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We all know the key to changing society is to win the hearts of children. In just a few years they develop into leaders: of families, communities, and the world. As followers of Jesus, we recognize their eternal destiny will be shaped by their willingness to accept Him as their Rescuer and Lord.

There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. Scores of scientists publish articles showing how their finding fit a Creationist worldview far better than Naturalism. However, being written by scientists, things can seem really complicated at first. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

CS4K is also designed to be a go-to place for finding resources in the Creation Science field. Every time I run into a ministry website, it gets plugged into one of the Links pages. There are a number of Children’s Resources and a growing collection just for Teens.

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For from him, and by him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:36 

Astronomy Book Review: The Work of His Hands

 

by Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams published by Concordia Publishing House

Click to see the publisher’s page

My dad is really hard to shop for. It’s not that he “has everything”, but he does have everything he wants. In fact, what he really wants can’t be bought, especially grandchildren!

So, last Fall, when Grandpa asked me what I thought would make a good present, I felt for him. But, this time I had the answer. Dad loves astronomy and Jesus. I’d just heard about this book and thought of buying it for him myself. How much more special coming from his father!

Sure enough, Dad loved his present. He’s even let me borrow it for a while so I could read it and tell you about it.

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Ever imagined being strapped into a rocket shooting towards outer space? What would it be like floating around in a spacecraft and having to strap everything down to keep it from drifting away?

What  about being stuck in the International Space Station (ISS) for months on end?

Colonel Williams does an amazing job letting us know what it feels like being an astronaut. He doesn’t cover the years of training much, but from the weeks leading up to the launch he gives us an insider view of the emotions they go through. The text is easy to read and more about the relationships and thoughts he experienced than the “techie” stuff he was doing.

Of course, the highlight of the book is its photographs. The book is a smaller sized coffee table book with glossy pages and a hardbound cover displaying them to full advantage. Things are divided into subjects so you can look at amazing cloud formations one time and city-scapes another. Whole sections are just pictures with just enough captioning to know what you’re looking at and where.

Most of the photos were taken by Col. Williams himself. There aren’t any pictures of the stars or nebula in here, Col. Williams kept his focus on our home, the “spacecraft” Earth. If you’ve ever had a window seat on an airplane, you already know how fascinating earth can be from up above. It’s only better from the ISS!

Colonel Williams is bold in his confidence in God as Creator. Except when he’s describing the events of his mission to the ISS in 2006, his focus is always on God. He pulls in Scripture often and is unapologetic about his acceptance of the Bible’s testimony.

He also gives us a great example of what it looks like to see all people as God’s creatures. The multi-cultural nature of the International Space program is brought out with no hint of superiority. There’s plenty of pride in who he is and acknowledgment of comfort in the familiar. At the same time there is acceptance of the unique dignity other cultures have. We see this in both the text and the fascinating pictures of farming and other elements across the globe.

Everything about the book is top quality. The reading level is within reach for a sixth grader and the concepts even younger than that. I will probably add this to my Summer reading time with my kids as it fits into science, geography, meteorology, and culture so beautifully.

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:18 

Jesus: Creator, Redeemer, Savior

This week is the most special time of remembering for all followers of Jesus. We go from the excitement of honoring Jesus as the eternal King on Palm Sunday, through the sorrow of the crucifixion, and out again into the glorious dawn of His resurrection.

At first, thinking about creation doesn’t seem to fit into this picture. But it does!

The reason I posted the audio link on the right is because Dr. Barrick does a wonderful job helping us see how all of history, from the beginning to the end, points to Jesus’ amazing sacrifice.

Here are some articles I wrote showing us what God tells us about creation directly ties to why Jesus had to die:

I’m also including my article on how sin and salvation can be described in scientific terms. It is my favorite analogy to help young children understand why they need Jesus!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

 PS Just ran into a great article talking about creation’s reaction to the event of Jesus’ last week on earth: The Passion of Creation by Ren Blogger

5 Creation Astronomy Links to Know About Today

Plus a few more…

Last week, Missy of Dot-to-Dot Connections offered to do a guest post exchange. I was thrilled. As you may guess, choosing to focus on something even firm believers in Jesus disagree on limits my reach a little. Anyone sharing stuff from here is letting the world know they have chosen to believe God rather than the consensus.

