November 18 Bulletin
Immanuel: God is With Us
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
9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team
10:00 am—Impact Hour with Arnie Abrams
"Paul the Apostle" 3
11:00 am—Worship for all ages
11:30 am—Morning Message from Pastor Clay Stidham
12:15 pm—Commitment and Dismissal
12:30 pm—Fellowship Pot Luck at Hampton Inn
Next Sunday—Larry Beckner will report on Life Creations Project, Thailand
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Special Offering Matching Challenge
October 22—Monday Marys 10 am at Office
October 23—Young Life Prayer meeting 6 pm at Office
October 24—Men’s Bible Study 7 pm at Office
October 26—Bible study at Arnie’s 7 pm
October 27—Women’s Tea Team meeting at Office 10 am
In the News
Researchers see possibilities for mimicking the Rainbow Weevil's amazing engineering reflected in its colorful spots. The structures provide high color fidelity regardless of the angle you view it from. Applications could include cosmetics, digital displays and reflective covering for optical fibers. The weevil uses hundreds of genes in a complex process to build the structures, fold them, deposit chitin, and then follows a highly specified program of cell death that leaves the microscoptic structures.
BY JEFFREY P. TOMKINS, PH.D. * | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
The beautiful glossy rainbow weevil from the Philippines is unique for the spectacular rainbow colored spots on its thorax and forewing. These circular spots produce all the colors, and in the same order, as those found in a rainbow in a series of successive rings. Many insects exhibit the ability to produce different types of colors, but it’s unusual for one to exhibit such a vast spectrum.
Researchers are deeply interested in understanding and mimicking this amazing engineering for many types of advanced applications. One team just published a paper evaluating the weevil’s novel trait.1 One of the researchers stated,
The ability to produce these structures, which are able to provide a high colour fidelity regardless of the angle you view it from, will have applications in any industry which deals with colour production. We can use these structures in cosmetics and other pigmentations to ensure high-fidelity hues, or in digital displays in your phone or tablet which will allow you to view it from any angle and see the same true image without any colour distortion. We can even use them to make reflective cladding for optical fibres to minimise signal loss during transmission.2
As noted in the research paper, “the lattice parameters of the biologically self-assembled single diamond nanostructure are varied to achieve the remarkable tuning of the structural colors across the visible light spectrum on a scale-by-scale basis.” These light-altering structures form during development in specific regions of the insect’s exoskeleton scales by the complex folding of cell membranes and the deposition of a hard compound called chitin. This process is then followed by a highly specified program of cell death that leaves behind solid chitin-based biophotonic nanostructures.
The end result of this highly orchestrated cascade of developmental events is a lattice of diamond-shaped structures of fixed size and volume that reflects light of different colors generated by orienting the structure at different angles. As described by the authors, the “chitin volume fractions as well as the lattice parameters of the biologically self-assembled single diamond nanostructure are varied to achieve the remarkable tuning of the structural colors across the visible light spectrum on a scale-by-scale basis.”1
The whole process that produces these amazing photonic nanostructures that scientists have struggled so hard to understand involves a whole cascade of integrated cellular developmental routines involving hundreds of genes. How could an unbelievably complex trait like this possibly evolve bit-by-bit through the mythical neo-Darwinian mechanism of mutation and selection? And what would possibly be the so-called “unit of selection” if it even could? Evolution has no power to explain a single trait like this, much less an entire weevil.
These striking and vividly beautiful examples of animal traits that push the physics of light to amazing limits give glory to our mighty Creator God who engineered it all.
1. Wilts, B., and V. Saranathan. 2018. A Literal Elytral Rainbow: Tunable Structural Colors Using Single Diamond Biophotonic Crystals in Pachyrrhynchus congestusWeevils. Small. doi.org/10.1002/smll.201802328.
2. New colour-generation mechanism discovered in “rainbow” weevil. Yale NUS College Press Release. Posted on yale-nus.edu September 11, 2018, accessed September 17, 2018.
Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.
The Morrison Formation extends for 700,000 miles across the American West and has some of the largest and most important dinosaur fossil beds in the world. Secular scientists have determined that the major flooding that caused the burial of the dinosaurs took place over a short one million years. This is far less than the conventional view of such events which supposes a series of many 1000 year flood events in succession. The fossils lack any evidence of evolution. The Morrison Formation is better explained as the result of the global Flood, perhaps only 4500 years ago, which spread a thin layer of buried dinosaurs across the American west.
Secular scientists recently determined that most of the dinosaur fossils in the Morrison Formation were buried quicker than commonly thought.1 The Morrison Formation is famous for its compositional consistency and massive extent across the American West, covering nearly 700,000 square miles, and for its rich dinosaur quarries.
