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Ignoring Dads

In the June 12-18 issue of Business Weekly, they had a section on Life's Lessons.  Some of the sub-titles were Building the business, Achieving work-life balance, Practicing good office politics, and Listening to mom.  I searched but could not find Listening to dad.  Dad's are important in the life of the family, and when they are no there, they hurt the family.  So dads, step up to the plate.  And readers, be wary of what you read.

Lord, help dads be dads.

Ignoring God

In the June 12-18 issue of Business Weekly, they had a section on Life's Lessons.  Some sections were Finding your moral compass, Being a decent human being, and Channeling your inner Zen.  In Finding your moral compass, all six responses were about integrity and not lying.  Not one response mentioned loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.  In being a decent human, one suggested writing personal handwritten notes, not e-mailing or texting.  Very true, but being a decent human being is far more than handwriting a thank you note.  One wrote the priority should be faith {faith in what/whom?}, family, and work. 

Lord forgive our nation for not putting Christ first.  He is king, yet we act as if He is not the Lord of business.  Forgive us Lord.  And please send Your Holy Spirit to work our lives.

Truth Telling

In quite a few movies that we have been watching, the protagonists get into a heap of trouble because they are not truth tellers.  Many problems arise simply because people lie.  While it certainly happens in the movies, I would contend that it also happens in real life.  Call a spade a spade.  Tell the truth.

Jesus Christ said "I am the truth."  Note that it was not "I tell the truth" but "I am the truth" because Christ is and defines truth.

Weeds - Part III

    Another greenbrier plant I attacked had a root system that was six feet long for a stalk of three feet.  Once again, only be pulling the weeds up will my good plants grow.  How are you doing in your spiritual life?  A little tug won't solve the problem.  Sometimes it is going to take a long and tough fight to get rid of sin.

Lord, help us to root out sin.

Weeds - Part II

     While patrolling my yard, I found a greenbrier growing.  One stalk was bare and prickly so I took my trowel and tried to dig it up, but it would not come up.  Back with a shovel I attacked the plant and i dug up a root system, a rhizome, that was 6" long and 3-4" in diameter. 
     The Bible says to root out all evil.  Just snipping the plant at ground level would not have solved the issue.

Lord, help us to root out all evil.

Weeds

I went into my yard and looked at my azalea bush and found it was very green, but not with azalea leaves.  Honeysuckle had completely covered the bush.  I started pulling up the weeds and in the end, I had a very bedraggled bush with not so many leaves.  Jesus states in Matthew 13:22 "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." 

Lord, help us to get rid of the weeds of the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.

Bigamy

We have been watching The Magnificent Century, a Turkish film about Suleyman the Magnificent.  In the film, two women vie for his attention:  Mahidevran, his first concubine who gave him his first son, and Hürrem who bore him (so far in the film) a son, Mehmed,  and a daughter, Mihrimah.  Watching the two concubines fight over Suleyman reminded us very much of the fighting between Leah and Rachel over Jacob.

When God created Adam, he created one wife for him, not two. 

Thank you Lord for my wife.

Benjamin Franklin the Diest

Benjamin Franklin said, "The longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth, That God governs in the affairs of men."

Even a deist, who did not believe that God was only a watchmaker, came around to believe that God really is in charge.

Benjamin Franklin the Diest and Prayer I

One of the most famous deists was Benjamin Franklin.  A deist believes that god (or God) is like a watchmaker.  He has wound up the clock and placed it on a shelf.  Thus, there is no reason to pray.  But in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, the deist, proposed that the meetings be opened in prayer.  He wrote  "How has it happened that we have not, hitherto once thought of humbling applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our Understandings?"  When his request for prayers was turned down he lamented "The Convention except for three or four Persons, thought Prayers unnecessary!"

Lord God Almighty, may we always open our meetings with prayers, seeking to do your will.

Ascension Day Part III

In Ephesians 1:20, 22 we read, that God the Father "raised him [Jesus Christ] from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.  22 And God placed all things under His feet." 
In Joshua 10 we read the story of how Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalem, formed a coalition to fight against Joshua and the Israelites.  You know the story of how Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still so he could beat them.  After inflicting a terrific defeat on them and chasing them for miles, we pick up the story in verse 24:  When they had brought the kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, 'Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.'  So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.  Joshua said to them, 'Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Be strong and courageous!  This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are goint to fight.' Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees."
When Paul says that everything is put under the feet of Jesus, remember this story.  Notice the tense.  He placed (past tense) all things under His feet.  This is an accomplished action.

Thank You Father for making Jesus the king of kings.

Memorial Day

Today, Memorial Day, is a day we remember for those who have died.  We have freedom because of those who gave their all.  We think of those who were not selfish but thought that their cause was worth dying for.  Thanks to those who died.

Ascension Day Part II

In Ephesians 1:20 we read that God the Father "raised Him [Jesus Christ] from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms . . . and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the age to come." 
In the business world there are chief executive officers, (CEOs), who run the company.  In the political world in the United States we have a president, a supreme court of 9 justices, and a legislative branch with two houses, 100 senators in the senate and 535 representatives in the house.  Jesus is the CEO, and the president, and all 9 supreme court justices, and the entire legislative branch.  He is above all titles.  He is at the head of everything and everybody.

