Archive for March, 2012

A Windy Night

It was sure windy the other night with one of those notorious March winds. I couldn’t sleep even though it was late so I thought that I may as well write! Earlier, I had checked for my trash container only to realize that the wind blew it somewhere else in the state of Colorado or into Kansas. (Mark, if it makes it to Shawnee Kansas, please save it for me. I’ll pick it up on my next trip through.)

Although I don’t really like the blowing winds, I am thankful for only 20 -45 mph winds rather than the recent gusts of 170 mph in some parts of the country.  I am also thankful that the winds carry air pollutants away from here and deposit them somewhere east of here. Fortunately, there is no large city close-by west of us. Wind is certainly one of God’s ways of keeping air from getting stagnant.

It was a similar night about 20 years ago that inspired my son, Tim, to write a song which ended up on one of his 4 CD’s he had recorded (you can find some of his music on Itunes). The lyrics of his song which is entitled “Inside the Shadow” are:

 

Image taken from http://www.timothypaulband.com.

Inside the shadow of your wings I hide

Inside the shadow of your wings I hide

The winds, they blow around me outside

The winds, they blow around me outside

 

But I will not be moved

No, I will not be moved

I will not be moved

‘Cause in the shadow of Your wings I hide

 

So, the winds blowing that night remind me not only of Tim and his song he wrote when he was in high school, but they also remind me of God’s care for His Creation, and for me and those I love. I can truly be thankful for this March wind reminder that God is in control.

 

Dave Nutting

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Thank you Lord, For Redeeming The Time….Even Lost Time.

On my return flight from Raipur to Hyderabad, I had an interesting encounter with a man who lived in Bangalore, India.  It started when I struck up a conversation with him early in the flight.  He shared with me that he had a sense of urgency to talk to me.  This urgency had started when he saw me in the Raipur airport.  He wanted to talk to me then, but did not want to interrupt me as I was busy on my cell phone.  I had received a few calls from my friends who dropped me off at the airport and I also called my contacts in Hyderabad.

He shared with me his disappointment at missing the opportunity to talk to me before we boarded the plane.  Then to his surprise, he sat next to me!  But he was too shy to talk.  I started with some small talk, and then proceeded into creation evangelism.  He was very interested in the science, but when I start talking about Jesus, he became extremely interested and said he wanted to trust Christ as his Savior!  We both came to the conclusion this encounter was planned by God.  It was very clear that God had already prepared his heart to hear the gospel.

Before returning to the U.S., I had another eight hour flight to Doha, Qatar.  On the flight, I had missed the opportunity to talk  about Christ to the man who was sitting beside me.  He was either sleeping or watching a movie and I did not want to bother him.  But I thought to myself,” if this man doesn’t hear the gospel from me, he may never know the love of Jesus.”  I was disappointed that I had failed to bother him.

At Qatar, I proceeded to board my plane to Washington D.C.  To his surprise, and my joy, he sat right beside me again.  He said to me, ‘what is the chance of us sitting together again on this flight.’  This plane held at least 400 people.  I told him I wasn’t surprised and that him sitting beside me was not by chance and accident, but by divine appointment.  This led into my creation evangelism.  He indicated that the message made sense.   Since he did not have a Bible of his own, I decided to give him mine.  Even in my faithlessness, God was faithful to give me a second chance to witness to people He has placed in my path.  Thank you Lord!

 

Rich Stepanek

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From Hunting Videos and the Seriousness of Sin to Security Witnessing

To expose the Indians to some Colorado culture, I liked to show them my elk hunting videos.  These videos are recordings of some of my family’s hunting adventures.  This was all new to them.  I was told it is illegal to hunt in India.  Needless to say, the hunting videos were a big hit.

The videos also gave me the opportunity to talk about the seriousness of sin.  The Bible states that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.  Adam brought sin into the world by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Paul wrote in Romans that the wages of sin is death, so we all deserve to die and go to hell, even Adam and Eve.

God’s just nature demands the penalty for breaking the law be carried out, so we all deserve to die, but God’s love and mercy offers another way (a substitute sacrifice).   There was death the day Adam ate the forbidden fruit.  Both the man and the woman were clothed with coats of skins.  To skin an animal, the animal must die and its blood be shed.  These coats of skins represented a blood atonement (a substitute sacrifice) for their sins.

