Bats batter Evolution

21/08/2009

by Ken E Murray

Bats are a living flying miracle of creation.

There are over 2,000 species of bats. They have such highly specialised component organs, that would make it impossible for them to have evolved. They are the only flying mammals on earth.

In general, there a two main types of bats …megabats and microbats. Generally, Megabats eat fruit and microbats tend to eat insects. Some bats can eat, fish. Others can eat frogs, birds, spiders, lizards, and other mammals. The golden-tipped bat can even pluck spiders straight from their webs!

Microbats, like the Common Sheath-Tail Microbat (Taphoxous Georgianus), shown in this video, are simply extraordinary in their created design and capabilities.

Sheath-Tail Microbats, are insectivores. They live off insects and help to keep the natural harmony of creation in balance. There are over 70 different varieties of these specialist microbats in Australia, alone.

A Myotis microbat has been recorded capturing 1,200 tiny fruit flies in one hour! That’s one every 3 seconds, while navigating in the air at speeds of up to 50km per hour and foraging up to 15 kilometres from their cave roosts. (Micro bats: The Insect Terminators, p2. – Qld Dept Environment and Resource Management (EPA).

Microbats in Australia, mate in late August and early September, springtime, after semi-hibernating during the drier winter period. They give birth in November.

How could they evolve? Even their knees face outward and bend backwards, instead of forwards as in other mammals. They are called Chiroptera, which means “hand-wing”. God has designed their wing membranes of very soft pliable skin, which is even able to repair itself if punctured.

They also have a useful thumb-hook on the main bent portion of their wings for moving quickly on cave rock faces, grooming and clinging to roosts, while they rest.

Why do they hang upside down? Because, their design capabilities and wing to body ratio, make it more useful to hang upside down for take-off and landing. They have been created with very special tendons in their feet to assist them in clinging to objects without any effort.

Mind you, they do hang right side up, by their special wing-hooks when they give birth or go to the toilet.

There is an irreducible complexity about the design of bats.  If you were to take even one component part away from them, they could not live.

The remarkable peculiarity about bats, which sets their creation off from all other mammals is their unique, very complicated “sonar” system. They fly by ear and guide themselves by the echoes of their highly pitched squeaks. This remarkable sensitively designed system is called “echolation”.

Bats emit a pulse of sounds, normally at frequencies beyond our range of hearing. Their sound waves are created in the bat’s voice box, and are emitted from the mouth or the nostrils. They bounce sound waves off objects and analyse the echo. This is how they sense their environment and find their prey. So, they are not just God-designed stud fighter pilots but they are astronomical electronic engineers as well.

The complicated flaps of skin around the nostrils of some bats, and strangely designed structures in their ears, are for the protection and reception of sound waves of ultra high frequency, upon the principles we call “sonar”. When the bat is foraging for food it echo-locates to find a mosquito or moth. As it bears down on its prey it produces what is called a feeding buzz. With this series of pulses or clicks some bats can give off up to 200 pulses per second. Not only does the bat emit ultra sonic pulses but the ears are, in essence, opening and closing 200 times per second as well!

Bats can emit bursts of sound of frequencies up to 32,000 per second! Much higher than a human ear can detect. These airborne waves bounce back from obstacles, that are picked up by the super-sensitive ears of the bat in flight. So accurately attuned is this God-created system, that the bats can quickly dart and change course to avoid objects and to snap up hundreds of insects in a single feeding session.

Bats easily find insects in night’s pitch darkness, even when the insects emit no sound that can be heard by human ears. Impressively, in using their echo-location, they can detect their targets unerringly, in spite of loud noises or jamming. They have a truly remarkably God designed discriminator …as an acoustic or audio engineer would say.

With and auditory system that weighs only a fraction of a gram, and in the midst of a great volume of surrounding noises, a bat can distinguish its own signals, even though they are 2,000 times fainter than the background noises! Think about it …and the original sound emitted by the bat cannot even be heard by the human ear.

Ounce for ounce and watt for watt, bats amazing sonar system is billions of times more efficient and more sensitive than the radars and sonars contrived by mankind.