This also means those of us who put our faith in Jesus rather than the scientific view of the moment need to encourage each other! Since Missy’s science post is on astronomy, I decided to collect some other space focused websites for you as well.

Then, I found out there’s going to be a lunar eclipse tonight! (Think God might have been working this all out?)

Vinnie Harned is the author of Creation Astronomy Now. After he finally gets through high school, he plans to get a degree in astronomy. You can tell he’s serious about this because of all the studying he’s doing already. Today is a great time to check out his website because you may be able to catch a glimpse of the April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse depending on where you are.

You can keep up with all the stuff Vinnie posts both on his personal facebook page (moms, be warned, he likes to post photos of himself doing crazy jumps and flips. It’s enough to make me terrified for my boys!) and the official CAN facebook page.

Checking my email just now, I ran into this newsletter from David Rives. He talks about the eclipse and a new creation website, The Creation Club. I can’t wait to find out more about it! Here’s his facebook page.

There’s also the website of the guy who wrote about rocket engineers not believing in evolution. Creation Astronomy mostly shows you how great Spike Psarris‘ books are, but you already know his newsletter is worth getting.

I haven’t spent much time looking around the website of this next one, but am really impressed snooping around today: the 4th Day Alliance. I had no idea it was so big and doing so much. That should change as I just read their about section and signed up to be a FREE member. It’s especially great to see how international a community they are.

If you live in the USA, be sure to check their time table for when the eclipse is happening tonight– Oh, wow, I’d have to stay up until 2 a.m. my time to see it. Maybe if my daughter gets me up we’ll slip outside. :-( :-)

Now for the article that started it off. Missy is part of the launch team for a new astronomy resource. She got to use it with her kids and tell us all about it.

I wasn’t sure whether to share it with you because there are some serious concerns about the interpretations of constellations used in this book. But here’s what I thought:

  • Missy is one of my most raving fans. I like her. You should check out her blog.
  • It’s easy to get so scared of astrology you do your best to avoid certain constellations altogether. As usual, balance is key.
  • I love the hands on projects she does with her kids in this post. It makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of star stickers so my kids can get to know the constellations like her kids are!

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19 

PS, there’s another resource on facebook called Creation Astronomy. It’s not connected to Psarris, but is fun to follow.

Getting to Know You

When I sit at my keyboard to write an article, I can see my own kids running around or studying, but can’t help picturing all the grownups who comment online, too. It would be great to know what kind of readers I really have and the kinds of things you’d like to read about.

In the next few weeks I’m planning some big changes here on CS4K. I’m looking to start alerting you to great creation products with some compensation for me. That way I can finally start a savings account for a trip to the Holy Land and send donations to all my favorite creation ministries.

Not only that, but I want to provide you with the best overall content possible. Which means,

CS4K-Questions

What is the age range of your kids? (I don’t mind if you read CS4K for yourself. I do! :-D )

What kind of schooling do they get?

Do you help in a children’s ministry, if so, what age range?

Do you read the big creation websites often, if not, why not?

What creation science issues you find the most complicated/scary?

Which scientific areas do you most want help teaching your kids?

What kinds of science is your/your kids’ favorites?

Bonus: have you ever used creation science to talk to an unbeliever? What areas came up? What areas has God used in your life to convince you He is the all powerful Creator?

Even if your answer is, “I don’t know, surprise me!” answering these will help me out. It’s always fun running into some new information and knowing there are people who would love hearing about it. :)

You’re welcome to comment on this post, or, you can send me your answers privately with this contact form. The easiest way to keep things straight is to copy and paste the questions.

All email answers will be kept strictly confidential. I really appreciate your time and openness sharing with me. It would be fun to meet in person, but since coming to visit you with 6 kids isn’t easy, this will have to do!

PS I got this idea for learning to help you better from Michael Hyatt. It’s great to have a Christian training us be the most effective communicators possible!

Dino Doo Declares the Designer

Let me take a wild guess:

Which exhibit at the natural history museum is your favorite? The dinosaurs, right? Well, even if you like another even better, you wouldn’t dream of skipping the hall with the giant skeletons!

