Several years ago State Farm Insurance rated the most dangerous intersections in the United States. The winner (or, perhaps the loser) was the corner of Belt Line Road and Midway Road in Addison, Texas, an affluent Dallas suburb.  There were 263 reported crashes at this intersection. This averages out to five wrecks a week and does not include the numerous unreported fender benders.

What dangerous intersections have you encountered lately?  Life is crammed with potentially complicated intersections for life to negotiate. There are unpredictable moments when one small movement this way or that way can send us crashing out of control.

That is why it is so important for us to be well aquatinted with the Lord’s “road map”and His “warning signals,”that is, the word of God – the Bible. The Psalmist declared, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path” (Psa. 119:105). Solomon said, “For the commandment is a lamp; And the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life”(Pro. 6:23). God’s word is filled with instruction and warning.

What intersections are you crossing?  And will you make it safely or crash headlong into some crippling obstacle? It will depend on your use of God’s word.

Think About It.

Have a Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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I have attended concerts at various places, but I have never attended a concert in a cave. David wrote Psalm 57 when he fled from Saul into the cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22:1). It can be difficult to sing even in the midst of the blessings of life, so how could David possibly turn his situation into a song? How could he turn a cave into a concert hall?

First of all, he had the Almighty’s protection. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (v. 1). This means David trusts in the protective presence of God. Our protection does not come from outward circumstances. It comes from the presence of the Lord as He abides in us through His word.

Secondly, David knew that God would perform all things for him. “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me” (v. 2). While he was in the cave, David couldn’t do very much. But God could – and did – intervene for him.

Thirdly, he was concerned only about God’s glory. “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.” (v. 5). No matter where you are – even in a cave struggle – if you’re concerned about the glory of God, that’s all that really matters.

Finally, David had a joyful tongue because he had a fixed heart. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (v. 7). I don’t know what kind of cave you might be in today. Perhaps it’s one of your own making, or one that you are in through no fault of your own. I can assure you of these two truths: you have God’s protection, and He is working for you. So be concerned only about His glory.

