Thursday, December 30, 2010


New Year’s Resolutions

This is the time of year when many will make those promises to themselves, we call “New Year’s Resolutions.”

Here are a few suggested ones, on both the legal and personal fronts that may prove helpful:

1. Spend more time with a child. Children spell “LOVE” as T-I-M-E.

2. Spend less than you make, or you will always be behind. If you are in debt, rather than pay a little extra on everything, try targeting one at a time with all you can raise.

3. Have your Will, Living Will, and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare drawn up by an attorney of your choice.

4. Forgive those who have wronged you. It may not be healthy or safe to actually restore them back into your life, but forgiving them is a gift you give yourself.

5. Get a physical and listen to what your doctor recommends. If you smoke, please quit. Start walking regularly, preferably with your spouse.

6. Just in case there is a fire, earthquake or flood, take a video tape of the inside of your house, garage and attic, and send the tape off to a friend or relative far away. If you have an insurance claim, the proof of claim forms will be a breeze compared to doing it by memory alone.

7. Give to the church or charity of your choice. “Takers eat well, givers sleep well.”

8. Call up a friend, coach, pastor or teacher you have not seen a in while.

9. Check with your car insurance agent and make absolutely sure that you have plenty of Uninsured Motorist (UM) insurance on every car. Don’t assume that “full coverage”includes that if you are with a discounted insurance company. Also, a car lot that carries insurance on your vehicle does not generally pay for that. Please check it. It pays you if you are hit by a hit and run driver, or an under insured driver.

10. Attend the church of your choice this year. Examine the evidence for God and His Son, for one day, maybe this very year, you will meet Him.

11. Install at least two smoke detectors, and put new batteries in any you have.

12. If you are married, tell your spouse how you feel about them every day.

13. If you are in a parental role, tell the children you are proud of them. All kids need Attention, Affection and Affirmation every day.

14. If you have choice this year between upgrading to a nicer car or getting a nicer house, choose the house.

15. Work hard, but take time off when you can. After all, no one on his death bed, ever rose up to say that he wished he had spent just a little more time at work!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010



Back in the early 1990’s, when I attended law school, most students were pretty confident that they would land jobs upon graduation. The placement rate of over 90% back then, seemed to at least guarantee an income, if not a dream job.
I have been blessed in many ways, and have run my own plaintiff injury firm for over a decade now. However, I was surprised to learn that the National Association for Law Placement reported the 2009 placement rate to remain at an astounding 88.3%. I am surprised it is that high, and I was quite skeptical of that number.
In fact, that number turned out to be misleading. More than 30% of the 88.3% employed are actually working either temporary or part time jobs. There is no telling how many of the others may be considered “under employment.”
There are several trends that make jobs much more scarce for the new lawyer out there today.
First of all, I have watched one insurance company after another take their lawyers “in house.” This term means that they hire attorneys on salary to handle most matters. While larger or more complex litigation may be “jobbed out” to a traditional defense firm, much of that work dries up. These larger firms are the very ones who often hired interns during the summer and even had hiring tables set up in the lobby of the law schools. No more.
There is also the role of mediation. While I am a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court, I also recognize that the reduction it provides in litigation hurts defense lawyers out there.
Thirdly, so-called “tort reform” measures threaten both plaintiff lawyers and defense firms. Caps on judgments and various restrictions lessens risks to wrong doers who use larger firms.
Both political parties in Washington, D.C are constantly tossing around tax policy like the proverbial hot potato. Smaller law firms declare all income as personal, and therefore may find themselves in higher tax brackets. It is these small businesses that provide many jobs for paralegals, receptionists, assistants and lawyers. Without clarity of what the tax burden will be, many smaller firms are unwilling to hire more staff.
The law schools are still churning out 100’s of newly minted J.D.’s each year. Many have costly student loans to repay. Some who will graduate in the next couple years actually only went back to school to “wait out” the recession. Thus, there will be a further surge of hungry souls out here ready to travel to exciting cities, meet interesting people, and sue them.
Finally, the advent of television advertising has greatly increased competition for plaintiffs’ injury cases of all kinds. This can decrease margins for struggling firms and restrict hiring even further.
In general, unless you are called to practice, do not consider law school. Academically, financially and socially, law school is quite a challenge. And, with no assurance that you will even get a job interview, it is even less attractive.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tort Reform: liberal or conservative??

