Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Omnipresence of God

Great sunsets on Mayne Island are common

8. God Is Omnipresent – He Is Always Everywhere
noun: omnipresence
  1. the state of being widespread or constantly encountered.
    "the omnipresence of the Internet in society today"
    • the presence of God everywhere at the same time.
      "how does God's universal action prove His omnipresence?"

1.  God is everywhere present… at the same time… in the fullness of all that He is.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”–Psalm 139:7-10

To be omnipresent is to be in all places, at all times. Yet, it is important to understand that for God “to be” in a place is not the same way we are in a place. God’s being is all together different from physical matter. He exists on a plane totally different from what we know and experience with our five senses. How awesome is that?

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”–Psalms 15:3

For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;  You are exalted far above all gods.”–Psalm 97:9  

"I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”–Isaiah 57:15 
Walking the Rail Trail by Kalamalka Lake, Vernon BC.
He is always with us, thru good times and bad. He was with Daniel in the lion's den… and he was with the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace.  

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”–Psalm 23:4   

"He has granted us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that we might become partakers of the divine nature..." -2 Peter 1:4

 “Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand are pleasures forever.” –Psalm 16:11

Monday, April 22, 2019

PUC 50-year Homecoming Weekend

It was an amazing Easter Weekend to celebrate 50 years since graduating from Pacific Union College.

We arrived without our luggage, so the two shirts Shirley had got me especially for the trip, never got worn... and her colorful dress never came out of the suitcase. They told us they would deliver the suitcases to us, but there was only one flight a day from Vancouver to Sacramento, and once they received it they would have it delivered to us... and they did (about 80 miles).  10:30 pm. Saturday after we just got in bed there was a knock on the door.  They arrived.  At 8am Sunday morning we left for the airport to fly home.

I think that the organ in this church is as good as it gets... and the music was over the top spectacular. Susan Roberts had an amazing Easter message... without a single note, she stood up and spoke for at least 30 minutes.  "We all have dreams... and Jesus still asks each of us to, 'Follow Me."

Meet Katy Van Arsdale... she is the Archivist for PUC... the one who encouraged me to donate my poster collection to the school. Here she is holding an original letter from Ellen G. White... the last page that she just found this past week. No one knows how it got misplaced, but there was a lot of excitement when she was able to put this last page with the rest of the letter.

Katy showed us a few other treasures... like this leather case of J.N. Loughbourgh... his initials are stamped on the front. What a privilege for Shirley to hold that big briefcase.

With the helpful eye of Caleb Pudewell, (art student) they set up a colorful display of the posters in the foyer of Paulin Hall (the music auditorium).

They also made up some very colorful postcards about the exhibit as a handout.

This was the story written on the back of the postcard.

This was one of my favorite posters... it was for a male singing group organized and directed by Buz Starrett.  I signed this poster and gave it to him to take home.  But also, Caleb copied this poster and printed another 50 more so that those in our class, as well as the fellowmen group, could take home a souvenir. Well done, Caleb.  Thank you.

Shirley took this photo of Buz and me.  We became very good friends and I helped him make a record album, did a lot of PR work for the Fellowmen, as well as took photos of the group.

One of my art professors, Charles Temple, was the one who encouraged me to explore the possibility of silk screen printing to make posters.  (Yearbook photo)

It was hard to get back far enough to get in the whole church bell tower, so I cheated a little and tilted the camera.

I liked this banner along the walk between the church and the gymnasium.  We may have different gifts and talents, but there is a place for everyone.

"Not more surely is the place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on earth where we are to work for God." 
-Christs Object Lessons p. 327

Sunday, April 14, 2019

God is Omniscient -He is All Knowing

7. God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing

1. God has Perfect Self-Knowledge:

Within the Godhead, the Father knows the Son and the Son knows the Father perfectly.
All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except for the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” –Matthew 11:27
“Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep.” –John 10:15
For who knows a person's thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” -1 Cor. 2:11

2. God has Perfect Knowledge: 

God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all.” –1 John 1:5

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
–Psalm 147:5

3. God has Eternal Knowledge: 

Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,  declaring  the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’ -Isaiah 46:9,10

4. God has Immediate Knowledge… all at once: 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the
Lord? Or who has been his counselor?  “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” –Romans 11:33-35

5. God has Exhaustive Knowledge:

From heaven, the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—  he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” –Psalm 33:13-15  

He counts the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” –Psalm 147:4  

Not even a sparrow falls without the Father seeing it. –Matthew 10:29 

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” –Matthew 10:30 

“For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.” –Proverbs 5:21 

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” -2 Chronicles 16:9

6. God has Penetrating Knowledge: 

He can see thru walls, darkness; He sees the motives: For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.”1 Samuel 16:17

You have searched me, LORD and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” –Psalm 139:1-4  

Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” –Psalm 139:12

7. God knows the Future Knowledge

“He knows the end from the beginning.” –Isaiah 47:9-11 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”Revelation 22:13  

He knows what will happen before it happens.  “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” –Isaiah 46:9,10

8. God knows the Possible Knowledge: 

“Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, the wonders of one perfect in knowledge?” –Job 37: 18  

“Great and mighty is our Lord; His wisdom cannot be measured.” Psalm 147:5  

“…for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” -1 John 3:20

Sunday, March 17, 2019

God is Omnipotent

6. Our God is Omnipotent – He Is All Powerful

I chose to start with this Hallelujah Chorus because this attribute of God is repeated many times: "Hallelujah, For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth." You can let it play as you read the rest of the blog post.

Many have commented that Handel was inspired by God when he composed "The Messiah."

God has Infinite Power… limitless power… boundless power.
Consider His creation.  “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.”–Psalm 33:6  

Omnipotent means unlimited power. He can do anything He wills without any effort.

Nothing is impossible to Him. He accomplishes anything He wants. 

"Oh LORD God, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you.”–Jeremiah 32:17

Consider the size of the universe He created. Scientists say it would take over 500 billion years just to travel around the perimeter of the universe. The sun has a diameter of 860,000 miles and could hold over 1 million planets the size of the earth… one star has a diameter of 100 million miles…larger than the earth orbit around the sun. It takes sunlight about 8.5 minutes to reach the earth, yet that same light would take more than 4 years to reach the nearest sun. That is some 24 trillion miles from the earth.  And our Mighty God created it all with just the breath of His mouth.

God has Irresistible Power… invincible power… unconquerable power.
"I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”–Job 42:2 

“No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"Isaiah 43:13

God has Incomprehensible Power… so vast, we cannot comprehend it!

Paul said, Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20

Is there anything that God cannot do?

Yes, there are some things He cannot do.  He cannot do anything that is contradictory or contrary to His nature.  He cannot lie, He cannot tolerate sin, and He cannot save impenitent sinners. –see Hebrews 6:18

Scripture is clear 
“the Lord is strong and mighty.” –Psalm 24:8   

The doctrine of Omnipotence is everywhere in the Bible. One might easily find 500 verses that either teach Omnipotence or implicitly assume it. Although the word is not found in our modern translations, the concept might be truly said to be assumed on every page of the Bible.  In Revelation 19:16 in the King James Version we find the text that Goerge Fredrick Handel composed the Hallelujah Chorus around. Our God is truly amazing!

"The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth." -Revelation 19:16

The Bottom Line: There are no limits to what God can do for God has no limits.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

God is Immutable

5. God Is Immutable – He Never Changes

1.  He is UNCHANGING in His Character
2.  He is UNCHANGING in His Word
3.  He is UNCHANGING in His Plans
4.  He is UNCHANGING in His Salvation

The bottom line is God doesn’t change… nothing about him ever changes.  You can almost count on man to change on a moments notice, but God never changes.

He is UNCHANGING in His Character

“I the Lord do not change. So you… are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6

“But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end.” –Psalm 102:27

“The loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting…” –Psalm 103:17

“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” –James 1:17

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Num. 23:19

He is UNCHANGING in His Word

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” –Matthew 24:35

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” –Psalm 119:160

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." –Isaiah 40:8

"It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” –Luke 16:17

Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” –Psalm 119:89

"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” –Matthew 5:18

The world changes...
circumstances change, we change... 
but God's Word never changes.

He is UNCHANGING in His Plans

“The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.” –Psalm 33:11

"For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?" –Isaiah 14:27

He is UNCHANGING in His Salvation

God would never give you the gift of salvation without giving you the assurance that it is yours." 
-Charles Stanley

Is there anything about God that ever changes?
God does not change.   
His character never changes.
Who He is never changes.
His plans do not change.
His promises do not change.    
His salvation never changes.
His Word does not change.
He never gets “better” or “worse.”                   
He is the same, today, tomorrow, forever.
His attributes are the same from before the beginning of time into eternity.

In these our days so perilous, 
Lord, peace in mercy send us;
No God but Thee can fight for us,
No God but Thee defend us;
Thou our only God and Saviour. 
-Martin Luther