Do your present circumstances have you in a cave? Be encouraged that God will protect you and intervene for you. Be concerned about His glory, not your own. Take time today to praise Him for His care. Trust in His instructional care given in His holy word.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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A. Have you ever wondered how one could allow a moment of pleasure to destroy his/her reputation?
1. What causes one to mortgage his life to pay the high price of sin?
2. What causes one to turn his back on God, his family or his brethren?
3. Genesis 3 will give us some insight into these questions
B. The Bible is a book about sin.
1. Genesis 1 & 2 sets forth man in his innocence.
2. The remaining 1,187 chapters depict man as a sinner, and as one who is in need of grace – the salvation that can only be found in Christ.
3. In this lesson I want us to go back in our minds to the garden of Eden, to a time when sin first entered the world, and notice some very important points that will help us in our daily walk as a Christian.
1. Genesis 3:1
2. Satan is trying to get Eve to doubt that God really means what He says.
a. Satan seems to be saying, “Did God really say this, surely that’s not what He meant to say”
b. Or, “You must have misunderstood.”
c. It may be that Satan was ridiculing God’s word.
3. There was no misunderstanding about it, God gave the command in simple and plan terms.
a. Genesis 2:16-17
b. Eve even repeated the command verbally in Gen. 3:2-3
4. This is exactly what Satan and his followers are trying to get people to do today – doubt God’s word.
a. For example… Mark 16:16
b. But many deny the essentiality of baptism
c. “Let God be found true, but every man a liar” (Rom.3:4)
d. Don’t allow Satan to trick you into thinking that God doesn’t really mean what He says.
5. As a side note, you will notice in this verse that Satan comes in disguise.
a. Eve felt no alarm
b. Satan does not come with a wailing siren
c. He disguises his purposes
1. Genesis 3:2-5 (v. 4)
2. Here we learn more of what Jesus meant in John 8:44
a. Satan lied to Eve and she believed him.
b. Satan is still lying today, and a great multitude is believing
3. Notice that in Satan’s lie to Eve – he added only one little word
a. God said they would die – Satan said they would “NOT”
b. Today a good example of Satan lying by changing one little word is seen in… James 2:24
4. This is how Satan works on us today – deception
5. Satan tricks Eve into focusing on the “one tree” (the forbidden one) and to forgot about all of the other trees.
a. Today, some focus on a moment of pleasure and forget about the other blessings
b. Satan shifts our focus
1. Genesis 3:6
2. 1 John 2:15-16
a. Eve saw that it “was good for food” – lust of the flesh
b. Eve noticed that it “was pleasant to the eyes” – lust of the eyes
c. Eve concluded it would “make one wise” – pride of life
3. These are the same avenues that Satan used to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4
4. James 1:13-15
a. God does not cause us to sin
b. We sin when we give in to one of the avenues of sin
c. Eve saw, she took, and ate (v. 6)
5. Satan sets these avenues before us constantly
1. “She also gave to her husband WITH HER” (v. 6)
a. It seems that Adam may have been right there with Eve when she was tempted.
b. Adam kept silent – He made a serious mistake
2. We need to look out for one another, not as lording over anyone, but as concerned brethren
a. Ezekiel 3:17-21
b. We need to warn people of their sins for two reasons:
1) To save their soul from death  James 5:19-20
2) To save our soul from death (Eze. 3:18)
1. Genesis 3:7-8
2. Adam and Eve realized that they had sinned and wanted to hid from God.
3. Many today are trying to hid from God
a. Some think they can commit sin that no one but themselves know about
b. Many in the day of judgment will cry for the mountains to fall on them to hid them from the wrath of God (Rev. 6:12-17)
4. Jeremiah 23:23-24
5. 1 John 3:20
6. There is an all-seeing eye watching us.
a. This ought to make us act a little better
b. Children generally act better around their parents
1. Genesis 3:9-13
2. This is an age-old problem, no one seems to want to take responsibility for their errors.
a. This has been true from the very beginning
b. Adam blamed Eve – Eve blamed the serpent
3. Until we realize that we are to blame for our sins we will never do anything to resolve the problem
a. Romans 14:12
b. Matthew 12:36-37
c. Matthew 16:27
1. Genesis 3:15
2. Eve though man sinned, disobeyed God’s commands, He loved man so much that He had a plan for his salvation.
a. Throughout the Old Testament we see this plan unfolding, until it was time for the plan to go into effect.
b. Galatians 4:4-5
3. Satan was going to bruise the heel of Jesus, i.e. give Him a minor blow – nailed to the cross.
4. Christ, though, was going to bruise the head of Satan, i.e. give him a severe and mortal blow – His resurrection
5. Our God has given us such a glorious and simple plan to follow
1. Genesis 3:16-19
2. Eve was punished
a. Pain in child birth
b. Her husband was to rule over her
3. Adam was punished
a. He would have to battle weeds
b. Food would no longer be freely provided
c. Have to work for his food
d. Die and return to dust
4. Deuteronomy 28:1-6 … 28:15-19
a. “IF” … “THEN”
b. If we obey we are rewarded, but if we disobey we will be punished
5. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
Hebrews 2:1-3

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As we look at the creation account we will notice that God created:

  1. Light on day one (1:3-5)
  2. Firmament on day two (1:6-8)
  3. The seas, the dry land, and vegetation on day three (1:9-13)
  4. The sun, moon and the stars on day four (1:14-19)
  5. The birds and fish on day five (1:20-23)

The land animals and man (1:24-31) – more details are given the creation of man in chapter 2

God spoke and all came into existence in six days

  1. Genesis 1:31
  2. Genesis 2:1-3


It has always been amazing to me that men will accept long, complicated, imaginative theories and reject the simple truth given to Moses by the Creator Himself.

  1. I make this statement in light of all the attacks being made on the Genesis account of creation in our day and time.
  2. Many of these attacks, astonishingly enough, are made by those who claim to be “friends” of the Bible, people who are supposedly Bible-believers and who even wear, in some instances, the name “Christian.”
  3. Many are going to great lengths to try to prove that God didn’t really mean what He said in Genesis 1.

Atheistic evolution affirms that the universe and all that is in it must be explained strictly upon a naturalistic basis.

  1. This concept argues that matter is either eternal, or, that the original components of the cosmos created themselves from virtually nothing
  2. Though it is not our purpose today to disprove evolution scientifically, I do want to make two points with regard to evolution:
    • First, that matter is eternal is scientifically untenable according to the second law of thermodynamics.
    • Second, that matter created itself is downright fantasy-land.

There are some who want to believe in evolution, but also want to believe in the God of the Bible, and so they refer to themselves at Theistic Evolutionists.

