Monthly Archives: October 2021

Believe: Science – Sun – 21-10-31



This week on the podcast we’ll explore reasons to believe in God and the Bible.

Have you been hearing the number a trillion lately? It seems like the U.S. government is always trying to spend a trillion or more dollars!

Large numbers are often lost on us. For example, many today seem to accept the fact that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. We hardly bat an eye. The earth has to be billions of years old in order to support the theory of evolution.

I’m sure you know that the Bible’s description of earth’s creation seems to support a young earth, not one that is billions of years old. But did you know scientific evidence exists for a young earth?

  • For example, evidence measuring the delta of the Mississippi River shows it started flowing 4,000 years ago.
  • Also, the earth’s magnetic field is decaying. Using the current rate of decay, the earth can’t be more than 10,000 years old. Otherwise, the magnetic field would have surpassed that of a star!
  • Then there are the Polonium 218 halos in certain rocks. They formed when the rocks cooled. Their existence contradicts the idea the earth’s molten rock cooled over thousands and millions of years, because the Polonium doesn’t last that long.*

I could list more examples, but only have a bit of time left! Just remember, a lot of evidence exists for the relatively young age of the earth and solar system, which contradicts the idea of evolution.


*Scott M. Huse, The Collapse of Evolution, (Grand Rapids, Baker Book House, 1983), p. 20-27.

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Wisdom – Sat – 21-10-30



In the world of sales, a distinction is made between features and benefits. A feature is something the product has or does. A benefit is what the customer gets from using the product. For example, a washing machine may have a large capacity. That is a feature. But what the customer gets is time savings because the machine will do more clothes in less loads. Another feature is load monitoring. These sensors provide the benefit of using less water, and therefore, lower water bills. The feature of quiet operation is very beneficial because you don’t have to worry about waking the children, a roommate or neighbors.

The same distinction between features and benefits can be made when talking about wisdom. For example, the book of Proverbs contains short sayings that teach about ethics and how to live a good life. They are simple and easy to understand. Those are all features. For some of the benefits listen to Proverbs 2:12-15, “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.”(NIV) These verses explain that the benefit of learning the wisdom of God is the ability to recognize and avoid deceptive people. Now, isn’t that a good reason to seek God’s wisdom?!


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Wisdom – Fri – 21-10-29



Have you noticed all the help wanted signs in restaurants and retail stores? The pandemic has created a labor shortage. I have seen fast food restaurants offering $15 an hour. One even promises that you can get paid by automatic deposit each day after you have worked. I’m sure that corporations are also sweetening the benefits and bonuses to attract qualified help. In fact, for some, benefits are the deciding factor when choosing a job. Most people want a job that offers a good health insurance plan. Larger corporations often offer a wide range of benefits, including health insurance, vacations, disability and life insurance, money for continuing education, matching charitable donations and other perks. Some offer free coffee, snacks and soda at the workplace.

Did you know that seeking wisdom from God also has benefits? Proverbs 2:9-11 lists a couple. It says, “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”(NIV)

The first benefit is understanding what is fair. Many in this world clamor for justice and fairness. Unfortunately, they often define fairness as what they want. But if you seek wisdom from God, you are instructed in what is actually just and fair, which often contrasts with what we want.

Remember, seek God’s wisdom. The benefits are fantastic!


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Wisdom – Thu – 21-10-28



Do you remember when metal detectors became popular? People began sweeping through the countryside in search of buried treasure. Many would spend hours and days searching. It became their hobby.

I wonder what they think about Ole Ginnerup Schytz? Ole had never used a metal detector before. He was trying it out on a former classmate’s land in Vindelev, Denmark, last December. A few hours later, Ole discovered one of the largest treasures ever uncovered in the country. It contained over 2 pounds of gold consisting of medallions, coins and jewelry from 1,500 years ago. It was probably buried by a chieftan.* I’m sure Ole’s find has spurred many others to intensify their search for treasure!

If only the same energy would be spent acquiring wisdom! Listen to Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver  and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (NIV)

What a powerful description of the effort to search out wisdom! And you know what? Unlike searching for buried treasure, if you put out the effort, you will find wisdom and knowledge!


*Aylin Woodward, “A Danish man found buried treasure from the Iron Age using a metal detector, just hours after turning it on for the first time,” Business Insider, September 27, 2021, https://news.yahoo.com/danish-man-found-buried-treasure-120200561.html.

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Wisdom – Wed – 21-10-27



I used to work for a company that had a factory in Mexico. At that time, the local labor market was very tight. In order to find workers, the company hired a vehicle that would drive through the streets of the community. The vehicle had loudspeakers that constantly broadcast a message about the money and benefits we were offering. It also explained how to apply for a job at the factory.

I think of this when I read Proverbs 1:20-23, which says, “Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: ‘How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.’”(NIV)

In this passage, wisdom is personified as a woman broadcasting a message in the streets. She laments that people do not listen. The following verses promise that people will have no wisdom when the storms of life overtake them. She finishes her speech with these words: “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33 NIV)

You see, gaining wisdom is easy. Just listen to the teachings of God about right and wrong.


