HOME PAGE   |   CONTACT PAGE   |   OUR CALENDAR 

OUR SITE MAP ... DOZENS OF BIBLE STUDY PAGES

RECENT MEETINGS

 STANDING WITH THE BAGWELLS 

 
 

To e-mail, call or write the Bagwells, just visit our "Contact" Page.

 
 

 

THE SCIENCE

 PAGE!

 

 

God is not only our Redeemer!  He is our Creator too!

Learn the Bible view of origins and destinies in these short paragraphs.

--- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

 

JANUARY 25, 2006 (WEDNESDAY):

Evolutionists have said for years that life as we know it has persisted by means of a principle known as "the survival of the fittest."

In other words, the species best equipped to adapt and conform to the newest challenges of its environment will endure perpetually.

In opposition to this theory the Bible absolutely states the fact that God controls all life, holding it in His mighty Hands!  In Acts 3:15 Peter even calls Jesus "The Prince of Life!"

And in John 14:6 Jesus calls Himself "The Life!"

In Romans 6:23 "eternal life" is the gift of God!

So is mortal physical life too!

During creation week God "formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."  Genesis 2:7

Life is not based on the survival of the fittest!

It is based on God's providential Power!

I was just reading about a bird, an unusual bird!

It's name:  the "kakapo" parrot.

Yes, it's a parrot, a five pound one!  (The world's heaviest parrot!)

It sleeps during the day, not at night! 

It dies not fly either!  (Too heavy to get airborne?)

It is not aggressive in mating either!

All these male parrots gather in one place and do absolutely nothing to attract the females!

The ladies have to come, do the courting and "choose" their man, the one who will father their little ones!

Then, after the little birds come, guess what?

Dad still is inactive!

Not only did he not help the female build the nest (she had to do it all) ... he will not aid in feeding the little ones either!

IT SEEMS THAT THIS KAKAPO PARROT IS DOING ALL HE CAN NOT TO BE "FIT" FOR SURVIVAL!

HE IS UNCOOPERATIVE IN EVERY AREA!

HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXTINCT YEARS AGO ACCORDING TO DARWIN AND HIS CROWD!

But, he's still around!

Along with his growing family!

Why?

Because God, The Great Creator, has given him life and prosperity!

Life is not based on strength or adaptability ... but on the goodness of God!

Scripture, in Psalm 75:6-7, says:  "Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."  That "promotion" no doubt includes life too!

Thank God for the kakapo parrot of New Zealand!

He is a problem for the evolutionists ... and a blessing to us Bible-believing Christians!

I've got an idea.  Really, it was Paul's idea first!  "Let God be true, but every man a liar!"  Romans 3:4

                                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

AUGUST 24, 2005 (WEDNESDAY):

I just read an article in a Science Journal about the universe!

Astronomers have long been "listening" to the suns, moons and stars as they emit certain (microwave) signals!

It seems that the "noise" they expected to hear ... "noise" that surely would have fit into lost mankind's atheistic evolutionary view of the universe ... is just not as uniform as they would have liked!

Instead of "music" that soothes the ears of godless science ... there is a "discordant" sound being emitted!

Maybe the universe is not as old as they thought?

Maybe reprobate man's theories of the universe's origins are not exactly as published in the university textbooks?

Maybe the god "science" is wrong?

Well, I'm just a preacher ... but I can tell you that the universe is NOT going to sing in perfect harmony yet!  It's "radio waves" once were in perfect tune no doubt ... right after God created it all!

BUT ... sin entered the world and everything was thrown into chaos!

Here's how Paul the Apostle expresses it in Romans 8:22.  "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

Wow!

All creation is groaning and travailing!

No wonder the men and women with Ph. D. degrees and years of scientific background are not hearing the "music" they imagined!

Groans and travails are not often pleasant or harmonious!

The verb for "groan" here (in Greek = "sustenazo") means to sigh!  To sorrow! To lament!  To share pain in common!

That's what those vast world-wide satellite dish listening stations are receiving!

But Preacher Bagwell, what is the universe waiting for?  It is in "travail" for what?  For what or Whom does it sigh?

Again Paul answers ... the created world awaits the same thing we Believers do!  "And not only they (creation), but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."  Romans 8:23

Creation anticipates the coming of our Lord ... His return to earth!

The Day of Redemption!

When the cruse will be finally removed and harmony again restored to all the creation of God!

Then the scientists (if any are believers in Christ Jesus) will re-write the astronomy articles and declare that new "music" is being heard!  That indeed as long ago described in the Book of Job ... "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy!"  Job 38:7

The music of the universe will some day again be lovely and harmonious!

Our prayer today ... and we might not be the only ones praying it either:  "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"

I've just quoted Revelation 22:20.

