Archive for August, 2012

A Long Fruitful Summer

 

Bowing before the Lord…

Praise the Lord … we made it through a very long, hot, and busy summer. We had to rely on the strength of God every bit of the way, and He sustained us.

We began by doing 2 ½ weeks of Rodeo Bible Camp. Checkout the blogs we posted on: the Rodeo Bible Camp; the Junior Rodeo Bible Camp; and the Pee-Wee Rodeo Bible Camp.

We did 1 family Vacation Bible School and 1 children’s VBS in South Dakota.  See the Two for One post for a little more on that trip. In the morning we did a VBS on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, then moved all our equipment and set up to do an evening VBS at the sponsoring church. It was a jam packed week! Then it was on to do another weeklong family VBS in eastern Colorado.

Tears of Joy for Salvation!

This was followed by 4 weeks of Bible Camp in Colorado (only 45 minutes away from our house, so able to get home on weekends). We then flew (and there are some challenges in flying for us) to Oregon to do another a week of Bible Camp. Amongst all the VBS’s and Bible Camps we were able to squeeze in 11 days of teaching at different churches.

One of the blessings of this summer was to be able to disciple and encourage hundreds of children and adults, and witness 86 children put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Yes we are tired, but below is an encouraging note we received from a parent that makes it all worthwhile:

 

Dear Lanny and Marilyn

I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for the sacrifice of time, energy, comfort, etc. that you gave to teaching at ________. I so appreciate that all of my children sat under your teaching and received sound, biblical, creation-oriented, God-honoring information that continues to solidify their worldview. We’ve had discussions about what they reviewed and what was new information and we’ve also talked about what a privilege it is to hear truth that is consistent with the Scriptures vs. only growing up with a humanistic, evolutionary mindset and having to learn what is really real. I so appreciate your heart for ministry to kids of all ages. Thank you for reinforcing what we are teaching our children and for encouraging them in word and deed in the Love of Christ.  __ __

 

Lanny Johnson

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Dinosaurs, Monuments, and The Gospel

 

On Monday, August 27th, I had the great opportunity to host both a Colorado National Monument tour and a Dinosaur Journey Museum tour for Mountain Valley Christian Academy.  The day started at 9:00 am at the monument with a presentation explaining the landscape by the evolutionary model and then by the creation/flood model.  We talked about the effects of the flood on geology.  The creation/flood model fits so much better with the observed data.

After finishing at the monument we drove into Fruita, CO, for a one and a half hour dinosaur program.  The program consisted of information about ancient civilizations living with the dinosaurs, as well as the many discoveries of soft tissue found in dinosaur bones.  We also explained how dinosaurs could grow to such gigantic sizes when they hatched from such small eggs.  We ended the presentation with what happened to all the dinosaurs.   To explain all this and much more, we then turned to both science and the Bible. Teaching about dinosaurs is an excellent way to proclaim the gospel!

After lunch, we finished the day with a museum tour.  The museum is a wonderful place to reveal God’s incredible design in dinosaurs, the consequences of Adam’s sin on the world, and much, much more.  We all had a great day of discovering God’s incredible creation, and learning more about God and His unfathomable love for us!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Ancient Plant Fruit in Siberia

I was sent an article regarding the discovery of ancient plant fruit found in Siberia. It was supposedly 32,000 years old and they were able to grow a plant from it. Somebody suggested I write a blog on it. Dozens could be written, but I’m not a botanist. So I asked Stephen B. Austin, who has been a valuable volunteer with AOI, about it. He is well noted in Colorado for his botanical knowledge.  His comments follow:

 

“I was surprised to read about the discovery of the fruits of that “campion plant” in the frozen tundra of northeastern Siberia.

It would be most interesting to see if it is identical to an existing plant of that family and genus that is growing today.

Some observations:

1. I do not accept the date of 32,000 years, because of the inaccuracies of carbon dating, especially that far back.

2. The Noahic Flood produced unusual conditions about 4,500 years ago, such as abnormally warm arctic oceans. As you know, Michael Oard has written about such conditions, especially in regard to the existence of huge Mammoth herds in the Arctic, and how they more than likely met their demise. (“Frozen in Time” by Michael Oard is one such writing)

3. There have been other ancient seeds found in such places as the Egyptian pyramids, and how those seeds have germinated. It is my belief that the most ancient of the Egyptian pyramids were more than likely built in the decades and immediate centuries following the Noahic Flood, when life spans were still rather lengthy and technologies hadn’t been lost. The seeds in the Egyptian pyramid were some sort of grain crop.

