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Is God Real?
 
God is real. He lives. Evidence to support God’s existence comes in many forms and can satisfy many questions through physical evidence, the testimony of witnesses, and spiritual confirmation. Here are three reasons to believe in God and find convincing proof that God exists.
Three Reasons to Believe in God Physical Evidence there is a God 
Witnesses testify that God is real
You can know that God exists
Is there a God?
 
It’s a question people seem to have been asking from the beginning of time. As humans, we often rely on what we’re able to know—usually through our physical senses. We can see, hear, and touch someone to know they’re real. But that’s not the only test that convinces us.
We know about people in history thanks to records or lasting contributions an individual has made. We also trust there are people out there we may never encounter ourselves—for instance, a neighbor’s sister who lives abroad. You’ll never meet her. But you’ve seen gifts she’s sent. You’ve heard others talk about her. And your neighbor confirms he adores his sister. What’s not to believe?
Knowing God is real can also be confirmed in many ways. Put these three to the test for yourself.
What do you know about God?
 
Take the Quiz
Physical Evidence there is a God
 
Have you ever marveled at the stars or been astonished by a beautiful animal or plant? The complexity of the universe, of scientific orders, of life itself all point to something deliberate—a plan that defies mere chance. God created the earth (see Genesis 1:1), and “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” 
The earth, its natural wonders, and the life that exists on it were actually created by God for us. The Bible marvels at the variety of God’s creations—from great whales and winged fowl to waters of the sea and trees yielding fruit—then reminds us that “God saw that it was good” (see Genesis 1) and gave these creations to mankind for our benefit and enjoyment. When you revel in a sunrise or stand in awe before an ocean, you are a beneficiary of God’s generous nature. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).
 
FOLLOWING GOD
God makes it easy for us to follow Him by giving us commandments. Following the commandments can lead us to happiness. We certainly are not perfect, but God has given us a way to be forgiven of our sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Witnesses testify that God is real
Scriptures recount scores of people who saw and heard God. The Bible records that God communed with Abraham (see Genesis 18:33) and also visited with Abraham’s wife Sarah (see Genesis 21:1). God has made Himself known to whole civilizations (see Deuteronomy 31:15; 3 Nephi 11:1–7) as well as to humble individuals (see Genesis 26:24; Ether 3:6)
These people went on record that God lives and is real.
 
 
Modern witnesses continue to attest to God’s existence. Some are spiritual leaders called prophets and apostles who are selected by God (see 1 Corinthians 12:28). Just like Jesus’s Twelve Apostles and later Paul, who “[declared] the testimony of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1), these men are called to be “special witnesses” to the world that God lives.
 
Even more witnesses of God are everyday people who have experienced God’s answers to prayers or felt the undeniable confirmation of His existence. God does more than watch over the earth from heaven. God is present in people’s lives, working in mysterious ways to fulfill His plan. Just as you and your circumstances are different than those of anyone else, God’s interaction with you will be uniquely personal as well.
 
You can know that God exists
 
With so much advanced technology today, many try to prove the reality of God through scientific means alone. And while physical evidence abounds, our mortal parameters of understanding are limited. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Since God works not just in physical but in spiritual ways, He should also be discovered—and proven—through spiritual means.
Some people think it takes a dramatic sign or a physical miracle to be convinced of God’s existence. After all, it took the voice of the Lord to convert Paul (see Acts 9:3–4). But the scriptures also state that signs are unnecessary to truly believe. It’s actually the other way around—when you first show faith in God, “signs shall follow them that believe” (Mark 16:17).
 
How can you know God is real? Like gaining any type of knowledge, you must first ask the question. You’ve already taken that first step here. But to get the clearest answer, you must go to the source.
 
Journalists and attorneys don’t rely on secondhand accounts to establish truth. Definitive answers only come from a person directly involved. So when you want to know if God is real, you must ask God and experience His answer for yourself.
“If any of you lack wisdom,” the Bible states, “let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not” (James 1:5). God wants you to know He is there. He’s just waiting for you to ask.
 
Will you get a sign from God?
 
Yes. It will come through the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.  “If ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” Elijah in the Bible learned that spiritual questions result in spiritual answers. When he prayed to God, “the Lord was not in the wind: … the Lord was not in the earthquake: … the Lord was not in the fire.” Instead, Elijah received God’s answer “in a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11–12). Others describe a spiritual response from the Holy Ghost as a warm feeling, a prominent or unexpected thought, a clear sensation of love, or a burning sensation of the soul.
 
However you experience the Holy Ghost, your answer will be individually yours. It will be deeply personal. It will be unmistakable. This is how a relationship with God begins—with a question.
 
