Series on Plants Part III – Tropisms and Auxins

Today, beloved brethren, we’re going to continue our slow process of following a plant as it grows from a seed. Why? 1 Corinthians 15, which I was so struck by in my morning readings a few weeks back that I’ve now devoted an entire series on it! Let’s me honest, friends, Gods Word is magnificent enough to warrant an eternity of study into, and thanks be to God, if you are found in the faith that’s exactly what we’ll have! If you have not bowed your knee to Christ and become born again, please dear ones repent of your sins and cry out to God for forgiveness. Put your faith in Jesus Christ alone, who paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.

On to tropisms, which could certainly be over spiritualized if we wanted to. I think you’ll see what I mean after you watch this short clip…

Essentially today we’re going to discuss three types of hormones working inside the plant once it’s begun to sprout. I smushed these together because I missed a post last week. I’m actually glad I did, it’s hard to separate any of these into singular posts as they’re all reacting to one another working together beautifully inside the plant. Auxin is a hormone that forms at the tips of the plant and its roots, which has a negative effect on roots and a positive effect on stems. Likewise phototropisms and geotropisms effect the cells within the stems differently than they do the cells within the roots, as you saw in the video above.

The Word of God does often use seeds, roots, and plant growth to visualize a certain point. That would make a great word study! With the Bible so saturated with these examples, I’m not going to attempt a spiritualization of these hormones adverse effects on the roots and stems. The only thing I want to say is that it’s a tremendous way for God to have designed, and without each of these hormones working as they were made to work, the plant itself would never grow. The Lord our God nit together the DNA of even the least attractive plant in an orchestration of complexity human beings could never duplicate.

When we consider how Christ went to the cross, to bear the sin and death we deserve, let us remember who He is. The God who created the universe, massive stars that make our sun look like a speck of salt, and complicated chemical reactions happening on a level so tiny we can’t even witness it with our own eyes. That God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, the only one true God condescended to become man. He entered His creation, lived a perfect, sinless life, then went to that Roman cross in our place. The wrath of God was poured out on Him that day so that you and I could be forgiven, freed from the chains of sin and death, regenerated. I realize that I’m asking you a lot, brethren, to drudge through the reading of hormones inside plant cells, and some people might think that’s insane. My goal is to bring glory to our sovereign God, and encouragement to His church, yes even by the tiniest cells. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Series on Plants Part II – Gibberellins

Last week we started a new series working through the steps a seed takes to become a plant, inspired by the tremendous importance of 1 Corinthians 15. All throughout Scripture seeds are referenced, and Christ Himself uses the example for how He must die and rise again to draw all men to Himself. Those verses got me wondering how a tiny seed turns into a huge plant. Last Monday we discussed imbibition, which is the process where the seed ‘drinks’ in water. This week we’re moving on to the very next step of sprouting a shoot out of that tiny water filled seed.

Have you ever wondered at the majesty of Gods creation? I love the verse that shows the disciples fear and awe after Christ calms to storm and silences the wind. Even the wind and sea obey Him. It’s a tragedy that public schools have taken absolutely fascinating subjects and turned them into facts to remember for tests. We’re talking about brainless, heartless, seeds growing into trees taller than sky scrapers based on encoded details far tinier than a grain of sand, deep inside a cell. If that doesn’t knock your socks off, read it again! So, what information comes from the DNA to move the seed from imbibition to germination? A hormone called Gibberellins, which turns starch in the seed into sugar creating fuel to begin the growth process.

This clip below explains how the hormones are created. Although it references Auxins, a hormone we’ll discuss next week, Gibberellins act in a similar way within the plant cell.

The plant cell, once it has enough water, begins the creation of this hormone, Gibberellin, which dominos into the next step. There’s so much more happening within a plant to make it grow, and it just gets more interesting from here. Next week we’ll discuss how gravity and sunlight respond to new hormones causing growth within our tiny seed. Keep in mind, dear ones, that each of these steps is intricate, and entirely necessary for the next step in the growth process. These plants are clearly intelligently designed, irreducibly complex, and beautiful! God the Creator has shown His handiwork everywhere we look, from the tiny plant cell to the massive redwoods. He is worthy of all praise, honor, and glory! So be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part V

Let’s continue our Monday series through the flood of Noah, beloved brethren. Part IV was about the rock layers, this time we’re going to discuss my favorite creation science subject; fossils! We’ve talked a lot on previous Monday posts about fossils, creatures that shouldn’t be fossilized, DNA and proteins found in fossils, fossils frozen in the middle of given birth or having lunch, but today I want to look at this from a different angle.

This whole series has been about the inerrancy of Gods Word. We’ve looked at all the areas with which Genesis is attacked accept the fossils, which we’ll tackle today. How would considering fossils to be millions of years old affect the sufficiency of Scripture? What we see in these fossils, the mass majority of which are marine life, death and disease. Scientists have found tumors and varies other sicknesses in these bones. In the beginning, dear friends, the Lord saw everything He created and said it was very good. Death and sickness did not begin until after the fall.

