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Jan
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James Ussher’s Education
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
James Ussher is famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, for his work on creation. It was Ussher who calculated that the Earth was created at 6 pm on the evening before October 23rd 4004...
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The Truth About Neanderthal DNA

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Acts 17:26
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation...”

Photo: Neanderthal skeleton. In 1997 scientists recovered mitochondrial DNA from the leg bone of a Neanderthal man. After comparing it to modern human mitochondrial DNA, they declared that Neanderthal man was not human after all. This neatly moved him back into the ape-man category, but we need to look at this claim more closely.

Can Man Become Immortal?

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Psalm 23:4
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Photo: Gravestone in shape of a crossWhen Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they brought death into the world. Death is an enemy, but for the believer who has eternal life, death provides a doorway out of a sinful world and into Christ's presence. Modern science has learned that our cells themselves carry the information that will result in their death one day.

Extra-Biblical Writings Support the Bible's History

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Genesis 11:8
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.”

Image: Artist's rendering of the Tower of BabelMany people today tend to dismiss the early chapters of Genesis as legend rather than history. However, if the Bible's story of the Flood and the Tower of Babel are not history there are some established historical facts that have no explanation.

Life Under the Sun

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Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain.”

Image: View of Earth from spaceThe Book of Ecclesiastes keeps on referencing the world "under the Sun". What does the writer mean by this?

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to in Hebrew as Qohelet. This word describes an office rather than a name and refers to one who addresses a gathering, assembly, or congregation. Therefore, Qohelet is often roughly translated as teacher or preacher.

Not-So-Smart Irritation

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Psalm 119:11
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Image: Cell phonesI am completely relaxed. I have my work under control. I have a cup of coffee with me. And Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is playing in the background.

Then there is an ugly sound. It is a pinging sound, and it comes from my smartphone. It is a notification.

Ol' Blue Eyes

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1 Corinthians 15:48-49
“As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

Photo: Singer, Frank SinatraIt was singer Frank Sinatra who was known as Ol' Blue Eyes, because of the piercing color of his irises. But now evolutionary scientists are suggesting that those, who, like me, share Sinatra's eye color, might also share a common ancestor. Frank might be my cousin!

Talent and Exercise

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Matthew 25:21
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Image: Talent compassIn another Creation Moment, I described the natural ability of a sportsman like David Beckham and how his work could be defined by math. When we consider great sportsmen, we consider the link between talent and what they have done with that talent.

The Physics of Sport

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Hebrews 12:1-2
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Image: Chart of the physic of the curling free kick

Modern Medicine Is Catching Up with the Bible

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Proverbs 3:7-8
"Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."

For thousands of years the Bible has taught that there is a link between spiritual health and physical health. When rationalism came along, many sought to deny the spiritual aspect of Man sitting in quiet thoughthumans. For them, the spiritual and the material have nothing to do with each other. Even medicine was, and still is, taught and practiced by many without any consideration of human spirituality.

Saliva Is Nothing to Spit At

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Malachi 4:2
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall."

Someday, instead of having to give a blood sample during your physical exam, the doctor might just ask you for a saliva sample. Saliva is an amazing fluid. Besides helping us moisten and digest Salivary glandsfood, saliva is able to speed healing and fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. Saliva is chemically almost identical to the clear part of your blood. It even has, in lesser concentrations, the infectious organisms found in your blood.

Don't Stress Out Your Unborn Baby

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1 Peter 5:6-7
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you."

We all instinctively know that worry and anxiety are not good for us. Previous studies have shown that stress affects our health and makes our immune systems less efficient. But somehow that Pregnant womanknowledge doesn't seem to be enough to keep us from fretting about the challenges and problems of life.

Relax

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Genesis 6:3
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."

Before the Flood, people were living hundreds of years. As man grew more evil, God declared that man's lifespan would be reduced to 120 years. Modern biology has learned that we do indeed have built-in timers in each of our cells that limit the number of times they can divide. When enough cells can no longer divide, Human chromosomes (grey) capped by telomeres (whitewe die. We can even do things to speed up the timers.

The Family that Prays Together…

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Genesis 2:24
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

We have all heard it said that, the family that prays together, stays together. A new survey by the Barna Research Group indicates that this old saying is still true. The phone survey interviewed 1,512 Christians about their marriage history and their church membership.

Unborn Babies Protect Themselves

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Psalm 139:13
"For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb."

When someone receives a donated organ they must take powerful drugs to prevent rejection. That's because the body's immune system identifies the implanted organ as "not me." It then assumes that the invader is dangerous and must be destroyed.

The Salt of the Earth

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Matthew 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

There are many different kinds of salts that occur naturally in our environment. Yet, only one of those salts stirs our taste buds. That salt – sodium chloride – is the tastiest of all the salts and the one that all living things need. The amazing chemistry behind this mystery shows that this is no accident.

The First Xerographer

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2 Chronicles 26:15
And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

Xerography is the process used in most copying machines today. The page you want copied is exposed to the bright light in the machine. That light enables the machine to make an image of your original, using electrostatic charges to record the light and dark spots on your original. The toner – that fine black powder – is then drawn to those spots on the copier paper in exactly the same spots that were dark on your original. After the powder is fixed in place, your copy – perfect in every detail – pops out.

Taking a Bite Out of Stress

Psalm 130:4
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Research has repeatedly shown that dogs can be an effective sedative. Continued research has now shown that dogs can relieve more stress and promote better health than even the presence of a close friend will do.

Natural Musical Abilities

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Ephesians 5:19-20
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

We have previously reported on research that shows that human beings are born with a natural language ability. We are not only born with a hunger to learn language, we are also born with certain expectations about what language is. This fact can only serve as a witness to the Creator and His genius.

Focus on This

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Proverbs 20:12
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

I need to wear my glasses for distance vision. I read books just with my eyes, but I cannot see things far away clearly.

The Problem of Abraham’s Age

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Genesis 25:7-8
And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Abraham was 175 years old when he died. This is an unusual age. It is a much greater age than people tend to live today. However, it is much less than the ages of the pre-Flood patriarchs, listed in Genesis 5. How can we understand this age?

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