Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#SEQUOIA #NATIONAL PARK #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #FAITHIT #WOMEN OF CHRIST #IT IS WRITTEN #GOD VINE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #BIBLE #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY #CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY


THE  SEQUOIA  PRESIDENT 

Greetings everyone!

How is your New Year coming along? Any big projects or decisions? As for me, I’m still working on last year’s resolutions, ha ha! 

Speaking of big, Sequoia National Park is a stunning natural treasure of one of God’s giant creations here in the United States of America. One sequoia, (Sequoiadendron giganteum), dubbed “the president,” has thankfully not succumb to
loggers, forest fires, earthquakes, or tornadoes over the thousands of years it has been alive. But there is more than this which makes these giants as big as they are. Trees have what is known as water pull where water from the roots is pushed upward. Usually the water can travel upward only a few meters by osmotic pressure. It the case of extremely tall trees such as sequoias and redwoods, these extraordinary heights are reached by using a system of branching capillarity (capillary action) in the tree’s xylem (tiny water tubes) and sub-pressure from evaporating water at the leaves. “Sequoias supplement water from the soil with fog, taken up through aerial roots (roots that grow above the ground), at heights to where the root water cannot be pulled. This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet  tall & is estimated to be over 3,200 years old. Imagine, this tree was already 700 years old during the height of ancient Greece's civilization and 1200 years old when Jesus lived and Rome was well into its rule of most of the western world and points beyond. The trunk of The President measures at 27 feet across, with 2 BILLION needles From base to top.”

The time scale utilized is secular, meaning each tree ring is believed to represent one year of growth. However, it is a well know fact that trees can produce a ring of growth after a good amount of rainfall, which can occur several times a year. So even though the 3,200 year estimate falls within the biblical timeframe of the post Flood era, the President and other
sequoias may actually be younger than we think. By looking at the average rainfall in Sequoia National Park, it would be reasonable to say there could be, on average, two growth spirts in a year. That would cut the age in half! But remember that is on average and we don’t really know what the rainfall would have been in this part of the world directly post Flood or during the Ice Age. 

So regardless of the age of the tree, it does align with scripture. And if you haven’t seen the photograph of the President in its entirety, it is staggering and can be found in National Geographic’s magazine! National Geographic
photographers worked along with scientists to create the first photo that shows the President in all its glory.  They had to Climb the tree with pulleys and levers, and took thousands of photos. Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together, to get this incredible portrait of the President.

And just for all you fine people who don’t live in the United States, the Giant sequoia can be found in Canada, Northern Europe, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the British Isles.

All I can do is sing praises to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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

References:
National Geographic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoiadendron_giganteum#Biology

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

#HOMO NALEDI #Homo sapiens #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATIN RESEARCH #CREATION MINISTRIES #FOFCUS ON THE FAMILY #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #Bible #WOMEN OF CHRIST #GODVINE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IIT IS WRITTEN #FAITHIT #LIVERTY UNIVERSITY #CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY #BILLY GRAHAM #ARCHEOLOGY #PALEOARCHEOLOGY #BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

http://www.timeslive.co.za
WHO  IS  HOMO  NALEDI?


Hello everyone! 

Happy New Year to all who celebrate January 1st as the beginning of a new year. And Happy New Year even to those who don’t! The new year is a funny thing. It is a beginning for new things and changes and yet it is the continuing of life as we know it. 

So with that in mind, who is Homo Naledi? Most of us are familiar, digging deep into our school lesson memory, with such names as Homo erectus, Homo habilis, and Homo sapiens. But Homo naledi? Who are these people? 

Discovered in 2013, fifteen individuals including children and women have left over 1,500 bones in a cave located west of Johannesburg in South Africa.

H. naledi has been described as having features ‘similar to early Homo species including Homo erectus, Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis’. There are increasing numbers of
Note the rounded bottom jaw and skull, typical of humans not apes
evolutionary paleoanthropologists who today argue that these are arbitrary species designations of variations of mankind. ‘In other words, instead of Africa once being home to multiple human species such as Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster and Homo rudolfensis, all of these specimens may actually simply be Homo erectus.’ Scientists such as Wolpoff as far back as 2001 argued that these should really all be included under H. sapiens, human beings…So why label the remains Homo naledi if there is so much indication that these may have been ordinary humans with some unique anatomical variations just as there are variations today between different people groups but all descended from the first two people created by God—Adam and Eve?”
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Straight finger bones indicated human origins as opposed
to apes who have curved finger bones

Homo naledi look virtually the same as the
two “known” human skulls below. the elongated
brow ridge and teeth are due to old age.
Even more interesting is that these scientists don’t want to date these bones. Though it is apparent they are trying to make H. naledi a missing link, “A glaring omission is the lack of any effort to date the bones. Hints are given that the scientists involved would like to see them around 2 million years old, which would then help place them as perfect ‘links’ between Australopithecus and Homo by evolutionary assumptions. Berger’s excuse for this omission is that he ‘didn’t feel it ethical to destroy hominin material until it had been described; dating the specimen would mean the destruction of the material.’ As more than 1,500 pieces have been removed and examined, and by their own admission possibly thousands more remain in the chamber, surely they could have sacrificed just one
Human skull, commons
human skull, commons

bone for radiometric dating?”2 And the scientists repeatedly refer to their finds as bones, not fossils. And indeed most of the bones are only partially fossilized or not at all.

