Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part X

Beloved brethren we are going to wrap this miracle up in a swaddling blanket and end this series. Pregnancy is actually a ten month affair, however only 5% of moms carry their blessings all the way to their due date. For me, in particular, Kayliegh was born several weeks early due to complications in my pregnancy. I just want to give some last minute thoughts on how miraculous child bearing is, and leave you with a little more awe and wonder at the sovereign God we serve.

In the last weeks of pregnancy the baby prepares for birth, sitting lower and sometimes head down. The bones in the babies head are not hardened like other bones in their body, they remain flexible for birth. At this point the antibodies from the mother are flowing heavily into the placenta, a process that once again involves miraculous acts done by tiny cells and protein machinery.

One of the most amazing transformations take place in the babies body after it takes its first breath. The umbilical cord no longer works once the placenta has detached during the birth, which leads the heart to make some massive changes. For the first time, the babies heart and bypass arteries will begin pumping the blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. Once again, this rapid difference finds its cue from detailed instructions wound up in the tiniest book ever written, the DNA.

From conception to birth the DNA instruction manual is read, duplicated, and obeyed by the complex molecular structures within the human cells. How complicated is the miracle of life? Irreducibly so. Dear friends I can think of no greater example to give for the trials of this life than child bearing. I’ve never been the same, since I gave birth. It’s said the be the closest thing to death that you can do, and survive. The fruit of that trial, however, is priceless. Would I do it again? A million times if it meant I could have Kayliegh. It’s so worth it. Many of the trials we face on earth will be difficult, and yet the fruit is always so sweet on the other end.

I pray this series has been a blessing to you, brethren, and has allowed you to glimpse the greatness of the God who created us. He upholds all things in His capable, mighty hands. He is worthy of all honor, and praise, and glory! To the nonbelievers who are reading this, know with certainty that the day will come when the God who upholds this earth will judge it. We have all broken Gods Law, and as a just judge He will hold us accountable. The Bible says none are good, no not one. Our righteousness is as filthy rags to this holy, holy, holy God. It doesn’t matter how many days you go without murdering someone, the day you do it you will be a murder. You can’t go before an earthly judge and say ‘yeah I killed someone, but only once and all the other days I was a good person.’ It doesn’t work like that, you broke the law. If we, being sinners, know what justice ought to be, how much more so a righteous and just God?

Friend, I say this because I love you and I do not want you to be lost, you’ve sinned against an infinite God and on judgement day He will have no choice but to condemn you as guilty. God, in His mercy, sent His only begotten Son to have the cup of wrath, the very wrath that we stored up with our sinful desires, poured out on Himself. Christ took our punishment, He died in our place, so that we might be forgiven. He that knew no sin became sin so that wretched sinners could take on His righteousness. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness, flee from the wrath to come.

To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part IX

Hello again, beloved friends! We are finally getting to focus on human eyes in our series on the Miracle of Life. As promised, although late in its arrival, is the 8th month of pregnancy, and 9th part of this series. By this month the baby will have developed enough to have all five senses active. Isn’t this amazing, dear brethren? We’ve gone from a few cells trying desperately not let the mothers immune system take it out, to a four pound miracle, that can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. Each of these developments has been a complex creation from microscopic changes in cells.

Throughout the series I haven’t focused on the eyes. Somethings are best left until the end. There’s a reason for this, as in the 8th month we see the tiny human made in the image of God is having a major increase in brain development. Scientists still don’t fully understand the brain, in all its complexity. They do know that during the 8th month the brain tissue begins to form little grooves. So when you’re baby hears your voice they’ll remember that sound. When they see lights turned on in the morning, through your tummy, they’ll remember that sight.

The development of sight has taken this tiny miracle six months of hard work. It’s no wonder the eyes take so long to develop, they truly are a masterpiece of design. The retinas, themselves, have 10 millions photoreceptor cells for picking up light, which is then converted to electrical signals sent to the brain. Now we see that electrical connection once more.

