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Lift Off

Lift Off

 

My friend Charlie lifted off from this planet and universe in the very early morning hours November 17th, in the arms of his wife.

By all indications, from the telemetry, the launch went smoothly without a hitch.

He soon touched down into another set of arms that were patiently waiting for him.

That touchdown also went without a problem, after all, he was caught by the Creator of the Universe.

This Creator, who so carefully designed time and space, in His infinite wisdom, made our universe so vast in size, that all the grains of sand on all the beaches on planet earth would not add up to all the sun’s in our Milky Way Galaxy. 

To top that off, He made more galaxy’s in this cosmos that we live in, than all the grains of sand on our little blue planet’s beaches.

Wrap your head around that!

 

I would say, Charlie, is in very good arms and hands indeed.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

A very proud Charley as he walks down the aisle with his daughter Mary. 

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Charlie knew this was the location he wanted to end up in when he took his last breath and many breaths in-between.

He has moved on from this boot camp called life, leaving behind a legacy of life that touched many people.

A wonderful wife and three precious children and grandchildren were his main contribution to this legacy.

 

Charlie was the Star Wars Mandalorian when it came to the Christian faith.

 

He was always ready to defend this faith and to spread the hope he had within himself when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

He knew where his treasures were stored.

Charlie was a huge success in this life by the mere fact of accepting Christ.

That alone is something that heaven celebrated beyond all measure.

I can just imagine when he touched down in his new existence, what he must have felt and seen with all his new senses.

All the things he read about and studied from church and the Bible came to life in an instant.

I wish I could have been there to see his face and soul upon meeting Jesus face to face.

I will soon enough in my own time, and most of all, in God’s time.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

Charley presenting his daughter Mary to his new son-in-law, Josh, at wedding. 

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For the time being, I have been reflecting on the times, my family shared with the Atwell family.

What a historic life we celebrated together.

“Papa, papa, please help me” Charlie’s oldest son, Jimmy would cry out with a big smile on his face when he was small. “Shaun and Jason are picking on me.” Charlie would laugh as he watched his son fly through the air from one of my boys to the other, and always reply “I am not getting in the middle of those two. You’re on your own”

I imagine, my two sons picked on Mary and Jack the same way.

 

Mr. Atwell, was how I would address Charlie from time to time, loved to fish and he loved taking his family on these adventures to different lakes.

I took my small boat one time to one of these adventures, with my son Shaun and my wife, Monica, to Lake Mary in Northern, Arizona.

We wanted to catch something bigger from what you could hook into from shore. We left our wives sitting onshore waving at us.

After fishing for a period of time, a storm started to move in. The waves started to grow large and were lapping at the edges at the top of the boat.

Out of safety and concern, we dropped my son off on the other side of the lake to lessen the load in the boat.

Charlie and I were NOT small people, so this baby road low in the water, even in calm conditions.

By the time we made it halfway across the lake, Charlie and I were in some serious prayer and having a conversation with the Almighty.

To this day I still do not know how we made it with only a trolling motor for propulsion.

When we landed on shore, I thought I could see Charlie’s hand impressions of where he had squeezed the front of the boat on each side.

When he placed both feet on the rocky shore, he bent down and kissed the ground.

 

Big, bad, fisherman we both were.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

Charley dancing his daughter Mary with his wife Susan dancing with Jack in the background. 

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There were many stories like that we all have replayed in our heads in our time with this interesting, creative, and funny individual called Charles August Atwell.

One of the best memories for me, was sharing his daughter Mary’s wedding with the Atwell family, friends, and relatives.

What a blast that was for my whole family, including grandchildren.

My daughter-in-law, Candace, and my son, Jason, took the wedding photographs that you see here on this blog.

My grandson, Zeke was the ring bearer and my granddaughter Fran Cesca was the flower girl.

It was a weekend we will never forget! 

 

Our families were not perfect by any means, and if it were not for forgiveness that our Christian Faith believed in, and Jesus made the forefront of His message, I have no idea how our families would have survived.

I think the restoration of the rebellious human spirit is God’s greatest miracle He can perform.

With everything else in the universe, God can just breathe into existence, material things out of nothing.

 

He is the Word!

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

The Atwell Family. (from left to right) Charley and Susan in front. Along the back, Jack, Jimmy and Mary.  

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When it comes to us humans, it’s a different story when you consider freewill in the mix of our existence.

God is the perfect gentlemen and will not go unless He is invited.

What patience He has for the human race and us as individuals.

He keeps setting up scenarios for us to connect with Him over and over again.

Some are very hard scenarios that are absolutely heartbreaking in the human mindset, but God will use everything in our lives to bring us to Him.

 

Eternity is in the balance.

 

Most people will not embrace God throughout their lifetime which is very sad, and I can only imagine how God Himself must feel.

