September 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:  Arnie Abrams

"Examine Yourself/Resist Gossip"

11:00 am—Worship for all ages

 

 

11:30 am—Morning Message:  Pastor Clay Stidham

Children’s Church and Nursery meet in Creekview Room

"Torn Down, Built Up"

2 Samuel 11:1-15; 12:1-7

Hosea 6:1

Psalm 51:1-19

Jeremiah 33:17-26

Colossians 3:1-11; 4:5-6

 

 

 

1:00 pm Council meeting at the office

 

Announcements

September 11—Monday Marys Bible Study 10 am at Cornerstone Office  "Me, Myself and Lies" by Jennifer Rothchild.  Lunch provided.

September 15—Living Hope Banquet.  Sign up with Nancy Stidham

September 17—Fellowship Pot Luck at the Hampton

September 22-23Mountain Men's Summit.  Sign up with Mel West

 

This Week

September 6Men's Bible Study at Office  "Isaiah"

 

 

Word for Worship

Spectacular Dinosaur Has Skin, Horn, Pigments 

The world’s best-preserved nodosaur stirred wide interest when it went on display at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Canada in May 2017. Its skin scales, fearsome shoulder spikes, and possibly even skin colors prompted fossil pigment expert Jakob Vinther to tell National Geographic that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never seen anything like this.”1 New details published in Current Biologyback up that statement.2

Apparently, this specimen is different enough from other nodosaurs to warrant its own genus and species name: Borealopelta markmitchelli. It had secondary organic molecular structures called kerogen that form when primary proteins break down and mix underground.

In a May 12 interview, Issues, Etc. radio host Todd Wilken asked me about this fossil, “So it’s very possible here that we’re not looking at a fossil, strictly speaking—not a stone cast of what was once there as living matter—but a mummified specimen of a dinosaur?” I replied, “It’s possible, but there haven’t been any technical reports out yet.”3

Well, now a technical report is out, and it shows not quite as pristine a preservation as an Egyptian mummy, but it reveals nodosaur skin scales with kerogen’s energy-packed chemical bonds still intact.4 Though lab studies have not yet measured the expected shelf life for kerogen, this specimen still contains organic chemistry fragile enough to challenge the fossil’s vast age assignments. Microbes feed on kerogens, but even with no microbes in sight, kerogens still have plenty of potential chemical energy that inevitably reacts with other chemicals in an incessant chemical breakdown. Though they may be tough, kerogens cannot last forever—and should not last anywhere close to the 112 to 125 million years assigned to this fossil.

The detailed report of B. markmitchelli also clearly revealed original, unaltered pigments. These biomolecules resist the ravages of time and temperature better than proteins, but their mere existence still offers a solid argument for recent deposition, just as kerogen does.

The Current Biology team found the pigments melanin and pheomelanin in the B. markmitchelli skin. Only a decade ago, secular thinkers openly resisted original melanin discoveries in fossils like bird feathers and animal skins on the basis of their expectation that biochemicals like these decay after only thousands of years.While science still has not found a way pigments could last millions of years, melanin fossil finds like this one keep piling up.6

Until some new study shows why the laws of chemical decay should not apply to them, intact proteins and original pigments in fossils confront evolutionary time. This nodosaur’s intact biochemistry shows that it may have been walking around not long ago after all.

References

  1. Greshko, M. The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in CanadaNational Geographic. Posted on nationalgeographic.com June 17, 2016, accessed May 12, 2017.
  2. Brown, C. M. et al. 2017. An Exceptionally Preserved Three-Dimensional Armored Dinosaur Reveals Insights into Coloration and Cretaceous Predator-Prey DynamicsCurrent Biology. 27: 1-8.
  3. Thomas, B. The Discovery of an Intact Dinosaur FossilIssues, Etc. #1321. Aired May 12, 2017, accessed August 4, 2017.
  4. n particular, pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (py-GC-MS) revealed “nitrogen-, oxygen-, and sulfur-containing heterocyclic and aromatic molecules” (Ref. 1). It also showed abundant alkenes, which have chemically reactive double bonds.
  5. Fossil feathers reveal their huesBBC News. Posted on bbc.co.uk July 8, 2008, accessed August 4, 2017.
  6. Peruse other examples at Original Biochemistry Shows That Fossils Are Recent. Posted on ICR.org, accessed August 4, 2017.

*Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his M.S. in biotechnology from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Article posted on August 28, 2017.

 

The River of God 

“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.” (Psalm 65:9)

The inexhaustible river of God, watering the whole earth, is nothing less than the refreshing rains coming down from the heavens, “visiting” the earth on its amazing journey to the oceans, whence it flows back up to the skies again. This river incorporates all the rivers of Earth, yet it is like no other river, for once it reaches the ocean, it rises into the heavens, there to flow back over the thirsty ground and finally descend once more on its endless journey.

What a wonderful provision is this river of God! Without it, all life on Earth would soon die. Far more valuable than gold, it continually “enriches” the earth on its regular visitations “to satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth” (Job 38:27).

Thereby does God also prepare corn to feed man and beast. The word “corn” in this and other passages probably refers generically to any of the cereal grains that provide the basic foodstuffs for people and animals all over the world. This is implied in the creation passage itself. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth. . . . And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat” (Genesis 1:29-30).

This is God’s wonderful life-giving river. “He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth” (Psalm 104:13-14). The Creator is also the Sustainer (Colossians 1:16-17). HMM