Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008... Hello 2009.

So it is the end of another year. Wow. Hard to believe. And though a lot hasn't changed, which in most retrospects that's great, I know God is in the process of changing those that need changing.

I lift up this Prayer to You Father.

Precious Father,

I come humbly before You on the brink of this new year and I ask for forgiveness for all my failures and shortcomings. I ask that Your hand of mercy and grace will guide the lives of my family members and me through this next year. I thank You for the blessings You have given to me in 2008. You have blessed my health, my wealth, my family, my spirit, my womb (even though there isn't a child there yet, or could there be?). I praise You for these things.

I ask, Father, that Your hand would continue to be upon the health and the spirits of those that I hold so dear. Be with my blessed parents, baby brother, precious husband, precious aunt, special cousins, sweet in-laws, good friends, loving pastor and church, myself, and on my womb. I Pray even now for the precious child that is making his/her way into our life when Your time is right. I thank You for Your words of wisdom as given to me through others. You truly are a good God.

Go before us now and bless 2009 Father. Let us be blessed with blessing uncountable and let us lay them all back at Your holy feet. I love You Father and I give You all the glory for every situation that I am walking through and will walk through.

Amen.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sport Reporter Blog Award 2008... From PODDY!

http://alanpardoe312.blogspot.com/2008/12/poddy-awards-2008.html

Please click the above link to see the award given to me by my dear blogger friend PODDY. Thanks brother! God bless!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Sister's Dream Come True...Bobcats Victory.... WYMT Coverage... Billy Praying

It truly is a sister's dream come true! I am already excited for the undefeated season for my lil bro's team.... but my biggest Prayer was answered as I found this video clip. Please watch it all the way to the end. The last shot shows my baby brother Praying his last Prayer as a Bobcat on the field after winning State. This was the very thing that I had Prayed to see this entire season. I love you lil bro and I'm so proud of you for making God your number 1 priority! Thank you Father for letting me have this clip to bear witness! I bless your Holy Name!!!



Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!

Merry Christmas to all!!! Keep me and my family in your Prayers as I do the same for you!

Happy Birthday Precious Savior!!!

Luke 1:37

Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 4A State Champions... The BELL COUNTY BOBCATS!



Well... I'm a little late posting this but... we did it... we won! And it's all by God's grace! I am so excited for our boys and our community. It was a long 17 years but we have once again brought the championship back to the mountains and did it with an undefeated season! God is soo good. I pretty much had church in the stands... I Prayed every play like I always do and I thanked God at the top of my lungs after every play. I am so excited for my little brother and his friends. They have worked so hard and they really deserved this as an ending to the past 4 years! I'm going to share some pictures with you below. Keep in mind... there are tons of pics out there so I can't share them all but here are some:


















MORE TO COME...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Results Are In...... As of About 10 pm Friday Nite.... WE GOIN' TO STATE BABY! UNDEFEATED THE ENTIRE SEASON!

WE DID IT... ALL BY GOD'S MERCIES AND GRACE!



Our boys with the trophy! We're goin' to State!

The Run Through!
Our JROTC... RIP JON, WESLEY, JESSICA, AND DANIEL! (not pictured in this shot)


The entrance... beautiful with blue smoke and fireworks!


Our stands! Tons of fans, especially for 17 degree weather!


Another entrance shot!


Some true blue bobcat fans... they had no shirt on the entire game!


Sooooooooo excited for these Bobcats! We are heading to state this Saturday at the Papa John's Stadium, 3pm. I'll be in my in-laws turf for this one. My home away from home, Louisville!


We beat Boyle Co. 17-15. It was tough but well worth all the stress. I am so proud of this group of boys! My little brother told me that he Prayed his way through it. I told him he wasn't alone, I did my fair share of Praying as well along with mom, dad, and a lot of other mothers and folks. I would get so hyped up and then feel God tugging at my heart to just sit, be still and Pray. I did just that. Then I'd jump up excitedly again and repeat the process. God is so good to hear all of our Prayers and not just those that are major in the world's eyes.

Our boys play in Louisville Saturday. If you live in the WYMT coverage area, tune us in. We'll be on T.V. You may even see me screaming and jumping around. HAHA Also, our boys will be honoring those students who have honored them at so many games in the past, the students who were killed this weekend. They will have a memorial to the students on their helmets and we will have a moment of silence aka in the Christian world... Prayer for our fellow comrades who have gone on. Please continue to bathe the families in Prayer.

Keep us in Prayer on Saturday as well. We are really looking forward to bringing home our first state title in 17 years! I am almost as excited as they are! HAHA Please Pray for a safe trip to and from Louisville for our boys and everyone who is headed that way. Please Pray that if we can bring God more glory by winning, that He will bless us to do just that. Please Pray that if interviewed our boys give God glory for the win and point to our Creator and Savior for all their successes and strengths. Pray for all of us who are excited, yet sad to see our favorite senior players' (aka my lil bro) football career at BCHS end.


Look at that number 69! Go Billy!



Billy thinks its a touchdown! I'm gonna miss watching him play!


GO BOBCATS!

Psalm 62 (King James Version)

1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

3How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

4They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

9Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

12Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.


(Courtesy of Middlesboro Daily News)


Six turnovers help Bell hold off Boyle Co. 17-15

By JAY COMPTON/Sports Editor
Published:
Sunday, December 7, 2008 4:34 PM EST
LOG MOUNTAIN — The Bell County Bobcats are headed to the state championship game for the first time since they won it all in 1991.

The Bobcat defense forced six turnovers Friday night as Bell held off Boyle County 17-15 in the Class 4A semifinals.

“The old man is going back to the big house one more time,” coach Dudley Hilton said. “I didn’t know if I’d ever make it, but give Boyle County a lot of credit they’ve got a great football team.”

For the second straight week the Bobcats were taking down to the wire. The Rebels were driving in the final minute and a pass interference penalty gave them a first down at Bell 27 with 23.3 seconds to play.



Boyle quarterback Phillip Mason scrambled around before throwing an incomplete pass, then tried to go deep for Kentucky commit Jordan Aumiller as the clock ticked under ten seconds.

Bell senior Shawnta Zachery jumped up and intercepted the pass at the four yard line and slid down to clinch the win for the Bobcats with two seconds left to play.

“They threw the verticals and a couple of plays before that they had it open and they dropped it,” Zachery said. “I thought they might be looking to their big play man inside, the big UK man (Aumiller). So I cheated this way a little bit and kind of baited him. When it came I just went up an got it.

