Homeschooling Resources – Earth Science and More

Hello beloved brethren, today I have some fantastic lessons from our brother in Christ who frequently posts new homeschooling lessons on Wednesday over at The Domain for Truth. These lessons cover everything from rivers and mountains to deserts and valleys, in a way that honors and glorifies God as Creator.

Earth Science Lesson 1

Earth Science Lesson 2

Earth Science Lesson 3

Earth Science Lesson 4

Earth Science Lesson 5

Earth Science Lesson 6

Earth Science Lesson 7

Earth Science Lesson 8

Earth Science Lesson 9

While I’m sharing wonderful resources provided for us by Pastor Jim, here is a book review he’s given on a couple of children’s books that I can’t wait to share with Kk. I also heard that Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle is working on a homeschooling curriculum that should be released soon. I’ll keep my eye out for that little jewel! Until then, there are some really neat activities at the kids side of Answers in Genesis here. I pray these resources are a blessing to you all, this weekend. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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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.

Thursday Book Review – Truth Chronicles The Theif

Hello beloved brethren, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Kayliegh and I finally finished the fourth book in the six book series The Truth Chronicles. It’s been a busy couple weeks, but any free time we had we spent reading. It was well worth the read! If you missed the other book reviews you can find them here, here, and here.

Book four finds three of the four youths born again believers, with one still one the fence. The science fair is coming up again, and the group has paired off to invent some truly amazing projects! Once again you get that feeling that science is way cooler than text books can do justice. Since reading this book Kayliegh has done more science experiments then I can keep up with! She wants to build, experiment, and learn all about science, owing mostly to the practical application shown in these books. It helps that the main characters are young, which gives the reader a sense that they too can be a great inventor.

My favorite part of book four was the integrity shown by the two main characters who seemed to have feelings for one another in past books. As they’re both Christians now, the young man describes how they came up with a plan to avoid temptation. This is exactly the type of message youth groups need to hear! As always, there’s also a clear Gospel presentation in this book. The conflict moves past the evolution vs creation debate in this book, to become more about the meat of Biblical truth. The message is deepening with the arguments, and you see the evangelical outreach spread past the four main characters to other kids they know.

All in all I can’t recommend this book enough, particularly for youth groups and young people. If you have teenagers read it with them, as it gives a particularly accurate depiction of what our young people face when sharing their faith. You can find the kindle version here, or the entire book series here. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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.

Series on Plants Part I- Imbibition

Beloved I have to be honest with you all, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write about on Mondays now that we’ve finished our trek through Noah’s Flood. In my morning readings I happened upon 1 Corinthians 15 and could not contain my excitement! I had to read it through a second time. If you take the amazing advice given by John MacAuthor and pick a certain section of Scripture to read daily until it becomes apart of you may I recommend this chapter? It’s so good that it’s started me off on a new Monday series!

Seeds! We’re going to work through the steps a seed goes through to become a full grown plant. The intricacies of Gods creation never cease to amaze me! Seeds are no different. As you may know, dry seeds can remain that way for years, some even for centuries, and still be able to grow when water is introduced. The process where the seed changes to draw in water is called imbibition, the clip below shows how very elaborate the mechanism is.

Granted, that clip is a little dryer than the usual videos I find, pun fully intended! However, the point is clearly made that there is much more to plant growth than meets the eye. Without imbibition a seed wouldn’t be able to be moved by the wind, Animals, or even humans, like they do now. The Creator has deliberately designed seeds this way so that they could spread. What a wonderful God we serve, brethren! I pray this series will bless you all, dear ones, and as always 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.

Thursday Book Review – If Animals Could Talk

Beloved, I’m very excited to review this book today! A while back I heard brother Todd Freakishly Tall Friel read portions of this book on his radio program Wretched and immediately went and purchased the kindle version for Kayliegh. Most of you know we homeschool, and apart of our homeschooling routine is the devouring of books. We literally read chapters in at least 7 books each day, including the Bible. Very rarely are we so blown away by a book that we drag daddy into the room to hear it. This, friends, is one of those books.

If Animals Could Talk by Dr. Werner Gitt is written in first person, as if the animals were talking. Each animal takes time to detail the majesty and wonder of its make up, the fascinating characteristics that were given to them by God and why. It’s so loaded full of facts that you could turn every paragraph into a lesson! But it doesn’t feel like work when you’re reading it, it feels like you’re adventuring with each creature in its own habitat. This book pulls you from your couch and casts you into the ocean with blue whales, or into the depths with the earthworm. Each chapter shows you the tremendous care and attention God has given to His creation, while glorifying God for His handiwork.

I recommend this book to everyone, young and old. This book would make a wonderful gift for any little one celebrating a birthday, especially with its beautiful pictures. You can find the kindle version here and the paper back version here. I’ve got a whole stack of little ones that are getting this book for Christmas this year! Beloved, if there’s a book out there you’d like to recommend for us we’re always open to suggestions! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.