November 19

9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team

 

Impact Hour streams live at 10 am

Sermon streams live at about 11:45 am

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Recordings are also available

 

10:00 am—Impact Hour:  Del Lewis

"Share Jesus Without Fear" session 5 concludes this series

 

11:00 am—Worship for all ages

 

 

11:30 am

Special Speaker:  Mayor Gene Kelley

Morning Message:  Pastor Clay Stidham

"Thankful People"

Psalm 136:1-9

Ephesians 5:20

Philippians 4:6

1 Thessalonians 5:18

12:15 pm—Commitment and Dismissal

 

12:30 amPot Luck Fellowship at the Hampton follows the service

 

Today is the last day to turn in Operation Christmas Child boxes to Cornerstone.  After today, take them to Calvary Baptist or call Don Romero.  Thank you for your participation!!!  We are turning in over 40 boxes!!!

 

Calendar

November 25—Women's Tea Team meeting at Office.  10 am

November 26—Deadline for reservations for Christmas Tea.  Sign up with Nancy Stidham.

November 26—Arnie Abrams in the Impact Hour 10 am

December 2--Women's Christimas Tea at Torreon 11 am

December 3Tom Szabo begins "The Case for the Real Jesus" in the Impact Hour 10 am

December 17—Children's Christmas Program

December 24—Regular schedule of services

December 24 through January 29 Volunteers will staff the Children's Church for winter recess.  Spring classes will begin February 5, 2018.  Kathleen Ensman will coordinate the volunteers.  Thank you Brenda, Angie, Kathleen and all our volunteers who make Children's Church possible and wonderful!!!

 

Word for Worship

Big Bang Scientists: Universe Shouldn't Exist 


Recently, the asymmetry matter/antimatter problem, one of the most serious objections to the Big Bang model, just got a little worse.1,2 The asymmetry problem involves the fact that there is very little antimatter in the universe. Antimatter is just like normal matter, except that some of its properties are opposite that of normal matter. For instance, the antimatter equivalent to the electron is called the positron. The positron has the same mass as an electron but with a positive charge, rather than negative. Likewise, the antimatter counterpart to a proton is the anti-proton which has the same mass as a proton but with a negative charge.

Our universe shouldn’t exist if the Big Bang were true! Tweet: Our universe shouldn’t exist if the Big Bang were true! https://www.icr.org/article/10330/ @icrscience

Photons are bundles of electromagnetic energy. Collisions between high-energy photons can result in a pair of matter/antimatter particles. (Note that this is not creation out of nothing, but rather the conversion of pre-existing energy into matter.) These collisions produce precisely equal amounts of matter and antimatter.

Why is this antimatter issue a big problem for the Big Bang? Shortly after the supposed Big Bang, the universe would have been filled with extremely energetic photons. Collisions between these photons would have resulted in the production of particles—particles which would eventually become stars, galaxies, and people. So far, so good. But because these collisions always produce matter and antimatter in precisely equal amounts, the universe should, if the Big Bang model were correct, have exactly equal amounts of matter and antimatter. And yet, there is very little antimatter in the universe—so it’s been a known problem for many years.

Matter and antimatter particles annihilate one another whenever they come into contact! Tweet: Matter and antimatter particles annihilate one another whenever they come into contact! https://www.icr.org/article/10330/ @icrscience

Actually, it’s even worse than that, because matter and antimatter particles annihilate one another whenever they come into contact! So in this Big Bang scenario, particles and antiparticles would have been coming into existence and then annihilating one another in equal measure. And that means no particles would remain to eventually become people, stars, and galaxies. This means that even if a supposed Big Bang could somehow create a universe, that universe would forever remain devoid of matter, unlike the actual universe in which we live.