As you can see in that short clip, there’s a lot that goes into sight. Ironically eyes have been used in past years as an example of a ‘mistake’ in design by evolutionists. If God is so smart why didn’t He make them a different way? I can’t even imagine the amount of arrogance it takes to assume you know better than an all knowing God. However, as it turns out, the more we learn about our eyes the more we see the intelligence in their design.

For the miracle of life, the ability of a baby to have eyes created through the microscopic mechanics we’ve discussed previously, is absolutely miraculous. When we look into the eyes of a newborn baby we see beauty, and sweetness. What we should really do is praise the great God who crafted those eyes to fulfill an important purpose.

Sight is often compared to spiritual awareness in the Bible. The Jewish people of Christ’s time who rejected Him were said to have a veil over their eyes, like the veil Moses wore. Christ came as light unto the world, but man loved the darkness rather than the light. Just as precious as our physical sight is the light we see in Christ when we come to salvation through the grace of God, putting our faith in Christ alone. Friend, if you’ve been blind to Christ’s salvation, open your eyes! You and I have broken the law written by God, born as we are into a sin nature. We may be able to see with the intelligently designed eyes God created in us, but we are born blind to spiritual matters. We sin against a thrice holy God, and will one day be held accountable to Him on Judgement day. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness and salvation. Don’t know where to start? John is a great place!

To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray God will continue to grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Christ Jesus. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Saturday Worksheets – Caterpillars by Pastor Jim

Beloved friends I am so very excited about sharing with you today a wonderful homeschooling lesson plan created by Pastor Jim over at The Domain for Truth.

There are four links in his series on learning about caterpillars. What I love about these lessons is that they are centered on God the Creator. They would be wonderful for any of the homeschooling families out there, or parents who want to take advantage of Christmas break to teach their little ones!

I want to say a huge thank you to our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim, for his diligence in creating these lessons. They really are an awesome resource!

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

I hope you all have a blessed weekend, dear brethren. As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VIII

We are now in the home stretch of our series through the miracle of life. The 3rd trimester, the seventh month, is a big one for baby. The little one can now hear and see, and thanks to continuing brain development, retain the knowledge of what they are hearing or seeing. In this trimester the babies body is busy laying down layers of fat for the big day ahead. I want to focus on the ears today.

When it comes to intelligent design, I can see few better that glorify the creative intelligence of our great God than the human ear. Our ability to hear, and the design of our ears, is truly a work of art. See for yourself in this short clip…

Wow, it never ceases to amaze me that our body is doing so much work, we don’t even realize it. So much effort goes into hearing, and as we’ve already learned, thinking!

Beloved brethren, the purpose of this series is not to give you new points to argue with atheists on. It’s not even my goal to convince evolutionist that their theory is wrong. My goal here in this series is to encourage you, uplift and edify you, and to bring glory to God for His great name is worthy of all glory! How does learning about the human ear, or when the baby in the womb develops hearing, encourage you? Everything I’ve written about throughout the past several Monday’s flies in the face of evolution. We’re often accused of believing in the Pie in the Sky, it can become discouraging to constantly be mocked and ridiculed.

There was a point where even Timothy was discouraged, and Paul set out to encourage his son in the faith. Jesus encouraged His disciples, even on the night when He was to have the full wrath of God poured out on Him! The Psalms are filled with encouragement as well. We should encourage one another, embolden one another, and use whatever gifts we have been given to edify the brethren. I pray, first and foremost, that this series will bring God glory, and from that encouragement to my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ!

We really are fearfully and wonderfully made. Next Monday we’re going to delve into the miracle of the eyes, and some of the myths surrounding them. I know you will all be having a very busy week, filled with baking, fellowship, and for some travels. We will be traveling ourselves tomorrow straight across the United States. I pray that you will all have safe travels, and I look forward to the day, beloved, that we pull up chairs to a heavenly feast and are together for fellowship! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VII

We are in month six, dear friends, in our series through the miracle of life! This is going to be a good one, beloved, as this is the month when the brain begins to develop quickly. Hair is beginning to grow, eyelids form, and the beautiful life made in the image of God will open its eyes for the first time.

I want to focus on the brain development today, brethren, as it’s tied into part VI in an interesting way. Last week we discussed the heart and lungs developing in the fifth month. How does that tie into the development of the brain? Electricity! You see the same pattern in the way our ears pick up a sound, with electrical signals. The heart pumps blood with electrical signals, which push the blood cells to the lungs to be oxygenated. The brain uses electrical signals, as you’ll see in this video clip…

Isn’t that amazing? Did you see my favorite character rock the show in that clip? Yup, that’s right friends, motor proteins are busy at work in all 8 billion brains cells right now moving the needed protein to allow the synapses to function. Our bodies are wonderfully made, connected by the Creator in a symphony of design.

Why is the brain development so important to our series? The brain is a complex organ that we’re just beginning to understand. Everything we learn about the brain flies in the face of evolutionism. In fact, Darwin himself said that if things were complex evolution could not be true. Irreducible complexity does not begin to describe the brain, but as you see in the clip above if one tiny portion of the brain cell ceases to function according to its purpose the end result is detrimental. That means for the brain to ‘evolve’ it needs to do so with all working elements at the same time.

The brain, while increasingly developing during pregnancy, continues to develop into our mid to late twenties. What tells the cells in a miniature baby’s body to form brain cells? Everything needed for life can be found in a tiny book, in the center of a microscopic cell, our DNA. It’s irrational to think that a book can be written without a writer. It’s even more irrational to think our DNA, the most intricate system of information on our planet, was written by chance.

There is one last miracle I want to discuss in regards to this particular month of pregnancy. Many of you know my husband is a Respiratory Therapist, and often works in the NICU. Due to his work, he has personally been in the delivery of, and apart of the team that cares for, premature babies born at 24 weeks. He has done these dozens of times and has never lost a baby yet. We are blessed to live in a time of such medical advancements, especially as our genetic codes continue to devolve as quickly as they are.

Beloved friends, we have so much to thank God for! He is truly deserving of all the praise, and honor, and glory! Let us be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part VI

It’s finally here, beloved brethren, I have finally found an excuse to gush over Gods creative design of the heart and lungs! As you’ll remember if you’ve been reading this series every Monday, we made it to the second trimester of pregnancy last week in our review of Gods amazing work within the miracle of life. We’re now in month 5, which is when the babies organs begin to mature. Today we’re going to primarily discuss the heart and lungs.

I have some technical clips for you to stress the intricacies of Gods design. You’re not in school, beloved, don’t worry about all the terms. These clips are computer models, and they’re very well done. They do an excellent job of showing what’s happening on a cellular level as well as on a full scale. I promise you’ll be blessed…here is the first one on the lungs…

During the second trimester, when the babies lungs are developing, the baby will begin taking practice breaths. It’s amazing to recall that this is all happening within the baby because of God’s sovereign will. The miracle of human life can not be explained by evolutionary scientists because they’re starting with a false assumption. Can we have evolved from single-celled organisms into the intricate creature you’ve seen forming over these past view weeks in this series? Statistically, no. In fact, statistically, the universe forming out of nothing is impossible, nothing we see should be happening, much less the beautiful creation of a human being in the womb.

An interesting, recent, discovery involving the lungs has been the realization that blood forms within them. Previously it was thought blood formed in the bones, now we know that nearly half the blood in the body forms in the lungs. God’s creation is so complex that we’re still learning all the designs. The next video clip is on the heart, it doesn’t go into as much detail as the lung video but it does show the electricity which is what I wanted to discuss in regards to the heart.

The little heart forming in the baby has been taking practice beats from the moment it began forming. When the muscle cells inside the babies heart begin to contract it sets off a chain reaction, which continues until the brain develops enough to start controlling the contractions. What starts the electrical impulse? Where does the information for a heart to beat come from? The DNA has all the information our bodies need to form from the beginning of conception. Where there is information, there is an intelligent writer, where there is design, there is an intelligent designer.

Why is the sinful man without excuse on judgment day? Because we’re made in God’s image, and the very evidence of His being is found within us. Our generation has more knowledge of God design than any before us, and what do they all stand and say? “The intelligent designer was an alien, they came and seeded this planet with life.” Or “We’re all Martians, we came from bacteria on Mars.” Wow. Dear ones, have you ever been told that we believe in pie in the sky? Or fairy tales? I certainly have…and yet the person who knows the truth of God yet suppresses it in unrighteousness comes up with some of the most far-fetched ideas of how life began. Why are they more willing to believe in aliens than in God? Because they are not going to be held accountable to aliens, or bacteria from Mars. The question naturally has to be asked though, if we came from aliens or bacteria who created them? Who ‘seeded’ their planet?

Beloved friends, God is the ultimate judge and creator, we are His creation and He will hold us accountable. He has given us life, and then, through His Son Jesus Christ, eternal life. The one who is able to begin a heartbeat, breathe in the lungs, is worthy of all honor and glory, and praise! So be good Berean’s, dear brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – Miracle of Life Part V

Wow, beloved friends, we’re finally in the second trimester, the fourth month, of pregnancy in our series through the miracle of life! This is a month full of miracles so it will be difficult to sum them up. Fingerprints, nerves connecting and forming myelin, practice breaths, lung development, bones hardening, iron collecting in the blood, whew that’s one busy baby!

I want to focus on two of the things listed above, fingerprints and the development of the nervous system. Next week I’d love to discuss the lungs and heart. That’s my husband’s primary field of study, and as a NICU RT he, and his team, frequently deliver premature babies during the second trimester. These tiny images of God are sometimes no more than a pound in weight! So stay tuned for next weeks, because it’s going to be the best post in the series!

So why the finger prints? They’re a unique, often forgotten, way of showing the Designers creation. Every human being has an individual calling, all of God’s children have a specific role in the body of Christ. Just like no two fingerprints are alike, neither are two people exactly alike. While scientists believe the fingerprints form at 17 weeks, they’re still unsure how. They do, however, know why. Our finger ridges amplify vibrations from touch, which gives our nervous system a better understanding of what sensation is being caused. Evolution in a chance universe could never, statistically, account for this magnificent design.

That brings us to the second point I want to highlight, the developments within the nervous system. During this month the nerves begin to connect the brain with the rest of the body and begin to be covered in myelin. Myelination protects the nerves, and quickens the nervous systems ability to send messages to, and receive messages from, the brain. Once again the cells inside the baby know what to do, without giving scientists any indication of what signals them. The information, of course, for this process is already found within the DNA. This takes us back to a point I’ve made before, the ultimate chicken and egg conundrum. Nothing can form without the DNA instructions, the DNA is passed on through the seed of plants, animals, or humans. It gets even worse if you want to get more technical about the materials the DNA is made of, which needs DNA information to form.

Dear ones, the miracle of life can be seen throughout the pregnancy, from the complexity of DNA, cells, protein motors, to the hardening of the bones and development of the heart and lungs. Our best scientists can only speculate as to the whys, hows, where’s, and when’s. This is why we must put our trust, not in science (which is a tool used by failable men) but in God, His Son, His Holy Spirit, and the Word. God, the sovereign King of kings, forms these tiny lives in the womb. How great is the insult to Him, that our culture chalks this up to chance? I shudder to consider.

Brethren, let us be good stewards of the time we have on this Earth, by being good Berean’s and studying to show ourselves approved. What God do we serve? The one who upholds all things! He is worthy of all praise, all honor, and all glory!