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Indian Drawings of Dinosaurs?


Mary Jo & I are currently leading a geology field trip of the Southwest for Jackson Hole Bible College. Besides seeing a lot of rock layers and formations (love that Flood Geology), they have gotten to see quite a few petroglyphs. One of those we saw looks interestingly like a bi-pedal dinosaur (image to the left). In another spot, we saw a petroglyph that looked like a sauropod dinosaur (the first is an actual photograph and the second is the photographically enhanced version).

With so many dinosaur images found on rocks, fashioned in or painted on clay, etched in metal, and depicted in ancient mosaics, it is hard to believe that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years before people came on the scene. (See articles from our Think & Believe Newsletter on our website.) It would appear those millions of years really didn’t exist.


Dave Nutting

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Creative Ideas for Children’s Ministry


We had a very full schedule on our recent speaking trip to the northwest, with lots of opportunities to share the truth about Creation and God’s Word with children, teens, and adults. In all, we did 44 presentations at 22 locations in 2 weeks… Wow! These included churches, creation groups, a university, Christian schools, homeschool groups, and public school kids. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but we are privileged to come alongside so many others who are reaching out to touch people of all ages with truth.

dreamstime_xs_23710744I have been especially encouraged by the way some very dedicated churches and individuals are reaching out to children and youth through release time and after school programs. In one community, a dozen churches have joined together to support a Christian Education Release Time class. They raised money to build a facility adjacent to the public high school in which they minister to students informally by providing lunches, snacks, and a place to hang out with friends. They also have a daily Bible class that students can attend as “release time” from public school. This program takes a lot of dedicated time and money, but is reaping fruit in relationships and opportunities for young people to hear the gospel and be encouraged in their faith.

In another community, we were privileged to minister to public school students in a creative afterschool program. The school has an “early release” every Wednesday which creates both a challenge for working parents and a wonderful ministry opportunity for a nearby church. The church provides transportation from the school, snacks, a variety of classes, and homework help for grades K-5 students from 1-5 PM every Wednesday. Each week they have a 30 minute Bible class, followed by times for arts and crafts, gym activities, cooking, and other electives – all staffed by dedicated volunteers who give of their time to help parents and enrich the lives of kids. What a wonderful opportunity for the church to serve and impact the community in a positive way.

Other programs we have seen, or heard about, on this trip include; a weekly Bible Club in a public elementary school (also part of a release time program), afterschool Good News Clubs, a creative homeschool program that offers lots of electives, science enrichment classes offered by a creation club, and weekly evangelistic outreaches at a university. Some of these even include science activities that encourage creative thinking and offer a Biblical alternative to the strong evolutionary teaching kids get elsewhere. We are much encouraged by the adults who faithfully serve in these programs which minister to students.

Wouldn’t it be great if every community had programs like this to reach out and minister to real needs of families while offering creative teaching and activities to enrich the lives of children? What about your community? What might YOU do? How might YOU and your church become a catalyst for meeting needs and reaching families with the truth of God’s Word? It’s a big job, but with willing workers and God’s empowerment, YOU can make a difference.


by Mary Jo Nutting

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The Drive into a Storm?


Not long ago, I was reflecting on the goodness of God in our constant travels, and wanted to give an example from a recent event.

The seminar had been scheduled for some time. People were planning to be there that Saturday afternoon in Pinedale, Wyoming. However, the weather stations reported that the temperatures had just reached unseasonable lows in Pinedale (29 degrees below zero). The reports also indicated that snow and winds were likely to make driving the 350 Major stormmiles to the Pinedale seminar rather iffy. What do we do? We are the speakers! Prepare the jeep! Replace marginal tires with high traction ones. Pack some tire chains! Check the antifreeze. Yep! It tested for minus 39! Good thing we recently replaced the battery! Load the jeep with blankets and down sleeping bags, and plenty of cold winter clothing.  We were ready to go. If they didn’t close the highways, we would be there the night before, which would give some margin of safety.

Mary Jo’s sisters, who had come for a visit, were also scheduled to leave that same morning. Janet was heading East, over the mountains, with snow predicted. Carol was heading northwest and right into the middle of the huge storm. It didn’t look very pretty, but neither one thought they could delay their trip.