4. Technologies back then were quite amazing. One case in point I remember is the ancient map of Antarctica (Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings) revealing an almost precise coastline of that continent. We were not able to determine that coastline until we developed satellite technology and were able to see beneath the ice existing there today. No doubt that map was produced within the few hundred years following the Noahic Flood, when glacial ice had not yet totally covered Antarctica. (See page 3 of the March/April 2012 Think & Believe for some additional info on this)

Thanks, Steve!  What tremendous design by our awesome God!  I find it exciting for a plant to be able to grow from very ancient fruit, even with an age correction of no more than 4500 years as evidenced not only by the Biblical history, but as well,  by the ancient mapping of Antarctica since then.

To the right is a modern Campion. To see the “ancient” one and for more information on the discovery, see their article.

 

Dave Nutting

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Why We Shoot Deer

I am a hunter and an amateur roper (just learning actually), so when a friend sent this to me, I just had to share it with others. I hope you see the humor in it as I do (no offense to my vegetarian friends) … but most of all realize that we are never too old to learn something new.

 

WHY WE SHOOT DEER

Why we shoot deer in the wild (A letter from someone who wants to remain anonymous, who farms, writes well and actually tried this).I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up -3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold.

The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope .., and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope.

That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer– no Chance. That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals.

A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.

I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer’s momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. I didn’t want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder – a little trap I had set before hand…kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.

Did you know that deer bite?

They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when …… I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and slide off to then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head–almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective.

It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose.

That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp … I learned a long time ago that, when an animal – like a horse – strikes at you with their hooves and you can’t get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.

I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope……to sort of even the odds!!

All these events are true so help me God…

An Educated Farmer

 

Shared by Lanny Johnson

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Solar Flares Affect Radioactive Decay Rates

An article in the August 13 Science Daily reports on research in progress by Purdue University physicists which could lead to ways of protecting satellite and Earth communication/energy systems and even give warnings to astronauts on space missions . The danger is in the neutrino emissions from solar flares which have knocked out equipment in the past and exposed astronauts to extreme radiation. The researchers are working on technology which could warn of solar activity so we could prevent damage from serious solar flares.

NOTE: The key element of this research has spinoffs to the reliability of radioactive decay dating methods. It appears that solar flares are preceded by particle emission which changes the decay rate of radioactive elements! Since that can be measured, a sudden increase of the decay rate will warn of radiation danger from a flare.

Why is this significant to radioactive decay dating? One of the huge assumptions (and supposedly “proven” facts of science) for the radioactive dating methods is a constant decay rate. If this is not true, then “absolute” dating methods aren’t as reliable as presented. This present research actually documents not only changes in the decay rate preceding a solar flare, but also seasonal fluctuations of the decay rate! Although the measured variations are not huge, this opens the door for research on other ways decay rates can be altered. Therefore, this is very significant research!

I will be looking into this more and try to report on it in the next issue of Think & Believe. So stay tuned!

Dave Nutting

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An X-class flare such as this one, if directed at the earth, could be deadly on electronic equipment including aircraft/ship navigation and power systems. This burst from the sun was on Aug. 9, 2011 as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite.

Date 19 December 2011 Source Goddard Multimedia Author NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Training The Future Generation

I spent two weeks helping with the children’s program at Camp Redcloud.  We had from 12-18 children each day.  They were an active, fun, and enthusiastic group.  One of the favorite activities is always making sock puppets.  The children enjoy performing with them for their parents on Thursday during the variety show.

Some of the older children (age 11-13) , who had been in the program in previous years, enjoyed being able to be helpers as well.  Some are very interested and quite knowledgeable about creation issues.  A few children gave short presentations to the class about certain animals they had studied.  Alan and Diane Galbraith, directors of the children’s program at Camp Redcloud, recognize the importance of training the future generation to be leaders in creation teaching.  It was a blessing to assist them in this endeavor.

 

Diane teaching the future

Sue Stepanek

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Another Great Experience at Redcloud Mountain Adventures

What a great time we had at Redcloud Mountain Adventure!  Family camp is always a rewarding time to minister to the entire family.  Our desire is to grow families in their relationships to each other and with the Lord. Primarily we want to train fathers to be the spiritual leaders in their families. The first week had many teens with unique issues to be addressed.  We trust that God will do great things in their lives in the coming days and years.  The second week we had families with many little children.  One mother commented that it was the most relaxing vacation they could have had.  We are so thankful that it was a refreshing week for them.

There was also a great interest in the teaching.  It was a blessing to see the eagerness that many had… even after a long day.  In addition to the scheduled teaching, the speakers spent extra hours in the afternoon and evening answering questions and providing more for those who were seeking to know more.   One teen commented that this was a life-changing week for him. What a difference the Word of God can make in a person’s life!

 

Rich Stepanek

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The Challenges of Taking to the Air

Looking at the optical illusion below, you will see larger boxes being packed into much smaller boxes. Of course, this is an impossible figure; however, Marilyn and I face the same kind of problem whenever we fly as a part of our family/children’s ministry.