But the blood of animals cannot take away sins.  Only the death of a sinless God-man can take away sins.  Jesus Christ is the sinless man and He is also God.  He is our substitute sacrifice.  He paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross.  All we have to do to have all of our sins forgiven is trust in Jesus.   Only through Him can we have eternal life.

Traveling in India is always an adventure.   Even going through security at the airport can be a time of ministry.   I have discovered x-ray machines do not like my computers, projector, cords, and fossil replicas.  They always send a red flag to security personnel.

When checking my carry-on bag, they were very curious about my dinosaur fossil replicas.  This is an opportunity to teach them about dinosaurs and how they proclaim creation.  I have had security guards show my replicas to other security guards and relay to them the information about dinosaurs.

Preparing for my return to the U.S., I packed my dinosaur replicas in my check luggage.  This also sent a red flag to security personnel.  I was escorted by armed guards to a special security room to open my luggage for inspection.  Here I also had the opportunity to witness.  The people were excited and took pictures of me holding the fossils. It is amazing what God can use.  Check in later for my next blog that talks of a missed opportunity that God redeemed.

 

Rich Stepanek

A Picture that reminds me that no matter what the cost, it is worth the price.

This is a picture at the children’s mercy home, where the children wanted to trust Jesus as their Savior after hearing the message of Creation.

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Wager the Wild Land

Years ago, I met Dave Harper, who would eventually become an AOI Board member. A few hours after meeting, we joined Dave and his wife Barb in a restaurant. After I offered a prayer for our lunch (which I didn’t realize until later had shaken him to the core), he riveted his attention on me and asked how I, as a geologist and a Christian, reconciled the teachings of Genesis with evolution. Dave had become a Christian a short while before, but was almost afraid to open Genesis, thinking it ran cross-ways with everything he was taught about “science.”

That one question was all the invitation I needed to give a month of teaching in the next 15 minutes. Being quite a reader and deep thinker, he later devoured the material I had recommended. We later became good friends and exchanged many such conversations. Mary Jo and I also gained a deep appreciation for his down to earth approach to life and deep insights into the core point of an issue, an asset that we welcomed when he became a Board member of AOI.

I also appreciated that even though an accident at age 16 left him in a wheel chair, he never let that stop him from doing things that other men only dream about. Just this month, he published his first book which had my endorsement on the back cover. Here is what I wrote:

“After getting to know the man behind this book, I anxiously awaited opportunity to read this potential best seller. If it reflected just part of Dave Harper’s core being, I knew I wanted to learn from it. Before reading the book, I thought it would be an encouragement to any person with a physical limitation. I was wrong! It is a huge horizon-builder for anyone who is limiting their potential by psychological barriers. After reading this book, you may never again say, “I can’t do that.”

If you allow it, this book will split your gut laughing, it will make you cry, and it will lift you to new levels of achievement. This iron-horse cowboy’s life story reflects what I have often heard him say: “I might be crippled, but I am not handicapped!”

If you want to appreciate this man like we have and get to know one of our Board members, call the office at 970-523-9943 or toll free at 1-800-377-1923 to order Wager the Wild Land, A Paraplegic’s Triumph Over Tragedy. We are offering it at 14$. If you are a Kindle or Nook user, you can also pick it up from those respective stores for your device. We will also offer it on our online store in the near future.

 

Dave Nutting

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Life is Too Busy!

Recently, God has forced me to slow down due to illness.  Not such an easy thing for a person that thinks she has to be busy all the time!  I heard others complain that life is too busy and they would like to slow down.

In fact, I see Christians today being so busy that the churches no longer have Sunday night or Wednesday night services, due to lack of attendance.  Is this right?  Have we allowed the world to creep into our relationship with God?

Beth Moore has the following to say “Friendship with the world is vastly more convenient because we live on the crowded pinhead of its epicenter. It’s as close as our nearest billboard and shouts at us from our grocery-store checkout.  It holds hands with us in the movies and eats with us in front of the TV.  It promises pleasure and often delivers. So, no one who lives in this world is a friend of God accidentally. We make a choice where we want to be most present. A hard choice!”  (From Beth Moore’s Bible study, James Mercy Triumphs)

Are we choosing God or the world when we don’t choose to attend a special seminar scheduled at our church?  Maybe it is time for your church to have a Discover Creation seminar and for us to choose to make time for God!!!

Call Alpha Omega at 970-523-9943 to schedule your Discover Creation seminar.

 

Marilyn Johnson

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