Generally I stick with racing themes but a couple of nights ago I watched a great debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on creation vs. evolution. I had three thoughts walking away. There were three opportunities that I think Mr. Ham missed that I would like to address. I am not a scientist and would leave that in his capable hands. There was much he did not talk about that he could have and that is addressed on the Answers in Genesis web site.
Mr. Nye repeatedly said something like, “Ken Ham and his followers”. Just to be clear I am don’t and I would guess that most are mot “followers” of Mr. Ham. I am a follower of Jesus. Jesus alone is worthy to be followed. Jesus is LORD, Master, Ruler. Let’s be very clear on that.
Another repetitive statement was on the Bible being translated into English and Mr. Nye was trying to infer error in it writings. This is an interesting statement for one that has not studied the development of the canon of Scripture nor its transition into English. Mr. Nye has not studied the Bible enough to know if there are errors and he is not a Greek or Hebrew scholar from what I know of him. That aside, let’s answer the question he is really asking. There are several very reliable versions of the Bible in English. We have more reliable manuscripts then any ancient writing. We have sources that quote Scripture and validate it. We have manuscripts dated closer to the originals than any other ancient writings. More people have looked over and studied the Bible for accuracy than any other book. We also see in the Dead Seas Scroll the validation of the Scriptures. There is much more, even books written on THE BOOK!
Finally there was an open door with one of Mr. Nye’s questions that I was surprised Mr. Ham did not address. Mr. Nye said something to the effect, “what about the ones that don’t ever have Mr. Ham or his Bible…” This is a question I used as defending my anti god position for some years. My guess is that others use this defense often today. God addresses this clearly in Romans 1:20. Romans 1:19-20 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. And in Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. And again in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. See we have no excuse because God has made it clear in His Word and in creation that He is. We see clearly there is and must be a creator. When we look at a baby we have the wonder of new life that points us to God. When we look at an eye and know that that cannot go through evolutionary stages, we know there is a LORD Almighty, the Creator. When we look at DNA and see the detail, know there is a Creator. When we look around and there are NO examples of part man, part ape or any of the other crossovers of evolution we know it cannot be taught as fact.
Mr. Nye made a big push for science and the study of it. I agree. Science has its place but it has to be taught under the Bible. Science should be studied and discoveries made but not to try to disprove there is a God but to prove creation is the truth.
Mr Ham did a great job presenting the Gospel that We have sinned, Jesus Died for our sin and that He raised from the dead and we can have salvation if we will call out on His name and in Him alone.
If you want to see the debate there are several ways to find it. Just Goggle Nye Ham Debate and it comes up.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
This week there were a couple of tragedies in Madison, a little too close. First there was a worker that fell and was killed at a construction site and then Thursday a lady was killed as a catering truck on campus backed up. It really gets our attention when things like this happen.
In both cases I am sure the person did not get up in the morning knowing they were going to step into eternity. It made me pause and think how important is it to be ready for eternity. We will all live after death of the body in Heaven or in Hell and depending on what we have concluded about Jesus and what action we took will determine our future in eternity. Our place in eternity is set upon death of our body.
Listen to James 4:13-15 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (NIV)
Our lives are short to begin with and to have them “cut short” (God knows every second we are given on this earth) is difficult for us to think of. We want to say that we have plenty of time or that we will deal with the LORD later but that may not be the case.
I want you to really stop and consider that. PLEASE! It is vitally important whether we think so or not. Consider this: we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; only Jesus can save because He is the only one to be a perfect sacrifice for our sin; we must call out to Jesus and take Him as LORD of our life; we should want to obey Him and have our lives changed (some slowly, some dramatic in the change(s)). Again let me remind you that those two people last week did not wake up in the morning thinking it would be their last day on earth.
Finally, we should be praying for the families and friends that lost loved ones in these two events. Pray also for the person driving the truck on campus and others who feel responsible for the tragedy. Pray that somehow and someway God can comfort and strengthen those in the friend and close circle. Pray that God can magnify Himself even in this dark time. Most of all pray that God opens hearts up to salvation.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
It is the time of the year that we say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. I always find this time of year interesting. We just came off of a great time of the year with Thanksgiving and followed closely by Christmas. Those holidays help us focus on two important things – being thankful and even more important the LORD Jesus Christ.
