Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 11, 2017

Kepler Gets a Bear

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My Bear

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

Some people have expressed skepticism about my bear hunting abilities as described in my recent article Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons.

I have tried not to let this offend me, but it’s hard. I must admit that it hurt my feelings a little bit. Master does not doubt me, but some other people do.

My self-image depends on my doing very well what I was well designed to do by the Great Creator. When people question my hunting abilities, it hurts a little. But not much.

My Maker made me to hunt. My nose is constantly active picking up animal scents. If Master didn’t keep me on a tether so much, I would have racked up dozens of chipmunks, squirrels, coons, and badgers by now.

Here is proof of what I can do. It’s a picture of my very first bear.

My First Bear


 
This bear was harvested not far from the campground. I think my diligence in keeping raccoons and bears away from our campsite hugely contributed to my bear-hunter friend shooting this bear. I believe I helped drive this bear away from the campground and toward the hunter’s blind where it was shot.

Think about it. If you were a bear, would you want to tangle with me? No, certainly not. You would run the opposite way away from me and the campground toward easier pickings. Apparently, that’s what this bear did, and the hunter got him.

My Bear and the Fatal Arrow

Therefore, I’m counting this as my first bear. This makes my hunting tally 2 chipmunks, 2 squirrels, 1 bear. That’s not bad for someone who lives most of his life on a tether.

This male bear was around a year and a half old and weighed about 125 pounds.

My friend shot my bear behind the left shoulder with a bow and arrow. The arrow went through one lung and cut the other lung. My bear ran into heavy swampy vegetation and deadfall for about 150 yards and died. The hunters tracked the blood trail and dragged my bear out.

I was very interested in my bear. I wanted to learn for sure what a bear smells like. I learned. My bear smelled super great.

Smelling My First Bear

I smelled all over my bear — his back, nose, mouth, paws, everything. I even grabbed his stubby tail in my mouth to test out my bear-hunting style (see Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons for my bear-hunting method).

When they turned him over and I smelled his open, gutted tummy, I went wild with excitement. Missus was holding my leash, and she could hardly contain me, I was so driven to smell and chomp on that bear. Master tells me that bear meat tastes very good, and puppy do I believe it. I wanted to tear into that bear something awful.

Finally Missus had to drag me home and crate me because I was so over-stimulated by my bear. For almost an hour, I protested and begged to go back to my bear.

After I calmed down, my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago, questioned me.

Henry: “What’s going on, Kepler? Why were you barking and whimpering and scrambling so much? Why were you banging on the door of your crate?”
Kepler: “Henry, I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I did, I did, I did!”
Henry: “You what?”
Kepler: “I got my first bear. You know how I’ve been protecting Master’s campsite and driving animals away. One of the bears I drove away was shot by our bear-hunter friend.”
Henry: “Then isn’t it the hunter’s bear, not yours?”
Kepler: “I’m letting the hunter have it, but I’m counting it for me in my hunting tally.”
Henry: “What was the bear’s name?”
Kepler: “I don’t know what his mother named him, but I named him Little Grumpy. He smelled kind of grumpy, probably because he was irritated by the arrow.”
Henry: “What did the bear smell like?”
Kepler: “Better than you can possibly imagine. It was like a combination of old hamburger and reeking chicken innards. I loved the smell — it was a smorgasbord for my nose.”
Henry: “Mmmm. Sounds dee-lish.”

Now that I know for certain what bear smells like, I’m eager for Master to take me on a circuit around the campground to see where bears lurk. I need to know where to guard.

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

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Why does Yahweh provide some hunters with success but not others?
2. Is it ethical to use animals to hunt other animals? Why or why not?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 23rd 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 9-23 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 prequel 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

Read the sequel:
24. Kepler Finds More Eggs 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 October 11, 2017 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 | October 4, 2017

Kepler Mentors Henry

(3 Minute Read)

BibleScienceGuy with
authors Kepler & Henry

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

My buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier, came to live with us a couple years ago. We adopted him when his former owner could no longer keep him, and we were told that he was in danger of being “put down.”

I asked Missus what being “put down” meant, because I noticed that when she heard about it she cried a little. She does this sometimes. She said “Never mind.” So I googled it to find out what “put down” means. But there were so many meanings, it was not much help.

However, one of the meanings for “put down” was “record something in writing.” I thought that might fit. So I looked in the records file we got on Henry when we adopted him. Sure enough, twice he had been assessed a $5 “naughty dog” fee for being obstreperous at grooming and nail clipping appointments. This was “put down” on his permanent record. I was quite pleased with myself for figuring out what being “put down” means.

Since this little brown dog was starting a new life with us, we gave him a new name. Master named him Dr. Henry Morris to honor the memory of the man who is the father of the modern Creation Science movement. But we just call him Henry or The Doctor for short.

