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So Richly Blessed

“Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

“Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Family|

Happy Independence Day!

Our Little Patriots—Paul Revere (Christian) & George Washington (Calvin)

Our Little Patriots—Paul Revere (Christian) & George Washington (Calvin)

Watching Comfort’s Independence Day Parade

Watching Comfort’s Independence Day Parade

Captivated by the Floats, the Horses and the Music

Captivated by the Floats, the Horses and the Music

George, Martha and Paul

George, Martha and Paul

Patriotism Never Looked So Cute

Patriotism Never Looked So Cute

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 July 4th, 2015|Family|

A Sunny D-Day at the Admiral Nimitz Museum

Today we enjoyed a perfect sunny day in historic Fredericksburg at the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Born on the 35th anniversary of D-Day myself, we decided it would be fun to spend the 71st anniversary honoring and learning more about a WWII hero from our neck of the woods—Admiral Chester Nimitz, a “German Texan” from the quaint and touristy town of Fredericksburg. Below are some of the day’s highlights.

The Admiral Nimitz Museum

The Admiral Nimitz Museum

Two Little Sailors on a Great Big Gun

Two Little Sailors on a Great Big Gun

The Cutest Little History Buffs Ever

The Cutest Little History Buffs Ever

Seeing, Touching and Interacting with History—That’s the Way to Do It!

Seeing, Touching and Interacting with History—That’s the Way to Do It!

Man Your Battle Stations!

Man Your Battle Stations!

After the Museum, We Ate an Authentic German Meal in Old Town

After the Museum, We Ate an Authentic German Meal in Old Town

German Sausage and Potatoes—A Hearty Meal for Tired Sailors

German Sausage and Potatoes—A Hearty Meal for Tired Sailors

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Family|

We Are Delighted to Introduce to You…

This morning at 9:30am God graciously gifted to our family a new little member—a sweet little baby girl! We are grateful for the many prayers lifted up on our behalves and are pleased to introduce to you…

 

Genesis Verity Turley — Born April 28, 2015

Genesis Verity Turley — Born April 28, 2015

Genesis – The first book of the Bible, containing historical accounts spanning the first 2,369 years of Earth history, beginning with creation and ending with the death of Joseph.

Verityn.

[Fr. verité ; L. veritas, from verus, true] Truth ; consonance of a statement, proposition or other thing to fact.

“After more than two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be brought to bear, the Bible has survived—and is perhaps better for the siege. Even on the critics’ own terms—historical fact—the Scriptures seem more acceptable now than they did when the rationalists began the attack.”
—From an article in Time magazine, 1974

“Yea, Hath God Said?”

Despite his best attempts throughout the ages, The Enemy of our Creator has failed to destroy the credibility of God’s infallible Word. The assaults have only proven to further reinforce what Scripture has touted all along: That it is without error and can be trusted on every point. Nonetheless, his attacks persist and what better place to start in discrediting God’s Word than at the very beginning?

The Book of Beginnings

Whether it is from the God-hating philosophies of Darwinian Evolutionary theory, or the biblically and scientifically incoherent compromises such as day-age theory and gap theory, the book of Genesis has found itself at the epicenter of a battle waged for the souls of men, fought with particular ferocity in the last century and a half since the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species*.

While perhaps almost cliché in their familiarity, the opening verses of the first book of the Bible—the account of God’s work during creation week—serve as the very bedrock to all of our Christian faith.

