Archive for June, 2011

Aching for Real — Crying for Truth!

I had just given a presentation to a Sunday school class in Austin, Texas. My topic was “How Can You Believe the Bible in Light of the ‘Facts’ of Evolution?” Pretending to be an atheist professor, I hit the young adults with a barrage of “proofs” for evolution and other arguments for why the Bible could not be trusted.

Switching gears, I then tore apart many of those arguments showing that they were totally false or misleading even though they came right out of textbooks or off the lips of teachers and professors. My point to them was that they should stand firmly on the Truth of God’s Word.

Right after that, the church worship team led in a powerful song called “My Generation.” The chorus of that song was:

How do we feel? How do we feel?
My Generation is aching for real
Dying for love, crying for truth
My Generation is aching for You

          –Starfield, Beauty in the Broken, 2006.

Afterwards, some of the younger generation stood in applause to the message of that song. It certainly touched me as well, especially knowing that so many young people in churches all over the country have fallen for the persuasive arguments of evolutionary teaching. Many of these young people who stood in applause have friends who are no longer joining them in church because they have accepted the lie of evolution. I certainly wish they would have been there to hear my Sunday school message and would also “cry for truth” –the Truth of the Bible – in their classrooms.

Dave Nutting

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Camp IdRaHaJe West – Week 2

Teaching Morning Chapel

Marilyn and I spent another week at Camp IdRaHaJe West above Paonia, CO. This week we taught Creation to the Middle School Camp (6th – 9th Grade) of 60 campers, 12 counselors, and numerous other staff.

We had another very exciting week. As at the Junior Camp, we had a mixture of church-going kids, non-churched kids, and kids coming from churches where the Bible is not taught.

Signing up for baptism

The Holy Spirit was really evident at this camp …we had 30 campers put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the first time! That is 50% of the camp getting saved! Two others rededicated their lives to Jesus.

The last day, the camp Pastor asked the campers if they would like to be baptized. With the parent’s permission, 18 of the campers braved immersion in the icy cold water of a nearby pond! What a powerful witness of their new faith!

Baptized!

As new babes in Christ, these campers will be under heavy spiritual attack. Pray with us that they will remain strong in their decision to follow Jesus and have the opportunity to be discipled so they can continue to spiritually grow.

Lanny Johnson

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Congratulations Sandra

We were truly blessed recently in celebrating the high school graduation of our daughter, Sandra.

The years have passed so quickly.  She was a very diligent student in her homeschool studies and we have enjoyed educating her these past six years.

The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends attending the open house.  We were even blessed to have some family travel all the way from Minnesota for the event.  Sandra plans to attend Cornerstone Bible Institute in Hot Springs, SD, this fall.

Richard Stepanek

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Camp IdRaHaJe West

Hands on Fossil Lab

Marilyn and I spent last week at Camp IdRaHaJe West above Paonia, CO., where we taught Creation to a Junior Camp (2nd – 6th Grade) of 56 campers, 12 counselors, and numerous other staff.

IdRaHaJe stands for I’d Rather Have Jesus. It was an exciting week, where we had the blessing of being able to teach two 1 ½ hour chapels a day. The campers were very enthusiastic … they were actually running to chapel, and coming 10 to 15 minutes early!

Chapel Time

After the first chapel, some of the girls were coming in 30 minutes early to save front row seats. One of the boy cabins tried several times to get there first, but the girls always managed to beat them by several minutes. The campers and staff had a great time learning about: scripture, songs, the problems of evolution, the evidences for Creation, the truth of the Word of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Many of the campers were non-churched children or came from churches where the Bible is not taught. One 11 or 12 year old boy shared that this was his first time reading the Bible … he was referring to the scripture verses we teach at the beginning of every chapel.

A Gospel Presentation

The greatest joy of the week was the night I presented the gospel message. We had 15 campers put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the first time, with 8 others rededicating their lives to Jesus.