Henry is a good companion, and we do almost everything together. We play with one another all day long, chasing each other around the house and wrestling. Together we keep squirrels and chipmunks, raccoons and possums on the run in Master’s backyard and at his campsites.

For quite a while Henry has been bugging me to let him have a turn writing an article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog. He admires me and wants to do as I do and help with Master’s blog.

“What in the world would you write about?” I asked.

“Grass smells,” Henry replied. “I am an expert on smells in the grass and what they mean. And smells on fence posts and trees. I can sniff a tree and tell the breed, age, and sex of all the dogs that have used that tree in the last month.”

“That’s no big deal,” I replied. “Anybody can sniff around and figure that out.”

“Master can’t,” said Henry. “He has no idea whether a Collie or Chihuahua used that tree. I want to explain all that. Then he will be able to use his magnificent big nose to sniff grass and trees like we do. Wouldn’t it be great for Master and Missus to get down on all fours with us and sniff trees, fence posts, and boulders on our walks?”

I was skeptical about Henry writing a blog post, but he was incredibly persistent. Every day I would hear over and over, “Please, can I, Kepler? Please, Kepler, let me try. Please, please, please!!!”

Finally, like the unrighteous judge in Luke 18:1-8, I gave in to Henry’s importuning. I showed him how to use the mouse (which he tried to bite) and how to use his toenails to type words on the keyboard. He was pretty clumsy at it, but we all have to start somewhere.

So for the first time ever, here is my buddy Henry writing a guest article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.
 

Henry

Henry’s Guest Article

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Okay . . . I guess I should have known that would not go well. Henry is a nice pup, but obviously he’s not cut out to be an author like I am. This is Kepler, panting hard and licking a few nips and scratches I got while explaining to Henry that he needed to step away from the keyboard NOW.

It looks like we’re not going to learn anything from Henry about grass smells or sniffing. But while we’re on the topic of grass, you’ve just got to click here for Master’s newspaper article Grass in which Master has a hilarious conversation with a lawn-service salesman. Grass is very important to me for reasons of my own, and it amazes me when Master explains the Great Creator‘s design of grass. Most dogs don’t pay any attention to the importance and complexity of grass.

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

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off for myself and Henry. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did the Great Creator give Kepler and Henry such sensitive noses?
2. Why would anyone name a dog Dr. Henry Morris or Professor Johann Kepler?
3. How can your sense of smell be used to honor the Great Creator?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 22nd 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 9-22 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

Read the sequel:
23. Kepler Finds More Eggs 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 October 4, 2017 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 27, 2017

Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons

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American Black Bear

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he said I could tell about my Northwoods hunting adventures.

Bears

Recently we were at a state recreation area campground during bear hunting season. Some bear hunters camped near us; they went out every day to hunt bears nearby. All the discussions, stories, and activity stimulated me. I urgently wanted to exercise my own hunting skills.

The Great Creator made me to hunt. I’m designed to hunt rabbits, rats, badgers, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, possum … even deer, boars, and bears. Surely, I thought, Master would let me round up a bear for our hunter friends.

I asked Master if I could go with them and help find bears. I absolutely knew I could do it. But Master said he didn’t think it was a good idea.

And Missus said she didn’t want me to get hurt. I think she cried a little. I replied that I am very fast, very quick, and very agile. No bear claws would be able to swipe me … not to worry!

Besides, when King David was a shepherd boy he killed bears with his bare hands (1 Samuel 17:34-37). If as a youth he killed bears, I could certainly round up bears for our bear hunter friends to shoot.

I reminded Master and Missus that my younger brother Finn is in Poland siring prize litters as fast as he can. In between stud appointments, he hunts deer and boars. What a life!

I would hunt bears just like Finn hunts boars. Finn finds a boar and holds it at bay for the hunters by circling round and round. He hangs on to its tail with his teeth if the boar tries to run off. In similar fashion, I would chomp down on a bear’s stubby tail with my jaws until a hunter catches up and kabooms the bear.

Here is what happened.

I smelled the first one in the deep woods behind our campsite. It was coming closer through the dark. I tried to let our bear hunter friends know a bear was coming. It got pretty close!

Missus and Master were eating burgers at the picnic table and oblivious to the danger. That wonderful aroma was drawing the bear. Could I get the bear before it got Missus and Master?

I so badly wanted to go into the woods after it. But I couldn’t due to my tether. So I barked and barked and barked.

At first I was sure it was a bear. But then I wasn’t so sure. Soon I realized it was only a raccoon. Still, I wanted to charge into the woods and make it clear that it was getting too close to Master’s campsite. After some more vigorous barking, with Henry helping, the raccoon decided to leave. Off he scampered.

Raccoons

Later I learned from Master that I was not the first to mistake a raccoon for a bear. So did Swedish botanist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy (classifying plants and animals). He originally placed the raccoon in the bear genus Ursus in 1740, naming it Ursus cauda elongata (long-tailed bear). Later in 1758 he changed it to Ursus Lotor (washer bear). Today we know raccoons and bears are unrelated. They were created separately by the Great Creator on Creation Day Six.

