Archive for April, 2011

He Is Alive!

In June of 2010 I shared about how a great wind had blown over a willow tree by the pond, roots exposed to the sky. I didn’t have the time to deal with it right then, so we left it until fall to cut it up and remove it. As it turned out, I didn’t get around to it in the fall or even the winter. This spring I noticed that it had leaves blooming out of the branches … the tree is still alive.

So instead of chopping the tree up for firewood, I hooked it up to my pickup with a chain and pulled it upright. Then I put two braces on it to help prevent it from blowing over again. Our tree is resurrected! It is alive!

Resurrected Willow Tree

The greatest resurrection of all occurred some 2000 years ago when Jesus was crucified and died upon the cross (made from a tree) to pay for our sins. Three days after His death, He was resurrected! Jesus is alive!

Because of what Christ Jesus did upon the cross, we have a chance to be resurrected from our sins and have eternal life with our Creator, if we believe …

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3: 14-18

Lanny Johnson

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Resurrection Day Drive and Blessing

When we are on speaking trips, even our “holidays” can sometimes be spent on the road or traveling. This last one was a very special time for Mary Jo and me! We began on Friday evening by joining friends in Payson, Arizona, for a Passover Seder sponsored by their church. The visiting minister explained the details of Passover and how it relates to Jesus and our faith. The next morning we had great fellowship with our friends before heading toward home. Since it was getting late, we decided to hole up in Blanding, Utah, before continuing on.

We spent Resurrection Day morning driving from Blanding, Utah, to Grand Junction, Colorado, amidst rain and ominous clouds. The dampness caused everything to absolutely stand out. The sandstones were a deep, rich red, which showed up brilliantly against the backdrop of dark clouds. Sometimes the sun broke through and really lit up the scene, illuminating every detail. It was probably the most spectacular we have seen on this drive from Blanding.

For 2 of those hours, we listened to the accounts of the Passover/Betrayal/Death/Resurrection of our Lord from all 4 of the Gospels. After that, we listened to a CD by Don Francisco and worshipped along with him for the next hour until we reached our driveway. These were some powerful, moving, and very appropriate songs for the day (He’s Alive, Got to Tell Somebody, etc).  It was a wonderful time.

We arrived home just in time for a turkey dinner prepared by our son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Elisabeth. My parents were able to join us for a tremendous meal. I might add that our grandson, Samuel, was also a joy to see besides everyone else!! But then again, you probably would have guessed that. 

The day was a real blessing! We hope yours was as well!

Dave Nutting

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Wow! It’s a dinosaur!

Natural Bridges National Monument

Dinosaur Drawing

The students on our field trip were sure that the ancient drawing on the sandstone wall of the Kachina Bridge, at Natural Bridges National Monument, was a dinosaur. But wait a minute! Weren’t dinosaurs supposed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago?

If so, what was the Anasazi Indian thinking about 1000 or 2000 years ago when he/she made this picture. This finding coupled with a huge number of other such drawings, mosaics, figurines, and rock carvings from around the world would indicate that people and dinosaurs actually existed at the same time. That fits the Biblical perspective that God made all land animals (including dinosaurs) on Day 6 of Creation.

On a previous field trip, Mary Jo told a lady who was heading down the trail to make sure she looked for the dinosaur petroglyph.  “Impossible,” she said. “I am a science teacher. It can’t be a dinosaur. Everyone knows that dinosaurs and people didn’t live together.”

When she came to the point where I was at in front of the rock drawing, I asked her if she had seen the dinosaur drawing. “No way, she said. I’m a science teacher. Dinosaurs became extinct millions of years ago before man. It can’t be a dinosaur.”

Dinosaur Drawing - Enhanced

“Well, what’s that,” I asked as I pointed to the drawing.  She stared at it for a while and said, “Well, I guess people back then had a good imagination.” 

The point is that people will rule out evidence which goes against their long-held or cherished beliefs. A wonderful resource that would be excellent for any of our readers which challenges the current evolutionary viewpoints about dinosaurs is the DVD, Dragons or Dinosaurs.

 I highly recommend it!

It also has a picture of the same dinosaur along with many others! You can also check out our publication, Think & Believe –   Sept/Oct 2007 – page 3, for an article relating to this. It has more pictures as well.

