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Learning to Trust

 

Learning to TrustWhat is it like to climb to the top of a 130’ cliff, get hooked into your belay rope, lean backwards and step off the edge for the first time? If you are anything like me, or most of our campers, you feel more than a bit of apprehension and a lot of adrenalin flowing! After all, it’s not natural to step backwards off a cliff and “walk” down the face of a mountain, even if you are “on belay!”

Here at the Creation Action Boot Camp, our campers are having a wonderful opportunity to have their faith stretched in more ways than one. For many of them, rappelling for the first time is a mighty big test of faith. For others, it might be going out in a canoe, or climbing a 14,000’ peak. For some, it is the challenge of sleeping in a cabin with 20 other people or being in a strange environment with people you don’t know. For some, it might be having their ideas about evolution questioned, or grappling with evidences for creation and being challenged to put their lives totally in the hands of their Creator/Redeemer.

Just as rappelling requires a person to face their fears and deliberately choose to trust in the strength of the ropes and the faithfulness of the person belaying them, true Biblical faith requires believing the truth of God’s Word, committing our life into the hands of our faithful Creator, and “stepping off the cliff.” For many people this act of faith is just as scary as stepping off that 130’cliff.

The creation evidences, Bible studies, and testimonies that we share with our campers can help them gain confidence in the truth of God’s Word and in His faithfulness. But it still takes a deliberate act of faith to forsake the teaching of the world and dependence upon self, and trust completely in the Word of God.

But praise the Lord! He is faithful! His Word can be trusted. His testimony is true and His character is reliable. We thank all our prayer and financial partners who make this ministry to campers and so many others possible. May God bless YOU in whatever next step of faith He is putting before you.

 

P.S. If you missed Creation Action Boot Camp this year, we still have room for one more family at our Creation Mountain Adventure, July 28-August 2, and space on our Green River Raft Adventure (Aug 24-30). Check our web or call today to sign up for one of these high-quality adventures which will challenge, encourage, and equip you in this walk of faith with our faithful God.

 

Mary Jo Nutting

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Time well spent at CHEC

 

CHEC logoSue and I had a wonderful time again this year in hosting a booth and teaching workshops at the CHEC home school convention in Denver.  It is truly a place where old friends meet, as well as a place to find new ones.  Year after year we have the privilege to fellowship with former Twin Peak and Camp Redcloud alumni, parents who are interested in building a solid foundation for their children in science and Scripture, and some parents who are just curious about our ministry.

We also had the opportunity to meet Terry Beh, the author of a new dinosaur book called T is for T-Rex.  While at the AOI booth, Terry sold and autographed his new book.  He is a very delightful man and very knowledgeable in the subject of dinosaurs and creation.

Of course, I brought along my mini-fossil lab to teach both children and adults about the flood and creation.  I get a charge, along with the participants, when I have them guess what my mystery fossil is.  The mystery fossil is coprolite, or in lay man’s terms - fossilized manure.  Coprolites are good evidence of a catastrophic event, because manure decomposes very rapidly.

I also carry other fossils, like trilobites, which are excellent evidence for a designer because of the complexity of their eyes.  Also in the exhibit, I had both fossilized and unfossilized clams, snails, sand dollars, and others, that all demonstrate the stasis of a created kind.

We thank the Lord to be able to encourage many people at this event and to rest in the truth that teaching the Word of God is never done in vain.

 

Rich Stepanek

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“Creationist for Life”

 

Creationist for lifeSo many times, Mary Jo & I run into high school or university students who had attended church but now have rejected Christianity and the Bible because of evolutionary teaching. Some have become quite weakened in their faith and have begun to embrace evolution, even though they may not have dumped their faith altogether (yet). In the last couple of years, we have talked to several students who were on the verge of doing just that.

Not too long ago, we heard from someone who attended one of our family camps years ago, who claims it was the creation teaching at the camp that turned them around. Another individual said that the creation teaching they heard us give, almost 20 years ago, is what got them through college with their faith intact.

Just recently, a girl told me that evolution, as it was so pointedly presented in her high school this year, made so much sense to her. However, after hearing us show the problems with standard “proofs” of evolution, the lights came on for her. She said that she has now become a committed creationist for life! Praise God. We sure like to hear that.

If you think that evolution is a fact, make sure you come to one of our camps or seminars. If you can’t do that, at least read the portion of our website that talks about what the evidence actually shows. You can find it at:  What’s the Evidence?