It's the last prayer of the whole Bible!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

MAY 20, 2005:

The little spider is only mentioned once in the whole Bible!  Proverbs 30:28 says: "The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."

However I learned something about her a few days ago.

Scientists have been studying the silk spiders produce.  You know, for their webs.  It is quite different from the silk produced even by silkworms.  Spiders not only produce more different kinds of silk ... but it is stronger and more flexible than that of their little wormy friends!

I have been told that spider silk is actually stronger (ounce for ounce) that steel itself!  Plus ... it stretches!

It is believed that if man can ever crack the "code" the little spiders use in making this substance ... he might be able to so duplicate it for human use!

Like stronger and lighter building materials!  (Aviation engineers would like to hear about that!  Lighter and more durable airplanes!)

And even for clothing that is not heavy ... but much tougher than anything we've ever worn ... maybe even bulletproof!

My, what we can learn from the little animals God CREATED!

Godless evolutionists have trouble explaining such miraculous findings!

Of course their "stock" answer must be just these words:  "It happened by pure chance!  Blind fate!  Natural selection!"

How about "Divine Creation!"

I believe I like God's explanation better!  "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:  or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."  (Job 12:7-8) 

Tell us what?

About God and His mighty power and wisdom and love!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

APRIL 15, 2005:

I was this week reading in a little science book written by a Christian engineer who has an impeccable background in astronomy.

He made this series of statements:

"Matter occurring in space is no different from that of which the earth is made, but it is subject to conditions unobtainable on earth.  Pressure and density can be so extreme as to be totally unknown on earth.  Matter (atoms and electrons) can be so tightly packed that the total mass of the earth could be compressed into a thimble. On the other hand, space can be so empty that a cubic meter (think ... a cubic "yard") contains only one atom of hydrogen!"

Did you get what he just said?

Putting all the earth (by compacting its molecules and atoms) into a little thimble!

Or spreading it out to what looks like infinity!

Talk about pressure (or the lack of it)!

What makes the universe's pressure upon planet Earth just right ... so that it perfectly holds together, encircling the sun every 364.25 days and supporting life?

Why does not this sphere on which we live scatter like dust throughout the solar system?

Well, the Bible has the answer to that question!

Then ... last year ... I read this.  Again, in a science book.  The author said that if the speed of the little electrons each circling their nucleus should decrease marginally ... the atom would not hold together.  It would collapse!

Then he added that if those same electrons should increase in speed ... infinitesimally so ... the atoms would disintegrate, separating from the core outward!

Again I ask, what makes that electron speed just right?

The answer to both questions:  The Lord Jesus Christ!

I'll prove that from the Bible.

Paul teaches us about Jesus in Colossians 1:17 and says --- "And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."

See that?

By Him ... "all things consist!"

That little Greek verb "consist" is spelled "sunistao."  It combines their main verb for "stand" ("histemi") and the prefix (preposition) meaning "with" or "together" ("sun" in Greek)!

Jesus makes all things stand together!  Or hold together!

He's why they have "cohesion!"

He is the Reason the earth does not implode ... or scatter!

He is the Reason atoms still function ... with their little negatively charged electrons obeying His "speed limit" every second of their allowed time!

Wow!

If one believes this ... Jesus is the very Source of life!  The very Center of the universe!  He is All!  Everything!  Very God of Very God!

And to that I'll say a hearty AMEN!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

JANUARY 19, 2005 (ON A COLD WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM A MOTEL ROOM IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE):

Today I'd like to tell you about the little animal we commonly call the "dragonfly."

Old American folklore also designates these little creatures as "snake doctors."  This is based upon a legend that they could care for sick (nearly dead) snakes and revive them to "health!"

They don't sting.  They don't bite either (not humans, anyway).  But they do have teeth!  More about that later.

And they do fly.  In fact, they are superb aviators.  They can outmaneuver any of their enemies in aerial combat!  They have been "clocked" at a flight speed of 35 miles per hour!  They can "take off" backward, turn "unbanked" in an instant, come to a dead stop (hovering) in a split second, and even somersault in the heat of aerial battle!  (One third to one half of their body weight is dedicated to its flight muscles!) Wind tunnel tests have actually shown the lift power of their little wings to produce a vortex similar to a miniature tornado!

Technically girl dragonflies are called "damselflies!"

They live in a small nesting area usually overlooking a pond somewhere.  And they "hunt" from the air.  They eat enough mosquitoes (300 or more a day) to have earned the nickname "mosquito hawk!" 

That's where their "teeth" again come into view.  They catch and "grind" flies and mosquitoes by the hundreds every day!  Read eating machines!

And what eyesight they have!  They can see nearly 360 degrees at once!  Each of its little eyes has up to 30,000 lenses!

