Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 16, 2019

Why Does Salt Melt Ice?

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Niagara’s Bridal Veil Falls in Winter

Ice melts if the temperature rises above 32°F. Why does ice melt if you throw salt on it, even if the temperature is as low as 15°F? What happens if you use sugar, flour, ashes, or sand instead?

Why Does Salt Melt Ice?

By the design of the Great Creator, water freezes and ice melts at 32°F. At this temperature, an icy road usually has a thin layer of water molecules interacting with the ice molecules beneath. The ice is freezing the water at the same rate the water is melting the ice. When salt is added, it lowers the water’s freezing point. The result is that the ice can’t freeze the water, but the water continues to melt the ice, reducing the ice on the road.

How does salt lower the freezing point of water? By the design of the Great Creator, when dissolved in water, salt (NaCl) splits into sodium and chlorine ions which form weak chemical bonds with water molecules (H2O). This solution stays liquid at much lower temperatures than pure water because the sodium and chlorine ions “get in the way” and impede crystallization of the water molecules into ice because the ions have bonded with water molecules.

Salt is sprinkled over winter roads because it lowers the freezing point of water (32°F) or the melting point of ice (32°F) thereby reducing the slippery ice hazard. It’s most effective to salt roads close to 32°F when there is water with the ice. Over 20 million tons of salt are used every year to melt snow and ice.

BibleScienceGuy at our campsite’s picnic table loaded with a foot of snow.

The more salt that is dissolved in water, the more it lowers the freezing point (impedes crystallization) until the water is saturated with salt. Under lab conditions, this minimum temperature is –6°F. On the street, salt can melt ice only down to about 15°F. There is no point in salting roads below 15°F.

Common table salt (NaCl) isn’t the only salt that can be used. Other salts are more effective (but more expensive) in lowering the melting point of ice. For example, calcium chloride (CaCl2) lowers it to –20°F.

Calcium chloride melts ice better than table salt because it breaks down into three ions instead of two: one calcium ion and two chlorine ions. This results in more ions bonding to water molecules and impeding the crystallization of the water molecules into ice.

When salt water freezes, the salt moves to the surface. Icebergs are free of salt below the surface, despite floating in salty oceans. Thus icebergs are a potential source of fresh water. Some have considered towing icebergs to alleviate water shortages.

Homeschool Science Project

Figure out what sugar, flour, ashes, and sand do to the freezing point of water.

Experiment by putting water in a compartment of an ice cube tray and sugar water solutions of varying concentrations in other compartments. Use flour, sand, and ashes with water in the remaining tray compartments. Check every 15 minutes to observe the freezing rates. Explain your results.
(Hint: Do popsicles freeze faster or slower than ice in your freezer?)

For another experiment, take a tray of ice cubes. On top of separate cubes in the tray put salt, sugar, flour, sand, and ashes. Return the tray of frozen cubes to the freezer. Put a thermometer in the freezer so you’ll know the temperature. Check periodically to see which additives cause the most melting.

Report and explain your results in the comments below.

Making ice cream in a zip-lock bag

Ice Cream in a Baggie

Has the “ice cream urge” ever hit you when the freezer was empty and you couldn’t bring yourself to drive to the store?

Do your children sometimes beg for ice cream at the most inconvenient times?

Here’s a solution to this urgent problem that applies what we’ve learned about ice and salt.

Make your own double-scoop of flavorful ice cream with these four simple steps in only 10-15 minutes!

  1. Put 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a quart zip-lock bag with desired flavorings (strawberries, chocolate chips, cherries, crumbled oreos, etc). Double-bag and seal.
  2. Fill a gallon zip-lock bag 1/3 full of ice. Add a cup of salt.
  3. Place the sealed quart bag into the gallon bag and seal.
  4. Shake the gallon bag gently for 10-15 minutes until the ice cream is firm.

Heat energy from the mix melts the ice, thereby cooling the cream mix as its heat is used to melt the ice. The cream mix freezes (at a lower temperature than water) because the ice-salt mixture has a lower freezing/melting point than pure ice.

Raise the Freezing Point of Water

It’s easy to lower the freezing point of water by adding salt. It’s not so easy to do the reverse — raise the freezing point of water.

Nobody has figured out how to make water freeze at temperatures above 32°F. In fact, many scientists think it cannot be done. This and the science behind it could be another fruitful research topic for a Nobel Prize — like figuring out why ice is slippery.

If somebody could figure out how to raise the freezing point of water economically, it could be a very useful energy-saving device in a variety of contexts. For example, one could make ice in refrigerators with less energy.

Questions to Ponder

1. When winter’s snow and ice frustrate your plans, how do you react? Does your response honor the Great Creator?
2. How does winter weather remind you of the Great Creator?
3. In what ways could raising the freezing point of water be useful?

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

For Christ and His Kingdom.

Read the prequel:
Why Is Ice Slippery?

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Wednesday January 16, 2019 A.D.

God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow He says, “Fall on the earth,”
And to the downpour and the rain, “Be strong.”
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

(Job 37:5-7)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 9, 2019

Little Idea, Epic Result

(3 Minute Read. With video.)