The Morrison Formation is remarkable for its dinosaur fossils and has yielded some of the most important, voluminous, and diverse Late Jurassic dinosaur bone beds on Earth, including assemblages of large herbivorous sauropods [i.e. Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus].1
The conventional view is that the Morrison Formation was deposited over vast periods of time by rivers that slowly meandered back and forth. Secular paleontologists assume that major flooding events of these “rivers” caused the burial of the dinosaurs we find in the various quarries, including the one at Dinosaur National Monument (DNM). These types of flood events are thought to be massive, on the scale of 1000-year Floods or even greater.
In addition, creation scientists have pointed out the common nature of the dinosaur fossils in the many Morrison Formation dinosaur quarries and the lack of any evidence of evolution.2
The rock types in these various quarries are quite variable, but the entombed dinosaur taxa are incredibly similar, even though the Morrison Formation covers a 700-thousand-square-mile area. So uniform are the taxa that frustrated evolutionists agree, “We failed to find any convincing evidence of evolution at the generic level within the Morrison Formation.”3 These massed accumulations, of which DNM is the most famous example, remain a geologic mystery.2
However, the deposition of at least 20 massive Morrison Formation dinosaur quarries over such a vast area by individual river floods alone should have taken vast amounts of time, even by secular time scales.
Kenneth Galli from Boston College and his colleagues from Boston University, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and Le Moyne College attempted to resolve how long it took to deposit a major section of the Morrison Formation. They used U-Pb radioisotope techniques to date two ash-rock layers near the top and base of the 320-foot thick Brushy Basin Member, a sub unit within the Morrison Formation that contains roughly two-thirds of all of the dinosaur quarries in the formation.1
The results surprised even these old-Earth secular scientists. They found out that the majority of the Brushy Basin Member was deposited much faster than they thought, all in a time frame of less than one million years. They added:
If this is true, these results have fundamental implications for dinosaur preservation and may explain the limited evolution throughout Brushy Basin time. This is not to say that such a short interval of time cannot be subdivided biostratigraphically, but the taxonomy of Morrison Formation dinosaurs and extent of sampling do not indicate significant evolutionary turnover during this short interval, so there appears to be no basis for a valid biostratigraphic subdivision within the bulk of the Comobluffian [the type quarry assemblage] vertebrate assemblage.1
Essentially, what they are saying is there is no basis to divide the Brushy Basin Member by any systematic changes in the fossils. They also admit there is little, if any, evidence for evolution in the dinosaurs in the Morrison Formation in general.
We creation scientists wholeheartedly agree. Furthermore, we see no evidence of evolution throughout the entire fossil record. All fossils appear quickly, fully-formed, remain the same, and disappear upwards in the rock record. The Morrison Formation is at the level in the global Flood when the environments of the dinosaurs were being catastrophically inundated. The dinosaurs themselves were swept up by the tsunami-like waves into great masses of bones, like log jams, and buried as concentrated assemblages—these became the quarries we see today.
We also agree with the short time frame for the deposition of the Morrison Formation, except not nearly as long as the secular idea of a million years. The Bible talks about a Flood that covered the Earth just 4,500 years ago. This better explains the extent of the Morrison Formation and the burial of the dinosaurs and the lack of evidence of any evolution.
There were no meandering rivers slowly depositing the Morrison Formation like secular scientists imagine. Only the massive volume of water of the global Flood would have been able to spread these millions of dinosaur bones across nearly 700,000 square miles of the American West in one thin layer a few hundred feet thick. Multiple rivers would never be that consistent. As with other examples of strata found around the world, the Morrison is powerful evidence for the Flood.
1. Galli, K. G. et al. 2018. New chemical abrasion thermal ionization mass spectrometry dates from the brushy Basin Member, Morrison Formation, Western Colorado: implications for dinosaur evolution. The Journal of Geology. 126 (5): 473-486.
2. Hoesch, W. A., and S. A. Austin. 2004. Dinosaur National Monument: Jurassic Park Or Jurassic Jumble? Acts & Facts. 33 (4).
3. Dodson, P., A. Behrensmeyer, R. Bakker, J. McIntosh. 1980. Taphonomy and paleoecology of the dinosaur beds of the Jurassic Morrison Formation. Paleobiology.6 (2): 208-232.
*Dr. Timothy Clarey is Research Associate is at ICR and earned a doctorate in geology from Western Michigan University.
Word for Worship
2 Chronicles 18 (NKJV)
18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. 19 And the Lordsaid, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ 21 So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’ 22 Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”
2 Samuel 16 (NKJV)
14 So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.
2 Thessalonians 2 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of [a]Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [b]sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits [c]as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the [d]mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only [e]He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.