September 16 Bulletin
Immanuel: God is With Us
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Kianni Arroyo clasps 8-year-old Sophia’s hands tightly as they spin around, giggling like mad. It’s late afternoon, and there are hot dogs on the grill, bubble wands on the lawn, balls flying through the air.
The midsummer reunion in a suburb west of the city looks like any other, but these family ties can’t be described with standard labels. Instead, Arroyo, a 21-year-old waitress from Orlando, is here to meet “DNA-in-laws,” various “sister-moms” and especially people like Sophia, a cherished “donor-sibling.”
Sophia and Arroyo were both conceived with sperm from Donor #2757, a bestseller. Over the years, Donor #2757 sired at least 29 girls and 16 boys, now ages 1 to 21, living in eight states and four countries. Arroyo is on a quest to meet them all, chronicling her journey on Instagram. She has to use an Excel spreadsheet to keep them all straight.
“We have a connection. It’s hard to explain, but it’s there,” said Arroyo, an only child who is both comforted and weirded-out by her ever-expanding family tree.
Thanks to mail-away DNA tests and a proliferation of online registries, people conceived with donated sperm and eggs are increasingly connecting with their genetic relatives, forming a growing community with complex relationships and unique concerns about the U.S. fertility industry. Like Arroyo, many have discovered dozens of donor siblings, with one group approaching 200 members — enormous genetic families without precedent in modern society.
Because most donations are anonymous, the resulting children often find it almost impossible to obtain crucial information. Medical journals have documented cases in which clusters of offspring have found each other while seeking treatment for the same rare genetic disease. The news is full of nightmarish headlines about sperm donors who falsified their educational backgrounds, hid illnesses or turned out to be someone other than expected — such as a fertility clinic doctor.
And while Britain, Norway, China and other countries have passed laws limiting the number of children conceived per donor, the United States relies solely on voluntary guidelines. That has raised fears that the offspring of prolific donors could meet and fall in love without knowing they were closely related, putting their children at risk of genetic disorders.
Now the donor-conceived community is starting to demand more government regulation — so far with mixed results. Earlier this year, Washington and Vermont became the first states to require clinics to collect donors’ medical history and to disclose that information to any resulting child. Similar bills have been introduced in California and Rhode Island.
'It's Time to Change the Church': Francis Chan Issues Grave End-Times Warning Straight Out of Revelation | CBN News
Evangelist Francis Chan has called out the American church during a sermon at Azusa Pacific University.
Chan urged believers to read through the book of Revelation. He said many Christians are misled about what Jesus' return will actually be like.
"John sees Jesus, the Risen Jesus, you know and we all think, 'Oh, if I could see Jesus right now I would just hug him. No, John, the Beloved Disciple, passes out when he sees him in his glorified state," Chan said in his late August sermon.
Jesus then tells John to deliver harsh words to seven different churches in Revelations 2-3.
"I never noticed that five out of the seven churches he goes, 'you better repent or else,'" Chan explained. "I never saw how serious the letters were to the churches...Here's this almighty God in chapter one and he gives these letters to John and he says 'tell the churches this."
"It's a loving father grabbing us, his children, going 'Listen, this is real. This is reality. This is going to happen. I am going to destroy the world and all the little things you think are so important and so huge right now, you're going to see nothing compared to the end. Get serious about me. Get serious about Me.'" he urged.
Chan believes the American church is no different from the churches in Revelation and needs to repent.
We focus more on good speakers, light shows, and nice worship music than sincere ministry to the heart of God. Meanwhile, other Christians are dying every day because it is a crime to profess faith in Christ.
"How does God view that when he looks at America and he goes, 'Wow, everyone's going to go to (church) because Hillsong's going to be there, Tim Keller's going to be there? And he goes to the other side other world and he goes, 'Oh, we're going to actually come into the presence of God and just pray or just take communion," Chan said.
"It's not about you," he added.
