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.”

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)

“Falling” In Love

I’m not going to write a long post about Valentine’s Day, instead I’ll simply share a quote from Grammarly.com

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.   Albert Einstein

Also I’m going to recommend an absolutely hilarious video by YouTube comedians Studio C.  I can’t recall the exact name, but if you search “valentines day studio c” on YouTube I’m positive it will come up. 🙂

Remember:

God is love.
Luv Is A Verb. (dc Talk)
Love, love, love; Christians this is your call.

Squid

Merry Christmas To All, And A Happy New Year!

Tonight I wrapped some last minute gifts, took a shower, and threw on my new Christmas jammies.  (Cookie Monster and Star Wars mashup, what could be better?) I read some beautiful posts by some amazing bloggers and listened to my house getting ready for bed and the next day.  I’m excited for tomorrow’s plans, dinner with friends and presents of course, but as I was sitting here in my camo beanbag chair I realized that Jesus died for us.  Jesus loves me, this I know.  I do know it, but it just becomes a fact of life.  Like the fact that we’re spinning around a ball of nuclear fission in a dark, endless void, on a spherical asteroid specifically designed for us by the Creator God.  You don’t think about such things, they just are.  But the impact is amazing! 
Jesus, (the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the one who was with God in the beginning, our eternal, loving Savior) loves, (cherishes, cares for, wants to be with,) me. (Wretched worm, continual sinner, critical sibling, etc.) Wow.  Wow!  Can you believe it?  And he loves you too!  And you!  And you!  And you over there in the dark blue chair! (Yes, I can see you)
Why he still continues to love and pursue us, even when we reject him, is beyond me, but I sure don’t want to take it for granted.  That’s my New Year’s resolution.  And one I hope and pray I’ll keep.  He saved me from hell, and he can save you.  All you have to do is let him.

I’m going to share with you the lyrics to a dc Talk song from before I was born, called Jesus Loves Me.  It’s like a poem.  If you feel moved my these lyrics, go listen to the song.  It’s amazing. 

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
All of us to Him belong
We are so weak, but our God, He is strong

As I sit and ponder I begin to wonder why
God would send His only son upon this earth to die
The conviction of my heart brings a tear to my eye
And keep reality far from me, I just want to hide
Christ endured such cruelty for a sinner like me
He paid the price when He died for me on Calvary’s tree
I once was blind, but now my eyes clearly see
The sacrifice Christ became for you and me
Because Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Word of God tells me so
All of us to Him belong, it’s true
That we are weak, yet He is strong

(chorus)
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
For the Bible tells me so

He will stand by like no other man
Two sets of footprints within the sand
But at times looking back one is all I see
These are the days that He carried me
He has proven His love time and again
Pulled me from the fire, a result of my sin
Compare where I am now to where I might have been
Get on my knees just to praise Him again and again
Thank you for loving me, it’s undeserved
It doesn’t make sense, I mean the picture is blurred
I’m the one that owes the debt, but you paid my price
Now Jesus Christ, I owe you my life

(repeat chorus)

Now that I can see it, will the life I lead change
It’s kinda strange we make decisions
When they’re out of our range
But in day to day living, we tend to give up
On commitments that were made before life got tough
With compromise in our eyes and pressure from peers
We renig on a decision that we once held so dear
But let’s try keep sight of this vision foreseen
Hold tight day and night beyond the point of a dream
Because Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Word of God it tells me so
Everyone of us to Him belong, it’s true
We are so weak, yet He is so strong

(Source: http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/track.asp?track_id=2573)

Jesus. Loves. You

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!!! 

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

Radical Living

Like most people, I prefer certain genres of music over others.  But I also appreciate a song with hard-hitting lyrics, no matter the instrumental style.  A song by Christian heavy metal band Disciple had some spot-on lyrics, so I thought I’d share them.

It’s easy to find one that will compromise, but it’s not easy to find one that’s willing to stand.
The road to hell is wide, but to heaven its a one Way, one Truth, one Life.
That’s why we’re not ashamed of the name of Jesus, and we don’t care if the whole world sees us.
From our chains, he has set us free, and I could never repay what he has given to me!

Been radically loved, been radically changed, by his grace I’ve have been radically saved, and I’ll live my life no other way.
Till the day I die! 

It’s easy to find someone that’s willing to die
But it’s not easy to find someone that’s willing to live.

I wanna walk in his footsteps even if the world hates me!
We’re ready to love and not afraid to forgive.
Never ashamed of the name of Jesus, and we want the whole world to see us.
He’s alive, burning in our hearts.

Not just my mouth, but let my hands speak the glory of God. 4x

But wow!  Whenever I listen to this song, I realize that it is extremely right.  And I don’t like when it’s right, because that usually means I’m wrong. (Tony Stark quote)  I am willing to die for Christ, but am I willing to live for him?  If he called me to stop blogging, would I do it?  If he wanted me to read fictitious books less and read his Word more, would I do it?
I can say anything I want, but am I living what I preach?  That’s the important question.  Are we living radically?  Do people notice?

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?  So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.
Matthew 7:16-20 NASB

Squid

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