January 13, 2002
Volume 12, Number 02

So You Believe In God

Are you a person who believes in God? Are you among the number that believes mankind was specially created in the image of God? Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and Savior of the world? If so, you are in good company. Many great minds down through the ages have been firm, believers in God. Often we are led to believe that anyone who is "intellectual" 'has long since shed their belief in God for a more, "intellectual," stance of atheism or agnosticism, with accompanying belief that organic evolution has produced all we see a round us through genetic mutations and natural selection. But it's just not true.

Many famous statesmen, scholars, scientists, artists, poets, and other such celebrities have held to a belief in an Almighty God. Not "everyone" believes in evolution, with its "god" of atheism, as we are led to believe.

Dr. A. Cressy Morrison, former past president of the New York Academy of Sciences, affirmed that "so many exacting conditions are necessary for life on the earth that they could not possibly exist in proper relationship by chance."

Dr. Edwin Conklin, Princeton biologist stated: "The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a print shop."

The famous French General, Napoleon I (Bonaparte), observed that "All things proclaim the existence of God."

British poet William Cowper commented that "In all the vast and minute, we see the unambiguous footsteps of…God."

Emerson, another famous poet, wrote that "Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere."

Dr. George Washington Carver when asked one day what he was doing, replied, "God and I are working on the peanut."

United States President Abraham Lincoln, once remarked, "I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the Earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God."

Dr. Johannes Kepler, the famous German mathematician and astronomer who formulated the three basic laws of planetary motion, described his research as "thinking God's thoughts after Him."

Dr. E.A. Maness once said, "If the word 'God' were written upon every blowing leaf, embossed on every passing cloud, engraved on every granite rock, the inductive evidence of God in the world would be no stronger than it is."

Will Durant, the famous humanist, once admitted, "The greatest question of our time is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even the East versus the West; it is whether man can bear to live without God,"

The psalmist stated that "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1). The apostle Paul wrote: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and glory, so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:20).

Not everyone believes in organic evolution. Many people through the ages have believed in God – for good reason. If you would like to examine the facts behind belief in God, then we invite you to join us in a 3-day seminar dealing with God's existence, organic evolution, the Bible's inspiration, and several
other topics. The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2002 in the Venice High School Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Bert Thompson, former professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M University. There will be no charge whatsoever, and no collections will be made. Everyone is invited.

A Seminar That You Will Not Want To Miss ...

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar dealing with these and other important issues. The speaker is Dr. Bert Thompson, former professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University. He is Executive Director and co-founder of Apologetics Press. He is also the editor of Reason and Revelation, a monthly journal on Christian evidences, published by Apologetics Press since 1981. All sessions are free. In addition, handout materials accompanying each lecture will be made available free-of-charge to those in attendance. Most sessions are followed by questions and answers.


Friday, January 25, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
7:00 p.m. “The Creation / Evolution Controversy

Saturday, January 26, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
1:00-2:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part I
2:30-3:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part II

Sunday, January, 27, 2002
at the Church of Christ of Venice Building
10:00 a.m. “Scientific Evidences for the Inspiration of the Bible
11:00 a.m. “The Effect of Evolution on the Home, Church and Nation

Note: Friday and Saturday Seminar sessions will be held at the Venice High School Auditorium.

Laws of Probability

The French Mathematician, Lecompte de Nouy, examined the laws of probability for a single molecule of high dissymmetry to be formed by the action of chance. De Nouy found that, on an average, the time needed to form one such molecule of our terrestrial globe would be about 10 to the 253 power billions of years.

“But,” continued de Nouy ironically, “let us admit that no matter how small the chance it could happen, one molecule could be created by such astronomical odds of chance. However, one molecule is of no use. Hundreds of millions of identical ones are necessary. Thus we either admit the miracle or doubt the absolute truth of science.”

Quoted in; “Is Science Moving Toward Belief in God?” Paul A. Fisher, The Wanderer, (Nov 7, 1985).

We will receive our first shipment of House to House / Heart to Heart this month. It will be mailed every other month into our community.

If you have a friend, neighbor or co-worker that lives in Charlotte or Sarasota Counties that you would like to have placed on the mailing list—please give us their name and address. (There are sign up sheets for the mailing list on the table in the foyer.)

Florida School of Preaching
27th Annual Lectureship
January 21-24, 2002
“Do You Understand Worship”

Click here for more details.

Annual Bible Reading Program

The Bible Reading Schedule for 2002 can be found on the table in the foyer. This can be placed in the back of your directory.

Beginning on January 1, 2002 - we put the Daily Bible Reading online. It can be viewed at www.venicechurchofchrist.com. Why not email your friends and family and invite them to join us in reading through the Bible in 2002.

“A buried talent is never a buried treasure.
Talents become treasures only through use.”


Glen Law - Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Melissa Keyso -
Pansy McCord - Renee Wheeler - Bill & Jeanne Sherman -
Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier - Virginia Law -
Mary Kaupilla - Stepheny Bennett

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... One Meal You Cannot Eat In The Kitchen (Luke 4:38-42)
PM ... What To Do When God Answers "No" (2 Samuel 7)

Building Program:

On February 3rd, the elders will be presenting the completed plans and bids for the planned improvements to our property.

This will follow our regularly scheduled fellowship meal.

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Mike Weber  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 David Coffman  



 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 David Coffman


Our Record - Last Week


 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece



$ 2150.05
Larry Jenson
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Charlie White
Jim Dougan

Carl Rigney

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