Here’s where the disconnect comes in, beloved. If you try to fit the Bible into secular scientists philosophical beliefs on origins, you have to deny Genesis. Either God created man with the land animals during creation week, or Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. Whew, that’s a leap huh? Let me explain. Jesus quotes Genesis, He speaks specifically about Adam and Eves creation at the very beginning. If dinosaurs evolved first and millions of years of death and disease later man evolved then there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Jesus Christ was there when the Earth began, like the Bible claims He was, then He would have been knowingly lying. If He was lying about Genesis then He was not the perfect, blameless, sacrifice upon whose righteousness we rely. But wait, it gets worse dear ones.

If Adam and Eve never lived, they never fell, and mankind does not need to be saved. The Bible tells us plainly that through Adam death came to all, but through Christ the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. It was in the Garden of Eden that the very first Gospel message was preached, the seed of the woman was promised! These two concepts flow seamlessly throughout the Word of God. If you take away one, denying the sufficiency of Scripture, then you negate the need for the other. Do you see, brothers and sisters, how serious the issue of fossils is? Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, we war nor against flesh and blood. Our warfare is in the tearing down of every falsehood that sets itself up against the Truth.

Please don’t misunderstand me, friends, I love all the evidence. It’s such a blessing to believers to hear about soft tissue found in the fossils, or the marine life on the tippy top of the highest mountains. I think we should learn, enjoy, and praise God for all those truths. However, we can not turn this subject into an argument over evidences. It’s far more serious than that, this is the very attack at the forefront of the inerrancy debate. God is the only authority on this Earth who was actually there at the beginning, the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the writing of Gods Word, it is inerrant. So, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part IV

Today, dear ones, we’re going to continue our series through the flood of Noah. Last week we talked about the legends found all over the world that reference a global deluge. Today we’re going to discuss the layers of rocks that were laid down by the flood. Like with our previous series on the molecular machines, I hope this information glorifies God in His majesty, while encouraging you all to have confidence in the inerrant Word of God.

This clip summarizes everything I was going to type out in this article. It’s well said, and with a much cooler accent than my Texas twang!

We see rock layers laid down all over the world, with two clashing world views disputing how they got there. Both groups of scientists, secular and creation, are looking at the same information but coming to vastly different conclusions. A secularist looks at rock layers and repeats what was suggested a couple hundred years ago, that the layers take deep time to build up to what we see today. Creation scientists suggest that these layers we see today were laid down by a global flood. Now, for full disclosure, many secular geologists have come to the conclusion that rock layers do not need deep time, while some Old Earth Creationists still suggest they do. This is not a black and white issue, but it’s very encouraging to see so many scientists across the board re-examining all the evidence, particularly in light of Mt. Saint Helens. While it’s clear, and obvious, that many of these layers which span continents were laid down by water based on their makeup, old beliefs die hard. Many who are not geologists, but we’re taught rock layers take long periods of time in school, continue to hold to their faulty belief simply for lack of research into the subject.

We need to remember that science is always changing, but Gods Word never will. When we lean on the truth of God’s Word, we know that we have built our house on the rock. We often forget how many times secular scientists have set themselves up against the Bible, and been wrong. From astronomy to geology, and even archeology, Gods Word stand the test of time. If you’re reading this and it’s the first time you’ve heard that science has not proven Gods Word wrong, then please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Understand, friend, that Gods Word is inerrant, and it tells each and everyone of us that we’ve sinned against a very real God. You should know that God counts lust as adultery, and hatred as murder. Liars will have their place in the lake of fire, and no idolator will inherit the kingdom of God. God was not willing that any should parish, so He condescended to become man. God the Creator entered His creation, sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. After living a sinless life He went to the cross of Calvary, and had the wrath of God stored up from our sins poured out on Him. Now, if we will humble ourselves, repent of our sins turning away from them, ask God to forgive us for those sins, put our faith in Jesus Christ, then God will input Christ’s righteousness, from His sinless life, to us. That means when we face God on Judgment Day He can declare the sin debt we owe ‘Paid In Full’. This truly is Good News, and Amazing Grace!

If you want more technical details on this subject I recommend this Lecture. Next Monday we’ll talk about the fossils and what they mean for the flood. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part III

Beloved, it is once again Monday! The best day of the week, the day when we delve into the evidence for God, The Bible, and Creation. We’re on the third part of this series, and today we’ll be discussing the flood legends that are found all over the world. This subject is as important as it is fun to talk through! Why? Because many who deny the inerrancy of the Bible suggest that Noah’s Flood was ‘local’ not global. We need to be careful anytime we use outside evidence that we clarify our intent. In no means am I trying to place extra-biblical content above the Word of God. These flood legends are fascinating to say the least, but our final authority comes from the Bible.

There are an estimated 270 flood legends world wide, with almost every culture having their own version. Most of these legends have one family surviving, a boat carrying animals, and a global deluge. While each has their own differences, like the Hawaiians boat being a canoe rather than an ark, most are due to the wickedness of man. This is not just evidence for the flood of Noah, but also for the Tower of Babel and confusion of languages, as each group dispersed recounted the Biblical narrative in their own way. There is one legend, however, which is frequently used to attempt a refutation of Noah’s Flood.

The Gilgamesh Epic Akkadian tablet is suggested by many to predate the Biblical historical narrative. This leads many nonbelievers to conclude that Moses borrowed his story from the Gilgamesh Epic. This theory has been thoroughly researched and with more technical arguments than I could include here, has been dismantled. I’ll just give a short summary of the most obvious differences. First, we need to understand the massive jump made when a stone is found and secular dating occurs, to then suggest it’s older than a historical account given elsewhere. As we’ve seen time and time again, when the world makes these types of grand assumptions they’re always proven false by new archeological findings. Secondly, the Gilgamesh Epic gives only rain as the source for the flood, rather than the fountains of the deep that the Bible refers to. Obviously, rain alone could not have flooded the entirety of the Earth. Thirdly, the ship described in the Gilgamesh would not have been able to stay upright, as its dimensions are cube like. The Ark of Noah, on the other hand, as detailed in Genesis has been shown to be a master of craftsmanship, able to withstand extreme waves without toppling over. Lastly, the Gilgamesh Epic is a polytheistic tale, with multiple gods depicted. Ancient religious pictographs reveal cultures that were consistently monotheistic. This means the Gilgamesh Epic was most likely written after a departure from the cultural norm of following one God. For more technical details into this subject I recommend Nozomi Osanai‘s work.

It’s unfortunate that, after all the battles fought and won by those brothers and sisters that came before us, we’re still fighting for the inerrancy of Gods Word. Each generation must continue to raise this standard, or the ground won in the past will once again slowly be given over to the enemy. These flood legends are very interesting, and even in many ways encouraging, yet they cannot replace the Word of God. I hope to keep that at the forefront of this series. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part II

Today, beloved brethren, I want to address some misconceptions about Noah’s Flood. In this series we will get into fossils, rock layers, and flood legends, but first let’s lay down a strong foundation. As believers we take God at His Word, but as we see every Tuesday we’re really good at confusing, twisting, and using His Word out of context. This happens with Genesis a lot, and if you think this is an inconsequential matter think again. I’ve seen atheist groups training one another on how to trip up young Christians, like our youth, and these are some of the ways they do it.

They start with the two by two misunderstanding. Yes the animals entered the Ark in pairs, a male with its mate, that’s Biblical. But the idea that all animals came in one pair is not. One pair of the unclean, seven pairs of the clean, and seven pairs of each bird. That may seem like a silly thing for an unbeliever to jump on, but they’re well trained to take it from there. What else do you not know about the Bible? How can you trust a book you don’t know? They use these little bits to appear as though they know the Bible better than the Christian, making themselves an ‘authority’.

Another misconception is that one days worth of rain won’t be able to flood the entire earth. Yes, the same people who ridicule you for not knowing the Bible well enough will turn around and be wildly incorrect in regards to the historical narrative in the Bible. Most of the people you come across are just repeating arguments they’ve heard before, not ones they’ve actually researched. However, if your youth group, or children, do not know the Bible themselves they will be unaware that this is incorrect. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, along with the fountains of the deep opening up. If the ocean beds were level the water would flood the land nearly two miles high, so there’s plenty of water for the flood to have happened.

For another of these misconceptions, fitting the animals on the Ark, lets go to Reasons for Hope in this instructive clip…

Dear ones, there’s only one reason why so many reject the flood of Noah, despite all the evidence I’ll be showing you over the next couple months, and that’s love of sin. The world loves the sin that holds them in chains like an alcoholic loves the drink in their hands. Evidence will not convince them to turn away from their sin, but it will equip our young people to resist the stumbling blocks placed in their way by the world. I pray this series will be a blessing to you all! As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part I

Friends, I’ve been wanting to do this series since I started this blog. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the flood of Noah is a constant reminder to us all that God hates sin. Yes, God is a God of love, and as such there must be things He hates. I love my daughter, and all children, thus I hate child abuse and abortion. I love the Jewish people, so I hate the Holocaust and anti-semitism. This hatred for sin conflicts with mans love for sin, which is one reason why so many try to disprove a global deluge.

This week we’re heading to our next assignment, so I’m packing and organizing like a mad man! I want to get into details next Monday, so today I’ve got a great documentary for you all. LivingWaters Noah Movie, which focuses on the prophetic part of Noah’s Flood. I hope you will all be blessed by this movie! As always brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.