By R. L. David Jolly

Most people around the world are deathly afraid of spiders.  Whenever they see one of these eight-legged creatures they generally kill it or run away.  With some spiders, that may be an appropriate response, but it shouldn’t be for most spiders as they play a very important role in keeping us from being overrun by insects.

The other thing about spiders that get to most people is walking into a spider web and getting it all over your arms, body and especially the face.  The silk that makes up the web is quite sticky and if the web is thick enough, it may even be difficult to break apart.  Several months ago, I wrote about the discovery of why spiders don’t stick to their own webs

One of the attributes of spider’s silk, especially that of the female black widow, is its tensile strength.  Some experts compare the tensile strength of black widow silk to the threads used to make Kevlar, but it is not as dense or as heavy as the Kevlar fibers.

Some years back, scientists cracked the formula of making spider silk and have been producing the same silk using bacteria.  However, they have had problems with the ‘post-spin’ silk in getting it stretched properly like spiders do to make the silk uniform in thickness and to increase the strength of the silk fiber.  When a spider spins its silk for its webs, they actually stretch the silk to align the molecules in such a way that it strengthens the silk.

Most synthetic methods of silk production lack the technology to properly stretch the silk to uniformly strengthen it.  That is until now.

University of the Pacific researcher Craig Vierra and his team believed that they have finally developed a way to effectively stretch the synthetically produced silk to properly align the molecules to strengthen the fibers.  His method of using an actuator that can be set to pull the fibers to any specified length will allow the production of higher quality synthetic spider silk to be used in a number of areas.

Evolutionists want you to believe that the spiders not only evolved the special ability to produce the not one type of silk but up to seven different types.  They also want you to believe that spiders evolved the knowledge of how to spin the webs AND how to stretch the silk to just the right length to give it the maximum strength without breaking it.  What’s more, they want you to believe that they evolved all of these traits at the same time.  The odds of all of these things evolving at the same time are almost zero.

I prefer to believe that God created spiders with the ability and knowledge to produce silk, spin webs and produce their special anti-glue lubricant from the very beginning.  It also reminds me of one of my favorite sections of Scripture that says:

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.  Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?  In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

Instructing a Child’s Heart

by Tedd and Margy Tripp

From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy?

As parents, we need to be providing our children with a consistent, persuasive, and biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. The instruction that we provide for them should not only inform their mind; it should be directed towards persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of Gods ways. We must impress truth on our children’s hearts, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experiencedelighting in God and the goodness of his ways.

Instructing a Childs Heart is an essential follow-up to Tedd Tripp’s previous bestseller, Shepherding a Childs Heart. This book gives practical instruction aimed at helping parents instruct their children in ways that will persuade them of God’s wisdom. Instead of focusing solely on changing a child’s behavior, the authors help us to look at the heart of the child. Point your child toward the happiness they will find from doing things God’s way!

Endorsements:

“This book brings the Bible into the parents’ lives in a fresh way. It is one thing to say that parents must use the Bible for parenting. It is another thing to show how that is actually done. Instructing a Child’s Heart provides practical, real life instruction on how to do just that.” John Younts (Author of Everyday Talk)

“Tedd and Margy Tripps Instructing a Childs Heart is a biblical and practical sequel to Shepherding a Childs Heart.” Marvin Olasky (Editor-in-Chief, WORLD Magazine)

Paperback; 200 pages

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