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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

We Know... Jesus

“Where is the wisdom we’ve lost in knowledge.”  T.S. Elliot

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5

Veracity:  “conformity to facts; accuracy”  New Oxford American Dictionary

During a 1982 crusade at what is now PGE park in Portland, Oregon, Billy Graham recalled that when he was younger in the 40s and 50s the common question was, “What is truth?”  Then in 1982 he noted that the question had changed to, “Why does it matter?”  And now, I think the questions have largely transformed into the statement, “We know.”  Turn on a scientific documentary.  Google the history of humanity.  Try to find out what is known about the earth and universe.  What you will find is that in almost every instance, the words, “We know,” will be prevalent.  Even though the history of humanity from a purely scientific perspective is known only through theories based on many assumptions.  Even though the formation of the universe is only comprehended through hypothesis with very little observation.  Somehow you will see over and over how we know that 3 million years ago, or 6 trillion years ago…  Something specific happened.  I’m not trying to disparage science.  I love and respect science.  It is the the attempt and often the ability to understand our physical world.  However, one of the first things I learned in college chemistry is that the words, “We know,” have no place in science.  We formulate questions, we hypothesize, and we theorize about what we observe.  But we do not know.  Because once, “We know,” science becomes static and its function is useless.  “We know” led to people being excommunicated and put to death because they thought the earth was round.  As much as we have learned, as much as we have observed, as much as we understand the properties of our existence; the one thing we can be sure of, is that, “We do not know.”  But we have lost the ability to humbly observe.  We long for knowledge and shove aside wisdom to look like we have it.  We don’t want there to be questions.  Because questions allow us to be wrong.  Through it all there is Jesus.  Through all the uncertainty of life.  There is Jesus.  “How do you know?”  One could easily ask.  And the answer wouldn’t be just scientific.  It would also be spiritual.  We believe in Jesus because of what He’s done in our hearts.  Because of how He’s changed the world.  Because of the predictions He made and the truth we’ve found in them.  We all need Jesus.  That’s why boys and girls, young and old around the globe give their lives to Him after one hour of learning about Him.  That’s why when we think of the Cross and what He did for us, it is moving to our core.  Humanity can’t do that.  Empirical evidence alone can’t change a heart.  It’s the Holy Spirit in us that draws us to God.  You demand, “Prove it!”  I say, the proof is in your heart.  We all feel it.  However, for many.  The faith is too hard.  The sacrifice is too great.  Even though the Bible has been tested more than any other document.  Even though its been empirically verified over and over.  Even though it makes predictions that have come true.  Even though, through it all, it has never been meaningfully changed, except in dialect.  Even though we are learning more and more about its origin.  Even though it is by far the most scientifically verifiable ancient document, as far as archeology, origin and consistency are concerned.  Even though…  It’s not the Bible that proves God.  The proof is in our hearts.  Jesus’ love has changed our world and our lives, if only through our surroundings.  “Today if you hear His voice,” the Bible says, “Do not harden your hearts.” *  Let Jesus in.  It’s not an abandonment of science.  With Him science becomes more interesting than ever.  Because it’s not just a study of what is, but it becomes a study of the gifts He’s given and the wonderment of the system He created.  Let Jesus into your heart.  It’s not ignorant or stupid.  It’s the most verifiable believe system there is.  It’s been tried and tested and left without fault.  But more importantly.  Let Jesus in.  Because He can change a heart.  He can give meaning to life and heal brokenness.  If you want, if you need, a change, let Him in.

*Hebrews 3:15

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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