So then, it was time for the most important preparation! We prayed together and then each of us headed out in different directions. Later that evening, we all praised Jesus for protection and almost totally dry roads! The storm had not yet hit the southern mountain route for Jan. Carol’s daughter, who was following the storm pattern, recommended her going much further west before heading north, where she eventually encountered winter driving the next day.  For us, we could see huge walls of storm clouds just to the east , as well as to the west, while we drove north through a corridor of frequent sunshine (and mostly dry pavement) all the way to the city limit of Pinedale!

The next day’s seminar went great with good attendance and keen interest. Besides that, the Lord warmed it up for us by about 20 degrees, even though temps only raised to just below zero.  He also gave us favorable weather and mostly clear roads for our trip back home to Grand Junction. PTL!


Dave Nutting

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American University Hostility


I just read an article where Ravi Zacharias, one of the leading Christian Apologists, was quoted as saying that American universities are becoming more hostile to Christians than the Middle East. The online story, quotes Zacharias saying:

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias – Photo from

“If you had asked me [which is more hostile, the Middle East or an Ivy League campus] even last year, I would have probably said, ‘Clearly the tension is greater in those parts of the world, because one wrong word and you don’t know whether you’d be boxed and sent back or what,’” Zacharias said on Glenn Beck’s radio program Monday. “But you know, our university campuses are getting pretty hostile, too. I was at an Ivy League school earlier this year and had to walk with security. Unbelievable.”

Although Mary Jo and I did not have to hire security officers to accompany us while teaching Creation this fall (at the 6 universities where we spoke ), we certainly have experienced hostility. As Zacharias points out in the article, the hostility is more ridicule and mocking than physical assault. (Thank you, Lord!)

I would agree with Zacharias about the mocking. In fact, one of the leading spokespersons for the atheists had told his audience that in order to win this battle, his fellow skeptics would have to learn to “mock and scoff.”  That is exactly what we experience on the campus. With this type of hostility, in order to present creation on the university campus, you have to have a tough hide and strong emotional fortitude!

One student came by our booth at the University in Mankato, Minnesota, where the large poster board had the title of that night’s presentation, “Best Proofs of Evolution??  Think Again!” He cocked his head and snorted, “Huhhhhnn!” He turned back, and repeated his routine again before sauntering into the dining hall still throwing his head back several more times and likely repeating, “Huhhhhnn!”

If he thought that would discourage our attempts to present the truth of Creation, it didn’t. I actually caught up with him to deliver a personal invitation to talk about it and come to our presentation that evening.  He didn’t make it that night. His form of hostility – mocking and ridicule — merely made me chuckle at the state of “human evolution” (or lack thereof) on the university campus.


By Dave Nutting

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Mariani Roadtrip Schedule



DCTI RoadtripBrian, Aimee, and little Caden Mariani are hitting the road this November for a whirlwind tour. They will be speaking, fundraising, and recruiting for the Discover Creation Training Institute (DCTI – a ministry of Alpha Omega Institute). AOI’s desire is to raise up teachers and leaders all over the country to defend and share their faith starting with Creation so that they can train others! If you are in these areas, come on out and hear their testimony and passion for Creation Training as Brian presents the 5 Common Deceptions in Our Culture and what you can do about it.

If you are interested in Creation, come explore how you can get involved! Bring your friends and family and connect with others passionate about Creation Science and Evangelism! 

Trip Schedule


Nov 1 – Denver, CO – Summit of Peace Lutheran Church,

                Contact Name: Scott Mauser

                                Number: 970-523-9943

                Location: 4661 East 136th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80602

                Time: 7:00 PM


Nov 2 – Benkelman, NE – Trinity Baptist Church (

                Contact Name: Paul Folk

                                Number: 864-313-6303 (cell) or 308-423-5582 (office)

                Location: 206 7th Ave West, Benkelman, NE 69021

                Time: 10:40 AM Sunday Service

Nov 3 – Omaha, NE Area

Nov 5 – Springfield – Branson, MO Area

Nov 6 – Bartlesville, OK

                Contact Name: Randy Smith

                                Number: 918-327-3129

Location: 1st Floor Conference Room of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2107 SE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006

                                Located behind Freddy’s and Eggbert’s

                Time: 7:00

Nov 7 – Haviland, KS – Heart of America Science Resource Center (

                Contact Name: Stan Bryant

                                Number: 620-862-5654

                Location: 312 E. Hwy 54, Haviland, KS 67059

                Time: 7:00 pm


Nov 8 – Oklahoma City, OK Area

Nov 9 – Dallas, TX Area

Nov 11 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Bible-based Science Association (

                Contact Name: Scott Lane

                                Number: 210-861-0454

Location: Jim’s restaurant, 9950 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216,

Located on the corner of San Pedro and Ramsey – approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410

                Time: 7:00


Nov 12 – Houston, TX Area

Nov 14 – Pensacola, FL Area

Nov 16 – Atlanta, GA Area

Nov 20 – Greenville, SC – Creation Study Group (

                Contact Name: Skip Skipper

                                Number:  864-868-9275 (home) or 864-506-1506 (cell)

                Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 105 River St., Greenville, SC

                Time: 6:30 to visit and 7:00 presentation time

Nov 21 – Cary, NC – Colonial Baptist Church (

                Contact Name: Scott Wylie

                                Number: 919-233-9100 or

Location: 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC  29518. The meeting will be in room number WC116 (commonly known as the “Parlor”) Guests should use the entrance labeled “East Entrance.”

                Time: 7:00 PM

Nov 23 – Charleston, WV Area

Nov 24 – Dayton, OH – ARKY Foundation (

                Contact Name: Ron and Brenda Cooper

                                Number: 937-256-2759 or

                Location: 2002 S Smithville Rd, Dayton, OH. (~1 mile south of US35 on Smithville Rd.)

                Time: 7:00 PM

Nov 25 – Indianapolis, IN Area

Dec 1 – Chicago, IL – Midwest Creation Fellowship North (

                Contact Name: Ken Funk

                                Number: 847-356-1433

                Location: St. Mark Education Center, 1822 Grand Ave., Lindenhurst, IL

Directions: Grand Ave = Route 132, Exit Rt 94 (Tri-state Tollway) at Grand Ave/Rt132 which is the Six Flags Great America Exit. Go West on Rt 132 for about 4-5 miles to the Village of Lindenhurst. As you enter town you will see a McDonald’s on the right then a traffic light, then a strip mall and another traffic light. Just past the second traffic light is a square, white, one story building with a St. Mark Education Center sign in front. Entrance is to the rear.

                Time: 6:45

Dec 2 – Milwaukee, WI – Creation Science Society of Milwaukee (

                Contact Name:  Arnie Baganz

                                Number: 612-280-5732

                Location: Zion Lutheran Church, N48 W18700 Lisbon Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

                Time: 6:30

Dec 4 – Appleton, WI – Freedom Project

                Contact Name: Alan Scholl

                                Number: 920-470-7909

                Location: 750 N. Hickory Farm Lane, Appleton, WI

                Time: 6:30

Dec 5 – Green Bay, WI – Genesis Foundation (

                Contact Name: Jim Kraft

                                Number: (920) 676-8871

                Location: Bethel Baptist Church, 1601 Libal Street, Green Bay, WI

                Time: 6:30

Dec 7 – Bloomington, IL – Midwest Food Bank (

                Contact Name: Brian Mariani


                Location: Midwest Food Bank, 1703 S Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL, 61701

                Time: 7:00

Dec 8 – St. Louis, MO – Missouri Association for Creation (

                Contact Name: Ivan Burgener

                                Number: 618-344-6741 (home) or 618-792-6462 (cell)

                Location: Concordia Lutheran Church, 7291 Sarah St., St. Louis, MO 63143

                Time: Early Bird Movie at 6:30 and Main Presentation at 7:30

Dec 9 – Chicago, IL – Midwest Creation Fellowship – West (

                Contact Name: John Dingess

                                Number: 630-965-7147

                Location: DVC Ministry Center, 25W560 Geneva Road, Carol Stream, IL

                Time: 6:45

Dec 11 – Davenport, IA – Quad-City Creation Science Association (

                Contact Name:  Helmut Welke

                                Number: 563-940-5360

                Location: New Life Fellowship, 2345 19th St., Moline, IL 61265 (I-74 and Avenue of the Cities)

                Time: 7:00

Dec 15 – Monticello, IN

                Contact Name:  Cally Burnside

                                Number: 765-490-3606

                Location: Zion Bethel Church, 413 S 3rd St, Monticello, IN 47906

                Time: 7:00


Feb 13 – Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship ( and Christian Home Educators of Colorado (

                Contact Name: Bill Browning


                                Number: 303-843-9556

                Location: Calvary Apostolic Church, 5900 E. Yale, Denver, CO 80222

                                One block east of Yale off-ramp from I-25, at the intersection of Holly and Yale

                Time: 7:00


This schedule is subject to change. Further events may fill in as well. Contact us to set up additional events, whether for a large gathering or a small informal group at your home.