“I wanted to go back and score but it’s more important to get the win, anything could have happened. So I just intercepted it and fell down,” he said. “Then I just threw the ball up in the air. It was an amazing, great feeling.”

It was fitting that the ball landed in Zachery’s hands on the deciding play. With Boyle concentrating to stopping the Bell running game, the senior quarterback had a career day throwing the ball.

He completed 15-of-24 passes for 163 yards. Zachery also ran for 18 yards on ten carries including three times for first downs and a one-yard sneak for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave Bell a 14-9 lead they would never give up.

“What an outstanding performance by our quarterback. Shawnta stepped up big for us throwing the ball tonight and I put a lot of credit not just him, our defense played well too,” Hilton said.

Sophomore cornerback Cody Davenport had intercepted Phillips on Boyle’s first drive of the second half at the Bell 28-yard line.

The Bobcats went 72 yards on 14 plays with the biggest one being a 28-yard catch by Adam Overbay. He caught the ball eight yards down field on a crossing pattern and broke a pair of tackles on his way down the sideline to the Boyle County 11.

Overbay led the Bobcats with six catches for 73 yards in the game.

Three runs by Spencer Greer left Bell with a 4th & inches at the two. Zachery plowed ahead once for the first down, then again for the go-ahead score with 4:16 to play in the third quarter.

“What about little Overbay,” Hilton said. “I told you: ‘Thank the Lord that he came out’ and he showed why tonight.”

The Rebels’ next possession was brought to an early end as Billy Lawson rolled up running back Rees MacShara behind the line of scrimmage and the ball came free. Taylor Mills recovered the fumble and Bell took over at the Boyle 44.

Zachery passed to Matt Raines for nine yards and a first down on a 4th & 4 play. Then hooked up with John Dudley Hilton for an 18-yard gain down inside the Rebel five.

Boyle County opened the fourth quarter with their second goal-line stand of the game and a false start penalty moved the Bobcats back to the six.

Monte Merrick came on and kicked a 23-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-9 with 10:19 to play.

Mason completed 4-of-6 passes for 41 yards as Boyle County drove 80 yards on nine plays on the following drive. Tight end Lamar Dawson capped the drive with touchdown catch from ten yards out.

In a game filled with big plays from the Bobcat defense, their smallest defender Davenport made what might have the biggest play of all.

The Rebels went for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Mason scrambled to his left and looked to have a clear path to the pylon. But Davenport peeled off his man and came out of nowhere to knock Mason back before he reached the goal line.

“He took that boy’s head off. I really thought he made a heck of a play right there,” Hilton said.

With 6:10 to play, the Bobcats clung to a 17-15 lead.

They ground out two first downs and made the Rebels used all their timeouts before being faced with a 3rd & 12 from the Boyle 44.

Zachery went deep for Raines down the left sideline, but the pass was intercepted and Boyle’s last drive would start at their own 22 with 2:18 on the clock.

Mason — who was 17-of-31 passing for 175 yards and two TDs — drove them into Bell territory, but Zachery’s last second heroics sealed the win for the Bobcats.

“I can’t explain the feeling, it’s amazing. It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Zachery said of securing a spot in the championship game. “I just want to thank God first of all, and my family, friends, my team, coaches, everybody. It’s the greatest feeling in the world, seriously.”

The teams traded long drives in the first quarter with neither getting on the scoreboard.

Bell opened up with nine straight running plays out of the wishbone. Goodin and Greer alternated carries, but the drive stalled after a fumbled exchange and then a false start penalty.

Merrick pinned Boyle back at their own two-yard line with a 45-yard punt.

Mason came out throwing from his own end zone and completed throws to Bret Marshall and Ron Crutchfield for first downs before the Rebels were also forced to punt.

Zachery completed his first five passes and got the Bobcat offense moving again on their second possession. Overbay, Davenport and Chase Ely all made catches for first downs and another completion to Overbay gave Bell a first down at the Rebel 11 early in the second quarter.

But the Bobcats were eventually stopped on a 4th and 1 play from the two yard line.

On 2nd & 10 Mason again dropped back to pass from his own end zone and had to get rid of the ball under pressure from Lawson and Shawn Marcum. His pass went right to Matt Simpson at the 15 and he ran untouched into the end zone to put Bell on top.

Merrick’s extra point made it 7-0 with 9:07 to play in the second quarter.

“He just threw it up in the air and it was like he was throwing it to me and I just took it to the house,” Simpson said. “We got to the regional last year and lost in a heart-breaker. Our seniors have worked so hard (to get to Louisville) this year, it means everything to us.”

The Bobcats tried an onside kick, but Boyle recovered it at the 47.

Mason passed to MacShara for a 34-yard touchdown to complete a quick drive that tied the game with 8:23 left in the half.

“A lot of people might second guess me, but I was scared of that little boy back there returning kickoffs,” Hilton said of the decision to onside kick. “We lost here last year after Lexington Catholic returned the opening kickoff (for a touchdown).”

Bell moved the ball again on their next drive, but stalled in Boyle territory. Merrick missed a 44-yard field goal attempt and the Rebels took over at their own 20.

Aumiller gained a total of 41 yards on two catches on the following drive and Boyle County was threatening to take the lead.

MacShara made a nice move to cut inside the Bobcat 10-yard line, but John Dudley Hilton managed to strip the ball from behind him and Zachery recovered it on the one-yard line.

Bell couldn’t move the ball and Merrick came on to punt from the end zone. The snap sailed over his head and out of bounds for a safety to put the Rebels on top 9-7 with 48.9 seconds to go in the second quarter.

An interception by Raines made sure the Boyle wouldn’t add to that lead before the half.

“I thought we should have had two or three touchdowns in the first half,” Hilton said. “We had some bad mistakes but the bottom line is our kids didn’t quit.”

The Bobcats came out and forced two quick turnovers as they took control of the game in the third quarter. Then held on at the end.

“You’ve got to have a little bit of luck,” Hilton added. “We probably should have been beat last week and anybody could have won this game.”

Bell County (14-0) will play Bullitt East (9-5) Saturday at 3 p.m. in the state championship game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

Bullitt East defeated Calloway County 52-49 in Friday’s other semifinal.