Now, to me there is a switch of gears from Christmas to the end of the year and beginning of a new one. Let’s think about this some starting with the end of a year – 2013.
I see three things we can end the year with, ok four 1) we can just ignore it. I think few do that but we could. We could just watch it pass by without much thought at all. Let’s come back to that thought. 2) We can be glad that it is over. It seemed too challenging and not much hope for the future. We could have had broken relationships that seem to be impossible to rebuild. We could have lost loved ones that we think we can never recover from. We could have lost a job or house or race car, etc… and think they are gone forever. 3) We could have had a good year that we wish would just keep going and that there were more days. Or maybe we wish there were more days because we were so busy, want more time, more money, or better relationships. 4) We could pause right now and look back and go – WOW what a great year the LORD has given to us. He has done so much and blessed us so greatly. He has taught a simple, sinner like me. He has allowed me to draw near to Him. God has shown glimpses of His glory to me. His Word has been alive and active in my life. Even and bigger and better praise would be if salvation has happened this year for you! I hope that is how you are looking at 2013 and the end of the year.
Now we move to 2014. We can look at the coming of the New Year in four ways also. 1) We can try to ignore it but that is hard because we do have to write “2014” now J. 2) We can be nervous or worried that last year’s troubles will continue and the struggles might even get worse. Maybe we have tough decisions to make. I would hope that you are turning to God for wisdom and direction. Those decisions made on our own can often turn out poorly. 3) We can anticipate this or that to happen. There are going to be moments or points in 2014 that will have powerful effects on our life and those around us. We can get weighted down or even destroyed by that weight or we can look at it as the challenge God places before us to see which choice we will make – either against God and His will or for Him and His will. We can also anticipate in a good way that God will teach us new things (new to us, He is unchanging) and give us opportunity to grow. We can make “that” commitment. I know that I want to grow in prayer and in knowledge of the LORD Jesus. I want to grow in faith and trust and in loving my family and those around me. 4) We can be consumed with Christ and filled with the hope that there is in Jesus. Each of us should have that hope. That hope should not be that our surroundings or circumstances improve but that we have trust in the LORD and what He is going to do. He is going to protect us and teach us. We have a hope in what is to come after life here on earth. We have the hope of salvation.
Remember at the beginning I said that we can ignore the end and beginning of the year. We can ignore it but it is still going to happen. The year will end on December 31st and is going to begin again on January 1st. Just like we can try to ignore the end and beginning of years, we can try to ignore the LORD and eternity, but God is real and true, and so is eternity. We will face it one day, ready or not. I hope you are ready. I hope you have placed your trust and faith in Jesus. I hope you have agreed with His Word that Jesus is LORD.
Now let’s consider a few verses on this subject:
John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus finished well. We should finish the year well.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jesus begins a work in us and will complete it. We need to be in step with Him and His will by being in His Word and prayer continually.
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Jesus is the beginning and the end and is complete in every way. We should completely lean on Him and His Word and fellowship with other believers.
I hope you have had a good 2013 and that 2014 is even better. I hope you grow in your relationships and especially in your relationship with God.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
1 John 4:7-217 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him…18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (NIV)
1 John 5:1-15 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV)
What great verses to think about during this time of the year. We see that God loved us first. He planned for us to reach out to Him. He planned for us to turn to Him and see that God the Son, Jesus, would come and live a perfect, sinless life and then be killed and die for our sin to be atoned for. He planned on us confessing our sin and confessing that Jesus is LORD. He planned on us repenting. He planned on the greatest gift of all to be ours – salvation! He planned for us to be sealed by the Holy Spirit. He planned for us to seek Him daily with all our heart, mind, soul, strength. He planned on us to obey Him, trust Him, and to follow Him.
What great plans God has for us, but He also gives us the free will to make those choices. Will we see Christmas as a great time of the year to be with family and others and give and get gifts or will we see it as God meant it to be, a time to reflect on Jesus coming from Heaven and being born as a baby in a humble manger? Will we sing songs and go to church this one time or will we have a heart of worship that will recognize the awesome God, His holiness, His greatness, His goodness, His sovereign rule? Will we see the LORD and commit our lives, each day to spend time thinking upon Him? Will we grab hold of the joy and the hope that there is in Jesus?
What great news – Jesus! God loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross and to rise from the dead. This is the good news, the gospel. It gives hope to the greatest of sinners because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All can turn to Him, All can repent. All can be saved.