We did not have this problem where Charlie, me, and our families are concerned.

As it says in John 14:6, our families have all embraced The Word, The Way, The Truth, and The Life.

See you soon my brother, save a spot for me.

Do not forget the lunch date we made to have in heaven, out on one of many planets in the universe, and we can watch as a distant sun goes supernova.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

Charley with his wife Susan, my wife Monica and me (John) after one of the many photo shoots we shared every year at the Salvation Army Christmas event in Phoenix.

He loved doing this event and got so much joy bringing happiness to people less fortunate with the gift of a family portrait.

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Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God 

I first meet Alan Tai at my local RTB (Reasons to Believe) monthly group in Phoenix, Arizona, on our Zoom meeting a month ago.

Reasons to Believe is a progressive creationist group that promotes day-age forms of old-Earth creationism.

Alan Tai received his Ph.D. in physics, specializing in quantum well research, from Boston College, and a graduate certificate of completion in biblical foundations from Grand Canyon University.

Alan has worked at various medical ultrasound technology companies, including Philips as an engineer and GE, and recently joined our local RTB science group. 

He has been a welcome addition to our local organization, which is an offshoot of the larger Reasons to Believe group, headed by Hugh Ross, an astrophysicist, creationist and Christian Apologist in Covina, California.

Alan and I connected after or meeting about upgrading his website (I am a website designer and graphic artist by trade). I soon found out he recently wrote a book about God coming from a scientist’s point of view.

I write blogs for many different businesses and groups, so I decided to do a book report on it for my Christian Apologetic website that I share with a couple of other authors.

Sorry, I could not help myself but to harken back to my school days and call it a book report, but it is really a book review that I, and our local group, find very interesting.

We like to dig deep into finding God, what makes him tick, and how He has designed this universe the way He did.

He is an Intelligent Designer to the very highest degree and is behind everything with meticulous planning from the very smallest to the largest with precise detail.

I think it’s a form of worship to research God this way.

I found out Alan was born and raised in Hong Kong where he experienced and learned many different cultures and beliefs as he was growing up.

Alan says he is a “scientist and not a politician” and tries to stay away from political topics, which I find refreshing considering our political climate today.

The book itself is not very big and to tackle the subjects that he did, he had to be somewhat brief while at the same time writing it into layman’s terms so someone like me, not in the field of science could understand.

 

A Physicist’s Perspective on God

The book’s subtitle is “Roadmaps to Wisdom Through Science and Life” is very interesting, to say the least.

He broke down different sections of the book to easily find topics for reference. The table of contents attracted me to where I wanted to go first. I did go back and read the rest of the book, by the way.

I did comments on some of the chapters but left some open because the titles were somewhat explanatory and you need to read for yourself. 

 

Part One: ‘Introduction’  

1.) ‘My background to Realize the Wisdom in Science’

This is Alan’s way of explaining who he is and why he should be listened to as a scientist.

2.) ‘My Path to the purpose the Wisdom in Science and Life’

3.) Communication through the Scientist and their Lives’

I enjoyed these three chapters because I felt I had a chance to meet Alan and a unique view on how scientists grow up and what he has gone through in his life.

 

Part Two: ‘The Wisdom Communicating Through Invisible Qualities’

4.) ’Unseen Things’

5.) ’Law of Physics’

 Interesting take on how a scientist can look at the same data and come away with different points of view of the results especially on how it relates to God. This is also how most humans think and absorb information.

6.) ’Universal Order’

I like how he used diagrams to explain things. I am a visual learner, so this helps someone like me.

 

Part Three: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Eternal Power’

7.) In the Beginning. 

Interesting Alan started this out as the Bible.

a.) There was a beginning in time in the universe.

b.) God existed as He was before the beginning of time.

c.) God has the power to create material things.

d.) Before the beginning of time, there were no material things (nothing) apart from God.

e.) The earth existed at the first in chaos.

f.) The Spirit of God was preparing to bring order.

g.) When God said there should be light in a certain time and space, light shone.

8.) ’The Vastness of the Universe’

Alan explained it this way “Reducing the scale of our entire solar system to the size of a quarter gives us perspective about the size of the Milky Way with respect to our solar system. On this scale, the overall size of our Milky Way galaxy would be close to the size of the United States!” 

How does one wrap his head around that?? 

He also gave more models to give understanding, but I had to stop and contemplate what he was saying in each instance. 

 

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

A size meme I designed to give the illustration of the quarter (our solar system) and the United States (Milky Way).

9.) ‘The Uniqueness of the Earth and Humans’

Alan goes into great detail on how our planet earth is unique in the cosmos and how we, as humans, are even more so.  

 

Part Four: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Divine Nature’

10.) ‘Love and Light’

He explains this way at the beginning of the chapter, ‘The general revelation of nature shows us the power of the creator.’

