Sunday, November 19, 2017

#Pontius Pilate #Prefect Pilate #Pilate stone #Roman writing #Christian #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #CREATION SCIENCE #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #BILLY GRAHAM #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #HOME SCHOOL CO-OPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #MAX LUCADO #JOYCE MEYERS #TED DEKKER


THE  PILATE STONE

Hello to all my fine friends out there!

I sure hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving here in America will get some well needed rest after the big occasion, maybe even catching a movie or two. For the rest
of the world I’m sure you know what it’s like to have a big celebration and how much work goes into preparing it and cleaning up afterward! Thanksgiving is the day we North Americans take time to gather with friends and family to feast and give thanks for the freedom of our country. And there is much to be thankful for.

I am most grateful for the freedom we have to study, speak and worship our Lord Jesus without fear. But there are those in this great nation who disbelieve that Jesus never existed. They deny his existence solely on the misunderstanding that only the Bible recorded his death and resurrection thus it is all made up. Let’s take a closer look…
Bust of Pontius Pilate

In 1961 an important discovery was made at the archaeological site of Caesarea Maritime. The artifact is a fragment of a dedicatory inscription carved in a block of stone for a building that was constructed in honor of the emperor Tiberius dating to 26-36 AD. It appears that the stone was then reused in the 4th century as a building block for a set of stairs belonging to a structure erected behind the stage house of the Herodian theatre in Caesarea. It was unearthed there still attached to the ancient staircase in the modern city of Caesarea-on-the-Sea, who’s ancient
Ancient Theatre at Caesarea
name was Caesarea Maritima. So what is so important about this block of inscribed stone? Check this out:

The writing is ancient Roman and it mentions the name  “Pontius Pilatus”. It is contemporary to the Pilate mentioned in the Bible’s lifetime and concurs with what is known of his reported career. This inscription is the earliest surviving record, (outside of the Bible), so far discovered of historical
evidence of the existence of this man. It means that Pontius Pilate traveled to Jerusalem at least every once in a while; enough to have a building dedicated to him. So what does it say?

DIS AUGUSTIS TIBERIEUM
…PONTUYS OUKATYS
…PRAEFECTUS IUDAEAE
…FECIT DE DICAVIT 

This is a very common structure of sentencing for that period of time in the upper echelon of government of which Pilate was. The letters that are italicized have been weathered away on the stone. In english it means;

To the divine Augusti [this] Tiberieum 
…Pontius Pilate
…prefect of Judea
…has dedicated [this] 

The words in brackets are not readable from the stone inscription but inferred from other ancient writings of this exact type.  

What is particularly significant in this archaeological find is that it is of authentic 1st-century Roman writing. And just who was Pontius Pilate? The Roman government official who ordered Jesus crucified. There are roman records of Jesus being crucified and now there is this inscription that states Pontius Pilate lived during that time. Amazing. If you want to see this stone you will have to travel quite a ways unless you live in Israel. Currently the Pilate stone is located at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. 

Fascinating don’t you think? That of all carved stones from that era, it happens to be one that mentions Pontius Pilate. Almost like Someone planned it that way! It’s food for thought anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a beautiful and blessed week to you all the rest of the world!
Willow Dressel 

References:
Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judah— Latin dedicatory inscription. The Israel Museum. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus: a re-examination of the evidence by Jonathan L. Reed 2002 ISBN 1563383942 page 18.
Tacitus, Annals, 15.44



Monday, November 6, 2017

#DESERT RAIN FROG #Breviceps macrops #CUTE FROG #SQUEAKY FROG #NAMIBIA #SOUTH AFRICA #DIAMOND MINING #AFRICA #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #ONE MILLION MOMS #HOMESCHOOL CO-OPS #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #MAX LUCADO #JOYCE MEYERS #BILLY GRAHM #TED DEKKER #FROG



UNUSUAL AND RARE LITTLE FROG

Greetings my fine friends out there!

And how has your week been? I pray all is well and your lives are running smoothly. I am still recovering from the flu but getting stronger everyday, praise God. My grandson came
for a visit so I’m very thankful I’m feeling better and I couldn’t help but let out a squeal of delight when I hugged him.