Chan challenged Christians to read through Revelations with fresh eyes.
"Read through Revelation today and do something. Figure it out. Repent like it was a serious warning...a serious warning. Read the book of Revelation. We have an opportunity right now at this time in history. I am so pumped about it but it's time to change the church," he said. "This is real. We are going to see him."
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A recent Livescience article1 is entitled “The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution.” It addresses, among other things, “unique examples of plant and animal life.” The islands contain a variety of biota (the animal and plant life in a particular area), such as the Galápagos giant tortoise, sea lions, the varieties of finches, waved albatrosses, penguins, marine iguanas, and hundreds of native plants. A wide variety of unique species are normal for environments around the world, but where is evidence for real, demonstrative, vertical evolution that the title of the article alludes to?
The article states,
Darwin saw many islands of various sizes, close together and geologically young inhabited by similar yet different species of plant and animal life. Darwin concluded that life in the Galápagos didn’t make sense with the current views of creationism.1
It appears Darwin’s conclusion was simply wrong. Life in the Galápagos makes far better sense from the biblical creation model. As God created animals and plants “after their kind” (e.g., Genesis 1:11), He included genetic variation and a variety of built-in adaptive mechanisms so that those initial creatures and all their descendants could move in and fill various niches in ecosystems throughout the world (Genesis 1:28). One need only look at bears in all their variation: polar, black and brown—there are well over a dozen black bear sub-species alone—but they’re all bears in the genus Ursus and can interbreed. Fruitflies have always been fruitflies, and roses have always been roses. Horizontal variation is the rule—not vertical evolution.
The article goes on,
Published in 1859, Darwin’s famous “On the Origin of Species” took the foundations for the theories of evolution that had already been placed before him and built upon them, providing the evidence that definitively supported evolution.1
This statement would be a surprise to Mr. Darwin. Not once did he actually address any origin of any species in his book, ironically entitled On the Origin of Species. He did write quite a bit regarding variation found in certain types of plants and animals selected for by human endeavors such as the common wild rock pigeon found around barns and city statues. But he never addressed vertical evolution, also commonly called macroevolution.2
The famous Galápagos finches are usually presented as Exhibit A for Darwinian evolution, but all of the “new species” of finches are still finches and can interbreed. This is clearly not an example of real evolution, it’s an example of the variation we see in species. Different islands (e.g., James Island, Albemarle and Chatham) of the Galápagos have slightly different tortoises. Zoologists can identify the island a tortoise came from based on the shape of its carapace (shell). Again, this is just variation of the tortoise kind—the kind of variation we see all over creation. There is no evolution.
So, although the Galápagos Islands has some unique plant and animal life, there is no real evolution occurring. Perhaps a better, more scientific title of this article could be, “The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Creation’s Variation.”
1. Ross, R. The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution. Livescience. Posted on livescience.com June 22, 2018, accessed June 27, 2018.
2. Denton, M. 2016. Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute.
*Mr. Frank Sherwin is Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
The discovery of a new fossil in northwest China sent shockwaves rippling through the secular paleontological world. The new sauropod (longneck) dinosaur called Lingwulong shenqi, or “amazing dragon from Lingwu” was excavated from an area and a sedimentary layer that secular science believed was both the wrong geological place and time for that fossil.1
Xing Xu, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his colleagues from University College London, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, London, and several other institutions across China, reported their findings in Nature Communications.
One of their most surprising results was that the new dinosaur was found in rocks well below all other similar diplodocoid discoveries. This fossil stretches the global time span of sauropods to include the early Middle Jurassic—about 174 million years ago, according to secular thinking.2 However, most diplodocoids, and sauropods in general, do not appear in strata until the Late Jurassic System which was supposedly about 160 million years ago.