There are about 500 known species of these little fellows ... with a new one or two still being discovered every year!  God's creation is so vast that we have not yet (in all 6,000 years of human history) fathomed it!

These amazing little insects are much too complicated and intricately "designed" to have simply evolved as a stroke of fate (or luck) or chance or whatever else the Darwinian scientist might call it.

They argue for a living Almighty God Who is Creator as well as Redeemer of lost mankind!  More accurately, the Lord will some day (upon His return) redeem this whole earth, removing the curse of original sin!

These astounding little "dragonflies" are certainly one of the growing arguments today used for what's today coming to be called "Intelligent Design."  They could not have just "happened!"  However I'll just keep calling Him (That Intelligent Designer) my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

But ... one more little thing.  (And I almost hate to mention it.  This little being is so "cute.")  The dragonfly is an invertebrate!  That means he has no "backbone!" 

He is harmless to you and me ... but has no backbone!

He is a dynamic pilot ... but has no backbone!

He is a wonderful mate to his "wife" ... but has no backbone!

He is lovely to watch as he skillfully operates ... but, again, has no backbone.

Did you know there are folks down at church (and on your job and at your next family reunion too) who are relatively harmless, kind and gentle in nature, pleasant associates ... who also have no backbone?

Who will not "stand" for anything!

Who lack "conviction" and "strength" to do right whatever the cost!

I must close this Article.  In fact I may have veered in a direction I had not originally intended here.

But let us all pray ... "Lord give us courage and strength and backbone ... to stand for Thee in these present evil days!  In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Paul's famous words apply here I think:  "And having done all, to stand."  Ephesians 6:13

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

JANUARY 8, 2005, SATURDAY:

Some of the discoveries mankind is making seem almost unbelievable!

I just learned they have found a little hornet that generates electricity ... all on its own!

It's a member of the Oriental hornet family.

Scientists have wired six of them together and tapped their electrical energy ... and then they ran a digital watch for a short period of time. They (the hornets) became the watch's power source, its battery!

This was discovered by entomologists at Tel Aviv University!

The outer skeleton (or skin) of the hornet can absorb sunlight, converting it into electricity, which it then stores in other parts of its body!

They have also learned that this cuticle (skin layer) best generates when the hornet is at its normal body temperature, not too hot or cold!

Now, excuse me, but that sounds like "design" to my ears!

I believe in God as Creator as well as Redeemer!

Voltages have ranged as high as several hundred millivolts and current has actually been registered at several tenths of an amp!

A living flying electrical generator!

Researchers do not yet know HOW the hornet does this!

This makes me want to say along with Psalm 75:1 --- "Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare."

And that little hornet is one of those "wondrous works" of God!

Amen!

(By the way, the "sun" light that little hornet ingests from the SUN is a picture of what we Christians are to do with the Saviour, Jesus Christ the Sun of Righteousness!  That's what Malachi 4:2 calls Him!  And once we Believers have soaked in Jesus' love and warmth all day ... there should be some power in our lives too!)

                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

DECEMBER 14, 2004, TUESDAY:

It is a matter of recognized fact that the moon is receding from the earth a small distance each year.  It is now measured to be about four centimeters annually.  I calculated that with my little measuring rod and learned that a 4cm span equals a little over an inch and a half.

So what, preacher?

A moon over 239,000 miles away (the average for a twelve month cycle) distancing itself from earth less than two inches a year is inconsequential to us all!

Maybe ... but here's something to think about.

Evolutionists say the earth is billions and billions of years old.  If they are right (which they aren't) ... then they have a big problem!

That would have put the moon so close to the earth it touched! Wow!  That alone would have caused something called "tidal friction" and would have "melted all the earth's rocks" according to one science source I studied.

That didn't happen!

If the moon is getting 2 inches further away from us each year ... that fact alone disproves an earth as old as the Bible-denying evolutionists say!

We live on a earth (encircled by a moon) that was created by an Almighty God just as Genesis tells us!

And one can begin to "prove" that fact with a small measuring stick!

No wonder Job encouraged us to "speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee" things concerning wisdom!  (Job 12:8)

I believe I will just stick with the Bible ... and not man-made theories on human origins!

Isn't it interesting that Psalm 148 tells the moon to praise the Lord?  (As it tells all of creation!)   "Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens."

And the moon simply obeys!

Amen!

                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

NOVEMBER 26, 2004 ... THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING:

Jesus promised that on this old earth "moth and rust" would always exist and corrupt their surroundings!  See Matthew 6:19.

I read earlier today of a group of little one-celled animals ("bacteria") that can eat their way through nearly anything!

They take only six months to eat a hole through a one inch steel pipe!

Even so-called stainless steel can't stop them.  (Nor can titanium!)

