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QUOTE (Nicolaus Steno) – Jan 10

January 10, 2015

English: Nicolaus Steno in his last year; port...

“One sins against the majesty of God by being unwilling to look into nature’s own works.”

“Beautiful is what we see. More beautiful is what we understand. Most beautiful is what we do not comprehend.”

“Who looks at a meadow from a distance in the loveliest time of year, experiences a most pleasant visual sensation from the mingling of delightful colors. But when then he stoops over the meadow itself to look more closely at the leaves and flowers of the individual plants, such a variety and beauty of shapes and colors unveil themselves that he is compelled to exclaim: from a distance they appear beautiful, but nearby they are far more beautiful! But if, indeed, he proceeds even further and examines in one single plant the inner structure of the different constituent parts, the goings and displacements of the fluids which perform all (vital) actions, in the transition from seed to the mature plant producing new seed, even if he becomes acquainted very little with all that as if it were though mist, yet he sees enough to acknowledge that the pleasure experienced from what is known is nothing compared to that he would experience if he could know all that lies hidden.”
~Nicolaus Steno

In honor of Nicolas Steno, Catholic Bishop and Danish Scientist considered by many to be the father of geology, who was born on this day in 1638.

Resources:
This Day in History for 10th January
Nicolaus Steno: Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist
Nicolas Steno on Christian Responsibility
Geological Pioneer – Nicolaus Steno was a Biblical Creationist

 

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QUOTE (J. Gresham Machen) – Jan 1

January 1, 2015

English: Rev.John Gresham Machen. Orthodox Pre...

“Faith is indeed intellectual; it involves an apprehension of certain things as facts; and vain is the modern effort to divorce faith from knowledge. But although faith is intellectual, it is not only intellectual. You cannot have faith without having knowledge; but you will not have faith if you have only knowledge.”
~ J. Gresham Machen

In honor of J. Gresham Machen, Presbyterian scholar and defender of the Christian faith, who died on this day in 1937.

Resources:
Gresham Machen>Quotes
Today in History January 1st

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LOSING KNOWLEDGE – Oct 14

October 14, 2014

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4:29-30

What is the function of a conjunction?

Volumes surround me; books standing in perpetual attention upon my shelves, clothed in dusty neglect. Familiar titles call out to me:

Process Geomorphology
Organic Chemistry
Applied Numerical Methods
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting

 

 

The intellect of generations and genius are contained within these tombs of knowledge. I once communed among their concepts. I excavated their principles and deciphered their puzzles. I cursed the forced regurgitation of their laws and theories, consumed in short bursts of intellectual gluttony. Yet, I proved to be competent as an educated man.

I have the diplomas to prove it.

However, each text has found a forsaken place on my office shelf; set aside in a head-long pursuit of a profession. Years have swept aside those inquisitive days of study.

Theory replaced by practice;
Integration and derivation yielding to empirical;
Schedule triumphing over intellectual indulgence.

These books have become more decoration than source. They are a reassurance to visitors that the diplomas and licenses that hang on my wall have a foundation. I have learned my profession through years of practice. Yet, I have lost something through the years. Specific knowledge has faded to general in many subjects; conceptual understanding has replaced hard achieved competence.

Knowledge is not perpetual…at least not in my mind.

I do not have the mind of Solomon but neither does anyone else. God gave Solomon a wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and a breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore. The limits of my wisdom and understanding are easily delineated in a game of “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader”, and the scarceness of my mind is more like the occasional sand dollar on the seashore than the sand.

The typical mind has a very limited capacity for the specific. Time erodes away a mind’s competence, when study is neglected, leaving a hollowed relic to the practical. The scores of educated adults who prove that they are not “smarter than a 5th grader” is testimony to our mind’s inability to retain knowledge absence the reinforcing power of study.

The surrender of the knowledge of a conjunction’s function may be a reasonable acquiescence to the pressures of a busy life.

What about the gospel?
Are you willing to surrender the knowledge of the gospel to the pressures of a busy life.

What is the function of the gospel?
Can you clearly present the gospel to someone who has no knowledge of it?

 The ability to clearly explain a principle is demonstration of competent, specific, knowledge of that principle. If you can only generally explain the gospel, it demonstrates a general knowledge.

