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In season, out of season…

 

2Timothy 4:2 “ Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

California Seminar Tour 5We list our speaking schedule on the web, so that people can be informed about when and where we will be presenting the creation/Genesis message.  But, this is only a small portion of the creation teaching that we actually do.  Not only do we teach during the seminars, but around the dinner table with friends, during the day and night when we have a few free moments, and even while waiting before teaching in a school classroom.

During these opportune times, the teaching is usually with a small group or just one on one.  Many people have questions, and the Bible and science have answers to their questions.  Between classes in a Christian school, I was asking some of the students various creation/evolution questions.  The school I was at does not teach evolution to be true, but many of the students had compromised their thinking with evolution anyways.

The deception of evolution is great, but as they saw the light and understood that bacteria always stay bacteria and Darwin’s finches always stay finches, along with the science behind the ‘Law of Biogenesis’, they came to the realization that Darwinian evolution is just an illusion.

California Seminar Tour 4It is a joy to see the lights in their mind turn on, and the smile on their faces when they discover creation is really true and they are loved by a wonderful God!

 

Richard Stepanek

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The Orchestrating Hand of God

 

California Seminar Tour 1We are just in the second week of our California seminar tour.  We recently finished teaching at our second church, Fellowship Bible Church, of Belmont, CA.  Our time there was very encouraging.  They had four different teaching sessions from Thursday to Sunday.  The session on Friday was especially well attended with the auditorium filled and rows of chairs placed in the entrance area for the overflow crowd.  Sue also had a large group of kids on Friday night to minister to in the children’s program.

We also enjoyed great Chinese food and fellowship as we dined with old and new friends.  What a blessing the Lord brings with the care and encouragement we receive from the Body of Christ!

California Seminar Tour 2During our California seminar trip, we have seen the hand of God working in many ways.  It is always a joy to see how He works to orchestrate our schedule.  Going into the trip, we had about five days that we had been unable to fill.  But by God’s grace, He brought three opportunities for Christian school teaching into those vacancies.  In addition to that, a church member graciously offered his vacant house for us to use for a couple days to rest and catch up on some work.  What an answer to prayer it has all been!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Why all the hype about finding water on Mars?

 

Why all the hype about finding water on Mars? Below are some quotes from articles about finding evidence of water on Mars.

 

“Mars once had conditions favorable for microbial life, NASA scientists announced”

“It shows veins of sediments that scientist believe were deposited under water and was an environment once hospitable to life.”

“We have found a habitable environment that is so benign, and supportive of life, that probably if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it,”

“The question about habitability goes just beyond the simple observation of water on Mars to recreating the environments in greater detail, with an understanding of the chemistry that was going on at that time, to ask if this is the kind of place that micro-organisms could’ve lived,”

“There is life virtually wherever there is liquid water on Earth, and the possibility that there were once oceans on Mars leads many to wonder if life ever evolved on Mars and, if so, whether it might be extant. Answering these questions might help shed light on how common life may or may not be in the rest of the universe.”

 

It seems to me these people are wanting to find water on Mars so they can speculate if life evolved there, since we know it cannot evolve here on earth.  Where there is water, there must be life… right?  Not necessarily.  Through decades of scientific research, scientists have developed the ‘Law of Biogenesis,’ which states that life can only come from pre-existing life.  People used to believe in the myth, or faith statement, of abiogenesis (spontaneous generation), but science has disproven this false idea.

So the only way life could be on Mars is either it was brought there from earth by our Mars rovers or space probes for example, somehow the material from earth made its way there, or God created it there.  I doubt the truth of the latter idea, because as I study Scripture, I do not see any indication of God making life anywhere else in the universe except here on earth.   But with the scientific knowledge provided by the ‘Law of Biogenesis,’ we know it could not have evolved there.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Water on Mars!

 

Lately there have been a number of articles on the web, tv, and in newspapers, stating: Flowing Water on Mars? Strange Red Planet Features Stir Debate; Mars Water Mystery: NASA Rover’s Ancient Streambed Discovery Is the Latest ClueThe 2,000-pound Mars rover, Curiosity, has been sending back information and images of what looks like sedimentary rock layers that were laid down by water. Also, what looks like evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars, as well as evidence of lakes and oceans.

They are excited about this information, and rightfully so, but it should not be unexpected or surprising.  As we study Genesis chapter one, God makes everything directly or indirectly out of water.  So with this knowledge, we should see evidence that at one time there was probably an abundance of water on Mars.  Today, water on Mars is usually only in the solid or gaseous state, and not in the liquid state, because of the planet’s low atmospheric pressure being about 1/100th of Earth’s.  With this low pressure, liquid water will not last long on the planet’s surface. So there is evidence that at one time there was liquid water on the surface of Mars. But why all the hype? We will touch on this with my next blog.

 

Richard Stepanek

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Hungry for Answers

 

Well, that Tuesday (see my last blog “Genesis Series on the Road…“) Sue and I, with the help of our son Joel, taught six hours at Faith Baptist Church in Pawnee City, NE.  The seminars went very well.  I taught one hour on dinosaurs, science, and the Bible, and the next five hours we spent on the Genesis Series. We covered Genesis chapters one and two.  Sue, with her changes to the children’s ministry, was a big hit.  The people at Pawnee were truly “hungry” for the information and requested a continuation of the Genesis Series at a future date.

Two boys, who were in either 5th or 6th grade, came up to me after the last evening’s program wondering if there was another two hour program tomorrow.  I was sorry to say that there wasn’t.   It is very encouraging to see young people getting so enthralled about the Word of God!

From March 8th through the 10th,Sue, Joel, and I were at the Fairview Baptist Church near Towanda, KS.  The pastor scheduled eleven hours of teaching, which is quite unique for us since we normally teach for only four to six hours at a church.  The goal of the seminar was to cover Genesis chapters one through three by teaching two hours on Friday night and another five hours on Saturday.  The plan for Sunday was to teach approximately four hours of my creation science series.

I was not able to finish Genesis chapter three Saturday afternoon, and the interest was so great, that many attendees requested two more hours on Sunday afternoon to allow us to finish the chapter!   We were amazed!  Thirteen hours of teaching in one night and two days.  Sue ended up teaching eleven hours for the children.  People of this country are hungry for the foundational teachings of Scripture and science!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Genesis Series on the Road…

 

We had a wonderful time at Sheridan Lake, CO, teaching and having fellowship with the saints.  We taught eleven hours at Sheridan Lake Bible Church, and nine of those eleven hours were spent teaching Genesis chapters one through three.  Even with the nine hours of teaching, we did not quite finish Genesis chapter three.  It was a casual time of teaching, and during the teaching I enjoyed answering various questions they had about Genesis and creation in general.  After all was done, the pastor shared his thoughts about the importance of taking Genesis literally and not falling for the wisdom of the world.

The following Tuesday evening we started teaching at Faith Baptist Church located in Pawnee City, NE.  Since I was just here last year, and taught my creation science series, I thought I would teach my Genesis series.  While I taught the young people and adults, my wife Sue, taught the children.  She is improving her programs by incorporating creation science power point presentations into her time with the children.  She is excited about the changes and so are the children.

I truly enjoy teaching the Genesis series, because Genesis proclaims many of the scientific concepts and laws modern scientists have just discovered in the last few hundred years.  In other words, Genesis is relevant to scientific discovery and things we observe today.  I was always taught that “the present is the key to the past,” but that worldview can cause many scientific mistakes.  The truth is “the past is the key to the present,” and this is why Genesis is so important for scientific research today.  Stay tuned for more from the Genesis Road Show.

 

Rich Stepanek

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A Thought on the Recent Quasar Cluster Discovery

 

Credit: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and S. Cantalupo (UCSC)

Astronomy is a fascinating field of science, as are other branches of science.  New discoveries are being made which challenge old theories and develop new ones.  We have seen this trend through history, for example, the once believed Law of Abiogenesis where scientists believed dead material would evolve into life.  This idea was held to be true for many centuries, that is until scientists like Louis Pasteur and others debunked this theory and through scientific research formulated the Law of Biogenesis.  This law states that life can only come from pre-existing life.

A new discovery in astronomy may have a similar effect.  The largest object in the universe, a large group of quasars, has been found by astronomers.  This large group of quasars is called the Large Quasar Group and it is four times larger than it should be.

Below are some quotes from the article.

“It is so massive that it might prove tricky for the Cosmological Principle, established by Einstein, that on very large scales the universe looks the same no matter where you observe it from.”

“Even travelling at the speed of light, it would take 4 billion years to cross. This is significant not just because of its size but also because it challenges the Cosmological Principle, which has been widely accepted since Einstein. Our team has been looking at similar cases which add further weight to this challenge and we will be continuing to investigate these fascinating phenomena.”

We must be careful in placing our trust in the wisdom of man, because as we discover new information, the old ideas and theories are many times revealed to be false.

 

Rich Stepanek

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

 

Junk DNA, vestigial DNA, and leftover DNA from our animal ancestors are evidence for evolution… right?  On the contrary!  God doesn’t make junk!  Everything has a function, even though it has been corrupted by Adam’s fall.

Continued research on Junk DNA reveals the complexity of our bodies.  Our bodies are composed of about 100,000 different proteins, but there are only about 20,000 protein-coding gene regions.  How can this be? This is where the Junk DNA comes in.  Both exons (protein coding DNA) and introns (non-coding DNA) work together to make the extra transcripts needed to code all the body’s additional proteins, by splicing and sometimes reassembling RNA.

A quote from the article: “Wang further observes that splicing ‘is a tightly regulated process, and a great number of human diseases are caused by the ‘misregulation’ of splicing in which the gene was not cut and pasted correctly.’ This implies that important protein products are produced by splicing, meaning that the splicing code plays an important functional role in cells.”

No random chance and accident in your genetics!  Everything is designed and planned, but it has been corrupted and this corruption sometimes causes disease and death.  Sounds like I have heard this before.  We had a perfect creation and then came corruption.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Water, Water Everywhere!

 

Water, water everywhere!  New discovery - 100 times more water on the moon than originally thought.  Ice discovered on Mercury.  Comets are made up of water and dirt, and they have layers like an onion… could these layers be sedimentary layers?  Scientists find evidence of a huge deluge on Mars.  Water shooting out of a star! Wow!

And where did all the water on the earth come from when the earth started out as a molten blob of rock?  Some say from comets, but I think the evidence tells us otherwise.

I find all this information interesting in the light of Genesis.  What does Genesis have to do with water?   As I study Genesis chapter one, it seems God made everything out of water.  The earth in Genesis 1:1, 2 was without form and so I do not think God is talking about the earth we inhabit today, because the earth we live on currently has form.  Also in Genesis 1:2, God mentions water and then out of this water He makes the earth we inhabit… along with the stars, planets, moons, etc.  So it is no surprise that scientists find water, water, everywhere!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Star of Bethlehem

 

With the Christmas season here,  one mystery in the account of the birth of Christ is the star of Bethlehem.  This question is asked quite frequently when I teach on astronomy,  “So what did the wise men see?”  What kind of object was it?  Some say it was a special star similar to our sun, which was made by God; other ideas are planets, comets, or some other heavenly body.  As we study the motions of the stars, planets, etc., they rise on the eastern horizon and set in the west due to the earth’s rotation.  Well let’s see what the Bible says about this star and its movements.

As I study the star of Bethlehem, I start with using information that I have gleaned from Scripture.  The star appears on the night of Christ’s birth, then disappears for two years and then reappears as the wise men leave Jerusalem on their way to Bethlehem.   Bethlehem is south of Jerusalem, so the star moved south and then stopped and stood over a house, nobody else seems to have seen the star; so what did they see?

Well I believe there is more information we can conclude about this star.  The star had to be bright enough to be seen at night, but not too bright to change the night into day.  If the wise men traveled to Bethlehem during the day, the star had to be light enough to be seen by daylight.  The star had to be small and close enough to the earth to be noticeably standing over just one house.  The star had to be cool so it did not burn up the house. Objects in our solar system are the closest heavenly bodies to the earth, but they do not meet any of those criteria!  So what was it?  To learn more about the star you can visit our website and read an article on my perspective.

 

Rich Stepanek

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