Big Bang scientists have long claimed that some unknown physics somehow allowed a slightly greater amount of primordial normal matter to be produced, and this “leftover” normal matter eventually became the material “stuff” of the universe. But because this claim is not based on any empirical science, it’s never been anything more than pure speculation. Big Bang scientists have been hoping to find some physics loophole—some tiny difference between matter and antimatter—that would allow more matter than antimatter to be produced shortly after the Big Bang, but so far they have been unsuccessful. The results of this latest experiment show that a property of the antiproton (called its magnetic moment) is identical in magnitude to the magnetic moment of its proton counterpart to within a precision of just a couple of parts per billion. This result eliminates one possible loophole that Big Bang cosmologists were hoping to exploit in an attempt to solve this longstanding problem with their model.

This result is only bizarre for someone who has a prior commitment to the Big Bang model. Tweet: This result is only bizarre for someone who has a prior commitment to the Big Bang model. https://www.icr.org/article/10330/ @icrscience

One news report called the results of this experiment “bizarre,” illustrating the manner in which Big Bang thinking often taints the coverage of science reporting.3 But this result isn’t bizarre at all—it’s simply a confirmation of earlier, but less precise, measurements of the antiproton’s magnetic moment. Unlike Big Bang speculation, these measurements, which are testable and repeatable, were real science. This result is only bizarre for someone who has a prior commitment to the Big Bang model.

This is not the first time Big Bang thinking has led to the conclusion that the universe shouldn’t exist.4 You have to give Big Bang scientists credit for their tenacity. They don’t allow anything to shake their commitment to the Big Bang story, even the conclusion that our universe shouldn’t exist if the Big Bang were true!

The Big Bang is, and always has been, unsupported speculation. Tweet: The Big Bang is, and always has been, unsupported speculation. https://www.icr.org/article/10330/ @icrscience

It’s easy to see why secularists, desperate to explain their existence apart from a Creator, would cling to such fantastic notions. But why do so many Christians still claim that God used the Big Bang to create the universe, especially when this scientifically bankrupt speculation contradicts the Genesis creation account in so many ways?5 The Big Bang is, and always has been, unsupported speculation. This is becoming more and more obvious as time goes by.

References

  1. Smorra, C. et al. 2017. A parts-per-billion measurement of the antiproton magnetic moment. Nature. 550 (7676): 371-374.
  2. Osborne, H. The Universe Should Not Actually Exist, CERN Scientists DiscoverNewsweek. Posted on newsweek.com October 25, 2017, accessed October 26, 2017.
  3. Griffin, A. The universe shouldn’t exist, scientists say, after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matterIndependent. Posted on independent.co.uk October 24, 2017, accessed October 26, 2017.
  4. Ghose, T. Universe Shouldn’t Be Here, According to Higgs PhysicsLive Science. Posted on livescience.com June 23, 2014, accessed October 26, 2017. (Note that, despite the title of this article, it’s not the physics of the Higgs boson per se that implies that the universe shouldn’t exist; rather it’s Big Bang cosmology that is leading to this conclusion.)
  5. Many contradictions exist between Big Bang cosmology and the Genesis creation account. For instance, the Big Bang has stars forming before the earth, whereas Genesis has the earth being created before stars (Genesis 1:1Genesis 1:16). Likewise, the Big Bang has a molten, fiery primordial Earth, whereas the primordial Earth, according to Genesis, was a watery mass (Genesis 1:2).

*Dr. Hebert is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Article posted on November 9, 2017.

 

Dinosaurs, Always Dinosaurs 


PLOS ONE reported the recent discovery of a megatheropod—a large, two-legged dinosaur much like a T. rex—in Africa.

The authors of the report gave the impressive dimensions—almost 30 feet long—of the Kayentapus ambrokholohali as well as several formidable-looking three-toed footprints that are the largest theropod tracks ever found in Africa.

Creationists maintain dinosaurs were created on Day 6 of the creation week. Tweet: Creationists maintain dinosaurs were created on Day 6 of the creation week. http://www.icr.org/article/10331 @icrscience

This discovery is important for two reasons: the first is the simple fact that, once again, it was a discovery of a 100% dinosaur—in this case, a species of the familiar theropod kind—not some transitional creature. Creationists maintain dinosaurs were created on Day 6 of the creation week. Therefore, it would not be surprising to find dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs. They did not evolve from a non-dinosaur (i.e., reptilian) ancestor.