Dave Nutting

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Grand Canyon

Following some pretty iffy weather heading north from Scottsdale, we were very glad that the weather was just great for a hike in the Grand Canyon. Part of the group saw the sites on the canyon rim, while Mary Jo and I led 18 of the students for a 3 mile hike into the canyon. Although we only went a fifth of the way down into the canyon, it was just far enough for the students to get a little appreciation for the immensity of the canyon and the nature of some of the geologic layers.

However, it was not far enough for Mary Jo who had a hard time not heading down to the bottom once again, as we have previously done at least 12 times.  This time, there wasn’t time! Altogether, we have led multiple groups into various parts of the canyon somewhere between 25 and 30 times. 

The Grand Canyon has for a long time been presented as a showcase for geologic time and evolutionary history. We enjoy exposing people to a whole different view which is consistent with the Flood and makes a lot of sense to the students. For information see DiscoverCreation.org and go to the articles, Think & Believe, and click on the May/June 2010 issue.

For those of you who would like to take creationist instructors to guide you at the Canyon, let us know. However; at the very least, get the Grand Canyon Guidebook. We feel it is the very best guidebook to the canyon. Besides that – it is from a creationist perspective!  Also get Dr. Andrew Snelling’s DVD, Grand Canyon Testimony. It is the best instructional DVD giving a creationist interpretation of the canyon that we know about.

Dave Nutting

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Sunset Crater and Volcanism

 

A very intriguing place we chose to take the students to was Sunset Crater National Monument. The landscape is an interesting blend of black and red volcanic cinders interspersed with green ponderosa pine trees, junipers, and pinyon pine.

The area is dotted with dozens of volcanic peaks, cinder cones, and lava sputter cones.  The most recent eruptions occurred around 1100 AD.  Since Native American Indian tribes lived in the area surrounding the eruptions, it really shows how rapidly an entire landscape can change — one day the home to many people, the next day a devastation zone.

The first verse that kept popping out to me is in Psalm 104, where it says that God touches the mountains and they smoke!

The second verse that came to mind is in Peter, where it says that a day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day. The passage in context refers to coming judgment. Yes, we certainly can see at Sunset Crater the truth of that verse.  It is a good reminder to be prepared for His coming!

Dave Nutting

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Gaining Weight In The Grave

Fossilized Felt Hat

Recently I was teaching in a church, about the Origin of Man and the Age of the Earth. In a question and answer period, someone asked how long does it take to make a fossil.

Using two examples, I explained that it doesn’t take that long. One example was a felt hat left in a mine – 50 years later the mine was opened up to discover the hat had turned into a fossil!

The second example was a cowboy boot,  found in Texas, with a fossilized human foot and leg bone inside – the boot was manufactured in 1950 and then discovered 49 years later! So given the right conditions – fossilization can occur rapidly.

Cowboy Boot with Fossilized Human Foot

After the seminar, the pastor of the church shared a story about his great, great, great grandfather (he wasn’t real sure on just how many greats the grandfather was). According to his family history, this grandfather had died and been buried in the state of Oklahoma. Many years later, the family decided to move the man to the family graveyard in the state of Missouri.

Upon digging up their great, great, great grandfather, they were in for a surprise … they could not lift the skeleton up out of the ground. Upon examination, they discovered that his bones were fossilized! It was estimated that the corpse now weighed close to 1100 pounds (499 kg)!

They decided to let the man lie, and covered his grave with a large slab of rock to deter grave robbers. They were afraid that their now overweight grandfather might be stolen and turned into a circus side show act.

Even if the corpse had not weighed as much as estimated, it is still clear that it did not take thousands to millions of years (which evolution teaches) to fossilize his bones. Time is not the key ingredient in fossil production. Supply water and the right minerals, and it can happen rapidly.

Lanny Johnson

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Flexibility

Pottery at the Museum in Blanding

Talk about flexibility!  Due to inclement weather, we had to make adjustments to a very packed schedule.

After only 12 hours since writing my last blog, we ended up in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. This was after 500 miles of driving.  The day also included 1.5 hours at the Indian museum in Blanding, and a 2.5 hour hike into a canyon to see the drawing of a dinosaur on the rock at Natural Bridges National Monument.

