Jellyfish Fossils

Jellyfish Fossils evidence for Noah’s Flood.

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I have to tell you that jellyfish are one of God’s creatures that both terrify me and fascinate me. Any predator that can take down a human being without even having a brain deserves some respect…and space…lots of space. I am beyond excited to write about the fossils found of jellies!

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At the beginning of our travels around the United States, we ended up in a small town outside of Seattle called Bremerton. When we took the ferry across to visit Pikes Peak the water was spotted with jellyfish. It was amazing to watch, or at least it would have been had I not gotten so sea sick.

Now the scientists who studied these fossils make the claim that they are half a billion years old based on the fact that jellyfish are scavenged when they wash up on shore. These fossilized jellyfish were beautifully preserved, so obviously they must have lived before birds right? Unfortunately for this theory, fossilized birds have been found in rock layers supposedly twice as old. But that’s not the only anomaly. These fossils were found in sandstone, which creates quite the mystery.

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Sand is a granule and allows air to flow more readily, which causes rapid decay. Jellyfish already have a quick rate of decay, so how were these jellies able to fossilize before they decayed? I have a theory, but it requires faith in God’s Word rather than evolution.

If the 200 plus civilizations that have recorded a massive flood are on to something, then a worldwide flood would rapidly cover these jellies in sediment moved by water which would allow them to fossilize before they decayed. Either way, it seems clear that these fellas were caught between layers quickly, not the slow fossilization of millions of years.

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For more information about these amazing fossils, I recommend this article Here. As always friends, be good Bereans! Study to find yourselves approved. Stand firm on the whole counsel of God’s Word. Surely His creation cries out for a Creator!

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A Book Review of Up From Slavery

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Up From Slavery is an autobiography by Booker T. Washington published in 1901. Booker T. Washington was a slave child during the civil war. He lived from 1856 to 1915.

There is no other book I’ve ever read that better depicts the realities of the civil war from a southern African American standpoint. Booker T. grew up a child slave in Virginia. Once he, and his family, were set free he begins his struggle to become educated. In the book, he describes his struggles to learn to read between long and hard hours working. Then shows the extreme amount of determination he had as he worked his way through education. Then onward to educating others.

The book is an excellent choice for those teaching civil war. It’s also an excellent choice for those struggling to reach their goals. Booker T. Washington was a Godly man, who lived a life of clear and obvious principles. He is an example of what Christlikeness should look like. I highly recommend this book to all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Mutations in the Genome

For the next few weeks, I’m going to move fossils to Friday, and do a series on mutations and their implications every Monday.

 

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Mutations are often espoused as proof of evolution, despite recent geneticists insistence otherwise. When we hear mutation we often think of superhuman powers or evolving into a better form of humanity. This is genuinely one of the times where I wish evolutionists had been correct. The studies over the past decade reveal a grim reality, so before and after you read this blog might I suggest some adorable puppy videos? It’s medicine for the soul.

 

To understand this fully, we need to have a basic understanding of what a mutation is. To know that, we need to understand what it is that’s being mutated. fullsizeoutput_148f

What is being mutated? Our DNA coding. DNA has four chemical letters that code our genetics. There are 3 billion letters in the human genome! We also have around 100 trillion cells in our bodies at any given time. For each cell divided the code inside that cell creates 2-3 new mutations. DNA is spectacular, and comes equipped with its own editor! However, our DNA editor doesn’t work fast enough to correct the massive amounts of coding mistakes we call mutations.

Until the early 2000’s most of our genome, around 90%, was considered by the scientists to be “junk”.

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There are still gaps in the coding that needs to be worked out, as our DNA has proved to be the greatest example of information compression we’ve ever found. However, we now know that the entire genome has function and purpose.

This knowledge has led to more studies on mutations, which has shown evolution can no longer hang on natural selection and mutations. For evolution to work, mutations would have to take a simple creature and make it more complex. The opposite, rather, is what scientists have found in mutations of the genome. This is what we would expect if we followed scientific laws of thermodynamics. Our genome is not improving, it’s tending towards entropy.

Mutations cause us to age, and eventually to decay. What’s the good news, besides the ample amount of puppy videos available? Death has been defeated, friends!

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So what are mutations? We’ll get into the specifics of that next Monday so stay tuned.

 

Book Review – Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel

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This might be one of the most peculiar books for me to review. When we hear the name Newton we don’t often immediately think Daniel. In fact, I think it’s quite possible that most people today are unaware that Newton spent far more time in Biblical study than he did in scientific research. That might be owed to the fact that his scientific break throughs were so great!