“I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works; and that my life knows right well. (Psalm 139:14)

Some bats live off nectar and pollen with amazingly designed elongated muzzles and very long tongues, sometimes with a brush at the tips of their tongues, ideally designed for their type of feeding.

Possibly the most surprising bat is the species that feed on fish. They have a God given well developed system of frequency modulated sonar. But, since sound loses much of its energy in passing from air into water and vice versa, the big puzzle is: how can these bats locate fish underwater by means of this system?

Then there are the infamous Vampire Bats of tropical America. They live from sucking blood from living animals. They sneak up on their victims and with their incredibly designed sharp, narrow teeth blades they cut the skin without waking or paining their host. The sucked-up blood via piston like movement of its tongue, is able to be digested in its perfectly designed folded tube, especially for that purpose.

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

The oldest known bat fossils are Icaronycteris, Archaeonycteris, Palaeochiropteryx and Hassianycteris, which are said to be fifty million years old, and of the Eocene age. Some might imagine a prehistoric bat to be a grotesque saber-toothed blood-sucking monster. In reality, what we see in the fossil record are bats fundamentally indistinguishable from today’s bats. These bats had all the remarkable features we see today.

“The fossil record gives us no clues about the evolution of bats. Bat fossils are rare because the small bones do not preserve well and the oldest fossil bats (51 million years old) were already fully-formed bats very little different to modern species.” (Australian Bats – 2nd, Edition, Page 12, Sue Churchill)

Some Evolutionist’s marvel and are baffled by the fact that in 50 million years bats have remained unchanged. Now if evolution occurs, or has occurred, then wouldn’t you think that in such a long time span we would see some notable changes in bats, or creatures becoming bats …and vice versa …but we don’t.

Wouldn’t you expect to see tree shrews or other “mice-like” creatures evolving in to bats? But we don’t.

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

If evolution has occurred we would also expect to find an ancestral or transitional fossil form. However, in the fossil record we find no such transitional forms linking, for instance, a shrew to a bat. In fact we find nothing that resembles or comes close to an ancestor of a bat.

Evolutionists are getting so desperate to try to find something about the purported evolution of bats that they are even suggesting that they evolved from the same stock as whales, horses and cattle. Can you imagine that? Bizarre!

In the fossil record there exist no transitional forms of any creatures. The fossil record simply confirms what the Bible teaches. In the fossil record we find fully formed animals as described in the Genesis account of creation. Then God saw everything that He had made and indeed it was very good. (Genesis 1:31).  God created each animal in its own right. Sure, we get different types of whales …but we certainly don’t get whales genetically becoming bats …or vice versa.

Also, many people don’t understand that there were two main earthly creations.

The first creation was the pre-Adamic creation we know as the age of the reptilian dinosaurs (millions of years ago), managed by Lucifer and his angels. They rebelled in a huge devastating galactic war, which suddenly destroyed the prehistoric dinosaur world. Lucifer became Satan and his angels became demons.

The second creation was the Adamic mammalian creation, which included the creation of man and woman (around 6,000 years ago), with the “spirit in man”, which gives us our intelligence abilities and makes us different from animals.

Evolutionists are baffled about the variety of bats and the wide differences in their feeding, body makeup, and capabilities.

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

They imagine that bats evolved from tree shrews (Scandentia), colugos (Dermoptera) and the mice-like primates of Archonta, but if so, where are the intermediary forms? There are none in existence nor are there any in the fossil records. There are no examples of “mice-like” creatures with quarter or one or two wings, trying to fly or developing sophisticated sonar, etc,.

You know, it is quite a jump from mice’s feet to bats’ wings, and from ordinary ears and nostrils to the intricate radar/sonar detection system that bats have.

Long ago evolutionists gave up on the false Lamarckian theory of “acquired characters”.

It has been proved abundantly that there is no such thing as “acquired characteristics”, that Lamarck supposed in his fanciful imagination.

He taught that “an animal which acquired a characteristic would transmit it to its progeny”, and so the offspring would get not only inherited characteristics but also “acquired” characteristics.

