December 3

9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team

Impact Hour streams live at 10 am

Sermon streams live at about 11:45 am

Click on “Livestream” or "Listen Live" at cornerstonelakeside.com

Recordings are also available

10:00 am—Impact Hour:  Tom Szabo

"The Case for the Real Jesus"  session 1

11:00 am—Worship for all ages

 Today's offering will go to the Persecuted Church

 

11:30 am—Morning Message:  Pastor Clay Stidham

Children’s Church and Nursery meet in Creekview Room

 

"Oh ...that Thou Wouldest Come Down..."

Isaiah 64:1

Exodus 19:18

Psalm 18:7-17

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

Matthew 8:14-22

Isaiah 53:1-6

 

 

 12:15 pm  Commitment and Dismissal

1:00 pm Council meeting at the office

 

Calendar

December 8Twelve Weeks of Prayer begins at the home of Arnie Abrams 7 pm

December 16Tea Team Debriefing at Cornerstone Office 10 am

December 17—Children's Christmas Program and Pot Luck Fellowship

December 24—Regular schedule of services

January 8, 2018—Monday Marys Ladies Bible Study orientation 10 am at Pineglen 

January 17, 2018—Men’s Bible study resumes 7 pm at Cornerstone Office

 

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

 

Skin Color Research Confirms Biblical Narrative 

People over the ages have placed great emphasis on race and skin color. Eugenicist-minded Darwinists have used it as the basis for much ill-conceived mischief.1 Even Darwin himself proposed that darker-skinned human populations were more primitive. However, we now know that all people groups share the same basic genome comprised of a well-documented set of common genetic variants. Darwin was mistaken—no people group is more primitive than another.

Darwin was mistaken—no people group is more primitive than another. Tweet: Darwin was mistaken—no people group is more primitive than another. https://www.icr.org/article/10297/ @icrscience

Additionally, the rare genetic variants that arose via random mutation and are mostly associated with human disease and degeneration, show that the current state of the human genome cannot be more than about 5,000 years old. This timeframe matches up with the world being repopulated after the global flood by Noah and his sons and their wives.2-5

Despite our increasing knowledge of the human genome, little is known about the genetic basis of skin color. Up until now, most of what scientists understood about skin-color genetics came from research using European people groups. Researchers originally discovered that variations in a gene called SLC24A5 influenced skin cells to produce less pigment. This appeared to provide a basis for pale skin.6 However, this single gene was only a small part of a much more complex trait.

The current state of the human genome cannot be more than about 5,000 years old. Tweet: The current state of the human genome cannot be more than about 5,000 years old. https://www.icr.org/article/10297/ @icrscience

To more fully explain the genetic basis of human skin color variation, a group of researchers recently went to Africa—the most genetically diverse continent on Earth.7 Contrary to conventional thought, Africa contains a huge amount of variation in human skin color across its different people groups. To scientifically measure the variation in skin color, the researchers measured light reflectance from the skin on the underside of the wrists of 2,092 people in the countries of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Botswana. This area’s skin is largely protected from sunlight and these readings provide a good indirect estimate of pigmentation levels (skin color). Then the researchers analyzed the DNA of 1,570 of these individuals for genetic variation in their genomes related to skin color.

The scientists identified four major regions of the human genome that contained six different genes. Together, these genes accounted for about 30% of the observed skin color variation. The study reported on DNA variants associated with light skin and variants causing dark skin, both of which are abundant in the African populations. The genetic variant causing light skin is commonly present in East Africans, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they will have light skin, because multiple genes interact with each other to determine skin color. These results countered the long-held evolutionary belief that the original ancestral humans in Africa were all once dark-skinned.

Human genetics confirms the Bible’s account of history and befuddles imaginary evolutionary speculations Tweet: Human genetics confirms the Bible’s account of history and befuddles imaginary evolutionary speculations https://www.icr.org/article/10297/ @icrscience

This research has even broader global implications. For example, it shows that other dark-skinned people in southern India, Australia, and New Guinea did not somehow separately develop their skin color because the mystical forces of evolution favored it. They simply inherited the already existing ancestral dark variants as people groups dispersed around the world. And while evolutionists are constantly debating where and how humans actually dispersed after they supposedly evolved, the Bible indicates that human global migration happened shortly after the global flood at the tower of Babel when God confused their languages and forced them to disperse.

Once again, human genetics confirms the Bible’s account of history and befuddles imaginary evolutionary speculations about mankind’s origins.

References

  1. Bergman, J. 2014. The Darwin Effect. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
  2. Tomkins, J. P. Human DNA Variation Linked to Biblical Event TimelineCreation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org July 23, 2012, accessed October 13, 2017.
  3. Tomkins, J. P. Genetics Research Confirms Biblical TimelineCreation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org January 9, 2013, accessed October 13, 2017.
  4. Tomkins, J. P. 2014. Genetic Entropy Points to a Young CreationActs & Facts. 43 (11): 16.
  5. Tomkins, J. P. 2015. Genetic Clocks Verify Recent CreationActs & Facts. 44 (12): 9-11.
  6. Sturm, R. A. 2009. Molecular genetics of human pigmentation diversityHuman Molecular Genetics. 18 (R1): R9–R17.
  7. Crawford, N. G. et al. 2017. Loci associated with skin pigmentation identified in African populationsScience. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8433.

*Jeffrey Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

Article posted on November 2, 2017.

 

Eternal Things 


“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

One of the most difficult handicaps for a Christian to overcome is spiritual nearsightedness. It is easy to see temporal things but hard to think on eternal things.

Paul, however, in the midst of an extremely busy and difficult temporal life, somehow did manage to keep his sights on that eternal life to which he was called. The wonderful redemption that Christ purchased for us with His blood is nothing less than “eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12); and therefore “he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). Consequently, as joint-heirs with Him, “they which are called . . . receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15). He is, surely, the “God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (1 Peter 5:10) and has there provided for us “everlasting habitations” (Luke 16:9).

All of these eternal things—eternal redemption, eternal salvation, eternal inheritance, eternal habitations, and eternal glory—are of infinitely greater value than the temporal things that crowd our minds and limit our goals. They are all a part of the wonderful eternal life we have already received through faith in Christ. It is significant that the phrase “eternal life” (or “everlasting life,” which is the same Greek phrase) occurs no less than 44 times in the New Testament. God speaks of it often, and so should we!

The very first eternal thing mentioned in the Bible is the “everlasting covenant” God has made with all men (Genesis 9:16). The last is the “everlasting gospel” to be preached to all men (Revelation 14:6). HMM

 

Joy and Sorrow

Luke 1

13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

 

Luke 2

34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”