We at Lone Rock Baptist Church believe in the sanctity of life. We believe that God is the Creator of life and that it is only God who can end life. Abortion has scourged the USA since 1973. Over 50 million babies have been murdered. God will not wink at sin but will judge it.
by Kenneth Clipner
I used to love Christmas. When I was growing up, Christmas really was what we only hear about today. It was a joyful time, it really was good will toward men.
I used to go with my best friend, and we would walk about 2 miles to to the mall. Now, it was a big mall, but is wasn’t a covered mall yet. So it was cold, the snow would be falling, and all the stores were decorated to the hilt. People smiled! They said “Merry Christmas”. And meant it! Were talking complete strangers here!
In today’s world, I would never let my children do that for the fear of what may happen to them. In today’s world, people scream and trample each other on Black Friday for shoes and iPads. We have completely lost the spirit of Christmas and all that it means.
Jesus became man.
For the last 10-15 years this has been what I will call my “magnificent obsession”… To understand the how and the why of the incarnation. Oh, I know the “why”…Jesus came to be the sacrifice for my sin. But that never really fully answered it for me. I just knew there was more to it.
So every year, I spend a lot of time pondering this very question.
So this year, a few weeks ago I was in my shower. And if an idea comes to me in my shower, I know its of God… Cause that’s where I do my best thinking! So much of this started to come together in my mind. Not the how… I will probably never understand that. But the WHY!
First, let’s go back to creation. Because that is where this really begins.
In the Beginning… God created…
Now, let me say this first. I absolutely and completely believe in a LITERAL Genesis. That is, about 6000 years ago, God created all that is, just like it says in Genesis. I believe this because it is FOUNDATIONAL to the rest of Scripture. If Genesis is not literal, if it is ok to leave it up to man’s interpretation…then that allows me to do the same with the rest of Scripture. Maybe Jesus wasn’t really born of a virgin. Maybe He really didn’t physically rise from the dead… It was just a spiritual resurrection instead. All this would be perfectly valid if Genesis is not literally the God’s literal account of His Creation.
Do you know who Scripture indicates which member of the Trinity is the Creator?
Well, let’s go to Scripture!
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Jesus Christ is the Creator!
So Genesis indicates that God, Jesus Christ, the Creator, spoke the Heavens and the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and Stars into existence. He spoke the plants, trees, grass… The birds, the fish, the land animals into existence.
But when it came to man, the Bible indicates something different happened. God formed man out of the dirt. I cannot be dogmatic about this, but I imagine Jesus, in bodily form, kneeling down, taking handfuls of dirt, and carefully forming them into the shape of a man.
Now this is where a lot of things started coming together for me.
Then He BREATHED life into that form of dirt. No life, then God breathed out…filling that lifeless form full of life. Eternal life.
Now see this… Jesus created, with His own hands, the very form that He Himself would take on some 4000 years later. He knew its limitations. He knew it would rebel against Him. He knew it would hurl insults against Him as He hung on that cross. He knew the mouth He formed would blaspheme His Father. He knew the man He created would grieve the Holy Spirit.
He knew He would become…. Man. Yet He did it anyway.
Why? Than is one of the questions that has been nagging at me for years. Yes, He came to die… But that was not the reason He created man. He knew He would come to reveal the Father to man. But that was not the reason He created man.
Those were merely the symptoms of sin that Jesus knew He would have to address.
The question remains… WHY did He create man? And WHY would He take on the form of man, its limitations.
The answer is simple. Yet it is the most difficult part of this to grasp.
He loved us.
See, I told you it was simple.
To understand, all you have to understand is “what is love?”
We do NOT know love. We blaspheme the very word in this culture. “I LOVE French fries!”"I LOVE my iPad!”
Now, We love our wives, our children. We love the family of Believers. But we throw around the word so much we don’t really know what it is. We have lost its depth, it’s meaning. It’s BEGINNING.
The best definition of love I think I ever heard was this. “Love is finding so much value in someone else, that we are willing to sacrifice our life to make them everything God intended them to be”.
Let me show you what love is.
Love is Jesus Christ forming man out of a lump of dirt. Love is breathing life into that form, knowing ALL that it would cost Him. Love is writing down the account of all He would do to bring mankind back to Him. Love is allowing yourself, infinite, all powerful, all seeing, all knowing Creator God to be confined into the form of a man, live in that form for 30 some years, to put up with mans foolishness, to subject Himself to not only temptations but ALL the suffering that man brings upon himself and his world, to be mocked, spit upon, beaten, to stand before a court of man who has the audacity to charge you of the crime of claiming to be who you actually are, to submit to the arrogance of man…
And to still walk that road to Calvary.. To be nailed to a cross, and YET ASK THE FATHER TO FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DONT KNOW WHAT THEY DO!
And to allow Himself to be separated from the Father… The absolute purest form of love that ever existed… And to allow the Father to lay upon Him the sins of every man.. That same form He breathed life into…
To not call thousands of Angels to stop this nonsense because He didn’t deserve it.. WE DID.
Love is rising from the grave, seeking out Peter, who just hours before had denied Jesus. To ask three times.. Do you love me? Do you love me? DO YOU LOVE ME? He restored Peter three times.. One for each time He betrayed Him.