Nice try Lamarck, and it fooled a lot of people for awhile, even to this day, but was a larrikin Lamarck lie.

Mind you, had Lamarck read his Bible he would have seen Jeremiah’s common sense, practical wisdom in his inspired words: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? (Jeremiah 13:23). No, of course not. We cannot change the colour of our skin, just by thinking about it and nor can any animal such as a leopard change its spots by thinking it would like to acquire a non-spotted body.

Jesus Christ emphasised that we cannot even make one hair black or white simply by thinking about acquiring it: …”because you cannot make one hair white or black.” (Matthew 6:36)

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

So, to suggest that some ancient mouse one day, was tip-toeing through the tulips, imagining itself to be a flying bat with wings without feathers and a sonar/radar system so advanced that even humans can’t come anywhere near close in emulating, and actually did so …is actually a very funny joke …but is not sane credible science!

Darwin taught evolutionary development through the blind-pseudo-god of “natural selection” and contemporaneous philosopher Herbert Spencer, taught “survival of the fittest”, which seemed to fit nicely with Darwin’s theory. Unfortunately, this philosophy led to governmental “social engineering”, with its worst expressions promoted through Hitler and Stalin and other despots, to this day.

Darwin’s false theory purported, that in the struggle for existence, needed and useful variations remained and variations that proved weak or useless, perished. But this procedure produces only variations of already existing “characters”. It never produces new characters (organs, organisms).

Nor does the more recent theory of “sudden changes” by “random mutations” solve the problem for evolutionists. Mutations are comparatively minor and mostly inferior or debilitating to the creature. It can in no way produce “new characters” (organisms). For example, in laboratory experiments they tampered with the genes to make a 4 winged fruit fly, but the only problem was that those 4 winged flies died, because they couldn’t fly! (California Institute of Technology, Dr Edward B Lewis)

Bats, like the tiny Sheath-Tail microbat, are just one of zillions of living and non-living things that reveal God the Father and Jesus Christ as the great Designer, Engineer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, Sustainer of all that exists, including you and me.

Yes God’s creation of the extraordinary variety of bats in all their complexity and brilliantly engineered capabilities, truly batter evolutionary theory.

Do you see any mice evolving into bats these days? Have you heard of any mice developing bat wings without feathers? No, of course you haven’t.

One of the sad things about the teaching of evolution is that it is thrust upon children, about the time they are being taught about “Santa Claus” and the “Tooth Fairy” and other false philosophies. They are then at their most gullible age. School curricula leave out teaching anything, such as how God created all things.

Creation science, about how the universe and earth was created zillions of years ago and how there was an initial creation of prehistoric animals, prior to the re-creation and production of mankind, is not taught.

No one is shown in the Bible about the destruction of the reptilian prehistoric world by the battle between Lucifer and his rebellious angels against God and His faithful angels. The mayhem of that huge battle buried the prehistoric world, which forms the coal, oil, and natural gas that we mine today.

No one is taught in school about the coming of the mammalian Adamic creation on a much smaller scale than the prehistoric world, with its plethora of amazing creatures, like the microbats as shown in this article and videos.

Let’s ask some basic scientific questions about bats that evolution cannot answer.

Knowing that bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes in one hour we have to ask some basic questions.

