Could of

I have been doing a slide show presentation with three parts. One part on the universe. The second on the cell and DNA. The third on the eye brain connection. The conclusions are about having a will to make your own decisions about life. I designed it to show in schools, but so far have only presented it in churches.

I point this out during the slide show about articles about life in outer space as well as the pre determined actions of humans because of DNA or brainwave configurations. The articles, despite some very declaritve titles, are usually interspersed with lots of “maybe” words.

So I saw this title and checked it out. The title was: “More Ingredients for Life found on Mars”.

So here we go.

“a potential haven”

“perhaps even the present”

“that could potentially”

“used by microbes, if any existed”

“an unrelated study suggests”

“billions of years ago”

“part of a potentially life supporting”

“had life been there”

“isn’t evidence of Martian life”

“may have been generated”

“four billion years ago”

“nitrogen may get fixed”

“it likely formed”

“this suggests”

“although it is unknown how much”

“hasn’t been able to get to the bottom of this question”

“if you had”

“suggested that”

“could serve”

“may have been”

“seems like a plausible”

“the possiblility”

“if…could indeed”

“some scientists think”

“establish the potential”

“might obtain”

“King believes”

“could be part of”

“could support”

“you would have to have”

“you would need”

This was from the article to explain why the excitement for life on Mars. “A study released today (March 23) reports that ancient Mars harbored a form of nitrogen that could potentially have been used by microbes, if any existed, to build key molecules such as amino acids.”

Science without God becomes the great game of theories when it comes to life.

The fact that we can even measure and discuss anything about Mars is a miracle of miracles. Not bad for a piece of bacteria that evolved into a human. Or were we created in His image and therefore we are creative creatures?

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The Love Feast

I read “Christ in the Passover” by Ceil and Moishe Rosen before our upcoming Easter meal.

Here are my Sunday School notes to help us get our head around the meaning of Passover and Easter and how they connect.

A Modern Seder

The First Cup – The Cup of Sanctification

The Kiddush     The Blessing of God Creator of all things.

The four cups of wine correspond with the four verbs of Ex. 6:6-7: “ I will bring you out, I will deliver you, I will redeem you and I will take you to be my people.”

Several Times during a Seder there will be times of hand washing, this is when Jesus took opportunity to wash the feet of the disciples.

Bitter Herbs

Ex 12:8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Ex 2:23-25 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

Now the leader takes the matzo tash with its unity (the three matzos). He removes the middle matzo, breaks it in half, and hides or buries one half by wrapping it in a white napkin and placing it under a pillow, or under the table. The other half is replaced in the matzoh tash. The buried wafer is called the aphikomen. He doesn’t explain why he does this, but here is another explanation.

Jesus transformed the Passover feast to the Lord’s Supper that night of his betrayal forever. He put His stamp upon this event that has forever stood the test of time. Even the Jews who celebrate the Seder meal unknowingly proclaim Christ and His resurrection. They open the meal with three wafers of unleavened bread stacked one on top of each other. They then remove the middle piece – bury it in a napkin and hide it. At the end of the meal the children find the hidden wafer. Rabbinical tradition tries to point to the 3 pieces of bread representing the priesthood or Abraham Isaac and Jacob. But why do they hide the second one? It seems that early Christians who still celebrated the Passover meal with their Jewish brethren inserted this into the order of the meal remembering Jesus’ last Seder and it has stuck unto this day.

The Unleavened Bread

1 Cor 5:6-9 … Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The leader then recites the history of the Hebrew nation, from Abraham to Moses. He tells about the slavery in Egypt, and God’s deliverance. When he lists the ten plagues, everyone spills a drop of wine into a cup — one for each plague. When the description is over, they all sing and clap a happy song, praising God. They recite Psalms 113 and 114 (the Hallel). Then they drink from the second wine-goblet (the cup of praise).

We eat.

Of course, the one missing ingredient is the lamb. It had to be sacrificed in Jerusalem in Jesus’ day. So today it is represented by a bone shank or a chicken neck.

When the meal is finished, the hostess clears the dishes. Now it’s time for the search for the aphikomen (the buried half- matzo). This is done by the children, who make a game of it. Adults call out clues, “You’re getting close,” etc. (Of course, they all saw the host hide it, so the contest is only ritual.) The youngest is usually allowed to find it, and receives a gift.

The host breaks off olive-size pieces of matzoh from the aphikomen and distributes them to all. They each eat it, in a reverent manner. Sometimes there is a blessing, “In memory of the Passover sacrifice, eaten after one is sated.”

This is the point during the Last Supper at which Jesus broke the bread and passed bits to His disciples; however, Jesus added the significant words given in Luke 22:19 “This is my body which is given for you.”

The host now takes the third cup of wine, “the cup of redemption,” or “the cup of blessing,” and offers the main table grace blessing. (In Jewish tradition, the main blessing comes after the meal.) Then they all drink from the third cup. They recite Psalms 115 – 118 together finishing with Psalms 136.

At the Last Supper, this is the place referred to in Luke 22:20 “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you’.”