Above: The Bell County seniors pose with their trophy after holding on for a 17-15 win over Boyle County Friday night in the Class 4A semifinals. The Bobcats advance to face Bullitt East next Saturday at 3 p.m. Bell and coach Dudley Hilton (inset above) will be looking for their first state title since 1991.�� (JAY COMPTON/Daily News)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In Loving Memory... 4 More BCHS Students Who Passed On

On Saturday, we were all pumped. We had just won the final game before heading to the state championship this coming weekend. That all was quieted down by the news that four more of our students at BCHS were killed in a head on collision in Pineville. The students were on there way to the Christmas Parade in Middlesboro to march with the Junior Airforce ROTC group. I didn't personally know any of the students but I did have Daniel Campbell's sister and brother a couple of years ago. Jonathan was also a student that I had seen around quite often. Daniel and Jonathan both went to Page School Center (where I work). My brother was really hurt overr all of these students, especially Jonathan. The night before the accident, after we won the game, Jonathan came up to Billy and was congratulating him. He was saying all kinds of encouragging things and telling Billy that he had played well. Billy told me that he felt like God was telling him to hug Jon again and so he hugged him for the second time. He sure was glad that he did. Today as he was checking out of school to attend Jon's funeral, mom asked if he really felt like he would be ok. He told her that Jon attended his game to see him play and that the least he could do would be to see him out this final time.

Those students who died in the accident were:


Wesley Ingram (twin brother of Jessica "Nikki" Ingram)



Jessica "Nikki" Ingram (twin sister of Wesley Ingram)

Daniel Campbell


Jonathan Miracle

This was such a saddening event for us here in Bell County. Exactly 11 months ago to the day, we lost 4 other teens in a car crash. How sad! Let's be much in Prayer for our students, faculty, and most importantly, the families who have lost their precious children. I can honestly say that I cannot even fathom this!


(Courtesy of Middlesboro Daily News)

Tragic accident claims lives of four Bell County teen��s

Tragedy strikes Bell High again

By Sarah Miracle/Staff Writer

PINEVILLE — The Middlesboro Christmas Parade marched on as scheduled Saturday afternoon, with the Bell County High School Air Force JROTC as one of the participants.

Bell’s JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Barry Tanner recalls that, however, prior to the parade, he had a strange feeling.

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“I was missing three of my students,” remarked Lt. Col. Tanner. “It wasn’t like those kids not to be there.”

Lt. Col. Tanner tried to put his worries aside and BCHS’s JROTC performed without three of their star cadets. Little did he and his cadets know, those three teens would never perform again.

While in route to the Christmas parade along U.S. Highway 25-E in Pineville, former JROTC cadet and BCHS graduate 18-year-old Jonathan Lee Miracle; current cadets and BCHS students 16-year-old twins Jessica Nicole “Niki” Ingram and Wesley Allen Ingram of Pineville; and 15-year-old Daniel Earl Campbell Smith of Blackmont lost their lives in a fatal car accident.

At 12:51 p.m., Kentucky State Police and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement responded to a call about a two vehicle accident along U.S. 25-E, near the Off Track Betting facility. The 2007 Toyota Yaris driven by Miracle was travelling south on U.S. 25-E, while a Peterbilt coal truck driven by 34-year-old Dwight Robinson of Tyner, Ky., was traveling northbound.

Police report that due to the road and weather conditions, Miracle lost control of his vehicle and veered into the northbound lane of traffic, where he collided with the coal truck. All four occupants of the Toyota Yaris sustained fatal injuries.

Miracle was transported to the Pineville Community Hospital after the accident, where Bell County Deputy Coroner Bill Bisceglia later pronounced him dead. The Ingram twins and Campbell were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

“This is the second accident involving Bell County High School students that I have responded to this year,” stated Deputy Coroner Bisceglia.“My heart just goes out to the families and kids at Bell High.”

Facing the aftermath of this tragic incident, BCHS Principal Jeff Saylor has arranged for grief counselors to be available at the school throughout this week.

“I guess what makes this so hard is rejoicing over our football team’s victory Friday night, and now within 24 hours, we’re facing the loss of four young people who meant a lot to the students, this school and the community,” said Principal Saylor. “There’s no rhyme or reason to something like this.”

Bell County School System’s Superintendent George Thompson agreed. “What can I say? This is the second time we’ve suffered a fatal accident involving our students. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s just a tragic and terrible shock and a loss,” stated Thompson. “These children will be sorely missed.”

Thompson and Bisceglia referred to the untimely passing of four former students, all killed in a vehicle accident on Hwy. 92 on January 6. Bell County High School students Shawna McCreary, Stephanie Wilder, Eric Ogan and Wesley Cole perished in that incident.

According to Lt. Col. Tanner, the school will be opening a memorial fund for the students’ funeral costs and the family’s incurred expenses. Details are not yet confirmed, although the accounts will be established at Home Federal Bank.

“They’re going to be missed. We’re talking about kids who were loved for who they were,” commented Lt. Col. Tanner. “These children didn’t have enemies, only friends.”

Tanner also mentioned that the Ingram family wishes to hold a memorial for both Nikki and Wesley at Bell High. However, arrangements are not yet complete or official.

The teens’ full obituaries are listed on page five in this edition of the Middlesboro Daily News.

Sarah Miracle is a staff writer for the Daily News. She can be reached via e-mail at smiracle@middlesborodailynews.com.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

PART 4 -2008 Creation Conference-Binghamtown Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gardner

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v20/i2/ancient.asp

On our last set of notes we left off talking about the confusion at Babel. We will now conclude these notes from Creation Conference 2008.

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*** Babylon (Modern Day Iraq) -
- Saddam Hussein spent charity money to restore Babylon.
- He believed that he was in the direct line of Nebacunezzar and that he was rightful heir to his world.
- Hussein even had his image placed over Nebacunezzar's on a gold coin to signify that he was in this direct line.


***What is the story of the Tower of Babel?***

Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the earth. - Genesis 11.


More Notes on the Tower of Babel

*** The Tower of Babel was built astronomical!

- Babylon was to bring (and stil is to bring) a one world order.

- PreBabylonian men were far superior to us.
- They had far better memories (we use about 10% of our brain, men from Adam's time used 100%).
- They also had smarter brains.
- They spoke 1 language and they lived five times longer than we do today.