The raccoon I drove away from our campsite was not the end of the raccoons. I smelled more the next day when we took our garbage to the dumpster. About 100 feet from the dumpster, Henry and I started telling Master and Missus that there were raccoons in the dumpster.

Raccoons Sleeping in Dumpster

Raccoons Relaxing in Dumpster


 
When we got to the dumpster, Master looked in. Sure enough he saw two raccoons lying in the back corner of the dumpster, pictured above. The raccoons had climbed in to eat garbage and couldn’t get out.

It was easy for them to climb into the dumpster because of various footholds on the outside and the adjacent wooden fence. But it’s not easy climbing out of an almost empty 5-foot-tall dumpster. Dumpster inner walls are completely smooth so that when the dumpster is upended, the contents will slide out and not get hung up on the sides.

Several years ago I saw Master and Missus learn about getting out of a dumpster the hard way. On one of our winter camping trips, Missus got in a dumpster to help Master retrieve an oversize pallet for our campfire. They got the pallet out, but getting Missus out of the empty dumpster turned out to be harder than they anticipated. It was the funniest thing I ever saw. (Click here for the story.)

Rangers told us that the raccoons stay in the dumpster until it fills with garbage or until someone puts in a long tree limb that they can use to climb out. On most of our trips to the dumpster, there were at least two raccoons inside. One day we counted six adult raccoons inside the dumpster! I was amazed at how many there were — and very pleased they were trapped and couldn’t get out.

I am against putting limbs in dumpsters to let the raccoons climb out. Without me, they would be a nuisance in the campground and a potential danger. If it were up to me, I would let the garbage trucks empty the dumpsters and carry off the raccoons.

Three Raccoons in a Tree

Three Raccoons in a Tree


 
We saw so many raccoons that I asked Master to tell me about the animal. He said it’s one of the Great Creator‘s most interesting creatures.

The raccoon is a 10-20 pound mammal native to North America. It’s known for its facial mask, ringed tail, wily intelligence, and “washing” food at streams. But Master said the raccoon’s brain is not wired for automobile traffic. He sees more coons “sleeping” by roadsides than all other animals combined.

Christopher Columbus was the first person to make a written record of the raccoon, and some say his crew discovered it. Master said Christopher Columbus and his crew may have been the first Europeans to see the animal, but many American Indian tribes were quite familiar with it long before Columbus arrived. Even they did not “discover” the raccoon. Forty-five hundred years ago Noah and his family knew the animal; they had a pair on the ark from which all today’s raccoons are descended. Even earlier, in the Beginning, Adam named the animal (Genesis 2:19-20).

Grace Coolidge holding Rebecca Raccoon

Master said raccoons are sometimes kept as pets. This made no sense at all to me, but he assured me it was true.

In fact, he said that U.S. President Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933) and his wife Grace kept a pet raccoon named Rebecca in the White House for several years. Rebecca had been sent from Mississippi to be cooked for the Coolidge’s 1926 Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of eating her, Coolidge decided to keep her as a pet.

He fed her shrimp and persimmons and let her run free in the White House. But he used a leash on her outside. The Coolidges gave their son John a $500 raccoon coat for Christmas that year. Rebecca’s opinion of this gift is unknown.

In 1928 Coolidge got Reuben Raccoon as a companion for Rebecca, but the two never clicked, and Reuben disappeared. Rebecca, lured by the garbage cans of the city, escaped the White House grounds increasingly often. Eventually the Coolidges donated her to the national zoo.

I told Master I hoped President Donald Trump would never get a pet raccoon. Master said it was unlikely, as pet raccoons are now illegal in Washington DC.

Dreading to hear the answer, I asked Master how long raccoons lived. He said that in captivity they can live up to 20 years. But in the wild the life expectancy is only two to three years. “Only,” I thought. “That’s way too long for a coon to live. We need more dumpsters and garbage trucks.”

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

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you think people should put limbs in dumpsters to let raccoons out or not?
2. Why did David tell about killing a bear (1 Samuel 17)?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 21st 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 9-22 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

Read the sequel:
22. Kepler Mentors Henry

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“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 September 27, 2017 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 20, 2017

Of Plants and People

(3 Minute Read)

On our recent hikes we have marveled at the abundance of different plants the Great Creator made for the benefit of people and animals.

Here is a picture of many different plants in a northern fen that we walked through recently. It includes several carnivorous pitcher plants as well as grasses, mosses, ferns, tree branches, and leafy plants of different types.

These are only a few of the huge cornucopia of plants the Great Creator made on Creation Day Three:
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (Genesis 1:11-13 NASB)

The mind-boggling variety, diversity, and complexity of these plants is testimony to the Great Creator‘s genius. Every single green leaf in this picture and each of the millions upon millions of leaves in the fen is an amazing little energy-conversion factory that takes carbon dioxide from the air and light from the sun and produces both oxygen for breathing and energy in the form of sugars stored in plants.

Plants in a Northern Fen

Even now biologists do not fully understand photosynthesis, the process whereby plants convert sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into sugars, starches, fats, and oxygen. This provides food for people and animals along with renewed air, as the oxygen is released into the atmosphere. Without photosynthesis, the sun’s energy would be useless and life could not exist.

Photosynthesis is the primary supply source for the oxygen we breathe. It also produces all the organic compounds and most of the energy needed for plant and animal life. God’s provision of food, energy, and oxygen through plants via photosynthesis is so abundant that we take it for granted and rarely think about it or thank Him for it.

Chlorophyll, the green pigment in leaves, is an essential part of photosynthesis. Sunlight hitting chlorophyll molecules causes them to vibrate and emit charged electrons that energize the sugar-making process in the leaf. Chlorophyll molecules absorb the red and blue parts of sunlight and reflect the green. That’s why leaves look green.

Model of chlorophyll molecule

Model of the chlorophyll a molecule
Mg – green, N – blue, O – red,
C – black, H – white

Chlorophyll is a highly complex molecule comprised of magnesium (Mg), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H) atoms. It exists in multiple forms in nature. The most common plant form is chlorophyll a with molecular formula C55H72O5N4Mg.

For a plant to make a chlorophyll molecule requires at least 17 different enzymes, each of which is itself a complex molecule. The complicated chlorophyll molecule did not arise by chance. It was designed by the benevolent Great Creator for the benefit of His creatures, animals and people.

Photosynthesis involves hundreds of chemical reactions among many different complex molecules occurring in the correct order at exactly the right times. Yet many scientists insist on believing it all developed gradually by accident, instead of acknowledging the work of the intelligent Great Creator who designed the process for the benefit of plants, animals, and people.

Chlorophyll and photosynthesis testify of a Designer and Creator, for they could not have arisen by chance accident. If any single part were missing, the whole incredibly complex system would be useless.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you consciously thank the Great Creator for the beauty and benefits of plants?
2. How do leaves demonstrate the overwhelming abundance of the Great Creator?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday September 20, 2017 A.D.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 13, 2017

Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale

(4 Minute Read)

BibleScienceGuy & Kepler
On boardwalk over the bog

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about this week’s adventure. I have to interrupt my series on bird eggs to tell how Master saved my life.

Sometimes I wish Master would just let me walk alongside him without using a collar and leash, but from now on I won’t fuss so much about them. This week they were the tools Master used to save my life.

Master and Missus took Henry and me on a nature hike in the woods. We walked along a boardwalk over a swampy bog.

Master said that technically the wetland we visited was a fen and not a bog, but I’m going to call it a bog. Both have peat layers, but what distinguishes them from each other is the water source. Typically, bogs are depressions filled with rain water, whereas fens are fed by a steady source of ground water.

There were so many new interesting smells emanating from the bog. I also saw a new plant I’d never seen before with red and green leaves shaped like pitchers. Master said the pitcher plants were fairly rare, and they actually eat small creatures. But I’m a Jack Russell terrier; I’m ready for anything.

Kepler prepares to leap off
the boardwalk into the bog.

I wondered what was inside the huge leaf pitchers. I just had to investigate. Here I am just before I jumped off the boardwalk as I contemplated how to look into the smells and plants in the bog.

Well, you know what happened. I jumped in, despite Master’s command to sit. I just had to check out some things down there.

As I scrambled toward the pitcher plant, I started to sink into the muck. The muck kept me from falling into the pitcher plant; it wanted to eat me, I am sure. But I didn’t want the bog to eat me either.

Now I was scared and thrashing around trying to get back to safety. Missus was screaming. But I heard Master rumble, “Kepler, settle.” So I stopped struggling and let him pull me toward the boardwalk with my leash. Missus was kneeling on the boardwalk, trying to grab my tail to pull me out that way. But Master reached down, grabbed me around my chest, and pulled me out of the muck up onto the boardwalk. He saved me from the bog and from those hideous pitcher plants.

Missus couldn’t believe what a mess I was. But I shook vigorously, sending swamp water and marsh grass and mud flying all over Master and Missus and Henry. You guessed it — Missus started shrieking once more. Then Henry shook, flinging the bog slime around all over again.

Here is a picture of the carnivorous pitcher plant that tried to eat me. There were lots of them in the marshy bog.

Carnivorous Pitcher plant

The pitcher plant that almost got me uses a “pitfall trap.” It has a large rolled leaf with a pool of rain water and digestive enzymes at the bottom. Downward pointing hairs on the inside of the “pitcher” inhibit attempts by prey to climb out, and they eventually drown and are digested. Anything that falls into the pitcher or goes down it to investigate (like I wanted to do) is a goner.

