Response to Ken Ham

Background on the attachment: this is a quick response to a review that was sent to me about the movie Noah. I read the review after I watched the movie and wrote this response. This is not my official review of the movie; the attachment is simply a response to Ken Ham’s response to the movie. I used this blog to provide a link to a facebook thread I was commenting on.

RESPONSE TO KEN HAM NOAH

click the link. it’s a pdf. sorry for the attachment, the formatting didn’t copy and paste.

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Andrew Murray – Waiting On God (First Day)

an excerpt from one of his books on prayer, Waiting On God.

“The deep need for this waiting on God lies equally in the nature of man and the nature of God.

God as the Creator, formed man, to be a vessel in which he could show forth His power and goodness. Man was not to have in himself a fountain of life, or strength, or happiness: the ever-living and only living One was each moment to be the Communicator to him of all that he needed. Man’s glory and blessedness, was not to be independent, or dependent upon himself, but dependent on a God of such infinite riches and love. Man was to have the joy the receiving every moment out of the fulness of God. This was his blessedness as an unfallen creature.

When he fell from God, he was still more absolutely dependent on Him. There was not the slightest hope of his recovery out of his state of death but in God, His power and mercy. It is God alone who began the work of redemption; it is God alone who continues and carries it on each moment in each individual believer. Even in the regenerate man there is no power of goodness in himself: he has and can have nothing that he does not each moment receive; and waiting on God is just as indispensable, and must be just as continuous and unbroken, as the breathing that maintains his natural life.

It is, then, because Christians do not know their relation to God of absolute poverty and helplessness, that they have no sense of the need of absolute and unceasing dependence, or the unspeakable blessedness of continual waiting on God.

But when once a believer begins to see it, and consent to it, that he by the Holy Spirit must each moment receive what God each moment works, waiting on God becomes his brightest hope and joy. As he apprehends how God, as God, as Infinite Love, delights to impart His own nature to His child as fully as He can, how God is not weary of each moment keeping charge of his life and strength, he wonders that he ever thought otherwise of God than as a God to be waited on all the day.

God unceasingly giving and working; His child unceasingly waiting and receiving; this is the blessed life.

‘Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from Him cometh my salvation.’

First we wait on God for salvation. Then we learn that salvation is only to bring us to God, and teach us to wait on Him. Then we find what is better still, that waiting on God is itself the highest salvation. It is the ascribing to Him the glory of being All; it is the experiencing that He is All to us. May God teach us the blessedness of waiting on Him.”

Christ the Redeemer – poem/song lyrics

Broken by the fall
Damned for destruction

Wise in our own eyes
Blind to perdition

Earning every judgement
We believed the lie

But You speak tenderly to hearts that curse You
You bring life to souls that do not know You
Punishment for our sin poured on the Innocent Son

You destroy what You did not make
You make new what You did not break
You redeem what You did not lose
You restore what You did not use
You make all things new

Prayer reflection

From an address by South African pastor and author, Andrew Murray, at Exeter Hall on May 31 1895.

“…too little time is given to waiting on God. Is He not willing to put things right in His own divine way? Has the life of God’s people reached the utmost limit of what God is willing to do for them? Surely not.

We want to wait on Him; to put away

our experiences, however blessed they have been;

our conceptions of truth, however sound and scriptural we think they seem;

our plans, however needful and suitable they appear;

and give God time and place to show us what He could do, and what He will do.

…He can do new things, unheard-of things, hidden things.

Let us enlarge our hearts and not limit Him.”

The Lenten Season – general overview

Below are personal notes I used a few years ago to teach about the holy season of Lent. The notes have not been edited in quite some time. Please allow me to apologize for any grammatical errors and content that may appear immature and convoluted: I simply don’t have time to edit old notes. Nonetheless, thank you for reading. May Christ use these unoriginal thoughts to call you into deeper communion with Him.

 

 

Historical Overview of Lent

The word Lent comes from the Middle English word lente, meaning “spring”.

The Old English word lenten means “lengthening”, a term used to describe the days becoming longer.

 

The forty days of Lent correlate with the forty days of temptation, prayer, fasting and preparation Jesus endured (as found in Matthew 4).  Lent is commonly known as a time when – in remembering our Lord’s fast – we fast or “give-up” an activity, food or drink. The purpose is not just to abstain, but to direct the desire normally be reserved for that activity, food or drink towards communion in Christ: sitting quietly in His presence. Listening to His voice. Examining ourselves. Confessing sin. Repenting of sin. Renewing our lives to following Him. Worshiping Jesus.

 

The six Sundays are known as the Sundays in Lent. They do not count towards the 40 days. Sundays are a feast day, a day that Christians have been celebrating ever since the Sunday Resurrection of Jesus. If you are fasting from an activity, food or beverage during Lent, feel free to enjoy that activity, food or drink on Sunday. You will find that as a result of your increased enjoyment of Jesus – the Eternal King – your delight in that temporary thing will be more meaningful. Last year I fasted from coffee. Because my body was accustomed to a daily (over)dose of caffeine, I endured an initial two or three days of painful headaches. I was able to use those headaches as a vehicle to contemplate the pain Jesus endured while on earth, ultimately being damned by God, bearing wrath for my sin…what a Saviour! The six best cups of coffee I drank last year were on the Sundays in Lent. It wasn’t just a caffeine fix, it was an act that stirred my affections for Christ.

 

Using some of the Bible passages people heard read (Jonah, Job, Ezekiel, 2 Samuel), they began to impose ashes as a sign of brokenness. It became a more public practice around the 700sAD and by the 1200s, the distribution of ashes was included in the formal worship services of the church. Ash Wednesday.

 

While I’m not opposed to people choosing to receive ashes as a sign of repentance, it’s not a practice of mine. The scriptures speak of bearing fruit of repentance. The sign of repentance that I need and that you need is change. Change in how I think. Change in how I act. Change in how I live and see the world.

 

 

As the trees and plants use springtime to recover from wintry death, so Christians use “Lent” season to recover from being in a spiritual rut. We examine, fertilize and prune the “fruit” of our heart. Of course, the Holy Spirit does the examination and pruning. Our part is found in “work our your salvation with fear and trembling.” The increasing awareness of our selfishness (sin) is painful, but as our Lord instructs in Hebrews 12.11, “No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

 

 

We Learn To Live When We Learn To Die

Traditionally, these 40 weekdays were used as a time of preparation for baptism candidates. The candidates would spend time in prayer and devotion, preparing to make their public confession of faith in Jesus. As the Scriptures teach, baptism symbolizes death – “Buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.”

 

Eventually this time of preparation spread to those who had already made a public confession of faith in Christ. Hence we begin our 40-day journey into the wilderness, preparing ourselves for confession, repentance and renewal to God’s mission. We will end our journey at the bloody Cross upon which Jesus died. We will discover that life is found in death. Jesus said “you will not find your life until you lose your life for My sake.” Good Friday is a dark day. It is a difficult day. It is a day of death. It should have been my death. Instead, it was His death caused by my sin.

 

 

However, Christ Jesus has Resurrected! And our King will return to make all things new. Though this body is wasting away, spiritually we are being renewed day by day. The grave has been conquered! Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. With each passing day, the death of death becomes closer. In our earthly sojourn, we must die in Christ’s death to find life in Christ’s Resurrection. In our daily life, we die to self and experience the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.

 

There is no Resurrection without a Cross.

 

It is impossible to fully celebrate the joy of Resurrection Sunday until we have fully embraced the reality of Good Friday.