Undergroundchurch Blog

Preparing the Church for the future

Archive for February, 2014

Day 75: Programming Life

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 27, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

Two major problems biological evolutionists cannot overcome is “What is Life” and “How is information injected into the evolutionary process”. 

The laws of chaos, a.k.a. entropy (2nd Law of Thermodynamics) indicates that everything is moving from order to disorder or randomness. In order to move through the evolutionary process, which defies the natural order of things, information has to be injected into a degrading system to move billions upon billions of incremental steps from randomness to order in spite of their natural bent. It also has to be done with purpose or a goal in mind. 

Most areas of science accept the law of entropy until it comes to biology and evolution. This is where they must forsake the rules to that violoate a faith that given time, even entropy can be overcome (as ironic as that might sound).  Biological evolution is a belief system that denies entropy.

Somewhere along the way, inanimate objects jumped the line to adopt life. Of course, this was totally accidental and whose odds are statistically impossible.  (As a side note, if this isn’t controversial enough, the same life they are so desparate to prove happened accidentally, they are willing to kill as long as it is still inside the womb. But I digress).

Life is a whole new Level Life has no measurable substance.  A body that dies weighs the same as it did when alive. Life is dimensionally different than matter.

Not only is life different, but information itself follows the same path. If I took a hard drive and weighed it, and then filled it with all the information on the internet, it would weigh the same.  Information has no mass. Information is not ones and zeros, but an intelligently designed system that defines the structure and purpose of the ones and zeros. Also, the information needs to be addressed differently at different levels. For example, a computer has 7 OSI layers. (Physical, Data link, Network, Transport, Session, Presentation and Application) Information at each layer requires different languages, different programming,different framework.  The human life is millions of times more complex than a rather simple computer.

We are a collection of atoms. There is no information intrinsic to the atom to tell it to reproduce. Yet, when properly aligned, a self-correcting code can be placed inside of every cell of the body that contains all the information necessary to replicate without any erros billions of times in your lifetime. It cannot randomly have complexity added to it. Like a computer, a programmer needs to define the DNA layout, the cell structure, and billions of other variables at billions of different levels in millions of different life forms that are independent of one another. The dirty little secret is that when we make an evolutionary change on the micro level such as how we get toy dogs from big dogs, we lose genetic information; we don’t gain it.

So, which requires greater blind faith? Believing that random acts of chance that had to repeat themselves trillions of times to produced everything you see today or that someone outside our dimension of time/space designed it to be this way.

When you really consider the alternatives, it doesn’t take nearly as much faith to believe in a creator God than you might think.


Posted in Computers and the Bible, Science and the Bible | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Day 74: The Walking Dead

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 24, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

Since Genesis 3, God has demanded sacrifice. The first 4,000 years of this proved that no sacrifice but the life of a person was able to cover the sin of a person (e.g. A lamb does not equal a person in value; that is why they were constantly sacrificing).

When Jesus came, he, being God, was worth the lives of every person ever to walk the planet. His sacrifice was enough to cover all sin, and it does for all who receive this sacrifice.

Ironically, the sacrifice that brings life to all, also requires that we die to self.

For you have died, and your life has been safely guarded by the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you, too, will be revealed with him in glory. – Colossians 3:3,4

The problem is that I’m still breathing, which means though I’m dead, I’m also alive and kicking. The problem with the walking dead is that they still get into mischief. As the old saying goes, “the problem with being a living sacrifice is that you can get up off the altar.”

This concept of dying to self is all over the Bible, virtually on every page – especially in the New Testament. It’s talked about so much because it is so hard to do. One way to succeed is to follow the SHAPERS principle:

  • Submit to God
  • Humble yourself
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to lead
  • Pray
  • Ears to heaven
  • Repent
  • Serve others

Posted in Living, prayer | Leave a Comment »

Day 73: Terrestrial and Alien

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 23, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

It is no small task to think extra-dimensional. We live in at least 11 dimensions, with only 4 measurable using physical math you learn in school. So is it no wonder how we struggle to put our minds on the things of God?

Keep your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

Paul, James and Jesus all tell us that if we try to live a life that pleases God, we must stop thinking like the world and on the things of this world and think like an alien in this world. (Phil 3:19, James 3:15, John 3 and 8)

In God’s world, the greatest person is the least among people, the servant (literally “slave”) is the highest calling and in order to live, one must die. These concepts are absolutely foreign to a world full of sin, greed, selfishness and idolatry.