Also, a waxy surface on the inner wall of the pitcher makes it extra difficult for this plant’s prey to get out. I’m so glad Master was there to save me so I didn’t end up trapped there, being digested by pitcher plant enzymes.

I asked Master why the pitcher plant tried to eat me. I had never seen a carnivorous plant before. Normally I eat plants; they don’t try to eat me. (Potatoes, green beans, and squash are some of my favorites!)

Master told me he too was amazed by the first carnivorous plant he saw, a Venus flytrap. When he was a small boy, his father brought one home to show the family.

Fine hairs inside the plant’s leaf pod trigger it snapping shut. It would snap shut on flies and digest them before gradually opening back up.

Master told me that he has considered keeping Venus flytraps in our camper to trap the flies who hitch rides with us. I’m all for that!

Master said the Venus flytrap is pretty complicated. An insect has to touch trigger hairs twice within about 20 seconds to snap the trap; this is to help prevent closing on non-nutritive objects like leaf fragments. The trap snaps shut in a tenth of a second. Digestion only starts after five more trigger hair touches to ensure that a live bug has been caught. No man-made animal traps are anywhere near this sophisticated.

Venus Flytrap
Leaf trap showing trigger hairs

Master said that there are almost 600 different species of carnivorous plants. These are plants that attract, trap, kill, and eat prey, ranging from insects to small mammals.

Carnivorous plants use a variety of mechanisms to catch prey. In addition to pitfall traps (pitcher plants) and snap traps (Venus flytrap), there are flypaper traps (sticky leaves), bladder traps (internal vacuum that sucks in prey), and lobster traps (inward-pointing hairs force prey toward a digestive chamber and prevent backing out).

Later I asked Master why the Creator made carnivorous plants. And why did He make so many different types of carnivorous plants with such varied traps?

Master said every plant and creature glorifies and testifies of its Creator simply through its existence, because every effect has a cause. Just as human creators like artists, authors, and inventors are honored through their works, so the Great Creator is glorified by each of His creations simply, though not solely, by its existence.

The multitude of carnivorous plants and the variety of traps are due to the abundant creativity and genius of the Great Creator. Just as we are most amazed by an inventor who produces a wide variety of inventions, so the tremendous variety of the Great Creator‘s works abundantly testifies to His superlativeness.

All the structural and chemical parts of the pitcher plant testify of a Designer and Creator, for they could not have arisen by chance accident. If any single part were missing, the whole incredibly complex system would be useless.

I’m a dog, but even I know that the pitcher plant that tried to eat me did not arise by chance. Someone had to design that trap that almost got me. Someone designed all the complex processes (like photosynthesis) by which the pitcher plant lives.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House. I’m still alive!

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you ever fallen into danger due to foolishness or impetuousness?
2. How is a near disaster often a profound learning opportunity?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 20th 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 9-21 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

Read the sequel:
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday September 13, 2017 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 6, 2017

Kepler Finds Robin Eggs

(4 Minute Read)

Nesting American Robin

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs four different times on our camping trips this year. Last time I told you about finding killdeer eggs, the first eggs we found. Today I will tell you about our next find, robin eggs.

I LOVE all kinds of eggs, so these bird egg finds have been very exciting for me. Our fourth and last find was the very best of all. I will tell about that one in a future report.

Robin Eggs

On one of my hikes this year with Master and Missus, my always-on nose alerted me to the presence of a robin. Master said he couldn’t smell it (his nose never works very well), so I pointed on the robin like an expert bird dog (even though my specialty is hunting badgers or boars). Then they saw it. Mrs. Robin was nesting in the corner of an old fence, pictured above.

I have learned about birds in our backyard. I know how to smell them, point them, and chase them. The main thing to know about birds is that birds have wings. Because of these wings, they are supposed to fly in the air or nest in trees. Generally, except for killdeers, birds are not supposed to be on the ground! So Henry and I try to make sure birds don’t land in our backyard. If they do, we fix it.

I was particularly interested in Mrs. Robin because the robin is the state bird for my home state of Michigan. Master told me that the robin was the first bird he learned to identify as a small boy, and the wren was the second. Both are songbirds. The robin’s song is a high-pitched varied warble. Robins will start to sing well before sunrise, even before roosters crow.

Master told me how as a boy he used to watch robins run across the lawn, pause and cock their head, and then suddenly strike the ground with their beak. He used to watch the robin grab a worm and tug and tug, stretching the worm to its limit in a taut line. Finally the worm would pop free from the ground, and the robin would enjoy a delicious repast.

This both enthralled and horrified me. First, how do robins find worms underground to pull out and eat? Secondly, how could robins eat worms (super-ugh!)?

