Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 13, 2019

Phillip Johnson Put Darwin on Trial

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Phillip Johnson
Author of the book
Darwin on Trial

The remarkable Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019) died earlier this month on November 2. He was a UC Berkeley law professor and one of the founders of the Intelligent Design movement. He looked at the evidence for evolution from a lawyer’s perspective — identifying assumptions, analyzing arguments, evaluating evidence, and seeking proof.

Johnson possessed a towering intellect. He has been called “our age’s clearest thinker on evolution” and the “principal lay critic of Darwinism.” At one time he clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren after having previously clerked for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Traynor. Later he held an endowed chair in law at the University of California Berkeley where he taught for 30 years. Harvard awarded his BA in English in 1961, and in 1965 he graduated at the top of his law school class at the University of Chicago.

Johnson authored many books opposing evolutionism including
Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law, and Education,
Defeating Darwinism By Opening Minds, and
Objections Sustained: Subversive Essays on Evolution, Law, and Culture.
But Johnson is most famous for his 1991 book Darwin on Trial. This book is a devastating critique of Darwinism that exposes the lack of evidence and the Swiss-cheese logic patching the theory together. It also reveals Darwinism as a philosophical belief system, not a scientific theory.

Johnson focused on this fundamental issue: Is life the result of random natural processes or the result of purpose and design? Johnson’s spotlight on this issue in his books transformed the debate about origins.

In Darwin on Trial Johnson raised embarrassing questions like these:
– How do we know that evolutionism’s essential massive numbers of hypothetical “transitional” life forms ever existed given the lack of evidence for them in the fossil record?
– How do we know that natural selection can create complex organs and organisms when we know from genetics that random mutations degrade organisms rather than improving their structures and systems?
– How do we know that living cells arose from a simple chemical soup if it hasn’t yet been shown that it is even possible?

Johnson disputed evolutionists’ claims that random natural processes were sufficient to create all the world’s dazzling diversity of life simply from a primordial chemical soup. He argued that the complexity of nature could only be explained by an Intelligent Creator.

Just as a painting is evidence of a painter, a building is evidence of a builder, and an invention is evidence of an inventor, so the universe and all it contains points to the existence of a Designer and Creator.

Johnson pointed out that evolutionism was based on the philosophy of naturalism, the belief that nature is all there is; things began with just matter and energy. This philosophy conveniently removes God by assumption. Johnson was unwilling to grant this postulate. He argued there was a Mind behind the universe.

Johnson argued that not only had the philosophical naturalism of evolutionists poisoned science, but it had also poisoned law, morality, and ethics. He argued that if there is no transcendent Creator, then there is no transcendent basis for deciding moral rights and wrongs. If evolutionism is true, mankind is only left with the changeableness of majority opinion for deciding right and wrong.

Phillip E. Johnson Quotes

Here are some pithy Johnson quotes:
– “I got the opportunity when I was on a sabbatical in London in 1987 or 1988 to read more about Darwinism. It was immensely interesting to discover that it’s all circular reasoning, deception, and pseudo-science. I had suspected that, but I saw that it was really true. It is a pseudo-science that simply works for confirming examples of a materialist philosophical system that’s held up by a priori grids.”
– “My discovery that the reasoning in Darwinism is unscientific, illogical, and dishonest was tremendously important to me because it validates that ‘In the beginning was the Word‘ is really the correct starting point.”
– “The scientific key is, ‘No natural processes create genetic information.’ As soon as we get that out, there’s only one way the debate can go because Darwinists aren’t going to come up with a mechanism. They’ll start out talking about the peppered moth, and when that self-destructs, then they’ll say, ‘Oh, self-organizing systems, or the fourth law of thermodynamics,’ and other nonsense, which is just covering up ignorance.”
(James M. Kushiner, Berkeley’s Radical: An Interview with Phillip E. Johnson, Yale University, November 2000.)

