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Male and female He created them Genesis 1:27

    In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, God stated that He created mankind in His own image - male and female He created them.  Six months ago the Pentagon opened all the combat positions to women .  Now there are a grand total of seven women Marines serving in combat arms.  Why so few?  One reason is that 86% of the women who attempted to join failed the physical fitness test, while three percent of the males did. 
     I can tell the difference between a man and a woman, but the Pentagon can't.  We are created differently.

Thank you God the Father for creating us male and female.

Power of Lightning

According to the history channel website "The earth experiences 8 to 9 million lightning strikes every single day. In a typical year, the United States will see about 70,000 thunderstorms somewhere in its territory. This produces approximately 20 million lightning strikes annually. A bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in instant heat. There are 100 million volts in an average lightning bolt, which can be as much as five miles long." 
  In 2 Samuel 22:12-14 we read:
 
He made darkness his canopy around him—

     the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of his presence
   
bolts of lightning blazed forth.

The Lord thundered from heaven;

   
the voice of the Most High resounded.

Praise the Lord for making powerful lightning.

Baptism and Comfort

    In our church we are studying the Heidelberg Catechism, a statement of faith that was written during the Reformation.  The sermon this morning was on the comfort that we receive from the sacrament of baptism.  Baptism is God's seal on us.  He claims us for Himself.  Baptism is God working.  We don't baptize ourselves, but God puts His sign and seal on us.   In distress Martin Luther used the words from Psalm 119:94:  "Save me, for I am yours."  He said this based on his baptism.  What a joy it is to be baptized!!  What comfort it is!!

Thanks God for putting Your seal on Your children.

Sanctuary - changing definitions

    On-line the definition of sanctuary is
- a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter
- the protection that is provided by a safe place
- the room inside a church, synagogue, etc.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanctuary
Only when you read further do you read:
1.  a consecrated place as:
   a.  the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies
   b. (1):  the most sacred part of a religious building (as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed)
       (2): the room in which general worship services are held
       (3): a place (as a church or a temple) for worship
2. a. (1):  a place of refuge and protection
        (2):  a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal
    b.  the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary

In the first simple definition, the first two examples of sanctuary refer to the secondary meaning.  The third meaning of the simple definition is the second definition of the first meaning.  The entire idea of sanctuary - the holiness of God in the Holy of Holies has been lost in the simple definition.  Note also that in the Bible it is the Holy of Holies (newer translations call it the Most Holy Place).  In the Websters, the holiness of God  has been downgraded to lower case, e.g., the holy of holies.

Lord, help us to be holy.

Orlando and Sanctuary

     Last Sunday I heard an unbiblical sermon on the tragedy at the gay Orlando nightclub.  The minister called the gay nightclub a "sanctuary" and was in tears because the sanctuary had been violated.  Unfortunately, he miss used the word sanctuary.  Sanctuary comes from the Latin word - sanctus or holy.  Thus, the first (and original) definition is the idea of holiness.  A sanctuary is a holy place, a consecrated place.
     By its very purpose and definition, a gay nightclub can not be a holy place, a place dedicated to worshipping and serving God.

Lord, make us holy.

White Tail Deer

     This morning I went for an early (0440 AM) walk up in Vermont.  I was rewarded in seeing three white-tailed deer:  one in the field across the road, one standing by the side of the road, and one in the lawn of a neighbor.  When they run, they lift their tail, and the underneath is completely white.  (see http://gf.nd.gov/wildlife/fish-wildlife/id/mammals/ungulates/whitetail for a good picture.)  The beauty of the deer leaping through the fields is great.
     But no evolutionist can explain why that section of the deer is white.  How did that section and only that section become white?

Praise the Lord for making such a beautiful creation.

Word Puzzles and Randomness

     Have you ever done a word search puzzle?  The puzzle has a series of letters and you look for words that words all have a certain theme.  Have you ever noticed that other words do not pop up?  I am not talking about one or two letter words.  I am talking about four or five or even six letter words.  There are over one million words in the English language, but you don't see extra words randomly in the puzzle that are not theme based.  Why?  Because the puzzle was designed by a human being (possibly with a computer's help).  But despite one million words, there are no random words in the puzzle.  This shows the order of the puzzle had a designer.  Random words do not just appear.  The order of the world also had a Creator God who still watches over us.

How Special is Our Brain?