Would you pray for these kids (I won’t post their names … the Lord knows who they are)? As new Christians, they will be under heavy spiritual attack. Pray that they might remain strong in their decision to follow Jesus and will be discipled, so they will continue to spiritually grow. A fire not fueled will soon die out!

Lanny Johnson

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Side Trip Excursion

Too many times when we are on the speaking circuit, we just point the nose of the vehicle to get from point A to point B without seeing what else is around us.  This time on our way back from speaking in Las Vegas, we had an extra day to explore! We got off the interstate in Utah and took the scenic route back to Grand Junction, camped overnight, and got in a good hike.

Yes, interstate highways do afford some good scenery, but there is so much more out there if we take the time to explore the back roads. We explored enough that we found ourselves setting up our tent by flashlight in a desolate area off of a side road south of Boulder, Utah. It turned out to be a perfect place to camp with an extra special bonus for this geologist! The whole area had an abundance of petrified wood. We even tied our tent cords to chunks of it.

The next morning, we took a hike up a canyon and found petrified wood all over. Some might say it was a petrified “forest,” but it lacked the typical earmarks of a “forest.” It was certainly a large petrified log jam!  This is kind of what you might expect from Noah’s Flood, isn’t it? (I will write another article on this later.)

A Geologist's Dream

I am including some of the snapshots along the way, as well as pictures of some of the petrified logs (our only reminders of the trip, since the area was in a region where collecting is prohibited).

My next trip is by United Airlines. Even though I would surely love to sit in the cockpit and take a few side excursions, I don’t think they would let me. Besides that, it would make the other passengers quite nervous!

Dave Nutting

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Unknown to the Aged and Wise as well

Atrium of the Grand Valley

Last week I had the opportunity to teach at the Atrium, which is a retirement community in Grand Junction, CO.  Not knowing what to expect or what I should teach,  I thought to myself, what topic would they be interested in? I decided on “Dinosaurs and the Bible,” which is almost always a favorite. 

I had about twenty or so people join the class.  It was a very serious group.  Some feel asleep, while others were very attentive.  After my program I opened the floor for Q&A, and to my surprise there were plenty of questions! 

They found the topic very interesting and subsequently requested that I return with further creation topics.  So we set another date on the spot. 

One of the elderly gentlemen commented that he had never heard of this information before.  “Why are they not telling us?  They would not withhold this scientific information from us?”  Not only is this information withheld from the elderly, it is also being withheld from the young.  It is sad to see so many people, both young and old, around the world that have never heard the creation message.   How can these people make decisions for Christ when they have doubts whether the Bible is even true?

Rich Stepanek

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A Rose is Still a Rose

The roses around our house are now in full bloom reminding me of an article I recently read from Creation Moments –  A Rose Is Still A Rose.

Man has been breeding roses for quite a long time. The Chinese began breeding roses about 4,000 years ago. Rose breeders around the world have produced over 4,000 variations of roses that vary in size, color, frequency of bloom and scent. Over 25 different scents have been developed!

Walter Lammerts, a leading world authority on roses, has won over a dozen “All American Rose of the Year” awards from roses he has bred.

To quote from Creation Moments: “Dr. Lammerts is a creationist. He not only rejects evolution, but he blames belief in evolution for slowing the development of better strains of plants. He points out that breeders who think change takes place slowly and through evolution don’t expect to make much progress, and they waste time trying to fit what they learn into evolution. He adds that, despite thousands of years of breeding, roses are still roses.”

So many times we hear that if you believe in Creation you cannot be a true scientist because “science proves evolution”.  However, history reveals that most of the founders of modern science were creationists. It is encouraging to hear that there are many creation scientists today, active in their field of expertise, who are giving testimony to how the worldview of evolution has slowed the progress of science.