***The foundation of the Tower of Babel has possibly been found.

(From http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/babel.htm 's website)

Archaeologists examining the remains of the city of Babylon have found what appears to be the foundation of the tower: a square of earthen embankments some three-hundred feet on each side. The tower's most splendid incarnation was probably under King Nebuchadnezzar II who lived from 605-562 BC. The King rebuilt the tower to stand 295 feet high. According to an inscription made by the king the tower was constructed of "baked brick enameled in brilliant blue." The terraces of the tower may have also been planted with flowers and trees.


***The people took the science of astronomy and created astrology.

(From http://artvam.com/Article/Astrology_A_Little_Background/187 's website)

Astrology goes back to about 2900 BC. During this time, the Sumerians built temples in the form of pyramids. They did this to observe the stars and planets. Some say that it is even possible that Astrology goes back even farther than this but there is little evidence to support this theory.

It wasn't until about 2000 BC that the magi of Mesopotamia believed that there were indeed no accidents. He believed that everything in the universe including people, objects and all events, was connected. Not only did these magi, or priests study the stars but they also looked for omens in weather patterns. They would predict future events from the internal organs of many animals and even listened to the words of trees, dogs, cats and insects to hear what they had to say.

The main use of astrology, however, was to study the relationship between the position of the Earth and other bodies in the heavens such as planets, stars and even meteors and asteroids. They believed beyond any doubt that the position of each object in the universe has an effect on every person and even on our planet. It should be pointed out that with astrology, our Earth has no effect on these bodies themselves. This may or may not be true. Nobody knows for certain.

***WE DO KNOW FOR CERTAIN. ASTROLOGY ISN'T A SCIENCE, RATHER A PERVERSION OF THE SCIENCE OF ASTRONOMY!

Random Note *** First century batteries have been found. These were found among the ruins of the Minoans.


Other Ziggurats as Copies of Babel: Other Places Folks Worshipped gods



STONEHENGE

- These stones are in astronomical alignment. They are so technologically advanced that we couldn't even figure out the alignment until computers came about.

- None of the stones have a foundation, so the folks who made Stone Henge had to figure out how much soil would compress. We didn't even start worrying about soil compression until about 75 years ago.




*** Eg. Myans : Cancun, Mexico

- Cancun means "nest of vipers"
- In one section, there was a stone ring sticking out of the wall. They placed a colored cloth about 12 ft off the ground and the object of the game was to take the cloth out of the ring while the other team tried to get it, too.
- The winner's prize was to get their heart ripped out and sacrificed.


- The ziggurrat contained a serpent head and during the Autumn and Spring equinox it appeared to look like a snake slithering

(From http://www.stevealten.com/Domain/professor.htm )
The Kukulcan pyramid in Chichen Itza is an example of the unexplainable Mayan ingenuity. The pyramid is a perfect ziggurat of stone, with 4 sides, each possessing 91 steps. With the platform at the top the count it equals 365--as in days of the year. What is far more amazing is that for over 1,000 years, on each Autumn and Spring Equinox, the afternoon sun creates the shadow of a giant serpent on the pyramid's northern balustrade. As the sun sets, the body of the serpent appears to descend the steps to meet with its stone head.


- Aztec/Myan Calendar was 365. (some decimal) days.

- They figured this out 4 places past the decimal. They were extremely smart people. They were right because we still consider 365 days/1 year.

Genealogy draws 4,000 years to Christ and 2,000 years from Christ to us.

- There is no problem with genealogy and the truth. The Bible lines it all up and shows us.

Bishop Usher calculated Oct. 4,004 B.C. was the year of Creation.

Ussher next turned his attention to identifying the precise date of Creation. Like many of his contemporary scholars, he assumed that God would choose to create the world on a date that corresponded with the sun being at one of its four cardinal points—either the winter or summer solstice or the vernal or autumnal equinox. This view sprang from the belief that God had a special interest in mathematical and astronomical harmony. The deciding factor for Ussher came from Genesis. When Adam and Eve found themselves in the Garden of Eden, the fruit was invitingly ripe. Ussher reasoned, therefore, that it must have been harvest time, which corresponded with the autumnal equinox: “I have observed that the Sunday, which in the year [4004 B.C.] aforesaid, came nearest the Autumnal Aequinox, by Astronomical Tables, happened upon the 23 day of the Julian October.” (FROM: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/ussher.html)


(Book: Animals of the World)

- The Mayans were the most accurate time keepers.

- Their calendar at year zero is within 50 years of the year Bishop Usher came up with.

- So you have a Biblical source and a very non Christian Source.

- Noah took the books already written on board to preserve the time line.



- Angkor Wat in Cambodia


Southeast Asia of a ziggurat set up to worship the sun, moon, and stars.



- Peru: Eldorado, city of gold Inca temple of the sun

- Machu Picchu built on rock, rapid running river, the base of Machu Picchu mountain is a village where people worship evil spirits and Jesus.

"The Temple of the Sun is a round tapered tower. The stonework of this temple is some of the finest in the city, outlining its importance. In the center of the temple is a carved rock with a straight edge. During the Summer solstice, this edge will precisely align with the light falling through the only window of the temple.

Observing the sun was very important to the Inca. During the winter solstice (when the Sun is furthest from the Earth), the Inca would hold a festival, which included sacrifice to bring the sun back.

Below the Sun Temple one can find the Royal Tomb, where it is said that Bingham found the remains of some important people. Unfortunately you cannot enter the Tomb, but you can have a peek inside.
Entrance into the Temple of the Sun is prohibited, but you can look inside from the structure above it.

Next to the Temple of the Sun stands a two-story building that got named Princess Palace. The stonework of this building with slightly inclining walls is better than that of most ordinary houses. This fact and the fact that it is bigger than most other housing structures suggest that someone important lived here (maybe even a Princess, who knows)." (From: http://www.opentravelinfo.com/travel_guide/south_america/peru/andean/machu_picchu_peru_inca_city_in_the_sky


- They built all houses they have 2 bulls with a basket between them and put a cross in the middle. They put their petition in the basket for the evil spirits, so they just added Jesus to the other gods.

"On the way up the hill you get a view of the grimy housing made out of Adobe bricks topped off with a corrugated iron roof and a Cross with at least one bull statue on every roof. " (From: http://www.epinions.com/review/trvl-Dest-Latin_America-Peru-Machu_Picchu/content_212559761028)



- Cusco - like a bowl and the light blinds you


-Massive stone blocks put together so tightly cut perfectly




- When you look at the shapes in the wall, you can see how they put animals in them.
Eg. Platypus found in the stones

- According to Evolutionists it evolved in Australia, what is it doing in an Incan stone wall?