Whatever the final decision is about H. naledi, the remains “are either those of an ape ‘kind’, or of mankind, and if the latter, descendants of the historical Adam and Eve. They probably died during the post-Babel period, within the past few thousand years.”3

We can always trust and believe in the unaltered truth of the Bible. Therefore we don’t need to worry or be afraid of the truth suddenly changing for God’s Word never does. And neither does his great, great love for you and me.

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

References:


https://creation.com/homo-naledi?utm_media=email&utm_source=infobytes&utm_content=us&utm_campaign=emails

Monday, December 24, 2018

#MERRY CHRISTMAS #CHRITS’S MASS #EUCHARIST #LORD’S SUPPER #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #JESUS #MESSIAH #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #FOCUS ON THE FAMINLY #INSTITUTE FOR CREATIN RESEARCH #Bible #WOMEN OF CHRIST #GODVINE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IT IS WRITTEN #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY

Antique drawing, commons


MERRY  CHRISTMAS!

Hello everyone!

Nativity scene, commons
May we all have a wonderful day tomorrow with our loved ones celebrating the incarnation and birth of Christ Messiah. And the common greeting referring to this celebration is to wish the people we meet with, “Merry Christmas!” But do you know what the word Christmas actually means? I’m sure most of you can guess that the first part refers to Christ. And you are correct. But what about the second part. The “mas”. What exactly does that mean?

Well, “the word is a shortened form of ‘Christ's mass’, or ‘Cristes Maesse as it was first recorded in 1038. This was followed by the term Cristes-messe in 1131, according to The Catholic Encyclopedia. The term ‘Christ’ - or Crīst as it
Bethlehem scene, Pinterest 
originally read - comes from the Greek word Khrīstos, a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which means ‘anointed’. The second part of Christmas - maesse - is a version of the Latin word missa, the celebration of the Eucharist tradition of eating bread and drinking wine in memory of Jesus, also called Holy Communion and the Lord's Supper.”
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So now that we know, we can greet one another with “Merry Christmas” every time we have Holy Communion! And in doing so, we can also meditate on the incredible Love and Power of the Father and of the Son and Holy Spirit for the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. All for us. 

May you have a most joyous Christmas season filled with peace and love!
The Lord’s Supper, commons



Merry Christmas!
The Lord’s Supper, Pinterest 
Willow Dressel
Merry Christmas








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References:

1https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/1963302/christmas-term-meaning-why-shorten-xmas/

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

#GIANT CAMEL #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #HOMESCHOOL COOPS #CHRISTIAN #PALEONTOLOGIY #Bible #ANCIENT ANIMALS #GODVINE #FAITHIT #GODTUBE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IT IS WRITTEN


Giant Camel commons

GIANT  CAMELS  IN  THE ARTIC?

Greetings everyone! My, what a busy time of the year! Christmas and Easter are two days of celebration that is world wide. So I know most of you are busy with preparations, whatever they may be, all around the world. May our Lord Jesus bless you as the days draw nearer to the time we commemorate our Savior’s birth.

As the birth of Christ drew near, one of the animals used by the wise men to travel to Bethlehem, and also a common work animal, was the camel. Camels have been domesticated for thousands of years, but there are things we are still learning about this interesting beast. One of the biggest (pun intended) is the giant camel Gigantocamelus spatulus. Though fossils of camels are found in many places throughout the world including Canada, North America, the middle east, and China, fossils of the giant camel are not as common. 
Giant camel tibia bones. Courtesy of Nature.ca

The fossilized bones were discovered in 2006 in a sandy deposit near Strathcona Flord on Ellesmere Island. Other fossils found in the area included leaves and woody material, badger, deerlet, beaver and the three-toed horse.