“Speaking of squeaky things I must tell you about the desert rain frog. Now I know I just wrote a blog on frogs, but I think you will love this one! “Breviceps macrops is a frog that is native to the coast of Namibia and South Africa. The frog spends most of the day burrowed in the sand where it is cool and moist, but comes out to feed on insects and their larvae.”1 Often it is seen with sand grains sticking to its skin. 

“The desert rain frog is a small, plump species with bulging eyes, a short snout, short limbs, spade-like feet and webbed toes. On the underside it has a transparent area of skin through which its internal organs can be seen. Its colour is yellowish-brown and it often has sand adhering to its skin…The desert rain frog is nocturnal, spending the day in a burrow which it has dug to a depth of 10 to 20 centimetres (3.9 to 7.9 in) where the sand is moist. It emerges on both foggy and clear nights and wanders about over the surface of the dunes. Its footprints are distinctive and are often found around patches of dung where it is presumed to feed on moths, beetles and insect larvae. It digs its way into the sand in the morning, and its presence in a locality can be deduced from the little pile of loose sand dislodged by its burrowing activities. Breeding is by direct development of eggs laid in its burrow and there is no aqueous tadpole stage. Its total range is smaller than 2,000 square kilometres (770 sq mi) and is fragmented and the
number of individual frogs seems to be decreasing. It is threatened by habitat loss caused by opencast diamond mining, road making and increased human settlement.”2

What makes this frog so adorable is it’s defense when threatened. I don’t want to give it away, so, with no more waiting, check out this cute video!


May all our discoveries be such a blessing from God!

God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel

References:

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/desert-rain-frog-dangerous-beast-or-adorable-squeaky-toy/

http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?gr=AM&sp=13848

Monday, October 30, 2017

#CLOUD SEEDING #WEATHER MODIFICATION #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CHINA #ROYAL AIR FORCE #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #HOME SCHOOL CO-OPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #INSTITUE FOR CREATION SCIENCE #KEN HAM #BILLY GRAHM #TED DEKKER #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #JOYCE MYERS #MAX LUCADO #HARVEST


CLOUD SEEDING-WHAT’S THAT?

Hello again everyone! Today, I am sick with the flu and a bad cough. I went to the doctors’s to take care of it right away so it wouldn’t turn into phenomena. I’ve had that three times this year so far and want to avoid it at all costs. I pray all of you are healthy or are able to get fast medical treatment.

Speaking of taking care of things, let’s take a look at cloud seeding. What exactly is it…

Cloud seeding is basically the ability to manipulate rainfall. “Even in areas with very low humidity, there's at least some water in the sky and clouds. A rainstorm happens after moisture collects around naturally occurring particles in the air, causing the air to reach a level of saturation at which point it can no longer hold in that moisture. Cloud seeding essentially helps that process along, providing additional


"nuclei" around which water condenses. These nuclei can be salts, calcium chloride, dry ice or silver iodide, which the Chinese use. Silver iodide is effective because its form is similar to ice crystals. Calcium chloride is often used in warm or tropical areas.

“There are three cloud seeding methods; static, dynamic and hygroscopic:
Static cloud seeding involves spreading a chemical like silver iodide into clouds. The silver iodide provides a crystal around which moisture can condense. The moisture is already present in the clouds, but silver iodide essentially makes rain clouds more effective at dispensing their water.
Cloud seeding China
Dynamic cloud seeding aims to boost vertical air currents, which encourages more water to pass through the clouds, translating into more rain. Up to 100 times
more ice crystals are used in dynamic cloud seeding than in the static method. The process is considered more complex than static clouding seeding because it depends on a sequence of events working properly. Dr. William R. Cotton, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, and other researchers break down dynamic cloud seeding into 11 separate stages. An unexpected outcome in one stage could ruin the entire process, making the technique less dependable than static cloud seeding.
Hygroscopic cloud seeding disperses salts through flares or explosives in the lower portions of clouds. The salts grow in size as water joins with them. In his report on cloud seeding, Cotton says that hygroscopic cloud seeding holds much promise, but requires further research.”

China has a government run program called the Weather
Modification Program in which they pour millions of dollars every year to launch thousands of specially designed rockets and artillery shells into the sky in hopes of increasing rainfall in drought ridden areas. And areas where its water supplies are significantly polluted, and to cool big cities on hots days. They even went as far as to research how to prevent rain from occurring at the 2008 summer Olympics, and were successful in preventing rain from falling!

