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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. 

Jesus Claims He is God - Part II

C. S. Lewis, the great English original thinker has this to say about Jesus's claim that He was God:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Mere Christianity

Let us worship Christ as Lord and not a lunatic.

Jesus Claims He is God - Part I

  In my textbook on Western Civilization, the authors discuss Jesus.  But no where do they state that Jesus claimed to be God.  This is a serious error, as in John 5:13 we read "For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL TO GOD.
     Jesus claimed to be God.  And the Jews reacted to that claim.  Those who say that Jesus never claimed to be God are ignorant of the Scriptures.

Thank you Father for sending us Your Son.   

Serial Polyandry

There is polyandry (many husbands at one time) and then there is serial polyandry (one husband after the first one is gotten rid of).  One famous serial polyandrist was Elizabeth Taylor who was married eight times to seven men:  Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton whom she divorced and then remarried, John Warner, and finally Larry Fortensky.  (Mike Todd is the only one that was a "till death do us part."

This is contrary to Christ Jesus said "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning."

Serial Polygamy

There is polygamy (many wives at one time) and then there is serial polygamy (one wife after the first one is gotten rid of .  Perhaps the most famous serial polygamist was the English King Henry VIII who had six wives:  Katherine of Aragon (divorced), Anne Boleyn (beheaded), Jane Seymour (died), Anne of Cleves (annulled), Catherine Howard (beheaded),  and Catherine Parr (survived).

This is contrary to Christ Jesus said "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning."

Polygamy

The Quran 4:3 says this about having a second wife:  “then marry women of your choice, two or three, or four but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly, then only one.”
Check out this website:  https://www.secondwife.com/

The Bible says this about marriage:   "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."  Note the singular wife in Genesis 2:24.  I Timothy 3:2 gives the qualification of an elder (overseer):  "Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable . .  "

Lord, keep us faithful to our wife.