Apollo 8 Commemorative Patch
Apollo 8 flies above the lunar surface as it slingshots around the Moon and sees the Earth rise. The patch includes “In the beginning God…” which the crew read to the world from Genesis 1.

A seemingly insignificant idea, trivial choice, or minor event can have far-reaching consequences.

Such was the case 50 years ago when the Apollo 8 astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, celebrated Christmas in Space as they orbited the moon.

Apollo 8 was a very ambitious and very dangerous mission. NASA told Borman’s wife that the chances the crew would return safely were “50-50.” One prominent critic of the mission was British radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, the director of the Jodrell Bank radio observatory, who begged NASA not to risk the lives of three astronauts.

Robert Kurson, author of Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon, said, “Christmas and the moon were at risk if this mission failed. That’s why when you talk to experts or other Apollo astronauts who were around they speak in reverential tones about Apollo 8 – the risk was almost incalculable. If you talk to many astronauts of the time, many of them will tell you that Apollo 8 was the single most important, daring, and dangerous mission NASA ever flew.”

Yet Apollo 8 was a crucial step on the way to Apollo 11 landing men on the moon seven months later. It was a huge jump ahead in the moon race with Russia. Apollo 8 was the first time in known history that men traveled beyond Earth’s orbit, and they set a new world speed record of 24,200 mph. Its astronauts were the first men in known history to orbit the moon. Apollo 8 was the first manned flight launched into space by the huge 36-story-tall Saturn V rocket, the launch vehicle for all the following Apollo missions and for Skylab 1.

Here is NOVA’s movie Apollo’s Daring Mission in which Apollo 8 astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of the mission, fifty years later. They report the new technology and engineering feats that made Apollo 8’s trip to the moon possible. (Released December 26, 2018. 53:41)


 
Because of the significance of the mission, NASA had told the three Apollo 8 astronauts to “say something appropriate” for their Christmas Eve broadcast from the moon. No other instruction or specification was given.

But the astronauts couldn’t think of what to say. They and their three wives struggled for weeks trying to think of something without success. They considered contemporizing The Night Before Christmas or using Jingle Bells, but nothing they thought of seemed appropriate. Finally a friend of Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman asked veteran war correspondent and newspaperman Joe Layton for help. As Layton wrestled with how to answer, his wife Christine, a former French resistance fighter, suggested the astronauts read the opening verses of Genesis.

Christine Layton
Suggested Moon reading from Genesis

This spur of the moment, seemingly inconsequential suggestion by Christine Layton — walking by her husband as he crumpled sheet after sheet of paper with discarded ideas — turned out to have epic consequences.

Anders, Lovell, and Borman read the first ten verses of Genesis to conclude their live TV broadcast from lunar orbit. At the time it was the most watched television broadcast in known history, estimated at a billion people – a quarter of the world’s population.

Transcripts and recordings of Genesis 1:1-10 (see Christmas in Space for a video) have reverberated across the decades as the historic expedition is commemorated. On each significant anniversary of Apollo 8, even the most secular publications reproduce these powerful Genesis verses which exalt the Creator.

When Christine Layton applied her creative energy to a question that interested her husband, her wildest imagination could not have predicted the worldwide impact, echoing year after year for half a century!

A billion people, including innumerable communists, atheists, and pagans, heard these three elite American astronauts testify to the creation of the universe by the God of the Bible, Yahweh, the Great Creator.

Apollo 8 Crew
Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell

These three astronauts were highly intelligent, college educated, extremely accomplished men who were esteemed worldwide. Eternity alone will reveal the extent to which their clear, bold words changed lives. And it was all started by Christine Layton’s simple suggestion.

We never know the extent to which our daily choices and actions will influence history. Some may mushroom worldwide down through the centuries. It’s important to consistently obey the Word and follow Jesus Christ. Both obedience and disobedience have significant consequences.

New Year Message

I wish all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog a Blessed 2019 as you seek to serve and glorify the Great Creator in 2019!
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Here is a Rebus puzzle message from Mark Twain’s 1874 calling card that I’d like to send my readers. Can you figure out the appropriate phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Questions to Ponder

1. The astronauts’ choice to ride the Saturn V rocket to the moon was scary; yet it produced an enduring witness to the Great Creator. What Biblical choice in your life seems scary or risky? Will you trust God and act on it?
2. What “little idea” to bless another person has crossed your mind recently? Will you act on it?

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

Rebus Puzzle Answer: I Wish You All A Happy New Year.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

For Christ and His Kingdom.

Read the prequel:
Christmas in Space

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Wednesday January 9, 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; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 2, 2019

Best of 2018

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Best of 2018

Did the Bible-Science Guy Blog inform you, challenge you, and perhaps even spur you to action in 2018? I hope and pray that it did.

Here are some statistical highlights for the blog for 2018. Below the stats, don’t miss the recap of the Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2018.

In 2018, 86,219 readers from 202 countries viewed this blog 134,830 times. Additionally, 739 readers received the weekly blog posts by email in 2018.

The Top Ten countries in descending order of total views in 2018 were United States (84,396 views), United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore, and Nigeria (1,012 views).