These metal eaters are called "sulfate reducing bacteria" and each year cause billions and billions of dollars of damage!

"Sulfate-reducing bacteria begin by sealing off their colony from liquid particularly in a pipe or tank. Once sealed off, bacteria begin forming hydrogen gas. Sealed under the biosphere, the hydrogen accumulates and is absorbed by the metal. The absorbed hydrogen begins to corrode and make the metal brittle. Researchers using pipes coated with epoxy couldn't stop the bugs."  So says a Christian in a fairly recent science review.

These little creatures just can't be eradicated!

They help illustrate before our very eyes the Bible truth that this world is aging and weakening and will some day just plainly "wear out!"

Here's how Paul puts it in Hebrews.  "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."  Hebrews 1:10-12

Like a worn piece of clothing, some day our great God shall lay aside this sin-cursed earth and create a new one to further serve His purposes!  (That statement would drive the average environmentalist crazy, I guess!)

Yes, "moth and rust" will continue.  We may learn more about the process ... but it will never be stopped!

Christian, the next time you see a little rust somewhere ... thank God for your eternal life in Christ Jesus the Lord!

                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

OCTOBER 28, 2004 (THURSDAY):

The verse simply says:  "All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee."  Psalm 145:10

All God's works shall praise Him!

I am wondering if that includes lakes and ponds!

I was reading a science article early this morning and I discovered something.

It seems that scientists have long suspected this, but they have now proved it as a fact.

Bodies of water, lakes for example, "sing" when weather conditions are just right!

Many people have reported hearing this unusual musical concert!

In fact, some experts say the lake makes different sounds as rain, snow, ice pellets and other forms of precipitation hit its surface!

Canadian scientists have experimented with this phenomenon.

By using microphones, placed far enough from shore not to pick up land noises, they have actually "heard" the lakes respond to the weather!

They have now literally recorded the sounds made by the lakes as rain, hail, drizzle and even snow gently fell upon them!

The precipitation hits the water and almost detonates!  It gives off a "ping" sound, like a tiny explosive charge!  Billions of these pings all over the lake literally emit a musical sound ... making the lake "sing!"

(I have a feeling the stars sing too!  And the plants and trees!  I know the birds do! In fact, I'm sticking with today's verse!  All God's works praise Him!)

But, preacher Bagwell, to Whom do the lakes" sing?"

Why, to their Creator, of course!

Now let's realize something else.  Paul tells us that the noises of creation are really "groans!"  In Romans 8:22 he decleares: "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

Why does creation "groan" Paul?

It is waiting for the coming Lord ... to deliver it from the curse of sin! 

Then (even Paul would admit) all creation will sing gloriously to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus our Saviour!

When Jesus returns not only will the lakes sing gallantly, so will the mountains and hills and trees join in the celebration!  "The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."  Isaiah 55:12 says so!

Jesus added that even the "stones" can cry out in glory to God!  That's in  Luke 19:40. "And He answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."

Here's what I'm thinking early this Thursday morning ... if the lakes and the weather and the winds and the stars praise the Lord (plus all the rest of His creation), so should I!  So should you!

Praise ye the Lord!

(My heart is "singing" as I write this article!  Is yours while you read it?)

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

OCTOBER 20, 2004 (WEDNESDAY):

I was reading recently and I came across these words:  "The annelid worm can turn its skin cells into brain cells."

Just that simple statement caught my attention.  I really have been unable to forget it for several days.

There's a little worm (thousands of them in the "annelid" category) that can convert skin cells into brain cells.

The information I am using is based on the country's best known encyclopedia.

Now I am not a biologist.  I have no idea how this is done organically.

But I would call it pretty good evidence of a Creator!

I doubt the little worm figured that out by himself!

But this minute fact prompted my spiritual thoughts too!

I of course cannot turn any of my skin cells into brain cells.

But I can tell you this dogmatically:  I know a BOOK that can be turned into brain cells!  Well, really ... it can be turned into Wisdom!

Truthfully!

By reading and studying and memorizing and meditating on its pages (the truths within those pages) one can become more and more discerning and skilled in wisdom!

You Christians know exactly what I mean!

THE BIBLE!

Listen to these verses.

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."  2nd Timothy 3:15  (A Book that can impart Wisdom!)

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."  Acts 20:32   (A Book that can build us up in the things of God!)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."  2nd Timothy 3:16-17  (A Book that can supply everything we need to achieve "all good works!")

And listen to this paragraph of praise about the Bible!  "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."  Psalm 19:7-11  (Each of the capitalized synonyms is another word for the Scriptures of Truth!  Also each comes with its own blessing!  Summed up ... a Book that brings "great reward!")