  1. These argue that deity is the ultimate cause of material existence and evolution is the process by which things have arrived at their current status.
  2. Theistic Evolutionists reject the literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation and believe that God put evolution in action.
  3. This is wrong for two reasons:
    • Evolution is false, scientifically unprovable, and we are being lied to
    • Secondly, Genesis 1 teaches that creation took place in a literal six days.

The Day-Age Theory

  1. The Day-Age Theory states that the six creation days of Genesis 1 were not “days” (i.e. days of 24 hours as we know them) at all, but rather long ages or eons (possibly millions of years long).
  2. Their alleged proof for this belief comes from 2 Peter 3:8
  3. The Theistic Evolutionists twist this scripture to their own destruction (2 Pt. 3:16)
  4. In this first place, we must always interpret Scripture in light of their context.
    • The people who Peter was writing to were doubting the Second Coming of Christ, because it has been a long time in coming and is still not come … 2 Peter 3:3-7
    • Because of their disbelief, Peter says … 2 Peter 3:8
    • Peter is saying that the passing of time does not affect the promises of God

In the second place, if we were to give them their argument, this would only account for 6,000 years, but they claim that evolution took place over millions of years

The Day-Age Theory is False for the Following Reasons:


  • The word “day” in Genesis 1 is translated from the YOM
  • Genesis 1:5clearly defines YOM
  • Remember, that the best interpreter of the Bible is the Bible itself
  • The best Hebrew scholars translates YOM as a twenty-four-hour day
  • YOM is found some 800 times in the Bible and always has reference to a twenty-four-hour day

If days equal eons of time, what to years represent?

  • Genesis 1:14
  • If days equal eons of time then there is not rational explanation for the meaning of years


  • Genesis 1: 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31
  • The repetition of “the evening and the morning” would almost indicate that God anticipated the controversies of our day, and wanted to make the point crystal clear

Exodus 20:11

  • Did the Lord hollow one day, or did He hollow 1,000s of years or eons of time?
  • The Lord hollowed one day!

Notice Genesis 1:9-13 in relation to Genesis 1:14-19

  • Plants are dependent on the sun
  • Are we to believe that plant life lived millions of years without the sun

Contrasts Between Evolution and the Bible

  1. The Genesis narrative states that light existed before the sun was made (Gen. 1:3, 16), while evolution contends that the sun was earth’s first light
  2. Moses declared that the waters existed before dry land appeared (Gen. 1:2, 6, 9). Evolution alleges that earth’s waters gradually seeped out of its interior to form the vast oceans.
  3. Scripture teaches that the first biological forms of life upon the earth were plants (Gen. 1:11), whereas evolution argues initial life-forms were marine organisms
  4. The Bible teaches that fruit-bearing trees existed before fish were created (Gen. 1:11, 20), but evolution contends that fish evolved long before fruit bearing trees
  5. Genesis states that plants came into being before the sun was made (Gen. 1:11, 14ff), whereas evolution suggests that the sun was burning billions of years before the first plant appeared
  6. The Mosaic document asserts that birds were made on the fifth day of the creation week, and that “creeping things” (which would include both insects and reptiles) were brought into existence the sixth day (Gen. 1:21-24); evolution, however, asserts that birds developed long after both insects and reptiles.
  7. The Genesis account reveals that living creatures were created according to individual groups, and thereafter each reproduced after its own “kind” (Gen. 1:11, 21, 24, 25). According to evolutionary myth, all living organisms derive from a common primitive life-source.
  8. The Biblical record teaches that man was fashioned from the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7; 3:19; 1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 5:1) but evolution suggests that humanity originally came from the sea.
  9. The Scriptures indicate that the first humans were made with distinctive sexual characteristics – male and female (Gen. 1:27 Gen. 2:7, 22; Mt. 19:4); evolution asserts that ancient man and woman gradually resulted from some bisexual organism


The doctrine of Theistic Evolution is false because:

  1. The concept of evolution is itself erroneous
  2. Theistic evolution distorts the clear, literal, and historical sense of Genesis 1 and 2
  3. It undermines the credibility of Jesus Christ Himself who declared … John 5:46-47
  4. Theistic evolution reflects upon the New Testament which considers the Genesis account historically factual
  5. 1 Corinthians 11:8-9says God created man and woman
  6. Colossians 1:16
  7. If one cannot have confidence in the accuracy of Genesis 1 he cannot trust any of the Bible

Theistic Evolution is false and it is sinful to believe in it

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Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines hypocrisy as an “act of playing a part on stage; a feigning to be what one is not; the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.” A hypocrite is one who fakes virtues or qualities he does not have.