- Either Inca is sailing or it was from Inca instead of "evolving" from Australia

- Noah's Ark and the flood ... everything died.

- Coal, oil, gas are all from the vegetation buried in the worldwide flood.

* If we study Nimrod, it will show us the prophecies of 1 world government today.

- We are in a crisis and the devil will take full advantage of it.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

CONGRATS BELL CO. BOBCATS REGIONAL CHAMPS! GO BILLY #69! ALL THE WAY TO THE STATE PLAYOFFS!


BILLY BRITTAIN SR. 2009
OFFENSIVE GUARD
BELL COUNTY BOBCATS

Just making a little noise for my brother and our county football team who are playing their final game tomorrow in the playoffs to go to the State Championship. Hats off to you fellas! I am so proud of this team and I am especially proud of my little brother. He really has come a long way with this team. Today, the newspaper covered the team and the seniors. Coach Dudley Hilton spoke of my little bro this way:
"Helping pave the way for skill players is an offensive line led by senior tackle Jacob King, a four-year starter, and senior guard Billy Brittain.

“We’ve scored over 600 points this year and that’s a tribute to him and the whole offensive line,” Hilton said of King.

“I never thought Billy would get to play much at all, but he worked hard this off season and turned out to be a heck of an offensive guard for us and I’m very proud of him and what he’s accomplished for us.”
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Go little bro!



And I ask that each of you be much in Prayer for this team of Bobcats who are giving God all the glory for their victories this season and in years past. This is a good group of boys who really deserve to win a State Championship! God instructs us to bring everything to Him no matter how big or small.... so I am doing just that. I Prayed every play last Friday night and will spend tomorrow night doing the same. Please keep us in your Prayers all day tomorrow, at 7:30 tomorrow night, and always!

GO BELL COUNTY BOBCATS!




Bell County’s success built on senior leadership


By JAY COMPTON/Sports Editor
Published:
Thursday, December 4, 2008 2:53 PM EST


LOG MOUNTAIN — Success on the football field is nothing new for Bell County High School, but the Bobcats are working on putting the finishing touches on remarkable two-year run.

They’ve had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and will be hosting Boyle County Friday night in the Class 4A semifinals.

The Bobcats are 25-1 over the last two years with their only loss coming in the playoffs last year after giving state champion Lexington Catholic their toughest test in the post-season.

One key to that success is the leadership on and off the field provided by 13 seniors.

Running back Spencer Greer, quarterback Shawnta Zachery, linebacker Matt Simpson, defensive tackle Tyler Harbin, receiver Chase Ely, offensive tackle Jacob King, defensive guard Robbie Slusher, fullback Justin Goodin, kicker Monte Merrick, and guard Billy Britton are all key starters. Adam Overbay, Kyle Fuson and Brad Slusher also help the team either in reserve roles or during preparation through the week leading up to gameday.

“It’s unbelievable what they’ve done here since they’ve been at this high school,” said coach Dudley Hilton. “We’ve beat everybody in the area who would play us for the last two years. Look back on it now and maybe that’s why people don’t want to play us.”

With 318 career wins over 33 years coaching high school football, Hilton has seen his share of good teams and good players. He says what sets the current group of seniors apart is their unity and willingness to sacrifice individual accomplishments for the good of the team.

“They’ve always been winners since grade school and they’ve stuck together,” he said. “Most of them are baseball players and you look at what they did last year on the baseball team — winning the first regional in school history. Now they’ve won the football regional championship too.

“I look at them more as a group of winners. Not only in football, but in other sports and they’re all good in academics, too.”

Hilton said many of the players have set aside personal goals and are excelling at positions that may not have been their first choice.

“I don’t know if Shawnta has always wanted to be a quarterback but he wasn’t until his senior year. Tyler Harbin always wanted to be a fullback. We played him there some, but we needed him at defensive tackle. Matt Simpson always wanted to carry the ball and be a big-time running back, but we’ve had to depend on him at linebacker,” he said.

“That’s what kind of kids they are. They fit in to where they had to in order to make us a good, solid football team. It didn’t matter which position they played, they did it for the sake of the team.

“That’s one thing I can say as far as leadership — They’ve been willing to sacrifice some individual things for team accomplishments.”

Hilton will tell you that he doesn’t play for stats or try to showcase individual players and a look a rushing and passing attempts for each play bear that out.

Though stats aren’t always the best way to evaluate players, many of their numbers are impressive.

Greer, who was a second team All-State selection last season, has put together his third straight 1,000 yard season.

Though he missed one entire game and parts of two others because of injuries, he’s still ran for 1,314 yards and 21 touchdowns on 169 carries. He broke through for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in last week’s regional championship win over Knox Central.

“Spencer’s had a great year,” Hilton said. “He got hurt early in the year and that kind of slowed him down a little bit, but he’s coming back into form.”

Zachery has completed 64-of-105 passes (61 percent) for 1,360 yards with 22 touchdowns and only one interception.

He kept his cool under pressure on a 3rd & long late in the fourth quarter Friday night and hooked up with junior Matt Raines for a 71-yard pass play that set up Greer’s late TD.

“Shawnta has been out there as a fixture for four years. He’s played at split end and cornerback, this year he’s taken over at quarterback and safety,” said Hilton. “He’s been true to it and I don’t know if we’ve still found out what all he can do.”

Ely has been Zachery’s favorite target this year as he has 23 catches for 419 yards and six touchdowns.

“He’s been out there as a three-year starter at safety and receiver,” said the coach.

Fullback Justin Goodin is a powerful lead blocker who has found the end zone 11 times. He ran for 329 yards on just 58 carries on the season.

“He’s been a two-year starter at fullback and he’s played a lot of linebacker this year,” Hilton said. “He’s a young man that’s really come along. He’s one of the key players on our football team.”

Helping pave the way for skill players is an offensive line led by senior tackle Jacob King, a four-year starter, and senior guard Billy Brittain.

“We’ve scored over 600 points this year and that’s a tribute to him and the whole offensive line,” Hilton said of King.

“I never thought Billy would get to play much at all, but he worked hard this off season and turned out to be a heck of an offensive guard for us and I’m very proud of him and what he’s accomplished for us.”

On defense the Bobcats allowed just 21 points during the regular season — the fewest in the state. They are ranked number three in rushing defense with just 71 yards per game allowed on the ground and are also in the top ten in passing yards allowed.