Please pass that link on to others as it can make a lot of difference to many students.

 

Dave Nutting

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Encouragement For Pastors…much needed

 

VacationsBlack Hills Ministries of Hot Springs, SD, just hosted its first conference for pastors/missionaries needing a time of encouragement and Christian fellowship. Its founders, Pastor Phil and Charlotte Shively and Darren and Becky Deford, who are also on staff with Cornerstone Bible Institute, have this dream to help pastors and missionaries who are overworked, burning out, or having difficulties in the ministry, and desperately need a time of rest and relaxation.

Pastor Phil and Charlotte themselves, while on the mission field, were approaching burn out and were blessed when someone helped them with a much needed two week vacation. This vacation was just the ticket to help energize them and encourage them to continue in the ministry. From this experience, they wanted to help uplift and energize others in similar circumstances. I had the opportunity at the conference to encourage these pastors and missionaries by teaching the scientific evidence for Biblical creation. Giving them a firm foundation for their ministry, and that their work is not in vain.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

Richard Stepanek

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Family Camp Combined with Boot Camp

 

Family Boot CampMary Jo & I are at Camp Redcloud with a combination family camp and boot camp. What that means is we have a youth group of teens joining the families this week. I think that the combination is powerful as the youth group brings a good dynamic to the mix. The students also benefit from the maturity of the other participants, and in this case, seeing strong families in action!  These students seem excited to be hearing this material for the first time. Most of them attend public school and have never heard of any evidence in favor of creation, which speaks volumes against the idea of evolution.

We love having them with us, with the added benefit of bringing a lot of energy to the program. So far, they seem to not only enjoy the material but are interacting well with the other participants and their sponsors. We can’t help but think that these youth are being impacted themselves. By the time they all leave on Friday, we will be encouraging them to pass the torch on to many others at their homes, churches, and schools.

We certainly encourage other families and youth workers to come to any one of our events with their group. It will be faith-saving for some and definitely faith-building for others.

If you want to join us for our June 23-28 Creation Action Boot Camp or to join us on the Creation Mountain Adventure for July 28-August 2, then check out our website and call our office to register at 970-523-9943.

 

Dave Nutting

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Passing it on!

 

Passing the batonI had an opportunity to conduct another geology field trip to the Colorado National Monument near our home base in Grand Junction.  This particular tour was certainly a blessing to me, as the wife of this couple had a good background in geology and could easily pick up on the importance of what I was sharing. She could also ask those deep questions that I don’t normally get to discuss with most people.

The real blessing, however, was her testimony. She had heard me speak along with several other creationists from the Institute for Creation Research over 20 years ago. At that time, she was a student and decided to go into a field that could have a major impact on the creation vs. evolution issue and especially with kids. She decided to become a public school science teacher with a strong emphasis in geology.

Of course, during her time of public school teaching, she couldn’t openly teach about creation or the many problems with evolution, but the students would ask penetrating questions about some of the topics she chose to bring up. Some of the questions would ask how evolution can explain certain details. Being a teacher, she would be able to answer the question with, “Well the textbook says . . .,” but does that really make sense? In it, she would have the students thinking critically, rather than just memorizing a bunch of stuff. That is a good education for students. In part, the students were teaching themselves not only the issues with evolution, but also how to see the same data through a creationist and Christian perspective.

Frequently, she would have students ask her just what she believed. At that point, she was free to share her doubts about evolution. So she certainly had a big impact with them.

To me, it was a blessing to think that a presentation I was part of, 20-25 years ago, has had such a major impact not only on her, but also on the huge number of students that she has been able to impact over those many years. Praise be to God! We hope that many others will follow suit and also pass the material on to others.

 

Dave Nutting

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Cornerstone Bible Institute Graduation

 

Rich and EugeneI had the honor of giving the Cornerstone Bible Institute commencement address for our daughters’ (Claudia and Abby) graduation in Hot Springs, SD.  It was a lovely day, and graduation went very well.  The girls’ old friend, Eugene the Lion, showed up to congratulate the graduates.  Of course, Abby and Claudia sank deep in their chairs when they discovered that Eugene was there.  They have fond memories of Eugene and traveling with the Johnsons as we taught creation.

But how did I become the commencement speaker?  Well, I had just joined the board of CBI  (it was my very first full board meeting) and they needed a speaker.  I did not realize until it was too late, the board usually has a new board member or someone who has a graduate speak. Well, I had both!  If I had to speak about bacteria, black holes, or junk DNA, then it would not have been a problem, but this was out of my comfort zone.

