Archive for September, 2010

TNL (Tuesday Night Live)

 

Students at Tuesday Night Live

Last week I was invited to speak at Tuesday Night Live (TNL). This is a weekly evening event put on by Master Plan at Mesa State (a college here in Grand Junction, CO) where students get together for singing, challenging talks, discussion, and fellowship. This Christian college club also has a lot of other activities for the students: Bible studies, game nights, retreats, picnics, etc. If you know of a student(s) attending Mesa State College, have them check out Master Plan Ministries – www.master-plan-ministries.org/msc/.

 About 70 students were in attendance that evening as I shared my shorter version of “Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate?”  In this talk, I explain the Bible is not a science textbook. It was never meant to be. It was not written as a complicated, detailed story about the natural world. It was written to explain God’s purpose and relationship to man.

Yet the Bible does contain a great deal of scientific truth. Many facts of modern science and medicine were stated in the Word of God hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years before being “discovered” by modern scientists. This talk looks into what God has to say about the Laws of Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geography, Geophysics, Geology, Hydrology, Medicine, Meteorology, Oceanography, and Physics.

 At the end of the talk, one of the organizers of Master Plan asked the students how many of them had ever heard of this information before … how many knew the Bible contained so many references to scientific principles? Amazingly, only a few of the students raised their hands.

One young lady shared with me how her pastor had been trying to teach the same things I had just taught, but she explained, ” [I] hadn’t understood what he was talking about. Everything was going right over my head. Tonight I understood what he was trying to tell us. Thank you for making it understandable.” Not only were her comments encouraging, but they reflected on what all of the speakers at AOI attempt to do … take the complicated and make it simpler and more understandable.

I pray that those students were challenged to dig into to the Word of God, realizing how the history, prophecy, science, etc., all point to its Author.

 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16.

 Lanny Johnson

Summit Ministries

Dave Teaching at Summit

We have just finished teaching creation to another group of students at Summit Ministries. We had three sessions plus an open forum with them. This is the last session of Summit this year. We are already looking forward to more groups next year.

Whenever we have large (or small) groups of high-school and college-age students, we really enjoy being there. Pray that some of these students will be taking the information we just gave them to new levels and to places we will never get to go!

Dave Nutting

What If???

Chest Thumping Roar

Nitro powered mud buggy

 

A few evenings ago I had the fun of taking my two young grandsons to a Monster Truck show. It was not only a time to be able to spend with the boys, but to be truthful, I (like my two grand boys) love hearing the ear splitting , chest-thumping roar and seeing  huge trucks with outlandish sized tires defy gravity and fly through the air, squashing things upon their bone- jarring landing.

What we did not expect to see was a “souped” up nitro powered mud buggy racing through a mud pit and flying through the air! I am sure that the driver was not expecting it either. As he was given the green flag, the driver hit the power so hard the front wheels instantly came off the ground. Before he had even traveled one car length, the mud buggy was out of control. To our amazement the buggy was airborne at the halfway point of the mud pit, completely turning over and landing beyond the pit. In less than 2 seconds disaster had struck. Fortunately, the safety features built in to the buggy protected the driver from serious injury.

This morning, while driving to the office, I came very close to being slammed into from the side at a dangerous highway intersection. In less than 2 seconds, I had put myself into a potentially fatal situation. I thank God for His protection!

As I continued on to the office, my mind began to ponder … what if? What if I had died? A lot of scenarios raced through my brain, but the one that kept coming to the forefront was an assurance … an assurance of where I would have woken up … in heaven with the Lord Jesus! This certainty does not come from anything I have ever been able to do upon this earth. It comes from God’s Word. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) I know I belong to Christ, because I have believed in Jesus Christ as my only Savior. There are many other verses in the Bible that also gives me this certainty.

If you knew that in 5 minutes you would die, wouldn’t you also like the assurance that you would wake up in heaven? To learn more about how you can receive God’s gift of eternal life go to:  http://www.discovercreation.org/kids/documents/KnowYourCreator.pdf

 Lanny Johnson