In any great forest you will find huge trees. They tower above other trees and appear to be the very picture of strength and maturity. However, loggers will sometimes not even bother to cut down these huge trees. At first one wonders, “Why leave them? – After all, a tree that big must contain twice or thrice the amount of limber as a smaller tree.” The reason is simple. Huge trees are often rotten on the inside. They are the hollow trees that children’s picture books show raccoons living in. And they are the trees that are often blown over in a strong windstorm because, while they appear to be the picture of strength, in fact their hollowness makes them weak. This is the essence of hypocrisy – appearing strong on the outside, but hollow and rotten on the inside.

One of the saddest things about hypocrisy is that many in the Lord’s church have succumbed to deadly playacting. Some Christians try to outwardly appear faithful and concerned about the Lord’s work, but inwardly they are worldly – they are only pretenders. Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Mt. 23:27-28). Jesus said we must beware of hypocrisy (Lk. 12:1). Paul speaks of hypocrisy when he says, “They profess that they know God; but by their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Tit. 1:16).

In our present day many are hypocrites in worship. Our Lord declared, “Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men” (Mt. 15:7-9).

Many Christians are hypocrites when they see only the faults of others and refuse to see their own. “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye” (Lk. 6:41-42).

One can be hypocritical when they try to make laws where God has not made them. Our Lord warned, “But the Lord answered him, and said, Ye hypocrites, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, lo, these eighteen years, to have been loosed from this bond on the day of the sabbath?” (Lk. 13:15-16).

There are many other ways that one can be a hypocrite that are just too numerous to mention. But remember this, hypocrites are great pretenders. Thus, let us be warned, for the Great and Almighty Judge said that hypocrites will not go to heaven (Mt. 24:51)!

Tom Moore

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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Genesis 1:1

This is perhaps the most profound statement ever uttered.

  1. Out of this great statement unfolds everything else that is contained in the word of God.
  2. By this very first statement in the Bible, every “ism” is refuted: materialism, atheism, scientism, polytheism, pantheism, fatalism, deism and rationalism.
  3. It is a summation of the creation and is taken as an independent verse.
  4. The remainder of the chapter gives the details of the creation, and chapter two fills in specific details regarding the creation of man.
  5. This verse affirms that God is responsible for the existence of all things.



Why is there something instead of nothing? The Universe exists and is real. The Universe must somehow be explained

There is a law in science known as “the law of causality,” (Cause and Effect) and this law states that “every material effect must have an adequate antecedent cause.”

  1. So far as scientific knowledge can attest, the law of causality knows no exceptions
  2. In the scientific realm the law of causality is “analytically true,” i.e. true by definition or analysis
  3. There are no known effects without an adequate cause.
  4. Cause and effect is a Bible principle as well … Hebrews 3:4

What caused the universe? There are only three possibilities:

  1. The Universe is eternal; it has and will always exist
  2. The Universe is not eternal; rather it created itself out of nothing
  3. The Universe is not eternal; but was created by something (or Someone) anterior, and superior, to itself.

Is the Universe eternal?

  1. The second law of thermodynamics states that energy as is employed to perform work, it is transformed from a usable to a nonusable form.
  2. In other words, the Universe is “running down” because energy is becoming less available for use.
  3. Modern science denies an eternal existence to the Universe
  4. Scientific evidence states clearly that the Universe had a beginning – something eternal things do not have. Nor do eternal things run down.
  5. The Second Law of Thermodynamics requires the universe to have a beginning

Did the Universe create itself out of nothing?

  1. In the past, it would have been practically impossible to find any reputable scientist who would be willing to advocate a self-created Universe.
  2. There is no evidence that would allow matter or energy to simply “pop into existence: of its own accord.
    • This is a violation of the first law of thermodynamics (also called the law of the conservation of matter and/or energy)
    • The first law of thermodynamics states “that neither matter nor energy mat be created or destroyed in nature.
      • Matter can be converted into energy, and visa versa, but the total amount of all matter and energy in the Universe must remain unchanged forever.”
      • This is a firmly established scientific fact
  3. Science is based on observation and reproducibility
    • When scientist are asked to produce evidence for their claims that something came from nothing – THEY ARE SILENT!
    • Such an idea that something came from nothing is philosophically and scientifically absurd

Was the Universe created?

  1. All available evidence shows that the Universe had a beginning; therefore, the Universe must have an adequate cause
  2. Since the universe is not eternal and it did not create itself from nothing, the only remaining alternative is that the Universe was created by something superior to itself.

Since no effect can be greater than the cause, it therefore follows:

  1. The first Cause of limitless space must be infinite
  2. The first Cause of endless time must be eternal
  3. The first Cause of boundless energy must be omnipotent
  4. The first Cause of infinite complexity must be omniscient
  5. The first Cause of moral values must be moral
  6. The first Cause of spiritual values must be spiritual
  7. The first Cause of human integrity must be truthful
  8. The first Cause of human love must be loving
  9. The first Cause of life must be living

Can any of these things be said of matter? No! Therefore, mind is eternal, and that Mind is God.

The central message of the Cosmological Argument, and the law of cause and effect upon which it is based is this: Every material effect must have an adequate antecedent cause.

  1. The Universe is here; morality is here; love is here. What was their adequate antecedent cause?
  2. Since the effect can never precede, or be greater than the cause, it stands to reason that the Cause of life must be a living Intelligence which Itself is both moral and loving.
  3. When the Bible records, “In the beginning, God …,” it makes known to us just such a First Cause.


The word translated “God” comes from the Hebrew elohim.

  1. An eminent Jewish scholar, defineselohimin this manner: “Come and see the mystery of the word ELOHIM; there are three degrees, and each degree by itself alone, and yet not withstanding they are all one, and joined together in one, and are not divided from each other.”
  2. This Hebrew word for God is plural in number and includes three personalities.

The Bible elsewhere reveals that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are the three personalities of the Godhead, and that all had part in the original creation.

  • There are three degrees insofar as authority is concerned.
  • The sender is greater than the one sent; God sent Christ; Christ sent the Spirit.
    • John 4:34… The Father sent the Son
    • John 16:7 … The Son sent the Holy Spirit

All three had a part in the original creation

  1. John 1:1-3
  2. Colossians 1:15-17
  3. Hebrews 1:1-3
  4. Genesis 1:2
  5. Psalms 104:30

In the New Testament “God” translates the Greek word theos

  1. For lack of a better expression, this means “Divine Nature.”
  2. There is only one divine nature, and only three persons who possess it.
    • God the Father manifestly possesses it.
    • Christ the Son possesses it… Colossians 2:9
    • The Holy Spirit possesses it… Acts 5:3-4

In the beginning God…


Created” is from the Hebrew bara.

  1. It is one of three Hebrew terms used in the early parts of Genesis, and usually describe a work of Divinity.
  2. The other two are asah (made) and yatsar(formed).
  3. Bara is used exclusively of God’s work.

The idea of creating something out of nothing is not always included in the word, but such is included in this verse.

  1. Psalms 33:6-9
  2. Hebrews 3:4


There are four heavens referred to in the Bible.

  1. The heavens here created included at least two of these four.
    • Where the birds fly
    • Where the planets and the stars are
  2. These are the heavens to be destroyed at the Lord’s return
    • Matthews 24:35
    • 2 Peter 3:10-11

Notice the four heavens mentioned in the Bible

  1. Where the birds fly… Jeremiah 15:3
  2. Where the planets and stars are…Isaiah 13:10
  3. Paradise, the part of Hades where Jesus, the thief, Lazarus, and Paul were.
    • Luke 23:43
    • 2 Corinthians12:2-4
    • Acts 14:19-20
  4. Where God dwells… Psalm 11:4


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

This same God has given us a plan of redemption…

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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The great composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) lived much of his life in the fear of deafness. He was concerned because he felt the sense of hearing was essential to creating music of lasting value.

When Beethoven discovered that the thing he feared most was coming rapidly upon him, he was most frantic with anxiety. He consulted doctors and tried every possible remedy. But the deafness increased until at last all hearing was gone.

Beethoven finally found the strength he needed to go on despite his great loss. To everyone’s amazement, he wrote some of his greatest music after becoming totally deaf. With all distractions shut out, melodies flooded in on him as fast as his pen could write them down. His deafness became a great asset.

As difficulties come our way, how will we react? How will we respond to the disappointments in life? Will our troubles make us bitter or better – will they make us shabby or strong? Will we listen to the promise of inspiration, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28)? Will we learn from the experience of Paul as he prayed that a thorn be removed from him, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 11:9)?

Beloved, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Remember, we can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13).

Shake or Nod!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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