Is global warming fact or fiction?


Ice age

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Period of long-term reduction in temperature of Earth’s surface and atmosphere

An artist’s impression of ice age Earth at glacial maximum. Based on: Crowley, T. J. (1995). “Ice age terrestrial carbon changes revisited”. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 9 (3): 377–389. Bibcode:1995GBioC…9..377C. doi:10.1029/95GB01107.

An ice age is a long period of reduction in the temperature of the Earth‘s surface and atmosphere, resulting in the presence or expansion of continental and polar ice sheets and alpine glaciers. Within a long-term ice age, individual pulses of cold climate are termed “glacial periods” (or, alternatively, “glacials” or “glaciations”, or colloquially “ice ages”), and intermittent warm periods are called “interglacials“.

In the terminology of glaciology, ice age implies the presence of extensive ice sheets in both northern and southern hemispheres.[1] By this definition, we are in an interglacial period—the Holocene—of the current ice age.

The current ice age began 2.6 million years ago at the start of the Pleistocene epoch, and the Greenland, Arctic, and Antarctic ice sheets still exist.[2]

 

So I started this post with an excerpt from Wikipedia. Why would I do that? Because most people believe Google and Wikipedia rather than the Bible. According to research found on the internet concerning the Ice Age we are in an “interglacial” period. That means we are at the end of or between ice ages. Further research and observation is the fact that many animal skeletons are being discovered as ice sheets melt. This indicates that these areas were once warm enough for land animals to thrive. The warming periods were not created by man-made pollution.

So if science is fact, the earth is millions of years old and has periods of getting cooler and then warmer. All that without any man-made help!

According to creationist scientists, if the Bible is factual the ice age probably started as a result of the global flood known as the Noahic flood. However, the world will not end because of global warming.

By studying the creation account we can assume a responsibility to reduce pollution, and use the earth for the benefit of humankind, that is if you believe the creation account.  Yet the question still remains what can we do as individuals to reduce the amount of waste we generate? More importantly what can Christians do to leave a better world for those yet to be born?

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Luke chapter 1 Part 1


Questions to ponder;

  1. What prayer did the angel reference when he spoke to Zechariah?
  2. Why did Zechariah doubt the angels message?
  3. What was the purpose of striking Zechariah mute?
  4. Infertility is a difficult situation. What would it be like in a culture that considered infertility as a curse?
  5. Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant when Mary visited. When Mary arrived the unborn John leaped in his mothers womb. What insight does that give about the unborn having a spirit?

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Bullying others into conformity.


I cannot stand bullies. Those cowardly sorts that use position, status, or brute strength to force their will on others. It always has and continues to make me fighting mad to see people bullied.
Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting Oscars because of backlash from anti-gay tweets YEARS ago! This clearly implies it is okay to bully people who have EVER made a statement against gays. Do you really think this will stop here?
Homosexuality is a sexual sin. Even if you are not religious it takes some twisted thinking to believe homosexuality is normal human behavior.
Those two statements will make some of you angry and defensive. Voicing my beliefs doesn’t make me wrong. Bullying others into conformity is wrong! Forcing others to accept an immoral lifestyle is wrong!
Rev. Burt Schwab 
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If the world was created for me…


If all of the world did things just the way I like things to be done…

I would never have to wait in line.

Traffic lights would always be in my favor.

The store clerk would be sincere when they say have a nice day.

Everyone would work with the same ambition and attitude I have.

All food would be cooked the way I like.

All movies would have a plot that interests me.

Think of how different life would be!

But that would be a world lacking many of the things that you like….

That would truly be a dull and boring world to live in. A world without differences and variations. A world of limited color and imagination.

The same sense of humor. The same pet peeves. The same taste in clothes and décor. No real differences to see the beauty of diversity…

Thank God the world was not created just for me!

Rev. Burt Schwab

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It’s okay to say Happy Holidays


My wife and I were out shopping recently when a cheerful cashier said “Happy Holidays” and I replied “you as well”. I do not know if the cashier is a Christian or otherwise but her cheerful disposition is infectious. That encounter helped me remember what this season is all about.

Why are we so quick to be offended by the phrase Happy Holidays? Do only Christians have a license to celebrate Christmas? This is the time of year that many religions celebrate holy days. It coincides with Winter celebration. As a Christian I hold December 25 as a special day set aside to honor the birth of Christ Jesus. Others do not but they still celebrate something this time of year.