Jesus Christ, we bow our knees to You.

Ascension Day Part I

Ascension Day, when Christ returned to heaven, is a true Christian holy day, that has not been corrupted by the retail industry.  There are no Hallmark Ascension Day cards and there are no Jesus Christ action figures that when you press a button, a toy Jesus Christ is launched into the air.
We went to an Ascension Day Service, and Rev. Petr Kornilov had an excellent sermon based on Ephesians 1:20-21. God the Father "raised Him [God the Son/Jesus Christ] from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion." 
Simply put, Jesus is king now.  Not a future king.  But king now.  We often fret when we see the suicide bombings, the turmoil in the world, the rioting, the protests, the economic uncertainty, etc.  But we must remember that God the Father has placed Jesus on the throne "far above all rule and authority, power and dominion." 

Thank You Father, for putting Jesus on the throne. 

New Dinosaur

Up in the tar sands of Alberta, an equipment operator found the most complete skeleton of an armored dinosaur, a nodosaur, ever found.  "For paleontologists the dinosaur’s amazing level of fossilization—caused by its rapid undersea burial—is as rare as winning the lottery. . . One unlucky day this landlubbing animal ended up dead in a river, possibly swept in by a flood. . . microscopic remnants of its original coloration."
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/

Comments: 
1.  Once again we have an animal drowned.  Since the scientists say there can't be a flood, they come up with some alternate facts.
2.  How is it possible that there is still coloration after 110 million years?  Could it be that the fossil is not quite as old as 110 million years?

Lord, thank you for making so many different varieties of animals.

New Family Tree

    What is interesting is that the 15 skeletons of Homo naledi, were buried.  Wild animals don't bury their dead.  Humans do.  According to the evolutionists, the bone structures is something that one would expect for something/one living about 2,800,000 years ago, well before Homo sapiens appeared.  How is it possible that Homo naledi are burying their dead, a human action, when they should have died out over two million years before?
     Perhaps we are not millions of years old. 

Thank you Lord for creating us in Your own image.

Neanderthals - size of brain

    According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution, one of the distinguishing characteristics of humans is their brain size.  It states "The human species eventually developed a much larger brain than that of other primates—typically 1,330  cm3 in modern humans, nearly three times the size of that of a chimpanzee or gorilla."  But then what do you do with Neanderthals which have "an average size of (1,200–1,900 cm3)"?   If we descended from the Neanderthals why did our brains shrink?

Thank you Lord for creating us with brains.

Brain size - II

Darwin wrote:  “With civilized nations, the reduced size of the jaws from lessened use-the habitual play of different muscles serving to express different emotions-and the increased size of the brain from greater intellectual activity, have together produced a considerable effect on their general appearance when compared with savages . . . It is admitted that the man’s cerebral hemispheres are absolutely and relatively larger than those of orang[utan] and the chimpanzee . . . Again, as respects the questions of absolute size, it is established that the difference between the largest and the smallest healthy human brain is greater than the difference between the smallest healthy human brain and the largest chimpanzee’s or orang’s brain."

Thus, Darwin believed that there was more difference between a European and an Australian aborigine then there is between an Australian aborigine and an ape. 

For Darwin, there is a sliding scale.  For Christians there are humans and there are animals.

Brain size

     When I was studying for my masters I got into an argument about brain sizes and Darwin.  My professor denied that Darwin had categorized humans by brain sizes.  In The Descent of Man he wrote:  "The belief that there exists between the size of man some close relation between the size of the brain and the development of the intellectual faculties is supported by the comparison of the skulls of savage and civilized races, of ancient and western people . . . by many careful measurements, the mean internal capacity of the skull in Europeans is 92.3 inches; in Americans [American Indians] 87.5; in Asiatics 87.1; and in Australians [aborigines] only 81.9 cubic inches."  to be continued.

Movie: Gifted

   Yesterday afternoon my wife and I went to see the movie Gifted, a story of a gifted child, 6 years old able to do calculus, and the custody fight for her as she is an orphan.  Although there is some occasional bad language, (including one one f-bomb), the tale is told well.  The precocious child asks about if there is a God and the uncle waffles in his answer.  Then she asks about Jesus and he says that he likes Him.  Unfortunately, Jesus did not give us that option.  See earlier blog on Jesus claiming to be God on 07 and 09 May.

Lord, give us the boldness to talk about God when we are asked.

Humanity's strange new cousin is young and shaking up the family tree

   Homo naledi was fund in a cave in South Africa and there are some problems with the evolutionary tree.  First, there are quite a few complete skeletons. Unlike Lucy whose knee bone was found several kilometers from the rest of the skeleton, these bones are in tact.  The difficulty is that these bones are young, 236,000 years old according to the tests.  But they were supposed to have been extinguished 2,000,000 years before.  How did that happen?  The entire evolutionary tree is going to have to be reexamined.  Oops.