Is God real? Yes. And you can know it for yourself.


God’s Grace

1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 (ESV)
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

An experience of God’s grace has an exponential impact. As people see the effects of God’s grace in our lives, they are drawn to the supernatural work that God does in the hearts of those who have placed their faith in His Son. At the outset of the book Paul is celebrating the faith of the Thessalonians that was born during difficult circumstances and has now inspired people throughout the region.
 
This passages reminds us that when we surrender to God’s grace and accept our need for his work in our lives, people see that they too may find something beyond what they have placed their trust in. As we exercise our faith and demonstrate our convictions of faith, we impact the world around us.
 
Our response to the Gospel in both word and deed has more than just an effect on our own faith journey. Our lives, when lived with conviction and led by the Holy Spirit, serve as examples for other believers to emulate.
 
Reflection:
Take a minute to take stock of your faith. Would people around you see the convictions of your faith in your words and actions? Would they identify you as a Christian? How comfortable would you be telling people to imitate you so that they might also be imitators of Christ?
 
Response:
Consider asking someone that you are around each day if they identify you as a Christian. Ask why they answer the way that they do. Is it your actions or just what you are involved in on Sundays?


From God Word

Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer.’ Acts 3:1 NKJV
 
The Bible says: ‘Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer… And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple…to ask alms from those who entered…who, seeing Peter and John…asked for alms… Peter said, “Look at us.” So, he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.’ (Acts 3:1–7 NKJV)
Notice two things: (1) Miracles happen in ordinary moments. This man was probably no stranger to Peter and John; they walked past him daily. But this day was different. Peter said, ‘Look at us. We have the answer you need.’ Supernatural faith rose up in Peter’s heart, causing him to see an opportunity to glorify God, and he seized it.
 
(2) You must be prepared when your moment comes. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t tell what you don’t know. You can’t share what you don’t feel. You can’t give out of a vacuum. The fact is, nothing great is created suddenly; it takes time. Three and a half years of walking with Christ, listening to His messages, and seeing His miracles had prepared the apostles for this moment. So had the ten days they’d just spent in the upper room being filled with the Holy Spirit. So, the word for you today is: to help people, you must be prepared!
SoulFood: Gal 5:22, 1 Cor 13, Eph 3:14–21, Jn 15:1–17


Word for today

Psalm 148:7-14
This psalm of praise continues by referring to planet earth. After speaking of the heavens that were designed to praise the Lord, the psalmist mentions things on earth. He begins in verse 7 with the words “Praise the LORD from the earth.” Verse 1 said “from the heavens.” Now, in the last half of this chapter He mentions the processes of the weather, the topography of the land and its productivity, the animals, and all the leaders of the earth, regardless of age – everything and everyone has been created for the praise of our wonderful Lord. Take time this day to list all the things you see around you that have come from the hand of the Lord, and praise Him!
The world that was created for praise – verse 7
The weather that fulfills His word – verse 8
The wonder of the land, trees, and animals – verses 9-10
The way praise applies to humanity – verses 11-12
The worthiness of God to receive all praise – verse 13
The will of God for His people – verse 14
Everything is designed to praise the Lord. Most of the problems we have in life occur when we take our eyes off the Lord and what He has done. We have a tendency to be overwhelmed by our circumstances, and by the problems we are facing, forgetting Who God is and what He can do!
Verse for Meditation
Verse 13 – “Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for His Name alone is excellent: His glory is above the earth and heaven.”
Meditation Prayer
“I praise You, Lord, for my family, my friends, my home and all that I possess, and the beautiful surroundings, like the trees, mountains, rivers, and oceans – they all speak of You.”


God Word For Today

 
 
 
 
God is in control. He is sovereign … even in our pain, even in our troubles. Through it all, his love is transforming us, perfecting us, completing us.
 
James 1:2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (NLT)
 


From God Word Today

 

Genesis 22:9-10 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

Sometimes God plants desires in our hearts.
A dream, a hope, a vision for a better life.
Sometimes God asks us to give it up for Him.

And sometimes I don’t understand why.

Abraham and Sarah wanted a child.
Nothing out of the ordinary for a married couple.
But they couldn’t have one.
After trying to manipulate the situation,
Like having Sarah’s maid, Hagar, be a surrogate mother,
They remained unsatisfied
With a child they couldn’t call their own.
Finally, they gave up,
Then God promised again,

So Sarah laughed.

A year later,
When they were in their nineties,
The Abrahams miraculously had their first child.

Isaac. Laughter.

