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Do you have a family member, friend or acquaintance who just can’t accept the existence of a Holy God who creates life? Is that a wall preventing them from understanding and accepting God’s saving grace? Let’s explore the Bible and some science that should enable them to see the Light.

What are some key points they can be referenced in God’s word? Genesis 1:26-27 says 26 “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Notice the word “our” is used in these verses. This refers to and includes the image of Jesus, the Son of God, who walked and lived on the Earth for some 33 years. Jesus looked like we look and He was seen by thousands of people so we can prove it’s a fact that we are made/created in the image of God. The scripture says that mankind rules over birds, livestock, fish, wild animals and all creatures that move along the ground. Is there any doubt that man is superior to all the animals? No, so it’s a fact that we rule over them either in strength, intellect or both. We can logically conclude then that the Bible is correct when it says we are made in God’s image and have dominion over animals.

Let’s discuss some science. Does someone you know think that God could not have created man but instead mankind was made when a bolt of lightning struck the sea and subsequently man evolved into the humans we are today? I wonder, did the lightning create two people, a man and a woman? Consider that the First Law of Thermodynamics states that “neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. The amount of energy in the universe is constant – energy can be changed, moved, controlled, stored, or dissipated. However, this energy cannot be created from nothing or reduced to nothing. Every natural process transforms energy and moves energy, but cannot create or eliminate it.” Given this universally accepted law, a logical person would agree that mankind wasn’t created from primordial soup. Stop here and ask yourself who made the soup! A fellow brother in Christ, Jerry Lawrence, once said “The odds on the spontaneous formation of life are the same as that of a living organism emerging from a prebiotic soup after a tornado swept through a junkyard and assembled a Boeing 747 from materials therein.”

Ken Ham is a well-known Christian apologist and creationist. He was born in 1951 in Australia where he earned a BS degree and now lives in the United States. He is the president of Answers in Genesis (AIG), an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. AIG operates the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. Mr. Ham says: “The evidence is strong that the Genesis genealogies are closed. God created Adam on Day Six, approximately 4,000 years before Christ. There does not seem to be any support for the notion that there are gaps in the Genesis genealogies.” Mr. Ham is saying that his studies, and others, show the first man was Adam and that all of us are descended from him. Christ was born on planet Earth 4000 years later and since then 2019 years have elapsed. When you add 2019 years to the 4000 years, then mankind has been on Earth for about 6000 years. An individual who believes in the theory of evolution will readily admit that for evolution to occur, it would take millions, not thousands of years. Note that whenever the word evolution is mentioned it’s almost always associated with the word theory. Merriam-Webster defines a theory as “an unproved assumption.” A question we can ask ourselves and especially any non-believers is: If you believe in God and that He made man in his own image, how could you possibly believe man is evolving into something that isn’t the image of God? Put another way, a sovereign God wouldn’t say one thing (made in His own image) and then allow Himself to be proven a liar should man evolve into something different.

So far, we have considered our image from a macroscopic view so now let’s consider the science of our image from the microscopic viewpoint. It’s easy to see a person’s image, or is it? Here are just a few facts about the human eye. It’s about one-inch in diameter and weighs about ¼ ounce. That’s small but think about this. Each eye has about 120 million rods used for seeing objects in dim light and six million cones used to see objects in color. All 126 million rods and cones are located on the retina, itself just a small part of the eye. Ask yourself, or your friend, could something this tiny and yet so complex and amazing have been created by anybody other than our God, the great I AM? Smaller yet than rods and cones is one of the most studied components of life—DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA is genetic material found in humans, animals and plants. It is unique to every human ever created, even in identical twins. It’s like a reference library that contains all the necessary information on how to create you, and only you. There are thousands of books written on DNA and what it does. DNA is located within each human cell and there are some 100 trillion cells in a human body. How small, significant, powerful and amazing is DNA? Four grams of DNA (less than a teaspoon) could hold all the information ever known to mankind (1)!

There are many more microscopic components of man, plants and animals that can be studied and are truly mind blowing; i.e., how our brain functions, our life sustaining blood, how food is broken down by enzymes to become fuel for our bodies and so on. It’s true that the more you know, the more you don’t know. How many times have we been told that a scientific study shows that such and so is true and then ten years later it’s all wrong? That’s the difference between our mind and God’s. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 55:8-9: 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We serve a mighty Creator.

