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September 29, 2020 2:00 am
This is the age of communication: we have phones, email, text, social media, and speaking face to face. So how does God communicate? Find out when Skip shares the message "'Now Hear This!' How Does God Speak?"
This teaching is from the series The Biography of God.Links:
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I love a good biography. I'm reading one right now and the life.
I love reading how life was formed and decisions made very inspiring to read a biography, but every biography must have a biographer. The Bible is filled with biographers, people who interacted with God, and they wrote about what they observe what God said to them what God did for them we have in this book.
A true biography.
Most of us want to hear from God. Clearly short of him speaking to us in an audible voice today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip points out the exciting ways God speaks to you at the end of today's program Skip and his wife when share some more evidence for God's existence with evolution as a possible because the million years while you're waiting for the eye to evolve. You still can't see. So if RI has irreducible complexity and for millions of years creatures were evolving toward that state than they would've gotten killed because the survival of the fittest, they wouldn't have been able to survive. Thank you. Skip if you want to hear more. Please stay tuned after the teacher. Now we want to tell you about a great resource that helps you navigate your life circumstances so you can embrace your God-given potential. I've enjoyed watching the growth in the ministry of my friend Levi Lustgarten this month's connect with Skip resource. Take back your life new book by Levi Lesko personally bided tell you about it's all around this idea taking back your life.
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That term means female horse stopped with wax and Chinese Pepsi-Cola also decided to launch in China and that their slogan was come alive with the Pepsi generation only translates when they test Mark was in Taiwan translates Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead Kentucky fried chicken also launched in China with their finger licking good slogan came out is eat your fingers off Chinese when General Motors introduced the Chevy nova years ago to a South American audience did know why the sales went so poorly they discovered that in Spanish Novi means it won't go.
No wonder they didn't sell anything but cores without it slogan turn it loose in Spanish. It was red suffer from diarrhea that may be the only honest slogan. There communication can get lost in translation and repetition.
If you notice delivered in that experiment, you get 10 people in a room. You whisper a story filled with enough faxes told to the next person to the next person.
By the time it comes out with the 10th person. It's a very different story than what was started.
That's why the book that you and I hold in our hands. This Bible amazes us it shows itself to be very different in its communication. We've started a series as the banner behind me suggest called the biography of God. I love a good biography. I'm reading one right now in the life of Augustine. I love reading how life was formed and decisions made. It's very inspiring to read a biography, but every biography must have a biographer. The Bible is filled with biographers, people who interacted with God, and they wrote about what they observe what God said to them what God did for them we have in this book.
A true biography of God.
Last week I said that there was a time in my life where I walked outside talk my head back and I said how can I know that God exists.
It's funny is I never thought wants to crack open a Bible. We had a Bible in our house. It was huge it was you. Those 2 ton family Bibles took a train to move from one room to the next. We never read it never consulted. It was never a family reading thing.
The only thing I did is look at the pictures and a lot of great pictures but even the people in the pictures look nothing like anybody I knew, except that they must've like Frisbee.
I thought as a child because they all had glowing Frisbees behind all their heads in these pictures while in our first study we saw the obvious things that God exists in the goddess personal. If you want to know him.
It takes faith and pursuit that was Hebrews 11 the last week in a second study looked at the clues the goddess left in this world to discover that there is a God. Even if we have no Bible at all how we can look for a cause.
We can look at the universe we can look within the conscience.
The moral law, we can discover there's a God, but we need more than that, we need a biography we needed testimony of a biographer. Now the Bible indicates that God has spoken in a variety of ways. That's how Hebrews opens up God spoke in many ways at many times in the past but of all the ways that God has chosen to communicate himself.
You can actually put them into categories you could label one natural and you could label the other supernatural or maybe even better yet label one general revelation and the other special revelation and that's what we want to consider. Today, more than the first is the second week touched briefly on this first general revelation last week about working to tip our hats to it this morning we want to deal with with the first or with the second. So one is the big book of the universe. The other is the little book of the Bible. Psalm 19 has both of those as the subject matter and David who wrote the Psalm wants you to know that both general revelation of God's creation and the special revelation of God's word. They both point to God, and they do not contradict each other. Charles Spurgeon put it this way. He is wisest, who reads both the world book and the word book as to volumes of the same work and feels concerning them. My father wrote them both so let's look at the first six verses, just briefly, because we spent more time with that last time and notice the contrast, at least in how God speaks generally to specifically that I want you, especially to notice the descriptions of how the universe speaks to us. It says the heavens. Here it is, declare the glory of God.
The firmament shows his handiwork.
Day on today auditors speech night and tonight reveals knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone throughout all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tabernacle for the sun which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. It's rising is from one end of heaven, its circuit to the other end and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
David spent a lot of time outside.
He was a shepherd boy he got to put his head on a rock and lay down and look at the bright stars. There was no light pollution around where he lived. There was no smog here.
We we we are disadvantaged we don't spend quite the same amount of time in the outside environment is the ancients used.
We live in a house it's it's a controlled by air conditioning and heating its temperature controlled gutter music can be walk just a few feet to our car, which is also temperature controlled and covered in our music as there are cell phone with a very protected lives they live very exposed life and they were able to look and observe the heavens and the world around them. More than we do. And David said the world that I live in all of its universe spread out speaking to me he heard it God exists and he's glorious and we been listening to the skies for a number of years but were listening for voices from aliens.
Harvard University put out a receiving dish 85 feet in diameter, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and the USA Today said it's part of the most extensive search conducted for intelligent life in outer space. It allows scientists to listen to and analyze 128,000 frequencies at once 24 seven.
David is saying they heavens are already blabbering there already talking. There's a gossip going on just looking at the heavens of the glory of God of its creator.
Notice in verse two it says Dan today auditors speech. If you have a new international version. It's more accurate, says pours forth speech, it's translating a very strong Hebrew word that uses as an image, a gushing spring pouring out refreshing water of God's revelation. You'll notice also that is not a one time deal that God is speaking through the universe continually day after day, it says. Night after night these silent preachers are telling us about God and his glory and his creativity in his Majesty's giving us a message every single day every week every month every year, year after year.
It's as if one day pass the baton to the next day and the revelation continues. Not only that, but notice it's universal says there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. That means there's no culture there is no nation that is exempt from this communication, the matter if you live in the jungles.
If you live in the deserts of you live in the mountain communities. If you live by the sea.
There is enough information in the natural world to let anybody know there is a God. No wonder Paul writes in Romans one. Therefore, they are without excuse.
Heavens are speaking the world is speaking.it's not enough. We need more information than that. We need a biography sure the heavens tell us there's a God who is intelligent and creative powerful but it doesn't tell us much more than that doesn't tell us why were here doesn't tell us what his plan is for us, it doesn't tell us where were going once we die.
None of that is heard of or seen by observing the natural world. So, though it is a revelation of God. It is a speech of God is not perfect. So what David does beginning in verse seven as he shifts the focus from general to special notice the noun change verse seven the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart the commandment of the Lord is pure and enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord. Another statement of God's Scripture fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. It's pretty easy to see that the first six verses he's looking up at the world book beginning in verse seven is looking at the word book statutes the testimony of the law. The commandment notice the descriptions perfect. Sure right, pure, clean, true and righteous altogether, these are moral qualities exhibited in the Scripture that are not present in nature. In other words, the Scriptures are trustworthy biography. The Bible tells you the rest of the story. What creation does not. That's why you can never say let's forget going to church and reading the Bible. All we have to do is go camping we can hug a few rocks and look at the stars. God is speaking through that you can get some information from that but you can get enough information from that there's more.
I love what Peter said Peter was there and saw a glorious display of Jesus transfigured before him, and a few of his buddies on the Mount of Transfiguration.
He says look we were eyewitnesses of his Majesty.
We saw that glory. But then he says, but we have a more sure word of prophecy. In other words, what I saw with my eyes of the glory of God can even compare to what is revealed here in this sure word of prophecy. So the natural world tells us of the glory and power of God does not tell us of the plan of God or of the love of God so what can this book.
This biography of God revealed in the Scripture looking to tell us what can it do for us. Well, according to the psalmist verse seven, it can save the soul. That's the first step, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul means to bring back or to restore the sin in the Bible, you can be confronted with enough truth to convert you is enough truth here to bring you back to restore you back to God. He says the law of the Lord is perfect and means completely Hebrew word Tom Neiman completed or sound or whole several years ago when I first met I met my first messianic Jew Jewish person raised with the Old Testament, gave his life to Christ and I was talking to him and I said what is it you believe in a never forget this.
He said I am a completed Jew I never heard that term before.
Until then, I sit explain what that means as well. All the promises that God would send the Messiah have been fulfilled in Yeshua in Jesus. I believe in him and because I do I see myself as a completed Jew. I love that description will everybody in that sense needs to be completed or converted in the Scriptures would give you the information to do that. I hope you own a Bible I know that sounds very elementary but I hope you own one. Hope you have your own Bible and I hope that you carry it to church down on you forgot your Bible.
They don't worry about it. We got them scattered around but by one sure Bible read from it. My hope would be every single day and find out where things are that you'll need in the days ahead. In fact, I hope you'll write in it that's sacrilegious to some, but underlying things in circle words and write notes in it because it's not a religious relic. It's a spiritual tool for your maturity and it can convert the soul.
Peter said in the Bible are in God's truth is everything we need for life and godliness. You need to go anywhere else for the needs of your soul than right here, the Lord Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but what every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Why because it's Tom Neiman it's complete gives you all you need to first thing you can do and that's the first step you can convert your soul. Second, it can satisfy your mind. Also in verse seven.
Notice the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple word simple means open-minded are you open-minded, I know a lot of people that when it comes to life there open-minded when it comes to this book.
Door goes down instantly arts the Bible. It's not back it will. How do you know tell me your research personally and how you know so much, your mind goes down. There is a description of the Bible the definition of the Bible from an old Russian dictionary as this quote the Bible is a collection of fantastic legends without any scientific support. It's full of dark hints, historical mistakes and contradictions.
It serves as a factor for gaining power and subjugating unknowing nations." Talk about propaganda.
Nothing could be further from the truth because you see the Bible. This biography of God exhibits certain characteristics that no other book exhibits.
I give you just a few first accurate transmission, and Hermione, though the Bible is been copied and recopied and recopied and distributed.
It is not marred its message. How do we know that because we have in existence today 5750 some odd manuscripts of the New Testament alone, more than all of the writings of Plato and Socrates, and Homer put together. You know how many copies we have all their works in totality. 18 and some of those documents. The earliest copy we have is 2000+ years after it was originally written with copies of the New Testament in existence, they go back to 30 years after they were originally written by John manuscript evidence that Skip the message from the series the biography of God. Now, let's head into the studio with Skip as they share some more evidence for God's existence with the world with all its order complexity and funder is a powerful testament to the existence of God's majesty and creativity. What ask about the natural world. Have you found to be the most compelling to unbelievers when discussing God's existence.
Boy I love this question because it really was my world.
For the first few years of my Christian walk. When I was going to school in a secular environment getting hammered. It shook my faith and so I decide I need to bone up and understand what it is I believe and why. So I did and and and and I was able to engage with unbelievers. So what is boiled down for the sake of time to a few things. First of all there's an argument, the teleological argument. The argument of design. If you see something that looks like it's designed it must've had a designer so we live in a universe that apparently looks designed to mean the distance of the earth to the sun 93 million miles for any shorter or any are closer or further away. Life would not be tenable on earth.
The makeup of our atmosphere. Just perfect for us carbon-based creatures to be able to live so there's enough in in the design argument tip to make it very compelling argument to engage with unbelievers or something else that's really help me is called irreducible complexity.
Irreducible complexity means you have to have a certain number of parts or something to function.
For example, a mousetrap has irreducible complexity.
Take any one of the pieces out of a mousetrap and it will not function will catch up a rat. One of the things about the human eye is that it has irreducible complexity. If you remove any part of those things that make you see. Take him away. You will be able to do it. So what that means is impossible is Evelyn evolution is impossible because what you do for 40 million years while you're waiting for the eye to evolve. You still can't see.
So if RI has irreducible complexity and for millions of years creatures were evolving toward that state. Then they would've gotten killed because the survival of the fittest, they wouldn't have been able to survive so those two things really help me engage unbelievers.
Then the other thing for those who care is his lack of transitional forms in a world it's good is the field of paleontology that that there just is not enough transmutation or or or transitional form that would should be an abundance if evolution were true mean the missing link still missing kite still missing. We have found him and love those mixed missing link theories of turned out thinking Skip in Miami. This conversation refresh to spiritually excel. Please consider helping to chief. I think the finance connecting you and others to the Lord is to connect.com/don't need to give it connect.com/donate or call 892 1888, 819 to thank you again tomorrow. Skip talks about God's Skip presentation of connection communication through