– “Evolution is based on absolutely terrible scientific reasoning.”
– “Now, if you have any common sense at all, you will ask how does this [peppered moths] tell us how we get moths and trees and birds and scientific observers in the first place. It’s obviously inadequate. It doesn’t show the creation of anything. Nothing new enters. There’s light and dark moths at the beginning and at the end. And that’s it. That’s the most powerful demonstration of what natural selection has actually been seen to do. Why, then, is this taken as evidence of natural selection’s vast creative power?”
– “The first thing you understand is that the Darwinian theory isn’t true. It’s falsified by all of the evidence, and the logic is terrible. When you realize that, the next question that occurs to you is, ‘Well, where might you get truth?’ . . . I start with John 1:1, ‘In the beginning was the Word.’ In the beginning was intelligence, purpose, and wisdom. The Bible had that right and the materialist scientists are deluding themselves.”
– “The next question is: Why do so many brilliant, well-informed, intelligent people fool themselves for so long with such bad thinking and bad evidence? Where are you going to go for the answer to that? Romans 1:20-23, which tells us that God’s eternal power and glory were always evident in the things that were created. Even Richard Dawkins, the arch atheist, arch materialist, high priest of Darwinism in England begins his major book on this subject by saying that biology is the study of extremely complicated things that look as if they were designed by a Creator for a purpose — and the job of science is to show that they weren’t. So it isn’t as if the truth wasn’t made evident to him. He turned away from it. That’s explained in Romans 1, and that brings us into the sin question and, eventually, to a point where we can ask people the great question Jesus posed to His disciples. ‘Who do men say that I am? And who do you say that I am?‘”
– “We have to come out to the culture with the view that we are the ones who really stand for freedom of thought. You see, we don’t have to fear freedom of thought because good thinking done in the right way will eventually lead back to the Church, to the truth — the truth that sets people free, even if it goes through a couple of detours on the way. And so we’re the ones that stand for good science, objective reasoning, assumptions on the table, a high level of education, and freedom of conscience to think as we are capable of thinking. That’s what America stands for, and that’s something we stand for, and that’s something the Christian Church and the Christian Gospel stand for — the truth that makes you free.”
(Phillip Johnson, How the Evolution Debate Can Be Won, archived November 2007.)

Phillip Johnson Video on Intelligent Design

Here is a 58-minute interview with Phillip Johnson about intelligent design, evolution, and science.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which Phillip Johnson quote will you copy onto a sticky note to keep pondering?
2. Who has God placed in your circle of contacts so they can hear evidence of the Creator from you?

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For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday November 13, 2019 A.D.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:1-3)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 6, 2019

Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits

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People often consider working jigsaw puzzles to be a children’s activity. But jigsaws for adults have grown in popularity over the years. Some jigsaws can be quite difficult and far beyond the capabilities of most children.

Are there benefits of jigsaw puzzles for adults? Are there benefits in addition to enjoyment?

Here’s a picture of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle we completed recently. It measures 27″ x 20″ and was manufactured by Ceaco.

Peaceful Moments
by Thomas Kinkade

Peaceful Moments by artist Thomas Kinkade (1958–2012) turned out to be the hardest jigsaw we’ve done so far this year in terms of the length of time it took to complete. There were lots of interesting details like the cabin, pickup truck, fire pit, animals, and fishermen. But sections like the sky, water, rocks, and vegetation were surprisingly difficult. My wife says that persisting through challenges like this is good for the soul, and I agree.

Jigsaw Benefits

Solving jigsaw puzzles is good exercise for the brain. Just as physical exercise contributes to physical health, so brain exercise is important for the health of one’s brain.

It’s good exercise for your brain to remember a color pattern while you search for it among pieces. It’s even better to keep a specific shape in mind while searching for it. This improves memory and visual-spatial skills.

Repeated practice in remembering color patterns and shapes reinforces existing neural connections and builds new ones. This improves mental speed and thinking processes.

A University of Michigan researcher showed that a game where players have to remember a sequence of geometric shapes and sounds helped boost IQ. The ability to remember geometric shapes is a key skill used in and developed by solving jigsaws. So solving jigsaws could raise your IQ.

Improvement in visual-spatial skills as a result of solving jigsaw puzzles has practical benefits. These skills are crucial in packing stuff in boxes, car trunks, or rooms. Visual-spatial skills are involved in driving a car, especially when changing lanes, passing, or parking. They are involved in reading maps and transferring map info to the real world. They are valuable in sports, many work activities, and in practically every area of life. Jobs in the trades, crafts, architecture, engineering, arts, and surgery all require good visual-spatial skills.

Solving jigsaws also boosts valuable motor skills including hand-eye coordination.

There are possibly medical benefits as well. Some researchers believe solving jigsaw puzzles can lengthen your life. Some people use them to help themselves fall asleep. Jigsaws seem to provide some relief for people with some types of dementia.

Many research studies have shown that keeping your brain active reduces the likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Solving jigsaw puzzles activates your brain in a multitude of ways.

Here is a picture of a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle I worked recently at a campground. It measures 18″ x 14″ and was manufactured by White Mountain Puzzles.

Total Comfort
by Terry Redlin

Total Comfort by artist Terry Redlin (1937–2016) was especially enjoyable to work on with lots of interesting details to absorb one’s attention. Notice the pickup trucks, the various tools, the guns and ammo, the dog, and the signs.

In summary, solving jigsaw puzzles are good for mental and physical health. And they are completely safe. There are no unpleasant side effects like with some medications. And you don’t need a doctor or a prescription to enjoy the benefits. Just pick one that looks interesting to you, set up on a table with a good lamp, and get started.