I can imagine the joy within their hearts.
And maybe disbelief.
Here, finally, after decades of waiting,
The tears, the calculations, manipulations,
They’re finally holding this bundle of joy,
A laughing boy,
His sweet scent of milk,
Bright eyed stare.
He’s so soft, so lovable

The sweet fulfillment of a promise!

Abraham must have been a proud father.
He must’ve fed his boy, and played with him,

and cradled him in his arms as Isaac cried through the night.

But one day,
Probably five years later,
God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son.
The thoughts of Abraham aren’t recorded in the bible.
His possible inner conflict–
“Why? Why did you promise? Why did you give?
Why are you taking away?

Why did you allow me to love Him?”

All that is recorded
Is Abraham trekking up the mountain
His feet dragging
With his beloved
As He prepares the altar,
Ties his son,

And lifts his hand to slay.

Like Abraham,
God has planted many dreams in my heart.
I’ve had these dreams since I was very little.
Dreams to have a family,
And children.
Dreams to live in a big city
In a foreign country.

Today He is asking me to give everything up.

I’m not going to wrestle anymore.
I’m not going to ask why.
I’m not going to calculate, manipulate

Bargain.

God is asking me–
What if you live in the same apartment?
Have the same job?
What if you’re alone for the rest of your life?
Until you grow old and die?
As long as you have me,

Will you be satisfied and full of joy?

Each question,
A stab.
But like Abraham,

I’m ready to slay.

I don’t want to live for my dreams,
Or an unrealized future anymore.
Everything in me,
Is for Him.
This borrowed life temporary,

An undeserved privilege.

My will is broken.
My core shattered.

I’m all His.

I’m clinging to Him.
And I know in my heart,
That just as long as I have Him,
Everything else in the world can fall apart.
And I’m sure,
(It’s just not going to happen today)
I’m sure
That one day

I’ll smile again.


From The Word of God For Today

THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD
 
“…All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
 
 
SOME THINGS ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD
 
Let us try to understand some things about God’s word.
God and his word are one and the same. The Apostle John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1).  God cannot be separated from his word, or go back on his word.  Unfortunately for us, we tend to get separated from our words.  We sometimes agree to do things for people and then we later have to back out.
God’s word is eternal.  Because God himself is eternal, there is a real sense in which he cannot speak a word that is not eternal. That is so different from us mortals, because we cannot speak a word that is eternal, unless we happen to be speaking the word of God. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  For instance, Paul once based his teaching about the compensation of God’s ministers (1 Cor. 9:9) on the dusty ancient law of Deuteronomy 25:4.  This law forbids the muzzling of an ox as it is treading out the grain.  No, God’s word does not pass away, but it continues on to be profitable for all teaching and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
God’s word is alive (Heb. 4:12).  How different this is from all other words we read and hear. How this contrasts with yesterday’s newspaper.  We would scarcely waste our time reading it since it is already outdated and a thing of the past.  God’s word is never a thing of the past, outdated or dead.  Again, in one sense, God cannot even speak in the past tense since he is ever living.  What he said he is saying; what he commanded he is commanding, what he hated he still hates and what he loved he still loves.   Sometimes it may appear that a certain word of God is dead. But we must not be fooled.  God’s word is like a seed.  It can lie dormant for a thousand years but when it is mixed with faith – poof!   Suddenly new life springs forth.
God’s word is contemporary and relevant, as is any other living thing.  For something to be true in the deepest sense it must be contemporary and relevant. We are seeing today that long forgotten precepts and teachings of the ancient law are bursting forth in the church with new relevance and energy.  For instance, many churches are now using Israel’s festivals as teaching tools concerning God’s great plan of salvation.  This should not surprise us, since God said long ago that these festivals would be “statutes forever” (Lev. 23:14, 21, 31, & 41).
God’s word is literally bursting with creative energy.  In the Hebrew language, the expression for “word” is “davar.”  How interesting that davar also means “thing.”  There is a very close connection between the word and all created things.  God spoke, and all things came into existence.  When God speaks, things happen.  This was true in the creation of the world, and it is true for us today.
We can see how this has been valid throughout the ages.  Long ago Paul “discovered” a long hidden mystery in the word of God: “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:6).  With that discovery, or revelation, the infant Jewish church burst forth into the Gentile world.  In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther “found” a verse in Romans, which was long before stated by the prophet Habakkuk: “… the righteous will live by his faith.”  With that verse the Reformation was born.
Today, hundreds of thousands of Soviet and Ethiopian Jews continue to return from the north countries and from the south-lands to Israel.  Thus, we are seeing Isaiah 43:6 come alive again right before our eyes: “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’  Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of
the earth—.”
NOW WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO US?
Because of all this, we know that we are serving a God who can be trusted.  He can be trusted in all areas of our lives.  Let us look at a few of these areas.
His word can be trusted in matters of our salvation.  In Hebrews 7:25, it is said: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”   The scripture says, “…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).  It is just that easy.  Millions have found this simple instruction to work.  As the world-renown evangelist, Billy Graham, has often remarked, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”
His word can be trusted in matters of our sanctification; of our walk before God; of our discipleship.  Satan always attempts to undermine our position with God.  One of his favorite tools is condemnation.  How often we have to resort to God’s simple word to combat him.  God says in Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus….”
In reality we are disciples of the word.  Jesus said this in John 8:31, “…If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”  As disciples of the word we sometimes have to take a stand against “voices,” if those voices emanate from the wrong source.  We have to take a stand against “feelings.”  Occasionally, we even have to take a stand against “facts.”  After all, it was a “fact” that Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children.  It was also a “fact” that hungry lions eat people and fiery furnaces burn them up, as in the case of Daniel and the Hebrew children.  So we see, faith produces its own facts.  These facts will endure because they are based upon the eternal word of God.
God’s word can be trusted in matters of prophecy and of the future.  We already mentioned that today hundreds of thousands of Jews are returning to the land of Israel.  When we consider that the prophecy about their return is now some 2700 years old, we can see how truly eternal God’s word is.  The land of Israel is a daily witness to the fulfillment of God’s word.  Ancient Israelite cities are being rebuilt according to the word (Isa. 44:26); the land is being restored according to the word (Isa.  51:3); over 250 million trees have been planted according to the word (Isa. 41:19-20); the wilderness is blossoming according to the word (Isa. 35:1).  These are only a few of the miracles taking place, but we look for more astounding miracles in the days ahead, simply because it is written in God’s word.
The Bible says that upon Israel’s return to the land, God will perform a miracle in the Jewish heart and spirit.  He will sprinkle clean water upon Israel and they will be clean (Ezek. 36:24-25).   He will give Israel a new heart and a new spirit, even his own Spirit.  Then they will follow God’s decrees and keep his laws (Ezek. 36:26-27).  Jeremiah describes this beautiful miracle in another way.  He tells how God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, that he will put his law into their minds and write it upon their hearts (Jer. 31:31-33).  All these astounding things will happen, simply because they are written in the eternal word of God.
 