11.) ‘Spirit and Wisdom’

God is not limited by physical space and time.

 

Part 5: The Wisdom Communicated Through Special Revelation’

12.) ‘The Bible’

Alan said the turning point for him in appreciating the Bible came after he encountered Jesus through the four gospels in the New Testament and opening his spiritual eyes.

13.) ‘Jesus Christ’.

God’s salvation plan centers around His son, Jesus Christ.

 

Part 6: ‘Conclusion’

14.) ‘The Combined Roadmap’

15.) Triune God and You’

 

I found Alan’s book informative especially for individuals that did not have much of a science background. He explained things very well in layman’s language so anyone can understand. 

It’s not a large book, but I do not think he meant it to be. It was enough to whet your appetite to find out more about each subject.

If you were an atheist, the book would give you things to think about and if you were a believer in evolution, it would also give you a different point a view from a scientist that believes in God.


 

You can find Alan’s book here on Amazon

His website is here Science and Life

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Can Good Come from Evil?

Can Good Come from Evil?

Can Good Come from Evil?

 

I am sure this is a question that will tie many people in knots both for Christians and non-believers.

It has also been around since the beginning since humans have walked this earth and could think and analyze questions in a deeply meaningful way. 

Life on our planet is very hard for many individuals and at times seems like evil has had free reign at times. 

I know I am stepping into the realm of God, but I think that it is OK because I am not shaking my fist at Him and being accusatory and blaming Him for many hardships in life but one of sincere interest and wanting to find out how God ticks.

I remember what Dr. William Lane Craig once said about our existence here on earth “Is this the best possible of all worlds?”

Given the freewill additive in the mix, how would you answer this?

Remember this is not a question of good and bad but one that is essentially asking “Can good come out of evil?”

Is this the best possible of all worlds?”

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To atheistic evolutionists, the question,“did man spring from low life forms”, is a nonstarter. They would argue that there is no evil or good and bad but just “is”

To them, nothing can be wrong because they have a mindset of “survival of the fittest” but, as Christians, we come from a place of ultimate authority and view the universe from an intelligent designer perspective and not one that evolved by happy accidents throughout the millennium. 

Being an atheist for the first part of my adult life, I understand the atheist mind, because I was one. 

Yes, I had ulterior motives in those days because of the childhood I suffered through, but I believe it made me intellectually smarter because I had to tear down a preconceived bias that I held dear to my existence.

How could there be a God, with all this crap going on in the world?

I was not willing to flip the question and look at the positive aspects of this question because all I could see was the bad in the question “Is There Good in Evil?”

If there is a God, how could He allow evil in the first place much less, bad?

From our limited perspective, we ask these questions, without hesitation, because of our arrogance and human understanding.

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Are we qualified to make that judgment?

We are know-it-alls from our birth until we die. Maybe that is why the bible says we are in a state of rebellion from the get-go.

Our sinful state is something to be overcome. 

Freewill does have its limitations and distractions.

God knew from the beginning, we would be this way but yet, He still puts up with us.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28.

In times of chaos and strife, we have to hold onto God’s word and His promises.

We have to know that there is nothing that He cannot do when He has a mind to do something.  

As humans, we do not have the power on our own to overcome our sinful state but with God in control, we can.That takes the burden off my shoulders and gives me hope to start again and again and again…

 

R.C.Sproul at Ligonier Ministries, had an interesting take “How Can God Bring Good Out of Evil?”

 

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Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Many scientists say evolution is a done deal. Is it really? To this day, scientists have not been able to produce life coming from non-life, even in the most perfect conditions in laboratories the world over.

It’s not for lack of trying.

Many scientists are obsessed with proving evolution actually happened, and have worked on making life come from non-life in their own laboratories.

If they have not been able to reproduce the catalyst or mechanism for life springing from a non-living entity, how can they say that evolution is even remotely possible?

After decades of trying to reproduce life in these perfect conditions, many of these scientists have come to believe life is very complex to the extreme.

Darwin believed life sprang from the primordial soup in a basic non complex form. He had no idea how that would happen because it was way beyond his pay grade of understanding in 1840.

He just believed scientists would figure it out in future generations.

After 150 years they have not.

Not Even Close

There is absolutely no living organism on this planet today that is not complex even right down to living cells.

From the very smallest forms of life to the largest, the complexities are amazing.

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Every year biological scientists gather in a central location in Europe, and review the new discoveries in the field.

Evolution is always on top of the list, and the big question that is asked every year, “has anyone of their colleagues” come up with the solution to reproducing life coming from non-life in their labs.

It would be a real feather in the cap of any scientists who would discover how this happened. They would be revered among all their colleagues for years to come.

Evolution, is many scientist’s Holy Grail or even their god.