Harbin and Slusher up front and Simpson at linebacker are three of the cogs on Bell County’s top-ranked defensive unit.

“What can you say about Tyler, he’s played about everywhere we’ve wanted him to play — defensive tackle, tight end, full back — and he’s done a great job,” Hilton said of his defensive tackle.

“Robbie Slusher started at end last year and we moved him to guard and he’s really adjusted to that and had a great career,” the coach added.

“Matt Simpson started as a freshman at fullback and has played linebacker the last two years,” said Hilton. “He’s led us in tackling this year and has been all over the place. He’s also a good running back.”

Simpson has run for 428 yards on just 36 carries with six touchdowns and is nearing 80 tackles on the season.

Merrick’s field goals from 30 and 47 yards last week were huge in a five-point win. He added another extra point to his state career record in that game as well.

He’s been honorable mention All-State the past two seasons and after a big summer on the camp circuit he’s one of the top college kicking prospects in the country.

“He’s kicked here for four years and broke every record coming and going,” Hilton said.

Overbay sees some time at wide receiver, but has been especially valuable to the Bobcats as the holder for Merrick’s field goal and extra point attempts.

“He’s one that just came out for one year, but Lord are we glad he did come out,” said Hilton.

The coach said Brad Slusher was injured his junior year and got behind, but never gave up and continues to work hard with the team.

“Kyle Fuson has been good scout player for us and played hard,” Hilton said. “He’s just not been able to break into the lineup.”

Now just one game away from reaching the state championship game, the coach said he’s been impressed with how the team has handled high expectations this year.

“Rockcastle County and Knox Central were two hard teams to beat and we had to beat them twice and that’s a heck of an accomplishment,” he said. “That’s a lot of pressure on our kids. Like last week, we had a lot to lose and not a whole lot to win because everybody already had us winning.

“That shows you what kind of character this team has.”

Bell County’s seniors have led the team to 25-1 record over the past two seasons. Pictured above during pre-season picture day are the Bobcat seniors, front row (from left): Robbie Slusher, Justin Goodin, Spencer Greer, Adam Overbay, Kyle Fuson and Matt Simpson. Back row (from left): Billy Brittain, Monte Merrick, Tyler Harbin, Chase Ely, Brad Slusher, Jacob King and Shawnta Zachery.(JAY COMPTON/Daily News)
(COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESBORO DAILY NEWS, YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS NEWSPAPER HERE.... http://www.middlesborodailynews.com/articles/2008/12/04/sports/997seniors.txt)

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in time of trouble.



(Photos courtesy of Elaine Ely... actually I think that's where they are from... I stole them from Billy)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful to God!

On this morning of Thanksgiving, I slept in a bit (after a loooong round trip to Ohio last night) and then opened God's Word. I decided to read verses pertaining to giving thanks. Here's a few that I read:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (King James Version)

18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Ephesians 5:20 (King James Version)

20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Job 1:21 (King James Version)

21And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (King James Version)

17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

1 Chronicles 29:13 (King James Version)

13Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

1 Samuel 2:1-10 (King James Version)

1And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

2There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

3Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

4The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

5They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

6The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

7The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

8He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.

9He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

10The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.


Such beautiful praises unto God! I'd like to offer up my own on this blessed Thanksgiving morning.

Dear Precious Father,

I come to You thanking you for so many things. I thank You for my Salvation that was made possible by Your Son, my precious Savior, going to the cross for my wicked ways. I thank You for looking beyond my faults and loving me regardless. I thank You for reaching Your hands down daily to lift me up and to help me with my infirmities. I thank You Savior for this thorn in my flesh that daily brings me to my knees. I Pray that it continues to bring glory unto Your holy name.

I thank You for my precious mother who is truly my best friend on this earth. I cannot imagine being raised without her God given guidance in my life. I thank You for my precious daddy who has always put my brother, mom and I before himself in all that he does. I thank You that he continues to be a daddy to me even though I am a grown woman. I thank You for my precious, little brother. I thank You for the things that he is learning even now and I Pray for your guidance to be upon his life. I thank You for my sweet, sweet husband who loves me more than I'll ever realize. I thank You that He has stepped up to the plate throughout my struggle with infertility and that He is truly a helpmate to me throughout it all.

I thank you, precious Father, for my sweet "in-luvs" who have always accepted me as family even 6 years ago when I was just dating their son. They have been wonderful to me and I am truly blessed to be a part of the
Goodlett clan. I thank You for all my family: cousins (Jess, Gav, Mon, Kris, Shell, Michelle, Robin, etc.), aunts and uncles (Sandy, Craig, Barb, Steve, Candy, etc.), Grandmother Rose, and all those who have passed on yet their teachings bear witness in my life, (Papaw Brock, Mamaw Brittain, Uncle Bruce, Sister Helen, Brother Jack, sis Shauna, Precious Best Friend Danielle, etc.).

I Praise You Father for my blessed friends who have stood by me through all these situations. Those who have Prayed without ceasing for my miracle. Those who unselfishly love me for me and for nothing in return. Lord You know who each of these people are. I Pray a special blessing down upon them on this wonderful day of Thanksgiving.

I thank You God for my home, my job, my material goods, and even the air that I breathe. None of which is possible without your grace and mercy. I thank You for my nation and the freedom that we have been blessed with. Lord I Pray that we will continue in Prayer and keep it that way.

I also thank You Father for my blessed, Bible believing Church and Pastor, William Boyd. I thank You for his faithfulness and for his family's faithfulness. I thank You for inspiring each sermon that he preaches. I thank You for the blessings that I receive from them. I also praise you for the lessons that You have been teaching me through Your Word and experiences. I feel so blessed to be able to study and read such a wonderful set of instructions for my life.

Lord, I praise You for the miracles that I know that You are bringing to pass even now. I thank You for my future, my past, and my present. I could never ask for more than You have given me thus far. I Pray that You rain blessings down upon all those who are celebrating this blessed, and overlooked, holiday. I Pray for those who have no one to celebrate with and for those who feel as though they have nothing to be thankful for. Will You open up their eyes Father, remove the scales and show them their blessings. I thank You most of all for Your unconditional and unchanging love. Without You, I AM NOTHING!