There is a fourth wine-goblet at the table, that hasn’t been used until now. This is called “the cup of Elijah.” There is also an empty chair, waiting for Elijah to come. This is done because of the promise contained at the end of the Old Testament, in Malachi 4:5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Messianic expectations run very high among the Jewish people, especially at Passover time. The children of the house then make a ritual of going and looking closely at the cup, to see if Elijah has come and sipped some. One of the children goes to the door, opens it, and looks for Elijah. Everyone says, “Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the LORD!”

The host then leads in the recitation of the second part of the Hallel — Psalms 115-118, then the Great Hallel, Psalm 136. Everyone drinks from the fourth cup of wine. After one more prayer of blessing (that contains the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem”) the Passover celebration is finished.

The Last Supper seen through the Passover Meal

The Kiddush

Luke 22:17-18 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;  18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

The First Washing of Hands

John 13:4-5 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

The order of service from here: food brought out, bitter herbs dipped in salt water, food removed, second cup of wine poured, ritual questions and answers, food brought back out, lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened bread explained; Hallel Ps 115-118; second cup drank, one piece of bread broken with giving of thanks…

Broken pieces of bread dipped in bitter herbs and Charoseth and handed to all.

John 13:26-30 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”  28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.  30 Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

At the beginning of the meal a piece of unleavened bread dipped in vinegar is distributed to the guest by the host. This is the sop that is referred to being given to Judas, who promptly left never partaking of that Passover or the institution of the Lord’s Supper that followed.

Remember on that night how Jesus announced that He was to be betrayed. Each man examined his heart and said “Is it I” and they were sorrowful.

That is why…….The Passover feast was always accompanied by a burnt offering and a peace offering.

The purpose of the offerings were so that a person could experience this time of the feast joyously.

The Paschal Meal is eaten, third hand washing, and third cup poured.

Blessing After Meal

1 Cor 11:23-25 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,  “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

1 Cor 11:24-26 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Third cup drank, sing the Hallel pour and drink fouth cup

Re-read John 13-16 realizing that this is Jesus’ conversation with His disciples at the Passover meal. With Chapter 17 being His final closing prayer as they went to the Mount of Olives.

Closing Song

Matt 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

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Netanyahu Wins

Watching the run-up to the Israeli election had me thinking recent American politics. Our State Department under the direction of our President had given money to a left wing group that gave money to a left wing group that dispatched Obama’s electioneering staff over to Israel to defeat Netanyahu. Their slogan “Anyone but Bibi” totally backfired. The panic that Netanyahu exhibited at the close of the campaign was something I felt over here and apparently over there.

Here is a Jerusalem Post article quote:

The “second Israel” did not like the the way the media seemed to be deposing of Netanyahu and bringing to power the Left under the leadership of Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, who were raised not far from each other in North Tel Aviv and are both the children of former Knesset members.

The Zionist Union inadvertently played into Netanyahu’s hands with a campaign of “anyone but Bibi.”

Zionist Union campaign strategist Reuven Adler, who joined the campaign late, said Wednesday morning that he was against that strategy from the start. By contrast Likud strategist Aron Shaviv got the Israeli Right correct. He sent Netanyahu to give countless interviews – it made him look like he was panicking (and he was), but the public got the message.

Many who considered staying home, or voting for one of the Likud’s satellite parties, hurried to the polling stations to cast ballots for Likud. People who have not voted in years – or at least not for Likud – felt the need to save Israel from the Left, Iran and from a hostile international community.

I waited until the polls closed in Israel to read the exit poll results. (10:00pm/3:00pm) It looked like Netanyahu pulled it out with a tie or a one seat lead to determine who would form a government. Today, after the actual votes were counted he had a 6 seat lead, beating all forecasts handily.

Good day!

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Girls Fighting

I noticed a couple of articles on girls trying to act like boys by fighting with each other at Gateway Pundit.

I had a experience with girls fighting this last week and used in a sermon last Sunday night. I was leaving school after an uneventful day. As I was walking towards my car I noticed a small crowd forming a circle. I then realized there were two people who were squaring off with each other. I hastened my pace. They begin to take swings at each other, so I ran to the group and broke through the circle and ended the fighting. One girl and her friend quickly moved away while the other girl seemed lost and confused. I asked if anyone was her friend, no friends. She was bloodied so I asked her to come back into the school with me.

Someone had seen what was happening from the window so the principal was in the middle of getting involved. I had asked the girl if she wanted me to say anything, she said no. So we silently entered the building after being buzzed in. We got to the second floor where the principal met us. He questioningly looked at us as I just pointed to the girl with my hand above and behind her head. He looked at her and asked her what happened as she broke down crying. He thanked me as he ushered her into the office.

The pathos or sorrowful feeling that accompanied me on my way home found its way into my Sunday night sermon before our Midwest Bible Conference this last week. The girl was not one of the good girls in the school. I am sure she took her turn complaining about the school and the authority of the principal. Just like many of us complain about the do’s and don’ts of Christianity as well as leveling our complaints against the “unjust judge”.

Yet, here she was after being beat up in life finding a place of weeping comfort in the presence of the principal of the school. We also, after taking a beating from life, can find comfort in the communion that comes when we “cast our cares upon Him”. (verse 7) Why? “For He cares for us”.