Co-author Paul Upchurch said,
We were surprised to find a close relative of Diplodocus in East Asia 174 million years ago. It’s commonly thought that sauropods did not disperse there until 200 million years ago and many of their giant descendants, reached this region much later, if at all.1
Our discovery of Lingwulong demonstrates that several different types of advanced sauropod must have existed at least 15 million years earlier and spread across the world while the supercontinent Pangaea was still a coherent landmass. This forces a complete re-evaluation of the origins and evolution of these animals.1
The Nature Communications paper concluded, “The new discovery challenges conventional biogeographical ideas, and suggests that dispersal into East Asia occurred much earlier than expected.”2
Creationists disagree with the claimed great ages of these fossils and with the other secular interpretations. And we are not surprised by this discovery at all. It’s no surprise that some sauropod dinosaurs were found in deeper rock layers than secularists expected. When viewed from a biblical worldview, all dinosaur fossils are products of the global Flood that entombed billions of creatures.
God judged the world with a global catastrophe due to the wickedness and violence of the pre-Flood world as described in Genesis. Tsunami-like waves of unimaginable amounts of water and mud engulfed more and more environments as the water rose higher and higher. The first appearance of any type of dinosaur is merely a matter of being in the right place at the right time to be buried as this judgement unfolded. Only two diplodocoids were taken on the ark. All others perished in the Flood. The resulting fossils merely tell us the order of burial as wave after wave inundated creatures around the world.
Sauropod dinosaurs likely couldn’t run as well as many other types of dinosaurs to escape the rising Floodwaters.3 For this reason, they were likely trapped and buried earlier than, or below, many of the duck-billed and horned dinosaurs that possessed more running mobility. This explains why these faster dinosaurs are found more commonly in the higher rock layers of the Cretaceous System.3 When the concept of deep time is eliminated and the reality of the Flood is accepted, finding a herd of 7-10 individuals in a rock layer below previous levels is not surprising. It’s merely a matter of statistics.
1. University College London. 2018. New dinosaur found in the wrong place, at the wrong time. ScienceDaily. Posted August 1, 2018, accessed August 4, 2018.
2. Xu, X. et al. 2018. A new Middle Jurassic diplodocoid suggests an earlier dispersal and diversification of sauropod dinosaurs. Nature Communications. 9 (2700): DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05128-1.
3. Clarey, T. L., and J. P. Tomkins. 2015. Determining average dinosaur size using the most recent comprehensive body mass data set. Answers Research Journal. 8: 85-91.
*Dr. Timothy Clarey is Research Associate at ICR. He earned his doctorate in geology from Western Michigan University.
Image credit: Copyright © 2018. Zhang Zongda. Adapted for use in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holder.
The scientific community continues to reel and exhibit bewilderment that well-preserved carbon-based (organic) fossil material regularly appears in sediments supposedly many millions of years old.
One recent discovery of organic matrix is “evidence of exceptional preservation in the nacre and prismatic layers of a 66 Ma [million years] bivalve shell.”1
The mollusc shell in question is of the common genus Pinna, of which there are dozens of species. Nacre, or mother of pearl, is the iridescent inner surface of many mollusc shells and contains protein—protein that’s not supposed to be there after 66 million years.
Remarkably, interprismatic proteins are preserved with intact peptide bonds, and suggest an abundance of the amino acid glycine. These findings in a 66 Ma shell support the exceptional quality of organic preservation documented here, which may prove to be relatively common among fossil shells that preserve nacre.1
Relatively common? This is an amazing admission by evolutionists who for well-over a century have never expected to find carbon-based material in “ancient” sediments. Why the change of mind? It appears the fact these materials—chemicals and tissues—are common finds today. Now the researchers state,
Nacre preservation does not represent an extreme or rare quality of preservation; therefore, the organic compounds observed in the interprismatic matrix (IM) may prove to be relatively common among fossil mollusk shells with nacre.1
The above quote could well have been written by a Flood geologist. It would hardly be surprising to find intact peptide bonds and amino acids in bivalve molluscs laid down by the Genesis Flood about 4,500 years ago. Because they are only thousands of years old, these mollusc proteins should be “relatively common among fossil shells.”
