Owls in Our Back Yard

Female Owl.  Our first owl sighting of the season.

Female Owl. Our first owl sighting of the season.

These are a few of the photos I took of the two adult owls and their 4 owlets they raised in our back yard. Click on the thumbnails to view the full sized photos.

“Everything is against me”.

Thus spoke the patriarch, Jacob, as recorded in Genesis 42:36 from the NIV translation. “Everything is against me!” Jacob’s expression of despair came at a time in his life that outwardly appeared to warrant such a gloomy conclusion. Indeed, any observer of the events in Jacob’s life at that time would find it hard to disagree with his assessment. His life was a mess. Decades earlier he had lost his beloved son, Joseph to death by a wild animal, a death attested to by Joseph’s own brothers. Now he learns that his son Simeon is as good as dead being held captive in an Egyptian prison. And he is now being asked to relinquish his son Benjamin to the custody of the same Egyptian authorities. And all of this is happening in the setting of a severe famine in the land. And to make matters worse his only hope of averting hunger and starvation is by sending his remaining sons back to an undoubtedly hostile reception in Egypt.

What’s wrong with this picture? Isn’t this the same Jacob that God promised to bless and cause to prosper as recorded in the 35th chapter of Genesis? From Jacob’s viewpoint it may have seemed as if God had totally abandoned him. But as the whole story unfolds we see the “invisible hand” of God working and orchestrating events in a providential way that Jacob could never have envisioned.

On June 3, 2012 Dr. R.C. Sproul delivered a sermon appropriately entitled, “Everything is against me!” This sermon uses these events in the lives of Jacob and his family as the scriptural basis for a discussion of the providence of God. Click here to listen to the sermon. The sermon was recorded on my handheld iPhone so there are some sections of the audio that are less than optimal.

Origins

Where did we come from? How did we get here? Is there some purpose in the fact that we have our existence on this tiny speck in the vast universe? Presumably mankind has asked these questions from the beginning. Today many believe that the ultimate answers to these questions are unknowable. Others say it is only through a serendipitous fluke of random chance that anything exists at all. Christians, on the other hand, know that these questions have all been answered for us by the One Who knows the answers– the One Who Himself is the Creator of all things. He has provided the answers concerning our origins for us in the book of origins– Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament.

My church, Liberty Christian Church in Sunset, Utah, is currently studying through Genesis.This study of Genesis takes place every Sunday morning at 9:30 during our regular Sunday school hour. It is not the typical superficial overview of Genesis that I remember from my past. But rather this is an in-depth, word-by-word study of this critical, foundational book of the Bible. If you want to know what the Bible really says about these issues I urge you to join us as we continue this study. The best way to do this would be to join us in person every Sunday morning. For those of you for whom this would be impractical or impossible I invite you to join us for the live online broadcasts of our Sunday morning services. Audio recordings of each lesson are also available for online listening or downloading. These lessons are listed in reverse chronological order with newest at the top.

A biblically correct understanding of the book of Genesis is critically important if we hope to be able to understand the other 65 books God has given us in His written word.

First Blog Entry

Welcome to my blog/website.  I have just begun to create this site using WordPress.  I am still quite a novice in working with WordPress.  I’m sure my lack of experience is quite evident to all who visit here .  But I hope to expand and improve this site as I learn.

I have no earth-shaking insights or news of interest today with this my first blog entry.  But I hope to add some interesting content in the next few weeks.  I have varied interests which I hope to touch on as time permits.  Some of these interests include theology (from a decidedly reformed viewpoint), backyard gardening, computer technology (I’m a Mac man), and second amendment issues relating to personal firearms.