Lanny Johnson

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Special – Lowered Prices at Creation Family Adventure

We are excited to announce that prices for this year’s Creation Family Adventure at Redcloud have been reduced by 15% — and there is still room for YOU and your family. These vacations are more than just a “vacation.” They are truly “vacations with a purpose.” Creation teaching, family building activities, great fellowship, opportunities to focus on the Lord and His Word – all in the magnificent beauty of Colorado’s high mountain country.

AOI provides:

  • Fascinating, understandable creation teaching with AOI speakers
  • Opportunities to get your questions answered one-on-one
  • Exciting children’s program with creation teaching and hands-on activities
  • Plenty of one-on-one time with AOI staff
  • A great selection of quality books and DVDs

 

Combined with Redcloud’s:

  • Exciting recreational activities
  • Wonderful caring staff with a heart to serve
  • Beautiful log lodge with amazing views
  • Comfortable lodge rooms with private baths
  • Plenty of delicious, healthy food 

 

This year marks the 25th year of AOI Creation Adventures at Redcloud. Many families have told us it’s the best vacation ever – better than cruises and big-name theme parks. Their kids and teens beg to come back year after year!

Fortify your family with the truth! Bring them to Creation Family Adventure at Redcloud. For more information go to Creation Vacations. Then call 1-800- 377-1923 to register today.

Dave Nutting

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An Eagerness in the Youth – For the Truth!

A while back I had flown to Michigan to speak at a regional youth event.   After the first evening’s creation presentation, it was time for games.  Many of the youth participated in the games, but there were several who did not. 

The Truth, Please!

They had questions about Creation and Genesis,  so we had a Creation/Genesis session that lasted for about two hours.  It  began with just a few kids, but as time passed, more and more joined in with the discussions. I was greatly encouraged to see the interest and enthusiasm of these young people, to learn more about God’s Word, and how it relates to their lives. 

So often we think of the youth of today as being self-centered, pleasure seeking, and not really interested in spiritual things, but we need to be cautioned against including all youth in this category.  There are many young people out there eager to learn the truth, being willing and motivated, to make a difference in the world.  This they do by sharing the truth of Creation and Christ with their friends and others.

Rich Stepanek

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Training Week in Springfield, MO

Ominous clouds over Joplin

We just got home from leading a Creation Training Week in Springfield, MO. Despite thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and high winds, the week went extremely well. Ten people participated in the training. We were much encouraged by their interest in creation teaching, the quality of their presentations, the depth of discussion, and the great times of fellowship.

We started doing intensive Creation Training Weeks back in 2006, to help individuals deepen their knowledge and skills in presenting the truth of the Genesis from both science and the Bible. The week involves times of prayer, worship, Bible study, and relevant science topics as well as practical teaching tips, a field trip, and opportunities to do practice teaching. We keep the groups small so there is plenty of time for discussion and personal interaction.

Getting to know a Hissing Cockroach

This year’s group included a businessman (who not only desires to teach creation but also sponsored the week – Thank You, Coby!), a missionary to Kenya, the Dean of Students and a science instructor from a Baptist college, the chairman of the science education department from a secular university, a pastor (who also serves as President for an on-line Bible college), the director of a small creation museum (with a big vision for expansion), two on-fire former students of ours from Jackson Hole Bible College, and a man from Uruguay who is helping with the Spanish translation of our Discover Creation DVD Series and Study Guide. Altogether, it was a diverse and highly qualified group.

We are excited about relationships built and the potential for future networking. Trainees from past Training Weeks have gone on to actively share the creation message through Sunday School classes, home groups, children’s programs, camps, blogs, etc. Others have become solid supporters of creation ministry and have been instrumental in scheduling creation seminars for AOI speakers.

Rainbow over Missouri

Our desire is to expand our Training Program to equip many more individuals and families to do creation ministry in their own churches, schools, communities, and wherever else God may lead them. Please pray for wisdom and provision of resources and people to flood this nation and the world with the powerful evidences and teaching that defend the Truth and Authority of God’s Word.

Mary Jo Nutting

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