Psalm 139:13-18 13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand- when I awake, I am still with you.

For reference please consider:

(1) Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon. By Mike Murphy February 17, 2015. https://qz.com/345640/scientists-say-all-the-worlds-data-can-fit-on-a-dna-hard-drive-the-size-of-a-teaspoon/

“The Human Eye Genius of God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHUjnfig5N8

What is DNA and how does it work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwibgNGe4aY

The Six Days of Creation” by Ken Ham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjccbg0gq8M

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On January 27, we hosted our first Parenting Spotlight. As the youth and children’s pastors, we wanted to help equip parents in their task of parenting. In our first meeting, we discussed behavior challenges and social media. For those who missed, here are some highlights from each.

Four things parents need to know about their kids and social media:

1. Delay social media as long as possible

Social media is here to stay. That being said, social media opens up a variety of issues and complexities to the lives of teenagers, and as long as that is delayed, so are those specific issues—social media related anxiety and depression, cyberbullying, etc. If social media has already been introduced, consider how you can minimize and delay social media’s impact in your teen’s life.

2. Keep screens out of bedroom

TVs, computers, tablets, and phones are much less dangerous when they are not used in the privacy of a bedroom. This allows you to keep better tabs on their use. This is especially important at night. Keep all technology in a charging location—a good spot for this is in the parent’s bedroom.

3. Privacy is overrated

While your teen is becoming more independent by the day and requires more privacy, this doesn’t have to apply to social media. Stalk your kids—meaning, read through their texts, know all their login information, frequently go through their apps, and whatever social media you’ve allowed (Facebook, Instagram, etc.). It’s a good idea to be on those platforms as well. A good tool for this is a smartphone contract. This lets your teenager know the expectation you have for them beforehand. You can introduce a smartphone contract at any time—you’re paying the bill, aren’t you? You can find contracts already made up for you online.

4. Smartphones did not invent new sins

While it is good to try to keep as good of a handle as you can on your teen’s social media—the reality is there is so much content going on, that it can be overwhelming, if not discouraging! It is important to remember that you are an imperfect parent bringing up an imperfect child. What is most important is they have a relationship with Christ and that they are growing in that relationship. This has to be the focus over everything else.

The second part of our study dealt with teaching your kids appropriate behavior.

1. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our father and mother. In too many instances we have “His majesty the Child.” We have the God-given authority to raise them in the way they should go. We need to be there for them and help them by using our authority to step out and try new adventures. Some will work and some will not, but if you help the child know you are there to give your strength, more things will be possible.

2. We learned that God created boys and girls to be different.

a. A boy does better with strict and authoritarian discipline. It helps with social-cognitive skills. Boys don’t understand induction until around 15.

b. A girl is just the opposite. They respond better using induction. (How would you feel if they pulled your hair?)

c. 1 - A warning is issued and explained. 2 – See a and b above. 3 - Time out, one minute for each year of age. Make sure you set a timer for the time out. This makes the timer the punishment and keeps you from folding or waiting too long. If they disobey the time out, the time starts over. Also, find a place where they do not want to serve the time like the kitchen table. There will be times that you will have to address an issue quicker and you will need to skip steps.

3. Ron Hunter gives us the four “C’s” of a parent’s life.

a. Caregiver is about 0-4. It is in this part that basic needs need to be met. You are to provide everything.

b. Cop is from 5-10. You are patrolling who they are with, watching what they are doing, and investigating their friends’ parents to see who might have influence on your child’s life. How they act at five is often how they act at 15, so will there be tears and fits at 15? Yes, if you wanted to be their friend and did not deal with it at 5.

c. Coach is 15-18 (High school). They need to know how to fail, they need to know how to drive, they need to know how to date in a safe place. When they are 18, society will take the helping away from you. Colleges will not even speak to parents about financial aid once the child turns 18. Are they ready?

d. Consultant is 18 and up. They often want your input, but now the parent must be asked by the child for input. If the parent inserts too much, they will not be asked the next time.

Our next Parenting Spotlight will be on May 5. If there are particular topics you’d like discussed, feel free to let us know ( ). In the meantime, be on the lookout for emails with resources and information reviewing and building upon our last meeting!

by Jason Hoke & Alec Erhart

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