Sunday was the most popular day of the week to read the blog in 2018 with 16% of the blog views occurring on that day. This means viewership is probably fairly evenly spread throughout the week, since an equal distribution of views throughout the week would have 14.3% per day of the week. October was the busiest month with 9,052 visitors and 13,430 views.

Click 2018 Bible-Science Guy Articles for a list of the 52 new articles posted on the Bible-Science Guy Blog in 2018. Additionally, 13 blog articles from 2008 were migrated from a defunct previous host to BibleScienceGuy.wordpress.com. The 52 new articles for 2018 averaged 1,218 words each, about a 4-minute read.

The Bible-Science Guy Blog started in October 2007. Click Why Do I Write the Bible-Science Guy Blog? to learn why I write the blog. It now comprises 638 posts, 87 newspaper articles, and 10 tab pages for a total of 735 items. During 2018, 728 of these 735 items or 99% were viewed at least once. Over the life of the blog, 332,778 visitors have viewed the blog 589,282 times, as of the end of 2018.

The ten articles with the most views during 2018 were all published in prior years. Of the 154 articles with 100 or more views during 2018, only 13 were published in 2018. This illustrates the enduring relevance of the Bible-Science Guy blog articles.

Here are the ten articles with original publication dates that had the most views during 2018:

How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 19,819 views.
Tower of Babel – What Did It Look Like? (Mar 20, 2013) – 5,632 views.
Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth (Nov 23, 2016) – 5,239 views.
Could Noah Fill the Earth? (May 28, 2014) – 4,990 views.
Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 4,574 views.
Tower of Babel – When? (Apr 3, 2013) – 4,184 views.
Tower of Babel – How Many Languages? (Apr 24, 2013) – 3,120 views.
How Many Children Did Adam Have? (Apr 6, 2016) – 2,808 views.
Population Growth – Israel in Egypt (Jun 4, 2014) – 2,123 views.
Is 10 Trillion Flood Deaths Reasonable? (Jun 25, 2014) – 1,977 views.

 

The Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2018

Here is an apropos Rebus puzzle for the Best of 2018 Bible-Science Guy Blog posts. Can you figure out the common phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Below are my choices for the 15 Best Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts from 2018, listed in order of publication date. I chose the posts I liked best — the ones I found most interesting, most important, or best written. I included those that accumulated the most views or stimulated the most comments.

Clearly Seen (Jan 3)
There is no such thing as an atheist. Creation is clear testimony to the Creator, and this testimony is available and clear to every person. The evidence is so clear that no man can miss it, and therefore no man has an excuse.

Chicken or Egg?
Which Came First?

Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma (Feb 7)
Creationists have always argued based on Genesis that the chicken came first before the egg. There is now scientific evidence that this is true.
This is the 28th of 34 articles in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts, 10 of which were published this year. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This series focuses on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
The Science in the Bible posts were among the most popular posts. The 10 published this year were among the dozen most-viewed 2018 posts.

History’s One-Two Punch (Apr 4)
Identifies, discusses, and defends two big historical events that knocked everybody off their feet. For many, they are still unbelievable today, but they really did occur.

Was Jesus an Evolutionist? (Apr 18)
Did Jesus view Genesis as authentic history or as figurative fables? Did Jesus interpret Genesis literally, or did He view it symbolically? Did Jesus believe in any variation of evolution? Looking at Jesus’ own words and deeds clearly answers these questions.

Do You Think Like an Evolutionist? (May 2)
Ten questions to determine whether you Think Like an Evolutionist. Includes the antidote for the TLE virus. This was one of the three most commented blog posts.

Kepler — after endless scrubbings

Biblical Thinking (May 16)
Thinking Biblically involves Subordinate Thinking and Confrontational Thinking. It begins with disciplining the mind so that each and every thought honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. Then Biblical thinkers confront and destroy, in kindness and truth, the false, anti-God thinking that persistently bombards our world today.

Kepler Meets Skunk (May 23)
Our Jack Russell terrier Kepler told what happened when he attacked a skunk. He wrote 7 blog posts this year about his many adventures. Click Kepler Blogs for a list of Kepler’s blog articles.

Prehistoric? Bogus! (June 27)
There is no such thing as prehistoric anything! Written history begins with the first verse of Genesis which documents the creation of the universe by God about 6,000 years ago. History begins “in the beginning” with Genesis.

An Outrageous Claim (July 18)
Near the end of His life on earth, Jesus of Nazareth serenely made the most outrageous claim ever made by a human being. What was it? His claim is either True or False, and the implications are enormous. What’s the evidence for His claim?

Who Made You? (Aug 22)
Today many people are very confused by a plethora of unbiblical worldviews. Yet the Bible speaks clear and compelling truth to a badly muddled people. This blog post discusses a short Bible verse stuffed with seven vital truths.

Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem (Sep 19)
How did sexual reproduction ever get started? Evolutionism cannot explain how males and females could simultaneously emerge in kind after kind of animal. This is the huge “elephant-in-the-room” problem for evolutionary biologists that is no problem at all for Biblical creationists. This was one of the three most commented blog posts.

