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Francis Collins - The Language of God

Watch & Listen to this YouTube video.  Dr Francis Collins, a Scientist presents his Evidence for Belief.

Is there evidence for belief? Are science and faith consistent ways of seeing the world? Join us as Dr. Francis Collins, world-renowned geneticist, physician, and Former Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health shares his journey from atheism to faith, propelled by science. His talk is followed by a Q&A session. The Veritas Forum at Caltech, 2009.

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What is the Good News folk talk about?

2000 years ago Jesus Christ made the incredible claim to be the Son of God, born, He said, into this world to show us the loving nature of His Father, God. He healed the sick, the blind had their sight restored, the deaf could hear, the mute could speak.  He even brought the dead back to life, changed gallons of water into the finest wine at a marriage reception and when He calmed a storm at sea His disciples, who had feared for their lives, questioned among themselves 'Who is this man?’  He also uniquely fulfilled many ancient prophecies made about the anticipated deliverer or Messiah, before His birth, during His life and after his death - many events that He had no control over.  For instance, remarkably,  King David in Psalm 22 gives a graphic and horrendous account of the process of crucifixion 1000 years before Christ was tortured to death by the Romans and even describes how the Messiah’s clothes would be shared out by casting lots. We read it with awe.  Jesus said that if we had seen Him we had seen the Father God - what a claim!

Although He was totally innocent, Jesus was unjustly condemned to death but because of His innocence (and who He was), He was able to pay, with His own life, the ultimate redemption price for us all - this was all part of God's plan.  In His love for us, Jesus endured torture and died an agonising death on a Roman cross in order to pay the penalty required by the law of God, for mankind’s disobedience and Sin.  The Bible tells us that under that law, we are all guilty and stand condemned - facing the death penalty. However, because Jesus died instead of us, we have been pardoned and set free.  It was our guilt, shame and rejection which had come between us and God.  If we truly believe in Jesus and are deeply sorry for and confess our Sin to God, we receive His forgiveness and our relationship with our loving Heavenly Father is restored. His promise to us is a new life, an eternal life.  (John chapter 3 verse 16)    

But Jesus didn’t just die on that cross, incredibly He arose from the dead, just as He predicted would happen, (although His disciples didn’t believe the reports at first) and was seen to be very much alive over a period of 40 days and, on one of those occasions, by more than 500 people.  So the claims Jesus made about Himself, during His life and proved in His resurrection from the dead and ascension to His Father need our serious attention - Jesus, the Son of God, is Alive and He said that one day, when we least expect it, He will make a dramatic return. In the meantime Jesus wants us to spread the Good News of God’s forgiveness and eternal salvation to everyone.  How will folk know unless they are told?

When I was at secondary school the staff put on a play about Noah, who had been told by God to build this huge ark in the desert to save all the animals and anybody who believed from an impending flood which would destroy everything.  In faith Noah obeyed God and of course folk just laughed at him, ignored him and carried on with their lives.  Then when the storm clouds gathered and lightening and thunder struck and the first rain drops fell they taunted him even more, until . . . . . . . it became obvious that this was for real.  By then it was too late to be saved, the door of the ark had been sealed - they had made their choice!  We could regard Jesus as our ark today.  

It’s our choice whether or not we respond to God's love, mercy and forgiveness.  We can’t earn our salvation, nobody is good enough, it’s a free gift from God but like any gift, we must receive it.  As a guarantee of our salvation and to help, comfort, encourage, teach, guide and challenge us, God then graciously gives us His Holy Spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self Control and we become a new creation, a Child of God.  If that doesn’t blow your mind nothing will.

After hearing the Good News, I prayed and confessed my Sin and nervously invited Jesus Christ into my life in 1969, as a student, and in all of life’s traumas and dark times since He has been with me and helped me cope.  I am secure in His love, accepted by Him and talk to Him as a friend - yes he does hear us and knows what we need before we even ask Him.  He has changed my life and the lives of many of my friends. However, He doesn't promise an easy life but He does promise never to leave us.  I and many others can vouch that Jesus Christ is Alive and if you don't already know Him, He is now knocking at the door of your heart.  He will not force His way in - the handle is on the inside.  What will you do?

If you wish and live locally, call in or ring our Minister and let us know.  We can help you on your new journey of faith.  We are still learning and on that journey of discovery too.

Some of the Bible Verses that help me:

Romans 3/23

All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.

Romans 6/23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5/8

But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!

1 John 1/9

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.

Ephesians 2/8-9

For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Revelation 3/20

Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.

John 1/12

Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God.

John 3/16-17

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour.

1 John 5/11-13

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Matthew 11/28-29

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

John 16/24

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Philippians 4/6-7

Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.  And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4/13

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

1 Peter 5/7

Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you.

John 10/10

(Jesus said) The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

Psalm 119/9,11

How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to thy word.  I have laid up thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.

Joshua 22/5

Love the Lord and follow His plan for your life, cling to Him and serve Him enthusiastically.

Science can investigate the Natural World but not the Supernatural.

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