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Archive for February, 2010

In the Beginning…

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 28, 2010


I am excited that next week I get to start my Sunday school class on my favorite part of the Bible… Genesis.  I hope to make a series of quick posts that reflect little thoughts on the book as we move through it.

First thought… The first verse of the Bible is not in Genesis 1… it’s in John 1.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1 “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (literally: God was the Word).

So which beginning is first?

The really interesting thing is that the Bible never wastes time arguing the “existence of God”.  God is assumed to exist.  He is also assumed to have always existed.  In both passages, God existed.  In the John passage, we find three things that make it a predicessor to Genesis 1:1:

  • The Word was already in the beginning.  “In the beginning WAS the Word”.
  • The Word was God and thus eternal.  We know from the remainder of the chapter that the Word is Jesus.
  • Time doesn’t exist until matter exists (since time is a property of matter), and thus, Genesis 1:1 starts the clock once God created matter.

Just some things to think about.

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Olympic Fever

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 23, 2010


I love the Olympics… especially the winter games!

If you haven’t been buried at the office for two weeks, you know that the games are afoot.

Like many of you out there, my favorite game is the one that I think I could do… curling.  Think about it.  Yes, it takes some skill, but basically, I could sit in my cubicle all week, practice on the weekends, and if I can put that stone on the button, guard the house and take out the opponent when I need to, I could be an Olympian!

Well, at least I have a better chance doing that over figure skating or doing the half-pipe on my snowboard (if I had a snowboard). If I set my sites low enough, I can go for a medal in a sport in which a five and a half month pregnant lady is  actually competing.

We all have this burning need at some level to accomplish something in life.  Maybe you aren’t after the “gold medal”, but you sure would like your boss to notice your great work on that presentation last week.  You might not be able to do a triple axle, but you’d love to hear, “good job” when you clean your room without being asked.  We need to be needed… we want to be recognized… why do you think I blog? 🙂

It’s ok to want to be recognized for your accomplishments at whatever level they may happen, but before you start sulking about your lack of recognition, evaluate your own capacity to dish out praise.

You are probably thinking that you don’t have that many opportunities to dish out and “attaboy”, but if you stop and think for a moment, you might be surprised:

The lady at work that takes out your trash or cleans your restroom

The bus boy at the McDonald’s

The mailman, paperboy or policeman you saw today

The cashier at Kohls

The tech support guy at AT&T (even if he is from India)

There are a plethora of ways in which you can be a blessing in someone elses life, and until you can become proficient at dishing out blessings, don’t be so hot under the collar when they aren’t coming your way.  After all, you do reap what you sow, so go out and so some praise today!

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