It’s interesting to note that, for decades, most researchers were not looking for these chemicals or tissues still preserved in fossils—therefore, past documentation has been meager. Now these fossils appear to be common. We predict that, since scientists are now more readily looking for them, we’ll see a great increase in their discovery.
1. Myers, C. E. et al. 2018. Exceptional preservation of organic matrix and shell microstructure in Late Cretaceous Pinna fossil revealed by photoemission electron spectromicroscopy. Geology. 46 (8): 711.
Mr. Frank Sherwin is Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
Hurricane Florence is not the result of global warming. It's likely due to natural weather patterns, not climate change as some have already said.
Even before Hurricane Florence made landfall somewhere near the border of North and South Carolina, predicted damage from potentially catastrophic flooding from the storm was already being blamed on global warming.
Writing for NBC News, Kristina Dahl contended, “With each new storm, we are forced to question whether this is our new, climate change-fueled reality, and to ask ourselves what we can do to minimize the toll from supercharged storms.”
The theory is that tropical cyclones have slowed down in their speed by about 10 percent over the past 70 years due to a retreat of the jet stream farther north, depriving storms of steering currents and making them stall and keep raining in one location. This is what happened with Hurricane Harvey in Houston last year.
But like most claims regarding global warming, the real effect is small, probably temporary, and most likely due to natural weather patterns. Any changes in hurricanes over 70 years, even if real, can easily be part of natural cycles — or incomplete data. Coastal lake sediments along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline from 1,000 to 2,000 years ago suggest more frequent and intense hurricanes than occur today. Why? No one knows.
Unusual things happen in nature sometimes
The Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 experienced a Category 3 or 4 storm, with up to a 20-foot storm surge. While such a storm does not happen in New England anymore, it happened again there in 1675, with elderly eyewitnesses comparing it to the 1635 storm.
Until 2017, the United States went 11 years without a major hurricane strike — something that is statistically very improbable. Nine years into that 11-year hurricane drought, a NASA scientist computed it as a 1-in-177-year event.
My point is that nature varies, and unusual things happen sometimes.
Now it’s fashionable to blame stalling hurricanes on global warming. In the case of Florence, the jet stream is indeed pushed farther north. But examination of a weather map of the atmospheric flow at an altitude of 18,000 feet shows the jet stream is pushed farther south over western North America. This kind of natural variation in atmospheric flow is called weather, not climate change. It’s just a roll of the dice. Hurricane-steering currents are subject to whatever the weather happens to be when they arrive at the U.S. coast.
No one should dismiss or minimize the damage that Florence will likely do. Hurricanes can be deadly. I completely agree with Ms. Dahl's NBC News piece that “right now, our number one priority has to be ensuring the safety of those in Florence’s evolving path, as well as the first responders helping them.”
The cost of storms has risen, not their severity
But a major hurricane hits North Carolina on average once every 20 years or so. The last was Fran in 1996, which is 22 years ago. Coastal residents know they live under a yearly threat of hurricanes, and sometimes (though relatively rarely), one of those hurricanes will be very strong.
Well, aren’t we being told these storms are getting stronger on average? The answer is no. The 30 most costly hurricanes in U.S. history (according to federal data from January) show no increase in intensity over time. The monetary cost of damages has increased dramatically in recent decades, but that is due to increasing population, wealth and the amount of vulnerable infrastructure. It’s not due to stronger storms.
If humans have any influence on hurricanes at all, it probably won’t be evident for many decades to come. Natural variability is simply too large. This should not be surprising given that humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have caused only a1 percent change in the natural energy flows coursing through the climate system.
Roy W. Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is author of the Kindle e-books "Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed on Global Warming" and "Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People." Follow him on Twitter:@RoyWSpencer
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4 I charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.