I would not trade places with that little annelid worm ... as intricately created as it is!  No sir!  I am satisfied being a old sinner ... SAVED by the Grace of God and given a BOOK ... one that imparts wisdom and everything else I need to serve my Lord and Savior!

Thank God for the Bible!

Meet us here daily ... with one in your hand!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

OCTOBER 18, 2004 (MONDAY):

Genesis 1:21 tells us:  "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

The Lord made the whales!

Scientists are constantly learning more about these amazing creatures of God.

In the old classic story "Moby Dick," author Herman Melville said that whales just must be guided by "a secret intelligence from Deity!"

An intelligence from God!

At least some whales navigate through the world's oceans using an echo-location system much like that the bats use!  Sonar ... would be a good word here!  Sound is emitted from the great fish and the reverberating echoes are read by its brain and formed into a mental map pattern!  (Somewhat like radar!)

That's intelligence!

Also it has been established that whales can talk to each other!  They have a simple form of language!  Using certain "clicking" sounds ... in precise patterns and sequences ... whales actually deliver and receive messages!  My science source tells me that they can "talk" to other whales thousands of miles away!

In fact, here is a direct quote:  "Scientists believe that some of the frequencies used by the whales allow them to communicate with other whales halfway around the world!"  (That would be about 12,000 miles away at the equator!)  Wow!  Talk about "long distance" ... and before Alexander Graham Bell too!

And they also "sing!"  These songs are believed to be "love" songs ... used during mating season.  One song can last up to 30 minutes!  (Pretty good memory!)  A humpback whale's song will be identical to his brothers' songs within a whole vast population ... and sometimes the very same within a complete ocean basin! Amazing!

And if the researchers think that today's information about whales is astounding ... they ought to ponder what I believe about them!

I believe that one great whale was especially prepared by the Lord ... to ride a preacher around the Mediterranean Sea for 3 days!

I believe this particular whale was equipped with "a secret intelligence" from God also!  (No, I never met Herman Melville!)

This whale was exactly in the right place at the right time (middle of sea ... during fierce storm) to pick up his passenger!  (Excellent navigation system!)

He safely transported his cargo just the right number of days!  (What a sense of time!)

And emitted (ejected ... disembarked ... de-whaled ... vomited) him upon the shore upon command!  (Add obedience to its traits!)

Where did you get all that, preacher Bagwell?

From the Book of Jonah and the mouth of Jesus!

Listen to our Lord in Matthew 12:40 --- "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

I still believe God is the Creator!

And that He made the amazing whales too!

After all, that's where the Bible starts:  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  Genesis 1:1

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

OCTOBER 3, 2004 (SUNDAY)

The science article was very clear!

It plainly stated that no snakes existed on certain oceanic islands!

Hawaii (the island system) was among the most famous of these.

Yet this is changing!

According to my sources, there's a "snake" war in progress even now!

It seems that certain "snakes" are flying to Hawaii these days!

They are called "brown snakes" and love to climb trees.

How do they "fly?"

I will tell you.

(A few dozen years ago Guam had no snakes either!  Now there are thousands upon thousands of them there!  No one knows for sure who introduced them to Guam or how they brought them there!  Additionally, the birds of Guam had no knowledge of snakes and no fear of them either.  Since there snakes naturally climbed trees, they devoured the whole bird population!  I am told that today most of the island's bird species have been eliminated!)

And that's my point today.  It is believed that these snakes have made it to the Hawaiian islands by climbing the landing gear of airplanes (military, commercial and private) and "hitching" a ride!  They are still being found occasionally around the runways and taxi strips of Hawaii!  Of course the government there is fighting the reptiles (particularly at airports)!

The beautiful bird population of these tropical islands would be gourmet eating for such snakes.

How about that?

The enemy of the birds being "airborne!"

Who would have ever thought that?

Of course ... Christian, you also have an "air-borne" enemy!

The devil is called by Paul:  "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience!"  Here's the whole verse:  "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:2

Satan can appear just anywhere it seems (although no Scripture says he is omni-present).  It is as if he flies into our lives!

Oh, how we need to be alert!

But here's the great part.  Unlike the birds of the islands ... we have weapons to conquer our enemy! 

James 4:7 --- "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

1 John 4:4 --- "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Revelation 12:11 --- "And they overcame him (the devil) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

Don't let the devil and his demons destroy your life!  Dear Believing Friend, Satan if possible, would rob you of your victory and your joy and your strength.

Use the many weapons God has given you!  They are superior to anything Satan has!

Ephesians 6:11 --- "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

And here's some more good news too!  Romans 8:37 --- "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

Praise the Lord!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2004

This is a study about frogs!

It is taken from the scientific field known as biology.

Frogs?

Who likes them?

In fact, what possible interest could the Bible student have in frogs?

I base my comments today on a passage of Scripture.