  1. Let’s say that a mouse is running out of food and decides to change its digestive tract, grow wings and catch mosquitoes at the prodigious rate of 1200 per hour. How does it do that? Lamarckian Theory has been proved false, so it can’t do it that way. Genetically, to transform into a flying mouse would take so much of a genome change as to make it nothing like a mouse. It would have to be so perfect in all aspects, otherwise, it would die. Is there any evidence of mice-like creatures sprouting quarter or half or whole bat wings? No. None in the fossil records and none doing it today. There is an irreducible complexity about a bat, that if you take even one vital component part away, it would die, because all component parts rely on each other for the bat to function;
  2. How did bats ever come up with the idea of a sophisticated sonar system, that is light years better than anything mankind has ever devised? Evolutionists have no evidence of how that happened. Before any ancient bat could catch any tiny insect in the dark of night it had to be able to echolate. Without its highly sensitive navigation, seek-and-destroy sonar, it would have starved to death;
  3. How did the purported evolutionary genome transition take place, when there is no evidence of it in past fossil records nor in current “mouse-like” populations? Imagine the first mouse-like creature that has had an incredible genome makeover, flying without its absolutely precise sonar system. It sends out its first furtive impulse sounds, but too late! Schkrunch!! It hits a nasty out-jutting rock and drops dead. We have to wait another quad-zillion years for the next genome freak to arrive on the scene …but, again with similar devastating consequences;
  4. It is one thing for a bat to be able to send out around 200 very high 30,000hz+ impulse sounds, but how did it evolve those ears, so quickly and alter its extraordinarily sensitive auditory nervous system and brain to be able to receive, filter, and interpret those faint return impulses, which are lower than the background noise decibels? Evolution has no factual answer. How did it avoid confusing its shouting from its echoes, and pass all of that on to its progeny, for countless generations?
  5. When did a bat decide to hang upside down rather than right side up, and then somehow transfer those weird thoughts to its genetical makeup? There are no fossil records of such transitional bats. How did they, at the same time, develop those amazing special tendons so that they never get tired of hanging upside down? And why doesn’t their blood rush to their heads upside down and give them splitting migraine headaches or disorientation?
  6. How did so many different divergent types of bats with such huge differences in food preferences, evolve? Bats specialise in such foods as fruit, mosquitoes, moths and other tiny insects, fish, spiders, blood, other bats, frogs, and even scorpions. How come? Again, no factual evidence from Evolutionists. Just wild, imaginative speculation.

Even the simple life forms have component parts that make them irreducibly complex, let alone the intricate, inexplicable, inter-dependent, detailed functioning processes, organs, and sophisticated systems in a bat.

Each minute or larger part of an animal’s bodily system depends on another part, and if one component is removed from that system it cannot function. Micro bats prove that point, dramatically.

For the invisible things about God can be understood, by studying the magnificent, inter-dependent creation that God has made. God has revealed Himself, and can be clearly seen and understood by the amazing things, both living and non-living that He has made. (Romans 1:20)

God is the awesome designer, engineer, creator, life-giver, lawgiver, sustainer, intelligence of the universe and Maker of all living and non-living things.

No wonder the Bible witnesses against evolutionary theory: “The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53:1)

Why make a monkey of yourself, before God, by having blind faith in evolution, that cannot save you nor offer you eternal life, at either the coming First or Second Resurrection, into the Family of God?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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So, Why are we keeping Pentecost?

30/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

So …why are we keeping Pentecost?

I asked this question on an internet Forum the other day and here’s what one astute woman replied:

“Because I believe it is meaningful to focus, on a day set aside in scripture for Holy Purpose, on how this ancient observance pointed forward to the work of Christ back then, and backward to it now … and forward again to when and how He will finally complete the work of bringing many sons and daughters to glory.”

So …i replied: “Now, that is a good comment.

Yes, Pentecost is a fascinatingly positioned Holy Day, in the middle of the 3 harvest seasons (barley-wheat-fruit) …and is pivotal in the Plan of God regarding the Father’s and Christ’s loving family relationship with us.

It points back to “The Wavesheaf” (Christ – Barley – First of the firstfruits) links up with Pentecost (the Firstfruits – Wheat) …via 7 stages of sabbaths and 49 days to the Jubilee 50th day …and then points to the final Festival harvests of abundant Fruit, yet to come.”

Pentecost has to be counted

The instruction for counting Pentecost is found in Leviticus 23:15-16. It tells us to count 50 days from the day after the Sabbath that falls during the festival of Unleavened Bread.

Unlike any other Holy days which are appointed specific days of the month on which to be observed, Pentecost is commanded to be counted by God and is nowhere set down, in scripture, as a specific date, such as 6 Sivan.

“And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath (mi mohorat ha-shabbat =from and including OR beginning with), from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:15-16)

Why called Pentecost?

