Ever thought about swimming in a volcano? That's exactly what hell will be like, thankfully we have Jesus and he offers us salvation from that fate.We filmed this at Poas Volcano in Costa Rica.
Are you like a hollow tree?
Every time I see a hollow tree while hiking through the woods I always knock on it in hopes of seeing some sleepy animal coming out to greet me. There have been a few occasions where my habitual knocking have produced something wild, like the time I found a nest of baby raccoons and the time a swarm of angry bees erupted from the cavity. It’s not always a good experience initially, but the mystery of the tree’s cavity always gets the best of me.
A rotting of the heartwood in the tree typically causes hollows in trees. This can occur as a result of stress brought on by disease, lightening strikes, fungi, bacteria and a slew of other agitators. The emptiness in these trees weakens them and can lead to their death if the cavity is great enough. The integrity of the tree is compromised because the strength of the tree lies in its core. The rotted heartwood negates its structural integrity making it susceptible to breaking during storms. We can use this as an obvious parallel if we allow the stress of this world to cause emptiness in us. When we are stressed out and we allow emptiness to consume us, any number of things can fill the void.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” As believers in Christ, we are called to guard our hearts because that is where Jesus takes residence as we believe in Him. Our heart is the wellspring of our lives and out of the excess of our heart we will speak as scripture says. As believers we can fill our emptiness with the love of Christ because He is more than enough to satisfy our every need! Are you like a hollow tree?
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Have you ever been in a sticky situation? Often prayer is the only way out of your situation. Check out this video clip from the Catching Creation Volume 3 DVD about Slimy Salamanders
As I edit my Volume 3 DVD over the next week or so be prepared to start seeing more from my Costa Rica trip back in August. This DVD is shaping up quite nicely so far and I've barely scratched the surface!
Feeding American Crocodiles in Costa Rica quick clip:
Finding my First Central American Caecilian:
While in Costa Rica at the Peace Waterfalls we decided to visit a butterfly enclosure and talk about being made into a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17
Music Used with Permission "Travel Light And Worry Free" by The Eager Seas ©2013 The Eager Seas http://theeagerseas.bandcamp.com/
I got to visit my favorite salamander spot again today and still no water. Each time I visit these guys I am more intrigued and learn more about our loving God.
Do you stand out like an evergreen among dying leaves?
While in Costa Rica at the Peace Waterfalls we saw this very cute little (or not so little) nectar thief. He is a White-nosed Coati, Nasua narica, and they are a close relative to a raccoon. In this quick clip we discuss how he is a thief and how we should be prepared always. This will most likely make it to the blooper reel because well I got scared haha mammals are a bit more unpredictable than reptiles so I bolted when he decided he was done eating.
I was able to partner with L.I.T. City youth and do an Anti-Bullying program with my snakes at Wiley Middle School in Winston Salem NC
We got to shoot this in a middle school gym so please forgive the audio quality. During the course of the program we talked about animals that have been bullied since the beginning of time, the snakes. Hognose snakes would hypothetically get picked on by other snakes because of their funny looking noses but the thing that makes them stand out is what makes them special. I talked about the adaptations of the hognose that help it overcome being bullied (or preyed upon) by other animals. I used corn snake morphs to talk about genetic diversity and how the differences between the snakes are only skin deep. Lastly I used a large boa constrictor to illustrate the heaviness of what we are carrying around when we are bullied and that if we partner with someone else we can help share the burden and turn our hurt into hope. I hope you enjoy this and if you're interested in having Catching Creation at your public school feel free to contact Info@CatchingCreation.com
Sometimes we just have to look at the birds to remind ourselves of God's provision.
We found this awesome Vine Snake in Punta Leona, Costa Rica and talked about design.