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (the devil), and out of the mouth of the beast (the anti-christ), and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."  Revelation 16:13-14

For some reason here the Lord compares these demons to "frogs!"

The frog ... a type of the devil!

I would have never thought any more about all that ... but I just read something about frogs that prompted my memory.

A Christian man who is also a scientist related how the frogs of this world are amazing little creatures ... especially in one area.  They "naturally" produce certain "drugs" through their bodily systems!

One writer calls them little "drug factories!"

Some frogs grow on their skin certain alkaloids as caffeine, morphine and other substances that affect or attack the nervous system!

That means frogs grow chemicals (like caffeine) that affect your heart!  (I would say without hesitation that the devil's very goal is to impact our hearts!)

And the frogs that grow morphine are real pain killers, aren't they?  So the devil loves to deaden the pain of sin ... at least until it's too late to do anything about it!

There is in South America a frog that produces such a skin toxin that certain natives carefully rub their arrows on the frog ... thereby contaminating those arrows for hunting purposes.  The frog produces a deadly poison via its natural abilities! (One species contains enough poison in its little body to kill about 100 men!)  Now I know the devil is like that too!  He produces death by the tons!

They've even found a frog that produces a potent anesthetic! In fact, it is more effective than any anesthesia man has ever discovered!  In other words that frog's alkaloids puts humans to sleep!  Again, that's a picture of the devil!  Satan would love to lull the sinner to sleep ... until he drops into hell with all its fire!

And, get this.  Some frog alkaloids are so "complex" that man has not yet deciphered their codes!  They believe it will take years to do so!  So the devil is more complicated than we Christians sometimes think too!  We just cannot figure him out! It's best to turn him over to the Lord.  Resist him ... rebuke him in the Name of our dear Saviour!

So ... there you see!  Maybe these reasons are part of God's purpose in comparing the devil and the false prophet to ... frogs!

No more frog legs for me, please!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2004 (WEDNESDAY --- FROM SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI)

I have about heard all I want on the subject of "Transcendental Meditation!"

It is an Eastern religion technique brought here to America by immigrants through the years.

Oh!

Preacher Bagwell, you are so old-fashioned!

Don't you know the Bible teaches us to "meditate?"

Yes, it does!

BUT there is a vast world of difference between new age meditation and Bible meditation!

The basic premise of this false religious meditation taught by Buddhism and such religions is one of "clearing" your mind (emptying your mind of all thoughts) and yielding yourself to the first "spirit" that moves you!

I am telling you ... often that well may be an evil spirit, even a demon!  Stay away from that kind of thinking, dear Christian friend!

The word our Bible uses for meditation is "hagah" and it means to quietly mumble or mutter or speak certain words to oneself!

What kinds of words?

The very words of Scripture!

That's WHY we are told to meditate in the Word of God ... day and night!  (See Psalm 1.)

Another word for "meditate" (in Hebrew = "suach") means to commune!  It's often thought to mean praying to the Lord God Almighty!

There is a big difference between lowly speaking God's Word to yourself ... or praying quietly to your Heavenly Father and (both of which keep your mind FULL ... full of the things of God) and emptying one's mind only to yield it to some passing "spirit!"

TM (transcendental meditation) is WRONG for the Christian!

Bible Meditation is RIGHT for the Christian!

A study reported in a prominent medical journal has now proved wrong the claims of some who told us that this new age meditation (TM) has many physical benefits! For example we have been told for years that TM will lower one's blood pressure. Now medical scientists are telling us that this is not so!  In a study done on 2100 men and women suffering from high blood pressure, TM proved ineffective is relieving their condition!  (According to a Bible believing science author I researched.)

Now don't misunderstand me.

Mediate all you can!

But not by emptying your mind!

No!  No!  No!

Meditate by filling your mind ... with the precious Word of God!

The Psalmist got it right in Psalm 119:148 when he said to the Lord:  "Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in Thy Word."

Try it for yourself!

God promises to bless it abundantly!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

September 10, 2004 (Friday)

The Bible opens with this great truth.  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  (Genesis 1:1)

And if man looks with an open mind, there are thousands upon thousands of illustrations available, all showing the Wisdom of such a Creator God!

God created the earth!

Then Job 12 (regarding the fact of God's creation) specifically says:  "Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee ... and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."

The earth?  As a teacher?

I was reading earlier this morning and discovered a new truth.

Scientists now say that the earth's "magnetic pole" is moving!

In fact, it has moved 800 kilometers (northwest) of where it was back in 1904!

We are told that it has moved up to 80 kilometers in one day!

And it's not only moving!  It's losing its power too! 

(Important to know ... since in years past that was one of the main ways people navigated the globe!)