It is commonly called Pentecost, from the Greek pentekoste which means pente = 50 and koste = Count …count 50.

So, even in the name Pentecost we see we are commanded to count 50 days, and not to take it into our own hands and give it a set date, such as 6 Sivan.

The Jews refer to it in various ways. One is as Shavuot, meaning “Weeks,” because the date of its observance is determined by counting a specific number from an earlier religious observance.

Another name given it is Hag Hakatzir, the Festival of the Harvest, for it marks the harvesting of the wheat, the last grain harvest of the spring harvest season. And, in that context, it is also called Yom HaBikkurim, the Day of the Firstfruits.

Pentecost reminds us of 2 Great Events

Pentecost reminds us of 2 great events that occurred in history—the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai and the giving of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

Regarding the giving of the Law …In his book To Be a Jew, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin writes:

“Shavuot commemorates the awesome event experienced by the children of Israel seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt when they camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai somewhere in the Sinai Peninsula. This event was the Revelation, when God’s will was revealed to Israel. It marked the declaration of the Ten Commandments … While the exact manner of this communication between God and man is not known and was always subject to various opinions by the great thinkers and Sages of Israel, it was an event of awesome proportions and a unique spiritual experience that indelibly stamped the Israelites with their unique character, their faith, and their destiny.”

Pentecost is also a celebration and reminder that God works in us through His Spirit.

For us to change from the ways of our carnal, proud and stubborn human nature and to be led by God’s Spirit, is a miracle.

Christ foretold the giving of His and the Father’s Holy Spirit, to us: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible).

Christ’s prophecy was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, when the gift of the Holy Spirit was made dramatically known to the disciples: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.   And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.   And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”  (Acts 2:1-5)

Peter then explained on that Day of Pentecost how other people can receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit: “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself” (Acts 2:38-39, NASB).

Throughout the book of Acts we read example after example of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit being given to people, who believed in God and repented of their sins and were baptised and received the laying on of hands of the ministry. Their lives were changed for the better as they were led by God’s Holy Spirit from that time forward.

The changes were so evident that they were even accused of having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Such was the transformation of their lives through the indwelling power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of which the Father and Christ, His Son, are composed. 

Just as we are humans composed of flesh, so the Father and Jesus are composed of Holy Spirit. 

Without the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us, God does not consider us as belonging to Him:   “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9)

Paul explains that being “led by the Holy Spirit” of God is vital, if we are to be considered as a Christian and a son or daughter in God’s Family: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).

“Christ in us” (Colossians 1:27) is what happens when we have God’s Holy Spirit within us.

That can only happen with faith, repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands of Christ’s ministry.

Once we receive God’s Spirit we allow God, through His Spirit, to lead our lives His way of life, not ours.

It then produce the qualities of true Christlike character in us of “love, joy peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility and self control.” (Galatians 5:22-23

With God’s Spirit within us that we are regarded by God as His children. (Romans 8:14-17).

How does God’s Spirit work in us?

Here are some examples of how God’s Holy Spirit, within us, leads us.