Evolutionary biologists believe that evolution is a done deal, and have fooled the general public that it is, but truth be told, there is nothing done about it.

It’s actually quite undone.

Many average people put these great researchers and so-called great thinkers on such a high pedestal and believe everything they say because they do not have even have the basic understanding of the problems these scientists are facing.

Those who believe that natural selection explains the development of new totally different species speak in generalities about evolution and claim that any changes developed over millions of years.

Do the fossils speak to this?

That’s where much disagreement has sprung. How to interpret fossils is far from conclusive. There is something called the Cambrian explosion, an event that happened 541 million years ago, when practically all major animal phyla started appearing in the fossil record.

In other words, animal groups and their great diversity showed up out of nowhere in the fossil record. There were no transitional fossils going from basic life forms, to more advanced ones. Thousands of animal groups just appeared in the fossils.

A broken record to be sure!

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Astronomers and Evolutionary Biologists talk about the conditions in the universe to produce life. With the billions and billions of galaxies in our visible universe surely life must be on some of those.

You constantly hear in the news how it is possible that we have life on other planets in our own solar system like Mars, Venus and some of the moons of the gas giant planets.

All of it is just conjecture and unproven.

In a field that prides itself on reproducible experiments, they have none!

If you are a fellow scientist and bring up the problems with the evolutionary paradigm, you will be attacked by other scientists.

If you are a teacher in high school or college and bring up the problems, they will seek to have you fired.

What is amazing to me, is that many Christians believe in evolution.

Why? Do they not understand or believe what the bible says about who created all life, especially humans? Why do they allow the secular world to dictate what they should believe in, even if it is wrong and unscientific.

I wrote a blog that you should read “Evolution and an Age of Confused Children”

There are many objections by scientists who work in the fields of Microbiology, Biophysics, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Quantum Chemistry and the study of DNA. They are ringing the alarm that evolution has many problems and they are voicing their concerns. 

I found a website called “Dissent from Darwinism” that lists over 1,000 scientists worldwide who have come together to voice their objections. I was shocked at how many there were and the diverse scientific fields they came from.

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, has written a book that has taken the science world by storm called “Darwin’s Doubt”. A scientist himself, he points out from a scientific standpoint why there are many problems with this theory. It is a hard book to understand, in that he goes into detail on many aspects of how life works and functions. You can find Dr. Meyer’s on his Website.

My advice to you, as a Christian, is do some research of your own on where man came from for the sake of yourself, your family, and friends and try to think deeply on the question of all questions, that has haunted mankind since the beginning.

“Where did we come from?”

Can you answer that with confidence as if your life depended on it?

 

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

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Can You Admit You Are Wrong?

Can You Admit You Are Wrong?

Can You Admit You Are Wrong?

How hard is it for you to admit you are wrong about something? How about admitting that to those close to you, like your wife, children, or people at work, or someone that you may not have seen eye-to-eye with in the past?

Let’s face it, admitting you have been wrong takes a certain amount of humility. Your self-esteem takes a real hit.

Romans 12:3 says “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

I know it has been very hard for me at times in my life to admit I have been wrong, especially with my wife. If I admit I am wrong, my brain shoots back to my childhood where everyone seemed to consider me as not very intelligent.

My teachers in first and second grade and my family thought I was of low IQ (and still does) because of attention deficit (they did not name it that in the 1950’s) but called it retarded.

Everyone was convinced I was retarded.

They sent me to a counselor when I was 7 or 8 years old for help with my cognitive skills. After one session he told my parents that my IQ was not low but that I needed to have my hearing checked.

They did and found my hearing was very bad. I had lost hearing completely in one ear and about 50% in the other. That is why everyone thought I was ignoring them.

I had exceptionally bad earaches as a child and would scream for hours on end because of the pain. Eventually the doctors took out my tonsils which turned out to be the cause of the infection in both ears.

By that time the damage was done, and my hearing would never improve.

The damage was also done in my psyche in my early years of child development.

That mindset has followed me my whole life so when I have had a problem where something did not work or I have to admit that I am wrong about something,  it shoots me back to feeling stupid and retarded.

That feeling has been lurking in the back of my brain all my life and has done damage in many of my past relationships, especially with my wife.

God has been working on this issue with me since I became a Christian, but it is not totally gone. I have become much better with her, but it still raises its ugly head from time to time.

Funny thing is that I have noticed when I do admit I was wrong about something with her, she finds it very hard to forgive me, at least right away.

She also finds it much harder to admit she was wrong about something.

I think many wives are like that. Why is that?

I think it’s because we as husbands have wounded them far more than they have wounded us. I know this is an overgeneralization, but I have observed this play out in many marriages.

My last two questions for us to answer. 

1.) How hard is it for you to admit you are wrong about something?

2.) What is our opinion of ourselves and is it accurate from God’s perspective?

 

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