Most scientists will readily admit there are signs this old world is changing.  It looks as if it is wearing out!  Growing tired!  (God did not design it to last forever.)

And if the magnetic field (North Pole) is moving and decaying ... what next?

Here's the way the Psalmist put it.

"Of old hast thou (Lord) laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end."  Psalm 102:25-27

The earth will perish one day!  It is aging!  It will wear out like a shirt or dress does! And just like a man changes from a worn shirt to a new one ... so will God change this old earth some day for a new one!  Listen to 2 Peter 3:13 --- "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

(Now this does not mean we should trash the earth ... since it is decaying daily!  We should take care of every gift God sends us ... including the planet.)

Our verse about God changing the earth (just as He changes His garments) is even repeated in the New Testament!  "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."  Hebrews 1:10-12

What a great God we serve!

He controls the whole earth!

And, unlike the earth, our God is NOT wearing out!  Or changing!  Or failing in any way!  He will never perish!

And His Source of direction (His "pole" of leadership) will never move one inch!  Yes, even the dear Word of God is for ever settled in heaven!  ("For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."  Psalm 119:89)  Neither will it ever lost its power!  ("For the word of God is quick, and powerful ...."  Hebrews 4:12)

Science can be such a friend to true faith!

And why not?

The Creator is also the Savior, the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ!

"For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him."  Colossians 1:16

Get ready!  One of these days God is going to change clothes!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

September 4, 2004 (Saturday)

Nearly every lady who is expecting a baby experiences it.  It is often called "morning sickness."  Doctors and scientists now believe there is a God-given purpose behind such a thing!

Much of the food we eat has a low level of "toxins" in them.  Some of these poisons are chemically introduced to our foods (Haven't we come a long way?) and others are just naturally there.

An adult body has the ability to handle these with no serious side effects.

But that may not be true of an unborn baby inside Mommy's womb!

Therefore ... God has designed the lady's body to expel (excuse, me ... to vomit) forth some of that food ... thereby protecting the little one from possible harm!

This information is even based upon University studies I am told.

Some studies even suggest that the women who are sicker longer ... do NOT have as many miscarriages and problems as the women who are not sick or who do not cooperate with nature in this matter.

Wow!

If anyone who is pregnant reads these lines, check with your Doctor about this of course.  I am in no way trying to practice medicine here!

But I am observing a spiritual principle in this physical reality!

Cleansing, while painful and uncomfortable, just may be for our own good!

In Nehemiah 4:10 the Tribe of Judah was getting discouraged (in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem) because there was so much "rubbish!"  Trash is a discouragement in the Christian life!  Get it out!

By the way, one of the gates Nehemiah rebuilt was the "dung" gate.  That was where the garbage went OUT of the city!  Nehemiah 3:13-14

And even in the New Testament we are told:  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  1 John 1:7  (The verb "cleanseth" is in the present tense!  As we fellowship with our God ... He keeps on cleansing us day by day!)

Morning sickness has its benefits!

So does daily spiritual cleansing!

Dear Christian friend, stay clean to the glory of God!

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  1 John 1:9

                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

August 27, 2004 (Friday) 

A study has recently been made concerning thousands of plants.  Scientists were interested in how quickly they responded to outside stimuli such as wind!

It had been noticed that many plants (flowers, weeds, grasses) did not break or bend over or lose their perpendicular form (in reference to the ground) during even heavy winds!

How can they gently bend in the light breezes and remain virtually stiff in the harder winds?

The answer is amazing.

It now seems that plants have the unique ability to strengthen themselves when the hard winds blow!

The plants characteristically have small amounts of calcium in their cell walls.  When the winds blow ... the plants somehow know to add extra calcium to those cells ... thereby fortifying themselves against the wind!

The extra calcium stiffens the branches during high winds!  One manual says "the calcium acts as an internal skeleton for the plant." 

How quickly do they react?

That's surprising too.

With gene research available now ... scientists have added to the plants "glowing"  jellyfish (like "lightning bugs") genes.  These bind to the calcium in the plants and "brightly" reveal to researchers how rapidly the plant reacts to the wind!

In the dark turn on a fan (or take the plant outside at night in a wind storm) and you can SEE the plant reinforce itself with its own calcium.  It glows where the calcium is added!

And guess what?

IMMEDIATELY when the winds starts you can see the calcium moving, girding and strengthening the plant's little stems!

The plant reacts to the wind immediately!

Amazing!

By the way ... that's pretty good evidence for either a real smart plant ... or an all-wise Creator!

I say God made all of heaven, earth, and life!  I literally believe the Book of Genesis.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!

I see here another truth.

In the Bible the wind is a picture of the Holy Spirit!

In John 3:8 Jesus Himself compared the wind to the Spirit!  "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

Those little plants are "types" of us Christians!