Master explained that robins use sight, hearing, and touch to find worms. Robins have keen eyesight and can spot the end of a worm poking out of the ground. They also see minute changes in the ground as worms move just below the surface. As the worms move, robins can hear the sound of dirt particles rubbing against each other. They also feel the vibrations in the ground through their feet. All this data helps them know where to strike with their beak. They rarely miss.

“But why would a robin want to eat a worm?” I asked Master.

Master explained that worms are high in protein which birds need for strong flight muscles, bones, and feathers. Worms provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and lots of fat for energy. Master said a robin will eat up to 14 feet of worms per day.

Master told me robins turn worms into the delicious eggs I crave. Master suggested I go right to the source and start with worms. He offered to get worms for my food bowl. I said, “No, thank you. I prefer my protein in egg form.”

As we approached Mrs. Robin, she flew away, and we saw these three beautiful blue eggs in the nest, all ready for eating. But Master told me the mother bird would be sad if she returned to an empty nest. He said it would be better for the eggs to be left in the nest so baby birds could mature inside them. Besides, we could see Mrs. Robin a short distance away, circling around and keeping an eye on the nest.

Again I tried to bargain with Master, thinking we could leave two eggs and take one for me to eat. But it didn’t work, and I didn’t push too hard. There’s no point trying to get Master to change his mind. So I woefully trudged away with Master, sorry to leave such delicious eggs behind.

The next day we checked the nest and found four eggs. I was very excited. I begged Master for just two of the four robin eggs for my food bowl. I told him Mrs. Robin could lay more as demonstrated by the fact that she had just laid a fourth. But I couldn’t persuade Master to take them.

The following day on our early morning campground walk we again checked the nest. It was empty! Someone else had gotten the eggs. No shells were in evidence. Grrrrr! It just drives me crazy to think another dog may have successfully persuaded his master to take the eggs! I felt sad for Mrs. Robin, but more so for me.

Back we went to our camper for breakfast. And do you know what Master had for breakfast? EGGS! Nice big chicken eggs — he ate three of them with four strips of bacon. I could hardly stand it, the smell was so strong and tantalizing.

Master always eats before he feeds me and Henry. We just have to sit and wait and smell.

I have heard people say that you should not eat in front of your dogs without giving them something to eat as well. This made very good sense to me. But when I asked Master about it, he said the people who say that are the same ones who display bumper stickers proclaiming, “Dogs Are People Too!” Those people try to apply people courtesies to dogs.

Even I know that “Dogs Are People Too!” is baloney. I would not want to be a “people.” People noses just don’t work worth a flip. I would rather have a good nose than eyes or ears.

Also, Master pointed out to me that I eat in front of him when he doesn’t have anything to eat, and I am perfectly eager to do this with no thought for him. In fact, he does let me have all the tidbits we find on our walks. I appreciate that he doesn’t eat snacks we find on the ground like French fries, hot dog pieces, or bread. He lets me and Henry have them.

Next time I write, I will tell about finding more bird eggs.

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

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What do you think? Should Master have let me have the robin eggs?
2. What do you think happened to the robin’s eggs?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 19th 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 9-19 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

Read the sequel:
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday September 6, 2017 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 30, 2017

Of Minnows and Men

(2 Minute Read)

BibleScienceGuy with a string
of four 16-inch lake trout

Early last Saturday morning well before the sun rose, my friend Greg and I ventured out in a small boat onto a vast, dark lake. We planned to persuade some fish from the lake to join us. We were seeking fish companions in water that ranged from 90 to 120 feet deep.

Shortly after sunrise — the first that I had seen in years — we invited our first fish into the boat. He was a 16-inch lake trout, the perfect size for eating . . . but we didn’t tell him that.

The fish, whose name I neglected to get, preferred swimming alongside the boat on a stringer over joining us in the boat, so that’s what we did with him.

In the next few hours, we went on to invite four more lake trout into the boat. One was slightly under the 15-inch minimum for boat rides, so back into the lake he went. But the other three joined the first on the stringer, swimming contentedly alongside the boat.

You might be wondering how we persuaded these fish to join us. Was it simply due to our warm affability or to our upstanding characters or to our understanding of fishiness?

The secret lies in this passage from Psalm 111:
Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
(Psalm 111:2-4 NASB)

The five lake trout joined us due to my friend’s understanding of fishiness. Greg has spent years studying fish, one of the Creator’s great works. Greg wants to know the ways of fish so he can persuade them to bite a slender piece of metal and join him in his boat. He drops a sharp barbed hook and drags it through the water. The line is adorned with shimmering and fluttering bangles to attract the attention of fish.

Greg has a relief map of the bottom of the lake and knows the right underwater cliffs to troll. Wriggling minnows worked well for bait. We took turns reeling in the fish while the other man scooped the hooked fish out of the water with a net once we got it alongside the boat.

