A Photoless Past | BeautyBeyondBones


Fr. Mike Schmitz (the great ) once said, “Jesus does His best work in caves.” Obviously, referring to the cave where He rose from the dead, but it’s true: that was in a tomb with a boulder rolled over the entrance. It was dark. A dark period. And well, you know what happened

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Reasons To Believe : Science News Flash: Has the Last Universal Common Ancestor Been Identified?


Have these researchers provided us with a key insight into LUCA’s identity? Have they identified the locale for the origin of life? Not necessarily. Here are some points to consider: If life originated under high temperatures, the genetic code should reflect life’s hot heritage, yet the genetic code shows no indication that it is suited for a high-temperature environment. From an evolutionary perspective, the genetic code must have arisen under moderate, mesophilic conditions. Based on this result, it’s reasonable to conclude that life also arose under mild conditions as well. The guanine-cytosine (GC) content of rRNAs for the hypothetical LUCA would have been too low to support a thermophilic lifestyle.  Organisms that live in a high temperature environment characteristically employ higher amounts of GC in DNA and RNA molecules. Life’s building blocks and RNAs’ three-dimensional structures are highly unstable under hydrothermal vent conditions. Again, this makes it unreasonable to think that life originated at these ocean vents. This work also highlights the complexity of the first life-forms on Earth. This complexity is too great to be accounted for by evolutionary origin-of-life scenarios.

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What To Teach Kids About Unanswered Prayer

By Natasha Crain My son Nathan wasn’t feeling well recently so we all prayed together for him to feel better. The next night at prayer time, Kenna pointed out that we prayed for him already but he wasn’t feeling better. She had a look of simultaneous confusion and disappointment on her face.  In a total of about 3 seconds I had the thought that this is the beginning of a lifetime of seeking to understand why God does or does not answer certain prayers AND replied, “We’ll keep praying and trust God that Nathan will feel better.” I felt a giant theological error well up in my throat. How often we casually imply or even consciously think that if we just “trust God” for a specific prayer outcome, He will answer the way we want! “Everything will be OK! Just trust in God!” Yes, everything will be OK . . . perfect actually . . . when Christ returns and God is glorified in His kingdom for eternity. In the meantime this life is a mess. We are sinful people with free choices, surrounded by other sinful people with free choices. There is illness, there is death. There are natural disasters. Christians live in this fallen world and are affected by its consequences as much as non-believers.

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Walk Worthy of God

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12  Apologetics Study Bible
11As you know, like a father with his own children, 12we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

1 Thess. 4:9-12
9 About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.

A lot of people seem to think that grace is a license to sin, and walk around in a fashion that gives people no clue that they are a Christian. Many live in sin, are lazy gossips. That is not how to walk in a manner worthy of God!  We are the only Bible that some folks will ever read. If we are not living the way that God wants us to live, where will they go for the truth? Why should they search for it at all when they see Christians living like the devil?
We need to show them a people worth copying . Unless they see Christ in us, that isn’t going to happen.

Church is AA for Sinners


Many unchurched people have trouble understanding Christians. We are, for example often accused of being hypocrites, but that is a lot like telling an alcoholic, that they are not one, because they attend AA.  If we were perfect, we would not need to go to church.
While we are supposed to be getting better, we do fall off the wagon. There are people who have been sober for twenty years, that suddenly find themselves staring at an advertisement for their favorite poison.  Christians can fall prey to their past sins as well, especially if they are facing  tough situations in their own life.

We both have to admit to not being perfect

Christians and Alcoholics both ask a higher power to help us.

We both have to admit to being powerless against our sins.

We both need a person who is more mature in the organization who is willing to come pick us up and put us in the passenger seat when we are weak.

We both have many sins or mistakes that we have to admit to, and atone for if possible.

While not everyone has knowledge of a decent church, most of us have TVs and have seen characters on TV struggle with alcohol and attend AA meetings. So this general knowledge may help you explain it to others the next time someone calls Christians hypocrites.