Now the focus has shifted from how they died out to where they came from in the first place. Dinosaurs coexisted with their reptilian forebears, rather than replacing them.2

The second reason is that its great size, physical location, and age were all unexpected from an evolutionary standpoint. Paleontologists expected a considerably smaller theropod dinosaur in sediments dated by evolutionists to be of the Early Jurassic epoch around “200 million years ago.” Such was not the case—they found a giant creature. “It is only much later in the Jurassic and during the Cretaceous, which starts 145 million years ago, that truly large forms of theropods, such as T. rex, appear in body and trace fossil records.”1Creationists maintain the geologic column is not millions of years old but was laid down rapidly during the Flood only thousands of years ago, so this fossil certainly wasn’t unexpected to us. Various types of soft tissues ensconced in numerous sedimentary units also support this biblical interpretation.

Good science shows that dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs Tweet: Good #science shows that #dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs: http://www.icr.org/article/10331 @icrscience

Good science shows that dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs, and we look forward to more “unexpected” discoveries!

References

  1. 'Mega-carnivore’ dinosaur roamed southern Africa 200 million years agoScience Daily. Posted on sciencedaily.com, accessed October 24, 2017; Sciscio, L. et al. 2017. The first megatheropod tracks from the Lower Jurassic upper Elliot Formation, Karoo Basin, LesothoPLOS ONE. 12 (10). e0185941.
  2. A new fossil find in Brazil rewrites the history of the dinosaursThe Economist. Posted on economist.com November 10, 2016, accessed October 24, 2017.

*Frank Sherwin is Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Stage image credit: Copyright © 2017. F. Knoll. Used in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holder.

Article posted on November 13, 2017.

 

The Roots of Thanksgiving 


Perhaps no other custom so clearly reveals this nation’s original character as that of Thanksgiving Day. Other nations have adopted similar observances, but America was the first to nationally recognize its dependence on God with a special day set aside to thank Him for all His many blessings.

While the exact date of the first American Thanksgiving observance is debatable, there is no doubt this custom sprang from the shared Judeo-Christian heritage of those early pilgrims. From early Spanish expeditions in the late 1500s to the Popham Colony in Maine in 1607, each group publically declared their thanks to the God of the Bible. Twelve years later, settlers in Virginia declared a day of thanksgiving for their survival on the shores of this then uncharted land. And in 1623, Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony established the most famous of all such observances when a bountiful harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day to “render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”1

During the War of Independence from England, the U.S. Continental Congress set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for the decisive victory at Saratoga in 1777, marking the first time that all American colonies took part in such an event on the same day. The following year at Valley Forge, George Washington declared a special day of thanksgiving upon receiving news that France would provide aid to our cause. And later, as the young nation’s first president, he responded to a congressional petition by declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789, as the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.

Many state and national days of thanksgivings have been proclaimed since that first Thanksgiving declaration. But it was the tireless crusade of Sarah Josepha Hale that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful observance as a national American holiday. Her moving letters so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln that in 1863—in the midst of the horrors of the Civil War—he urged his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings, that they are “the gracious gifts of the Most High God” who ought to be thanked “with one heart and one voice, by the whole American People.”2

Of course, giving thanks to God is certainly not an exclusive American convention—it was first commanded of Christian believers many thousands of years before. Paul wrote, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Notice that the charge was not to give thanks for everything—rather, we are to give thanks in everything. Good or bad, right or wrong, be thankful in everything! Our American forebears knew this well.

So in this season of Thanksgiving, ICR invites all Christians to again take part in this beautiful tradition rooted in the biblical heritage of Scripture. ICR is thankful to God for all His many blessings upon our ministry and for His faithful supply through believers like you who support the work of our staff to advance the truth of creation. Above all, we are thankful for Christ, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Now that is something to be truly thankful for!

References

  1. Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, Plymouth Plantation, 1623.
  2. Proclamation of Thanksgiving, Abraham Lincoln, 1863.

* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Morris IV, H. 2012. The Roots of Thanksgiving. Acts & Facts. 41 (11): 21.

 

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)

11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.