Love is God’s Holy Spirit, right now talking to you and me.. Saying “do you really know how much I love you”?
I listen occasionally to Contemporary Christian music. What I really cannot stand is what I call “Jesus is my boyfriend” music. The word love is used as it is understood by mankind in today’s society. The word love, when used so flippantly, so carelessly blasphemes God, who IS love.
We do not know love. Love is too deep to fathom. We dwell on physical love.. But that is so temporary… So conditional… So shallow…
So this is Christmas. Time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. God became man.
I still don’t understand how. Most likely never will. That is just too awesome, too glorious for man to comprehend, I guess.
But I am beginning to learn the why. And it may be the most important truth I have ever known.
Because He loves me far beyond anything I could ever know.
When you wake up tomorrow, would it make a difference if you realized.. That the God of Creation, the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega, Yehovah, the Giver of Life, the most Holy God… Loved you? I mean really, really loved you? No matter what? And will always do so!
Those around you, your family, your friends, your co-workers… Would it make a difference in their life if YOU told them that they are loved by God? The same way He loves you?
So, Tell others of His power. Tell others of His Mercy. Tell them of His justice. Tell them what He has done in His Word. Tell them what He has done in your life.
But remember to tell them THEY ARE LOVED.
See? It’s simple. And yet the most amazing, unfathomable, complex thing that has ever been done or ever will be done for the benefit of man.
Jesus became man.
Oh, how He loves you and me.
by Kenneth Clipner
C is for the Christ child born upon this day
H is for Herald Angels
R is our Redeemer
I is Immanuel
S is for the star that shone so bright
T is for Three Wise Men, they who traveled far
M is for the Manger where he lay
A is all He stands for
S means shepherds came
by Kenneth Clipner
Creation vs. Evolution: Is it important what I believe?
Does what you believe concerning creation or evolution matter? This question is certainly an important one, one that is causing in division in the church in this Country.
First let me say this. Salvation does not require a belief in creation. Salvation requires a person placing their eternal hope in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His work on Calvary, and in His Resurrection.
I want to answer this in a few questions.
Does truth matter? I would assume that truth matters to you. And when it comes to creation vs. evolution, logic would dictate that only one is true. There is a Creator God, OR all that is came into existence by mere chance and accident.
Many Churches and denominations have tried to solve this “science” vs. Church issue by marrying the two into “theistic evolution”. Simply put, that is the belief that while God created the universe, it was the evolutionary process that God used.
There are several problems with this.
First, it is a compromise of Scripture as written in Genesis 1. Genesis is written as a historical narrative. It is written that the reader would assume that it is relating truth as it happened. Try this. Read the Genesis account to an 8 year old. Ask him “who created”?Ask him how many days it took for God to create. You will get the same answers that anyone who read that passage would say, just as it is written. It does not leave itself open, inviting interpretation.
Second, one of the big arguments is over the word “day”. The Hebrew word is “yom”. Now the argument is that the word day could have multiple meanings. Yes, it can. So, as the argument goes, God’s days were actually long periods of time.
Well, let’s test that.
Jos 6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
Jos 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six million years.
Well, how does that work? Now, we see the truth! Joshua marched around Jericho for SIX MILLION YEARS, because “day” actually can mean long periods of time!
Wow! That really clears things up!
See, theistic evolutionists don’t criticize and hyper-interpret the word “day” where it CLEARLY means “day” … Except in Genesis, so that it can fit their theology.
Thirdly, EVEN EVOLUTIONISTS see that Christianity and Evolution cannot co-exist. Consider this…
“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer that died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.”
G. Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution”, American Atheist, 20 Sept. 1979, p. 30
Theistic evolutionists destroy the very foundations for Christianity by compromising God’s Word with pop science.
Lastly, when we compromise Genesis, when we no longer hold to a literal Genesis, we open Genesis to a multitude of interpretations. If Genesis isn’t literally true, where else is the Bible not literally true? Was Jesus really born of a virgin? Did He really perform miracles? Did He actually die on the cross, and was he bodily resurrected? After all, if we don’t trust God to give us an actual, eyewitness account of creation, where else is God not telling the whole truth?
How important is Genesis to our faith? Almost every major doctrine has its foundation in the Book of Genesis. It is THE foundational Book of the Bible. We compromise Genesis, we compromise OUR FAITH.
Return to God’s ENTIRE Word.
Return to Genesis.
by Kenneth Clipner
Oct 12th – The 10th anniversary of the Agape Pregnancy Resource Center banquet at the New Lisbon School.
500 S Forest in New Lisbon
Cost – $7.00 per person or pkg. of diapers.
4:00 – 5:00 Silent Auction
5:00 – 5:45 Banquet
5:45 – 6:15 Live Auction
6:30 – 7:30 Program
Lone Rock Baptist Church of rural New Lisbon announces it will be holding a Creation Seminar Sunday Sept 8th-11th.
The speaker for the seminar will be Kenneth Clipner. Kenny developed his passion for the authority of Scripture, beginning with Genesis 1. He recognizes that Genesis 1 as essential to the Church in defending the Bibles authority. He also recognized that Genesis was under vicious attack from not only outside the Church, but especially from within the Church and its educational institutes.
During the 10:30 Sunday morning service we will also have a children’s creation seminar, so feel free to bring your children as well.