We carry a lot of equipment to do Vacation Bible Schools and Bible camps: puppet stage, puppets, memory verses, sound equipment, speakers, speaker stands, projector(s), projection screen, projection tables, fossils (3 boxes totaling about 100 lbs), hands on crafts (3 – 4 boxes), computer(s), hand-out sheets (1-2 boxes), books for sale (13 – 15 boxes average),  toiletries, shoes, clothes (1 suitcase for me and 2 for Marilyn ), and other miscellaneous items.

In the past, we carried most of this equipment in a 5′ x 10′ enclosed utility trailer. Recently, we have began traveling in a 5th wheel travel trailer, where we use every available nook and cranny (including rear seats of the pick-up truck) to haul all the equipment.

The challenge for flying is similar to the optical illusion … how do you get all that stuff in 3 checked bags and 2 carry-on bags? The answer – we don’t! We have to pare down everything!

All the puppet equipment (stage, puppet, memory verses, and props) go into a traveling golf bag. Everything else goes into the 2 remaining suitcases … clothes, toiletries, shoes, etc. and equipment. We sort the fossils and only take a representative few (weighing around 10 lbs). We don’t take any sound equipment, other than a personal microphone (we rely on the camp or church to have sound equipment), nor any projection tables. The books (only a representative few that can be ordered) and hand-out sheets are shipped ahead of time. We carry our projector and computers with the carry-on baggage.

Years ago, when our 2 daughters traveled with us, we were allowed 2 bags each, weighing up to 75 lbs., so we could carry quite a bit of “stuff”. But today, it is just Marilyn and I. We are still allowed 2 bags each, but now the weight is limited to 50 lbs. To make matters even worse, most airlines now charge for all checked baggage. At an average of $25.00 for the first bag and $35.00 for the second bag, we are usually looking at $170.00 baggage charge for a round trip air flight … that is above and beyond the much higher airfares. So to be good stewards, we limit ourselves to just 3 bags (actually 4 bags plus carryon bags are nearly impossible for 2 people to manage anyway).

We always warn the people that pick us up from the airport to bring a BIG vehicle. Many soon learn that we were not joking when we said BIG. The look on some of the faces when they see the pile of luggage that somehow has to be crammed into what they considered big, can be quite humorous.

 

Lanny Johnson

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The Monkey’s Disgrace

In the  January/February 1991 issue of Think & Believe, we included a poem written by an unknown author titled Darwin’s Mistake. Just recently, a good friend of ours gave us a copy of the same poem titled The Monkey’s Disgrace that she ran across out of the Coloradoan newspaper (March 20, 2002) in a Dear Abby column.  My Google search led me to the website, http://www.rampbbs.net/monkey.htm where the below picture was found with the same poem. The site makes a good case that the author of the poem is Gilliam S. Weaver.  The poem is fun and is repeated below.  I use their title and subtitle.

Dave Nutting

The Monkey’s [Disgrace]
(Evolution — The Monkey’s Viewpoint)

 

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree

Discussing things as they are said to be.

Said one to the others, “Now listen, you two,

There’s a rumor around that can’t be true

That man descended from our noble race

The very idea is a great disgrace.

No monkey has ever deserted his wife

Starved her babies and ruined her life

And you’ve never known a mother monk

To leave her babies with others to bunk 

Or pass from one on to another

Till they scarcely know who is their mother.

And another thing you’ll never see,

A monk build a fence round a coconut tree,

And let the coconuts go to waste,

Forbidding all other monks to taste;

Why, if I put a fence around a tree,

Starvation will force you to steal from me!

Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do

Go out at night and get on a stew.

Or use a gun or club or knife

To take some other monkey’s life.

Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss

But, brother, he didn’t descend from us.”

 

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Life Is In The Blood

In 1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life. However, the Bible had revealed this fact 3,300 years before man would agree with Harvey’s discovery.

Dr. Benjamin Rush

For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:  …  Leviticus 17:14 (See also Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11).   

The practice of medical bleeding as a treatment (using incisions and often leeches) was a common practice until the middle of the 19th century.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a medical doctor and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was an important advocate of bleeding. Unfortunately, as other physicians of the day, he mistakenly thought that the body held 12 quarts of blood instead of the actual 6 quarts.

George Washington

Shortly before his death, George Washington was bled 4 ‡ quarts in 24 hours for an infected throat and died not long after.* Many historians believe that George Washington’s bleeding was the cause of his death. Ironically, by his bedside was probably a Bible that stated in Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

Again, the Bible reveals a great deal of scientific truth written hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years before being “discovered” by modern scientists.

*(Thayer, William R., George Washington, 1922, p. 240)

 

Lanny Johnson

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