In the beginning God . . .
February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In our morning Bible classes and Sunday School elementary classes we are studying the first chapters of Genesis.  Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  This TLO Disciple explores the wonder and beauty of God Creation.  Although sin has corrupted God's creation and placed it under the power of Satan, God continues to create pouring out tremendous blessing even to a world corrupted by sin.  Through Jesus God has redeemed sinners and promised to create a new heaven and a new earth when He returns.  As Christians it is our responsibility to be good stewards of all of God's creation.  I pray this resource will well up within you a thankful heart for all of God's blessings and a desire to worship the God who created you and redeemed you to be his own for eternity through Christ.

Pastor Kroonblawd

From Martin Luther

"In Him was life." John 1:4

He means to say: The Son of God is not a creator or worker who, like a builder, leaves his work after its completion and dies when his hour has come. Far from it! No, He continually governs and preserves what He created in the beginning. And although whatever is temporal and transitory will pass, die, and perish in time, He Himself abides eternally. For He is God, and in Him resides that life which cannot and will not die. Therefore the evangelist differentiates between this Creator and others who may fashion something. He is an entirely different Worker from any earthly, mortal laborer; for He has life of Himself and will never die. Whatever lives and survives owes its life and being to Him.

--Martin Luther

Out of Nothing: The Word, Creation and Faith
Men's Network Bible study
By: Rev. Steve Misch

In this Bible study, Pastor Steve Misch considers theories of evolution, the plausibility of random chance, man's spiritual and physical nature, and how God's creation and salvation are intrinsically linked in the person of Jesus Christ.

Click to view study detail   

Concerning the six-day creation
by Matthew C. Harrison

Creation is a mystery. Just as science will forever have a problem with Jesus being God and man, with His virgin birth, or with His resurrection, so science will forever scoff at or, at best, view the creation account in Genesis as mythology. Though I'm no scientist, I've had challenges myself believing that the creation accounts are history. When will a talking snake appear believable to reason? How, in the face of the dominant theory of evolution, will the special creation of Adam out of dust and in a flash appear reasonable? And what of Eve from a rib? How can I possibly hold to an actual creation of all things in six natural days?

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The Creed

As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.

The First Article.

Of Creation.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

--Martin Luther

Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Days?
By Ken Ham

It is a good exercise to read Genesis 1 and try to put aside outside influences that may cause you to have a predetermined idea of what the word "day" may mean. Just let the words of the passage speak to you.

Overdesign in the human being with a case study of facial expressions
by Stuart Burgess

It is well known that irreducible complexity is important evidence against evolution. However, another important design-related evidence against evolution is 'overdesign'. A system or object is overdesigned when it has design features that are far beyond what is needed to survive. Overdesign cannot be produced by evolution because, with evolution, every aspect of design must have arisen because of some specific survival advantage. In contrast, intelligent design is easily able to produce overdesign. The concept of overdesign can be seen in the Bible in Psalm 8:5, where we read that man was "made a little lower than the angels and crowned with honour and glory". Humans have around 24 unique facial muscles that are designed for making facial expressions. Humans have the amazing ability to make and discern up to 10,000 different facial expressions. Evolution has no credible explanation as to why humans need such remarkable abilities     in order to survive. Facial expressions are just what would be expected if man had been specially created to be a spiritual and emotional being in the image of God. The huge difference in functionality between humans and apes provides evidence that there is no common ancestor.

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Feedback: Irreducible complexity and cul-de-sacs
Today's feedback comes from I.F. who regularly comments on articles published on His response here is to Overdesign in the human being with a case study of facial expressions by design engineer Stuart Burgess. Click to read the comments.

When was the Ice Age?

The Ice Age was a period of several hundred years that began within a short time following the global Flood of Noah's Day. During this time, global temperatures cooled and glaciers covered one-third of Earth's surface. The Flood's after-effects, such as warmer oceans and cooler air temperatures, created the necessary conditions.  Read more.

When was the Ice Age in Biblical History? 

Click to hear the audio file from Answers in Genesis

From the Bible

"Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.'"
2 Peter 3:3-4 

Together with All Creatures: Caring for God's Living Earth

Read the full report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, LCMS, April 2010

The Lord Gives. Christians Manage.
by Jerald C. Wulf

Why do we give to the church? Is it because it makes us feel good or because everything we have is the Lord's? 

Find out here! 

Theological reverences on Animals
The  LCMS theological references are posted on Humane Society's website.  