Is tort reform liberal or conservative??

As a conservative tort lawyer I am always accused of being liberal by
conservatives and vice versa. Liberals think I'm conservative due to my
social stances as a christian. They are right. But what about conservatives
who call me liberal? Well they are not right. Why? Because tort reform is
not truly a conservative issue.

Tort reform takes power away from the individual and gives it to the
government. That is clearly not conservative. Empowerment of the
individual and allowing market forces to shape policy argues strongly
against tort reform.

Tort reform hurts people who did nothing wrong. While conservatives might
be criticized for being pro life we also tend to be for capital punishment.
It is the taking of innocent lives that we object to. On what grounds is
that consistent with further punishing a victim??

Not only does tort reform hurt those who already got hurt, it actually
protects the hurter. Assume a doctor who is rushed as cuts off the wrong
That happened not long ago. Who should say what that is worth? Is it
worth more if it is an 8 year old?

jurors who see the evidence, are in a much better position to decide an
individual case than buerocrats in government.

I think that the court system allows the davids of the world to take on the
One reason airlines, cars and hospitals are generally safer is due to your
access to court

More specifically it is the potential unlimited award that protects you.

Never get Fooled into thinking that tort reforms protects
Anyone other than those who hurt you.

David B. Peel

tort reform song

this is a funny song reminding us about the realities of tort reform

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ufos seen by evolutionists

UFOs & Evolution

The alleged presence of little green men from outer space and the distinguished scientists who espouse molecules to man evolution seem to have nothing at common at first glance.

However, for those of you who have watched the movie "expelled: no intelligence allowed" starring Ben stein, the relationship is clear. FamousHarvard evolution apologist Richard Dawkins, actually proposed that the human race was seeded by aliens.

This is not the first time UFOs have been identified with evolution. In fact, there is still a giant satellite dish scanning the heavens listening for any pattern of transmission from the cosmos. It is called SETI, which stands for the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

For years now, scientists have monitored space static looking for anything unusual. Anything remotely resembling a pattern or code gets instant attention. However, nothing but static has ever been heard and no E.T. ever seems to phone us.

However, just imagine if late one evening, the following message was received by SETI:

"Dear Earthlings,

We have been monitoring your planet for years now. We have devised how to speak your language and beam it to you. We live on planet Dawkinopia, billions of light years away. We just wanted you to know you are not alone.


Little Green Dawkinians "

Pandemonium would ensue! Every news channel would cover it. So-callled experts would comment on what that means to humans on earth, and to our scientific and religious institutions.

However, would anyone dare ask if their transmission from space was just random gibberish that just happened to sound like words? That, given billions of years of constant static beaming randomly, eventually something resembling a "message" with a salutation, punctuation, proper spelling, syntax and logical sequencing would just one day occur by accident.

No one would do that! Clearly the message is too complicated to have just occurred randomly, regardless of time for unlimited attempts.

However, that is what evolution does. It says over billions of years of random mindless attempts, DNA would be coded so that:

A horned lizard can shoot blood three feet out it's eyes for defense;

A baby kangaroo is the size of a coffee bean at birth and is raised in a pouch;

A porcupine has thousands of sharp quills while a peacock unfolds a gorgeous display of delicate feathers;

A camel can go weeks in the desert without water;

A sea cucumber discharges it's insides to protect itself and then grows a new stomach;

A bombardier beetle has two chemicals that mix just right to blow out burning chemicals for defense;

And a human laughs, cries, writes and can appreciate art, music and logical arguments.

Random? No.

Richard Dawkins is right about one thing; an intelligence from the heavens did place man here. And even made an extra terrestrial visit... He is known as God and His Son changed my life.