Email:        or       Call: 1-800-377-1923

DCTI website:

In November, follow their Adventures as they post videos, pictures, and new info along the drive at:



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Dinosaur Track Field Trip


Dino Trackway 1 - GatewayLast month I had an opportunity to give some creation presentations at a church in Gateway, Colorado relating to dinosaurs and evidence for the Flood. Afterwards, we took an excursion to a dinosaur trackway which is found on a sandstone layer in the mountains between Gateway, Colorado and Moab, Utah. The question that was posed to me, as a geologist, was how they were made and then preserved. The first thing I jokingly told them is that the dinosaur must have weighed an awful lot to sink into solid rock. I followed that up with a more likely scenario that the layer had to have been still wet sand when the dinosaur walked across it and left his footprints.

Evidently, the dinosaur left the footprints in the sand shortly before a mud layer quickly filled in the trackway. Otherwise the tracks would have been quickly washed away. Further mud and sand layers would have subsequently been deposited above that to a great depth. Minerals from the body of water above would have cemented the mud and sand grains to form mudstone and sandstone.  Later geologic uplift and erosion would eventually expose the layer of sandstone. The mudstone in the track, being softer, washed away leaving the dinosaur imprints for us to see today.

Dino Trackway 2 - GatewayWhen I think of all that wet sand and the huge amount of mud and sand layers deposited above it, it speaks to me about events one might expect to occur during the Biblical Flood. Perhaps the dinosaurs were trying to escape rising Flood waters as they left the tracks, then further catastrophic deposition of layers buried everything.  Later, as the Bible indicates in Psalm 104, the mountains rose up and the valleys sank down. That caused the layers above the trackway to be revealed once again for all of us to enjoy on a field trip.


Dave Nutting

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Horn Creek Creation Adventure Report


Horn Creek Ropes CourseMary Jo & I recently enjoyed conducting a family camp at Horn Creek Camp near Westcliffe, Colorado. It was our first year doing a Creation Adventure at this camp and everything went great. Families enjoyed the facilities including their lodge rooms, excellent meals, and the meeting room for our presentations. The activities were as intense or as laid back as each family desired.

From the comments we received, everyone benefitted from, and enjoyed, the Creation sessions. We had adult teaching sessions and a special kid’s programs as well.  Teens, as well as the younger ages, enjoyed hanging out with each other and playing some popular games during the evenings and after the sessions.  I would like to think they were discussing creation as they were hanging out, but I’m not betting on it.

For the action minded, there was a giant swing that got the adrenaline flowing for anyone. Also, white water rafting was enjoyed by all who participated. The river we Horn Creek Water Sliderafted is one of the most popular, as there is one rapid after another. Others went horseback riding or climbed a fabulous climbing wall. Families also enjoyed the group dynamic activities that made everyone work together.

The long water slide into the pool was a real attraction for younger children, teens, and even the adults.  Some also tried their hand at bowling, basketball, or carpet pool, but most ran out of time to do all the activities that were available during that week.

It was a great success and we look forward to doing it again at Horn Creek next year. Our tentative dates for you to put on the calendar are June 28 – July 3, 2015. Hope to see you there.


Dave Nutting

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Learn Through Experience


There is something spectacular about getting to live what you are learning. I didn’t think much about that until the years I spent working at a Christian Living History Camp in California. Each day as my fellow guides and I stepped into costume and into character, we experienced both history and ministry from a firsthand perspective. And that experience wasn’t limited to ourselves – we were privileged to provide countless 4th grade campers and their parents with that same unique opportunity.