Give us this day our daily bread.

Helpful links

Is God Green? By Matthew Nelson   

Paper or Plastic?  By Rev. Christopher Hall

The First and Chief Article  by Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer

Can we talk with the dead? Movie review "Annabelle: Creation" by Ted Giese 

Yoga  from LCMS website

From Luther's Large Catechism
Article I.

9] I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

10] This portrays and sets forth most briefly what is the essence, will, activity, and work of God the Father. For since the Ten Commandments have taught that we are to have not more than one God, the question might be asked, What kind of a person is God? What does He do? How can we praise, or portray and describe Him, that He may be known?  Now, that is taught in this and in the following article, so that the Creed is nothing else than the answer and confession of Christians arranged with respect to the First Commandment. As if you were to ask a little child: 11] My dear, what sort of a God have you? What do you know of Him? he could say: This is my God: first, the Father, who has created heaven and earth; besides this only One I regard nothing else as God; for there is no one else who could create heaven and earth.

12] But for the learned, and those who are somewhat advanced [have acquired some Scriptural knowledge], these three articles may all be expanded and divided into as many parts as there are words. But now for young scholars let it suffice to indicate the most necessary points, namely, as we have said, that this article refers to the Creation: that we emphasize the words: Creator of heaven and earth. 13] But what is the force of this, or what do you mean by these words: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker, etc.? Answer: This is what I mean and believe, that I am a creature of God; that is, that He has given and constantly preserves to me my body, soul, and life, members great and small, all my senses, reason, and understanding, and so on, food and drink, clothing and support, wife and children, domestics, house and home, etc. 14] Besides, He causes all creatures to serve for the uses and necessities of life sun, moon, and stars in the firmament, day and night, air, fire, water, earth, and whatever it bears and produces, birds and fishes beasts, grain, and all kinds of produce, 15] and whatever else there is of bodily and temporal goods, good government, peace, security. 16] Thus we learn from this article that none of us has of himself, nor can preserve, his life nor anything that is here enumerated or can be enumerated, however small and unimportant a thing it might be, for all is comprehended in the word Creator.

17] Moreover, we also confess that God the Father has not only given us all that we have and see before our eyes, but daily preserves and defends us against all evil and misfortune, averts all sorts of danger and calamity; and that He does all this out of pure love and goodness, without our merit, as a benevolent Father, who cares for us that no evil befall us. 18] But to speak more of this belongs in the other two parts of this article, where we say: Father Almighty.

19] Now, since all that we possess, and, moreover, whatever, in addition, is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God, it is readily inferred and concluded that it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for it without ceasing, and, in short, to serve Him with all these things, as He demands and has enjoined in the Ten Commandments.

20] Here we could say much if we were to expatiate, how few there are that believe this article. For we all pass over it, hear it and say it, but neither see nor consider what the words teach us. 21] For if we believed it with the heart, we would also act accordingly, and not stalk about proudly, act defiantly, and boast as though we had life, riches, power, and honor, etc., of ourselves, so that others must fear and serve us, as is the practise of the wretched, perverse world, which is drowned in blindness, and abuses all the good things and gifts of God only for its own pride, avarice, lust, and luxury, and never once regards God, so as to thank Him or acknowledge Him as Lord and Creator.

22] Therefore, this article ought to humble and terrify us all, if we believed it. For we sin daily with eyes, ears, hands, body and soul, money and possessions, and with everything we have, especially those who even fight against the Word of God. Yet Christians have this advantage, that they acknowledge themselves in duty bound to serve God for all these things, and to be obedient to Him [which the world knows not how to do].

23] We ought, therefore, daily to practise this article, impress it upon our mind, and to remember it in all that meets our eyes, and in all good that falls to our lot, and wherever we escape from calamity or danger, that it is God who gives and does all these things, that therein we sense and see His Paternal heart and his transcendent love toward us. Thereby the heart would be warmed and kindled to be thankful, and to employ all such good things to the honor and praise of God.

24] Thus we have most briefly presented the meaning of this article, as much as is at first necessary for the most simple to learn, both as to what we have and receive from God, and what we owe in return, which is a most excellent knowledge, but a far greater treasure. For here we see how the Father has given Himself to us, together with all creatures, and has most richly provided for us in this life, besides that He has overwhelmed us with unspeakable, eternal treasures by His Son and the Holy Ghost, as we shall hear.


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