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Lost Art of Sportsmanship

Bad Examples for Millington Youth

Recently, I was informed that some youth sports officials would no longer accept assignments in Millington. Why?
Bad sportsmanship. Not on the players’ part. It’s the parents!
I was told that police have even been called to two recent Millington matches to separate parents of elementary-aged children. Really?
If the parents cannot or will not teach respect for authority and that winning is not everything, who will? So, for parents who do wish to teach their children the better (and biblical) way, I have compiled three examples. Discuss these with your children at your evening meal:
London Soccer: Leicester was losing 1-0 at half time. One of their players collapsed in the dressing room. Fearing that his life was in danger, the game was called off and the decision made to replay it three weeks later. At the kick-off of the replay the entire Leicester team stood to one side to allow the other team to restore their lead that they had had in the previous game. Leicester did however go on the win the game, and earned the respect of both sets of fans.
World Soccer: In 2000, Paolo di Canio displayed a moment of sportsmanship that was in contrast to other incidents during his career. He found himself in front of an open goal. But, instead of tapping in to score the winning point, di Canio caught the ball and signaled that an opponent was on the ground in writhing pain and needed urgent attention. This act earned him a standing ovation from supporters.

American Women’s Softball: The Western Oregon softball team’s Sara Tucholsky slammed what appeared to be a three-run homer over the centerfield fence, the senior's first in either high school or college. But Tucholsky wrenched her knee severely at first base and collapsed. Umpires ruled that a pinch-runner could replace Tucholsky and run the bases, but the rules said she would be credited with a single and only two runs would count. So, after being assured there was no rule against it, opponent Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace carried Tucholsky around the bases, allowing her to touch her good leg to each bases, completing her homer and adding a run to a 4-2 loss that eliminated the Wildcats from postseason.

It cost them the season, but no one regrets it. What do you think?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You Do Not Have, For You Do Not Ask

You Do Not Have, For You Do Not Ask

In a legal case involving a work-related injury, I had a letter from the other attorney stating the “maximum” that they would ever pay. The only way that would be increased is in the unlikely event that one of the two treating doctors changed their final rating.
Again, it is rare for a workers compensation doctor to change his rating, but asked both of them asked anyway. One of them did not change it, but the other did. The increased rating led to a settlement well in excess of the “maximum” that was named earlier.
How often would people work with us if we kindly but firmly asked for what we would like? The Bible reminds us “we have not for we ask not.”
This principle also applies to our marriages and other relationships.
In the church or workplace, how many times are we doing things just because “They have always been done that way.”
For instance, what a husband and a wife each feel is “romantic” virtually never match up. That is why it is so important to let your spouse know what you need and not have them just guess.
The best illustration is an old story about a couple coming home late from their 50th anniversary party. Fifty years of raising kids, keeping house and making snacks. He offers to make sandwiches. He lovingly gives her the one made with the heelpiece from the end of the loaf.
She explodes, “For fifty long years you have given me the heel piece of bread and I am just sick of it!”
He looks saddened, and softly says, “But that has always been my favorite piece.”
Communicate, and never give up! We have not for we ask not.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

creation v evolution - missing link?? how bout a missing chain!?!?


If you believe in “monkeys to man” evolution, it would be logical that a “missing link” between man and ape would have been found by now. Of course, many are still looking for the missing link-- however, they might be better off looking for the missing chain!

However, creationists have no fear that any missing link will ever be found. You see, man is the crown of all creation, not a mere accident of chance plus time. Ape bones are just ape bones. Human bones of any age, are just human bones, much to the consternation of evolutionists. They need fossils but they cannot find them.

So, to make a monkey out of you, there are but three ways:

1) Try to find apelike qualities of fossilized human bones;

2) Try to find humanlike qualities of fossilized ape bones; or

3) Just mix up the human and ape bones.

Chart of some Supposed “Missing Links” that try to make a man from a monkey or vice versa:




Initially Called:

Turned Out to Be:


1868 on

Bones found in painted caves in France

“The oldest humans, 15,000 to 37,000 years old”

Men. Really decent artists too.


1856 on

Bones found initially in Germany, since throughout Europe & Middle East

“The oldest humans, 600,000 to 25,000 years old”

Men. Appearance like Aborigines of Australia, but with arthritis & rickets suggesting an ice age life.

