Earth’s Atmosphere, A Superhero Walk in the Woods

Clear Evening SkyEpisode 2: What was the Holy Spirit doing while “hovering over the waters”? Why is the sky blue? These are the questions we look at today. Plus, we get to meet a superhero who likes to explore the natural world on his day off. Or, is it? Listen to find out what he does when he runs into a rattlesnake!

Genesis 1:2 has been one of my favorite verses since I was a girl. It was fun to imagine what it would have looked like to watch the Holy Spirit moving on the face of the water. Learning more about outer space has given me some good ideas of what he was up to no matter what form he took.

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I had an interesting time doing research for this show. At first it was hard to find anyone talking about how importance the atmosphere is to allowing earth to have liquid water. I found an article on Mars and how we know it can’t have liquid water on the surface because of the low atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Then I ran into a great article by Ethan Seigel talking about what happens to Water in Space. His blog has ads (it used cookies to show products I’ve searched for recently), but the pictures he has and way he covers things are great. He really helped me get my ideas together.

You can see photos people have taken of the Space Shuttle dumping water on the Satellite Observers’ community page, plus a link to NASA talking about what’s going on.

If you just want to find out more things about how good God is to us by giving us an atmosphere, check out this page:

Science Terrific: What does the Atmosphere do?

For more on what makes the sky blue:

and the milk experiments:

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

Causes of Color, best example pictures: Sunset in a Glass

Exploritorium has the best directions and good diagrams

Science Fun University of Wisconsin has the best large scale experiment (got an empty aquarium?) and diagram of earth’s light.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

Oh, yes, want to see our superhero, Pandaman? Here’s his portrait:

Pencil drawing of a caped and costumed smiling panda

 

 

Updated: Pray for Us

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Over a year ago, I knew how important it was to draw all of you into the ministry of reaching out about our Creator God. So I put up a page inviting you to Pray for Us. At the time, my work was way under the radar and I think there had been only one or two “skirmishes” on the blog.

Times have changed.

If you go to my “about” section on facebook, you’ll see how many rules I’ve had to put in place to keep my sanity and still allow interaction (when possible) with people who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as their Creator, Savior, and Lord. Compared to some of the other pages and ministries I’ve seen, I’ve still got it easy.

There is a real battle for the minds and hearts of humanity. Whether we owe allegiance to a Creator God or are autonomous accidents [don’t have to deal with anyone above us] is one of the main flashpoints across most of the world. That puts all of us right on the front lines, plus in the support lines behind the main workers.

Conversations at Vermillion

(Photo credit: JeanineAnderson)

Last week there were a handful of interactions online which broke my heart. Several people were so incapable of following guidelines, I had no choice but to block them without having a chance to share Jesus with them. Someone else tried to comment on the blog with such an insulting email name I couldn’t post it.

Then there have been a few on our side who still have a lot of growing in Jesus and His Spirit to do. Only God has the power to help them remember to imitate Christ rather than the Enemy they rail against.

These burdens are far too heavy for me to bear alone. Then I remembered God never meant me to try. I need my family’s help! So do all the people reaching out to the world outside. We aren’t extra special saints, just called. We are vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on our own. Jesus describes us as His body; we are designed to work together and support one another in a humanly impossible task.

So, here’s what I’m adding to the Pray For Us page:

  • May God’s Holy Spirit be the ruler and influence on every person coming in contact with my sites (this includes this blog, the facebook page, Twitter account, and Google+)

My prayer is that the Enemy’s lies will be exposed and the Holy Spirit will work in a special way to soften and prepare hearts for the truth of the Bible. We are instruments for communicating this truth, but without open minds and hearts, there is no hope. With God, all things are possible.

  • May each of us interacting with duped people who give us a hard time be filled with supernatural peace (my heart normally races every time this happens), compassion, and wisdom

Natural humanity either wants to ignore those who disagree, or argue with them and call them names. God’s ways are not ours. If He doesn’t speak through us, we are no different from everyone else.

I’ve heard many testimonies of people who found Jesus because they realized He was the Creator. Please pray that truth seeking people would find the information about Creation scattered around the internet and that many people will be added to Christ’s kingdom through our work.

In the same vein, we pray many people will find their faith in and commitment to Jesus grounded and strengthened by the confidence understanding the scientific support for the Bible brings.

Thank you and God bless!

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. I Corinthians 3:6-7

Book Review: Organic Outreach for Families by Kevin and Sherry Harney

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This book takes us on a journey learning how to introduce our children, families, and communities to Jesus and His life through everyday life. It is full of practical applications and links to more resources in each area. Several times I thought the only way to improve on what they’ve done would be to have them visit each of us and help tailor things to our particular situation.

Starting with reaching our own children, moving through how to share with unbelieving relatives, and ending with practical ways to make an impact on our communities, the Harneys set themselves a big task and fulfill it winsomely.