In Your Precious Son Jesus' Name,
Amen.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

PART 3 -2008 Creation Conference-Binghamtown Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gardner

The Mystery of Ancient Man

*** Did man evolve or was he created?

The Bible really can be trusted, starting with the very first verse.

Romans 1: 19-21 :

19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 1: 22-25:

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

*** Some of our most intelligent people are so wise that they have become fools and they can't see the simplicity of the Gospel. It isn't "difficult" enough for them.

- Who changed the truth that God created the earth to the lie of Evolution? These same people.

EVOLUTION:
Never happened
Couldn't happen
Not happening now
Never will happen!

***True Evolution of 1 kind into another kind takes the addition of information! The addition of information requires an outside intelligence.

- Horizontal variation, which evolutionist call natural selection, does exist. However, it does not mean that a dog can evolve into a cat. Yes there are different breeds of dogs but they are all still dogs.

***Artifacts are old evidence that is found by going through the garbage dump of what's left from a society.

Evolution teaches: The further back you go, the more primitive mankind must have been.
That means: The more primitive the artifacts should be.

- Artifacts that don't find with evolution are called OOPS-Arts! This stands for Out Of Place Artifacts! Makes sense doesn't it?


These things are not as old as they think they are. They can't be:

Eg. Do Geodes take millions of years to form? A geode was found containing an actual spark plug....

(From: http://www.geocities.com/hngibson/geode.htm)

"Geodes look like ordinary stones. However, when cut open they often house crystals or mineral deposits. Geodes carefully cut in half are highly coveted by rock collectors around the world.

In 1961 Virginia Maxey, Wally Lane and Mike Mikesell, co-owners of the LM&V Rockhounds Gem and Gift shop in Olancha, Calif. went rock hunting in the Coso Mountains. Near the summit of a 4,300 ft. peak they found a geode that challenged the history of mankind.

Mike Mikeshell ruined a diamond saw blade cutting into the fossil encrusted geode. No one was prepared for what they found. In the middle of the geode was a metal core, about .08 inch (2 millimeters) in diameter. Enclosing a seemingly ceramic or porcelain collar that encased a hexagonal sleeve carved out of wood that now seemed to be petrified. All of this was enclosed in a geode made up of hardened clay, pebbles, bits of fossil shell and "two non-magnetic metallic objects resembling a nail and a washer. " A small sliver of copper indicated that the ceramic and wood may have once been separated by a copper sleeve.

Upon examining X-ray photographs taken of the object, Paul Willis, editor of INFO journal noticed the similarities between this object and a modern day spark plug."

Eg. A computing device found in a ship that sank in the Aegan Sea in 1st Century B.C.

Eg. Maps of Antartica - a map found that shows what is believed to be the coast of Antartica before the Icecaps. Scientists have stated previously that the Icecaps were millions of years old, but the map only dates back to 500 B.C.

Eg. Stylized insects on showcase at the Smithsonian? These were first called stylized insects but have now come to be realized as a scale model of an airplane instead. Even the curly cues on the wings are like those on the wings of airplanes today to help them fly more efficiently. They were found in grave yards and there have been quite a few found. They date thousands of years old. When shown to some air pilots they labeled them as a model of an airplane. They made some to scale that were larger and flew them.

Eg. Egyptian artifact a Sakkar bird from the 3rd Century B.C.: This was an artifact as well. There was even a notch found in the back and those who were measuring them to create bigger scale models to fly noticed it. They decided to put a stabilizer into the models there and they flew perfectly. So instead of what it is thought to be, it is instead an approximately 2,000 year old airplane! It makes sense because we do have airplanes today that have faces drawn on them.

Eg. The pyramids and Ziggurats? These have been found in places other than just Egypt. Folks have believed previously that these are tied to extraterrestrial beings actually being god. These places are where they were worshipped. This also ties in with the thoughts of Intelligent Design, a belief that a lot of Christian folks are ok with but should not be as it does not go along with Creationism and the Bible.

(From Wikipedia.com)

Ancient astronaut theories or paleocontact are various proposals that intelligent extraterrestrial beings have visited Earth and that this contact is linked to the origins or development of human cultures, technologies and/or religions.

Some of these theories suggest that deities from most — if not all — religions are actually extraterrestrial beings, and their technologies were taken as evidence of their divine status.[1][2]

Ancient astronaut theories have limited support within the scientific community, and have garnered little if any attention in peer-reviewed studies from scientific journals. These theories have been popularized, particularly in the latter half of the 20th century, by writers Erich von Däniken, Zecharia Sitchin and Robert K.G. Temple [3].

Ancient astronaut theories have been widely used in science fiction.

***YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ, HEAR, OR (at this day in time) SEE!

- Man's sin brought about death.... evolution teaches that death is normal and good and actually needed. However, death is the penalty of sin!

- The oldest living human to date is 119 (as of this lecture). Think: People before the flood lived from 800-900 years!

John 16:8 -And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

IMAGINE: What if someone such as Albert Einstein had lived 800-900 years? What else could he have accomplished?

Genesis 4: 20-22 - 20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

***This was 7 generations after Adam. And people really believe that the Ancient Man was stupid because he lived 5,000 years ago! Nope!

- They played woodwind and stringed instruments. How could have they have done this if they were just hunters and gatherers? It isn't exactly easy to play a violin. It isn't exactly easy to built these either.

Eg. Acan instrument .... strange instrument but makes beautiful music when played by someone who knows how.

- Tubalcain cast brass and iron - this was sophisticated metal working.

- The preflood blacksmiths had the art of metallurgy. Brass (Hebrew for Copper and Bronze) dealing with smelting.

- Deep underground mining - a stack of 98% ingas found .... 4,000 years old.... how?

***The Global Flood destroyed the surface of the entire planet!

- Possible Eg. Atlantis - the Global Flood could have taken it under ... just a possibility.

- People were highly advanced technologically speaking. Nimrod (Noah's great grandson), the founder of Babel, set up Astrology. Astrology was set up to worship the sun, moon, and stars.

What was God's reaction to this?

Gen. 11: 5-6 -

5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

- The post civilization of Nimrod: If they can dream it up, they can build it.

- Noah made the ark because he believed God. He probably took engineering drawings or mental pictures of the technology that was available before the flood with him on the ark. God had instructed Noah and his family to go and be fruitful unto all the earth. Nimrod did not follow God's instructions and tried to keep all the people right there.

- Noah and Shem lived for God

- The technology declined from The Flood until Christ's time (the dark ages) and then begins to come back after Christ.

