Monthly Archives: October 2015

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9.

As the stores, put out Christmas trees and Santa Clauses it is obvious that we are approaching the holiday season. However, let’s pause to think about the reason for the season… the greatest miracle… Jesus Christ. Let’s remember the fact that He is not a fairytale, but the Savior of the world.

However, a common protest is “history has no tools or abilities to investigate miracles” (Habermas 2003, 4). “How does the natural measure the supernatural?” is the question at the heart of this complaint from conservatives and liberals alike (Habermas, 2015). Though, concerns that historical practices alone cannot establish whether a miracle has occurred may be justifiable. That does not mean that it is correct in its assumption that a miracle has not taken place.

Therefore, in addressing the question of history and miracles, let’s distinguish between the historical and the logical scope of a miracle. Particularly, since miracles appear to be a matter for faith (Habermas 2003, 4). Nevertheless, another approach to this issue is to take a step back and establish, just what can be investigated through the tools available to secular scientists.

Habermas, suggest starting with the idea of reviewing a miracle as a miracle-claim. This makes it possible to historically investigate the New Testament claim that Jesus died and afterward was seen alive, now we can address the historical perspective with the natural tools available (Habermas 2003, 3-5) to scientists.

We can say, “Yes” a historical investigation is able to confirm miracle claims with the tools of “oral testimonies, written accounts, archeological evidence and criticism” (Habermas, 2015). In the case of the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, data is available from numerous “critically recognized historical facts” (Habermas 2003, 31). For example, naturalistic hypotheses have failed to dispel the resurrection claim and at least ten creditable sources of evidences argue that Jesus was seen after his death (Habermas 2003, 31-32).

A miracle is not… just an unusual event that can be determined… to be caused by a natural act. While, the theologians may have a more detailed definition of a miracle, most of us think of a miracle as an “extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs” as described by Merriam-Webster dictionary. For, we know that God is the source of all miracles.

So as I prepare to trim the tree, unpack Santa Clause and find a prominent spot for the Nativity scene. I will remember that Jesus is the miracle and Savior of the world.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

 

Habermas, Gary R. The Risen Jesus and Future Hope. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.

Habermas, Gary R. “Historical Methodology: Tools, Rules and Miracles.” Presentation. Liberty University. Lynchburg, VA. Accessed September 24, 2015.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

Some friends are so quiet, with such caring sweet gentle souls. They move with abundant grace and simplicity. It may take a minute to realize that they are no longer standing there. But then, in a peaceful moment, when you stop to listen… you can’t hear the softness of their voice. You can’t hear the understanding in their kind words, saying a prayer or two, wishing you the best in everything that you attempt to do.

It’s then that you comprehend the priceless voice is indeed absent. The precious voice that you never once heard complain… the faithful voice that was quick to acknowledge the needs of others… the beautiful voice that reflected the love of God in tone and character… the special voice that can never be replaced.

So, once again, you pause and say goodbye… Goodbye for now dear friend… Knowing that there is no need to ask why. Therefore, in love and humility, you give thanks to Jesus for allowing you to know such a unique soul, gift-wrapped as such a wonderful person.

For God is good and His mercies endures forever. Thank you God, for the amazing people that we meet on this journey called life. For some are truly rare and genuinely exceptional and it’s an honor to have had one of them call me friend.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s Granddaughter.

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalms 26:7
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God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

 

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For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Philippians 3:20

Melissa… I really enjoyed our conversation this morning. Though you were busy with a million things, you took the time to spend a few minutes with me talking about the power of Jesus Christ. It made all the difference.

As believers, our Christ like persona should be easily noticeable to others as we go about our daily routine. We should never be too busy… or too important to take the time to listen to each other. I witnessed that today and it has made all the difference in my morning schedule.

I am a little less rushed… a little less anxious… a little less discouraged…

I am a lot more grateful… a lot more hopeful… a lot more observant…

You are a little less hurried… a little less anxious… a little less discouraged.

You are a lot more thankful… a lot more hopeful… a lot more observant…

Good fellowship is often found in the most unexpected places… It is good to know that the Lord is our Shepherd and we need not want…

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Philippians 3:20

Melissa… I really enjoyed our conversation this morning. Though you were busy with a million things, you took the time to spend a few minutes with me talking about the power of Jesus Christ. It made all the difference.

As believers, our Christ like persona should be easily noticeable to others as we go about our daily routine.  We should never be too busy… or too important to take the time to listen to each other. I witnessed that today and it has made all the difference in my morning schedule.

I am a little less rushed… a little less anxious… a little less discouraged…

I am a lot more grateful… a lot more hopeful… a lot more observant…

You are a little less hurried… a little less anxious… a little less discouraged.

You are a lot more thankful… a lot more hopeful… a lot more observant…

Good fellowship is often found in the most unexpected places… It is good to know that the Lord is our Shepherd and we need not want…

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.