Questions to Ponder

1. What kind of jigsaw puzzles do you like best?
2. What practical challenge has required you to press on through a process that initially seemed too difficult?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog article is the second in an intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
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1. Jigsaw Murder Mystery (with video)

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3. Jigsaw Puzzles – ??? (coming soon…)

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Wednesday November 6, 2019 A.D.

You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:5-6)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 30, 2019

Bible-Science Starter Library 3

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This is the third and final installment of five more books for my suggested Bible-Science Starter Library for personal libraries and for church libraries. The 15 books in this starter library are rich brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading them will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with questioning believers, unbelieving friends, or any truth seekers. See Bible-Science Starter Library 1 and Bible-Science Starter Library 2 for the previous two installments of five books each.

Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins — Percival Davis and Dean Kenyon
Of Pandas and People is a supplementary high school biology textbook that presents origins information from multiple areas of biology including origin-of-life studies, biochemistry, genetics, homology, and paleontology. It discusses pros and cons of two competing interpretations of this biological data — evolution and intelligent design. The authors distinguish between hard data and interpretations of data. To develop thinking skills, they encourage students to draw their own conclusions about how well data fits each explanatory model. For any reader, not just high-schoolers, the book is interesting and accessible with material presented at two levels — a light overview and an in-depth treatment. Percival W. Davis is a biologist and the author of several biology textbooks. Dean H. Kenyon is Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University and an ex-evolutionist.

Darwin’s Enigma — Luther D. Sunderland
Where’s the evidence? That is Darwin’s enigma. No fossil evidence exists that shows one kind of animal gradually changing into a different kind of animal (macro-evolution). Darwin’s theory of macro-evolution still has not been proved after countless millions of dollars spent on research in universities worldwide for 160 years! This incisive, non-religious text by aerospace engineer Luther D. Sunderland quotes from his interviews with leading evolutionists who express skepticism over many aspects of evolutionary belief.
 

“Evolution is an unreasonable and unfounded
hypothesis that is riddled with countless
scientific fallacies. . . . There is an abundance of
impressive and convincing scientific evidence
which can be used to justify an
intelligent faith in Biblical Christianity.”

—Dr. Scott Huse, Computer Consultant

The Collapse of Evolution — Scott M. Huse
This book is well-organized, interesting, and understandable. Dr. Huse’s three-fold purpose is to expose scientific fallacies of evolution, to present scientific evidence for Biblical creation, and to demonstrate that evolution and creation are contradictory and irreconcilable. In this introductory-level book, Huse, an educator and computer consultant, builds his case with examples from geology, paleontology, physics, astronomy, mathematics, biology, archaeology, and anthropology. Huse concludes, “Evolution is an unreasonable and unfounded hypothesis that is riddled with countless scientific fallacies. . . . There is an abundance of impressive and convincing scientific evidence which can be used to justify an intelligent faith in Biblical Christianity.”

Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of Species — Nathaniel T. Jeanson
Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson effectively refutes Darwin’s evolutionary claims using the latest genetics research that is proving Darwin wrong. In this book Jeanson presents a compelling alternative for the origin of species based on Biblical creation. He explains how modern results of research in genetics challenge the evolutionary model of origins but confirm the Biblical model. Dr. Jeanson holds a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University where he did stem cell research.

Here’s an hour-long video of a talk by Dr. Jeanson on the subject of his book. In this thought-provoking presentation, Jeanson explains historical and scientific reasons why Darwin should be doubted and what new scientific evidence has arisen to challenge Darwin.

 

The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate — Jason Lisle
In this book Jason Lisle uses a presuppositional approach to defending Christian faith instead of the more common evidence-based approach to apologetics. Lisle shows how to use evolutionists’ own presuppositions to reveal the fallacies of their arguments. He shows that only the Christian worldview is a logically consistent explanation for the world. This is a strong defense of the Christian faith emphasizing the literal Genesis record of the creation of the universe in six regular days. Dr. Jason Lisle is an astrophysicist.

Ten books for this Bible-Science Starter Library were listed in the preceding articles, Bible-Science Starter Library 1 and Bible-Science Starter Library 2. The 15 books of this Bible-Science Starter Library document the paucity of evidence for Darwinism and the plethora of evidence for Creation. Evolutionism is not science; it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God. Biblical Creationism is soundly supported by scientific evidence, logical reasoning, and Scripture.