To live in this world and not fall victim to its ways, we must put on the mind of Christ and stop thinking like the world expects.

Posted in Living, Uncategorized | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Day 72: Eyes and Ears

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 18, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. There may be an interesting biblical twist to that story. The eyes many times are the avenue that lead to destruction while the ears tend to be the way to salvation.

There are far too many scriptures to list here, but a couple key verses should give a good starting point for your own study.

In Genesis 3, sin enters the world because the fruit “was pleasing to the eyes”. David, in 2 Samuel 11, is on his roof top when he sees Bathsheba, and the adultery and murder come forth. Lot’s wife looked back at what she lost and turned to a block of salt. Peter saw the wind and waves when he walked on the water and began to sin.

This may be why Paul states in Colossians 3:1:

1 Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God.

We have to guard the eyes.

Conversely, the ears more often are the way of faith.

“Faith comes from hearing…” Romans 10:17
Jesus most popular phrase is “He who has and ear to hear, let him hear”
And just add a final note, “we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

By keeping our eyes on Jesus, we guard the eyes and put ourselves in a place to listen much closer to what he says.

Posted in Faith, Hope and Love | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Day 71: Think Lean

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 17, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

I’ve taken a couple years off from blogging as I’ve finished my MBA and enhanced training at work. Now I’m back, so I’m starting slow and easy.

There are three words to help you with any process you are working through – STABILIZE, SIMPLIFY AND STANDARDIZE ( in that order). Let’s look at the first.

High variability in any process is the sign of unstable processes. Until that is resolved, no other improvements will stick or truly be effective.

Maybe you’ve heard this story. Poor planning has led to a project that comes across your desk. It is due in a week. It will take two weeks of work to get it done. You drop everything else and work overtime and through the weekend to get it done.

Once it’s done, you might even be congratulated with the team on a job well done. The next week, another urgent project hits your desk because you did such a great job with the last one.

The process is a mess and you are being rewarded for working around the bad process. You are trapped in an endless game with no hope in sight unless someone FIXES THE BAD PROCESS.

Doesn’t that also sound like life? We are constantly rearranging everything for the constant unplanned emergencies – very legitimate ones might I add.

Ants aren’t a strong species, yet they prepare their food in the summer. – Proverbs 30:25

Who knows what tomorrow brings. Ants don’t know, and yet they have a plan. We might actually be able to mitigate some of the “emergencies” if we make a plan for the best and worst case scenarios. The other option is to live a life of constant reactions to the present circumstances.

Posted in Daily Devotion - Scripture Nuggets | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Day 70: The Power of Abstinence

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 8, 2014

Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

The Post Office is in financial trouble because people don’t want to waste the time sending “snail mail” when “e-mail” and “texting” is so much faster.

We live in a culture born in hyperspace with the hyper drives fully engaged. We are constantly looking for faster and faster ways of doing what we do so that we can fit in more stuff to do.

You would think that if we freed up time, we’d take the time to rest, but it just isn’t the case. We have such an addiction to speed and busyness that we are killing any chance to make room in life for things that really matter.

Who has time to play with their kids, read books, sit on a porch swing, pray, quietly meditate upon God, look at the stars when we have all this “stuff” going on in our lives.

Not only are we busy, but even when we slow down, we have TVs and radios going on in the background because we just can’t do the silence.  We just can’t seem to break the “busyness habit”.

This is where the power of abstinence comes in.  We just simply need to go cold-turkey, and stop some of the things that bring useless clutter, vain noise and non-value added busyness to our lives.  Here are just a few of the myriad of ways we can bring some calm back into our lives and give room to celebrate those things that really matter:

  • Use your phone only to call people
  • stop the use of (at least for a time) Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and other “social networking” apps
  • Keep the TV off
  • Keep the radio off if just using it to fill the quiet, especially in the car
  • Try praying or singing to the Lord (no music) while driving instead of blaring the radio and yelling at other drivers

I hope you get the point.  Abstain from things for a season that create “noise” in your life, and don’t fill the void with more noise that is meaningless. Take that new found freedom and read God’s word; spend quality time with the kids listening to them; pray and worship God like He matters to you.

Begin a process of resetting your life. It will not be easy at first, but it will be rewarding as you discover that you are not as busy as you once thought.

Posted in Daily Devotion - Scripture Nuggets | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »