Archive for 2010

November/December Newsletter Online

We wanted to let all of our readers know that we have posted the newest Think and Believe and Kids Think and Believe, Too! to the website. I have provided the links below.  New articles like “God Still Speaks” and “What is a day?” are there for your education and encouragement.  Please forward on links to our website to any friend who may be edified or challenged. Again, we would like to thank everyone who came in to help stuff the envelopes. 

We send out about 6000 newsletters every two months, and it takes a little bit of help to get it out the door.  Feel free to give us a call if you would like to help with the newsletter that we will be mailing out in January.  It is hard to believe that 2011 is only a couple of hectic months away. We at AOI pray that you and your families will have a blessed Thanksgiving.  Thank you for all of your support and prayers.

Scott Mauser

Think and Believe Newsletters – http://www.discovercreation.org/newsletters.htm

Kids Think and Believe, Too! Newsletters – http://www.discovercreation.org/kids/recentkidsarticles.htm

Grandparenting!

Puzzling

One of the joys of being home between traveling ministry events is being able to spend time with our families. We are very fortunate – both of our daughters and their families live in the Grand Junction area, so we get lots of grandkid time. My wife loves to not only babysit the grandkids, but she also gets her hand into being able to homeschool them on a regular basis. Actually, she is so attached to her grandkids that it seems to be getting harder and harder to get her excited about going out on the road with me to teach Creation!

Tonight as we baby sit with our two granddaughters, I sat down and watched the movie Dumbo with the 4 year old. What fun! I was more entertained by her running commentary than the movie itself. She had seen the movie last week with her cousins, so she was up to speed on everything that was happening or about to happen. She made sure that her Papa (me) understood everything that was going on. Watching her laugh, smile, and giggle, bob her head, dance to the music, and listen to her rattle on certainly made the movie a lot more exciting. I know that I am prejudiced as a grandpa, but she really is “stinkin” cute. As I write this, she is entertaining her grandmother … they are putting a puzzle together and stamping, taking time out to also play with the 2 month old.

Playing with the 2 month old

Ah, the life of grandparents! Thanks Lord for our family and the joy they bring us!

Lanny Johnson

No-ooooo-oooo-ooo!

I am amazed how much young children, even 6 or 7 years old, can grasp! A young girl listened intently as I began my sermon at her church. Without telling the congregation that I was role-playing and pretending to be an evolutionary teacher, I threw out a barrage of short “scientific facts,” supposedly supporting evolution. I also included some supposed contradictions in the Bible.

With each one I asked, “How can you believe your Bible when we know ______. . . ?“  Some in the congregation began looking at each other, evidently wondering if the pastor had invited the wrong guy in to speak. But this one young girl looked more and more troubled as I continued the barrage.  Finally she blurted out, “No-ooooo-oooo-ooo!”

Of course at that point, I let the congregation know that I was role-playing to illustrate what their school children and university students were regularly getting in the class room and from the internet and media. The consequence of that indoctrination is that a high percentage of students abandon their faith.

During that sermon, I was able to answer the “How can you believe your Bible when …” questions (and relieve the congregations concerns about the guy their pastor had invited to speak)! Unfortunately, millions of other students don’t know there are answers to these questions and end up abandoning their faith. We wish that they could get the information so that, like this young girl, they can confidently say, “No-ooooo-oooo-ooo!” to evolution.

Dave Nutting

Check out our website for articles that will help you defend what you believe, such as “What’s the Evidence” – http://www.discovercreation.org/newsletters/WhatstheEvidence.htm

African Mosquito is fulfilling God’s mandate

The African Mosquito is fulfilling God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.  The African Mosquito, which transmits most of the malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is adapting to a different habitat.  One variation (the M type) is adapted to where there is a more permanent supply of water, and now another variation (the S type) is adapting to short-lived bits of water. Is that evolution? No.

The two varieties are physically indistinguishable from each other and they can also interbreed.   There are no new body parts or new genetic information. Its chromosomes are very complex and can  carry a huge variation of genetic information.  With natural selection, and the variety of genetic information, the mosquito can adapt to different environments. 

This is not Darwinian evolution, but what is termed  microevolution or, more appropriately, variation within a kind or family.  Scientists have never observed one kind or family change into a completely different kind or family.  We also observe variation within these in the fossil record.  Some of these variations have probably become extinct.

All of this fits with God’s mandate to multiply and fill the earth.  If the created kinds are to fill the various environments on the earth, then the genetic material required to adapt to slightly different environments needs to be quite diverse and complex. This can give rise to extensive, but minor, variation within kinds or families.  This is what is being observed in the mosquito.  Even a pest like the mosquito can give Glory to God! 

Richard Stepanek 

[In response to the article: African Mosquitoes Diverging into two Species; USA Today, Science Fair, Oct. 22, 2010]

Answered Prayer!

Giving His Testimony

This past Sunday, I recieved the blessing of being in attendance at my oldest grandson’s baptism. He had put his faith and trust in Jesus earlier this year on Good Friday. We had taken him and his brother to an exhibit of Jesus’ crucifixion at a nearby church. There were several stations set up to show different aspects of the crucifixion, ending with a cross.

Around the cross had been placed many scraps of paper upon which people could write their sins, and then nail them to the cross. My youngest grandson, 4 years old, had us help write, “Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins.” I don’t know what my oldest grandson wrote, but I could see that the cross had made an impact on him. I gathered my 2 grandsons at the foot of the cross and prayed that they might someday understand and believe in Jesus. Little did I know how soon part of that prayer would be answered!

