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By Katherine Kehler

 “Honor Christ by submitting to each other� (Ephesians 5:21)

Our Bible Study group was discussing Scripture that addressed the subject of the roles and attitudes of a husband and wife toward each other: submissive and loving.

For some reason during this discussion, I thought of an experience I had in Nigeria several years ago. Campus Crusade for Christ had completed translating the JESUS film into one of the Nigerian languages and we were leading a delegation of business and political leaders who would be part of the premier showings to the Nigerian people. One of the couples with us had funded the translation of the film.

Our national staff hosted us and graciously toured our group to some interesting places. We met a lot of remarkable leaders, including a tribal chief. When our bus stopped at their village, the people greeted us with cheering. Rarely have I experienced such a warm welcome.

While our staff director went through the formalities of presenting the Chief with his own copy of the JESUS film in his language, we women were standing around chatting.
Tim, our Nigerian director, approached me and said, “Among these people, women are not allowed to look at a man’s face. They must keep their eyes lowered when they talk to a man.â€?

Well, needless to say, I was shocked – everything inside me wanted to shout, “No way! Why should I have to lower my eyes?â€?

But God was merciful – I came to my senses – He changed my attitude. I realized we were guests in their country and for the sake of Tim and the customs of Nigeria, I had better submit. That meant I would have to lower my eyes when I spoke with the men in that country. And I did.

Submitting or being in control? That is the question. It seems that every day we have choices to make, not only in a husband and wife relationship, but also in many other relationships. The only way I can do it with a good attitude is when Christ is in control of my life. How about you?

Father, all of us have problems with wanting control. Thank You for Jesus’ example. He was totally obedient to Your will. We plead for Your mercy and grace to empower us to yield to You and Your will. Amen.

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Katherine J. Kehler, an innovator, entrepreneur and writer has launched and developed many successful ministries and websites.
Together with her husband, Marvin, Katherine directs Thoughts About God

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By John Grant

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.�
Genesis 1:26 KJV

Back in 1925, it was a legal case that had the attention of the nation. John Scopes, a high school teacher, was charged and prosecuted for violating a Tennessee statute which forbade the teaching, in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee, of “any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” The case was a watershed in the creation-evolution controversy.

Now, almost a hundred years later the issue is still on of great debate and the mind of public education has turned the other way. Here in my state, the Board of Education has ruled teachers are allowed to “present scientific information relevant to the full range of views on biological and chemical evolution� There is a raging debate in the state legislature over proposed legislation that would undo the ruling.

A Nobel laureate recently testified in opposition to the legislation noting that “humans and fruit flies have the same genes.� The professor is frustrated that teachers in public schools would be allowed to challenge the way evolution is taught and would allow teachers to challenge Darwin’s theory. He and others fear that such legislation would allow teachers to present as credible theories of creationism and intelligent design, basically beliefs that God or a higher being created humans.

Meanwhile, New York Times columnist and former presidential speech writer, Ben Stein’s new film, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,� recently opened in theaters across the country. I have seen it and encourage every person of faith to see it and to take their children. The premise of the movie is that in the name of science, the thought of a creating God has been expelled from the classroom and those who seek to teach it anywhere, have often been expelled from their careers.

Why do people fear putting creationism under the microscope of academic scrutiny? I believe the Bible to be the true Word of God and it says he created the world, including you and me. As people of faith, we need to weigh in on this issue and speak up for our beliefs. Creationism and science are not incompatible and God’s place in creation of us all should not be swept under an elite academic rug.
(a thought on life from John Grant)

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney. He is an active writer and frequent speaker.  He can be reached by e-mail at John.Grant@johngrant.net

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