Questions to Ponder

1. What books would you add to my Bible-Science Starter Library?
2. Do you know a high-school student who would benefit from receiving Of Pandas and People from you as a gift?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

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Bible-Science Starter Library 1
Bible-Science Starter Library 2
(with video)

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For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 23, 2019

Bible-Science Starter Library 2

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Here is the second installment of five more books for my suggested Bible-Science Starter Library for personal libraries and for church libraries. The 15 books in this starter library are rich brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading them will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with questioning believers, unbelieving friends, or any truth seekers. See Bible-Science Starter Library 1 for the introduction and first installment of five fascinating books. Five more books will be added in next week’s sequel, Bible-Science Starter Library 3, to conclude the Bible-Science Starter Library.

Darwin on Trial — Phillip Johnson
Phillip E. Johnson is a retired UC Berkeley law professor and one of the founders of the Intelligent Design movement. He looked at the evidence for evolution from a lawyer’s perspective — analyzing arguments, identifying assumptions, and seeking proof. His devastating critique of Darwinism exposes the lack of evidence and the Swiss-cheese logic patching the theory together. It also reveals Darwinism as a philosophical belief system, not a scientific theory. Johnson unleashes an argumentative knockout punch to evolutionism.

Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution — Michael Behe
Biochemistry professor Michael J. Behe from Lehigh University is one of the fathers of the Intelligent Design movement. He argues that living cells are too complex to have gradually evolved through random changes. He gives examples of “irreducibly complex” cellular subsystems. These are systems that require multiple components to be functioning in place for the system to work — the removal of any component disables the system. Such systems cannot be incrementally constructed yet still work throughout their construction process. Behe believes these complex systems are definite evidence of an Intelligent Designer, because complexity, design, and order never happen by chance.

Refuting Evolution — Jonathan Sarfati
Dr. Jonathan D. Sarfati is a physical chemist and former New Zealand chess champion. This insightful critique of modern evolutionary theory was in response to Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, distributed to American schools nationwide by the National Academy of Sciences. Sarfati’s sequel, Refuting Evolution 2, responded to the PBS-TV series Evolution. Sarfati’s books constitute an excellent summary of rational arguments for creation plus logical rebuttals to current arguments for evolution.
 

To believe that complex biological systems were gradually built up by small random changes is a “flagrant denial of common sense . . . an entirely unsubstantiated belief for which there is not the slightest evidence whatsoever.”
—Dr. Michael Denton, Agnostic and Geneticist

Evolution: A Theory in Crisis — Michael Denton
In 1985 Dr. Michael Denton, an Australian geneticist and medical doctor, stunned academia with his comprehensive critique of evolution and his solid case for Intelligent Design. Although not a creationist, he challenged macro-evolution with logic and scientific evidence from taxonomy, fossils, embryos, molecular biology, biochemistry, and probability. Denton, an agnostic, calls it a “flagrant denial of common sense” to believe that complex biological systems were gradually built up by small random changes. This is an “entirely unsubstantiated belief for which there is not the slightest evidence whatsoever.” This book influenced Intelligent Design proponents Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe to reject Darwinism.

Here’s a half-hour video interview of Michael Denton on the subject of his book:


 

Icons of Evolution, Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach about Evolution Is Wrong — Jonathan Wells
Textbooks are full of deliberate misinformation about evolution. These include invalidated claims such as the 1953 Miller-Urey origin-of-life experiment, Darwin’s tree of life, Haeckel’s embryos, archaeopteryx, the fossil horse series, peppered moths, Darwin’s Galápagos Islands finches, and ape-to-human drawings. Dr. Jonathan Wells, a molecular and cell biologist and a lover of jigsaw puzzles, debunks these infamous “proofs” of evolution which still litter textbooks. Wells asks, “If the icons of evolution are supposed to be our best evidence for Darwin’s theory, and all of them are false or misleading, what does that tell us about the theory? Is it science or myth?”

Five other books for this Bible-Science Starter Library were listed in the preceding article, Bible-Science Starter Library 1. Five additional intriguing books will be surveyed in the concluding article Bible-Science Starter Library 3. This Bible-Science Starter Library documents the paucity of evidence for Darwinism and the plethora of evidence for Creation. Evolutionism is not science; it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God. Biblical Creationism is soundly supported by scientific evidence, logical reasoning, and Scripture.

Questions to Ponder

1. What books would you add to my Bible-Science Starter Library?
2. Which argument for evolution that you’ve heard strikes you as the most seductive? Is it one that has been debunked, yet most sources just don’t admit it? Will you pick up Jonathan Wells’ Icons of Evolution book to see if he addresses that claim?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog post is the second of three articles outlining a Bible-Science Starter Library.
Read the prequel:
Bible-Science Starter Library 1

Read the sequel:
Bible-Science Starter Library 3 (with video)

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Wednesday October 23, 2019 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 16, 2019

Bible-Science Starter Library 1

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While you were lying on the beach last summer, did you ask yourself, “How’s my Bible-Science bookshelf shaping up?”