The Eternal Gospel (Sep 26)
The word Gospel means Good News, and it refers to how man can be reconciled to his Creator. What part of the Gospel is rarely included when the Gospel is presented? Why is the Gospel eternal? The sequels Is Belief in Creation Necessary for Salvation? and Wrestling with “Eternal” complete the discussion.

What is the Starting Point for Reason? (Oct 17)
What is the relationship between Faith and Reason? Are they contradictory and incompatible as many claim? This post and its sequel, Reason Permeates Faith, show that Biblical faith is the starting point for valid reasoning, and logical reasoning actually supports Biblical faith.

Apollo 8 Crew
Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell

Old Guy Fires Football (Oct 31)
An Old Guy wins a football passing contest. What is the Old Guy Challenge from the Bible?

Christmas in Space (Dec 26)
Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve three astronauts testified of the Great Creator from lunar orbit.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which is your favorite of all the 2018 Bible-Science Guy Articles? Why?
(It does not have to be one from this Best of 2018 list.)
2. Which do you think is the best article to share with unbelievers to stimulate their consideration of Jesus of Nazareth?
3. Which do you think is the best article to share with believers to spur them to honor, worship, and glorify the Great Creator?
4. What topics would you like to see addressed in 2019?

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

Rebus Puzzle Answer:
[The pick+cuff th+eel+lid+door]
The pick of the litter.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

For Christ and His Kingdom.

Peruse the other Best of Bible-Science Guy lists:
Top Ten Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts 2007-2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014
Best of 2015
Best of 2016
Best of 2017

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Wednesday January 2, 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; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 26, 2018

Christmas in Space

(4 Minute Read. With videos.)

Apollo 8 Crew
Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders reached the moon after a three-day, 240,000-mile trip from earth. This was the first time postdiluvian man orbited the moon.

Anders was designated the Lunar Module pilot, even though there was no Lunar Module on Apollo 8. Lovell was the Command Module pilot, and Borman was the Mission Commander. All three are still alive at ages 85, 90, and 90 respectively.

The bravery and courage of the Apollo 8 astronauts is often overlooked. Apollo 8 was the first mission to test the massive 365-foot tall Saturn V rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built. As the time approached for that first moon shot, Frank Borman’s wife Susan asked about the chances the crew would return safely. A NASA director replied, “50-50.”

Of the initial stage of the flight, Anders said,
“The first seconds of flight were a total surprise to everybody because the Saturn V, which is a big, tall rocket, kind of skinny, and we were like a bug on the end of a whip. It gets very massive near the bottom, with the center of gravity near the bottom, so if you rotate it, what little bit of wiggle at the bottom translates to a big wiggle up at the top. Those giant F-1 engines, each producing a million and a half pounds of thrust, were trying to keep the rocket going straight. So it was being thrashed at the bottom and we were getting really thrashed at the top. I mean, violent sideways movement and massive noise that nowhere near had been simulated properly in our simulations. For the first ten (it seemed like 40) seconds we could not communicate with each other. Had there been a need to abort detected on my instruments, I could not have relayed that to Borman.”

Earthrise
Photo by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders.
Taken from lunar orbit on Dec 24, 1968.
Shows Earth rising above lunar horizon.

On Christmas Eve while orbiting the moon the astronauts made a live television broadcast at NASA’s direction. They showed pictures of the Earth and Moon as seen from Apollo 8. It was the first time since Noah’s Flood that the Blue Marble (Earth) had been seen as a globe. At the time it was the most watched television broadcast ever, estimated at a billion people. This included many people in Communist lands where Christmas was illegal.

NASA had instructed the Apollo 8 crew to “say something appropriate” for the broadcast. Thus the astronauts concluded their broadcast and Christmas celebration with a special reading. What did these cream-of-the-crop men choose to read to the world while orbiting the moon to follow NASA’s “say something appropriate” instructions?

The heroes of Apollo 8 read the record of the creation of the heavens and earth from Genesis 1:1-10 using the King James Version.

Here’s a 2-minute video/audio recording of the astronauts reading Genesis 1:1-10 to the world from lunar orbit.


 
Major General William Anders began the reading:
“We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.”
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good. And God divided the light from the darkness.

Captain James Lovell continued:
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Colonel Frank Borman concluded:
And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. And God called the dry land Earth. And the gathering together of the waters called He Seas. And God saw that it was good.
“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.”

Anders, Lovell, and Borman were highly intelligent, college-educated, extremely accomplished men. They were American astronauts, the elite of the elite. In the Christmas Eve broadcast from the moon 50 years ago, these men clearly, boldly, and unashamedly proclaimed to the entire world the divine creation of the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.

In 1969, the U.S. Postal Service issued a six-cent stamp to commemorate the Apollo 8 mission to the moon. The stamp featured the Earthrise photo and the words, “In the beginning God…” It honored the three astronauts who led the way to the moon and who proclaimed the Great Creator to the entire watching Earth.

A commemorative event called “The Spirit of Apollo” was held at the Washington National Cathedral on December 11, 2018. Jim Lovell joined Ellen Stofan, Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to commemorate the Apollo 8 mission.

Stofan said,
“Apollo 8 was full of surprises. We knew we were going to the moon. But hearing the story of creation beaming down to us on Christmas Eve, even the steely-eyed flight directors in Mission Control wept.”

