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Finding Cracks in the Gap Theory

Tuesday April 22, 2014
The Gap Theory
The gap theory is an Old Earth Creationism view, also known as the "ruin - reconstruction" theory or gap creationism. The concept suggests that a time gap of millions to billions of years occurred between the first and second verses of the Bible.

Introduced in 1814 by Scottish theologian Thomas Chalmers, the gap theory became popular in the early part of the 20th century when Christians sought to resolve discrepancies between the Bible record and newly emerging scientific theories.

Besides solving the question of the age of the earth, the gap theory provides a possible answer to when dinosaurs existed, and allows agreement with the scientific claim that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago.

Nevertheless, biblical support for the gap theory is rather thin. Both the Scriptures and scientific theory contradict the construct on various points.

What is the Gap Theory?

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This Week's Testimony: Stacy's Sweet Submission

Monday April 21, 2014
Toughened by an abusive childhood, Stacy remained emotionless and strong even after becoming a Christian. But she was also very angry. What she didn't understand was that she had been simply enduring life in her own strength. Stacy had to become weak so the Lord could be strong within her. Eventually she got past her anger and began healing by learning to feel.

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Holy Week Day 8 - Resurrection Sunday!

Sunday April 20, 2014

The Empty Tomb
On Resurrection Sunday we reach the culmination of Passion Week.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul explained, "... if there is no resurrection ... then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless." (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, NLT)

Today we focus on the empty tomb! It reminds us that we worship a risen Savior as we celebrate the facts of Passion Week: Jesus came and lived among us, showing us his love; he died on the cross to save us; he was buried to take away our sins; he rose from the grave forever victorious, as recorded in the Gospels. (Go ahead, give a shout of praise if you feel like it!)

Take some time this Easter to consider the profound realities of the resurrection and what Jesus Christ's sacrifice means to you:

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Holy Week Day 7 - Saturday in the Tomb

Saturday April 19, 2014

At the Tomb of Jesus
On Saturday, the Sabbath, Jesus' body lay in the tomb where it was guarded by Roman soldiers.

When the Sabbath ended at sundown, Christ's body was ceremonially treated for burial with spices.

It may seem as though very little happened on this day, but Saturday marked an all-important turning point in history. Consider how this day changed the fate of every person—past, present, and future—who has put their faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ:

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Holy Week Day 6 - Good Friday's Trial, Crucifixion, Death, Burial

Friday April 18, 2014

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Today we'll trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday, the most difficult day of Passion Week.

In the early morning hours, as Judas Iscariot hanged himself in remorse, Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, and beatings. Perhaps Christ's most difficult heartache to endure was abandonment by even his closest friends and followers.

After multiple unlawful trials, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capitol punishment.

Meditate on the unimaginable sacrifice and incomparable suffering our Savior endured for us throughout his trial, sentencing, and gruesome death by crucifixion:

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Holy Week Day 5 - Maundy Thursday's Passover, Last Supper

Thursday April 17, 2014

The Last Supper
Today we'll retrace the Lord's somber steps to the Upper Room where the Passover Feast was shared. Before they ate, Jesus humbly washed the feet of his disciples.

Then, during the Last Supper, Jesus established the Lord's Supper, or Communion, instructing his followers to continually remember his sacrifice by sharing in the elements of bread and wine.

Later that night, Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony to God the Father. Shortly thereafter, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Sanhedrin.

Knowing what lay ahead, we can hardly fathom how difficult this day must have been for our Lord:

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Holy Week Day 4 - Silent Wednesday

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Tomb of Lazarus
Lazarus' Tomb in Bethany (Photo by George Eastman House, circa 1900).
The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on Wednesday of Passion Week.

Scholars believe that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples probably spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of the Passover.

While we can only speculate, it's fascinating to consider how our Savior spent this final quiet day with his close friends, Lazarus, Martha, Mary, and the disciples:

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Holy Week Day 3 - Tuesday in Jerusalem, Mount of Olives

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Mount of Olives
Current day Jerusalem with Mount of Olives in background.
Today our journey through Holy Week takes us back to the Temple in Jerusalem where Jewish leaders, grasping for a reason to arrest Jesus, did their best to challenge his authority and catch him in a trap.

Later that afternoon, Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, where he gave his famous Olivet Discourse.

Can you imagine the inner turmoil our Savior endured on this day of confrontation and controversy?

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Holy Week Day 2 - Monday: Jesus Clears the Temple

Monday April 14, 2014

Jesus Clears the Temple
Today we continue tracing the footsteps of Jesus, as Monday morning he returned with his disciples to Jerusalem.

Just days before the Passover Feast, the city was overrun with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world. At the Temple, money changers were turning the place into a scene of greed and sinfulness. Seeing the desecration of the holy place, Jesus drove these men out from the court of Gentiles, along with sellers of cattle and pigeons.

Consider how the expulsion of the money changers triggered a chain of events that led to Christ's death:

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Holy Week Day 1 - Palm Sunday's Triumphal Entry

Sunday April 13, 2014

Triumphal Entry
Beginning today, Palm Sunday, together we'll walk step by step with Jesus Christ along his journey through Holy Week.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, riding on a young donkey, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Immediately following this great time of celebration, Jesus began his journey to the cross.

Take time to pause and meditate on what each step of his path means to you, as we visit the major events that occurred during our Savior's week of passion:

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