When you walk through there, what else do you see besides the dinosaurs themselves? Unusual trees and plants forming a strange sort of jungle. (Actually, many of these plants are still around today, I’ve got one in my kitchen!) How do they decide which plants to put in?

“Scientists track the appearance and evolution of plant life by analyzing fossils,” Prehistoric Plants, KidsGardening.org

They assume  whatever plants got fossilized near the dinosaurs were the ones around with the dinosaurs. If no fossils of a certain type of plant were found nearby, they think it’s because those plants hadn’t evolved yet.

You can see the whole time chart they’ve developed for plant evolution based on this thinking on the Kids Gardening page. All a museum builder has to do when designing a new dino exhibit is check out a list like that and plug in the ‘right’ kind of plants to fill in the background.

Easy enough, but does it really work?

One thing you probably won’t see in the dinosaur hall is a green lawn. Why? Because grass fossils haven’t been found with dinosaur fossils. Grass only managed to leave behind fossils higher up in the layering system. Or, did it?

As you can guess from the title, dinosaurs left some rather interesting fossils behind. Their stinky. I’ve not heard of any of it still being soft, like other tissues we’ve found, but we can still learn a lot from it.

Back in 2005, scientists were studying the waste from what was probably a sauropod (longneck) dinosaur. They were amazed to discover it had bits of grass in it. The remains were so well preserved they were able to tell it was rice, and not just that, but a modern kind of rice we grow today.

“We may have to add grass to the dioramas of dinosaurs we see in museums,” palaeobotanist Caroline Strömberg told Nature News at the time.- From ICR’s Dinosaurs Ate Rice

Growing rice field

I looked around for “new dinosaur exhibits” images online and couldn’t find any photos of one with a nice patch of grass alongside.

I wonder why.

Maybe it’s because if kids see dinosaurs in a familiar environment, they might just get the idea dinosaurs and people could have met each other. I don’t know. But, those of us who trust the One Who Was There have no problem with this. We know the Age of Dinosaurs only started a few hours before the Age of Man!

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. ~Jesus Mark 10:6 

For more, check out:

Institute for Creation Research: Digging Into a Fossil Outhouse on more things we’ve learned from dino doo

Creation Ministries International: Grass-eating dinos

I was alerted to the importance of this discovery by Bruce Malone of Search For The Truth. You can get a taste of his presentations HERE

The Whole World Knows There Were Giants

Chang The Chinese Giant c1870Ever wondered if the Bible could be right about a nine foot [3 m] tall warrior? Do we have any evidence outside God’s testimony to such tall people?

Let’s look at some of the things we can check out to compare!

Most of the information we have about giants come from stories passed down as legends around the world.  I’m not going to post a bunch of links because you have to be careful what you read.  As we all know from David and Goliath, giants weren’t exactly God-fearing. In fact, most of the stories people told about them are like Jack of the Beanstalk or Odysseus’ experience.

I found a page with dozens and dozens of accounts of giants or their remains around the world.  Wikipedia has a list of at least 100 names people have given to giants around the world.

The Bible itself lists 7 different groups of Post-Flood giants.  There were the Philistines (with Goliath & co: II Samuel 21:15-22), Amorites (Amos 2:9–10; Numbers 13:29,32), Emim (Deuteronomy 2:10–11), Zamzummim (Deuteronomy 2:20–21),Rephaim [giants] (Deuteronomy 3:11), Anakim [sons of Anak] (Numbers 13:33), and an Egyptian near-giant in 1 Chronicles 11:23.

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osma...All of these groups of people mentioned in the Bible were especially wicked.  As you can see from the accounts of the Emim and Zamzummim, it wasn’t just the Israelites who wanted them dead.  Giants never made comfortable neighbors, although they seemed to make good champions or kings until God caught up with them!

Answers in Genesis has a long article talking about all this. It also has some interesting information on Egyptian records of giants.

There is one more group that the Bible mentions: the Nephilim.  Numbers 13:32–33 says, “And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”  The Hebrew word translated “giants” is the word Nephilim.