  • God’s Spirit keeps us in contact with God’s mind: God’s Spirit works with our mind. The apostle John describes it this way: “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit [which] He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Through the Holy Spirit, which is given to us, we can be influenced by God for the good. This is in contrast to the situation in the world around us and our own human nature.
  • God’s Spirit provides a deeper understanding of God’s Word and His will for us: As 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 tells us: “But as it is written, ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (emphasis added throughout).
  • God’s Spirit gives us Spiritual Discernment: Without that Spirit, a person cannot understand God’s divinely expressed Word and will, “for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  • God’s Holy Spirit helps us in overcoming: There is nothing too difficult for us with the power of God working in our lives. Romans 8:26 tells us that God’s Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. Paul, the writer of the letter to the Romans, speaking for all of us said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27). The Christian life is to be one of overcoming. We must not believe that God wants us to remain just as we are whenever we are called. Instead, we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Christianity is a lifetime of overcoming and growing;
  • God’s Holy Spirit convicts our conscience and helps us see sin as it really is. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, which would be given to His followers after His death, Jesus Christ said it would “convict the world of sin . . .” (John 16:8). God’s Spirit within us, working with our conscience, helps us to recognize and avoid sin. The guilt that we feel is real, prompted by recognition of sins. Hebrews 9:14 tells us that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice “cleanse[s] your conscience from dead works to serve the living God,” meaning that we have forgiveness from God, and, through repentance, we no longer need feel guilt for our sins. Christ’s sacrifice washes away the sin in our lives, but we must still come to understand sin and how it affects us. Repentance must precede the forgiveness that God promises to each one of us, and repentance means change and effort to avoid sin, which is the breaking of God’s laws. (1John 3:4)
  • God’s Spirit produces godly fruit in our lives. Just as an apple tree produces apples, God’s Spirit produces a particular type of fruit in the life of a Christian. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit that should be evident in the lives of those who are led by God’s Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.
  • God’s Holy Spirit comforts and encourages us. Jesus Christ promised to send His followers “another comforter” (John 14:16, KJV). True comfort and reassurance come from the Spirit of God dwelling in us. We need not be unduly worried about the future or what may happen to us. God’s Spirit gives us the reassurance that whatever happens will be for the good “to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This provides an outlook on life that is quite rare in our world today. It is certainly possible for a Christian to become discouraged, but it is through the Holy Spirit that we can begin to look upon life differently. As noted above, peace is one aspect of the fruit of God’s Spirit in the life of a Christian.

Pentectost is an annual reminder of God’s gifts of His Law and His Spirit to us

Keeping Pentecost reminds us:

  • we have been given the awesome opportunity to be part of the Firstfruits to follow Christ as the First of the Firstfruits in the First Resurrection, yet ahead for us:   “Of his own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”  (James 1:18)
  • Pentecost is an annual reminder of God’s gift of His guidance system for our lives – His Laws, commandments, statutes, ordinances, principles, precepts and wisdom of how to live His way of life; and
  • Pentecost is also a reminder to be eternally thankful to Him for blessing us with the gift of the power of His Holy Spirit …through faith, repentance, baptism, and laying on of hands …so that we have His power to overcome temptation and sin …and to develop the mind and character of Christ within us.

Pentecost is the pivotal Holy Day in the centre of the sacred year, which encouragingly reminds us of our salvation and eternal life in God’s Family.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Lovely Lydia’s country Show

28/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Heyyy! Come join lovely Lydia, our grand daughter, as she guides us around the beautiful and fun things at the Clermont country Show. There’s even pig racing and fireworks, too!

Lydia, at 18 months, already knows that “where my heart is …that’s my home” and her heart is with her Mum and Dad and her family, in God’s loving care.

Children like Lydia, remind us to “take time to smell the roses” and treasure the joys of living this life of adventure that God has given us.

After all …to a child like Lydia …love is spelt quality T-I-M-E.

So, let’s take time to relax and enjoy these magnificent prize winning roses.

Our talented niece, Wick is a second cousin to Lydia, and here is her 1st and 2nd prize artworks. Notice how she has a sparkling eye for detail.

Lydia knows “should you encounter a problem along your way …change your direction, but not your destination”.

As you can guess, Lydia is a ball of energy with plenty of get up and go! So, here’s her Dad, Rob, showing her how “what you lose on the swings you can always pick up on the roundabout of life.”

Ahhh yes …Lydia is a natural …and naturally …she loves all natural things. So, for her doing some cross-country riding on a real natural Shetland pony is so much fun, too!

After a cross-country ride on a Shetland Pony, Lydia can hardly wait to watch her next fun favourite .act at the Show..the piglets race!

Of course life is not all fun, beer and skittles. Lydia knows that there are some first time challenges …that even though we might be a little bit frightened or awestruck …we face the fear  …and the fear just disappears!

…and isn’t that just so true of the ups and downs of the ferris wheel of the cycle of life?

For every low there is the sublime thrill of rising to achieve the natural highs in life.

When we apply the 7 Laws of Success we can enjoy the real joy of the excitement of fireworks in our life!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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