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Salvation yet to Come!

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 26, 2010

…who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:5

A man falls overboard into the ocean from a boat. I throw him a life preserver and tell him I am going to save him.

Is he saved?

He is being saved. His salvation will be complete once I drag him back onto the ship.

The life preserver gives him opporunity to overcome the raging waters of death, and as long as he holds to the promise of salvation, he will be saved.

Likewise, the promised work of salvation occured on the Cross. It is finished. The process of being saved is occuring now in the hope that we are going to be saved.

Hope is knowing that our salvation will be completed. Hope knows that Jesus’ promise is sure. Meanwhile, in your journey to completed salvation, you cling to the faith while in the sea of doubt, which presses in all around you.

Hold to your faith! Do not doubt! Your salvation is assured. One day soon, you will stand on the shoreline, and the feeling of deadly waters will be a distant memory as your salvation is fully revealed. Praise the Lord!!!


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Time-space-matter-energy Quandary

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 11, 2010

Science is not truth in its own self; it is just a search for it. Unfortunately too often, it is looking in all the wrong places.

Take evolution for example. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (entropy) is a basic law acknowledged by every area of science but one… evolution. It essentially states that everything is going from order to disorder, but the evolutionary field tries to argue the opposite for its particular area because if they accept the entropy law, then they have to acknowledge that something outside our time/domain cause everything that exists in the universe and that it was at one time more ordered in the past than it is now.

You see, there are four components in our universe than cannot exist without one another. Each is a related property – Time, Space, Matter and Energy.

Time is a property of Matter according to verifiable proof of Einstein’s theories. Energy is a property of matter (once again, Einstein’s famous E=MC2.) And space must exists as a subset of the existence of matter.

The problem is that you cannot have matter appear one day and then energy appear the next or time or space. Each one would have to come into existence at the exact same moment.

Atoms do not have the energy to exist forever, nor have they always been. The problem is that because of the law of entropy, everything is cooling off. Eventually, all matter in the universe will lose all heat and reach 0 degrees kelvin. At that point, all heat in the universe is gone and even the atom ceases moving.

If atoms have always existed, then the point of completed entropy would have already been and we would never be, but if atoms were created at a fixed point in time with all of their potential energy, then all four – time, space, matter and energy could be set into motion. The entire universe could be set up in a day because until matter exists, time doesn’t exist.

The alternative argument is from the evolutionary “science”, ‘first there was nothing, then it exploded'”.

It is not coincidence that the first two Bible verses address these four elements being created on day one.

In the BEGINNING, God created the HEAVENS and the EARTH… and God said, let there be LIGHT. (Genesis 1:1-3)

Each piece of the puzzle was created in one moment. It was a force outside our time domain that created the space first to put the matter. He then energized the matter (light) and time began.

There are actual theories in the scientific community that say, “alien life seeded our planet”. That odd theory may ease their minds about our existence, but not the rest of the universe. For every cause in our universe, there has to be an effect. However, you can only go back so far until you reach the beginning, but what caused the beginning?

Science will not find that answer until they are willing to acknowledge that an intelligence beyond our time-space-matter-energy world set up a system so our universe to exist. That person has a name, and is very involved in the creation he so beautifully created.

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The Irritation that became a Pearl

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 5, 2010

For much of his life, Jim struggled with belief.  He grew up with talk of Jesus all over the place. It seemed that Jesus’name was a household word, but amoungst the people that “knew” of Jesus in his household, there was a divide… Mom and Dad were believers, but none of the kids could quite accept Jesus as the Messiah except that first-born kid, Joshua who had a different dad.

Joshua always seemed to be a thorn in the side of Jim and his siblings.  He was a very good kid growing up and liked to talk a lot about his real dad, even in front of his half brothers and sisters.  You can imagine the sibling rivalry that would occasionally come to a head.  Not only was the first-born from a different dad, but he was conceived out of wedlock, which used to be a more frowned upon situation than it is today.

When the Joshua grew up to become a minister of the Gospel, it just made the rest of the siblings that much more irritated with him and his “preaching of repentance”.  I’m sure that they felt that he was always preaching “down to them”.  He was an irritation, so you would think that when the day came that Joshua was killed while ministering, that the siblings of this half-blooded family member would have jumped for joy.

Sometimes though, it is through a tragedy that an irritation transforms in our own hearts and minds and we begin to realize what we really had.  Something happened shortly after Joshua’s death that caused Jim and his siblings to realize that their brother was telling the truth and that the message he preached was real, life changing and powerful.

Jim became a preacher shortly after the death of his older brother and came to realize that when your faith is tested, and your irritation level increases, it will either make you hard hearted or produce in you a pearl of great wisdom.

Jim wrote in one of his letters to his extended family:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Jim, James to those that knew him, became the leader of the church in Jerusalem in the first century A.D.  You might not know him except for a letter he wrote that ended up wedged in our Bible between Hebrews and 1 Peter, but you should know his half-brother Joshua. For Joshua was a translation of his Hebrew name, Yeshua.  You know him better from the Greek – German translation of that Hebrew name “Jesus”.  Yes, that’s right –  Jesus whose Father was God.

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