Not only is this a good time to evaluate your personal library, but it is time to do so for your church library as well, because October is Church Library Month. Church libraries are still an important resource.

Here is a suggested Bible-Science Starter Library of 15 books for your personal library and for your church. These books are rich brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading them will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with questioning believers, unbelieving friends, or any truth seekers.

Authors include a physical chemist, hydraulic engineer, biochemist, law professor, geneticist, molecular biologist, journalist, chess champion, educator, medical doctor, theologian, astronomer, and computer consultant. Not all are creationists, Christians, or even theists. Some accept the Big Bang, stellar evolution, a long age for the universe, and even aspects of biological evolution. Nevertheless, all distinctly contribute to a Biblical understanding of science. None is infallible. Always measure everything you read by the Bible.

These books are high-school level and up. For balance and variety, I selected only one book per author, even though several have authored multiple books that could be on this list. Five books with brief descriptions follow. Two succeeding blog posts will cover the remaining 10 books in my suggested Bible-Science Starter Library.

The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications — Henry Morris and John Whitcomb
Dr. Henry M. Morris, hydraulic engineering professor and founder of the Institute for Creation Research, is the father of modern scientific Biblical creationism, and this book laid the foundation. Dr. Whitcomb is a seminary professor. This book is the best resource for Noah’s Flood. First published in 1961, it’s been reprinted 32 times and is still a must-read. In 2006 Christianity Today ranked it #22 among “The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals” in the last half-century. It argues for a worldwide flood and explains how rock layers, fossils, and the Ice Age resulted from Noah’s Flood. It addresses the sources and disposition of the Flood waters, how Noah fit animals (including dinosaurs) on the ark, and the age of the earth. My wife says this is the book that first got her intrigued with scientific aspects of the Bible when she read it in her late teens.

The Lie: Evolution — Ken Ham
Ken Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis with its Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Ham says Genesis is foundational to all Christian doctrine and must be interpreted literally. Doctrines like sin and salvation, institutions like marriage and government, the beginnings of culture and industry — all have their foundation in Genesis. Ham argues that if God does not really mean what He says in Genesis, why should we trust the rest of the Bible? The religion of Evolutionism is a lie from hell and is the root cause of most of the world’s problems because it denies God the Creator.

Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! — Duane Gish
Dr. Duane T. Gish, a biochemist and premier creationist debater, annihilates the supposed primary evidence for evolution — the fossil record. Darwin himself realized the strongest objection to evolution was that fossils did not support it, asking, “If species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, why do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?” Darwin believed future fossil discoveries would validate his theory, but in 160 years — nothing! Gish shows the fossil record is characterized by abrupt appearance of life forms, absence of transitional forms, and constancy of life forms. Gish argues that the fossils do not support the theory of evolution. In fact, he shows that fossils are one of the strongest arguments against evolution. Fossils support creation but undermine macro-evolution.

“My road to atheism was paved by science. . . .
But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.”

—Author Lee Strobel

The Case for a Creator — Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel, a Yale Law School graduate, journalist, legal editor, and pastor, was a spiritual skeptic well into his career. He said, “My road to atheism was paved by science. . . .But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.” Strobel confronts eight eminent scientists and philosophers with an atheist’s tough questions. The cross-examinations build a strong scientific case that the universe was intelligently designed, and they show the logical and evidential weaknesses of Darwinism. His questions involve cosmology, astronomy, physics, cellular biology, biochemistry, and DNA. The story is absorbing. The arguments are compelling. Evolutionism is no longer scientifically or logically tenable. Science and the Bible give consistent testimony of a Creator. A student edition is available for younger readers.

Creation’s Tiny Mystery — Robert V. Gentry
Having discovered riveting evidence for creation, Robert Gentry struggled against the scientific establishment that strove to suppress it. Originally an ardent evolutionist, Gentry found radioactive polonium halos in earth’s basement rocks. The half-life is so short (3 minutes) that the rocks had to solidify rapidly for halos to form. Molten rock would have taken too long to cool, leaving no halos. This evidence caused Gentry to abandon his evolutionary beliefs. Gentry believes the halos are some of the Creator’s “fingerprints.” His investigations show evidence for a global flood and earth’s age in thousands rather than billions of years. Evolutionists call Gentry’s halos a “tiny mystery,” but they have proposed no other explanation.

Ten more books will be added to this Bible-Science Starter Library in the next two articles, Bible-Science Starter Library 2 and Bible-Science Starter Library 3. This starter library documents the paucity of evidence for Darwinism and the plethora of evidence for Creation. Evolutionism is not science; it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God. Biblical Creationism is soundly supported by scientific evidence, logical reasoning, and Scripture.