“'This is an important discovery because it provides the first evidence of camels living in the High Arctic region,’ explains
Ellesmere Island in red. commons
Dr. Rybczynski, a vertebrate paleontologist with the Canadian Museum of Nature, who has led numerous field expeditions in Canada's Arctic. ‘It extends the previous range of camels in North America northward by about 1200 km, and suggests that the lineage that gave rise to modern camels may have been originally adapted to living in an Arctic forest environment.’ …The first time I picked up a piece, I thought that it might be wood. It was only back at the field camp that I was able to ascertain it was not only bone, but also from a fossil mammal larger than anything we had seen so far from the deposits," explains Rybczynski, relating the moment that she and her
Depiction of camels in Boreal Forsest. Courtesy of Nature.ca
team had discovered something unusual. Some important physical characteristics suggested the fossil fragments were part of a large tibia, the main lower-leg bone in mammals, and that they belonged to the group of cloven-hoofed animals known as artiodactyls, which includes cows, pigs and camels. Digital files of each of the 30 bone fragments were produced using a 3D laser scanner, allowing for the pieces to be assembled and aligned.”
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It is now thought by scientists that these large animals came across the Bering Strait Land Bridge and spread across the continent from there. This would have happened closer to the beginning of the Ice Age after the flood. That is when the land bridge would have been navigable and also when the climate was supporting Boreal forests and grasslands. 

How different everything was back then. And fascinating too! Notice that the scientists didn’t claim that the giant camel produced anything else but camel descendants. Just as the Bible says. Though this is a time in our history where great changes where occurring, one thing never changes and that is God the Trinity and His great Love for us.

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


References:


1https://nature.ca/en/about-us/museum-news/news/press-releases/remains-extinct-giant-camel-discovered-high-arctic-canadian

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

#PALEOBURROW #PALEO TUNNEL #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #CHRISTIAN #BRAZIL #GIANT GROUND SLOTH #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #PALEONTOLOGY #Bible #WOMEN OF CHRIST #FAITHIT #GODVINE #IT IS WRITTEN #ONE MILLION MOMS #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #LIVING CHRISTIAN #BILLY GRAHAM



What is a Paleoburrow?

Good afternoon!

How are my internet friends out there doing today? Fine I hope and going strong. That is what I shall be praying for this next week for all of you. I am well, just exhausted from all the Christmas activities, which I love. But sometimes it feels like I am digging a never ending tunnel, ha ha!

Speaking of tunnels, what is a paleoburrow? Well paleo, meaning old or ancient, is a term we are most familiar with in relation to geology. Paleontologists are people who study
plant and animal fossils. A paleo diet is one that consists of ancient grains. So a paleo tunnel is one that was dug by an ancient creature. 

What is fascinating is that these paleo tunnels are all huge! And though intriguing, it shouldn’t come as a surprise since we know that many paleo animals are mammoth in size. The questions are then, how do we know these tunnels were excavated by extinct fauna and not naturally formed, and which animals dug them?

First of all, the people who are studying these formations are geologists and are quite knowledgable in naturally formed geologic arrays. And they all say, “It doesn’t look natural.” Amilcar Adamy of the Brazilian Geological Survey is probably the foremost expert in paleo tunnels. “… Adamy couldn’t study the cave in detail during that first encounter. But a preliminary inspection revealed it wasn’t the work of any natural geological process. He’d been in other caves nearby, formed by water within the same geology underlying this particular hillside. Those caves looked nothing like this large, round passage with a smooth floor.”

“Heinrich Frank, a professor at the Federal University of Rio
Grande do Sul, … passed a construction site in the town of Novo Hamburgo. There, in a bank where excavators had eaten away half of a hill, he saw a peculiar hole. Local geology doesn’t yield such a sight, so Frank went back a few weeks later and crawled inside. It was a single shaft, about 15 feet long; at its end, while on his back, he found what looked like claw marks all over the ceiling. Unable to identify any natural geological explanation for the cave’s existence, he eventually concluded that it was a ‘paleoburrow,’ dug, he believes, by an extinct species of giant ground sloth. ‘I didn’t know there was such a thing as paleoburrows,’ says Frank. ‘I’m a geologist, a professor, and I’d never even heard of them.’”

Both Adamy and Frank took a great interest in these paleoburrows and in the successive years documented over 1,700 tunnels. The largest burrow recorded so far has “many branching tunnels altogether tallying about 2,000 feet in
length. The main shafts – since enlarged by erosion – were originally more than six feet tall and three to five feet wide; an estimated 4,000 metric tons of dirt and rock were dug out of the hillside to create the burrow. ‘This wasn’t made by one or two individuals,’ says Adamy. ‘It was made by many, over generations.’”

Another fascinating aspect of these burrows is the claw marks dug deep into the rock. This gives us an indication of what species could be doing all this digging. Both
paleontologists think the burrows were made from giant ground sloths as this animal’s fossils were found in the area. Other animals responsible for the burrows are thought to be Catonyx, Glossotherium, the massive, several-ton Lestodon, and extinct armadillos such as Pampatherium, Holmesina or Propraopus. And they are not sure if the ground these animals were digging was already rock or just hard clay.


