@Bill-Miller Hey Bill. That's perfect. Praise God and thank you! I especially liked the 'discovercreation' link. All creation declares the glory of the LORD! God bless.
Posts made by Adam Hartman
The Gospel and the Church
Dear Eric and brethren. There is mention of the 'tolah worm' in the first lesson, and I remember this from lessons from the old SCF courses. It is a beautiful illustration, which I have shared with others many times. I have forgotten of it for some time and was reminded of the worm in this first lesson of this course. This time, I am a little concerned - and it is probably due to all the urban legends, fake news and social media that I have become a little more careful what to believe.
As I said, I love the illustration, and this is not being judgmental; I am critical, but hopefully this will be regarded as constructive criticism for the sake of clarity.
I would really appreciate a scientific reference to the tolah worm. All I get when googling is 'crimson worm' - but all this is based on sermons. I feel a little uncomfortable about a good story (of a worm) that I cannot reference as fact. This is obviously something we want to avoid if we want to preach the truth. The world can be critical and might accuse Christians of fabricating stories to bring across a point. I might be wrong. There is the 'Kermes biblicus', but no information is available. The kermes, according to wikipedia is a type of insect but not necessarily a worm, and there is no reference of it sacrifice itself on a thorn to bleed for its young.
So, please, I pray you, correct me if I am wrong, and I will gladly be corrected. If there is no evidence of the existence of such a worm, I pray we reconsider the illustration.
Blessings to all in Jesus Name.
RE: The Truth will Set You Free -- a Group discussion in February 2018
May I add another word? What about 'association(s)'? I associate people, situations and circumstances that may tempt me to sin. Or maybe 'association' can be seen as synonymous with 'trigger'? Although maybe not... it is an association that triggers. So, what could be a Biblical word instead? Association is also an excuse; it seems also these lies are rather excuses for sinning.
RE: What Does it Mean to "See" the Cross?
Question 1: I always had a problem with vizualisation. And so 'seeing' the cross was a problem for me because I immediately saw it in the context of visualising an image and sort of pinning my hope to it, like a form of mental idolatry. But the more I am going through the lessons, I am learning that it is not so much seeing something in the 'mind's eye', but rather acknowledging something, referring to that thing, understanding it and appreciating it's role. For me the cross has become a monument; a pillar, where the most important and most powerful event took place where Jesus reconciled man to God through paying our debt, forgiving our sins and presenting us as a spotless bride to God, and giving us the Spirit to prepare us for that great wedding feast one day. The cross is the point focal point of life, here and forever. It is the only thing one should not just 'see' but also look to.
Question 2: First of all, it represents marvelous news of forgiveness, hope and liberty. It is also a marvelous event in that it so supernatural, that it is all God's work done out of love for us, and it is based on His marvelous wisdom, and the marvelous paradox of that which is weak, despised, foolish and rejected, revealing itself to be powerful, lovely, wise and desired. It truly is marvelous.
Question 3: To look and live!
Question 4: Jesus had had to be crucified and cursed on the cross by becoming sin for us. We have to 'look' (believe) that He is the only One Who can save us, and trust that He has the power and the love to do so. We look, by acknowledging his gift and receiving it and cherishing it.
Question 5: I understand, I hope. I do now see it... but I now also look to it and pray my eyes are fixed on Him, not just to be saved but to love Him and have eyes for no one or nothing else.
Question 6: There is no other way. I believe! Lord, help me in my unbelief!
Question 7: It makes me think of Peter walking on the water when looking to Jesus, but as soon as he looked away, he sank. The cross is where we are saved and find grace and mercy and power in Christ. There is no other way. A life looking elsewhere, even within ourselves, will lead to sinking, sickness and death.