Questions to Ponder

1. What books would you add to my Bible-Science Starter Library?
2. With so many videos available, what case would you make in defense of books?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

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Bible-Science Starter Library 2 (with video)
Bible-Science Starter Library 3 (with video)

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday October 16, 2019 A.D.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 9, 2019

Jigsaw Murder Mystery

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Do murder mysteries intrigue you as much as jigsaw puzzles do? You might be surprised to learn they are sometimes connected.

My wife and I have gotten interested in doing jigsaw puzzles over the last several years, particularly while camping. We enjoy sitting at a sturdy table by our campfire and working a jigsaw. It’s so rewarding to find the right piece and snap it into place!

Here is “With Grandpa on the Farm,” a colorful 500-piece puzzle that’s full of interesting details. We did it a year ago during a camping trip. It’s a farm scene with Grandpa in the barn milking a cow. A young boy watches from the loft while his sister feeds chickens.

With Grandpa on the Farm
by Bob “Grandpa” Bates


 
What would interest me about jigsaw puzzles? That’s what this intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles will cover, including pictures of some of the interesting jigsaws we’ve completed.

This Jigsaw Puzzle Series will likely include much more than you would ever want to know about jigsaw puzzles. That’s one reason why it will be an intermittent series.

Topics I expect to discuss in this Jigsaw Puzzle Series will include Benefits of Solving Jigsaws, Tips for Solving Jigsaws, Jigsaw Design, and Recommended Sources and Artists and Makers, among other topics.

Jigsaw Murder

Recently I did a murder mystery jigsaw, “The Unconventional Murder.” It was based on the old TV show Murder, She Wrote that ran for 12 seasons, 1984-1996. Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher who solved murders that baffled police in Cabot Cove, Maine. Murder, She Wrote was one of my father’s favorite shows. Here is a 2-minute video trailer for the TV show:
 

The puzzle box for “The Unconventional Murder” included a pamphlet laying out a Jessica Fletcher murder mystery. A jewelry dealer attending an antique convention supposedly died alone as a result of an accidental fall in his hotel room. But Jessica Fletcher determined he had not been alone and had been murdered. Suspects included the hotel’s desk clerk, the convention director, and the victim’s estranged wife.

The clues needed to solve the mystery and determine the murderer were in the puzzle picture. But you had to put the puzzle together without the aid of a picture showing what the completed puzzle looked like. I put it together and found the clues to solve the mystery in the puzzle picture.

I was proud of myself for solving the puzzle in only a few days, since the box said 12+ years.

The puzzle is 18” x 24” with 21*27=567 pieces. It was manufactured by American Publishing of Lafayette, Indiana. Here is a picture of the completed puzzle.

The Unconventional Murder

Jigsaw Christians

What do jigsaw puzzles have to do with Biblical Christianity?

Christians can be thought of as pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Yahweh is both uniquely shaping each “piece” and somehow fitting all the “pieces” together to form the Church, a spiritual house founded on Jesus Christ, the cornerstone.
You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
(1 Peter 2:5-8)

Questions to Ponder

1. Do puzzles interest you? What is your favorite type of puzzle — jigsaws or crosswords or sudokus or logic puzzles or word jumbles or what?
2. What “jigsaw piece” are you in the Church? Are you meshing with your neighboring “pieces”?
3. If jigsaw puzzles hold no interest for you, what is a good reason to read this blog series anyway?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog post is the first in a Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
Read the sequels:
2. Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits

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“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:6)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 2, 2019

Kepler’s Water Guns

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Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

I have some shocking news!

Master got a water gun to discipline me and Henry. At the campground, when we start barking, he shoots us. I hate it.

Sometimes I just have to bark. Squirrels, chipmunks, fluffy dogs, black dogs, kids, remote-control cars, bicycles, skateboards, golf carts, people walking up to our campfire — all require loud and insistent barking to alert Master and Missus. It’s my job.

This is a picture of Master’s water gun. Master did not just get a normal water pistol. He got a pump-action assault rifle water gun. He can hit me from 20 feet away. There’s nothing I can do to stop it. I think this must be what it’s like to get hit with a water cannon.

Henry tries to hide under the picnic table when he sees Master pick up his pump-action assault rifle water gun, but Master always gets him.

Master’s aim is phenomenal. He hits me right square in the face. The stream of water gets in my eyes, mouth, and worst of all in my nose. I have to lick my fur all over to get the water off.

Just the sight of the super soaker water gun scares me. I know I have to be quiet when I see Master pick up his pump-action assault rifle water gun. I obey Master’s “Quiet” and “No Bark” commands much better when he has his pump-action assault rifle water gun at hand. Even Missus shoots me to make me be quiet.