Christmas has it’s own kind of magic. The joy and anticipation seen in children waiting for gifts from Santa Claus. Festive music, colorful lights, Caroling, hot cocoa, all sorts of baked goodies and family gatherings are all a part of the celebrating.

Happy Holidays is meant as a special greeting. A way to offer a blessing of cheer and good fortune this time of year. When offered from a sincere heart such a greeting is an act of kindness born out of love. Isn’t that keeping Christ in Christmas? As the Grinch said Christmas came without boxes, ribbons and bows… Maybe it’s something more.

To you all I wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays as well.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Genesis 3


The Bible study series uses unedited video. I will continue to improve the video quality but please don’t expect professional presentations on this site. Hey I’m doing good just to figure out how to post these videos!

 

Genesis 3 gives us the detailed account of sin entering the world and the consequences of it.

Study questions;

  1. What is the significance of the first question posed in Genesis?
  2. Did Eve quote God accurately?
  3. Does that influence your desire to know God’s word for yourself?
  4. What was different in the way Eve sinned versus how Adam sinned?
  5. Name some common behavior associated with sin.
  6. Why did God not let Adam and Eve die right after eating the fruit?
  7. How does Genesis 3 give insight into the world we now live in?

Please leave feedback in the comment section. Thanks.

Rev. Burt Schwab

P.S. Next week we will be preparing for Christmas a bit by looking at Luke Chapter 1.

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Winter has made a visit!


15 inches of snow! That is the official total of snowfall on November 25, 2018 in the city I live in. Although it is not officially Winter, a new season has begun.

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The thought of that much snow either excites you or makes you cringe. For me it marks the beginning of the season of rest. snow November 25, 2018Most of this year has been focused on house repairs and upgrades. Much of that work was done with Winter preparation in mind. At this point in time two cars can be parked in the garage. The basement has been sealed up from all the drafts. The house in general is much more pleasant to live in.

Clearing the driveway and sidewalks was a lot of effort. There will be plenty of improvement projects when the weather warms back up. But over the next several weeks I get to watch some movies, read some books, have hot cocoa and relax in a comfy home. Hard work has its advantages.

Enjoy the new season!

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Genesis 1&2


Genesis 1&2 give us the biblical account of creation as was recorded by Moses. The creation account found in the Bible is disputed and discussed by both Christians and non believers alike. The Bible does not prove its accuracy about creation it just states it as a fact. On the other hand, secular scientists have not proven various theories of the origin of matter but many of them make statements that are to be accepted as fact.

As you read and contemplate Genesis 1&2 ask yourself these discussion questions;

  1. Is the creation account important to the Christian faith? Why or why not?
  2. What is some insight into the nature of God that can be found in the creation account?
  3. In Genesis 2:15-17 we read about a tree of knowledge. Why do you think God would create something off-limits to humans?
  4. Genesis 2:18-20 records that Adam was given the responsibility to name all the animals. This suggests that his job was to study them, identify their traits, and assign them a descriptive name. Does this suggest that God ordained science?
  5. What, in your opinion, is the significance of woman being created from a part of man?

Your feedback on these questions are highly valued. Please know this is a safe site for honest discussion.

Next session will be on Genesis chapter 3.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Psalm 32


This is the first of the online Bible study from this site. It will not be automatically shared with social media sites so that all comments can be seen by all readers. This project is in response to the people who have asked me to write some form of teachings that others can use for personal study and growth.

It will take some time, trial and error, and patience to create a study style that encourages you and others to further Christian growth. Your feedback and participation will help develop this project into a meaningful way to engage in Bible Study with others.

The posts will be published on Saturday mornings at 5:00 central time. The category will be ‘Online Bible Study’. By following this site you will receive an email every time I publish a new post. If you prefer to only see the Bible study posts just search this site under ‘Online Bible Study’.

Thank you,

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

P. S.

Please read Genesis chapters 1 and 2 in preparation for the next session. I encourage you to try reading in various translations. Bible Gateway is an online resource that has many translations available for free use. In addition please use any other resources that help you study.

 

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REPENT


This is the audio from a sermon preached at Amazing Grace Church in Charles City, Iowa on November 11, 2018.

REPENT

5 steps of repentance found in Psalm 32

  1. Repentance requires honesty about sin.
  2. Recognize the damage of sin and guilt.
  3. Fully confess your sins.
  4. Hide in God.
  5. Hold on to the hope of God’s promises.

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

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