|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on January 19, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Creation of the World In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Notes on the ScriptureSmart scientists realize that they have no argument with the Biblical account of creation, and smart theologians realize that they have no argument with scientific accounts of the creation of the universe. The Catholic Church recognizes this; in 2011, Pope Benedict stated openly that the "Big Bang Theory" is consistent with the Bible. Scientists have a much more precise language to describe the events and thus give us a more detailed account of "what", but they are ultimately helpless to explain "why".
Genesis, on the other hand, is an account given by God to an ancient, illiterate people. They had no language to describe what happened and the "what" of Genesis is broadly descriptive in terms people could understand. For example, it uses the term "day" to divide the periods of creation; this means something other than a 24-hour period. The passage is a poetic account of actual facts.
But within its literary form, Genesis gives an accurate account of not simply what happened, but more importantly, "why", a question science does not pretend to understand, much less answer.
The most important part of the creation is the first sentence: "In the beginning, God created . . . ." God had to have existed before the creation of the universe, because He caused it. He made it happen; it was not a random, inexplicable accident.
Interestingly, Genesis 1 does not tell us whether or not anything physical existed before the creation. The Hebrew word translated as "created" tends to be used when something is created out of raw material, like a pot created from clay. God might have created the heavens and earth from something that already existed, just as He created Adam from mud.
This would seem to mesh nicely with the scientific theory of a "big bang". Scientists currently believe that a tiny bit of matter exploded about 14 billion years ago. This explanation — that God created the universe out of something that already existed — also seems more consistent with John 1:1, that God was the intelligence that formed the universe, without mentioning whether or not He also created the matter from which it was formed.
The important point, however, for both scientist and Christian, is not to get bogged down in finding discrepancies between scientific and Biblical accounts of the creation; for the discrepancies are an illusion. Scientists are fools if they reject Genesis, for it answers questions they do not have a clue about; and Christians are unwise to reject science out-of-hand, for it reflects the brain God gave us and His will that we be able to explore the world around us.
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on January 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
Purity of Heart and Life
"Blessed are the are pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).
Purity, even purity of heart, is the main thing to be aimed at. We need to be made clean within through the Spirit and the Word, and then we shall be clean without by consecration and obedience. There is a close connection between the affections and the understanding: if we love evil we cannot understand that which is good. If the heart is foul, the eye will be dim. How can those men see a holy God who love unholy things?
What a privilege it is to see God here! A glimpse of Him is heaven below! In Christ Jesus the pure in heart behold the Father. We see Him, His truth, His love, His purpose, His sovereignty, His covenant character, yea, we see Himself in Christ. But this is only apprehended as sin is kept out of the heart. Only those who aim at godliness can cry, "Mine eyes are ever towards the LORD." The desire of Moses, "I beseech thee, show me thy glory," can only be fulfilled in us as we purify ourselves from all iniquity. We shall "see him as he is," and "every one that hath this hope in him purifieth himself." The enjoyment of present fellowship and the hope of the beatific vision are urgent motives for purity of heart and life. LORD, make us pure in heart that we may see Thee!
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on December 31, 2011 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
You're supposed to let go of the past and start off new. You are supposed to forgive all those who hurt you and be open to new relationships, with open arms. That is why, it is called the 'New' year. May you have a Happy New year.
Best wishes to my beloved friend for an amazing year ahead. May the sunshine of happiness always shine above you. May the dove of peace rest over you and live in your home. May the dense forest of love surround you all year round. May you have a lovely New Year.
A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, yippee! It's New Year! Happy New Year my beloved friend.
May your days be painted in gold. May your life be filled with diamonds. May the stars shine bright on your world. May you have a fun filled year. Happy New Year.
May you have a smashing new year filled with lots of delightful surprises. May you have a Happy New year.
When you are happy, smile and celebrate; but when you're sad, again celebrate to bring a smile to others. Happy New Year.
Don't worry when others are unable to understand you. Worry only when you are not able to understand yourself. May you have a Happy New Year.
May the year ahead brings you good luck, fortune, success and lots of love. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.
The future ahead, holds numerous surprises for you. Be open to changes. Happy New Year.
Another year has passed, another year has come. I wish for you, that with every year you touch all your dreams. May God pour love and care on you. Happy New Year.
Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every new year, comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all the hurdles you face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead. God bless you.