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By Alexander Pope

In this book, The Observations Upon Prophecies of Daniel published in 1733 six years after he passed away, Newton demonstrates his knowledge of Biblical eschatology, along with a proficiency in historical events. This is certainly not light reading, however, it is very fascinating. Not just that it was written by Newton, although that’s certainly part of it, that he had this wealth of information without Google. Maybe that sounds silly, and it might be simply because by the time I was in high school we had Google, but it’s difficult for me to imagine the immense digging and reading, researching, and study that it took to amass such a large amount of knowledge.

I recommend this book for anyone in a serious period of end times, or prophetic, study. I also recommend this for anyone who enjoys history, as there is certainly plenty of that in this book as well.

Wednesday Testimony – The Ethiopian Man

Acts 8 gives us another story of conversion as an example of what salvation is. Grace alone. Faith alone. Christ alone.

Today, in keeping with the series of testimonials, I want to give a short outline of another conversion story we see in Acts. Last week we talked about the conversion of Saul into Paul, this week we’re going to talk about The Ethiopian man. We don’t know much about him, but we know he was searching for answers in Isaiah when the Spirit led Philip to go and talk to him.

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As we learned when we went through Sauls conversion, repentance and a change of heart happen when salvation comes. In these verses, we see the biblical doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We also see what we, as believers, need to do to become fishers of men. When someone is seeking salvation we must preach Christ, and Christ crucified. Once Phillip had done this, interestingly enough using the Old Testament alone, the Ethiopian was saved.

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There is so much confusion over salvation, and the burden on my heart is to show what conversion is and isn’t. There is no ‘sinners prayer’ in Sauls conversion or the Ethiopians. Nor did either of these men come to salvation because of a prayer. It was through expounding the Word, and finding a clear understanding there in. fullsizeoutput_145dThrough God’s great grace salvation has been offered, with faith alone we can now be saved, once we put that faith in Christ, and Christ alone, the one and only Messiah. To be saved we must have faith, once salvation comes and conversion takes place, there will be evidence of that change.

Another important thing we see here is that Phillip wanted to make sure, before baptism, that the Ethiopian had faith in the right person. Willy nilly baptizing folks to gain numbers on the books, and bottoms in the seats are not what we see here. If Christ is our example all else fades away, including ‘church building’.

As always friends, be good Bereans, study, pray, and use the full counsel of God’s Word.

Twisted Tuesday – Two or Three Gathered

Today I want to briefly untwist Matthew 18:20.

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Matthew 20:18

 

I had heard for years that this scripture meant that you needed to pray with brothers and sisters in Christ for your prayer to be really effective. When I first learned the context of this verse I felt like the confusion was benign. What did it really hurt that church folk over-romanticized this?

After focusing on this, the longer I thought about it the more concerned it made me. There are two problems with getting this verse wrong. But first, what is it actually about?

The context of this verse is actually church discipline, when someone has backslid, brothers and sisters lovingly need to help pull one another out of sin.

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First, you take your brother aside if they won’t listen bring two or three if they still won’t repent you bring them before the church. If they refuse to repent when the matter is shown them the third time, that is when they need to be removed from the congregation. Again, the heart is important, this needs to be done in love with a deep concern for the souls of the congregation and the individual in sin.

So, what’s the big deal about getting this verse wrong? First, suggesting that this verse means Christ is only with us when two or three are gathered is clearly a contradiction of other verses that say God is omnipresent. It also seems to say that we can manipulate God into doing what we want, so long as we say the prayer the right way.

The second and a more concerning point is the church disciple that is neglected. As churches move to watered down gospels, church discipline has disappeared. Due to this, many of the true believers are being hurt by the sinful conduct of false converts. True believers are also being neglected by church leadership, whose responsibility it is to confront sin.

fullsizeoutput_144bLastly, we need to remember that God’s Word is holy, it must at all times be treated as such. God’s Word is a light unto our path, let’s not muffle that light! Take the full counsel friends, not twisted scriptures used out of context to make things more comfortable.

Monday Fossils – Fooling the Foolish

A cold bug has found its way into our house, so my dear ones are sick.  I wish I had more time to write this really well, maybe we can go back over each of these individually when everyone gets to feeling better. I’m just going to mention a few things for everyone to research, in their free time, to help edify the body and build up your faith.

These are just a few short points, in a long list, where evolutions got…creative? That’s probably putting it too kindly for most of these.

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Particularly for the Piltdown man, and the Archeaoraptor.

The Piltdown man was a forgery introduced in 1912 that took over four decades to be revealed as a hoax. Artist renderings were drawn up, this was the missing link.

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There’s Nebraska man, whose entire family was even rendered with him, all from a single tooth. One tooth is all was found of him. That is some creativity friends.

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Even “Lucy” has been found to have been a knuckle walker. The facial reconstruction of other bones even looks an awful lot like Chuch Norris. These findings are more clearly being labeled, the further science goes, as either ancient apes or people with bad diets.