Bridenstine said,
“Their broadcast reached not just almost all of America, but tens of millions of people behind the Iron Curtain where Christmas was still illegal — and they reached them with a Christmas message.”

Meaning of Christmas

Here’s a 2-minute YouTube Christmas video from Living Waters on the meaning and reason for Christmas:

 
At Christmas we especially honor, praise, and worship the One who made the Earth, Sun, Moon, and stars, the One who became a man to save people from their sin and rescue them from eternal death.

Christmas Blessings to all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

Questions to Ponder

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. How do you plan to honor Him?
2. Can you think of someone who needs to understand the reason for the season? Do you have a plan to explain it?

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

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Read the sequel:
Little Idea, Epic Result

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Wednesday December 26, 2018 A.D.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8-9)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 19, 2018

Why Is Ice Slippery?

(3 Minute Read)

Why does ice grip so tenaciously?

Do you toss and turn and lose sleep trying to figure out why ice is slippery?

The last time you fell while ice skating or trying to navigate an icy sidewalk, did you wonder why the ice was so slick?

If you tried to glide across most solids on the thin blades of ice skates, awful screeches would assault your ears and you would trip and fall. But this does not happen when gliding across ice. Why?

If you could explain precisely why ice is slippery, you could win a Nobel Prize. Scientists do not know the answer. Arguments over different hypotheses persist. Physicists now say the common explanation in textbooks is wrong. Ice is mysterious!

On the other hand, why does ice grip so tenaciously? Removing ice from smooth windshields or from concrete sidewalks can be very difficult. The adhesiveness of ice is due to the strong molecular bonds that ice forms with many substances, including glass, concrete, and skin.

Types of Ice

The ice that you slip on in the parking lot and use to chill drinks is just one of at least 20 different molecular forms of ice that have been discovered. Common ice is called Ice Ih because the water molecules are arranged in a hexagonal pattern. Another form found high in the atmosphere with cubic crystals is called Ice Ic.

Other forms of ice are identified as Ice II, Ice III, . . . , Ice XV. These forms occur only at extreme temperatures and pressures that most people are unlikely to encounter. You won’t find them in the parking lot or in ice machines. Ice XII was only discovered two decades ago.

Want to win a Nobel prize in physics?
Just answer this simple question!
Why ice is slippery?

Common ice (Ice Ih) floats because it’s less dense than water. This is unusual for solids. Most solids are more dense than their liquid forms. For example, a block of frozen alcohol (freezes at -173°F) immediately sinks to the bottom of a beaker of liquid alcohol because the solid is much denser than the liquid.

If ice were denser than water it would sink to the bottom of water bodies killing most marine life over the winter. Being at the bottom, ice would not melt over the summers. In a few years all water bodies would be frozen solid, and life would die out on earth. Except for Ice Ih and Ice Ic, the other forms of ice are denser than water and sink.

Water is essential for life. It slakes thirst and is the best and cheapest solvent and cleanser. Yet the water molecule (H2O) is one of the simplest molecules. Man is still struggling to understand the secrets of this “simple” molecule. Scientists study the different forms of ice hoping to better understand how the water molecule works in plants and animals.

Can you figure out the pertinent phrase that this Rebus puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Ice in the Bible

Where did ice and water come from? The Almighty created water on Creation Day 1 in abundance (Genesis 1:1-2).

Weather extremes are of great human interest. One of Yahweh’s “unanswerable” questions to Job was where did ice come from (Job 38:29). Cold, ice, and snow all come from the Almighty (Job 37:5-13; 38:22,23; Psalm 147:15-17).

Sometimes weather changes by dozens of degrees in a single day. Can man cause this? Can man freeze a lake as Yahweh can? (Job 38:29-30) Man cannot even accurately predict the weather more than a few hours in advance, much less control or even significantly affect it. The Almighty alone controls the weather for His own sovereign purposes.

Yahweh uses weather to get man’s attention and to speak to him
(2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Amos 4:7-8). Sometimes weather and morality are connected as vividly demonstrated by Noah’s Flood (Genesis 6).

The same lesson in reverse (drought instead of flood) was delivered to Israel’s King Ahab 1650 years later
(1 Kings 16:30-18:46).
Noah’s Flood and Ahab’s Drought were weather-delivered divine moral judgments.

Extreme winter weather seals the hand of every man (prevents ordinary business and work) for the purpose that all men may know His work (Job 37:5-7). Remember this verse when snow cancellations occur, and instead of bemoaning the ice, praise Yahweh for His glory, majesty, and power.

Questions to Ponder

1. When weather frustrates your plans, how do you react? Does your response honor the Great Creator?
2. How does weather remind you of the Great Creator?

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

Rebus puzzle answer: Cool as a cucumber.
[Coo+lass+saw cue+comb+BRR]
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Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the sequel:
Why Does Salt Melt Ice?

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Wednesday December 19, 2018 A.D.

God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow He says, “Fall on the earth,”
And to the downpour and the rain, “Be strong.”
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

(Job 37:5-7)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 12, 2018

In Memory of President Bush

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President George H. W. Bush

President George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States (1989-1993), died Friday, November 30, 2018, at age 94.