The Harneys are experienced in many ways and it shows throughout the book. Their 3 grown sons each contributed essays to support their parents’ message, which is a wonderful testimony for a pastor’s family involved in the public school system. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of how their lives have been used by God in each area they are covering.

Being a 3rd generation on-fire Christian, I was pleased to find there were specific ways to present Jesus which I’d never thought of before. For example, they would share their stories of finding Jesus with their children on a regular basis; I know my parents’ stories, but not because I heard them often! What I most appreciated about this book was the balance the Harneys achieved, both inspiring us to aim higher, and encouraging us no matter how far we have to go.

It was just a little discouraging trying to picture myself mimicking Mrs. Harney’s style of outreach. She’s a born server who revels in cooking and casual entertaining. I’m not. The book does point out outreach will look different for each person but doesn’t flesh out what this might look like. If you tend to think you have to “do it all” you’ll probably find parts of the book overwhelming!

My suggestion is to keep in mind your family’s spiritual gifts and ask God for wisdom to find how to consciously reach out to people around you based on the way He designed you. The Harney’s book is certainly a great place to start the conversation.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NLT

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review;  this review reflects what Cheri Fields thinks of the book.

Has God Said? God is Really Mean

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Now the serpent was more subtil [crafty, sly] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  Genesis 3:1,4,5

I’ve heard some Christian speakers claim that there is no such thing as an atheist [one who believes that God doesn’t exist].  They say that everyone knows God is real, they just don’t want to let Him be their Lord.

Since I don’t go to university or other places that atheists hang out, I’d never been able to put this idea to the test.  Until now.  Over on my facebook page it is impossible to turn off comments completely (I can block bad words like Creatard- you can figure out what that means for yourself).  I haven’t had to deal with the really nasty stuff like that personally yet, but I’ve had a couple of interesting exchanges with Creation doubters.

Turns out that in my experience their claim about atheists is true.   They know perfectly well that the God of the Bible is real and they HATE Him.  Since I know that Jesus promised we would be hated just as He was, this isn’t a surprise (John 15:18).  Guess what, even if you’re homeschooled right now, it will come someday.  That is what books like I Peter are written to help us with.

There is also the reminder of II Timothy 2:24-26 which I’ve loved since I had to memorize it at age 13:

The Daily Struggle

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

These people aren’t extra wicked compared to me, they are slaves, captured in a trap with no hope of escape except through God Himself.  So, my job is to love them, be gentle, and teach with patience and meekness.  It is also my job to pray.  There is one guy that often visits my page who isn’t mean and even uses proper English, but is in this crowd.  He gets more prayer time on my list than anyone but my family.  I would sure love to see him and others find Jesus, His life and hope, but that isn’t my job, it’s God’s.  Whew, am I glad for that!

OK, now I want to give you some idea of what they will throw at you to shake your love for God.  We already know they use Evolution to shake our faith.  Turns out they throw bits of the Bible at you to try to get you to despise God with them.  That’s where the verses from Satan’s temptation of Eve come in.

NO Signs.

First, Satan accused God of denying us the natural pleasures of life.

This is a lie.  The Living God gives us richly all things to enjoy (I Timothy 6:17b).  He had made a wonderful home for Adam and Eve and filled it with every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.  They could even eat from the tree of life (Genesis 2:9), but Satan didn’t want Eve to think about that, he wanted her to resent God’s restriction.

It worked on Eve.  It works on all of us if we don’t focus on the truth and become one of Jesus’ lambs so the Holy Spirit can whisper the truth and strengthen us inside.  How many people focus on all the fun that Christians aren’t allowed to have?  They overlook the abundance that we do have and the pain, sorrow and destruction that God is trying to spare us.  Just like Satan did with Eve.

Next, Satan assured Eve that God was lying to her.  Eve had never heard a lie, so she didn’t recognize one right in front of her nose.  Now, Satan didn’t actually say, “God is lying to you.”  He didn’t want to get Eve’s warning system working.  All he said was, “You won’t die.”  Period, statement of fact.  The way things were, it was God’s word (Genesis 2:17) against Satan’s and Eve had to decide whom she would trust.  We know her choice; we know who was telling the truth and who had lied.

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Lastly, Satan told Eve that God was holding something wonderful back from her.  He wanted Eve to believe that God was selfish and wanted to keep Eve from her full potential.   God had blessed Adam and Eve with authority and control of the whole world (Genesis 1:28), but Satan got Eve to think she was being mistreated.  If I hadn’t ever fallen for a line like that myself I would never believe someone could be that gullible [easily deceived]!

I’m already way over my usually word limit and I don’t want your eyes to glaze over, so I’ll continue this tomorrow.

Just be aware, these are the same things Satan throws at us today.  He hasn’t changed.  We are still weak, but God is far stronger!!!

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 

IIFrampton 1 Corinthians 2:11

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.  I John 4:4