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9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team

 

10:00 am—Impact Hour with Clay Stidham Jr.

"Happiness" by Randy Alcorn Session 1

 

11:00 am—Worship for all ages

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Children's Summer Program meets in Creekview during the Morning Message

11:30 am—Morning Message with Pastor Clay Stidham

 

"Father Abraham: A Legacy of Faith"

Genesis 12:1-10

Genesis 13:1-9

Genesis 14:12-16, 18-20

Genesis 15:1-6

Genesis 22:1-3

Romans 4:16-25

Hebrews 11:8-19

 

 

12:15 pm—Commitment and Dismissal

12:30 pmPot Luck Fellowship at Bluebird Ramada, Fool Hollow $7 per car 

 

Announcements

June 28—Men’s Bible Study 7 pm Cornerstone Office “Isaiah”

July 14—Walk With Me 6 pm at Hampton Inn. $10 reservations for two—sign up with Nancy Stidham

July 15—Women's Fair 8:30 am-1 pm at Hampton Inn.  Free admission.  $5 food ticket—Sign up with Nancy Stidham

This Week

June 20—Senior Conference 9 am to 2:30 pm at Valley View Baptist Church, Snowflake.  $10 includes lunch

June 24—Women’s Fair Team 10 am at the Office

June 24—Fishers of Men 1 pm at the Office

 

Word for Worship

Fossil Feather Proteins Confirm Recent Flood


Ever since Dr. Mary Schweitzer's 20051 discovery of preserved original dinosaur proteins and blood cells, many secular scientists have remained skeptical. How could dinosaur fossils retain original organic material after millions of years? A new ancient bird fossil reveals more unexpected original chemicals, adding fuel to the fierce debate within the scientific community.2

Following publication of her original paper,1 some of Schweitzer's critics claimed that what she actually found was contamination from lab analysis or contamination during field collection. Others claimed these proteins were really from modern bacterial activity, and they merely simulated original soft tissues.3

In response, Dr. Schweitzer and her colleagues performed more studies on the soft tissues in question.4,5 They even extracted collagen from a tyrannosaur leg bone and found a protein match of about 58% with bird collagen and 51% with frog and newt collagen—evidence these samples couldn't be from contamination. In further support that these are real dinosaur organic tissues, another study examined 89 amino acids extracted from a T. rex specimen, finding perfect matches with some modern animal proteins. Schweitzer's team has essentially demonstrated the "impossible." These dinosaur soft tissues are real!

This debate of original tissues versus bacterial microbes spilled into the study of microscopic pigment indicators, called melanosomes. Previously, scientists used powerful electron microscopes to examine the fibers from the tail of the theropod Sinosauropteryx, finding preserved melanosomes, which contain the pigment melanin.1 Different shapes of melanosomes produce different colors in today's animals. By comparing modern melanosomes to the ones found preserved in the fossils, scientists were able to speculate on the colors of this and other extinct animals. The melanosomes in the filaments/fibers of this Sinosauropteryx specimen indicate chestnut to reddish-brown bands along the tail and possibly the back.6

Another study found preserved melanosomes in feathers from the bird Archaeopteryx, showing a black color, somewhat like a modern crow or raven.7 An additional study of the feathered bird Microraptor also showed melanosomes indicating a black or dark blue color, but these melanosomes were more tightly packed, implying some degree of iridescence.8

More research on fossil ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, and sea turtles supposedly 55 to 190 million years old has revealed actual preserved skin tissue and melanosomes that indicate a brown-black skin color.9

However, once again critics claim that these discoveries may not be melanosomes after all, but are just microbes that look like melanosomes, since both are similar in size and shape.10 One way to more clearly distinguish between melanosomes and microbes is to find keratin associated with the melanosomes. Keratin is a protein that surrounds modern feather melanosomes. The discovery of melanosomes and keratin together would resolve the dilemma. Since microbes are not found embedded in keratin, both the melanosomes and associated keratin would logically have to come from the fossilized (but not mineralized) bird.