“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” —Psalm 11:3

It is then no surprise to find that the Enemy’s focus has been to discredit the book of Genesis. If the opening pages of Scripture were proven to be inaccurate and unworthy of our trust, it would only stand to reason that the rest of His Word would be likewise dubious at best. However, far from untrustworthy, Scripture repeatedly proves its dependability and continues to be consulted in the disciplines of archeology, biology, geology and others as the most reliable historical document we have. Discoveries in every field of science—from life’s irreducible complexity, the miracle of birth, red-light shift, the presence of soft dinosaur tissue, the world of genetics, and a whole host of others scream “designed!”. Even the flood-deposited, fossil-filled strata layers remind us that, if we become silent on this issue, even “…the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40)

6 Literal, 24-Hour Days

Despite many creative compromises concocted to avoid conflict with the widely accepted evolutionary worldview, the Bible is explicitly clear that creation week consisted of 6 literal, 24-hour days, roughly 6,000 years ago. On this truth rest the doctrines of sin and salvation, therefore we reject any theory that suggests the presence of death before sin—implicit in theories such as the day-age theory, because, if the Bible is wrong in identifying sin as the cause of our spiritual death, then Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins ceases to accomplish what Christ stated he came to accomplish. Scripture is clear: when man sinned, sin entered the world:

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…” —Romans 5:12

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” –I Corinthians 15:21,22

Fighting the Good Fight

A mis-guided although honest assessment by an evolutionist:

“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!” —Bozarth, G. Richard, “The Meaning of Evolution,” American Atheist (February 1978)

Bozarth errs in this important point: We do not fight against science. Science is an important vehicle through which to bring glory to God by uncovering the brilliance of His creative works. We fight rather against false philosophies and vain deceit and “…and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God … bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

God be praised for the wonders of His magnificent creation! We will not lean on our own understanding, but trust wholly in His infallible Word and the indisputable Verity of Genesis.

*Full Title: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

 Our smallest baby yet, weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz.

Our smallest baby yet, weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz.

 Biggest brother Calvin is absolutely smitten!

Biggest brother Calvin is absolutely smitten!

Big brother Christian is elated at her arrival!

Big brother Christian is elated at her arrival!

A sister for Shiloh at last! And a real live baby doll to play with!

A sister for Shiloh at last! And a real live baby doll to play with!

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Family|

The Peril of a “Boundless Field of Power”

If we are to agree with the ratification of a national bank, what is to stop the fed from imposing an income tax on laborers? If that is passed uncontested, what prevents the fed from levying a property tax, whereby property is never truly the possession of the buyer? If that is tolerated, what prevents the wholesale confiscation of arms under the guise of public safety? If even that is ratified, what precedence is there to resist the imposing of a nation-wide health care on the people? The answer…. there is none. And thus the forbidden door has been opened and we become prey to the “boundless field of power” as eloquently decried by Thomas Jefferson in the below response to the proposed creation of a national bank (15 Feb. 1791Papers 19:275–80):

thomas-jefferson

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the U.S. by the Constitution, not prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people” [10th Amendmt.]. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Politics, Quotes|

Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo

When Standing Upright, this Pelican Was Taller then the Boys!

When Standing Upright, this Pelican Was Taller then the Boys!

A Stunning Display of The Designer’s Skill

A Stunning Display of The Designer’s Skill

Small as Tigers Come, This Malayan Was a Mere 280 lbs.

Small as Tigers Come, This Malayan Was a Mere 280 lbs.

But 280 Pounds of Cat is Intimidating Face-to-Face

But 280 Pounds of Cat is Intimidating Face-to-Face

Few Creatures Exude a More Sinister Aura than the Alligator

Few Creatures Exude a More Sinister Aura than the Alligator

Shiloh REALLY Enjoyed the Animals!

Shiloh REALLY Enjoyed the Animals!

Looking is Fun, but Interacting is So Much More Engaging!

Looking is Fun, but Interacting is So Much More Engaging!

400 Pounds of Solid Muscle–Yikes!

400 Pounds of Solid Muscle–Yikes!

We Thought Perhaps This Fellow Inspired Some of Dr. Seuss’ Characters

We Thought Perhaps This Fellow Inspired Some of Dr. Seuss’ Characters

On the Back of Sturdy Bo, a 1300-Pound Camel

On the Back of Sturdy Bo, a 1300-Pound Camel

King of the Hill and King of the Jungle

King of the Hill and King of the Jungle

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Family|