MIRIAM JACOB, SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE

SCIENCE & THE BIBLE – by Miriam Jacob

Science and the Bible are intricately linked in the most remarkable way. Both have God’s imprint on them. Both are divine records of God’s speech. God is the Author of the Bible and the Creator of Science. He instituted the laws of nature which govern the earth. God reveals Himself in Creation, in the Bible and in Science. God created the Universe with evidence to prove that He created it, evidence that is indisputable, irrefutable, undeniable, unquestionable and inarguable. Does Science discredit the Bible? Certainly not. The Bible revealed scientific facts before Science ever did. Did evolution produce man? Definitely not.

God created the Universe, the Earth and everything in it. He sustains the Universe and mankind by His Word. The great Architect and eternal Designer – the Creator God – is at the helm of His creation. A detailed analysis of Science and Faith reveals many facts worthy of notice. Faith does not contradict Science. It only affirms the basic principles of Science. Science does not oppose faith or render it unacceptable. When Science and the Bible are viewed in the correct perspective, they mutually support one another. Modern Science presents compelling evidence in scientific data that testifies to an intelligent Designer and a supernatural Creator who created the Universe.

Life is full of questions about the relationship between Science and the Bible. The most important question is “Does God exist?” This is the fundamental question of life. If God does not exist, we cannot search for Him. In order to prove the existence of God, we must convince Science about Creation. The evidence to prove God’s existence is very convincing. Consider the Creation of the Universe. To say that it came into existence by accident raises a volley of questions with no satisfactory answers. The Big Bang theory does not prove where the original matter used for the formation of the Universe came from. A Big Bang cannot create something from nothing. How can the amazingly complex and perfect life forms of earth evolve out of nothing?

Science demands proof for life’s existence but the stark reality is that evolution does not prove anything at all. Contrary to its high-handed claims, evolution does not have all the answers to the complex issues of life. “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” raises its voice among scientists doubting Darwinism, who are skeptical of claims that random mutation and natural selection can account for the complexities of life. Modern scientific research reveals the inadequacy of Darwinism to account for the huge amounts of information stored in living things.

Can Science prove that the perfect order, unique design and universal laws of the Universe came into existence from a Big Bang? Does Science affirm that an eternal Brain did not create such astounding perfection from the exquisite beauty of nature, to the sheer expanse of outer space, right down to the most minute , microscopic organisms? Scientifically, there is now much more evidence to support the existence of an intelligent Designer behind the creation of the Universe than there ever was against it. Today, a lot of contemporary scientists tend to believe in the dominance of creation over evolution. Such a perfectly created Universe can never come about by chance. God wins in the dramatic debate of creation versus evolution.

God created the Universe at His express command. What is seen did not emerge from anything visible. God brought the Universe into existence by the power of His Word. Creation had a specific beginning from the Word of God. It all began with the Creator God as the Bible specifically states. God, the eternal Designer, who made the world and everything in it, also instituted the universal laws of nature, as eternal Law-giver. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. The most valid evidence for creation is man, who has a unique personality and a conscience, with the power to make independent and intelligent choices, and distinguish right from wrong. “Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.” Evolution can never produce such extraordinary human qualities.

Can anyone fathom the mysteries of God? Science has to analyse and explain mysteries using reason and logic. God is beyond the scope of Science because He created it. Neither Science nor Creation can understand the Creator for choosing to do things the way He wills. Both Creation and Science can only accept and live within the limits imposed by the Creator. God is beyond man’s understanding. We can only understand God as He chooses to reveal Himself to us through His Holy Word and through prayer as we communicate with God. Let us bow before the Creator God, the Maker of heaven and earth. To Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.

© Miriam Jacob

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AUTHORS, CHRISTIAN MENTORING, DR. CHARLES R. SOLOMON, MIRIAM JACOB

CHRISTIAN MENTORING

Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God’s call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God’s divine light.

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God’s love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ. When you try to help another live a good Christian life, they need to learn to let Christ live or walk in Him — the not I but Christ life — which will be a good Christian life! The experience of the cross must be front and center. If not, the would-be mentor would be training flesh to try and please God.

Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship. The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20. His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.

The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority. Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life.

Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon

© The Authors

MIRIAM JACOB, POETRY

DIE TO SELF, LIVE IN CHRIST – by Miriam Jacob

I am the WAY you are to walk;
I am the TALK you are to talk
I am the TRUTH you are to believe;
I am the LIFE you are to live;
You LOST your life to gain MINE.

You are crucified with Christ,
it is no longer you who lives,
but Christ who lives in you.
And you now live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved you
and gave Himself for you.

 © Miriam Jacob

MIRIAM JACOB, NETGALLEY

NETGALLEY REVIEWS – by Miriam Jacob

An Amish Home – Four Novellas

by Beth Wiseman; Amy Clipston; Kathleen Fuller; Ruth Reid
Thomas Nelson, Pub Date: 07 Feb 2017 

ISBN 9780529118691. PRICE $15.99 

https://www.netgalley.com/book/99718/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/an-amish-home-four-novellas-by-beth-wiseman-amy-clipston-kathleen-fuller-ruth-reid/


Mattie’s Pledge – by Jan Drexler

Revell, Baker Publishing Group

https://www.netgalley.com/book/91903/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/matties-pledge-by-jan-drexler/


 Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline
by Marlo Schalesky
Abingdon Press
https://www.netgalley.com/book/100503/review/11975


Encouraging Thoughts for Women: Blessings
by MariLee Parrish
Barbour Publishing, Inc
https://www.netgalley.com/book/110618/review/11975


Unseen
The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
by Sara Hagerty
Zondervan
https://www.netgalley.com/book/112811/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/unseen-by-sara-hagerty/

https://unseengift.wordpress.com


The Writing Desk
by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson
Zondervan
https://www.netgalley.com/book/108941/review/11975


The Sound of Sleigh Bells
by Cindy Woodsmall
WaterBrook & Multnomah
https://www.netgalley.com/book/117399/review/11975


 

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WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline – by Marlo Schalesky – Review, Interview and Press Release

9781501820106

WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline

by Marlo Schalesky

Publisher: Abingdon Press,

15 Nov 2016.

Paperback: 272 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820106. Price: $16.99

Ebook: 224 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820113. Price: $16.99


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marlo Schalesky 2016 - Copy
MARLO SCHALESKY

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, fiction and non-fiction, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary” (Zondervan) and “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timetable” (Abingdon Press). Over 1,000 of Marlo’s articles are published in Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and In Touch. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned her Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marlo is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization bringing hope to a hurting community through horses.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

Sarah, wife of the Biblical patriarch, Abraham, waited for wonder in her wilderness. Weary and worn-out with endless waiting, she had given up all hope of ever seeing God’s promises fulfilled in her life. With rich insights and refreshing hope, this book transforms Sarah’s deep-rooted weariness into stunning, eye-opening wonder to see God’s sacred plans and purposes unfold in her personal wilderness of waiting. Sarah’s decades-long, wearisome wait for God’s promises to happen in her life is heartrending and utterly riveting. New hope springs up in her heart to see God at work, hemming her in with wonder, as she waited for God’s wonder-working power to unfold, when life’s trials hit home mercilessly, threatening to engulf and submerge her in its devastating deluge. Waiting for Wonder is all about hope in the midst of despair as we read Sarah’s passionate story of agonizing heartache, bitter struggle and seemingly endless waiting upon God.

God’s timing is not our own. We believe God when His promise is new but as the long, seemingly endless years pass by and nothing really changes, desperation strikes our hearts. Yet, as we are Waiting for Wonder, God calls us to experience the Wonder of Waiting. We miss the wonder of God’s plan when we struggle to wait. Abraham’s wife, Sarah knew what it meant to wait. God gives us strength to hope against hope and pray for the desires of our heart to be fulfilled. Waiting for Wonder takes us into the heart of God to ask questions and discover God’s answers, to appreciate God’s plan for our lives and refresh our spirits, to rekindle our hope and renew our trust in God’s promises, and to learn to wait for God’s time.

