Monday, August 11, 2014




Good day everyone! And a fine one it has been today. And this week will get even better when both of my daughters are coming to visits with the grandkids! Yeah! One of the things we like to do best is go see a good movie.

If you haven’t already watched the movie “God’s Not Dead”, I highly recommend it. The movie went over some critical issue Christians face today. It is about a young freshman college student who stood up to his philosophy professor, and really the rest of the class too, to pronounce that God is not dead. Many arguments 
ensued from the professor that the student had to refute. I am not going into any more detail for the sake of those who haven’t seen it. I just want to point out that though we covered in quite a bit of detail the different skeptics, I neglected to mention one thing. That is that skeptics often overlap in their arguments. In this case the professor started out with scientific objections, but the real cause was moral objections because he had suffered a great deal of pain. 
If you get a chance to watch it you should recognize some of the objections that were used. It is a great movie to use for your own growth in answering the skeptic. Try to formulate your own response to the objections, then see how close they are to the college students explanations. Are your descriptions sound? Would they make the skeptic think?

Roger Patterson wrote for Answers In Genesis in their movie review section; “I trust that you can use God’s Not equip yourself and others to stand boldly for Christ. Whether challenges come from other Christians or those who stand against Christ, I pray that you will look to Scripture as your absolute authority in every area of life and not be taken captive by old-earth, evolutionary views—whether cosmological, biological, or geological—that are based on the elementary principles of the world and the traditions of men (Colossians 2:1–10). Rather, look to Christ and rely on the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to carefully evaluate the arguments being offered to you, taking every
thought captive to the obedience of Christ, holding fast to the good and using it to spread the hope of salvation found in Jesus Christ—our Creator and Savior.” I couldn’t agree more.

Take care and God  bless,
Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies; for the norther hemisphere⎯“Tuesday, August 12 Peak Perseid meteor [shower] night late tonight. But the Moon, just two days after full, compromises the view. See our article, Perseids vs. Moonlight: Which Will Prevail?.”2

For the southern lats⎯“The Perseid Meteor Shower runs from July 17–August 24, and peaks on the morning of Wednesday August 13 between 11 am-2:00 pm AEST (00h to 03h on August 13 UT).  Despite this being a quite reasonable meteor shower in the northern hemisphere, for most of Australia the radiant is below the horizon, and only the very occasional meteor will be seen shooting up from the northern horizon.
This year is particularly bad, not only does the peak occur after sunrise, but the nearly full Moon is not far from the radiant on the best nights.
Anyone south of Brisbane will see only the occasional meteor, say maybe one or two per hour (or less), the further north of Brisbane you are, the more meteors you will see.
You can check predictions for your local area at the NASA meteor flux estimator (choose 7 Perseids and 12-13 August 2014). People around the latitude of Darwin have the best chance of seeing meteors, possibly as many as one every 10 minutes at the peak (see table below). Next is places with the latitude of Cairns, then with the latitude of Mackay (like Port Headland and Mt Isa), and the places with the latitude of Alice Springs (again,see table below). 
To see the meteors, you will need to be up from around 3:00 am local time on the 13th (yes, a really horrible hour of the morning), with best views 4:00 am-5:30 am. The meteor shower will be located due North, with the radiant just above the northern horizon. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
When you get up, allow at least 5 minutes for your eyes to adjust, and be patient, it may be several minutes before you are rewarded with you first meteor, then a couple will come along in quick succession. Choose a viewing spot where you can see a large swathe of sky without trees or buildings getting in the way, or with streetlights getting in your eyes. The darker the spot the better (but do be sensible, don't choose a spot in an unsalubrious park for example).”3


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