But China is not the only one who practices these methods. Russia, Israel, Britain, Thailand, South Africa, the Caribbean nations, Australia and the United States of America all have worked on cloud seeding. Some nations like the U.S., China, Britain, and others have been experimenting and refining techniques since the 1940’s and 50’s. 

So the big question is; how reliable is cloud seeding? China obviously believes they are doing good, increasing rainfall as much as 13% in some areas. Australia claims it doesn’t work in the outback but works well in Tasmania. The U.S. has stopped federal funding since the 1970’s but states such as Texas and Oklahoma still pour funding into it  claiming good results. And in Britain it actually worked too well. 

The Royal Air Force (RAF) began experimenting with cloud seeding shortly after the end of WWII. “During an August
1952 operation, RAF pilots flew above the cloud line, dropping payloads of dry ice, salt and -- like the Chinese currently use -- silver iodide. After just 30 minutes, rain began to fall from the infected clouds. At first, the RAF pilots -- dubbed rainmakers by the press -- reputedly celebrated their success. But within the week a deluge began. By the end of the month, North Devon, an area of England near the site of the cloud-seeding experiment, experienced 250 times the normal amount of rainfall. On August 15, 1952, the day the rain started, an estimated 90 million tons of water coursed through the town of Lynmouth in just one day. Entire trees were uprooted, forming dams and allowing the tide of the two rivers flowing through Lynmouth to grow even stronger in force. Boulders were carried by the current, destroying buildings and carrying residents into the sea. In all, 35 Britons lost their lives that day as a result of the torrential rain. Britain's Ministry of Defense maintains that it had not experimented with cloud seeding prior to the Lynmouth incident.”

It is a lesson in playing with God’s systems. There are other things to consider too such as are we now adding other pollutants into the atmosphere (the silver iodide and other cloud seeding particles), and are we watering one area only to rob another of its water source? Does bringing water to needed areas outweigh the potential and real threats? Only time will tell because I don’t believe there will be an end to these advances. 

I, myself, am grateful I live in a rural area that does not subscribe to these methods. I am much more comforted by leaving the weather up to our Lord and Savior!

Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel

References:

1https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/meteorologists/cloud-seeding1.htm

2https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/manufacture-water2.htm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#WATER FROM AIR #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #DESERT #ETHIOPIA #CONDENSATION #AQUAMAGIC #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #MAX LUCADO #BILLY GRAHAM #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #TED DEKKER #HOME SCHOOL CO-OP #JOYCE MEYER #CONSERVATION


WATER FROM THIN AIR?

G’day my fine friends out there! How have you all been this past week? I pray all is well with your families and friends and that you are able to enjoy these beautiful autumn and spring days. 

Speaking of enjoying, a nice cool glass of crystal clear water is always enjoyable and doubly so if you are thirsty. And so I found several interesting articles on making water from air…

So it is true…water can be taken directly from the air. There are quite a few countries that are looking into it or already using it.; Israel has three different groups that have perfected the science, there’s inventors in Australia and more in
America that have also come up with techniques that work as well. 

All utilize condensation to extract moisture from the air. “There's water around us all the time, we just can't see it. The air in our atmosphere contains a varying amount of water vapor, depending on the weather. When it's hot and humid, evaporated water can make up as much as 6 percent of the air we breathe. On cold, dry days it can be as low as .07 percent of the air's makeup [source: U.S. Depart. of Energy].This air is part of the water cycle, an Earth process. Crudely put, water
evaporates out of rivers, lakes and the ocean. It's carried up into the atmosphere, where it can collect into clouds (which are actually just accumulations of water vapor). After the clouds reach the saturation point, water droplets will form, which we know as rain. This rain runs off the land and collects into bodies of water, where the whole process begins again… Water vapor amounts to about ’10,000 billion litres [about 2,600 billion gallons] in the bottom kilometere [about .62 miles] of air around the world’ [source: ABC]. What's more, this water is replaced every few hours as part of the water cycle.”1   

So during dry spells and disasters these inventions can supply water, and lots of it. All the inventions utilize some source of electricity such as wind mills, solar panels or diesel to run coolants through pipes that then collect condensation as it gathers on the outside. This condensation, which is pure water is then collected into storage bins or piped to target areas such as cities. One invention, the “AquaMagic -- pulls air directly from the area surrounding it (as do the others). Inside the machine, the air is cooled via a refrigerated coil. The air condenses, and the water is collected, purified, and released through a spigot. The
AquaMagic machine -- which currently cost about $28,000 per unit -- can produce up to 120 gallons of purified water in 24 hours, and since it's small it can be toted to disaster sites and Sub-Saharan Africa alike.”