With a passing year, shall pass the pains and troubles of the past. Stop thinking about the times that are gone, instead waste your time worrying about the future. May you have a great New Year.
Every end is just a new beginning. Keep your spirits and determination unshaken and you shall always walk the glory road. With courage, faith and efforts you shall conquer everything you desire. I wish you a very happy new year.
May this new year, bring in loads of joy and fun in your life. I wish you a very sweet and warm New Year, and pray to God to bless to with his love, care and support. May you achieve big feats this year.
Another year filled with sweet memories and joyous times has passed. You made my year special and I wish you continue to do so. With you around, every moment is an occasion for me. I hope you have a great year ahead. May God bless my love, with his care and warmth. I love you and wish you a very Happy New Year.
I wish you a very sweet and prosperous New Year. May God pour his love and blessings on you. Enjoy!
Many people await new years day, to make a new start to their old habits. I wish you otherwise, Happy New Year.
I wish you a very Happy New Year. Hope you have a great time ahead.
May each and every day of yours be renewed with lots of happiness and love. Happy New Year.
Let go of the past behind you. Right ahead, lies a new beginning. Make it a memorable experience. Happy New Year.
No one can go back in time to change what has happened. So work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future. Happy New Year.
Don't forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.
May the coming year bring more happiness to you than last year. May you have an amazing year. Happy New Year.
It is time to forget the past and celebrate a new beginning. Happy New Year.
On the road to success, the rule is, always to look ahead. May you reach your destination. May your journey be wonderful. Happy New Year.
It's time for champagne, cake and balloons. It's time to celebrate the new year. Happy New Year.
Cheers to the new year. May it be a memorable one. Happy New Year.
I wish this year has lesser disasters, lesser hate, lesser accidents and loads of love. Happy New Year.
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on December 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on November 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
God made you His friend when you didn’t deserve it; and now He’s living in you to transform your life!
Did your sinfulness keep God from reaching out to you in love and offering you His grace and forgiveness? No. Now consider this — if God loved you enough to show you grace when you were His “enemy”, why wouldn’t He hold you in His grace when you sin now that you are His child? If you’ve sinned, rest assured that God knew that sin was in your future when He first chose to offer you salvation.
And God has not only forgiven you, He’s given you Himself. He wants to live through you the kind of life you’re unable to live on your own. Will you allow God to live through you today?
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on November 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
Therefore He [Jesus]is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
God intends for you to get close to Him!
Look at how the writer of the book of Hebrews describes those who are saved. He calls them “those who draw near to God through [Christ].” This is the miracle of life in Christ! Before Jesus became a part of your life you were far away from God, even if you were a religious person. We can’t draw near through what we do; God wants us to draw near through what His Son has done for us. Jesus’ death on the cross was like a bridge enabling you to come close to God, to be acceptable to Him.
Now the awesome potential of a close relationship with God is yours. God wants you to “draw near to Him”, to make Him your deepest desire. Jesus died for you to bring you close to God. What are you doing with that opportunity? Are you putting God first in your life?
If there is even a glimmer of desire in your heart to pursue God, you must fan that spark until it grows into a flame. There is nothing sadder than a heart that is ignoring God. And there is nothing more joyful than a heart that has God at its centre!
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on October 13, 2011 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."
Stop and think about what's important to you!
I think you will agree that there is sometimes a difference between what is important to me and what is really important. I can get so caught up in something that its demands become urgent and begin to squeeze out the really important things in life.
"Not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions," Jesus said. He knew our tendency to lose sight of the important because of the urgent.
Satan wants to keep you focused on the urgent. He would like nothing better than for you to be always rushing to the next thing. Yet, nothing could be worse for your spiritual life than to be too busy to stop and think about your life.
When you take time to evaluate what is really important in life and then take stock of your life against those values, you are able to put the first things first. Your life becomes balanced—with God's balance, not the world's crazed rush. Consider today: where do you need to be "on your guard"?
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on October 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
"Out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, . . . blasphemy, pride, foolishness." Mark 7:21-22
Shopping for a melon is a tough assignment. No matter how good it looks, it’s hard to tell! So I tap it, thump it, and, if no one is looking, squeeze it—and then take it home, only to discover that it’s bad on the inside.
When the Pharisees were irritated that Jesus’ disciples did not wash their hands before eating—a violation of one of their traditions—Jesus immediately challenged them. “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition” (Mark 7:9). He even called them “hypocrites” and explained that what comes from the inside of a person is what “defiles” him, not the other way around.
If we’re not careful, we can become absorbed with looking good on the outside and forget what really counts. In fact, when we get to the place where we are keeping all the “right” rules, we may become proud of ourselves and judgmental toward others. But harboring bitterness, clinging to critical attitudes, and thinking too highly of ourselves are the kind of defiling stuff that make us guilty of Jesus’ charge of “hypocrite.”
So don’t miss the point. Remember, it’s the things on the inside—your heart, your thoughts, your attitudes—that really matter.
What matters to Jesus is what’s on the inside.
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on October 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
On my way home one night, I noticed a glow of flashing lights about a half mile up the road. As I got closer, I saw several emergency vehicles on the scene—police and fire trucks and an ambulance. Needless to say, I was a little curious, wondering what was going on. The intersection up ahead was lit by floodlights and blocked off, with policemen diverting traffic. When I got up close to the scene, I saw a lone mangled motorcycle. The body was gone, and I could only imagine what that meant.
I felt concerned, thinking that somewhere there might be a spouse who just got some really bad news. There would be children, parents, and friends who would hear the news, and my heart went out to them.
Biblically speaking, I felt compassion. I was concerned about what had just happened. I may have gotten an A+ for compassion, but unfortunately I had absolutely no capacity to help in the situation. No matter how deeply I felt about it, there was nothing I could do.
Do you ever feel that way about God? Most of us would agree that God is rich in character—compassion being one of His greatest qualities—but what if He had no capacity to help? I love the lines from one of my favorite hymns, “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty . . . merciful and mighty.” Did you ever wonder what it would be like if God were merciful but not mighty? If He felt a surge of mercy toward you but had no ability to do anything about it? Or, perhaps even worse, what would happen if He were mighty but not merciful? We’d all be in a heap of trouble!
For those of us who lack confidence in the midst of crisis, it’s time to wake up to the phenomenal capacity of God to intervene and help us in times of trouble. I don’t know of a better passage that speaks to that than Psalm 46:1-11, where we are assured that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” and we’re advised to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1,10).
You may be thinking, “How can I be still? If you were in my crisis, Stowell, you wouldn’t tell me to be calm!” But that’s what God is asking you to do—stop struggling against the problem, take a deep breath, and put your hands down. But ceasing to struggle has a downside—you’ll feel extremely vulnerable when you’ve lost all your defense mechanisms! Which is why we need to be reminded not only to cease striving but also to “know” who God is. Knowing Him reminds us that He is not only a God of great compassion but that He has a great capacity to help. He wants you to be still and to allow Him the opportunity to be actively involved in the midst of your problem.
So next time you’re in the midst of a crisis, hang in there! Be still and know that He is God, and that He is actively involved in your time of trouble. He is not only caring but infinitely capable of meeting you in your crisis and taking you through!
|Posted by Dr. Kay Wayman on October 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
The word blameless has become such an anomaly today that we rarely hear it used. Well, at least not in the arenas of business, sports, or politics. You hear the words shrewd and skillful being spoken, but definitely not blameless. So when this word recently popped up during a casual conversation, it stirred my interest. Two questions came to mind: What does it mean? And blameless by whose standards?
Job is one man whom God said was blameless (Job 1:1). Does that mean he was sinless? Does it mean that people could find no fault in him?
One Bible teacher describes Job this way: “In outward manifestation, [Job] was perfect and upright, a description which indicates moral blamelessness rather than sinless perfection.” He may not have done everything right, but when it came to his desire to do right and to be found pleasing in God’s sight, Job was blameless.
This positive view of his character was based on his relationship with God, for “He feared God and stayed away from evil” (Job 1:1). This was the foundation on which his strong and consistent morality grew.
Even in adversity, Job stayed firm in his views. Within a single day, he faced a tidal wave of tragedy—one bad report after another. First, he lost all his wealth. Second, he lost all his children. The extent of his loss? Total! Yet he continued to fear God and shun evil. He refused to “sin by blaming God” (Job 1:22).
Job responded to adversity with adoration and to woe with worship. Unlike the way many people would respond, he didn’t give in to bitterness. He refused to blame God for wrongdoing. As a result, he goes down in history as one of the most blameless and godly men who ever lived. Job shows us that it’s possible to lead a blameless life.