“NEBRASKA MAN” Hesperopithecus


Tooth found on a ranch.

“a hominid halfway between JAVA MAN and NEANDERTHALS”

A wild pig tooth.



Eanthropus dawsoni


Human like skull with an ape like lower jaw and tools nearby.

“500,000 year old ape-man / hominid.”

FAKED. The old human skull and modern ape jaw were dyed, sanded and filed to fit. “Modern science” was fooled for over 40 years!!

“JAVA MAN” Pithecanthropus erectus; Homo erectus


Apelike skullcap, humanlike femur & 3 teeth found over several years and 45 feet. Two human skulls found too, but he hid that till 1922.

“Oldest hominid remains ever found; a potential intermediate form between modern humans and the common ancestor we share with the other great apes.”

Skull and 2 teeth were from apes, one tooth form a human. Discoverer confirmed before death, it is not an ape-man.


Sinanthropus pekinensis; Homo erectus


2 teeth initially. Eventually 30 skulls, some jaw and teeth found. Oddly, found in piles in ancient quarry where workers ate monkey brains. Oh, and all skulls were bashed in the rear.

Based on 2 teeth initially called a “hominid.

Classified as apes. either a “macaque” or a “baboon.” (All bones have been missing for 60 years.)


Australopithecus afarensis


3.6 foot tall apelike bone pieces, scattered on a slope

Said to be 3.2 million years old, an apelike skull in an upright walking “hominid

Still classified as an “ape

“ARDI” Ardipithecus ramidus

1992, but not announced till 2009

4 foot tall apelike bone pieces, in poor condition, along with over 6000 “animal bones” nearby

Said to be 4.4 + million years old, an apelike skull, that climbed in an apelike manner, but could walk upright like a chimp, called “the oldest hominid

Still classified as an “ape”

It takes a lot of faith to believe in evolution, since it is not scientifically repeatable and no human was there. Creation is not scientifically repeatable, but God was there. At least He said He was in the Bible.

What will you believe?

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Lucy’s remains.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

non genesis support for creation

Creation v. Evolution Part 9 of 12

Ignoring Genesis?

It has been said that there is a “battle going on for Genesis.” In fact, strenuous debate about the first book of the Bible abounds all over the web. Ministries like Answers in Genesis ( ) and Institute for Creation Research ( have become lightening rods in the issue.

However, the threads of an act of Creation actually run throughout the whole of Scripture. These “non-Genesis” verses often surround other unquestioned passages near and dear too many believers. For instance, the well-known gospel verse John 3:16 is proceeded by John 1:1-5 which speaks of all being made in the beginning by Christ. Some of these non-Genesis verses undergird His traits from our Salvation to the Second Coming. Notice that Creation is not referred to as forming gradually over time, but as a act.

Therefore, after reading just these few selected verses referencing Creation, one may well conclude that folks with a problem with a literal Genesis, might have serious concerns with most of the rest of Scripture itself. Judge for yourself:

Creation in seven literal days as a historical model:

Leviticus 25:3-5 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in their yield; but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of complete rest for the land, a Sabbath for the LORD: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap the after growth of your harvest or gather the grapes of your unpruned vine: it shall be a year of complete rest for the land. (Based upon the creation week).

Control over all Creation as evidence of His Sovereignty:

Deuteronomy 10:14 Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.

His planned Creation as evidence of His greatness:

Job 38:1-7 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together praise."

Job 38:25-27 "Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?"

Job 38:28-30 "Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen." (Job was likely penned during the ice age that followed the volcanic eruptions of the flood)

Creation testifies, even now, to the Glory of God to the lost.

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Creation is evidence of our hope of Salvation:

Psalm 65:5-13 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might. You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Creation as evidence of God’s power:

Psalm 104:1-6 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers. You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

Creation as evidence of God’s provision for even the lowest beast:

Psalm 104:14-21 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys. You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out. The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.

Matthew 6:26-29 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to your life's span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these."