We have been called to more.

God has revealed Himself through His Bible. We can know our Lord and Savior more and more through the study of His Word. This is why David delighted in God’s commandments and law. It is why David studied.

 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 111:2)

 How are you doing studying the Bible?
Are you demonstrating your delight in God by studying His great works?

We must remember the minds we have been created with. We must remember that every moment that we spend away from the Word of God, time is eroding the razor edge of specific knowledge down to a blunt instrument of a general understanding. We must not acquiescence our time in God’s Word to the pressures of a busy life. We must not forget His Word.

 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:16)

 

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for speaking to us perfectly even though we are imperfect.  Thank you for giving us everything that we need to follow you today.  Help me to glorify you from the place where I am today. Forgive me for thinking I need a special word from you. Teach me obedience in the everyday. Help me to live upon the nurturiousment of your Word, the Bible.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

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“DIVINE RESUME” – August 2

August 2, 2013

“Thus says the Lord: ”Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.””  Jeremiah 9:23-24

job-interviewEvery job seeker understands the importance of a quality professional resume.  Those seeking employment must sell themselves to the perspective employer and the résumé provides a concise summary of applicable boasts.   Often, the résumé is the format where applicable skill sets can be highlighted.

The résumé states an applicant’s education and training.  It will catalog his career accomplishments.  Awards and commendations will be listed in order to distinguish from other hopefuls.

The boasts of a résumé are the traits that an applicant believes represent the value that they will provide to an employer.

Thankfully, we are not expected to prepare personal resumes for those positions that we are inclined toward in our social worlds.  However, that does not mean we are not selling ourselves to others.  Social circles can be a circus of positioning and posturing for attention and praise.  Just because we don’t hand out resumes does not mean that we are without the ability to distinguish ourselves from others.

“Meet and greets” are an interview for potential association and friendship.  An oral resume typically flows in response to the question of,  “tell me about yourself.”   I tend to pick those personal traits that may be of interest in a particular social setting.  It comes pretty natural to discuss that which distinguishes us.  We all have gifts and experiences that make us interesting.  Every person has a unique story.  We are individuals and we are distinct.

However, what is your go-to story.  When asked to talk about yourself, where do you start?

Are you a Mom?  Are you a Dad?
Do you talk about hunting or fishing?
Is it hobbies like gardening?
Does your career define you?
Are you a writer or a reader?
How about a traveler and vacationer?

I have never known anyone who initiated their oral resume with the trait of knowing and understanding God.  What would your reaction be if you were to say, “Tell me a little something about yourself” and I responded, “Well, probably the most notable thing about me is that I know and understand God”?  It seems like that might come off as a little arrogant.

However, that is what we are instructed to boast about.  We don’t have any problem talking about other things that we know and understand.  When we offer advice, it is because we know or understand something.  Typically, those traits in which we have invested time and energy to understand and know are those things that we appreciate and value.  When we are asked to talk about ourselves, we typically go to those things that we value the most; those things that are important to us.

Our go-to story should be that we know and understand God.  It will never be arrogant to talk about knowing and understanding God when the explanation is in the context of our experience of God’s steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  True knowledge and understanding of God is not an intellectual achievement that brings glory to man.  True knowledge and understanding of God comes from experiencing His steadfast love, His forgiveness, and a transforming of our life through the power of His Spirit.  Therefore, appropriate boasting in one’s knowledge and understanding of God will inevitably make much of God.

There is nothing more distinguishing for a Child of God is the fact that they know and are known by their Savior.  There is nothing more important about me than the fact that I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  The most valuable aspect of my life is the gift of my faith.  That is the most interesting thing about me; everything else that I could boast about pales in comparison to the grace and mercy that has been shown me.  It is because of that divine grace and mercy that I have any knowledge or understandings of the Most High.  Therefore, my boast does not distinguish me.  It distinguishes Him.

Now, there is a go-to story!

It just makes sense that a follower of Christ’s oral resume should start with, “I know and understand God because He has shown me His steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in my life.”

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for showing yourself to me.  Thank you for teaching me about you.  Thank you for saving me.  Help me to keep my perspective right.  May my boasts be a delight to you I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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