To answer these critics, lead author Yanhoug Pan and co-authors, including Schweitzer herself, examined fossilized bird feathers from Early Cretaceous system rocks in China.2 They examined the feathers under an electron microscope, finding bundles of fibers that looked like keratin, but the team couldn't be sure from observation alone. So they conducted a series of chemical tests on the fiber bundles and the surrounding matrix, finding "strong evidence for the retention of original and phylogenetically significant [a sample substantial enough to compare with living animals] protein components in Eoconfuciusornis."2

Pan's team concluded, "Our work represents the oldest ultrastructural and immunological recognition of avian beta-keratin from an Early Cretaceous (~130-Ma) bird."10 In other words, the melanosomes and keratin found in this ancient bird are clearly real.

Their discovery again demonstrates the presence of preserved original proteins in fossils claimed to be many millions of years old. And yet, the authors offer no testable explanation for this preservation "miracle." Instead, they hypothesize that calcium, possibly mediated by bacterial activity, might have helped preserve the organic molecules. And yet, they found no calcium in the rock matrix surrounding the fossil, leaving any such source of calcium a mystery.10 Their hypothesis is a speculation without substance.

Secular science still has found no viable explanation for how these proteins were preserved. They maintain the fossils are millions of years old, in spite of the contrary data.

I summarized this preservation issue in my book Dinosaurs: Marvels of God's Design, stating, "The finding of actual soft tissue in fossils that are supposedly millions of years old has evolutionists scratching their heads to explain. They are scrambling, trying to come up with 'miracles' of preservation. Many secular scientists cannot fathom that dinosaurs are only thousands of years old because they 'walk in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of their ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart' (Eph. 4:17-18)."11

The case for thousands and not millions of years is growing stronger with each of these new finds.

References

  1. Schweitzer, M. H., et al. 2005. Soft Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex. Science. 307 (5717): 1952-1955. 
  2. Pan, Y., et al. 2016. Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617168113.
  3. Kaye, T. G., G. Gaugler, and Z. Sawlowicz. 2008. Dinosaurian soft tissues interpreted as bacterial biofilm. PLOS ONE. 3 (7): E2808. 
  4. Schweitzer, M. H., et al. 2007. Analyses of Soft Tissue from Tyrannosaurus rex Suggest the Presence of Protein. Science. 316 (5822): 277-280. 
  5. Asara, J. M., et al. 2007. Protein Sequences from Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus rex Revealed by Mass Spectrometry. Science. 316 (5822): 280-285. 
  6. Zhang, F., et al. 2010. Fossilized melanosomes and the color of Cretaceous dinosaurs and birds. Nature. 463 (7284): 1075-1078. 
  7. Carney, R. M., et al. 2011. New evidence on the colour and nature of the isolated Archaeopteryx feather. Nature Communications. 3 (637): doi: 10.1038/ncomms1642. 
  8. Li, Q., et al. 2012. Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage. Science. 335 (6073): 1215-1219. 
  9. Lindgren, J., et al. 2014. Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles. Nature. 506 (7489): 484-488. 
  10. Moyer, A. E., et al. 2014. Melanosomes or Microbes: Testing an Alternative Hypothesis for the Origin of microbodies in Fossil Feathers. Scientific Reports. 4 (4233): doi:10.1038/srep0433. 
  11. Clarey, T. 2015. Dinosaurs: Marvels of God's Design. Green Forest, AK: Master Books, 49.

Image credit: Copyright © 2016 X. Wang. Adapted for use in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holders.

*Dr. Clarey is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on December 12, 2016.

The Father of Spirits

by John D. Morris, Ph.D. | Jun. 18, 2017

 

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9)

 

In these days when parents are urged by special interest and political groups not to discipline their children, and children’s rights are championed at the expense of parental authority, it is comforting to read in Scripture that the normal response to parental discipline is reverence. Thankfully, even most secular “experts” today recognize the child’s need for parental guidelines, reinforced by physical discipline as appropriate.

But this passage is primarily discussing the role of chastening father that God plays in the lives of His spiritual children. “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord . . . for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. . . . But if ye be without chastisement . . . then are ye . . . not sons” (vv. 5-8). This discipline is “for our profit” (v. 10) and “yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (v. 11) in our lives. The natural response should be both “reverence” and “subjection” (v. 9).

In our text, God is identified as the “Father of spirits,” reminding us that God is Creator. “The LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1). He who created all things, including the spiritual side of mankind (Colossians 1:16), recreated each spirit at the time of salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; etc.). His wise and timely chastening is “for our profit” and has as its goal “that we might be partakers of his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

On this day of special honor for fathers, let us not forget to honor our heavenly Father. JDM