Tuesday, September 27, 2011
“In the Beginning…”
J.I. Packer notes that John 1.1 provides believers with a "two for one" in the realm of doctrine. One verse points us to the concept of the Trinity AND to the divinity of Jesus!
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1.1 NIV)
I'm getting back into the discipline of memorizing scripture. This is largely due to my involvement in our church's Awana program ("hey kids, learn your verses... I don't have to, I'm beyond that" - just doesn't cut it!) This past weekend, I attended an Awana training conference. One of the books I purchased there is titled "100 Bible Verses Everyone should know by Heart." The first two verses mentioned are linked... "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1.1) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1.1)
This is foundational! God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus, being God, was right there!
God created all things. God thought this was worth creating. God thought PEOPLE were worth creating. God thought YOU were worth creating. And, after sin entered the world, God thought people (and all of creation) were worth redeeming!
What does that tell us about the value of this creation? What implications does this have for family, church, mission? How is this impacting my life?
Dear Father, I am SO grateful that you chose to create this wonderful world! Thank you for giving me life! Thank you for redeeming me, giving meaning to my life, and allowing me to know you. Shape me to become all that you intended.
- Health – Karen’s doing a LOT better, thanks be to God! The doctor suggested she’s having “esophageal spasms” – painful and debilitating. However, she is improving… further tests in October
- Transitioning – this is ongoing… although I have to say, God is being very gracious to us in all this!
- Preparation for trip to Manitoba – Jacob will be in Manitoba October 8 to 24… visiting supporters, participating in the CMC Missions Conference, and meeting with potential World Team workers.
Thanks again for praying!