Panning for GoldWe were blessed to watch as campers, who had been learning about the California Gold Rush for months, were able to practically live history with us. We got to watch their excitement at finding gold in the river, and their disappointment when they realized that it truly wasn’t an easy task. We encouraged them to think outside of their normal lives and consider what the lives of California miners were like. And best of all, we got to do all this away from their “comfort zone,” which for many of them consisted mostly of indoor activities, cement, video games, and comfort drawn from the fact that they knew the nearest Starbucks was less than five minutes away (yes, we definitely drew the parents out of their comfort zones as well as the kids!). In fact, the crux of our ministry at Rock-N-Water was, and is, founded on the basis of getting kids (and parents) out into creation….experiencing God through adventures in His creation, that through witnessing firsthand what He has made, they might see Him more clearly.

Yellowstone 1My experience at Rock-N-Water Christian camp has laid the foundation for me to be very excited about the camping ministry we have and are continuing to develop here at AOI. Our summer camps and tours offer the opportunity for youth, families, kids, and everyone in between to get out and experience Gods creation while being strengthened in their faith through amazing, and even life-changing creation science teaching. We are excited to be able to provide the chance to get out and see what God has made, as well as to provide the background pieces of scientific information that will allow people to see the beauty of creation with new eyes.

While this information is powerful and impactful in any setting, I personally feel strongly that there is a unique power and impact when it’s coupled with the chance to observe the evidence of the beauty and majesty of God’s creation.

As guests of AOI’s summer adventures “discover creation,” my prayer (along with all of us at AOI) is that they will be spurred on to “worship the Creator” who has divinely orchestrated a world scarred by catastrophe brought on by sin to still exhibit a breathtaking display of beauty.

It’s not too late to register for AOI’s summer Creation Adventures. Take a look and give us a call. We pray that you and your family are able to take advantage of this opportunity, and that you are mightily blessed!


Aimee Mariani

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A Spiritual Battleground


In April, I was invited by Master Plan Ministries  to speak on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. The Auraria campus is the home of Metro State College, University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver and approximately 40,000 students. Auraria is the largest campus in Colorado and has a very sizeable international student population from some of the most closed nations in the world.

I was invited to speak on the “hot” topic of Creation at the weekly evening meeting (AMP). I shared with a larger than usual crowd on “Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate?,” which received a good response and lots of one-on-one Q&A time after the meeting.

Jesse and ScottDuring this evening meeting, Scott (a staff member with Master Plan) invited everyone to the talks I would be doing the next day at the science building on campus … “Age of the Earth”, “Hand of God”, and Miracle of Life.”

Scott went on to share, “Today, as Jesse (Director of Master Plan Ministries, Auraria campus) and I were hanging up posters for this event, we had a professor come up and say, ‘No offense, but I will be tearing all these posters down.’ We respectfully responded explaining that we have a right to put posters up as a club and asked that he not tear them down.”

Master Plan had been doing many Creation events at the science building and advertising them with posters … the posters kept disappearing! After taking the science professor to task, the posters have remained after posting. It would seem that an “unbiased” scientist was not so unbiased after all.

While on campus I saw many posters advertising many events and functions – from different religions, alternative life-styles, benefits of drug use, abortion clinics, etc. All of these were tolerated. Yet any mention of the Bible and Creation is considered intolerable by some!

Please pray for the truth of the Word of God to be delivered to the campus through the staff and volunteers at Master Plan Ministries. They are on a spiritual battleground!


Lanny Johnson

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Getting Buried at the Museum


AOI always enjoys opportunities, with two just this past week, to give creation presentations along with museum tours of the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, CO. We have heard that this most recent tour has already had an impact on some of the participants!

AOI Museum Tour 2One was for a group of college students. The other group was a vibrant group of home educators and their children. The children really enjoyed the station where you can “dig” up dinosaur bones. Actually, as you can tell by the picture, some of the students enjoyed burying others in the group as much as digging up bones.

Of course, like most museums across this country (except for a few creationist ones), the amount of evolution presented is daunting. Without a proper creationist introduction, it would be easy for these students to “get buried” by the evolutionary philosophy.  This is happening to a high percentage of students in the public school system, as well as many Christian students.

We encourage you, if you get out to Western Colorado, to contact Alpha Omega Institute for materials or even to arrange for a presentation and creationist tour. You can then take the information back to your church, or so we would hope.

If you are not coming out this way, call AOI and arrange to have one of our speakers come to your church or university, thus bringing the truth of creation into your community.

Another option is to come to one of our family camps or perhaps college age students can come out to take part in our Discover Creation Training Institute.  You can read about these great opportunities on our website!

Whatever you do, fortify your family with the truth!


Dave Nutting

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