We were supposed to camp at Bluff, UT, but high winds and cold temperatures in the “northland” made the college staff think it best to head to free housing in the lowlands of the Phoenix area. They also didn’t like the idea of getting snowed in at Flagstaff, with predictions that there could be up to 15 inches of snow there.

Not So "Deserty"

In the morning, the Sonoran Desert of Arizona did not look much like a desert as it was raining hard. We were certainly glad to have a roof over our heads rather than a tent!

We will kick back, have some devotionals, and talk very little geology. As the weather clears, we will head back up into the Grand Canyon area to resume the “planned” portion of our field trip. While here, we will take the opportunity to point out the tremendous design of desert plants!

Well, hey! Be flexible! We could get up tight, but we could also see what God has in mind for us right here where we are at now.

Dave Nutting

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Little and Big Blessings on the Road

It is always amazing to see the big and little blessings God brings while we are on the road.  We were blessed with gracious hosts, at our stop in Pecatonica, IL, who have an overflowing gift of hospitality.  They fed us like kings, and made us feel very much “at home.”  Even the use of their showers and laundry facilities were huge blessings while traveling.  Thanks, Paul and Rose, for serving us!

On the day after an evening seminar in IL, a grandmother shared with me about her grandson.  She said he had stayed up late into the night reading the new dinosaur book he purchased after the seminar.  Then she told me the best news.  “He also trusted Christ as Savior last night!  He said he didn’t want to go to that fiery place, so we (his grandparents) talked to him, and he was saved!”  Praise God for the work He is doing in people’s lives.

Richard Stepanek

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National Park Ranger Led Hikes and Philosophy

Arches National Park

It is always a good experience for the students, on our 12 day field trip, to hear how the various philosophies are presented at the national parks.

The pictures in this blog were all taken at Arches National Park.  Because of our larger group, we had two ranger led hikes in Arches by two different rangers.

The first ranger was quite knowledgeable in geology and did a very good job in explaining the normal park perspective for the formations (which involves millions or even billions of years, of course).

The second ranger freely admitted that she didn’t know much about the geology, but rather that her reason to be a park ranger was to support environmentalism.

Even though I’ve heard a lot of environmentalism at the parks, this latter ranger’s philosophy was even greener than the uniform she was wearing.  She believed her worldview to the extent that she indicated she would not put her canteen into a water hole to get water, even if she was dying of thirst, since that act could disturb the ecosystem of the water hole. In her viewpoint, preserving the environment is more important than her individual survival.

Even though she believed in evolution, she would be neglecting the “survival of the fittest” mechanism for her own beliefs. I respect her right to her opinion. I would also agree that we should use our resources to their fullest extent without destroying our world.

Ranger and Philosopher

However, it is sad that such radical views expressed by this ranger are OK at the parks, whereas a ranger who may have a Biblical view is not allowed to express it on guided tours under the guise of “separation of church and state.”

Dave Nutting

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Indian Drawing of a Mammoth

One of the places we just visited on our 12 day field study, we are leading for the Jackson Hole Bible College, is a place where the ancient native inhabitants drew pictures on the sandstone walls. Among pictures of animals we see today, such as: deer, bighorn sheep, and lizards, there is also a picture of a mammoth.

At first glance, this shouldn’t be a problem unless you view it through evolutionary glasses. According to what is traditionally taught, mammoths became extinct 10000 to 12000  years ago. The drawings on the sandstone were supposed to have been made no more than 200 to 1000 years ago. This throws the evolutionary ideas into turmoil.

Several years ago, Louis L’Amour wrote a book called Jubal Sackett.  In the book he mentioned that explorers coming across America saw mammoths and ground sloths. Since Louis Amor is considered a historically accurate novelist, his critics quickly pointed out that he wasn’t accurate since scientists know that these animals have been extinct for thousands of years.

L’Amour answered his critics in the American Horseman magazine. He cited actual documents in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute. Not only had the explorers seen them, but the native peoples actually had a name for them – the “Long-Noses.”

Once again, we find that scientists do not have the final say. Historical documentation is much more reliable. Think about that! We also have a very reliable historical record which tells us how the world and all the life in it began. It’s the Bible. I would rather trust it than all of man’s “scientific theories” which try to tell us that everything came to be by millions of accidents of evolution.

Dave Nutting

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