Creation of mighty Dinosaurs--along with Man at the beginning:

Job 40: 15-24 Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him. When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?

Job 41:1- 34 Can you pull in the leviathan [a] with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words? Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse him. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me." I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form. Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle? Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. Arrows do not make him flee; sling stones are like chaff to him. A club seems to him but a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance. His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal— a creature without fear. He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud."

Creation as evidence of His majesty:

Psalm 104:24-30 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

Creation revealing truths 3000 years before science does:

Isaiah 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. (spherical earth)

Job 26:7-14 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. (Note: see satellite pictures for confirmation). He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. (Note: barometric pressure). He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces. By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?

Creation as evidence of individual life giving:

Isaiah 42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:

Jesus’ continuing power over Creation evidence of His Deity:

Mark 4:37-41 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Creation and Jesus were in the beginning:

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Creation of first Adam tied to coming of Christ:

Romans 5: 12-14 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— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Creation’s birth pains call for His second coming:

Romans 8:22-23 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Creation all belongs to Jesus, the Creator, and is for Him and His:

Ephesians 1:8-10 With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Colossians 1:15-16 Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him.

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

Creation shows He will be a Creator yet again, and His Second Coming:

Isaiah 65:17-19 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress

Isaiah 65:21-25 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent-- its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.

Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away." and the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

I believe all of the Bible to be “trustworthy and true.” This includes the many non –Genesis verses about Creation and the Creator, Jesus Christ. Do you? If not, are you truly comfortable substituting man’s ever-evolving opinions in place of His Divine revealed and unchanging Word?

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Home Safety

Home Can Be A Dangerous Place

Every week, I see homeowners insurance claims that could have been prevented. Here are some risks to consider, along with some steps to take, to reduce your risk.

1. Watch that tub.

Falling is the leading cause of home injury deaths. Surprisingly, nearly 6,000 lives per year are lost in simple falls. The bathtub is the leading culprit. Some install grab bars on the walls, or grip strips in their tub to reduce risk. Given the hard surfaces hit when one falls in the tub, any steps to make it safer are welcome.

2. Check the medicine cabinet.

The second-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths is accidental poisoning. Almost 5,000 lives are lost each year. One might expect this to be mostly children drinking a poison from under the sink, which certainly happens. However, it is often a mixing of alcohol and prescription drugs. Sometimes it is as simple as a husband sleepily taking his wife pills rather than his own in the middle of the night. Steps can be taken to make these medicines very different from one another in packaging.

3. Watch that stove.

Home fires and burn injuries kill over 3,000 people annually, and thus are the third-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. Do your smoke alarms work? Change batteries when you change daylight saving times. Train your children in actual fire drills how to get out and to never reenter during a fire. Some families hold actual fire drills twice a year. Never put water on a grease fire, and make sure everyone knows that. In a new home, check the price of having fire sprinklers installed. (Unlike television and the movies, only the sprinkler that is getting hot actually sprays water). Finally, watch those bonfires and lighters. Kids love to spray lighter fluid like Dad does.

4. Choking hazards like your blinds.

Choking, suffocation and strangulation, claims about 1,000 lives a year. It is the fourth-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. Younger children are most at risk. You might see choking hazard warnings on toys these days as recognition of this serious threat. Empty out the crib when you put a baby down, and cut the cords to your blinds. Smaller toys, Legos, coins, marbles and candy can choke any child. If choking, they cannot scream to tell you.

5. 5. Watch that water:

Over 800 people die each year in drowning accidents. The depth of the water is less important than supervision. Kids drown every year in bathtubs, let alone pools and ponds. Local codes require a fence at least 4 feet high with a self-closing and self-latching gate around their pool. Teach children to swim early on. If you wish, get your family trained in CPR to help with emergencies.

6. Beware of dogs.

Almost 800,000 bites per year -- one out of every 6 -- are serious enough to require medical attention. Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (1,008 per day). Every year 2,851 letter carriers are bitten. Getting bitten by a dog is the fifth most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms caused by activities common among children.

Homeowners claims and, more importantly, injuries and deaths, can be reduced with these simple steps.