***Why was there a decline?

- God confused their language and it slowed technology down.

- The different family groups could only understand themselves.

- They had disagreements with each other (different family groups) because they couldn't understand each other and they left Babel. God had wanted them to all sort out in the first place but Nimrod had disobeyed.

- They all moved away and the good things separated. You see, when they all lived together in Babel and worked together, everything was awesome. You had some families who were good at agriculture while others were good at building. You had families that were good at medicine and families that were good at various other trades. When they all separated, each family excelled at only one or so things and therefore technology slowed down while they tried to get better at the other things.

- Part of the human gene pool and knowledge pool also was moved away. They begin to marry within those who lived around them (family) and thus came gene mutations.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PART 2-2008 Creation Conference-Binghamtown Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gardner

In the last set of notes, I mentioned Dr. Gardener's thoughts on what a "day" really is. This is where we'll pick up with the notes on his talk today.

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***If a day was 1,000 years in Creation, the plants would have died. The plants wouldn't have been able to exist without the sun for that long.

***"Yom" is "Day" as we learned earlier.

The Number of times Yom is found in the Bible:

* Yom + a number = 410 times
* Yom w/o the word day = 38 times
* Yom w/ the word day = 23 times
* Yom w/ night and day = 52 times

We can see this throughout Genesis, including these verses:

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

13And the evening and the morning were the third day.

19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

***Evening, Morning, Day, Night... AKA Yom is an ordinal number!

(From AIG's website)

In Genesis 1, God, through the 'pen' of Moses, is going out of His way to tell us that the 'days' of creation were literal earth–rotation days. To do this, He used the Hebrew word yôm, combined with a number and the words 'evening and morning'. If God had wanted to tell us it was an ancient creation, then there were several good ways He could have done this. If theistic evolution had been intended, then there were several constructions He could have used. If the time factor had been meant to be ambiguous, then the Hebrew language had ways of saying this. However, God chose not to use any construction which would have communicated a meaning other than a literal solar day.

The only meaning which is possible from the Hebrew words used is that the 'days' of creation were 24–hour days. God could not have communicated this meaning more clearly than He did in Genesis 1. The divine confirmation of this, if any is needed, is Exodus 20:9-11, where the same word 'days' is used throughout:

'Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, not thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.'

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Eg. Jonah in the whale 3,000 years? Nope!

Eg. Exodus 20:11 -For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

- God actually wrote this in the stone tablets with His very own finger!

***The time frame of "Week" is found no where. Can scientist even explain where the "Week" comes from? The other time frames make sense:

Day: 1 Earth rotation
Month: earth and moon rotation
Year: Earth and sun rotation

(Book suggestion: "Old Earth Creationism On Trial")

*** True Evolution of 1 kind into another kind, takes the addition of outside information. The addition of outside information requires an outside intelligence. THIS ARGUMENT DEFEATS THE BASIS OF EVOLUTION!

- Evolution is the substance of fossils hoped for and the evidence of things not found! (haha)




- The lines on the Evolutionary Tree of Life are not connected and have missing links.

*** Richard Dawkins said that religion teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. That is definitely not true. We can understand everything about the world by using the Bible as our guide.

*** Dawkins even states that people who do not believe in Evolution are "ignorant, stupid, and/or insane."

*** He also stated that "Evolution is observed, just not while happening."

*** Our modern day society had a fit when the Creation Museum was opened. One headline supporting this "fit" states: "Nationwide Oppose $27 Million Creationist Effort to 'Institutionalize A Lie'"

- What folks do not realize is that every idea has a consequence no matter what you believe.

Eg. Global Warming: This is taking the world by storm and Al Gore is the leader of the pack. However, it is a bunch of hype based on no evidence. Take this quote from an article interviewing John Coleman, creator of "The Weather Channel":

" John Coleman, founder of the Weather channel, claims that global warming is a complete hoax. His ideas have been a major obstacle in initiatives in greenhouse awareness for political pulpits on the issue like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Gore. Entertainment has even made moves to incorporate green ideas into sitcoms and shows while John Coleman has called these critical concerns about environment "the greatest scam in history."

(Suggested DVD: "Global Warming: You Decide")

Eg. Intelligent Design: Many folks are beginning to believe that aliens brought life to this planet.

Professor Provine, from Columbia University, believes that evolution is a worldview. Listen to this quote:

"Evolution is the greatest engine of atheism ever invented. Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly. 1) No gods worth having exist; 2) no life after death exists; 3) no ultimate foundation for ethics exists; 4) no ultimate meaning in life exists; and 5) human free will is nonexistent. "

(Provine, William - 'Evolution: Free will and punishment and meaning in life' 1998 Darwin Day Keynote Address.)

***THE MOST DISTURBING PART OF THIS LECTURE***

According to the Barna Research Organization, the main things Christians should agree with and believe in are not being embraced by most "born again believers."

The Barna Organization gave a survey to see how many pastors agree with the following:

7 Things Bible Believing Christians Should Agree With and Confirm!:

1. The absolute moral truth
2. That the Bible is completely accurate
3. Jesus is completely without sin
4. satan does exist
5. God is omnipotent and omnipresent
6. Salvation by grace and grace alone
7. We are called to evangelize and spread the gospel message

Only 51% of pastors agree with all 7 statements!

57% of Baptist pastors agree

44% of Pentecostal pastors agree

28% of Protestant pastors agree

27% of Methodist pastors agree

35% of Black pastors agree

15% of Women pastors agree (withholding my own thoughts here)

***Then the Barna Organization asked church members the same question. Only 9% of all protestants agree with these 7 truths!***

QUESTION??????????????????????

IF WE SAY WE DON'T BELIEVE IN CREATION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T "FIT" WITH SCIENCE THEN HOW CAN WE SAY THAT WE BELIEVE IN:

1. A virgin birth.... according to science, virgins can't give birth.
2. Jesus being raised from the dead.... according to science, dead men do not come back to life.

*** Of course Atheist don't believe these things, but it is definitely something to think about as a Christian. You must believe it all or none at all. God's word is infallible and is truth from the first verse of the first chapter of the first book. Remember, God said:

John 3:12 - If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

LASTLY, a post note from my pastor, William Boyd Bingham III, which included the reading of Romans 1: 18-32. This, he described as "A description of our society all because Charles Darwin's father died and went to hell and he did not want to believe it."

Romans 1: 18-32:

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.