GraduationThat is where God likes us to be, out of our comfort zone. Beyond our abilities so we cannot get the glory, He gets the glory… and that is exactly what happened.  He received the glory during the address.

But why would I join the board of a small Bible college?  Cornerstone Bible Institute is a Bible college dedicated to protecting and defending the Word of God.  Many Bible colleges are compromising with evolution and liberal theology, but Cornerstone is standing firm on the Rock of a literal Genesis and creation.  The Creator, Jesus Christ, is the Rock and the Truth.  Cornerstone believes that there is absolute truth and they teach it.  Because of their commitment to the truth, I wanted to be a part of equipping  students to be sound in the Word.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Ministering to the homeless

 

Homeless-Please-HelpWhile I was on tour teaching creation in Eureka, CA, my host pastor asked me to teach to a particular audience I had never taught before.  I have taught in jails, private and public schools and colleges, homeschool groups, private homes, camps, churches, etc., but I had never taught to the homeless.

I was invited to teach at a rescue mission.  I really did not know what to expect.  Would they accept or even care about trying to understand the scientific information for creation?  Would they even be interested in this subject at all?  After all, they are without jobs, homes, and many without families.

To my surprise, the experience was far beyond what I had imagined!  They were excited, supportive, humorous, and some were very knowledgeable about the subject.  It was a wonderful time.  By teaching a firm foundation in which the Bible is true, the men were encourage to know that God is real and He loves them.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Here We Go Again!

 

Hail ice ballYep, here we go again. Mary Jo & I are in Texas for a homeschool conference. Yesterday morning, we were in Waco, Texas, heading for San Antonio.  Can you believe it, a big tornado was hitting just north of us.  One system was heading for Waco.  A thunderstorm nearby had dropped hail ice balls the size of a soft ball –  that is 4 inches in diameter.   The picture is what I snapped off of the TV report.

Sure hope these storms don’t hit any closer! Reminds me of Revelations 16:21 in the Bible, where it warns of huge hail stones of about 100 pounds each coming down from heaven! Softball size hail is big enough, but can you imagine hail stones 50 times larger?

So why did I say, “Here we go again”?  Well dodging tornadoes is what we did a couple of years ago when we were driving from San Antonio, Texas, to Missouri. We dodged tornadoes at Austin, Texas, through Oklahoma and managed to get through Joplin just two hours before the big tornado demolished much of that city. (See our blog called “Ducking the Tornadoes.”)

It looks like strong storms will be with us for the next several days, so we don’t know what to expect.  Please keep us in prayer for a successful conference in San Antonio, as well as the weather.

 

Dave & Mary Jo Nutting

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A Primary Intent….To Reach The Lost

 

Just ThinkingAs I reflected on my last speaking trip to California, a couple of thoughts stood out in my mind.

A pastor from Eureka, CA, asked if I did debates or if I was, instead,  just interested in teaching on a university campus.  I informed him that I was not interested in debates, but I was interested in teaching and dialoging about scientific ideas.

The primary reason I hate debates is that people who disagree with my ideas, on the origin of life and the universe, are not my enemies.  I love those people and so does God.  God actually loves them so much that He died for their sins, so He could have a close relationship with them.  I would sooner be seen as a fool, so they can have a close relationship with the God of creation, than win any debate.  Debates have the atmosphere of a battle, or war.  I am not at war with flesh and blood.  My enemy is much more powerful and resides in a different realm.  I see people who reject God’s Word and His plan of salvation as victims of a masterful deception.  This concept does not come from my own thoughts, but from the Word of God.

I spoke at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA, this last trip.  We had a good turnout, but only people favorable to my ideas seemed to have attended.  This was in a way sad.  Please do not get me wrong, I was very glad they attended, but I knew where most of them will spend eternity (in heaven).

It was very good to encourage and edify the saints, but what about all those who have rejected God and His salvation?  Where will they spend eternity? This I felt was the matter at hand.  Evolution is the number one reason why people reject God’s love.  My teaching at the university was not so much a discussion about evolution and creation, but more about where we will spend eternity.  What was sad is that those who would disagree with me did not even attend, so they could learn about my arguments for Genesis and creation, and be able to dialog about creation/evolution and the scientific concepts in Genesis.  They don’t seem to be concerned about their eternal state.  I pray for these people and I hope you do to.

 

Rich Stepanek

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