On the way home from the church with his mother, the oldest began to ask her many questions about Jesus and salvation. Not wanting the conversation to end, my daughter drove around town for nearly an hour, answering his questions. Later that evening, he was able to talk with his father, late into the night. Early the next morning he excitedly called my wife and me to tell us, “I’m a Christian! I asked Jesus into my heart! I’m saved!”

Happy in Jesus

Oh what a joy to hear those words, an answer to many years of prayer. You see, I have been praying for every one of my grandchildren, even while in the womb, that they might someday really know and believe in Jesus. And what a joy and blessing to hear my oldest grandson, at 8 years old, give a testimony to his church and then demonstrate his belief by baptism! By the way, his father (an ordained preacher) had the privilege of performing the baptism. What a blessing for us all! My prayer for him now is that he might continue to grow in Jesus Christ and be a shining light in this world.

Lanny Johnson

Bobcats In The Yard

Now I was surprised!

Looking out our front window at dusk, I saw what I thought was a raccoon sitting in a willow tree that blew over this summer. It was dining on a deer carcass that I had wedged on the trunk that morning. We get a lot of raccoons and skunks on our property, so I wasn’t overly surprised to see one enjoyed a free treat. As I watched, the critter lifted its head. Now I was surprised! The raccoon was actually a full grown bobcat! With my nose and eyes now glued to the window, I saw another bobcat head poke up from the root-bole of the tree. Within seconds, another head appeared on the opposite side of the trunk. We had three bobcats in our yard! My wife and I watched them for about 30 minutes. As they came in to the open, we saw that we had a mother and her two cubs. The mother was about twice the size of our domestic cat, and the cubs were about ¾ the size of their mother.

The cubs

We saw the three the next morning and evening, returning to chew on the deer carcass. On the second morning a mature coyote showed up and stole the whole carcass, so we haven’t seen any of them since. When I finish deboning my deer, I’ll give them another treat.

Our property is located on a point between two tree filled canyons in an urban area, surrounded by residential homes. The wildlife has adapted well to the “encroachment” into their habitat. Although man has extensively hunted bobcats and coyotes for sport and fur, their populations are still abundant. God designed amazing adaptability into His creatures!

Lanny Johnson

Creation Teaching Makes a Difference

In my last blog, I wrote about the college student who recently told us that because of our creation programs at the University of Minnesota one year ago, she was “released from the burden of evolution.”

Another encouraging report from that speaking trip was from a high school girl. Two weeks ago she asked to give a testimony during our presentations at a Youth for Christ rally in Minnesota. She related how one year before she was losing her faith in God because of all the evolutionary teaching; however, the presentations Mary Jo and I gave one year ago “changed all of that.” She was thankful to have heard the truth of Creation and is now confidently growing in the Lord and trusting in His Word!             

These testimonies certainly encourage us to “keep on- keeping on,” but I also think about the vast majority of students who haven’t heard and are being drowned by the onslaught of evolutionary indoctrination.

If you would like to be part of reaching out to students of any age, please contact us. We need your help in your community!

Dave Nutting

Planning from the homestead

We are home for the holidays and busy scheduling our creation tours for next year.  I am planning to travel again to India in January and February.   Then in March and April, we will be in Iowa and Illinois.  I do have a few dates I need to fill. If you are reading this blog and know of some churches or organizations that would benefit from a creation seminar, please call the AOI office or myself at 970-263-4196. 

The most difficult part of my job is planning a speaking schedule.  It helps when I have multiple requests to fill prospective dates.  In May we will be in Michigan, and in June we have the CHEC homeschool convention in Denver and an IFCA National Convention in Kentucky.  This should keep us busy for the first six months of the year.  Please pray for effective scheduling and a harvest from those we will speak to in 2011.

Rich Stepanek

No Gap or Conflict

Is there a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? Aren’t Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 two different, conflicting accounts of creation? These are two questions that are brought up frequently at AOI seminars. I recently spoke with Hebrew scholar Oliver Blosser (Ph.D., a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Hebrew scholar, Near East historian, and theologian) about these subjects.

“The Jewish people have a basic outline of how they tell a story, an outline that is used throughout the Bible. In Genesis 1:1 we see a summary of the Creation account. In Genesis 1:2 through Genesis 2:3 you find the overview of the seven days of the Creation week. Whatever is most important is put at the end of the account, in this case the Creation of man. Genesis 2:4 through Genesis 2:28 is an overview of man’s Creation. ”

“In Genesis 1 the Hebrew name for God is ’elohiym’ (el-o-heem), a name denoting the power and might of God … what He speaks comes into existence. In Genesis 2 the Hebrew name for God is ’Y@hovah’ (yeh-ho-vaw), God’s personal name – showing He wants a personal relationship to man.”

When asked about the supposed gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, Dr. Blosser responded, “Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 are joined by the English word ‘And’ (in some translations.) However, in the Hebrew the two are joined by the Hebrew letter vav for which there really is no English translation. The use of a vav shows that the narrative is continuous … grammatically there can be no gap between the two. Those who insist there is a gap there apparently do not know or understand the Hebrew language.”

Lanny Johnson

Released From the Burden of Evolution!

“I’ve been released from the burden of evolution!” This was told to Mary Jo & I by a college student from China while we were speaking recently at the University of Minnesota. She said the release came after our programs we gave one year ago at the University.

I can’t think of a better way to put it. It hit the nail right on the head! Evolution is indeed a big burden. It keeps young and old alike from responding to the Gospel or from growing heavenward in their faith and relationship with God. Her response fits so well with others who told us, “I was relieved to know I can believe the Bible.” 

Keep praying so that many others will be “released from the burden of evolution!” Released to believe! Pray further that with the heavy weight taken off, they will flourish in their growth and soak in a deep relationship with their Creator.

Dave Nutting