As soon the the Holy Spirit begins to blow and lead and direct in our lives ... we too should immediately respond!

Additionally, the Holy Spirit's operations are designed to make us stronger too!  (That's the word "comfort" in Latin!  Com = with!  Fortis = strength or fortitude!  Guess Who is The Comforter!)

Thank you little plants, for a spiritual lesson!

I guess Job was right when he told us to:  "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."  (Job 12:7-8)  Put the plants on that list too!

Friend, true science does not lead one away from the Bible or God!

It points one toward the Creator ... Who is also The Redeemer!

Someone let me know what you think about these "new" science articles.

I will continue (or discontinue) them based on how helpful they prove to be to God's children.

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

August 23, 2004 (Monday)

One of the most outstanding verses in the Bible to me is found in John 8:29 where Jesus says:  "And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."

Just think about that!

Jesus ALWAYS does the things that please His Father!

That's a character trait called loyalty!

Dictionary definitions of loyalty:  The state of unswerving allegiance! Faithfulness to a cause or a person or an idea!

I learned recently about a bird, the swan.  As are most water fowl, swans are tremendously loyal animals!

Within the family called "whistling swans" researchers cannot find a single case or one animal being "unfaithful" to its mate!  The male and female are simple loyal to each other for all their lives!  (And they live long lives for birds!  Up to 26 years!)

They rear their families together.  They work together and fly together.  They are even willing to die for each other!

When a male looses its mate (death) it takes it years to get "over" it!  Often they do not "remarry" for several years (up to 6 years studies reveal)!

If an intruder comes to their nesting area ... the male defends his mate with determination!  And as he fights ... she has often been seen beside him "cheering" him on to victory!

If birds can be that loyal ... why can't we humans!

Habakkuk was!

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Oh!  Here's one more definition of loyalty.  This one is from a preacher. "Using adversity to test my commitment to the one God has called me to serve!"

Be loyal, dear Christian friend!  Be loyal!

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

August 21, 2004 (Saturday from Cumming, Georgia)

The verse is found in Psalm 5:12 --- "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

I was reading about a little animal God created.

It is called an African grass mouse.  It does not "hunt" at night as do most mice ... but in the heat of the day!  The heat of an African Equatorial sun!  In the heat of the Sahara desert!

Normally such sunlight would kill an animal.  (If not with sheer temperature ... with ultraviolet radiation!  Cancer!)

BUT scientists have discovered that this little creature has a covering of Melanin, a skin pigment that protects it from the dangerous rays of the sun!  Also under its skull there is an extra "layer" of this potent protection for its brain!  Only these little animals have such "helmets!"

And they were "wearing" this protective gear long before men even knew of the sun's dangers to humanity!

Where did they get it?

There's only one answer!

Their Creator gave it to them!

God did!

Therefore I say ... our dear Lord protects even His little animal creatures too! (The mice don't know about the "danger" yet!  But they are protected anyway!  Their Creator knows about it!)

And ... if He protects them ... you KNOW He protects your family!

Again, read our verse today:  "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

Listen also to Psalm 47:9 --- "The shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted."  (Wow!)

I believe God has erected a great shield over YOU, dear believing friend!

Men of God, as you preach tomorrow, remind the folks of God's great Hand of protection!  (Both for men and for mice!)

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."   Psalm 18:2-3

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

AUGUST 20, 2004 (FRIDAY)

It's just a short statement in Proverbs 12.  In fact, it's not even a full verse.  But it IS a full thought!

Solomon, under Holy Spirit inspiration, says that "The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit."  Proverbs 12:12

He obviously is using a word picture, a metaphor.

The godly man or woman is being symbolized as a plant or a tree.  One with roots! And those roots are producing some good things!

I was just reading on a Christian web-site and discovered something amazing.

Scientists (pharmacologists really) have learned that God has stored within the root systems of many plants (and herbs) substances with amazing chemical properties.

Periwinkle hair roots make 75 different alkaloids, including 2 now used in cancer treatments!

Antidotes for travel sickness and some nerve gases (biological warfare) are made by henbane roots! 

Certain cucumber roots make anti-fungal chemicals!

In other words, for a plant or a tree, its "roots" may contribute to its health and stability more than we've ever known!

But the Creator knew!

That's one reason WHY He wrote Proverbs 12:12 --- "The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit."

Glory to God!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR STUDYING WITH US ON "THE SCIENCE PAGE."  WE BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS HAVE NO REASON TO BE ASHAMED WHEN IT COMES TO THE GREAT FACTS OF THE UNIVERSE.  AFTER ALL, OUR LORD IS THE CREATOR!

 

 

Copyright 2005 DrMikeBagwell.org  All Rights Reserved.

The Fundamental Top 500