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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


A brush with death, either our own or someone we care for, may remind us that we are 'wonderfully made' by our Creator, Psalm 139:14. I'm happy to report that my cousin (see blog of 8/12), experienced what was truly a medical miracle by surviving a cardiac event that should have taken his life. He was released from the hospital to recover at home just a week after a near fatal blood clot  stopped his heartbeat for 35 minutes. He, a doctor himself, understands this miracle better than most of us. We praise God that there was a team of doctors and their assistants that didn't give up and continued CPR past the time that most would have 'let him go'. God had just the right people in the room at just the right time. We are grateful.

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

The 'Handy Dictionary of the Bible' defines miracle as "literally, an event which causes wonder." King David wrote in Psalm 100:3, "Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his."   David understood that God created our "inmost being" and knit us together in our mother's womb. He declared that we are "wonderfully made." Ps. 139:13 – 14. Unlike a human parent, God doesn't nurture and care for us until we can 'stand on our own two feet'. Actually, He knows we can never be entirely self-sufficient.  And this is a good thing!  It keeps us connected to God as He is intimately involved in our daily lives from the very beginning to the very end!   In fact, all the days of our life have been written in His book before one came to be, Ps. 139:16. In other words, God created us and is in charge of our destiny.

Did you know the Bible says we were formed from the dust of the earth? We have the very same elements in our body as a handful of dirt.  

"The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."  Genesis 2:7

John summed up our creation perfectly when he wrote in John 1…..

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him (JESUS
) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."

No wonder we are 'wonderfully made', Jesus made us! And He has a purpose for every life He creates and sustains. The Bible tells us He has counted our steps, numbered our days, and set our boundaries. That means if you want to go to Hawaii and that isn't a part of God's plan, you can book a trip, but you'll never get there! It's not always easy to determine God's plan and purpose for our life, but if we walk in faith trusting Him, it will become evident in His time and in His way. Little by little we learn that we are secure in God's sovereignty. I believe my cousin will be looking for the reason God spared his life and will be excited to watch His plan unfold.

We thank you Lord that you have made us wonderful and precious in your sight.

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