Another horrible thing is that Master has TWO pump-action assault rifle water guns. Here is a picture of the second pump-action assault rifle water gun. It is identical to the first except for color.

Why does he need two of them, I wondered. He said that in case one breaks, he wants to have a backup. He is big on backups, being a belt-and-suspenders kind of guy. If his belt breaks, the suspenders prevent embarrassment. I can’t even count the number of compasses he carries around with him — just to be sure he always has a working one available.

Recently a camper we met complained to us about how he can’t keep his dog from barking, so Master explained his solution. The camper loved it and said, “Oh, I have a 3-D printer. Let me scan your water gun, and I’ll use my 3-D printer to print a water gun for both of us.”

This absolutely horrified me. We don’t need three pump-action assault rifle water guns sitting around. But Master replied, “Thanks anyway, but I have a Canon printer.” Then they both laughed. I didn’t understand at first, but then it worried me even more.

When I asked Master why he needed to discipline us for barking, he said it was for our own good. He doesn’t want us to get kicked out of a campground for nuisance barking, which is against state park regulations. Master said he disciplines us just as fathers discipline their sons and God disciplines His children.
My son, do not despise the discipline of the LORD nor be weary of His reproof. For whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father the son in whom he delights.
(Proverbs 3:11-12)

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
(Job 5:17)

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Don’t forget to vote for me — I’m running for President (click Kepler for President).
Vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. How do you respond to divine discipline — with rebellion or acceptance, with complaints or thanks?
2. Can you think of something in your life that you’ve viewed as annoying or troublesome — that might actually be God’s loving discipline?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 39th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-39 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2

Read the sequel:
40. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 25, 2019

Unclean Lips

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Did you ever get your mouth washed out with soap as a child? If so, you probably still remember what soap tastes like!

That was once a popular and quite effective treatment by mothers for “unclean lips” when youngsters used bad language. They were often surprised by how bad soap tasted since it smelled so good.

“Unclean lips” is actually a Biblical phrase. It’s a phrase the Old Testament prophet Isaiah used.

In the year King Uzziah of Judah died (about 740 BC per Edwin Thiele‘s chronology of the Hebrew kings), Isaiah saw the Lord God. His immediate response was to cry out these words:
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
(Isaiah 6:5)

Here’s a catchy mnemonic rhyme to help you remember the situation:

Uzziah died,
Isaiah cried
in 740 BC:
“Unclean lips are the ruin of me!”

I found it especially interesting that the sin Isaiah confessed and the reason he gave for being “ruined” upon seeing the Lord was “unclean lips,” something that many people would consider relatively minor.

Isaiah did not specifically mention any sins prohibited by the Ten Commandments, although violations of the Third Commandment and the Ninth Commandment would be examples of “unclean lips.” Why did Isaiah confess to this particular thing, “unclean lips,” when in the presence of God and not something more specific or more grievous?

Moreover, Isaiah identified “unclean lips” as a characteristic problem of his people. Isaiah’s “unclean lips” generation was not unusual. We have the same difficulty with clean speech today. Recently at a restaurant we could not avoid hearing the most foul language from the booth directly behind us.

Think of what you hear on TV and in movies, what you read in books and magazines and newspapers, what you hear in the workplace and the marketplace and at sports events. “Unclean lips” is characteristic of our day just as it was for Isaiah 2700 years ago.

Isaiah’s perspective was that the words of one’s mouth reflect the inner person and are therefore significant. This is what Jesus also taught:
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. (Matthew 15:18)
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)

Thus, according to Jesus, “unclean lips” is indicative of an “unclean heart.” In the presence of the holiness of God, Isaiah recognized the sinfulness of his own heart and confessed it through acknowledging the specific sins of his “unclean lips.”

Adam probably did NOT exclaim,
“Oh my God!”
when he stepped on thorns & thistles.

What does “unclean lips” mean? What comprises impure speech? Examples of “unclean lips” include taking God’s name in vain, cursing, lying, telling smutty stories and jokes, and reviling people.

The Apostle Paul urged believers to use clean speech in his letters to the believers at Ephesus and Colossae:
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
(Ephesians 5:29)
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
(Colossians 4:6)

James urged control of one’s tongue as well:
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
(James 3:5-10)

Some day each of us will have to give account on Judgment Day for even our careless words (Matthew 12:36). May we be wise, discerning, and judicious in the use of our tongues. May we be known as people of clean lips.

Questions to Ponder

1. To avoid disrespecting God’s name, what word or phrase will you have ready to use instead when you need to exclaim over something?
2. What single-sentence prayer can you formulate to help you grow toward clean lips?
(Hint: see Psalm 19:14)

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. (Matthew 7:24)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 18, 2019

After the Storm

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Last week a storm of wind and rain hit while we were camping. The next morning I was surprised to see what the storm had done to the easy-up canopy pictured here.