Out on the lake other boats were not having the success we enjoyed. Greg tried to share some tips to help some young men, but they were not open to his advice. They went home empty-handed.

We split the four 16-inch lake trout between us. My wife and I ate fillets for lunch only a few hours after they came out of the lake. They tasted superb, far better than store-bought fish.

In our four hours on the lake, we landed five fish, of which four were keepers. This meant there were long periods with no bites. I couldn’t help thinking of Jesus’ disciples fishing on the sea of Galilee all night long with no success until Jesus appeared (Luke 5:4-11; John 21:1-12).

Jesus showed those expert fishermen that He knew how to fish. Through Him they changed from fishers of fish to fishers of men.

Greg studied fish to learn how to catch them. Even so must Jesus’ followers study God’s greatest work, mankind, to understand how to persuade men to join Him.

Questions to Ponder

1. As a “fisher of men” (Matthew 4:18-22), what bait do you find most effective?
2. What great work of the Lord do you most enjoy studying (Psalm 111:2)?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 30, 2017 A.D.

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-20 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse in a Box

(2 Minute Read)

BibleScienceGuy watching eclipse
with eclipse glasses

Long before there was blocking on Facebook, phones, and texting, the Moon blocked the Sun.

We saw the Moon blocking the Sun this week. It’s called a solar eclipse. We hosted a See the Eclipse event at our campground for interested campers!

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon in its orbit around the Earth passes between the Earth and the Sun. In such a situation, the Moon either totally or partially blocks Earth’s view of the Sun.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks all direct sunlight, turning the day dark. The total eclipse occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth with a partial solar eclipse visible over adjacent bands thousands of miles wide.

Total eclipses are possible because the Moon is both 400 times closer to Earth and 400 times smaller than the Sun. This way, when in proper position, it can completely block Earth’s view of the Sun.

A total eclipse lasts only several minutes in any particular location, but the partial eclipse lasts several hours.

Two days ago on Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse swept across parts of 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. The partial solar eclipse was visible throughout North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Here is a NASA map of the path of totality across the U.S.

We viewed the solar eclipse at our campground. We were outside the 71-mile-wide path of totality, but we decided to host a small See the Eclipse event anyway.

We helped other campers view the eclipse with eclipse glasses, and we demonstrated how to use a pinhole projection box to view the eclipse.

It’s important to use eclipse glasses to protect your eyes if you look directly at a solar eclipse. Without appropriate shielding, the sun’s rays can permanently damage your retina.

Here’s an account of a man who permanently damaged his vision by staring at a solar eclipse for only about 20 seconds.

BibleScienceGuy viewing eclipse
with pinhole projection box

A pinhole projection box is a safe way to view the eclipse if one does not have eclipse glasses. We used a USPS shipping box. In one end, we cut a viewing aperture at the bottom and made a pinhole at the top. We taped a piece of white paper for our viewing screen inside the box at the other end. Then you stand with your back to the sun and tilt the box to see the sun’s image projected on the white screen inside the box.

It’s important to make the pinhole as small as possible with clean edges. Otherwise the projected image is blurry.

Our eclipse glasses and pinhole projection box worked very well. Since the partial eclipse lasted for several hours, there was plenty of time to pass these tools around for everyone to view the eclipse.

The eclipse of the Sun by the Moon was 75% for our location. Yet the decrease in illumination was hardly noticeable. If I had not known about the eclipse, I would not have noticed the slight diminution of sunlight. Twenty-five percent of the Sun was still more than sufficient. The eclipse and the strength of the Sun reminded me of this passage from Psalm 19:
The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
(Psalm 19:1-6)

The eclipse was truly a display of the glory of the Creator! It reminded me of answers to these questions:
Who made the Sun?
Who hung the Moon?
Who established and ensures the regularity of orbits?
Why are eclipses predictable?
Who ensures the Sun’s continued production of life-sustaining energy?
Who controls all of Creation?

Click here for stunning NASA pictures of the eclipse.

Following our See the Eclipse event, one of the little girls who participated left this painted rock for us. It was a delightful token of appreciation.

The first solar eclipse I remember was the one of July 20, 1963. My father helped us view it through exposed film and by projecting through a pinhole. We were outside the path of totality, but we got a big charge out of seeing the partial eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse viewable in the U.S. will be Monday, April 8, 2024. The path of totality will cross 12 states from Texas through Michigan to Maine. I hope to be in the path of totality for that one.

Questions to Ponder

1. Did you see God’s grand display? What were your impressions?
2. How can you use the recent eclipse to start a conversation about the Creator?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 23, 2017 A.D.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19:1)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 16, 2017

Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs

(3 Minute Read)

Kepler

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs four different times on our camping trips this year. Today I will tell you about the first time we found eggs.

Master says folks like the way I think and like to hear what I have to say about things, so here goes with my take on eggs.

