Archive for June, 2012

Isaiah 61:1

Many of our children have been scarred and broken by this world.  I suppose all children have, more or less, had many of the same experiences growing up, but some have less scarring than others. This is probably because they are less likely to be vulnerable and open to damage.

The world is filling our children full of lies. Evolution tells them that they are only here by chance or accident, and that they are no better than the animals. They are also told that only the fittest survive, so live for self and fight for everything you can…. because you only get one shot at this life.

Christ provides a different solution.  Isaiah 61:1 says that Christ came to heal the broken hearted and set the captives free.  He is the only way to heal and repair those scars.  We are here for a purpose, and if we will accept Christ we will have everything that life has to offer….freedom and an afterlife.

Unfortunately, many times we place ourselves in bondage even after we have accepted Christ’s freedom by believing the lies of evolution, or by withholding parts of our lives from His authority, or allowing Satan a foothold to steal our freedom in Christ.

Here on earth, no one ever arrives at a perpetual state of godliness, but if we will perpetually follow hard after God, He promises to heal the broken hearted, give liberty to the captives, and set us free!

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” Isaiah 61:1

 

Marilyn Johnson

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Will it Work?

Story Telling with Peter...

This unique Vacation Bible School, at the River of Life Alliance Church in Grand Junction, that I recently helped with was not a “milk and toast” teaching program. In fact, it was going to be packed!  We actually wondered if it would work and how well the segments would integrate. Lynn Sullivan, the organizer, planned on my giving a seventy-five minute creation vs. evolution lecture each day with K- 2nd graders, which was followed by snack time and another seventy-five minutes with 3rd – 6th graders.

While the one group was having their creation teaching, the other group would have their choice between two tracks of learning. The first track was with the professional “Ballet Emmanuel” team, learning ballet and preparing to perform during the final evening’s “Rain Ballet Theater.” The performance would be a dramatization of the struggles and “hope in the midst of the storm”  of “Mrs. Noah” during the year of the Flood.

Experimentation with Mark....

The second track was an art/hands-on-science creation teaching with Mark Sonmor. Among many other activities, it even involved learning about plate tectonics models for the Flood and making scale model arks. It also offered experimenting with a “flood tank” that Mark had made to demonstrate what a lot of water can do in producing canyons and other huge erosional features typical of the country-side.

Peter Gouge, who is a wonderful story teller, was going to intersperse his stories in between my shorter creation teaching sessions. However, since he had to work all but the first day, we quickly modified the program. He would do all of his teaching the first day and I would do all of the rest of the time.  Could he hold them for 75 minutes? Actually, they could have gone longer! The children loved his stories as he talked about birds and animals and experiences.

The question remained, could I hold them for 75 minutes? With a short break in the middle, and utilizing voice and other “song and dance” actions, the kids actually hung in with me to learn about: creation vs. evolution; wonderful design features; the Flood and dinosaurs; fossils and cavemen; and asking, “what’s the evidence.”

The VBS worked! Kids were fortified with the Truth and some came to know the Lord! Lynn Sullivan, who directed this VBS along with her excellent team of adult and teen volunteers, did a tremendous job of organizing the VBS, keeping everything on track, leading the kids in music, Bible memory (verbal and signed), and providing wonderful snacks. The final wrap-up evening was a huge blessing including the very well done “Rain” ballet performance.

Actually the whole time was a blessing to all of us! Thanks to everyone who took part!

 

Dave Nutting

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Rodeo Bible Camp

Over the years, Marilyn and I have taught at many Bible camps around the country. At the time of this writing, we are in north-central Nebraska teaching at the Johnstown Rodeo Bible Camp. This camp was founded about 17 years ago here in Johnstown, Nebraska, using the Brown County Fairgrounds every year during the first couple weeks of summer.

What is unique about the rodeo Bible camp is the emphasis … experts in different aspects of rodeo sharing their skills to help kids learn and refine their rodeo talents. From pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying, steer wrestling, and roping events, to the bucking events – bareback bronc (un-broken horse) riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding.

The main emphasis of the camp though, is Jesus Christ. Most of the teachers, staff, and helpers at this camp are all dedicated Christians, who volunteer and take time from their busy schedules to share not just their skills with the campers, but to also share with them their love of the Lord.

Every morning begins with breakfast, followed by a morning one hour chapel, which the campers are required to attend … if they do not come to chapel, they cannot participate in the clinics or the rodeo that day. After chapel, teaching clinics are held until the mid-day meal, followed by a full afternoon of rodeo. After the evening meal is the evening chapel (also required) followed by a time of fellowship and then off to bed. So, every day begins and ends with spiritual matters concerning the Bible and Jesus Christ.

Not all of the kids that attend these camps are Christian. Marilyn and I are blessed to be able to spend 2 weeks here at this camp, teaching “pee-wees”, middle school, and high school campers. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to share the truth of the Bible and Jesus … an opportunity to disciple the believers, and to evangelize those who do not believe.

 

Lanny Johnson

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