Sunday, June 21, 2015
Hello all you fine people out there. I must confess that I am overwhelmed with all that is going on in my life right now. My husband is struggling with work, my daughter and grandson are coming to visit and we are financially strapped so I am trying to work extra hours. So my dear friends, I am asking for your understanding in my not getting to writing an article this week. Bless all of you and thank you for being angels!
God bless and take care!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
OF ANGELS AND MEN
A DIFFERENT DIMENSION
Hi guys and gals! How was your week, what did you do? In addition to work I was helping a friend in need so I didn’t get to do as much research as I had hoped. But I did find an interesting article and would like to share it with you.
We know from scripture that angels and God can live in a different dimension than us. “For instance, in II Kings 6, The King of Syria was intent on making war with Israel but every time hetried to set a trap, the King of Israel was a step ahead of him. This really frustrated the King of Syria, and one of the King's servants said that the Prophet Elisha ‘tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.’ So, the King of Syria finds out where Elisha is staying and sends his army to capture him. Elisha's servant wakes up in the morning to discover the mountain "was full of horses and chariots…' In fear, he asks Elisha, ‘...what are we going to do?’ Elisha prayed and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ The Lord opened the servant's eyes and he saw, ‘the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.’ When we begin to consider other dimensions that are parallel to ours, this all makes sense!
“Consider Acts, chapter seven. Stephen is dying, as he is being stoned; in awe, he states, ‘Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ Or consider at the birth of Jesus, suddenly there was ‘a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…' There's also Jacob's dream in Genesis 28, he sees, ‘a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.’’’1
And of course Acts chapter 1 records when Jesus walkedthrough the walls or door of a lock room and His accession to heaven where He disappears into the clouds.
Can science prove the existence of a different dimension? Well… “There was an interesting interview in 2006 with Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics, at Harvard University. Based upon recent studies she said, ‘One reason people think about extra dimensions is string theory, the hypothesis that fundamental particles are actually oscillations of tiny strands of energy. String theory gives you a way to combine two very different models of the world, quantum mechanics and general relativity. Basically, quantum mechanics applies on atomic scales, and general relativity applies on big scales. We believe there should be a single theory that works over all regimes. String theory does that, but only in a universe that has more than three dimensions of space. More generally, there's stuff we don't understand if there are only three dimensions of space, and some of those questions seem to have answers if there are extra dimensions.’ One of the things she states is that there are certain discoveries in Science that onlymake sense if there are more than the 3 dimensions that we can see.
“In 2005, Frank Lee a Ph.d. in physics wrote: ‘a few years before 2000, researchers began to realize that those extra dimensions could be as large as the ordinary three dimensions. The reason why we cannot see extra dimensions is because all matter and electromagnetic waves (photons) are confined in a three dimensional sub-universe called ‘brane’. At present, we use mainly the electromagnetic waves (radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, and X-ray) to see or detect things. Since the electromagnetic waves are
confined in our brane, this immediately explains why we cannot detect God if He lives outside of our brane.’ These new findings, if true, make the Scriptures even more clearer.”2
|SHADOW OF AN ANGEL|
Now we as Christian creation scientists have to be careful of such studies for this study was based on evolution and the big bang theory. The idea is very interesting and may eventually be able to show scientific evidence of a different dimension. However we must never let something like that pull us away from the truth of scripture. But we may one day be able to use such evidence to prove there is another dimension in which the physical evidence once again backs up the Bible.
Until next time, God bless and take care!
This week in the night skies: new moon June 16 (northern hemisphere), the 17th for the southern hemisphere.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
OF ANGELS AND MEN
Good morning world! How is everyone today? I am well, though on the tired side. But we are having a beautiful spring/summer here and there is new life everywhere. As I am typing I can hear the little chirps of baby birds all around me.
And speaking of things all around us…are angels always all around us? Well, let’s take a look into the realm of angels.
For example, can angles speak to humans, can humans see angles either in their glory or as something else? Do humans turn into angels after we die, can we hear angels whisper into our ears, can angles come on their own volition or are they always sent by God? Can angels change shape? What about guardian angels? Is there really such a thing? How many angels are there? How many types of angels are there? Were the angels created or did they always exist with God? When did the fallen angels, fall? Can angels speak tongues? Are angles different ages? Are they male and female?
Angels are mentioned two hundred and eighty three times in the Bible, and eighty nine times in Revelations alone. One hundred and eight times angels are mentioned in the Old Testament. That isa lot of scripture that gives us clues into God’s dimension. There are also a lot of conceptions about angles that may or may not be true. And that my friends we will look into next week!
Sorry about the short blog this week…but i have injured my hand and typing is difficult.
Until next time, take care and God bless!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
TALKING WITH THE DEAD?
Good morning all my fine friends out there! How is life with you all? I hope as blessed but maybe not as busy as mine—its hard working seven days a week! Sometimes I feel like the walking dead I’m so tired.
Speaking of which, last week we discussed if there was life after death and if we could actually speak to our deceased loved ones…and can they communicate back with us.
Well, as we discovered, scripture is very clear about this and the answer is yes, we most certainly have the ability to contact those beyond the grave. The big question then becomes; should we.
Scripture is also very clear about this so let’s see what God says (the following scripture is the NIV):
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will bedefiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”
“I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.”
“A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets
2 Kings 23:24
Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 10:13
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance…
2 Chronicles 33:6
He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord,arousing his anger.
When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, themediums and the spiritists.
Jeremiah 27:8-10 If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the Lord, until I destroy it by his hand. So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.
As you can see, throughout Scripture, the Lord unequivocally condemns consultation with spirit mediums, fortune-tellers, astrologers, witches and all other occult sources of supposed knowledge and guidance.I think it’s safe to say we should have NOTHING to do with talking to the dead. Isaiah 8:19 tells it about as good as anything…“Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
As we have just discussed, it is evident there is another dimension in which the soul or spirit and angles reside in. Some people even believe they have seen beings from this dimension in the form of ghosts. Now can that be true? Is there such a thing as ghosts?
Stay tuned for next week and find out! Until then, God bless and take care!
This week in the night sky; In the northern hemisphere: “Tuesday, June 2 the Full Moon (exact at 12:19 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around sunset and shines in the dim feet of Ophiuchus after dark. It forms a triangle with Antares to its right and steady Saturn farther to its upper right.
Wednesday, June 3—Two shadows on Jupiter. From 9:58 to 11:13 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Io and Ganymede are both casting their tiny, unequal black shadows onto Jupiter's face. And, Jupiter's Great Red Spot transits the planet's central meridian around 8:38 p.m. PDT. Good luck with all this; Jupiter is now almost as distant and small as it gets.”1
For the southern lats: “The Full Moon is Wednesday June 4. Venus is prominent in the twilight evening sky. Jupiter is the brightest object in the evening sky once Venus has set. Saturn is in the head of the Scorpion and is easily visible in the evening. The Moon is close to Saturn on June 1. Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER is visible in binoculars in the evening.”2
Sunday, May 24, 2015
TALKING WITH THE DEAD?
Good day everyone!
How has this past week been for you? I always pray for all you readers that you have blessed weeks. Sometimes the Lords even impresses upon me to pray about certain things like finances or health or spiritual warfare or safety that I believe one of you is going through. Since the Lord is all knowing it is easy for Him to impress upon anyone the urge to pray for any situation. But one thing I have never felt from the Lord is to contact a deceased person.
Just 10 days ago one of my co-workers passed away in her home. She was young, only 32 years old. We had a memorial for her at work and while that was taking place my boss, who is not a Christian, got a text from his wife. Later he shared with us what the text was about. His wife is a median and she had a “sense” that the young woman was contacting her and gave a description of her having been in a lot of pain (both emotional and physical), but was no longer in pain and that she was happy, warm and loved where she was at.
Could this be true? Could my friend actually have been in contact with us from another dimension? Can we really talk to the dead? Well, believe it or not, the answer is yes. Scripture is clear about this as 1 Samuel 29:3-20 states; “Now Samuel was dead, and all
Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land. The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him bydreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’
“‘There is one in Endor,’ they said.
“So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. ‘Consult a spirit for me,’ he said, ‘and bring up for me the one I name.’
“But the woman said to him, ‘Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?’
“Saul swore to her by the Lord, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.Then the woman asked, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’
“‘Bring up Samuel,’ he said.
“When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, ‘Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!’
“The king said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. What do you see?’
“‘The woman said, ‘I see a ghostly figure[a] coming up out of the earth.’
“‘What does he look like?’ he asked.
“‘An old man wearing a robe is coming up,’ she said.
“Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’
“‘I am in great distress,’ Saul said. ‘The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.’
“Samuel said, ‘Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”
“Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.”
This is a pretty powerful historical event. It is an actual recording of someone being summoned from the afterlife, what he said and what he predicted. It also proves there is an after life. “There are many (others) who believe that the personality of the deceased persists in disembodied form, perhaps as a ghost. Such a belief is found widely in animistic cultures, but also in China and many ancient nations. Witness the many tales of haunted houses and the like, even in ‘Christian’ countries.
“There are many ‘spiritualistic churches’ professing a diluted form of Christianity and led by ‘mediums' who claim to have the ability to communicate with departed family members or others. In recent years, numerous ‘New Age’ cults have also risen, many of which involve ‘channelers’ who receive ‘revelations,’ either from dead ancestors or from other kinds of spirits. It is significant that all such concepts of immortality assume that only the soul/spirit survives at death; the body is dead and that's the end of it.”1
So now the question becomes…should we be contacting the dead? What harm can it do, right? They were our loved ones after all…Well, you might be surprised what God has to say about it.
As for my deceased co-worker… my husband pointed it that the “contact” was so generic that it was more like a horoscope or fortune cookie prediction. And although there were some details I haven't mentioned that did match my friend, they could have also matched many other people.
We’ll look into what God has to say about mediums next week.
Until next time, God bless and take care!
This week in the night skies: First quarter moon is May 25 for the northern lats and on the 26 for the southern lats. Also for the northern lats, “Wednesday, May 27 Action at Jupiter. Ganymede and Io both cast their tiny (but unequal) black shadows onto Jupiter's face tonight from 10:01 p.m. EDT to 12:18 a.m. EDT. Meanwhile, Jupiter's Great Red Spot crosses the planet's central meridian around 10:46 p.m. EDT.”2
For the southern lats, “Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER is climbing in the evening sky fading as it goes. It should be just below magnitude 6, but with the waxing Moon nearby it is best viewed with binoculars and telescopes. In binoculars and modest telescopes the comet will be a fuzzy blob, high power telescopes may show the thin tail seen in astrophotographs, although the Moon makes that unlikley. The comet will move up through Canis Major towards Canis Minor this week.”3
Sunday, May 17, 2015
THE WATERS ABOVE
How are you? I have had a good week working hard at my job at the little zoo and keeping up with everything else. But sometimes I have too much going on and don’t remember what I am doing or what I have done. Like the time I left the water on in the horse trough and there was a lake in the pasture by the time my husband came home a few hours later. Yikes! At least it wasn't a waste because the water did soak in and give my neighbors trees a drink!
But speaking of water…how much do you know (or remember from school) about water? Water is an amazing feature of our world, without it all life would cease on our planet. Did you know the water cycle is mentioned three times in scripture? Psalm 135:7 states “He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.(NIV version)” and in the King James Version
Wow! Virtually the same statement mentioned three times in theBible. Anytime anything is repeated in scripture we ought to take note, for I believe God is trying to get our attention so we understand the importance of that particular subject. And the hydrologic cycle (the cycle water moves through on earth) is extremely important. “In order to provide rain to water the earth, there must be vapors ascending all over the earth (that is, evaporation from the world’s great oceans), winds then blowing from God’s unseen treasury (which God put into place using global atmospheric circulation), and, finally, lightnings for (or “‘with’) the rain (electrical discharges associated with the condensation and coalescence of
And all of this was written thousands of years before modern scientists began to understand the hydrologic cycle. It seems there are two important factors concerning this; First, ancient man was a lot smarter than modern anthropologists give credit for, and second, all scripture is God -breathed (meaning God dictated the writings) so God not only knew about the hydrologic cycle but created it! The proof is in scripture written thousands of year ago!
The hydrologic cycle is so important that God actually compares His word to it in Isaiah 55 10:11; “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,…So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please”
Until next time, God bless and take care!
This week in the night skies; For the northern lats, “Three doubles under Saturn. Once Saturn has risen well up in the southeast in late evening, examine the little star 2° below it. That's Beta (β) Scorpii, a fine double star for telescopes. Another 1° below that is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, nearly vertical and a little too faint for the scene at the top of this page. Binoculars show their slight color difference. Left or lower left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. High power in good seeing reveals Nu's brighter component itself to be a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.”2
For the southern lats… an Aurora watch alert tonight for the Australia area and tonight and tomorrow for the South American area! This is “due to an anticipated impact from glancing blow from a Coronal Mass Ejection interacting with a coronal hole solar wind stream. This could translate into aurora at any time during the night time of the 17th to early morning 18th. Aurora, if they flare up tonight, are likely to be seen only in Tasmania (possibly Victoria). Aurora can occur at any time after nightfall (although around midnight or just after seems to be common). Dark sky sites have the best chance of seeing anything, and always allow around 5 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, beams have been reported consistently over the last few aurora and a large green "blob" has been seen.”3
And for everyone…New moon on monday the 18th. This should help for the southern aurora viewers!
1Institute for Creation Research, Days of Praise, Daily Bible Reading and Devotional Commentaries, March*April*May 2015. Copyright 2015. pg Saturday, May 16.
Monday, May 11, 2015
OUR SKIN—EVIDENCE OF DESIGN
How are you all doing out there? I hope all you mothers had a wonderful mothers day yesterday. For those of you who don’t live in the USA, our country takes one day out of the year to celebrate motherhood. It is a joyous occasion where our children express their gratitude for all the hard work us mothers have done throughout the year.
And speaking of mothers, we often have to have tough or ‘thick’ skin to survive all the hurts and fears of motherhood. But what exactly is our skin and what does it do?
Our skin is amazing, only a few millimeters (less than a ¼ of an inch thick) on average it is what protects us from all the dangers the outside world throws our way. It protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun as well as closes and heals over wounds inflicted to its layers protecting us from blood loss and infections. Our skin is also the largest organ of our body weighing about 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in the average sized adult. It covers the entire surface of our bodies including, believe it our not, our eyes. The skin covering our eyes is transparent, having a different DNA code than the rest of our skin.
Our skin is marvelously highly resistant to water, grows hair which can help with both cooling and warming our bodies, and is constantly in repair of itself. “Every minute we lose about 30 to 40 thousand dead skin cells from the surface of our skin, which equals about 9 pounds of dead cells every year! The outer cells can’t fall off too quickly, however. If cell loss exceeded cell production by only a few percent, we would quickly lose our stratum corneum (outer layer of skin) and die. Amazingly, cell loss precisely matches cell production.”1 We pretty much get a whole ‘new’ skin every 28 days!
It also can regulate our body’s temperature by controlling how much heat reaches the skin’s surface by filling the small blood vessels near the surface to dissipate heat. In addition, “We have about three million sweat glands in our skin that can secrete up to about three quarts of sweat per hour. Sweat, which is largely water, evaporates off the surface of our skin, giving a cooling effect.”2
“A piece of your skin about the size of a small coin and only three millimetres ( less than 1/8 inch) thick contains about 240 sweat glands, 35 oil-producing glands, two metres (seven feet) of blood vessels, 25 hair follicles, nine metres (30 feet) of nerves, and hundreds of nerve endings. All of these work together perfectly, doing their various duties continually.”3
In addition our skin and most of the animals’ skins are strong and flexible. Some animals even have hard skins such as turtles, tortoises, crocodiles and alligators, rhinoceroses, etc.
Could all of this have evolved through environmental pressures and natural selection? The answer is no. Remember macro evolution is supposedly achieved throughmutations. But remember what mutations does to DNA? All mutation save one (the Harlem mutation) are detrimental causing a loss or rearrangement of DNA information which always results in some type of disfunction.
Only a supernatural Intelligent Designer could have created such a complex organ that interacts so intricately with the rest of the body in every second of the day. We tend to take our skin for granted so the next time you pray, let’s give our gratitude to the Lord for designing such a protective, regenerating organ that works so hard for us all year!
Until next time, God bless, and take care
This week in the night skies; for the northern lats; “Summer is more than a month away, but the Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega. It's already sparkling in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm's length. It's in view by the time nightfall is complete, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to Vega's lower right after 11 p.m.”4
For everyone; “The Last Quarter Moon is Monday May 11. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on the 15th.”5
Sunday, May 3, 2015
ANATOMY—THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Hi guys! How has your week been? Mine has been a blessing as always. My adopted daughter just had her baby boy…that makes number 5 grandson for me! And all this excitement has me wired!
Speaking of wired (lol!), we are going to delve into the nervous system today. “The nervous system is composed of two parts: the central nervous system, which is the control centre comprising the brain and the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, which consists of nerves connecting other parts of the body to the control centre. Via a combination of electrical and chemical processes, the nervous system is used to control the functioning of the entire human body. Scientists inherently acknowledge that the nervous system is built according to an electrical design. Thetheory and electrical
scientific literature describing the nervous system is replete with references to electrical
|Neuron with synapses (electrical discharge).|
“The basic building block of the nervous system is the nerve cell, called a neuron. The brain itself consists primarily of neurons. Under a microscope a neuron looks like an octopus with manytentacles. A neuron can transmit an electrical impulse to the next neuron (see How do our nerves transmit information?). The network of electrical impulses enables us to receive information from the physical world and then send it to our brains, and vice versa. Without the neuron circuits our bodies would completely shut down, like turning off the power supply to a city.”2
But how does our brain get the information to begin with. Humans and most of the animal kingdom receive information from our five senses; sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Once something from these five senses comes to us it is relayed using sensory receptor cells which change this form of energy into electrical signals. There are different receptor cells for each of the five senses. These receptor cells are “switched on” or “off” according to the right conditions. The electrical pulses can range from 10 to 500 impulses per second depending on the intensity of the stimuli (a furry rabbit or a hot coal for example).
“To gain a true comprehension of the complexity of this circuitry, we must understand that co-ordination between neurons is essential. The computations required for such co-ordination are enormous. “There may be from ten trillion to one hundred trillion synapses [i.e. connections between neurons] in the brain, and each one operates as a tiny calculator that tallies signals arriving as electrical pulses.” [Emphasis added.] Thus, messages to and fromthe brain are relayed, moving from one neuron to another.
“It is difficult to understand how anyone can believe that the nervous system, particularly the brain, could have been produced by evolutionary randomness and selection. We have barely touched on some of the electrical design present in the rest of the body. The truth is that scientists are always discovering more about its workings, since its complexity, which far surpasses anything produced by man, is nothing short of a miracle. Truly we can say with David, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are marvellous and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).”3
The nervous system is so much more complicated than the brief description above. But it all boils down to intelligent design. Which of course means there had to have been an Intelligent Designer! But then, isn’t that what history tells us?
Until next time, take care and God bless,
This week in the night skies: For everyone, full moon is Tues, May 4th. In the southern Hemisphere, “The eta Aquariids meteor shower, the debris from Halleys comet, will peak on May 6 UT . However, good rates will be seen from Australia on the mornings of the 7th and 8th.”4