One of the joys of being home between traveling ministry events is being able to spend time with our families. We are very fortunate – both of our daughters and their families live in the Grand Junction area, so we get lots of grandkid time. My wife loves to not only babysit the grandkids, but she also gets her hand into being able to homeschool them on a regular basis. Actually, she is so attached to her grandkids that it seems to be getting harder and harder to get her excited about going out on the road with me to teach Creation!
Tonight as we baby sit with our two granddaughters, I sat down and watched the movie Dumbo with the 4 year old. What fun! I was more entertained by her running commentary than the movie itself. She had seen the movie last week with her cousins, so she was up to speed on everything that was happening or about to happen. She made sure that her Papa (me) understood everything that was going on. Watching her laugh, smile, and giggle, bob her head, dance to the music, and listen to her rattle on certainly made the movie a lot more exciting. I know that I am prejudiced as a grandpa, but she really is “stinkin” cute. As I write this, she is entertaining her grandmother … they are putting a puzzle together and stamping, taking time out to also play with the 2 month old.
Playing with the 2 month old
Ah, the life of grandparents! Thanks Lord for our family and the joy they bring us!
The African Mosquito is fulfilling God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The African Mosquito, which transmits most of the malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is adapting to a different habitat. One variation (the M type) is adapted to where there is a more permanent supply of water, and now another variation (the S type) is adapting to short-lived bits of water. Is that evolution? No.
The two varieties are physically indistinguishable from each other and they can also interbreed. There are no new body parts or new genetic information. Its chromosomes are very complex and can carry a huge variation of genetic information. With natural selection, and the variety of genetic information, the mosquito can adapt to different environments.
This is not Darwinian evolution, but what is termed microevolution or, more appropriately, variation within a kind or family. Scientists have never observed one kind or family change into a completely different kind or family. We also observe variation within these in the fossil record. Some of these variations have probably become extinct.
All of this fits with God’s mandate to multiply and fill the earth. If the created kinds are to fill the various environments on the earth, then the genetic material required to adapt to slightly different environments needs to be quite diverse and complex. This can give rise to extensive, but minor, variation within kinds or families. This is what is being observed in the mosquito. Even a pest like the mosquito can give Glory to God!
[In response to the article: African Mosquitoes Diverging into two Species; USA Today, Science Fair, Oct. 22, 2010]
Giving His Testimony
This past Sunday, I recieved the blessing of being in attendance at my oldest grandson’s baptism. He had put his faith and trust in Jesus earlier this year on Good Friday. We had taken him and his brother to an exhibit of Jesus’ crucifixion at a nearby church. There were several stations set up to show different aspects of the crucifixion, ending with a cross.
Around the cross had been placed many scraps of paper upon which people could write their sins, and then nail them to the cross. My youngest grandson, 4 years old, had us help write, “Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins.” I don’t know what my oldest grandson wrote, but I could see that the cross had made an impact on him. I gathered my 2 grandsons at the foot of the cross and prayed that they might someday understand and believe in Jesus. Little did I know how soon part of that prayer would be answered!
On the way home from the church with his mother, the oldest began to ask her many questions about Jesus and salvation. Not wanting the conversation to end, my daughter drove around town for nearly an hour, answering his questions. Later that evening, he was able to talk with his father, late into the night. Early the next morning he excitedly called my wife and me to tell us, “I’m a Christian! I asked Jesus into my heart! I’m saved!”
Happy in Jesus
Oh what a joy to hear those words, an answer to many years of prayer. You see, I have been praying for every one of my grandchildren, even while in the womb, that they might someday really know and believe in Jesus. And what a joy and blessing to hear my oldest grandson, at 8 years old, give a testimony to his church and then demonstrate his belief by baptism! By the way, his father (an ordained preacher) had the privilege of performing the baptism. What a blessing for us all! My prayer for him now is that he might continue to grow in Jesus Christ and be a shining light in this world.
Now I was surprised!
Looking out our front window at dusk, I saw what I thought was a raccoon sitting in a willow tree that blew over this summer. It was dining on a deer carcass that I had wedged on the trunk that morning. We get a lot of raccoons and skunks on our property, so I wasn’t overly surprised to see one enjoyed a free treat. As I watched, the critter lifted its head. Now I was surprised! The raccoon was actually a full grown bobcat! With my nose and eyes now glued to the window, I saw another bobcat head poke up from the root-bole of the tree. Within seconds, another head appeared on the opposite side of the trunk. We had three bobcats in our yard! My wife and I watched them for about 30 minutes. As they came in to the open, we saw that we had a mother and her two cubs. The mother was about twice the size of our domestic cat, and the cubs were about ¾ the size of their mother.
We saw the three the next morning and evening, returning to chew on the deer carcass. On the second morning a mature coyote showed up and stole the whole carcass, so we haven’t seen any of them since. When I finish deboning my deer, I’ll give them another treat.
Our property is located on a point between two tree filled canyons in an urban area, surrounded by residential homes. The wildlife has adapted well to the “encroachment” into their habitat. Although man has extensively hunted bobcats and coyotes for sport and fur, their populations are still abundant. God designed amazing adaptability into His creatures!
Is there a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? Aren’t Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 two different, conflicting accounts of creation? These are two questions that are brought up frequently at AOI seminars. I recently spoke with Hebrew scholar Oliver Blosser (Ph.D., a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Hebrew scholar, Near East historian, and theologian) about these subjects.
“The Jewish people have a basic outline of how they tell a story, an outline that is used throughout the Bible. In Genesis 1:1 we see a summary of the Creation account. In Genesis 1:2 through Genesis 2:3 you find the overview of the seven days of the Creation week. Whatever is most important is put at the end of the account, in this case the Creation of man. Genesis 2:4 through Genesis 2:28 is an overview of man’s Creation. ”
“In Genesis 1 the Hebrew name for God is ’elohiym’ (el-o-heem), a name denoting the power and might of God … what He speaks comes into existence. In Genesis 2 the Hebrew name for God is ’Y@hovah’ (yeh-ho-vaw), God’s personal name – showing He wants a personal relationship to man.”
When asked about the supposed gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, Dr. Blosser responded, “Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 are joined by the English word ‘And’ (in some translations.) However, in the Hebrew the two are joined by the Hebrew letter vav for which there really is no English translation. The use of a vav shows that the narrative is continuous … grammatically there can be no gap between the two. Those who insist there is a gap there apparently do not know or understand the Hebrew language.”