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Wisdom – Tue – 21-10-26



Have you noticed that people want to look good? We buy all kinds of clothing and accessories to enhance how we look. But I’ve noticed that fashions change a lot. Take women’s hats and gloves. They were all the rage decades ago in the United States. Now, not so much. Oh, women still wear hats. But they seem to be driven by function. They are either for warmth in winter or shade in summer. Just wearing a hat and gloves, especially indoors, to make a style statement is less common.

If you think stylish hats are less common, what about wearing a garland of flowers on your head? Rarely do you see that! Oh, you might see it at a wedding or some tropical resort. We just don’t adorn ourselves with flowers much, but we do wear gold jewelry. Just look at the gold chains that are sold! Men and women both wear gold chains. That’s because men and women both are concerned with how they look.

Do you want to look good? Then listen to instructions about right and wrong. No, really! Proverbs 1:8-9 says, “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”(NIV)

Today, be sure to pay as much attention to the teachings of God as to clothing and accessories! May they grace and adorn you!


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Wisdom – Mon – 21-10-25



Have you heard this quote: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”?* It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? It even seems trendy! But it is as old as the hills. Aristotle said it more than 2,300 year ago. Not only is this quote old, it is wrong! An even older quote found in Proverbs 1:7 explains the right starting point to gain wisdom. It says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”(NIV)

Notice the Proverb has two things it says about knowledge and wisdom. First, it begins with the fear of the Lord. In other words, a profound respect for the Creator of the world is needed to begin gaining knowledge and wisdom. That’s because wisdom is about ethics and justice. Unless you respect and acknowledge God, you will have a hard time knowing what is right. That’s because he is the definition of what is right and good.

Second, the proverb calls those who despise wisdom and discipline fools. You see, wisdom is gained by listening to the teaching of one with moral authority – not by despising it! The entire book of Proverbs is the teaching of a father to his son on how to live a just life. We gain wisdom by listening to the teaching of our heavenly Father, not by knowing our own mind. We accept his teaching, correction and discipline. So, make sure you seek wisdom in the right place!


*”Wisdom Quotes,” goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wisdom

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Wisdom – Sun – 21-10-24



I think the internet can show you how to do most anything. Of course, it may not show you the right way to do it! Take gaining wisdom. The wikihow website says “Wisdom is a virtue that isn’t innate, but can only be acquired through experience. Anyone who is interested in trying new things and reflecting on the process has the ability to gain wisdom.”1 Of course, they miss the most important means of gaining wisdom. I guess we should have asked a wise person!

Would that be Confucius? He once said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”2 There is some truth to what he said, especially about learning through experience. We call it the “school of hard knocks.” But Confucius wasn’t that wise either! He missed the best way to acquire wisdom.

Listen to these words from Proverbs 1:1-3, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.”(NIV)

This week the podcast will focus on the book of Proverbs and some of its teaching about wisdom. Notice these proverbs help us attain wisdom. We’ll also understand what it is and the benefits it provides.


1.  Samantha Fox, “How to Gain Wisdom,” wikiHow, last updated September 3, 2021, https://www.wikihow.com/Gain-Wisdom.

2. “Wisdom Quotes,” goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wisdom.

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The Persecuted – Sat – 21-10-23



Have you had something great happen to you? Maybe it was a new job, a big bonus, a new child or grandchild. When something fantastic happens to you, how do you like to celebrate? Do you like to go out to eat, or throw a big party at your house? Recently, the cast of a streaming television show celebrated winning an Emmy by throwing a party that included karaoke, cake and biscuits!* Ok, I’m using the word biscuits like the British do, referring to shortbread cookies!

Let’s change the thought a bit. When you are insulted, persecuted or falsely accused because you follow Jesus, how do you like to celebrate? Wait a second, you don’t celebrate being insulted because you are a Christian? You should! That’s what Jesus said to do. In Matthew 5:11 he said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” (NIV) Now, listen to how the next verse starts. “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” (NIV)

We usually think it is a bad thing when we’re insulted, don’t we? It’s true that being insulted or persecuted because of our faith is unpleasant at best and extremely painful at worst. No one likes the experience! But Jesus says we should see the bigger picture. Rather than focus on the painful experience, we should focus on the great reward in heaven and rejoice!


*Chris Gardner, “Karaoke, Biscuits and Birthday Cake for Jason Sudeikis: How ‘Ted Lasso’ Team Celebrated Emmy Wins,” The Hollywood Reporter, September 20,2021, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/ted-lasso-emmy-wins-afterparty-jason-sudeikis-1235017150/.

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The Persecuted – Fri – 21-10-22



Remember life on the 5th and 6th grade playground? One child was the opinion leader and others followed along. Another child would become the outcast. If you were friends with the outcast, then the opinion leader refused to be your friend, and so did all the followers.

Now that we are adults, not much has changed! I often reflect that politics today is nothing more than the power games of the playground! And if you follow the despised one, then you will be despised as well. You may think I’m talking about a former President. I’m not. I’m talking about Jesus.

Jesus told his apostles in Luke 21:17 that “All men will hate you because of me.”(NIV) He warned them they would be betrayed and persecuted, even by family. On the night before his death, Jesus warned them again with these words in John 15:18-19: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (NIV)

This helps us understand Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”(NIV) So, commit yourself to follow Jesus. And don’t be surprised if you are despised for your choice.


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