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How does the idea of covenant intersect with Creation, the Flood, and Abraham?

"When we ask the question, 'How does the cosmos work?' We seek an answer that discusses physical laws and structures. In our  worldview , function is a consequence of structure, and a discussion of creation therefore must, of course, direct itself to the making of things. In contrast, when Israelites asked, 'How does the cosmos work?' They were on a totally different wavelength, because in the ancient  worldview  function was a consequence of purpose.” 1 Therefore, let us not ask, “What is the structure of a covenant?”, but "What is the purpose of a covenant?".  The function of a covenant is to make a solemn commitment or guarantee of promises and/or obligations by one member of the covenantal party or both. 2  There is much discussion, but little agreement on a covenant at creation. 3 So, in the beginning, was there a covenant between God and man? Man was already given life, so there was no need for God to promise life to man. But since a covenant i

Pentateuch Authorship

           Some people question the authorship of the Bible and more specifically the first five books of the Bible called the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch being the first five books of the revelation about God. The Bible does not give authorship to man, but to God, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 1             This word inspired is translated from the Greek word theopneustos; which means God-breathed. 2 Therefore the words of the Bible come from God, and are written by men.  There are varying theories on how this is accomplished; neo-orthodoxy, dictation theory, limited inspiration theory, and plenary verbal inspiration theory. “Plenary verbal inspiration asserts the Holy Spirit interacted with human writers to produce the Bible.” 3             It is traditionally held that the Pentateuch was authored by Moses, source c

Once A Knight ...: Richard Peek: A man for many seasons

Today I am going to take a break from blogging, but would like to share with you a blog recently written about my father Richard Peek.  The blog was posted and written by Nico Van Thyn , you can click on the link to get the original post or read the copy pasted below. In Christ alone, Mike Peek Once A Knight ...: Richard Peek: A man for many seasons :         One cold March day in the mid-1970s, Richard Peek was off duty from his fireman's job and went fishing with a buddy on the banks of the Trinity River in Dallas. Richard Peek (44): A big man who could play in the mid-1960s (photo from Louisiana Tech sports information office)         Within their sight, a boat overturned, and two men and a little boy went under the water.       Peek had trained as a paramedic at the start of his 33-year career with the Dallas Fire Department. He saw the danger; without hesitation, he dove in the water.       He saved one man and the boy. Unfortunately, the other man -- the boy's

Breadth & Depth

It is said that 90% of an iceberg is below the surface of the water.  The quote is by Christian author Jerry Bridges who went to be with the Lord this past week on March, 6, 2016.  Jerry Bridges was born on December, 4, 1929, in Tyler, Texas; the town that I live near to, work in, and attend fellowship at Sylvania Chruch .  The meme is by the Pastor and Christian writer Tim Challies .  I thought that both the quote and the iceberg were telling of what I would like to talk about today. Jesus said, " My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand." (Jn 10:27-28) In the spring of 2003 I heard His voice and began following Him.  Jesus has ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father.  So how have I been following Him since He is now with the Father?  I picked up the Bible and began to read it everyday, and I know that the Bible is true

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

I know as I write this some of you are going to think that I have lost my mind, but understand that this is coming from a person who served nearly 5 years in the Army on three different continents.  Have you ever wondered if the American Revolution was such a good idea?  I never did until this past week when the American presidential primary came to my residential state of Texas.  Something about it all just doesn't seem right and these three things entered into my mind. First of all American politics are based on speaking evil against the other candidates.  Yet this behavior contradicts the entire sermon on the mount.  "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Mt 7:12). Secondly I noticed that American Christians seem to be preoccupied with politics.  This preoccupation with politics is contrary to the great commission.  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptiz