A Thang With Wangs

Flying insects use all sorts of creative methods to get from from point A to point B. About 54.5 million to 37 million years ago, at least one species of beetle was using wings that looked like helicopter propellers to get around, Science News reports.

(Source: Prehistoric Beetle Had Wings Like Helicopter Blades – Mental Floss)

If I found an old helicopter, everyone would know that it was made by humans because it is too complex to have been created by a bolt of lightning striking a tree that was next to some scrap metal or something, right?  OK, then how are evolutionist scientists going to explain how THIS came about? Helicopter wings on an insect? Wings in and of themselves are an amazing “invention” —  one we’ve barely been able to replicate — and yet most people believe (we don’t have proof) that they evolved by chance and luck and chemicals. How’d the chemicals get there? Chance and luck and matter mixing and reacting, right? How’d the matter get here? A big explosion. What exploded? Everything. How? Well… we’re working on that one.

Creationist scientists know that since God is unchanging, his laws won’t change either. (Gravity, Laws of Thermodynamics, Laws of Motion, etc.) Because of this knowledge, we can use the scientific method to examine and try to begin to understand nature around us. We can even predict things! How amazing is that? 😀  We know exactly how creation came into being.  God told it to. 🙂  Everything was created within a week, even these helicopter beetles.  The intricate design of God’s creation is something that we can try to replicate, but he gave us the materials in the first place, so we really can’t take credit for any of it.  But, that’s OK!  We are here to bring him glory, and that’s all that the founding fathers of science, like Isaac Newton, wanted to do.  Should our mindset be any different?

Squid

P.S. Dear Evolutionists, you do know that the word “universe” comes from “uni-” (single) and “-verse” (spoken sentence).  The thing you say came about by chance is actually called a “single spoken sentence.”

Bill Nye’s Ark Encounter

Despite Bill Nye’s hostility to the Gospel and those who are spreading it, I praise God for the opportunity He gave to AiG to share the Good News with him, and for the world to see how Christians should treat those that oppose them.

Squid

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The largest timber-framed structure in the world just received an unlikely visitor as Bill Nye “the Science Guy” made an unscheduled visit to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky on Friday. Visitors were treated to a two-hour impromptu debate as Ken Ham graciously guided Nye on a personal tour through all three decks.

The Ark Encounter, which opened to the public on July 7, 2016, is an amazing representation of the historical Noah’s Ark- what it may have looked like, how it could have been built, and how feasible it would have been for Noah and his family to care for all the different kinds of animals that would have boarded during the year-long global flood.

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Several weeks ago Ken Ham publicly invited Bill Nye on a personal tour, and Nye accepted. The fact that he accepted is both interesting and encouraging. You could say that Bill Nye is Ken…

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The Truth is Unchanging

I hope that the reblog I posted last week made you really think about what you believe, and helped you see what you don’t. Today I’m going to repost one of my own blog posts from a while back, a poem.  This summed up what I believed and still do.  I hope you enjoy it and that it rings true in your heart.

Believed for so long
“Known” to be true.
Evolution from soup
Of me and you.

Creationists laughed at
But would you believe it?
Call it science?

Growing from soup
By process unknown.
Little to no proof,
Wait, hold the phone.

You want me to believe that?
I’m just an accident?
With the design I see
All around me?

I’m sorry, no I just can’t,
There is no evidence.
Design always spawns from a designer,
Of that I’m completely sure.

Does this beautiful world look accidental…
To you?
Perfect systems in place
To keep us all glued.

I think that they’re wrong,
That we’ve been lied to.
I believe there’s a God,
He loves me and you.

Instead of nature, creation
Purposeful and perfect
Made with a plan
But we ruined it.

Instead of our eternal happiness,
We disobeyed, and on us a curse was placed.
Death and troubles, separation from God.
Could this be the end?  No it was not.

A sacrifice for us,
Taking the penalty,
Death’s new victim,
Oh! No, it couldn’t be!

Jesus Christ, God’s only son
Loved immeasurably, loves us as one.
He took our punishment, the grave.
Overcoming death, he saves!

Oh glorious day!
The curse has been broken,
The shackles fall down,
So why does the world endlessly frown?

Because Jesus saves,
We owe a debt gladly paid,
Telling the world
That they can be changed!

But the debt is unappealing,
Bondage!  They say.
They can save themselves,
It’s “easier” that way.

But they don’t understand
The gravity of their plight.
Jesus Christ is the only way,
The only one who can save the day.

The God of the universe is calling you,
What will you answer, what will you do?
He alone is mighty to save,
For you he died, his soul he gave.

Will you let him?
Let him save you.
Throw down your pride,
Let him love you.

From Do You Believe? (written and published by me 10 months ago)

End Of The Year… A Recap

First of all, thank you.

You guys rock.  Yes, I’m talking to you.  You who entered your email address into that follow widget or clicked the follow button to add me to your WordPress Reader.  I can’t put into words (though I’m going to try) how much your support, comments, and likes have meant to me.  I still remember the first random stranger who followed me, and the feeling of being stalked.  And although that person never liked or commented on my posts, (why are you following me again?) nothing bad happened to me, so I realized I was fine. Then I started branching out and reading other people’s posts, and people started following me back!  I was so surprised!  You all were so supportive, and encouraged me to pursue this mystery of the bloggerverse.  You nominated me for two awards, the Liebster Award, and the Sunshine Blogger Award, and even a challenge!  You made me feel like one of the community, and I appreciate it so much.

I follow a lot of amazing blogs, but I’d like to give a few shout outs…

  • Generally Normal Science Brand new blog by my friend Wesley.  Content includes theoretical Star Wars science, so check it out.
  • Mitch Teemly is a Christian comedian and book writer who is hilariously funny and awesome. I am honored that he follows me and likes what I post.
  • Math With Bad Drawings takes stereotypes about math and illustrates them with a dose of wry humor.

A lot has changed in this blog since this time last year… as my long-time followers will know.  I don’t post as many of my pictures anymore, but I will try to remedy that.  I’m going to post a little less often as my schoolwork-load increases, but I’ll try to make the posts that I do publish as special as possible. 🙂

Like they do with all WordPress users, WordPress sent me an end-of-the-year recap, but I won’t bore you with ALL of the details, instead I’ll share the highlights that YOU made possible.

The busiest day of the year was August 14th with 92 views. The most popular post that day was Beach Birds.

The most popular posts of the year were:

The post that received the most comments was one on spiders, surprisingly… Tallahassee Trip: Day 1, Part 3 (Spiders).

Now for my favorite posts of this year.  The ones I am most pleased with and had the most fun writing, no matter what the numbers say.

I did attempt to make a Daily Thankfulness List, but as I only got 11 published, I think that the “Daily” part isn’t quite appropriate, lol.  I might do weekly ones now, I’m not sure.

Thank you all so much for all the love, God has truly blessed me with you all.

Happy New Year!!

Squid

Daily(ish) Thankfulness List #11

1. I’ve been working on the TSLAE test (to get certified to take my driving permit test) for a couple days now, and today I passed!!!! Thank God!!  I needed an 80% (32 out of 40) to pass and I got 36 right!!  Two of them I knew but apparently pressed the wrong button, but it didn’t count against me in a significant way.  I’m so happy right now!  And hopefully, (time allowing) tomorrow I’ll take the actual permit test!  All prayers appreciated!

2. We’re performing a remake of Charlie Brown Christmas at our homeschool group’s Christmas Party Celebration thingy on Saturday, and tonight is the dress rehearsal!  I’m so nervous because a) I am our version of Linus (Lindsey in the play) so I have lots of lines, and b) My friend Cheryl and I are in charge of the play for the dress rehearsal as our real leader (my friend and her older sister Emily) is on a missions trip.  So, I’m hoping that that goes well, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity!

3. All of my amazing friends!  So thankful for you guys!!

Squid

P.S. I’m using lowestpricetrafficschool.com for both driving courses, and I highly recommend it!

Flowers, a Sukkah, and Artsiness

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The morning of October 2nd I took Leo outside and shot some pictures.  This flower’s stalk is about 3 1/2 ft tall, so I couldn’t help noticing it.  Does anyone know what kind of flower it actually is? The leaves were very cool-looking I thought. 🙂

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Then I wandered over to our sukkah, which my step-dad built to celebrate The Feast of Booths, AKA Sukkot.  If you are not familiar with the Levitical calendar God gave to the Israelites, please read Leviticus 23.
Anyway, God told us to build a temporary shelter to live in for a week during the feast, but since we live in Florida, (please refer to my post on Floridian mosquitoes) we just dined in it.  Traditionally the roof is made of palm fronds, and it was to those that my eye was attracted.  The dew had not yet evaporated, so I got some fun water droplet shots.

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After I came back inside I still had my camera on so I followed the cat around, waiting for the perfect shot(s).

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And later that day at the park I took this picture of Adam.

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Squid

I Want To Be Guilty

Recently the Christian band Newsboys (fronted by former dc Talk member Michael Tait) released a single called Guilty. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it when I saw it in their Spotify feed, but from the first line I loved it. A PDF of the lyrics are for download on their website but I wanted to share them on here too.

When did it become breaking a rule
To say your name out loud in school
When your name’s the only one that sets us free
When did it become incorrect
To speak the truth about life and death
When your life gave us all eternity
 
Even if it gets me convicted
I’ll still be on my knees with my hands lifted
 
If serving you’s against the law of man
If living out my faith in you is banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury
 
If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty
 
I’ll rise up and honor you
I’ll testify to all the good you do
cause your Grace and your Mercy have overtaken me

So even if it gets me convicted
I’ll still be on my knees with my hands lifted

If serving you’s against the law of man
If living out my faith in you is banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury
 
If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty
 
Guilty by association
Guilty of being a voice proclaiming
Your ways
Your truth
Your life
I’ll pay the price to be your light.

(Again, you can download the PDF of these lyrics here)

It’s a powerful message in light of the recent shootings directed at Christian students all over America, a place where we  shouldn’t have to fear persecution.  But times are changing, and our freedom is becoming less and less.

History lesson time!  In the first century Roman empire, (where and when Christianity first began) people were on fire for God but also facing death for admitting to following Christ.  This danger eliminated nominal Christianity and left the true believers who were willing to suffer for their Lord and Savior.  But when Constantine made Christianity the state religion in 380 AD, it became popular to go to church, and a social faux pas to not.  A comeback for nominal Christians, and the church was polluted with politics and status quos.  Sound familiar?
In America nominal Christians are using Christianity for profit, self-exaltation, etc. and to lead the sheep astray.  But if shootings – like this recent one in Chicago – become more frequent, I believe nominality (is that even a word?) will start becoming less common as people realize the real cost of following Christ, and what true Christianity looks like.

I’m going to pass along a similar question to the one our pastor asked us this past Sunday:

Would you admit to being guilty of following Christ if you knew you would die for it?

It’s a scary thought that I haven’t stopped thinking about since he asked us.  If I’m not 100% confident that I’m going to heaven, would I answer sign my own death warrant?  Of course not!  But the martyrs throughout the centuries, the former Muslims in the Middle East being executed by ISIS, and the college students in Chicago, they all had faith that came from something bigger than themselves.  They knew that this life was temporary anyway, and if they tried to prolong this brief shadow by lying, then they’d lose their eternal life.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:28, 32-33 NIV
http://bible.com/111/mat.10.28-33.NIV

What would your answer be?

God bless,

Squid

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