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Temples and Netanyahu

I have been reading Randall Price’s “The Temple and Bible Prophecy”. I am having to question some of my temple thoughts as well as one of my favorite Haggai verses about the glory of the second temple being greater than the first are being questioned by his fine and complete scholarship.

I came across this review of Netanyahu’s speech by Dr. Price. He used “critical calendars” to dissect the speech. They were a political, nuclear deal, Purim, Islamic peace treaty and prophetic calendars. Good read. I liked his take on Obama’s offer for a 10 year treaty, as if though he is aware that Mohammed  made a 10 year treaty early on with Mecca only to break it when he was strong enough. Jihad before honor.

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That’s Your Opinion

Why are things turning out the way they are turning out? One more answer from the New York Times of all places: “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts” by Justin McBrayer. Here are some quotes:

What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?

I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture.

A few weeks ago, I learned that students are exposed to this sort of thinking well before crossing the threshold of higher education. When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board. They read:

Fact: Something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.

Opinion: What someone thinks, feels, or believes.

As it turns out, the Common Core standards used by a majority of K-12 programs in the country require that students be able to “distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.” And the Common Core institute provides a helpful page full of links to definitions, lesson plans and quizzes to ensure that students can tell the difference between facts and opinions.

How does the dichotomy between fact and opinion relate to morality? I learned the answer to this question only after I investigated my son’s homework (and other examples of assignments online). Kids are asked to sort facts from opinions and, without fail, every value claim is labeled as an opinion. Here’s a little test devised from questions available on fact vs. opinion worksheets online: are the following facts or opinions?


— Copying homework assignments is wrong.

— Cursing in school is inappropriate behavior.

— All men are created equal.

— It is worth sacrificing some personal liberties to protect our country from terrorism.

— It is wrong for people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol.

— Vegetarians are healthier than people who eat meat.

— Drug dealers belong in prison.

The answer? In each case, the worksheets categorize these claims as opinions. The explanation on offer is that each of these claims is a value claim and value claims are not facts. This is repeated ad nauseum: any claim with good, right, wrong, etc. is not a fact.

In summary, our public schools teach students that all claims are either facts or opinions and that all value and moral claims fall into the latter camp. The punchline: there are no moral facts. And if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths.

Our schools do amazing things with our children. And they are, in a way, teaching moral standards when they ask students to treat one another humanely and to do their schoolwork with academic integrity. But at the same time, the curriculum sets our children up for doublethink. They are told that there are no moral facts in one breath even as the next tells them how they ought to behave.

We can do better. Our children deserve a consistent intellectual foundation. Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either true or false, evidenced or not. The hard work lies not in recognizing that at least some moral claims are true but in carefully thinking through our evidence for which of the many competing moral claims is correct. That’s a hard thing to do. But we can’t sidestep the responsibilities that come with being human just because it’s hard.

Our man will not be able to solve the dilemma. He mentions murdered cartoonists as if  his moral truth trumps the moral truth of the Muslim believer. The rights and responsibilities of life in America at one time were universally bible based. I had a conversation with a lawyer who described the entire American system of law as something based on Judean-Christian values and common sense. If it is an abortion at 9 months in the Mommy’s tummy and murder 10 seconds later outside her tommy something has gone terribly wrong with our ability to determine right and wrong. Things have changed.

Judg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes

Luke 6:46-49 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.   49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

1 Cor 15:32 If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

“Live fast, die young”. The only problem is that you don’t die young and death is not the end but only a new beginning.

 

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Citizen of the World: Barak Obama

There is a future that Christians see as biblical: one world government, one world religion and one world economic system. Looking at America there seems to be one political party that wants to move and that direction and the other that doesn’t want to move there as fast. Citizen Obama is a man who wants to move us there.

It was good to see this put in words by David Gelernter’s “Hidden in Plain Sight”.  Here is a quote:

The Democratic left is increasingly a globalist party. The left is frankly tired of the whole nation-state bit. Obamiacs see themselves as citizens of the world. The globalist urge is evident in Europe, but you see it on display in America too in its early stages, announced clearly by our leading universities​—​as ever, the heart of the establishment. It’s not just a matter of what our fanciest universities think and teach but what they do. They are passionately anxious to go global and are opening new campuses all over to prove it​—​in Asia and the Middle East especially. The sooner they become truly global, the sooner they can stop being American.

As for the president, it is obvious that American interests don’t move him. He is protected only by our natural reluctance to say so, or even think so. Yet how could he be any plainer? He wants to open our borders and blur the line between citizen and inhabitant, harmonize our health care with Europe’s, fulminate about the quintessential globalist issue​—​man-made climate change​—​and, in foreign affairs, act like one more low-key, stylish European nation. Our ambassador to Libya was murdered in Benghazi. To kill an ambassador, who stands for us and speaks for us, for the whole nation, is a crime against the whole nation and was intended to be. No self-respecting state could conceive of leaving such a crime unpunished. Yet Obama reacted as if this assault on America were a low-grade political nuisance for the Democratic presidential campaign. Did he feel it as an American? The answer is obvious.

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