Today, we are all being blasted with the words and opinions of men. The evening newscast is a good example of this.  These opinions change by the day.  In a week or even in another day these opinions may no longer be considered true.  They are like the grass and flowers Peter mentions, but the word of God stands forever.  If we build our opinions, our theologies, and our lives upon God’s word we will be like the man who built his house on the rock (Mt. 7:24-27).  When the storms arrive (and they are surely coming) that man will not be shaken.  All he has believed in and worked for will stand the test.
 


Up Coming Events

 
 
    Coming: 
      Joel Cisneros Restore – Now Ministry
       Will be our guest speaker Joel brings a relevant word from the Word of God
      November 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
 
       Community Thanksgiving Service
     Oakley Community Church
     November 11, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
    
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Encouragement For Your Marriage

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.”

Ephesians 5:25

What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could  venture to say, “If you would practise my teaching, imitate my life;” but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as the paragon of holiness, as well as the teacher of it. The Christian should take nothing short of Christ for his model. Under no circumstances ought we to be content unless we reflect the grace which was in him. As a husband, the Christian is to look upon the portrait of Christ Jesus, and he is to paint according to that copy. The true Christian is to be such a husband as Christ was to his church. The love of a husband is special. The Lord Jesus cherishes for the church a peculiar affection, which is set upon her above the rest of mankind: “I pray for them, I pray not for the world.” The elect church is the favourite of heaven, the treasure of Christ, the crown of his head, the bracelet of his arm, the breastplate of  his heart, the very centre and core of his love. A husband should  love his wife with a constant love, for thus Jesus loves his church. He does not vary in his affection. He may change in his display of affection, but the affection itself  is still the same. A husband should love his wife with an enduring love, for nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A true husband loves his wife with a hearty love, fervent and intense. It is not mere lip-service. Ah! beloved, what more could Christ have done in proof of his love than he has       done? Jesus has a delighted love towards his spouse: He prizes her affection, and delights in her  with sweet complacence. Believer, you wonder at Jesus’ love; you admire it—are you imitating it? In your domestic relationships is the rule and measure of your love—“even as Christ loved the church?”