Other inventions are large scale and can produce much more than 2,600 gallons of water per day. However, all depend on humidity in the air to be at least 25 to 30 percent. So in all but the most driest of places on Earth, these wonderful machines can help turn deserts green. 

Just like it says in Isaiah 35:1 “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”  And also in Genesis 11:6 “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

And next week we will see how people are trying to control the weather. So with computer technology we all have one language again, and now the deserts will bloom; more signs of the end times… 

Until next time, God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel

References:




Monday, October 16, 2017

#ITALIAN WOLF #ABRUZZO PARK #APENNINE WOLF #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #MAX LUCADO #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #BILLY GRAHM #CATHLOIC SCIENCE #HOME SCHOOL CO0OPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #JOYCE MEYERS #TED DEKKER


WOLVES IN ITALY?


Hello all you fine people out there! 

I pray this week brought you some beauty and peace and a step closer in your journey with the Lord Jesus Christ here on this earth!

Speaking of this earth I was surprised to recently learn that the country of Italy is home to a variety of wildlife one may not think would be found there. Italy is usually associated with pizza and lasagna, Venice and boats, beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean, the remains of Pompeii, the 
National Parks of Italy
Colosseum, and a boot shaped peninsula on the map. What doesn’t usually come to mind are wolves, unless you live there. But for the rest of the world, yes you heard right, wolves roam free in northern Italy. 

The wolf actually, has a long history in Italy. If you recall your mythology of this region (or maybe its just me that has forgotten, ha ha), a she-wolf rescued Romulus and Remus, and when they grew up they started Rome and unified Italy. 

Then there is the legend from the city of Gubbio in which “a man eating wolf was tamed by St. Francis of Assisi who then became a docile resident of the city. The legend is related in
Romulus and Remus and the she wolf
the 14th-century Little Flowers of St. Francis.”
1

Today the country really isn’t an official national animal (national animals, flowers etc are more of an American thing) but the unofficial “national” animal of Italy is the Italian wolf. It was chosen to  represent the entire country by depicting it as a protector of other lands and because of the legends and myths. 

ST. Francis of Assisi and the tamed wolf

“The Italian wolf is considered a subspecies of the gray wolf. It is also known as the Apennine Wolf, as it is found throughout the Apennine Mountains of Italy. It was first described in 1921 and recognized as a distinct subspecies in 1999. Recently due to an increase in population, the subspecies has also been spotted in areas of Switzerland… and have also established themselves in Southern France, particularly in the Parc National du Mercantour. It is federally protected in all three countries.

The Italian Wolf is a medium wolf. Male Italian Wolves have an average weight of 24 – 40 kilograms (53 – 88 pounds), with females usually being 10% lighter. The body length of the Italian Wolf is usually 100 – 140 centimetres (39 – 55 inches). Their fur colour is commonly blended grey or brown, though black specimens have recently been sighted in the Mugello region and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

The Italian Wolf is a nocturnal hunter which feeds primarily on medium sized animals such as Chamois, Roe Deer, Red Deer and Wild Boar. In the absence of such prey items, its diet will also include small animals such as hares and rabbits. An Italian wolf can eat up to 1,5 – 3 kilograms of meat a day. The Italian Wolf will occasionally consume berries and herbs for roughage. It has adapted well in some urbanised areas and as such, will usually not ignore refuse or domestic animals.”2

If you want to get a chance to see these animals, the National Park of Gran Sasso-Laga in Abruzzo is recommended.
Abruzzo Mountain, Italy

Until next week, take some time to enjoy God’s beautiful creation, and who know, you just might spot a wolf or two!

God bless,
Willow Dressel

References:
 By Stefano di Giovanni - http://www.sandrobotticelli.org/painting-SASSETTA-The%20Legend%20of%20the%20Wolf%20of%20Gubbio-42835.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15186631


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#GOD’S BEAUTY #MAN’S INGENUITY #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION SCIENCE #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #MAX LUCADO #JOYCE MEYERS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #BILLY GRAMHAM #TED DEKKER #HOME SCHOOL CO-OPS #ONE MILLION MOMS


GOD’S BEAUTY, MAN’S INGENUITY


 Good afternoon everyone!