Many words have been written and spoken memorializing President Bush. Click Memorial of President Bush for one such memorial.

Most memorials have focused on his accomplishments and extended family. Far less attention, however, has been focused on what may have been the most important part of his life — the Christian faith of President Bush.

Interestingly, in eulogizing President Bush, President Trump mentioned Bush’s faith first, before mentioning his well-known commitments to family and country:

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world. . . . With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction. Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family — especially the love of his life, Barbara.”
(Excerpted from the official Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush.)

George & Barbara Bush
Faithfully married for 73 years

President Bush was known for his strong Christian faith throughout most of his adult life. His faith had practical consequences. In this day of frequent divorce, his faithful marriage of 73 years to Barbara set an example for family, friends, and all of America. In George W. Bush’s eulogy for his father, he repeatedly emphasized the fervent love of his father for his mother. Above all his father’s accomplishments, this love for Barbara seemed to be what most impressed him about his father’s life.

In the Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day 1989 President Bush explicitly proclaimed his faith in the Creator and acknowledged His manifold blessings in these excerpts:

On Thanksgiving Day, we Americans pause as a Nation to give thanks for the freedom and prosperity with which we have been blessed by our Creator. Like the pilgrims who first settled in this land, we offer praise to God for His goodness and generosity and rededicate ourselves to lives of service and virtue in His sight. . . .
Through the eloquent words of President Washington’s initial Thanksgiving proclamation – the first under the Constitution – we are reminded of our dependence upon our Heavenly Father and of the debt of gratitude we owe to Him. “It is the Duty of all Nations,” wrote Washington, “to acknowledge the Providence of almighty God, to obey his Will, to be grateful for his Benefits, and humbly to implore His Protection and Favor.” . . .
. . . we continue to offer thanks to the Almighty – not only for the material prosperity that our Nation enjoys, but also for the blessings of peace and freedom. . . .
As we pause to acknowledge the kindnesses God has shown to us – and, indeed, His gift of life itself – we do so in a spirit of humility as well as gratitude. . . .
Today, we, too, pause on Thanksgiving with humble and contrite hearts, mindful of God’s mercy and forgiveness and of our continued need for His protection and guidance. On this day, we also remember that one gives praise to God not only through prayers of thanksgiving, but also through obedience to His commandments and service to others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. . . .
Today, we continue to offer thanks and praise to our Creator, that “Great Author of every public and private good,” for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. In so doing, we recall the timeless words of the 100th Psalm:
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.
. . .
I call upon the American people to gather together in homes and places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings God has bestowed upon us and our Nation.

Subsequent Thanksgiving Proclamations by President Bush contained similar references to the Creator and calls to acknowledge His blessings, forgiveness, and grace.

Here’s a relevant Rebus puzzle. Can you figure out the phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

It is clear that President Bush personally believed in the Great Creator and committed his life to Him. In the book Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador, Evangelist Billy Graham said of Bush, “He says straight out that he has received Christ as his Savior, that he is a born-again believer, and that he reads the Bible daily.”

Bush’s biographer Doug Meacham eulogized Bush at the Washington D.C. memorial service. In Meacham’s Bush biography Destiny and Power, Meacham reported Bush’s response to the question, “Are you born again?” Bush answered, “If by ‘born again’ one is asking, ‘Do you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?’ then I could answer a clean-cut ‘Yes. No hesitancy, no awkwardness.’”

James Baker was Bush’s best friend. Baker had served under President Ronald Reagan as White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury and as Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush. Baker said this about Bush:
“He had great faith in God. He was a religious person who didn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but he was a man of great faith.”

During his presidency, George H. W. Bush mentioned prayer in 220 proclamations, speeches, and remarks. His first act as president was to pray. In his 1989 presidential inaugural address he prayed,

“Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love. Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely. Make us strong to do Your work, willing to heed and hear Your will, and write on our hearts these words: ‘Use power to help people.’ For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. Help us remember, Lord. Amen.”

One of the prayers President Bush chose for his funeral service uplifted the Great Creator with these words:

Thou only art immortal, the Creator and Maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return. For so Thou didst ordain when Thou created me, saying, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

President George Herbert Walker Bush serves as a sterling example of great Christian faith and godly conduct. May we all strive to follow in his footsteps of faith.

Questions to Ponder

1. President Bush left extensive evidence of his Christian faith. What evidence exists of your beliefs?
2. Will your passing provoke discussions of heaven and its reality as President Bush’s passing did?

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

Rebus answer: Vice-President Bush.
[vise press+ah+tent bush]
(Bush served as vice-president under President Reagan 1981-1989.)
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Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday December 12, 2018 A.D.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 5, 2018

Why Do I Write the Bible-Science Guy Blog?

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Why do I spend many hours every week writing an article for the Bible-Science Guy Blog? Why have I written over 700 articles (see Contents and Articles)? Why not use that time for making money, for socializing, or for recreation?

Passion. That’s the reason. I have a passion to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).

In this light, here’s a relevant Christmas ornament from my son.