I would like to add my professional conclusion to these suggestions as I have had an extensive career studying wildlife.There are two different types of burrows. The first is wider than it is tall, the second, taller than it is wide. The only burrows I know of that are wider than tall are dug by reptiles. Think of a crocodile or lizard (think Komodo dragon). When looking at them from the front you see their leg placement makes the limbs stick out to the side, thus making them wider than tall. 
However mammals and dinosaurs have their leg placement straight up and down, making them taller than wide. Therefore I think some of the tunnels may have been dug by extinct reptiles such as a tortoise. I studied the Mojave Desert Tortoise for years and the burrows and marking look so similar to the wider than tall burrows. Even tiny lizards dug burrows in the Mojave that look like miniature version of those paleo tunnels. 
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I would also like to throw in that some of the taller than wide tunnels, in addition to the giant sloths, could even have been made by dinosaurs.
And we know that these burrows were constructed post flood though the secular geologists date them to around 8000 areas ago, but clearly state they don’t really know the age of excavation.
Ahhh! The mystery of it all…I love it! God leaves his fingerprints everywhere!
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Until next time, God bless and take care!

Willow Dressel












References:

1http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/03/28/paleoburrows-south-america/?fbclid=IwAR3wCMkU5JhmVuQtTxfWDx-fdS-u1kNTzr_6U791G3j_bEMwTBuoHtd3ytU#.XBACLC2ZNTa

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

#PILATE RING #ISRAELI NEWS #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #CREATION SCIENCE #CHRISTIAN ANSWERS IN GENESIS #ARCHEOLOGY #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #HOME SCHOOL COOP #ONE MILLION MOMS #BILLY GRAHAM CAMPUS CRUSADE# BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY #CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY #GODTUBE #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #Bible #WOMEN OF CHRIST #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IT IS WRITTEN #FAITHIT #HERODIUM #HEBREW UNIVERSITY #PILATO #


THE  PILATE  RING

Greetings to all!

And how was your week? I pray always for good health and a closer walk with Messiah, Jesus. I was able to wrap up a few things this week so that feels good and makes my schedule clear to start new projects, yeah!

Speaking of new projects, I have 
some that is such new news it is only three weeks old! But it didn’t start out that way… 

Fifty years ago a dig in Israel led by “Prof. Gideon Forster from the Hebrew University in the 1968-69 season. It was a short time after Israel’s success in the Six-Day War, and Herodium (fortress site built by King Herod of Judea near Bethlehem [emphasis my own]) would previously have been inaccessible as it lay in Jordanian territory…The ring was found with hundreds of other artifacts in an eastern garden at the site. These included, glass, pottery and ostraca (pottery sherds inscribed with writing or symbols). Stratigraphic research – a layer-by-layer approach, which makes identifying time periods more reliable – revealed that the ring could not have dated to later than the midpoint of the second half of the 1st century CE.”1

But the question of who’s ring didn’t get resolve until November, 2018 when Dr. Roi Porath, from Hebrew University, led the cleaning of the ring. “After a thorough cleansing, the ring was photographed using a special camera at the Israel Antiquities Authority Labs, revealing the crucial name. The stamping ring bears a picture of a wine vessel surrounded by Greek writing (the first word is the very readable imprint ‘Pilato' in Greek script, meaning ‘belonging to Pilatus.)…Pilatus was the name of Pontius Pilate, who in the New Testament, was the man who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.”2 Pilate held the office of Prefect of Judea from 26 to 36 A.D.

The letters were carved backward as a relief, a clear indication that it was used as a seal for official documents. Which, during that time period, was the standard for Roman officials. 

In addition to the word “Pilato,” the imagery also revealed a simple inscription of the same name engraved as a relief around an image of a Jewish-style wine flask, a common jewish image found on coins of that time. 


View and cross-section of finger ring that are thought to have belonged to Pontius Pilate (Drawing courtesy: J. Rodman; Photo courtesy: C. Amit, IAA Photographic Department, via Hebrew University) 
The controversy comes from the metal the ring is made of. It is of a common copper alloy, not gold. Not what someone is such a high position as Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, would wear. Some say it was a different Pilate, but the name Pilate was very uncommon. So the most reasonable explanation is that the ring belong to one of his officials. After all the word “Pilato” does mean “belonging to Pilatus”. So, in my humble opinion, there should be no controversy. It all fits very well with the unaltered truth recorded in scripture. “And we have brought the Lord’s offering, what each man found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and beads, to make atonement for ourselves before the Lord.” Numbers 31:50, The Israel Bible.

This is a stunning discovery that is now a second piece of physical evidence that backs up the Bible. (The first being the Pilate Stone-see previous blog). I just love the way God reveals Himself over and over…His fingerprints are everywhere!

Until next time. Take care and God bless,
Willow Dressel

References:




2https://outlawbiblestudent.org/in-the-news-ancient-ring-of-pontius-pilate-found/