So good the hear from my readers out there every so often. I always enjoy your comments, so thank you! Today is an easy blog of God’s beauty and man’s ingenuity. The two can go together to make stunning scenes…






















































It has been a crazy, crazy week for me. Next week will be back to normal with another amazing article.

God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel



Saturday, September 30, 2017

#FRUIT FLY #Goniurelia tridens #MIMICRY #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH # FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #HOMESCHOOL CO-OPS #MAX LUCADO #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #JOYCE MEYERS #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #BULLY GRAHM #TED DEKKER #ONE MILLION MOMS

Courtesy of creation.com Photo by Peter Roosenschoon

CAN “ART” IN NATURE EVOLVE?

Greetings all my fine friends out there!

What has happened to you this week? Anything interesting? I am continuing to read “The Forgotten Way” by Ted Dekker and drawing closer to Yeshua, otherwise known as Jesus, just by realizing and accepting that I am a beloved daughter of the King Most High. I never really believed that before, but now I do and what a change in my heart! I recommend that book to any who will listen. 

Speaking of listening, did you know that in nature there are some amazing designs that can only be called art work. The most fascinating is a little fruit fly. Not the ones that we are all so familiar with that bug us, but several species in the family Tephritidae. And in particular Goniurelia tridens. This little fly, only about 3mm (⅛ of an inch) long, is native to the United
Note the sand grains for size comparison 
Arab Emirates, and has a detailed picture of an ant-like insect on each of it’s wings so life like it looks like it was photo-shopped. The ‘picture’ is so life-like it’s complete with six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and abdomen that is tapered. So why do these little flies have pictures on their wings? Scientist are puzzled over the precise function of these images. “Some think they could be used as part of the fly’s courtship (attracting a mate), others that they may be for defense; that when threatened, the fly exposes the images on its wings, and the appearance of tiny ants seemingly walking back and forth may confuse a potential predator… it seems rather unlikely that a jumping spider (the fly’s predator) would be deterred by these minuscule ‘creatures’. Many will agree with the fly specialists that the wing images are ‘absolutely perfect’ depictions of ant-like insects.”
1 They are calling it “evolutionary art”. 

What? What does evolution have to do with art? According to dictionary.com, the definition of evolution is: Biology; change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.2 Again, what does that have to do with art? Mutation it random, natural selection does not select for something pretty unless it will help them survive and according to the scientists they don’t know what the function of these pictures are, and genetic drift does not create art. So I think evolution can logically be ruled out that it had anything to do with these tiny creatures.

Contrary to this, the Bible testifies that the natural world everywhere reveals overwhelming evidence for the Creator, Romans 1:20. Complex design implies an intelligent designer. Architecture requires an architect. Surely, then, the artful miniatures on the wings of this tiny fruit fly are testimony to the Divine Artist? Within the creation model and timeframe, if one day it was demonstrated that the images had indeed arisen after Creation Week, there’s a more likely explanation—that the Creator pre-designed these fruit flies with the in-built capacity to produce ant images on their wings. If so,
Orchid mimicking a beetle
it would be an example of the plasticity of a creature’s outward appearance being brought about by the execution of pre-programmed ‘sub routines’ in the DNA. This seems to be the case with the many varieties of orchids with intricate reproductive systems. In other words, if natural selection cannot explain what we see, there are two options. Either, God painted ant-like creatures on the wings of G. tridens from the start, or else He designed their genetic system with the capacity to produce the images in response to some later environmental cue, whether related to mimicry or not. Whether the artwork existed from Creation week or was acquired later via pre-programmed variability, or even natural
selection, there is nothing here that is incompatible with biblical creation. Flies changing into the same kind of flies, albeit with different wing patterning, does not demonstrate how flies could evolve into something basically different. Moreover, God not only created but continually upholds all
Orchid mimicking a wasp
things Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3. This speaks of His intimate ongoing interest in all that He has made, these humble fruit flies included. Add to this God’s sovereignty and foreknowledge, and we must surely credit the Divine Artist. ‘Evolutionary art’ it cannot be, for such an ideology makes no allowance for intelligent design or artists.”


Isnt the ant design on the wings of the fruit fly just spectacular...



Until Next time, God bless and take care,

Willow Dressel








References: