Back to Fossils – Travels

#noahsflood #fossils #creationscience

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Beloved, I waited (not so patiently) all weekend long to share these pictures with you! If you’ve followed my blog for a while you already know I have deep respect for science, and a genuine love for fossils. You also know we homeschool, and one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is field trips. Last week we went on a field trip to visit some fossil foot prints.

I actually have a rather extreme fear of heights. One of my goals when we began traveling was to face that fear, which I’ve attempted as often as possible. I can now stand on a chair without feeling like I’m going to faint. Baby steps right? Not this time. The drive up to see these foot prints is a one way up the mountain with absolutely no rails. We’ve traveled through mountains many times, but never like this. The idea is to get a better clue of what the gold rush was like.

Once at the spot where the dinosaur path is visible, you park a little up the road and enjoy a short hike back. Or you can hike up to the peak…which we did on trembling knees. After going up to the peak we went down to the fossils.

I don’t care for peaks, hikes, or railless roads up mountains, and the only nature I like to admire is from the comfort of my air conditioned room looking out a window. In other words I’m not an outdoorsy kind of person. Along with an intense fear of heights, is a sincere disgust for bugs. I would brave all that for fossils!

Besides being a fascinating look into the past, fossils are one of the best evidences for a world wide catastrophe. Take these fossil foot prints, for instance, it takes specific conditions to fossilize footprints. When you or I walk along a muddy road we might leave tracks, but they won’t fossilize unless they’re buried rapidly. The idea that these prints were made and thousands of years passed before they were covered is complete nonsense. Erosion would have destroyed them long before sediment could incase them.

One dinosaur track would hardly be evidence for a world wide flood, however these tracks are found all over the globe. As I took this tremendous opportunity to go through several lessons with Kayliegh, we also talked about the implications of Noah’s Flood. We often, in Sunday School, show pictures of a little bath toy boat with giraffes sticking their heads out to depict Noah and the Ark. This is essentially the same thing as beginning Genesis with ‘once upon a time’. Noah’s ark was massive, having enough space to fit well over a hundred thousand animals, although the estimate for the ‘kinds’ Noah would have had is around 16,000.

For a better explanation by a much more intelligent brother in Christ, I give you Founder and President of Reasons for Hope, Carl Kerby…

Beloved friends, the reason the world wants to ignore the flood is the clear evidence of God’s sovereignty that lies within it. Peter warned us that there would come a time when people would deny the flood, and we’ve seen that over the past hundred and fifty years. Dear ones, as in the days of Noah, when the door was shut all hope of escaping the wrath of God was lost to humanity, so will the day of judgement be. While we have the light, the hope of the world, the only path to salvation, Christ Jesus, let us share that hope with the lost. Salvation is of the Lord, we can not save anyone, but we can tell others to flee the wrath to come, and pray God opens their hearts and minds. What do we need to do then? Pray, study, and share the Good News! And as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Saturday Worksheets – Pillar of Fire

Currently, in our homeschooling curriculum, I’m taking Kayliegh through the Bible by focusing on the people as we go. She’s 7, so this isn’t an in-depth discussion or word study. However, what I’ve been trying to do each day is to bring out an aspect of the Gospel to her with each chapter we go through. It’s not difficult to follow that scarlet thread throughout the Old Testament, and along with learning scripture, sentence structure through the copy work, I like to add architectural¬†lessons that match where we’re at.

Exodus 14-15-16

Exodus 14-13-14

Exodus 13-21

I hope these copy work pages are a blessing, beloved brethren, and if there’s ever a verse you’d like put together for your own lessons please don’t hesitate to ask. As always, friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Secret Power in Prayer

#spurgeonbook #bookreview

Hello beloved, I have another Spurgeon book to review for today! We can never read too many books from the Prince of Preachers can we?

A while back our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim reviewed this book. I’m in a season, and have been for several months, of learning the whys, when’s, where’s, and how’s of praying. Previous to this book, and one other resource I’ll recommend at the end, I had been praying for help understanding prayer. God is a gracious God, He answers even the weakest believers prayer.

After being saved prayer flowed out of me like an uncontrollable force. As I grow in faith my hearts greatest desire is obedience to God, to love Him with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. This book, The Secret Power in Prayer, has been extremely enlightening. Throughout the book, based on a sermon, Spurgeon uses John 15:7 to explain the power of prayer in the believers life. With this verse he shows that when Gods Word abides in us our will lines up with Gods will. I recommend this book to all believers, young and old. Kayliegh is reading it, she is 7, and she’s enjoying it as much as I have.

As a Christian, aware of Gods sovereignty, I would never want to be outside of Gods will, much less pray to Him about something outside of His will. But then…why pray at all? It’s His will be done, right? Beloved brethren, I couldn’t stop praying even if I wanted to. However, I still want to understand what God’s sovereign purpose in prayer is. Below is a lecture series that was such a tremendous blessing to me, in regards to prayer. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Beware the False Conversion

#falseconvert #falsedoctrine

A while back I was witnessing to an atheist who had come out of a cult. His entire family were members of this cult, and due to its Christian lingo he believed that he had left the true church. He told me he was once a Christian but now he knew there was no God. It got me thinking of all the ways humanity deceives itself, in an effort to avoid responsibility for sin. False doctrines, and cults, are very dangerous which is why, beloved, I write about them on Tuesdays. There’s something that is just as dangerous, if not more so, and that is false conversions.

I was a false convert, as most of you know. I spent over a decade in church believing I was a Christian. I never once heard the Gospel, I was never told to repent, I was never even given reasons why I needed a savior. The man centered preaching I listened to everyday bolstered my belief that I had saved myself by saying a prayer when I was 14. This is why I love to post testimonies on Wednesday’s of true conversions, so others who might be deceived like I was can see the difference. If you have a testimony you’d like to share, I’d love to post it!

What do we do if we have loved ones who are false converts? Todd Friel of Wretched Radio explains…

Twisted Tuesday – Grave Soaking

Today, beloved, we discuss a very dangerous, disturbing, trend in the Charismatic Movement. Grave soaking, also known as grave sucking, is a bizarre behavior spreading through youth groups everywhere. In this twist of scripture leaders like Benny Hinn, Todd Bentley, and Bill Johnson misuse 2 Kings 13:20-21 to suggest laying, sitting, touching, and praying on the graves of deceased charismatic leaders gives more power. It’s believed that those who have died had special giftings of the Holy Spirit which are ‘stuck’ in the grave until someone comes and takes it.

The idea of going to a grave to soak up more power actually didn’t start in the Charismatic Movement, but was something done in ancient Egypt. It’s been a practice in paganism, witchcraft, and superstition for several thousand years. Why has it recently entered the ‘church’? I’ve previously warned about how youth go from religious experience to religious experience like an addiction. This is why the occult is so appealing to them, eventually the church becomes too boring. Clearly the reckless leaders of this movement recognize the need to keep the attention of the young adults by upping the ante.

This is why it’s so very important to take the full counsel of Gods Word, rather than cherry picking specific verses and twisting them out of context. Recall, beloved brethren, the Law of non contradiction. If your theology contradicts the Bible, please don’t search out random verses to try and force a justification for your sinfulness. Dear friends, be watchmen on the tower, protect your children and grand children from these types of dangerous practices.

Why is grave soaking so dangerous? It is appointed unto man once to die and then comes judgement. There’s nothing in those graves but dry bones. The danger comes in inviting ‘spirits’ to come into you and give you power, which is really what these young people are doing. Essentially we see a group of people desperate for experience, emotional highs, and spirituality. However, what we do not see is the desire for holiness, faithfulness, or obedience. We need to pray for these people who are so very lost that they fill their days with the dead. Remember also that but by the grace of God, so goes us. And as always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

LivingWaters presents Evolution Vs. God

While I love all of Ray Comforts movies, and find the use of the Gospel in each one very refreshing, this might be one of my favorites. I come from the generation who was told with deafening conceit that Evolution was a proven fact. We didn’t have the resources growing up that are available today. Don’t get me wrong, Evolution is still heralded as a ‘fact’ and little has changed in text books. However, what has changed is the readily available information within the scientific community that shows the massive flaws in the theory.

The real issue stems from the origin of the origins debate. Evolutionism didn’t begin as a scientific endeavor, but as a philosophical one. Unfortunately, along with any evidence against evolution, logic is also no longer taught in public schools. Remember, beloved brethren, that less than a hundred years ago it was evolution that was illegal to teach in American schools. So what phenomenal evidence was found to cause such a complete change? Watch and see…

Before the Throne of God Above by Charitie Lees Bancroft

#hymn #hymnal

Hello beloved brethren! I hope you have all had a blessed day of fellowshipping, growing in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we start this new week, let us be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.

1 Before the throne of God above

I have a strong, a perfect plea,

a great High Priest, whose name is Love

who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

my name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav’n He stands

no tongue can bid me thence depart.

2 When Satan tempts me to despair

and tells me of the guilt within,

upward I look, and see Him there

who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

my sinful soul is counted free,

for God the just is satisfied

to look on Him and pardon me.

3 Behold Him there! the risen Lamb!

my perfect, spotless righteousness,

the great unchangeable I AM”

the King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself, I cannot die;

my soul is purchased by His blood;

my life is hid with Christ on high,

with Christ my Savior and my God.

By Charitie Lees Bancroft