     The brain is an incredibly complex.  Some scientists tried to mimic the brain.  "Using the NEST software framework, the team led by Markus Diesmann and Abigail Morrison succeeded in creating an artificial neural network of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses. While impressive, this is only a fraction of the neurons every human brain contains. Scientists believe we all carry 80-100 billion nerve cells, or about as many stars as there are in the Milky Way."  Using the 4th fastest computer in the world, they were able to sort of simulate one second of brain power with 40 minutes of processing.
      Is it possible to really believe that those 80-100 billion nerve cells, all connected in exactly the right way were somehow formed by random?  How long would that take?
 
Thank you Lord for making us so wonderfully.

The Brain and Computer Chips

   In the 13-26 June 2016 issue of Business Weekly Intel describes how they are going to make the server chips faster and better.  A new factory costs about $8.5 billion.  But to make the chips faster they are thinking of using "neuromorphic computing (circuits designed to mimic the human brain.)" 
     Fascinating that the brain is still superior to the computer. 

Thank you Lord for making the brain so wonderful.

Lavender and Honey Bees III

" 'These animals are exploiting some of the most exotic flight mechanisms that are available to insects,' says Dickinson." http://www.caltech.edu/news/deciphering-mystery-bee-flight-1075

Did you catch the evolutionary gobbly-gook?  How do bees exploit (to make productive use of: utilize) these exotic flight mechanisms?  Who made the mechanism?  The problem is that the wings have to beat more than 200 times per second.  If they beat less than that, the bee cannot fly.  How did the first bee develop the wing that can beat that fast?  It has to have a designer.  Christians know that God created the world.  The evolutionist, refusing to believe in God, cannot explain the flight of the bumble bee.

Thank you Lord for Your creation.  Thank you Lord for making honey bees and lavender.

Lavender and Honey Bees II

     In watching the bees fly, I am amazed that people still believe in evolution.  How did that first crawling insect sprout wings?  How did that crawling insect sprout two wings equally balanced on both sides of the body?  How did that crawling insect sprout two wings equally balanced, not too large, not too small that beat at 230 beats per second?  "The secret of honeybee flight, the researchers say, is the unconventional combination of short, choppy wing strokes, a rapid rotation of the wing as it flops over and reverses direction, and a very fast wing-beat frequency.  'These animals are exploiting some of the most exotic flight mechanisms that are available to insects,' says Dickinson. . .Honeybees' peculiar strategy may have to do with the design of their flight muscles. 'Bees have evolved flight muscles that are physiologically very different from those of other insects.  One consequence is that the wings have to operate fast and at a constant frequency or the muscle doesn't generate enough power,' Dickinson says.  'This is one of those cases where you can make a mistake by looking at an animal and assuming that it is perfectly adapted. An alternate hypothesis is that bee ancestors inherited this kind of muscle and now present-day bees must live with its peculiarities,' Dickinson says."  http://www.caltech.edu/news/deciphering-mystery-bee-flight-1075

The evolutionist, stuck in the mire of evolution, cannot explain how the first bee developed his wings.  A creationist sits back and enjoys God's wonderful creation, praising God for making His creation so wonderful.

Lavender and Honey Bees

    Yesterday afternoon I was sitting on our front porch and watched as the lavender stalks bounced up and down.  This was not because of the wind, but because of the bees flying about and landing on the flowers.  Seven bees flew in and out of three lavender plants.  It was a beautiful sight - the bees flying to the flower - the bees apparently cans smell 100 times better than a human.  The bees also can distinguish purple very well. 
     I wish I could find their honey storage, but alas, I am no Pooh bear.

Thank you Lord for making such colorful flowers with such scent.  Thank you for making the bees that make honey.

Mother Nature

     The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a drought monitor website (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/).  On this site the scientists track the drought conditions across the United States.  But it also states "On the other side of the spectrum, cooler-than-normal temperatures were observed across much of the West as Mother Nature always seems to find a way to balance the scales." 
     I find it curious that a scientific website refers to "Mother Nature."  Who is Mother Nature?  Where does she live?  How does she balance the scales?  Does she control the weather patterns?  Can you pray to her?  Can you influence her?  Or does she just act on her own accord?

    This once again proves that we have a longing for God.  Unfortunately, the longing is often blocked by sin, so we worship the created, not the Creator.

Access to God

   In Romans 8:2 St. Paul wrote "Through whom [Jesus Christ] we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand."  Having access into grace is a great comfort - instead of being punished, God gives us a spiritual ice cream cone.  We can now stand in the presence of God.  Wow.

Thank you Jesus.

How much is a human life worth? Part III

  In the past we looked at human life.  In Romans 5:8 we read "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  How much is human life worth?  Although we were sinners, with no value, yet Christ died for us so that now we have value.

Praise God the Father for sending His Son to die for us so that we may be redeemed.