This is important to early Genesis study because of an odd account in Genesis 6.  We are told almost nothing about how people lived before the Flood, but the Nephilim are one of the things God wanted us to know about.  Here’s the story:

There were giants [Nephilim] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Gensis 6:4-6

Many people, including me, have wondered what these “sons of God” who had giant, evil children were.  There is a theory that they are actually demons who married human women and bore children.  Jude verse 6 is used to back this idea up.  Cool (and horrible) as this sounds, there are some major problems with this view that make it impossible.

  • Dr. Lisle pointed out recently that Jesus said it is impossible for spirit beings to have phisical relations and therefore children.  Matthew 22:30 suggests this.  It is at least true for good angels
  • If this theory were true, there would have never been any more giants after the Flood destroyed them all and the demons who had done it were chained in darkness.
  • “Sons of God” does not have to refer to spirit beings (although it does in the Old Testament, like in Job 1:6).  Six times the New Testament refers to Christians as Sons of God.

That there were giants again after the Flood by itself makes the demon theory impossible.  This leaves us with some kind of human line being the “sons of God.”  I’ve heard ideas that this is talking about the children of Seth, who were still following God, marrying women from the line of Cain, who had  rejected God’s authority.  I don’t know, but it seems likely that something like that is meant.

God is greater than the largest enemy we will ever face.  The Bible’s stories of Caleb, David, and his mighty men defeating giants is recorded to encourage us to trust God and not follow in the despair of the 10 spies of evil report!

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

I got a lot of my info by starting from this article: Answers in Genesis, Giants in the Old Testament 

You might also enjoy these articles I found:

The Aldworth Giants Rated G

THE QUEST FOR TOM HICKATHRIFT about trying to find the truth behind a giant legend. Rated G

THE CAVE OF THE RED HAIRED GIANTS Rated PG

Human Giants by Gary Nelson. Rated PG (opens with immodest Indian warrior facing away from us)

Science in the Bible: Earthquakes

If you pay attention to what’s going on as you read the Bible you will catch on pretty quickly that the Holy Land is located in an earthquake zone. Sometimes earthquakes are even major players in the action of Bible events.

I’m going to send you to a video with Dr. Steve Austin in a minute, but let’s see some of the times where earthquakes had a part in events recorded in the Bible:

“And the Lord began to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He caused fire and burning sulfur to fall from the sky. He destroyed the whole valley—all the cities, the people living in the cities, and all the plants in the valley.” Genesis 19:24,25

Although an earthquake isn’t mentioned, how did God get the volcanic stuff to come out? Volcanoes and earthquakes are bosom buddies.

JSC the battle of Jericho

So then the priests blew the trumpets. When the people heard the trumpets, they began shouting. The walls fell down, and the people ran up into the city. So the Israelites defeated that city. Joshua 6:20

Again, the earthquake isn’t mentioned, but God doesn’t do magic; there was some physical cause for the walls to drop.

And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armor bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer slew after him. And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.  I Samuel 14:14,15

No explanation needed here!

Suddenly there was an earthquake so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. All the doors of the jail opened, and the chains on all the prisoners fell off. Acts 16:26

This wasn’t in Israel, but shows God controls events anywhere.

Every once in a while God uses His natural world to accomplish His plan for history. He has more subtle ways of doing this, but when he uses big things like meteorites (Joshua 10:11) and earthquakes, people pay attention! They also have a much harder time hiding the evidence. :-D

One other thought that came to me while watching Dr. Austin: just as God has positioned the world so we can study space, so He prepared the way for us to study these earthquakes. How many lakes in the world are lifeless, so the sediments settle undisturbed for millennia? There are a few, but it is cool to know one of them is perfectly located to preserve a record of God’s truthfulness.

Our God is great, with the most mind-boggling foresight imaginable!

The video starts just a tad dry through the first part of the talk, but after the break it is WAY COOL.

The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, “This has to be the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 The Message

I was alerted to this video by Creation Sensation, you can follow them for yourself to keep up with lots more.

Dr. Austin’s findings have been available at the Institute for Creation Research for some time, which is where I first read about them.

PS I’d really like to ask him just how certain that AD 33 crucifixion date is. It could settle a debate that goes back to the AD 300s!