I LOVE eggs, absolutely LOVE them! I try to get as many as I can, as often as I can, as soon as I can — raw, semi-cooked, or cooked, they’re all good!

Killdeer Eggs

On a recent hike with Master, we came across a killdeer squawking and hobbling away as if its wing were broken.

Master said there must be a nest nearby, and we soon found it with four eggs. He said it was standard killdeer behavior for the bird to try to distract a potential predator by staggering away from the nest as if hurt.

I was overjoyed to see the eggs, thinking I was going to get a really big treat. But Master would not let me have them! I couldn’t believe it.

Master said we have to let the eggs hatch into baby birds. But I said, “Let’s leave one egg to hatch, and I’ll eat three.” Didn’t fly with Master.

“How about if I eat only two and leave two to hatch?” Still didn’t fly.

Finally, I quite reasonably said, “Well, I’ll settle for eating one, and three can hatch.” Master just said, “Heel.”

Killdeer Eggs

Unfortunately, I have no bargaining power with Master. All I can do is ask and beg. He holds all the power, and he would not grant me any of the eggs lying right there on the ground, free for the taking. They were FREE, but he just walked away from them.

Here is a picture of the killdeer eggs that I wanted so badly. Notice how the Creator provided killdeer eggs with camouflage to hide them while lying on the ground. We could hardly see them in the open field; they looked so much like small stones.

Also observe how pointed one end is. The reason for this is so that the eggs pivot on their small pointed end instead of rolling away from the nest. Birds like robins, which lay their eggs in bowl-shaped nests up in trees, lay eggs that are more rounded in shape. It doesn’t matter if they roll around in their nest.

Killdeer

I was puzzled by the name “killdeer” for the robin-sized bird. It didn’t look like it could kill a deer. Here’s a picture of the killdeer we encountered in the field. Does it look like it could kill a deer to you?

I asked Master about the bird’s puzzling name. He explained that its name comes from how its call sounds. I thought that was kind of strange. I’m called a dog or a Jack Russell terrier, not a “bark” or a “woof” or an “arf.”

Master told me that the first killdeer nest he saw was on an infield between first base and the pitcher’s mound on a softball field, early one April many years ago, long before I was born. The killdeer did not appreciate his team’s practice session, but the nest and eggs survived intact.

Master said killdeers are precocial. That was a new word for me. It’s related to the word precocious that is often used to describe extra-smart human children.

I asked Master if I was precocious. He laughed and said, “Very much so. Not many dogs would have learned so young how to write articles for my blog.”

Precocial birds hatch fully feathered, able to see and forage for food minutes after hatching. Chickens, ducks, and quail are also precocial.

Birds that hatch naked, blind, and helpless are called altricial. Robins, blue jays, cardinals, bluebirds, and most common birds are altricial. Their parents have to bring food and shove it down their throats for them to survive. It takes altricial birds two weeks or more to mature to the point of being able to leave their nest.

Precocial birds develop in the egg twice as long as altricial birds. A one-day-old killdeer hatchling is really two weeks older than a one-day-old robin hatchling when egg-time is included. Adult robins and killdeers are the same size, but a killdeer’s egg is twice as big as a robin’s egg because the killdeer egg contains more nourishment to sustain the developing killdeer for twice as long in the egg.

At this point I told Master, “That’s more than I ever wanted to know about precocial and altricial birds. I just want to eat their eggs, either precocial or altricial, doesn’t matter.”

To be honest, I have to admit that every once in a while, Master does mix an egg into my food bowl. But I want him to do it every day. However, he tells me to be content with what I’m given. I find that very difficult. Master says I’m no different in that way from most people — who also find it hard to be content.

Master told me that just like Jesus told soldiers to be content with their wages (Luke 3:14), so I should be content with whatever food he gives me daily. He reminded me of this instruction from the Apostle Paul:
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:7-9 NASB)

So that’s how things look from the Dog House! Next time I write, I will tell about finding a nest full of robin eggs.

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did the Creator make humans altricial instead of precocial?
2. Do you find it hard to be content with what the Creator has given you or with where He has placed you?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 18th 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 9-18 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

Read the sequel:
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 16, 2017 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 9, 2017

Science in the Bible – Surgery

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The use of anesthetics like ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxide by surgeons and dentists to put people to sleep for pain-free surgery began in the 1800s.

It could have begun much earlier, if men had paid heed to what Moses recorded 3,500 years ago:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:18-23 NASB)

At the very Beginning of history, the Creator Himself showed that the human body can be safely opened and then closed up when in a deep sleep, such as can be accomplished with anesthetics.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered surgery under anesthesia, the Bible gave an example of surgery under a deep sleep. Today medical professionals use unconscious surgery to great effect and benefit.

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.

Question to Ponder

Why did God remove one of Adam’s ribs from which to fashion Eve instead of making her from scratch?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 22nd 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 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

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

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Wednesday August 9, 2017 A.D.

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