Picture’s of fetus’ growing in the womb are replaced by horse evolution, which has been replaced with whale evolution.

This is not to say that Evolutionists are all purposefully trying to trick people. They are human beings, they get excited, this is their life. These are the very things they have searched for. When the announcement is made it makes big news, the link has been found! It’s quietly found out two or three plus decades later that there is disagreement or new evidence, and it’s refuted without fanfare.

The point is that Evolution is not fact, and the ‘evidence’ used to ‘prove’ the theory is always changing. As one point is refuted, another comes up to take its place. We should not base our faith in something so flawed. Put your faith in God’s Word, and science will eventually catch up. Don’t be dismayed, or discouraged, when the new missing link is found. Look carefully, take it with a grain of salt, they’ve been wrong before. Foolish people have been and still are, fooled by the multitude of ‘evidences’ which have been proven false. Enjoy science, read, learn, and pay attention…but stay watchful. Never let your faith be shaken, particularly not by something which is so often proven wrong.

Hold fast to the full counsel of God’s Word, run the good race friends!

A Book Review of The Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

Last week we talked about the Strong’s Concordance, a wonderful Bible help that is invaluable. Another Bible help that is comparable, and in some respects even more helpful depending on the type of study you’re doing, is the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge.

1565638336If the Concordance is often left unmentioned, the Treasury is virtually invisible. This book is an absolute treasure, true to its name! I’m not sure how it is possible that the churches have forgotten the hard work believers have put into the blessing and edifying the body of Christ, but it’s time we were reminded.

The Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge is usually printed with R. A. Torrey’s name, although he promoted the book, he wasn’t the author.

Torrey was an important American evangelist who was even the superintendent of a little-known

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school, although it was called something different back then, it’s now known as Moody Bible Institute. He was also born a decade and a half after the book was published, in 1830. Samuel Bagster was the man behind this jewel, this particular saint had a heart for getting the Word to more people.

If you’re doing a word study I strongly recommend the Concordance, however, if you are just reading a verse that you want to go deeper on, the Treasury is the place to go. It connects the verses, whereas the Concordance just gives you one word at a time. There are over 500,000 references in the TSK, and as with the Concordance, the entire book is available in App form! You can also find several websites offering this tool free, along with inexpensive copies for your own library on Amazon.

I hope you will all find this book friend, and use it, and that it helps each and every one of you grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Testimony – Saul becomes Paul

We have a very serious problem in the church today, particularly in America. It is an issue that I am specifically burdened with, having been so close to it.

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The problem is the confusion over salvation. There is a great disillusionment happening within churches, where goats are being told they are sheep. They’re given sheep’s clothing and reprimanded when they act like goats. They have been told a lie so deceptive, you can barely tell the difference between it and the truth. Say this prayer, this sinner’s prayer, and you’ll be saved. I even heard a story from a street evangelist who said the sinner’s prayer with a man, who then turned right around and began to belittle the evangelists for his belief in God. But he had just accepted Christ! Didn’t he understand that Christ was God’s son? Hadn’t he just repeated the sinner’s prayer?

You see friends, the problem isn’t the prayer, the problem is the way it’s sold. Often times pastors will have people repeat this prayer, and then announce those who believed what they had said were saved. Wow, so I saved myself with my own prayer and the power of my own belief! I’ll just pat myself on my back and be on my way to hell, none the wiser. These people, goats as we’ll call them, do one of two things. 1) They continue to go to church and try as hard as they can to behave like the sheep (Like I did, for an entire decade before I finally heard the true Gospel which you can read about here) or 2) they leave the church, go back to their sinful life as goats, believing that one day they’ll go to heaven because they said a prayer.

It’s even more sinister than that, however, because this disillusionment has created millions of goats seeking a shepherd.

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John 10:27

They do not know Christ, so they do not hear his voice. This is why they can comfortably listen to false teachers blaspheme, and preach every type of heresy imaginable. This is why when the antichrist comes, they will happily worship him, they want to worship a christ of their own invention.

So, you see, it is more important than ever to have an answer for what we believe. What is salvation truly? We have some examples in the Bible.

Today’s testimony is an ancient one, a story of salvation that has a markedly different tone than most of the other testimonies in the NT. Saul, a persecutor of the brethren and fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy that the day would come when those who killed believers would do so under the impression that what they did they did for God. It continues even to this day, millions of Christians all over the globe are persecuted and even martyred, by those who are doing the work of their god. Sauls testimony serves as another reminder, that no one is too far gone for salvation.

Sauls salvation is dramatic, as he is heading from town to town to persecute, arrest, and even kill believers, a voice stops him.

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He is blinded, and the goes where the voice told him to go. He fasts and prays for three days before a believer comes to him. They pray, his eyesight is healed, he is baptized, then eats and is strengthened. Acts chapter 9 tells us he immediately began to go into the synagogues and preach Christ as Messiah. He changes his name from Saul to Paul (which translates into small) then spends the rest of his life teaching and preaching Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles. He is beaten, imprisoned, and shipwrecked several times. During his life, he writes a large portion of the NT and is eventually beheaded for his faith.

 

What do we learn about salvation from the story of Paul? We learn that once the conversion has happened we no longer desire the sinful lusts we desired before. When the Holy Spirit entered Saul, he immediately ceased his murderous rampage. What else happens when we become saved? We cannot help but seek out the brethren, our desire is no longer for worldly amusement. We now love our brothers and sisters in Christ and seek out fellowship with them. What else do we see in this story? We see that we grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We become a new creature, the old man passes away. No longer do we return to the vomit of sin.

It’s not going to happen overnight, and some grow faster than others. As Jesus himself said, some bear different amounts of fruit. However, it will happen, if you have been saved from eternal damnation you will grow. Even when you do sin, and you will fall short, you hate that you’ve sinned. As Paul himself said, what he desires to do he does not, what he hates that he does. It’s a race, friends, run it well. Do not accept the delusion that you can save yourself by saying, and believing a prayer. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Twisted Tuesday – Scripture is taken​ Out of Context

“People tell me judge not lest ye be judged. I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye

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be like Satan.”
― Paul David Washer

 

 

There are many places in the Bible where it warns us to be careful not to take God’s Word out of context. This is no small matter, this is a deep concern.

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2 Peter 3:14-18

We are told to be on guard, watchful of the untaught and unstable who will distort to the word. So what happens when the world of unbelieving church goers pick one verse and use it to their advantage? Chaos, confusion, manipulation, and even spiritual death. This, then, is truly a matter we must address. As believers, we’re given the wonderful blessing of the Holy Spirit, who, coming to make His abode within us, will teach us all things. Confusion on God’s Word need not stand, friends. Not when we have the Helper to clarify. Remember, Christ spoke in parables to the unbelieving multitudes, but in private He expounded the parables to his disciples. If we are true followers of Christ, we do not have to remain in darkness as to the truth of God’s Word.

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Acts 20:27-30

Now that we are in the light we must be wary of false teachers, false preachers, and false gospels. There are men from within our churches who arise speaking perverse things. These men twist the scripture to fit their own desires.

One such scripture that is well known, and well used, is ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’. Whew…well, in that case, I guess we better let our brothers and sisters fall into sin without helping them back up. I guess we better not proclaim the Gospel to the world because in doing so we pronounce judgment over sin. You cannot hear the good news without first understanding there’s bad news.

Luke 12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Jesus is speaking here to the people about how they can discern the weather, but do not discern the time they were in. They are not judging for themselves what is right.

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul even writes about how the congregation there should have judged one in sin, and how he had already judged the man and given him over to Satan that his spirit might be saved. Those are some stern words, however, Paul is speaking of salvation…is there a greater, or more weighty matter?

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Here Jesus is speaking to his disciples, he gives many ‘blessed are,’ and ‘woe to them’, then he says…

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which do good to you, what thank have he? For sinners, also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye, therefore, merciful, as your Father also is merciful. JUDGE NOT, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” Luke 6:31-37

Whoa…what a minute…did Jesus just tell us to judge not, then in John 7:24 contradict himself? Of course not. So, what happens when we take the full counsel of God?

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John 7:24

 

Matthew 7 Jesus expounds on the point, to further explain what we are being required.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? OR how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother‘s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

Are we told here that after we remove the beam from our own eye that we should ignore the speck in our brother’s eye? No, we’re told to work on our own sin so we can see better to help our brothers. This is judging righteous judgment, the command not to judge is referring to hypocritical judgment. Therefore, again, it is so important to take the full scriptures and not cherry pick the ones that fit your own agenda.

In Roman’s 2 Paul writes “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for, in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”

So we see this repeated over, and over again. Judge righteously. How? It’s the heart friends, it always comes back to the heart. God is the very one who judges our hearts, He sees why we judge one another. So often we pick the flaws out in others that are actually things we don’t like about ourselves. This is a small example, but it is true also for sin. Men living in the sin of adultery preach the loudest against, as to not appear guilty. This is the sinful type of judgment, to judge others while sinning yourself.

We should first deal with our own sin, confess it, repent of it, ask for forgiveness for it. Then, when God has granted us the strength to overcome that sin, we will see clearly to help others out of it as well. There is no better testimony than to throw down the shackles of sin, not by our strength but through God’s Grace.

As always friends, take the whole counsel of God’s Word.

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Acts 17:11b

Be good Bereans, and study to find yourselves approved.