can’t see it with the naked eye.

In the case of Jesus Christ and his gospel we see with our hearts, not our eyes.

RIGHTEOUSNESS
With the help of the dictionary, “righteousness is the state or quality of being righteous. Righteous is characterized by uprightness or morality. Acting in an upright, moral way, a righteous and godly person.”

Righteousness is a way of living. If you are righteous then you are living and applying the gospel principles taught by Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to read “thou shalt not commit adultery” but it’s another thing to live by the higher law of not lusting after someone.

Living the gospel, not just reading about it . . . applying the gospel not just getting motivated by a Christian meme on Facebook is what it’s all about. If you are busy doing good and serving the Lord then you will be protected against the evil one.

PEACE
The gospel of Jesus Christ as outlined and taught in the Holy Bible is the gospel of peace. If you love the Lord and are busy striving to keep his commandments then you are living the gospel of peace.

Looking up the word ‘preparation’ in the dictionary helps to make sense of the phrase
“the preparation of the gospel of peace” which could otherwise be phrased being prepared with the gospel of peace. This could also indicate that you are a peacemaker to the extent you can be, in a war between good and evil.

SALVATION
The gospel of peace or the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel whereby salvation comes from. If we know that we will be saved by the gospel of Christ, we can be brave in the fight against evil.

SPIRIT OF TRUTH
The spirit of truth testifies of the word of God which is found in the Holy Bible. If we are filled with the spirit of truth we will not be deceived in this war of temptation, thoughts and ideas contrary to righteousness.

PRAYING ALWAYS
Praying always is not compared to a piece of armor but it is mentioned prominently in this section of scripture because it so important that we talk to God. All the armor in the world and all the armies in the world can only prevail against wickedness if they are directed by the will of God. We find that will and word of God through prayer.

Armies are guided by a commander that sees the big picture and knows if the army should attack head on or in a flanking maneuver. God is our commander in this battle and praying to him makes perfect sense. We will let Heavenly Father guide our armies in defense of truth and righteousness.

Is their anything lacking in your armor that God has designed to protect us? If so, it is not to late to fix that armor and get it back on for your protection.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright, All rights reserved.

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