I think the most effective way to contend for the faith is to exalt the Creator and to debunk evolutionism, scientism, and naturalism. This is why I write articles tackling Biblical and scientific issues. I discuss scientific issues from a Biblical perspective and explore Biblical issues from a scientific perspective. Some articles are mostly Bible-oriented, some are mostly science-oriented, and some are a combination.

This is an apologetics blog in the sense that I strive to present substantive, logical, and compelling arguments for the truth of the Bible in accord with 1 Peter 3:15:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

Here’s a Rebus puzzle about the task of writing a weekly blog article. Can you figure out the common phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

With my blog I hope to contribute to this Biblical goal:
The equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
(Ephesians 4:12-16)

Why is this mission of persuading men of the truth of the Bible important? The answer comes from Scripture:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.
(2 Corinthians 5:10-11)

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Questions to Ponder

1. What takes up most of your time when you’re not working or sleeping? What motivates that choice?
2. Does passion drive some pursuit in your life? How does that fit a Scriptural mandate?

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

Rebus answer: Easier said than done.
[E’s+sea+oar s+head th+hen dawn]
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Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday December 5, 2018 A.D.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
(Romans 15:4)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 28, 2018

Science in the Bible – Matter

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Did your cup of coffee explode when you stirred it this morning?

You probably did not wonder why your coffee did not explode. However, this article may help you appreciate that lack of excitement.

Why does solid material, like the chair in which you are sitting, hold together — instead of disintegrating or exploding?

These questions are puzzles that have long perplexed scientists.

Rebus puzzles, sometimes called pictograms, are representations of a phrase by a combination of pictures, symbols, and letters. Can you figure out the common phrase, connected with today’s topic, that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Professor Elliott H. Lieb, mathematical physicist at Princeton University, said this:
“When you consider all of the physical forces at work in matter, even in something as simple as a glass of water, it’s sort of miraculous that everything doesn’t just collapse and then, releasing huge amounts of energy, blow up.”
(Quoted by Richard Lipkin in “The stability of matter: why matter neither collapses nor explodes,” Science News, Oct 14, 1995.)

Professor Lieb has spent his research career studying the atomic stability of matter. Yet it is a continuing puzzle to him and other scientists.

Think about the water that Professor Lieb mentioned as an example. A water molecule, H2O, consists of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. The oxygen atom has eight protons tightly packed together in its nucleus with eight electrons in two shells orbiting around it in space. Each hydrogen atom has a single proton in its nucleus and one electron in orbit around it. There is a lot of space between the electrons and nucleus and even more space between the two hydrogen atoms and the oxygen atom. Most of the “volume” of the water molecule is empty space — more than 99.99% is space. Yet water has mass and weight and is extraordinarily stable.

What holds the positively charged protons so closely packed together in the oxygen nucleus? Since like charges repel each other, what keeps the protons from blowing the nucleus apart? Why don’t you set off a nuclear explosion when you stir your cup of coffee? Nobody knows; it’s a mystery.

Earth’s most common element by mass is Iron (chemical symbol Fe). An atom of iron has 26 protons tightly packed together in its nucleus with 26 electrons in four shells orbiting around the nucleus in space. Iron is heavy and strong, yet most of the volume of an iron atom is empty space.

Why don’t you set off explosions when you pound nails with a hammer? Nobody knows; it’s a mystery.

What I have explained here with the examples of water and iron is true of all matter — it is mostly empty space, yet it has weight and bulk and stability. Atoms have positively charged protons bound together in their nuclei, but the atoms do not blow apart even though like charges repel.

Why is this so? Nobody knows. As Professor Lieb said in his quote above, it’s “miraculous.”

Scientists have not been able to figure out the explanation because it is supernatural. The Bible hints at the answer:
For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:1-3)

The answer to this material question is actually spiritual. The Great Creator holds matter together. He is directly responsible for the atomic stability of matter. Were it not for His moment by moment sustaining power, the entire universe would disintegrate.

Matter in general is very stable yet full of energy. Someday the Great Creator will disintegrate the structure of matter with the release of tremendous energy. Two thousand years ago, long before nuclear physicists, Scripture portrayed the energy bound up within matter.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10)

The next time you drink a cup of coffee or pound a nail, remember why you don’t set off a nuclear explosion with those actions! And thank the Great Creator for His sustaining power that holds the universe together. That’s quite an ongoing feat, considering the size and complexity of the universe!

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before today’s scientists started wondering why matter holds together, the Bible attributed it to the power of the Creator. The mystery of matter cannot be explained by naturalism. It requires the spiritual answer given by the Bible.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible and provides good reason to trust what the Bible says that we don’t yet fully understand.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why don’t more scientists glorify the Creator for the astounding stability of matter?
2. What practical reminder can you use to prompt yourself to praise the One in Whom all things hold together?

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

Rebus answer: Pumping iron.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 34th article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will mostly focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis
25. Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?
26. Science in the Bible – Eating Pigs
27. Science in the Bible – First Aid
28. Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma
29. Science in the Bible – The Beginning
30. Science in the Bible – The End
31. Science in the Bible – Mother Eve
32. Science in the Bible – Father Adam
33. Science in the Bible – Adam’s Rib

Read the sequel:
35. Science in the Bible – ??? coming soon…

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Wednesday November 28, 2018 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 21, 2018

Thanks for Everything!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s the time of year when we especially remember the many blessings the Great Creator has bestowed upon us throughout the year.

