On January 12, 2010 the island nation of Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Of its nine million residents, it is estimated that 200,000 lost their lives, another 250,000 were injured, and two million became homeless. News of this tragedy was brought to our attention on a daily basis. Politicians and celebrities appealed to Americans to donate money to help the people of Haiti. All of the pain and suffering caused by this earthquake lead some to ask why God would allow such a thing to happen. Continue reading » Does God Cause Natural Disasters?
In Genesis 11:1-9 we read the familiar story of the tower of Babel. At this time in the history of man he was singular. After the flood man had a single language and seemed to inhabit one particular area, in and around Shinar. In Shinar man had the grand idea of establishing for himself a name. He proposed to do this by building a city and a tower to the heavens. Clark puts this event about 100 years after the flood and already we can see the folly of man as he again thinks of his works and ideas and seeks to establish a name unto himself.
Throughout the years of the history of man, his folly has been evident. He has built cities, established governments, overthrown the same, and all the while professed to be gaining knowledge. His search for knowledge is insatiable and while knowledge is a good thing it is also the bane of man’s existence as he has established by himself truths which are not. In Acts 26:24 Festus cried out to Paul, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” Unfortunately it is the same today. As man increases in knowledge the madness for his own knowledge is ever increasing and wasteful and leads him to foolish conclusions.
Continue reading » A Babbling Tower
Editor’s Note: Marty Pickup responded to brother Robert’s article, which appeared in the May issue of brother Robert’s mail out bulletin, The Communicator, and was reprinted in the June 2004 Issue of Watchman. Brother Pickup’s response, and brother Robert’s rejoinder were printed in the July 2004 issue of The Communicator. Since the initial article was published in Watchman, we thought best to publish this exchange as well.
Response From Marty Pickup
June 9, 2004
Dear brother Roberts:
Yes, you continue to grossly misrepresent me. I did not say, nor do I believe the false idea you attribute to me: “We should consider the account of the serpent was a pagan myth.” I never said in my FC lecture, nor do I believe, that the serpent of Genesis 3 might be a pagan myth. I never said, nor do I believe, that the serpent of Genesis 3 might be mythological. Such views are just as repugnant to me as they are to you.
Continue reading » Associate Editorial: Response from Marty Pickup
VBS Curriculum, 2001
(1) The First Seven Days
A. Read Text – ALWAYS Read the Text FROM THE BIBLE
1. Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 2:25
B. Memory Verse:
1. Genesis 1:1 (3rd Grade and down)
2. Genesis 1:26 (4th Grade and Up) THIS WILL TAKE SOME CLASS TIME TO WORK ON IT!!
C. Lesson readings – Use as you will
1. Colossians 1:9 – 18; Romans 1:20
2. John 1:1-4; Hebrews 11:3
D. Retell the Story of Creation in your Own Words: Continue reading » Associate Editorial: Genesis (A Book of Beginnings)