Rich spiritual insights in this life-transforming book will fill you with wide eye-opening wonder as you clearly see God’s divine purposes in your wilderness of waiting. Are you Waiting for Wonder? As you wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life, fresh new hope will spring up in your life, when God hems you in with wonder on every side. This inspiring book touches our hearts as we are Waiting for Wonder from God. It is all about hope, faith, love and trust. The Bible’s real life story of Sarah’s bitter heartache, struggle and forever waiting on God turns into a precious lesson for us to trust Him with our lives. If God wants us to wait as Sarah did, we must learn the lessons she did. This engaging story inspires us to come closer to God, dig deeper into faith and trust even more deeply in the God who will never let us down. In today’s instant world, waiting is considered to be a waste of time. But in God’s world, waiting is a priceless treasure to be discovered.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo Schalesky’s deeply soulful and insightful wisdom is revealed as she passionately probes the unexplored landscape of Sarah’s wilderness journey, in the hollow canyons of the mountains and deep valleys of waiting, exposing the everpresent barrenness teetering at the precipice of doubt and despair. Sarah’s life is a silent testimony to how she fervently hoped against hope, trusting and believing in the endless years of waiting, that God would find a way out to illuminate the pure wonder of waiting, until He fulfilled His glorious promise to her.

Marlo Schalesky’s hard-won courage, wrested from the heart of despair, lights our hearts with love, inspires us with hope and illuminates our eyes to the pure wonder of waiting. Waiting for Wonder helps us to understand God, whose ways are not our ways, and trust Him still. Marlo sees very human people behind Bible characters, studying their lives for soul-transforming truth, saying it gracefully in all humility. Waiting for Wonder reveals Marlo’s devotion to the truth of God’s Word as she discovers wonder-filled moments of God’s grace. The spiritual truths in this book open our eyes in breathless wonder to see God in our waiting.

At the heart of Marlo Schalesky’s “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline”, lies an important spiritual truth. In our waiting, God calls us to more. Waiting is hard and learning to wait well, even more so. At first, we all wait well, with new-found faith and hope, expecting God to meet us at our point of need, to answer our persistent questions and bring our fledgling dreams to life. But what happens in God’s timeline, when troublesome days turn into wearisome weeks, tiresome months, and seemingly endless years? Do we still wait well or flag in zeal and become discouraged? Waiting on God is where we all want to be. Though we believe God when a promise is new, it gets so much harder as the long years pass by with no significant changes. That’s when desperation strikes and plans backfire, causing tremendous pain and distress. In the midst of all this waiting, God calls us to more.

Studying the life of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who learnt to wait the hard way, we glimpse the character of God, as He works in the lives of Sarah and Abraham in their long wait for the child of God’s promise. Like them, as we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. As Marlo Schalesky wisely points out, in our lives, God loves to redeem the deepest sorrow, the worst guilt, the most agonizing pain, transforming them into platforms for His glory to be revealed. When we are so deeply hurt that we feel the pain will never pass, so bitterly frustrated to see the fragments of our carefully planned lives crumble into dust, can we trust God to bring overwhelming good out of the devastation of evil. This awesome and inspiring biography of Sarah will encourage and refresh your soul as you wait for the God of all hope to reveal His glory in your life.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo gently dislodge deeply-wedged rocks of doubt and despair to transform our understanding of Sarah’s eventful life into the fullness of God’s glory. Gifted with the unique God-given ability to bring Biblical characters to life, portraying them as very humane people, Marlo sifts through their lives to glean rich gems of truth, revealing her selfless devotion to God’s Word, and her ability to discover life’s transforming wonder.

Waiting for Wonder ponders Biblical truths to reveal how God infuses wonder into waiting. Sarah’s life was filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers of long, agonizing months turned into endless years. Sarah’s heart ached with the hope of a whole world blessed as she wrestled with the wonder of waiting. Who is this God of waiting who makes impossible promises, then asks Sarah and Abraham to wait, without even a glimmer of hope, and only the myriad stars to see in the silent sky? Who is this God of long intervals, painful delays, and yet-unanswered prayers?

To grasp the wonder of the God of the waiting room, we must find Him in the wilderness of waiting, where He seems most absent. Is anything too difficult for the Lord? He brings laughter when it seems too late. He is the God of wonder-while-you-wait. Sarah’s life is a soul-seeking journey of disappointment, doubt, and detours to discover God in the wilderness of life, believing in His commitment to bless all the families of the earth through her. Like Sarah, God calls us to wait for wonder, to laugh in the face of the impossible, to claim a blessing for the whole world, as we patiently wait for His time. Discover this God of waiting, of a whole world blessed through Sarah’s amazing life story, in “Waiting for Wonder” by Marlo Schalesky.

Miriam Jacob


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