The day before it had looked good — well-staked with taut guy ropes and a properly-stretched canopy. But the wind and rain destroyed it, despite all the stakes holding firm. The metal skeleton was bent and twisted beyond reclamation by the storm.

It brought to mind these words of Jesus, at the end of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

The key is to both hear the words of Jesus and to act on them. Hearing alone is insufficient.

The wind and rain destroyed the pictured easy-up, just as the storms of life will destroy one who does not act on the words of Jesus.

Right before concluding the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had said this:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Hearing and acting on the words of Jesus includes hearing and acting on these alarming words. Obedience to the will of God is essential.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22)

Questions to Ponder

1. What specific words of Jesus do you need to obey today without delay?
2. Whose life has inspired you by how they trusted God and obeyed through a life-storm?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday September 18, 2019 A.D.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. (Matthew 7:24)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 11, 2019

The Truth About Lies

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Recently in Lies & Truth I discussed the most common sin people commit against each other — lying. I referenced research studies reporting that most people encounter almost 200 lies daily — with 10 being significant, damaging lies.

Lies & Truth focused on lies we tell to other people without mentioning lies we tell ourselves. John, a regular reader of the blog, identified those lies in this perceptive comment:

It seems counter-intuitive, but we lie to ourselves, and I suspect that most lie to themselves more than they lie to others. Perhaps we tell 99 lies to ourselves before we tell one lie to another! Hyperbole? Of course it is. Perhaps I should have said man lies to himself 199 times before he tells one lie to another.

Every act of pride is the result of the prideful one lying to his/her self. Pride in yourself is typically stealing glory from God; being proud of self and not crediting God is a lie to self. Scripture teaches that we are aware that we are going to sin before we commit a sin. When we commit the sin anyway, and tell ourselves that “it’s not a sin, there will be no consequences,” we lie to ourselves.

How many times does a man or woman lie to themselves while standing in front of the mirror primping and preening? I only know my own mind, and I know that when I’m not guarding my heart and my mind how I can so easily lie to myself. We don’t have to know the mind of another to know they lie to themselves too. We can observe it. Their actions reveal that they are lying to themselves. Observe an NFL receiver make a great catch, pick up a critical 1st down, and then watch how he will carry on, displaying for the fans his most immediate lie about what he thinks of his status in the world (his self image). We see politicians, entertainers, children, and just about every category of human beings expressing themselves similarly for their own reasons.

It’s not surprising that the same wicked flesh that so easily lies to others will be just as inclined to lie to itself.

John clearly identified a major area of deceit — lying to ourselves.

Mankind’s most prevalent self-lies involve pride and personal justification. With pride we claim credit that belongs to God alone. We give all kinds of excuses to justify our actions and deny sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
(1 John 1:8)

How Do You Stop Lying to Yourself?

This is a tricky issue, because often we don’t even realize we are lying to ourselves, especially after years of repeatedly lying to oneself. But there are several effective strategies that can help: humility and truth.

Humility

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:21)

Pride always involves a lie — to oneself. Every possession, ability, and asset is a gift from the Great Creator.
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
(1 Corinthians 4:7)
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
(Galatians 6:3)

Humility involves recognizing our dependence on the Great Creator. It is an attitude of acknowledging the Lord God Almighty as the Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the whole universe, including our particular person. Humility involves an attitude of thankfulness to the Great Creator for everything we have, for every breath we take, for every bite of food, for every moment we live.

Exposure to Truth

God’s Word is an antidote for self-deception. Scripture can be a check on lying to oneself. The truths of God’s Word can judge one’s inner thoughts, distinguishing between lies and truth, between right and wrong.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Soaking oneself in Biblical truth can help prevent the natural human tendency to justify sin. Jesus equated Truth with God’s Word. He linked the process of sanctification (set apart to be made righteous) with immersion in God’s Word. Praying to God the Father on behalf of His disciples, He said,
Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

In the most extreme danger, on trial for His life, Jesus of Nazareth asserted a powerful truth claim as He testified before Pilate:
For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

The Apostle Paul refers to the process as “washing with the Word.” (Ephesians 5:26) The basic idea is that we are progressively made more righteous through the cleansing action of God’s Word.

This verse proclaims the totality of God’s Word to be Truth:
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

How do we “soap” ourselves with the Word? We do this by listening to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word. Delight yourself in the Word. “Lather” yourself with Scripture 24×7.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is one practical way you can soak yourself in Scripture today?
2. How can you more readily “catch yourself” in self-deception today?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequel:
Lies & Truth

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Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.. (John 17:17)

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