So this Christmas season would you surrender your heart and life to Jesus? Would you place your faith and trust in Jesus?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine
And have Merry Christmas!
This is a special time of the year when many come together and set aside things to slow down and give thanks. That is a good thing for us to do. There is much to be thankful for as we are surely given an easy life here in America compared to other places on earth. Most of the problems we have we bring on to ourselves, and usually because of sin on our part.
I need to extend a couple of thanks from the end of the season racing events. I try not to talk too much about how the racing ministry is financed but several times in the last couple of weeks of racing I was asked directly about just how the ministry is funded.
We are blessed to have a home church that gives a small monthly gift to us. Most of our funding is self funding. Like what we see in the epistle of Paul, we are “tent makers”, in other words we self fund but there are those that come along side of us and help. Several times in the last few weekends of this season we were blessed by others. You know who you are – THANK YOU!!! It was unexpected but so useful. We are a shoe string ministry so the gift of any size adds up to bless and keep us going.
You may ask what needs we have. As many of you know, one of the commitments we made was that we were going to do the ministry as a family which means taking the seven on the road. We are allowed to have an older RV to take to many of the races but there are still hotel costs at some. We have meal cost and ticket cost. We also try to have materials available too. The LORD has used many to bless us and keep the ministry at the race and traveling with different series.
As we come to Thanksgiving this year I want us to think about a couple of verses. Let’s read them. Matthew 28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. (from NIV) and now from the KJV And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Now let’s read Mark 15:18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
In Mark we see those mocking and making fun of Jesus. Unfortunately, far too often there are those who mock Jesus today. Instead we are to be like those in Matthew that proclaim, “All hail to Thee, Jesus!” This is a bold statement of faith and truth in Jesus. It is a statement that has consequences. These people were taking a stand for Jesus as their LORD and proclaiming that He is due their worship. They recognize that He alone is due praise and thanks for setting them free from sin and moving them from an eternity in hell to an eternity in heaven. They knew that even though things are going to be tough on earth they are blessed and have so much to look forward to. THEY ARE THANKFILLED AND THANKFUL.
There is so much for each one of us to be thankful for. I hope you pause and give thanks to others and most of all that you thank the LORD for all He has done and is doing. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
The season is over but lesson continue and I hope we think about them and go back to them. Here is one that was so clear I just have to share it with you. Please take some time and really think and consider the following lesson.
At Oktoberfest there is at least one drivers meeting each day and at each one there is a guy that is in charge of the first staging area. He reminds everyone that they must, MUST, have a sticker from the track that is from the current year that is Oktoberfest. It makes it clear that without that sticker in view you will NOT be allowed on the track. This year I was watching guys going through the first staging area and I noticed one driver stopped. It happened to be a guy that has and is in a NASCAR series currently. He was stopped for quite a long time. I told him that it was good that he enforced the rule that is laid down as I see it too often that there is a rule but it is not held to, there is no accountability. I think that is one of the problems with today’s America. The next day he emphasized that he did not care what your name is or who you are or where you have been or are, if you don’t have the current sticker you are not getting on the track.
This is a tremendous clear picture from racing to life eternal! Just like at LaCrosse and getting on the track and the exclusiveness so is it with God, heaven and salvation. Let’s let God do the talking through His Word. Please take your time even if you have these verse memorized. I know I can just glance over things and not slow and let the LORD speak through His Spirit and Word.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
1 Peter 1:21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
1 John 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
See the clarity? There is but ONE way to God and heaven. It is in Jesus Christ. Then if we look at Romans 6:231 and Romans 10:9,102 we see that it is tied to understand that Jesus is the LORD. We are not going to see Him as LORD until we see ourselves as sinners3. Do you see your need? Is today the day you are going to surrender your life over to God and let Him call the shots. Is today the day you are going to escape the flames of hell and the bondage of your sin? Please, I plead with you to reach out to the LORD wherever you are.
Think about this. Why would we be so stubborn? At Oktoberfest you just have to register and get the sticker when you and the team sign in. With salvation you just have to honestly and earnestly call out on Jesus as LORD4.
Know that I have a deep burden to see many of you take this step in life. the step that takes you from an eternity in hell, separated from God to an eternity with God in heaven.
Take the step!
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine
1Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2Romans 10:8-10 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved
3 Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
4Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”