Rebus puzzles, sometimes called pictograms, are puzzles in which a phrase is represented by a combination of pictures, symbols, and letters. Here is a Rebus puzzle with a thanksgiving connection.

Can you figure out what common saying this puzzle represents? The answer is below. Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.
(Hint: This is an apropos saying for this season of the year.)

Scripture instructs followers of Jesus Christ:
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Christians are to be thankful people every day, not just during Thanksgiving. And we are to be thankful for everything, not just the things we like. It’s not uncommon for an unpleasant occurrence to turn into a big blessing. It’s easy to be thankful for things we like, but Scripture instructs believers to be thankful for everything — for troubles and ills as well as positives.

Rebus answer:
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

When was the last time you were given a horse? Certainly, it’s not a very common gift nowadays. So what is the meaning of this proverb?

People look into a horse’s mouth in order to inspect its teeth and assess its age based on the length of its teeth. It’s rude to receive a horse as a gift and check its teeth to estimate its age and thus its worth.

More generally, the proverb represented by this Rebus puzzle means to be grateful for a gift without assessing its value or complaining about perceived shortcomings of the gift.

This is especially applicable to Christians who may not recognize a blessing when it’s first delivered. Be thankful for everything, recognizing that everything comes from the hand of the Almighty Sovereign of the universe.

Questions to Ponder

1. Is there an unpleasant circumstance in your life for which you should express thanks?
2. How does expressing thanks demonstrate faith and trust?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday November 21, 2018 A.D.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:4-5)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 14, 2018

Kepler on Guard

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

Recently Master introduced me to Rebus puzzles. These are puzzles in which a phrase is represented by a combination of pictures, symbols, and letters. Some people call them pictograms. Master said that if I was smart enough to write blog articles for him then I could probably learn to decipher Rebus puzzles. Here is the first Rebus puzzle he showed me.

I love this kind of puzzle. It turned out to be easier for me than Master expected. Can you figure out what common saying this puzzle represents? The answer is near the end of this blog. Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below. (Hint: This would be a good sign to put by the door of our house.)

Guard Dog

This puzzle was very appropriate for me, because one of my jobs is to guard Master’s house and camper. I am a top-caliber watchdog. Nothing gets by me.

I always warn Master about visitors. The doorbell never surprises him because I always bark well in advance to let him know someone is coming. I even let him know about Missus returning from the grocery store. I detect her arrival long before she approaches the back door. His ears do not work nearly as well as mine. Why I don’t know. Same with his nose — the Great Creator gave me much better ears and nose than He gave Master. I use them for Master’s benefit. As Master says, I “do very well what the Great Creator well-designed me to do.”

I patrol our yard to limit access by chipmunks, tree rats, raccoons, skunks, pre-teen pranksters, and other varmints. It’s a never-ending job. Sometimes it’s great fun, but sometimes I run into trouble.

We have a backyard, front yard, and side yards that I patrol. I can circle the house so much faster than Master. He cannot come close to keeping up with me! His legs are much, much longer than mine with much larger muscles. But he doesn’t move them very fast when he runs. If he were to move them as fast as I move mine, I would not be able to keep up with him. My legs are a blur when I run, but no one would say his were a blur.

Kepler
On Guard Duty at a Campground

When we are camping, I guard our campsite. I don’t let people even step on the grass of our campsite without notifying Master.

Recently I met Lacey, a large German shepherd sitting in the back of a police car. Master asked the policeman, “Wow, what did that dog do to get arrested?” Turned out that Lacey was a police dog, and the policeman did not appreciate Master’s sense of humor.

I asked Lacey how she got started working with the police. Lacey said she delivered 12 puppies in the park and got arrested for littering. According to her, she joined the canine police force to work off her fine. I was impressed that you can get paid for guard work which comes so naturally to me.

Biblical Guarding

Master told me that Guarding is a very Biblical activity. I was so pleased to learn that I am thus a Biblical dog.

Master explained that Guarding is an important function of angels. Their first guarding job was to guard the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden after Adam sinned (Genesis 3:22-24). Today angels watch over, guard, and assist Yahweh’s people.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

Master said that in addition to guarding help from angels, Yahweh’s people are to guard themselves.
Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life. (Luke 21:34)

Master said these verses instruct us to be careful what we think, to be careful about where we focus our affections. Keep your heart clean and pure and grounded in faith on the Great Creator. Believers are to guard their eyes (Job 31:1), to guard their tongues (Psalm 34:13), and to guard their feet (Ecclesiastes 5:1) from evil. But most of all, guard your heart, for out of man’s heart comes everything else.

I’m going to guard my little doggie heart!

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What area of your body, heart, or life needs vigilant guarding?
2. Even among those who don’t follow Christ, where do you see remnants of truth about the guarding role of angels?

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

Rebus answer: Beware of the dog.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 34th 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 9-34 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

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35. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 14, 2018 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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