Saturday, January 3, 2015

We Learn Something Every Day

Take monarch butterflies for example. I just read a newspaper article about the monarch butterflies and their annual migration from the U.S. and Canada to their winter nesting grounds in western Mexico. It said, every fall, tens of millions of these delicate creatures fly thousands of miles to their ancestral breeding grounds, creating clouds of butterflies. (Is there a butterfly drill sergeant that blows a loud whistle that gets them all together for the trip?)

The newspaper went on to say the migration is an inherited trait: “No butterfly lives to make the full round trip, and it is unclear how they find the route back to the same patch of forest each year.” (New knowledge to me is that monarch butterflies have a life span of less than a year!)

I remembered what I earlier wrote about the amazing instincts of birds: “Birds are often marked by scientists so their migrations may be tracked and studied. And while we are amazed that adult birds never fail to find their way, we find it even more remarkable when such feats are accomplished by inexperienced young birds. As strange as it may seem, many shore birds fly south before their young are mature enough to make the trip. A few weeks later, young birds that have never left the nesting area fly in a perfectly straight line to meet their elders at the wintering grounds.” (*)

Even more amazing; we are created in the image of God, and we are blessed with so many things that we should be thankful for – an intellect and will, abstract thinking skills, communication skills, we are able to question, show emotions, show creativity – and God has given us a moral consciousness (a moral compass) – and most importantly, we have been created with a God consciousness!

And, yes, we can learn something every day.
Let’s be thankful for it.

(*) Part taken from the book, Purposeful Design – Understanding the Creation.

Monday, December 8, 2014

We Saw His Star in the East!

Stars are a wonderful thing! 

Created by God to spark our wonder and awe, they are too numerous to count – or to completely understand! Before the invention of the telescope, Greek astronomer Ptolemy figured he could see 3,000 stars with the naked eye. Now, as recently as in the year 2010, a Yale astronomer with the help of a powerful telescope in Hawaii, speculated that the number of galaxies and the number of stars in each galaxy could be 500 billion in each case. Multiply this out and you get in the range of one thousand trillion stars – (that’s 10 with 23 zeros)!

Some say that the number of stars in the sky is as countless as the number of grains of sand on our seashores. And, one estimate of the number of grains of sand on our seashores is 10 with 24 zeros! Yes, “He also made the stars.”

Scientists are learning more all the time about the stars in our heavens. In fact, astronomers recently discovered (with the help of the Hubble Telescope) the Whirlpool Galaxy – 31 million light years away.
Looking closely at it, they call it the “X-Structure!”
We like to say, God is reminding us of his Son – Jesus Christ.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1, 2

Yes, the first Adam was created per Genesis. The second Adam is Jesus Christ who paid for the sins of you and me on the cross 2,000 years ago.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the thrown of God. Hebrews 12:2

(Taken from the book, “Purposeful Design – Understanding the Creation”. )

Friday, November 21, 2014

You And Your Children -- Closer to God

“Share an experience that will bring you and your children closer to God.”

Dear Friends,

It’s that season to think about what we can give to others, and hence this letter.

I wrote the book, Purposeful Design – Understanding the Creation because I wanted to give to others a more positive view of themselves and of this world we are in, mostly through understanding our own astounding and loving creation.

I put together the coffee-table book; AND,  NOW a child’s creation curriculum to give moms and dads a very helpful tool in teaching their kids about how God not only made the world and the universe with incredible design and detail, HE MADE THEM with just as much care!

The book and curriculum have been received with much acclaim by all those who have had an opportunity to review and take advantage of its presentation:

Illumination Book Awards – “Shining a Light On Exemplary Christian Books”  – 2013 Bronze Medal Winner – in Education
Catholic Press Association Book Awards – 2014 Third Place Winner – Coffee Table Book     

Forward Reviews – 2013 Book of the Year – Finalist, Children’s Juvenile Nonfiction

The Schoolhouse Review Crew – 2014 Blue Ribbon Awards – Favorite Science Supplement 

You see, I believe when a child truly grasps that they were made with divine intention and with exceptional care, it builds their self-esteem, their self-confidence and helps them to do well and in life!
I have received many blessings from those who have used my curriculum—they have sent me wonderful pictures!

 “The book price is less than a dinner out for two – with far greater reaching benefits.”

This season, I want to give more. I have discounted the book and curriculum for the holidays from $24.95 to $18.95. Additionally, I am including free shipping and the ability for folks to download the free award winning curriculum from the web site.
Want to send out a number of Christmas gift books? I am offering great discounts:
2 – 9 copies - $16.22 each (35% off retail)
10 - 34 copies - $13.72 each (45% off retail)
35 – 99 copies - $11.23 each (55% off retail)
100 or more     -    $9.98 each (60% off retail)

With your order of one book, you may go to my web site:  OR  (for more books) feel free to write a check and send to me at the address below:
Jay Schabacker, 450 Yachting Road, Lexington, SC 29072

I want to sign each book for you, so please take the time to write down the name of each gift recipient, and I will gladly personalize each book.      

God Bless you this Christmas Season and in 2015!
In His Grace,
Jay Schabacker

An example from the supporting curriculum for the first chapter of PURPOSEFUL DESIGN—UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION, sent to me from another of the students—blessed me tremendously!       --Jay Schabacker