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This Sunday, I begin a new series on the seven days of Creation, entitled, "Made." For a preacher, beginning a new sermon series is like driving a new car off the lot. It smells fresh, and it’s got new and cool stuff to explore.

One of the things that has hit me recently is how much the theme of light and dark appears in the bible. Nietzsche said, "A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the 7th day of creation." Ole Friedrich assumes that God took his hands off the world and stopped creating after the seventh day. Oh, how wrong he was!

I think that many Christians are in fact deists because of an overdose of bad free-will doctrine and Calvinophobia. "God created the world, and now the rest is up to us through free will," is a caricature of this view, but not to far askew.  It’s still my Father’s world. Not mine. He loves me enough to give me some choices. But, I must always remember that he has free will too. Besides, the Christian life is lived from the prayer, "not my will but yours be done." We should seek freely the conformity of our will to that of God’s. This is the deepest form of intimacy with Him.