Prayer Day 28

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Almighty Father,

We praise you for creating heaven and earth; creating all that is, was, or will ever be; and creating all things seen and unseen.

We look out on your creation and praise your name.

Keep us safe in your hands: seal our hearts; strengthen our minds; and shelter our bodies from all evil.

In our hour of weakness, may we ever turn only to you.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 28

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Prayer Day 27

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God.

We praise you for creating the heavens and the earth, creating all that is, was, or will ever be, and creating things seen and unseen.

We look on the order and beauty of your creation and just sing your praises.

Grant us strength for each new day to reflect your goodness to those around us in joyful praise.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 27

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Believer’s Prayer

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Heaven and Earth: Monday Monologues (podcast) May 3, 2021

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 By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on Heaven and Earth. After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Heaven and Earth: Monday Monologues (podcast) May 3, 2021

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Monday Monologue On March 26, 2018 

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Prayer Day 24

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father.

We praise you for hope in the future and for the gift of patience.

We praise you for the vision of Eden and for the promise of new creation where the fullness of salvation will be revealed and all things made new.

For in Christ we know the end of the story.

You are our rock and our salvation.

To you and you alone be the glory.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 24

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Believer’s Prayer

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God the Father: Monday Monologues (podcast) January 4, 2021

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on God the Father. After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

God the Father: Monday Monologues (podcast) January 4, 2021

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Monday Monologue On March 26, 2018 

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Prayer Day 7

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God. We praise you for creating the heavens and the earth; creating all that is, was, or will ever be; and creating things seen and unseen.

We look on the order and beauty of your creation and break forth singing your praises.

Grant us strength for each new day to reflect your goodness in joyful praise to those around us.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 7

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Believer’s Prayer

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Almighty Creator

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”

God’s humility expressed through the incarnation in Jesus Christ shines a light on His sovereignty (Matt 21:5;2 Cor 12:10). Truly powerful people can be fearlessly humble—they have nothing to prove and no one dares to challenge their authority. Their inherent strength and self-confidence makes them easy to work for. By contrast, the second and third tier managers often compete for more authority and always have their knives out. By analogy, an almighty God is generous and can be approached easily. Why should we be any different?

When King David wrote—“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps 19:1), he did not just have creation’s beauty in mind. The order of the universe points to the glory and sovereignty of God. Everywhere that scientists have studied, the same laws of physics apply. Why should there only be one set of physical laws?

As David implies, the order and stability of the created universe testifies to God’s existence and sovereignty. Kurt Gödel, a Czech mathematician, who was born in 1906, educated in Vienna, and taught at Princeton University, is famous for his incompleteness theorem published in 1931. This theorem states that stability in any closed, logical system requires that at least one assumption be taken from outside that system. 

An example of such a system in economics is price theory. The U.S. economy requires one price be set outside the economy (in the world market) to assure stability. In the nineteenth century, that price was gold, and the system was called the gold standard. Every price in the U.S. economy could be expressed in terms of how much gold it was worth. Now, the dollar functions that way.

If creation is a closed, logical system (having only one set of physical laws suggests that it is) and exhibits stability, then it too must contain at least one external assumption. God, himself, fulfills that assumption (Smith 2001, 89).

God’s sovereignty anchors His goodness. Three reasons can be cited. First, because God’s authority flows out of his creative work (not out of coercion, deception, or random events), it is legitimate (Jer 18:4). Legitimate authority is inherently good. Existence is good so the authority that made it happen must be good. Second, God’s authority as law-maker implies that if God says creation is good, then it is—by fiat—good (Gen 1:10). Third, in a practical sense, God’s sovereignty reduces uncertainty and increases stability—absence of conflict. Stability is good.

As sons and daughters of God, we are to take comfort in His sovereignty because, as heirs to His kingdom, His image is also our image (Gen 1:27). Therefore, we can be confident in our ability to deal with life’s challenges because God is for us and with us (Rom 8:28). What greater blessing could there be?

References

Smith, Houston. 2001. Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief. San Francisco: Harper.

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Preface to A Christian Guide to Spirituality

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What Should We Do?

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Have you accepted Christ into all aspects of your life?

Walking into an office, whose picture normally hangs on the wall? The picture on the wall usually depicts the one casting the vision of the company. It could be the founder, the current president, or a chief executive. Why? It is helpful to remind us who is in charge and what we are about.

Assume you are a new office manager. Suppose when your supervisor was out of the office, a stranger walked in and questioned your supervisor’s instructions, saying—you are in charge now: take it easy. Then, being naive, you declared independence, kicked the feet up on the desk, and slept all afternoon. What would happen when your supervisor returned? What would you think then if the supervisor, even as you are being fired and walked to the door, made a promise—when my oldest son comes, you can come back and he will make sure that stranger does not bother you anymore?

This is essentially the story of Adam and Eve. The story has three parts: creation with great expectations (hired), fall into temptation (fired), and promise of restoration through divine intervention (second chance).

Creation. Just like the business with the picture on the wall, in our hearts we have a picture of God because God created us in his image. This family resemblance gives us human dignity. We were created with great prospects and a bright future.

The emphasis in Genesis 1:27 is on being created in the image of God together with our spouses. We were created to live in families with one man and one woman. To prevent any misunderstanding, Adam and Eve were blessed, put in charge on earth, and given a mission: “Be fruitful and multiple.” (Gen 1:28)

Fall. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eve with just one restriction that came with a penalty: do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil under penalty of death (Gen 2:17). In deceiving Eve, Satan questioned God’s integrity saying that the penalty was a lie: you will not die (Gen 3:4). In giving into this temptation, Adam and Even sinned and rebelled against God. God then expelled them from the Garden of Eden. Left outside Eden, Adam and Eve faced life outside of God’s presence and under the penalty of death.

Restoration. In God’s curse of Satan, he prophesied the coming of Christ. Satan’s usurped kingdom will be over-thrown by a descendant of Eve (Gen 3:15).

What does the story of Adam and Eve say about our identity? Tension arises in our lives because we do not live up to God’s expectations. Our dignity arises from being created in God’s image; yet, we sin and rebel against God. The Good News is that when Christ died for our sins, he overthrew the rule of Satan in our lives and restored our relationship with God, just as it was in the beginning.

What Should We Do?

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Preface to A Christian Guide to Spirituality

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Christian Distinctives: Monday Monologues, October 7, 2019 (podcast)

Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018
Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on Christian Distinctives.

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Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Christian Distinctives: Monday Monologues, October 7, 2019 (podcast)

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Monday Monologue On March 26, 2018 

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Creation Living: Monday Monologues, September 30, 2019 (podcast)

Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018
Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on Creation Living.

After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Creation Living: Monday Monologues, September 30, 2019 (podcast)

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Monday Monologue On March 26, 2018 

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