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The Human Brain – A Problem for Chance an Accident

 

BrainIn my last blog (The Mind Boggling Speed of the Human Brain) I wrote about the incredible speed of the human brain  … a man-made supercomputer (consisting of 82,944 processors … only 1 per cent of the neuronal network of a human brain) completed in 40 minutes the equivalent amount of activity that is observed to take place in the living brain within one second! To put that in perspective, that supercomputer is the equivalent of 250,000 personal computers.

Yet the human brain, weighing in at only three pounds, can do the work of 1,000 super computers. The brain doesn’t need an external power source or cooling system because it makes its own electricity and operates with chemicals and only microvolts of power. If the brain’s estimated 10 trillion cells were placed end to end in a single line, that line would be over 100,000 miles long!1

The human brain has an estimated ten billion neurons (specialized impulse-conducting cells) and billions upon billions of connections.2

It has been calculated that the human brain can store up to 100 trillion bits of information. The most powerful supercomputer today can only approach 1/10th of one percent of that.3   The brain’s memory is able to hold an estimated 100 billion bits of information … that’s equivalent of the information found in 500 sets of encyclopedias.4

Computers are the product of incredible design, yet they cannot even begin to compare with the efficiency or complexity of the human brain. Is it really reasonable to believe that only time and accident could design such a marvelous structure? The evidence points to a designer, not to chance and accident!

 

1 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/darwins-child-murdered

2 http://www.creationmoments.com/content/most-complex-structure-universe

3 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/most-complex-structure

4 http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/your-20-watt-brain

 

Lanny Johnson

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Creation Clubs In a Town Near You?

 

We love how God, in His amazing sovereignty, directs our steps before we have any idea of what’s going to happen.

We experienced that recently when we planned a last-minute trip to California to witness my two youngest brothers being baptized. We sent out some emails and contacted several people to see if there was any interest, or opportunity, to do some speaking and sharing about our work with AOI. It has been amazing to see how God has opened doors for us!

Foundations Creation ClubOne great opportunity has been to get connected to a couple of creation clubs in the Sacramento area of California. One is called “Foundations Creation Club” in Cameron Park, CA, and was started by a 16 year old man who is passionate about sharing the creation message. They had a meeting planned for the night after we arrived in CA, and when we let him know that we would be there, he offered Brian the opportunity to speak on Ancient Man during a segment of the program.

The night consisted of Brian’s talk, a showing of “Evolution vs. God,” and a talk by the founder of the club on “Noah’s Ark: Fact or Fiction?” The evening was attended by 70 people, and it was exciting to see such a well-organized, flourishing group. We look forward to seeing how God uses that ministry in their community!

We were delighted to discover that there are multiple Creation clubs in the area, and had made plans to attend another one. Of course, God is always working and going before us, and He had prepared to bless us and the group itself in His perfect timing. Sadly, the Pastor who had been scheduled to speak that evening was sick, so the leaders asked Brian to fill in for him. So, though we were sorry not to get to hear him speak, it was a blessing for Brian to have another opportunity to share a presentation on the authority of Scripture and Ancient Man. Wow, praise be to our God who never sleeps and is always working!

The chance to get connected to these clubs directly ties into our passion and desire to build up “Amateur Creation Speakers” across the country… and even the world. Many people may be excited about doing creation speaking, or want to receive mentoring and teaching themselves, or just determined get involved in Creation ministry somehow, but don’t know of any local venues. How many people have opportunities like this in their area and don’t even know it?

dreamstime_xs_23710744We are working at developing ways to build up local groups like this, and to provide training opportunities where anyone with a God-given passion for creation can grow and develop their abilities to share this truth with others. So whether you are 12 or 72, remember there aren’t age-limits to serving God in the areas He is calling you! So no matter how young or old you are, you can get involved! If you are interested, contact Brian at bmariani@dicovercreation.org . He would love to talk more with you!

We appreciate your prayers as we press on in faith, and strive to be prepared at any given time for our great God to give us opportunity to share His truth!

 

Aimee Mariani

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Boot Camps 2014 !!

 

Creation Action Boot CampsMany youth groups across this country are already in the midst of planning what they will do for the coming year, as well as next summer’s programs or trips.

Let me make a suggestion: Plan on doing something that will help them stand firmly against the indoctrination that many of them are being exposed to in schools, museums, the media, etc. What I would specifically suggest is that you look into AOI’s 2014 Boot Camps, which are meant to fireproof a teen or college student’s mind from the onslaught of evolutionary indoctrination and other anti-Biblical philosophies.

Unlike military boot camps, these are a real BLAST and are mentally stimulating! Please copy or forward this blog to your youth leader as well as other youth or families you know.  You can send people to the Boot Camps page on our website for additional information.

The specific 2014 Boot Camp Dates & Locations have not been finalized as yet, but if you let us know of your interest, we will inform you with the specifics ASAP. We are already considering some great Colorado, and even Glacier National Park (Montana), locations. Redcloud Ranch, near Lake City, has always been very well received and we are talking with them for 2014. Perhaps you want us to tailor one to your specific location, needs, and desires. Contact us!  800-377-1923 or email AOI@DiscoverCreation.org.

Seeing the results of AOI’s camps in the past, tells me that you don’t want to miss out.

 

Dave Nutting

“AOI’s teaching is what got me through college with my faith intact.”

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Creation Evangelism

 

Looking back over this summer’s camps and VBS programs… we had a wonderful year.  We had a full summer with a number of different teaching opportunities.  Many of the campers either trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, rededicated their lives to the LORD, or just had a great time of discipleship.

I have discovered using creation evangelism is a wonderful way to explain the gospel, and to proclaim the true character of God.  Using Genesis and creation science as our teaching tools, the students discovered interesting information about God and science.

In Genesis chapter one, God the Creator, demonstrates His great power and intelligence in His creation.

In Genesis chapter two, God reveals He is the Law Giver by giving Adam a commandment.  He is also viewed as the humble servant by making a very special place (the Garden of Eden) for man to live. God wants the best for mankind, so He supplies and meets every need for the man and woman.  We see the same characteristic with the Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, when He washes the smelly, dirty feet of His apostles.

Then in Genesis chapter three, God reveals Himself as the Savior.  Adam eats of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thus bringing death and sin into the world (1 Cor. 15:22 – For as in Adam all die,…).  The expression, ‘surely die,’ means to be physically put to death.  Adam and the Woman are to physically die on the day that Adam eats of the fruit, because this is what the law demands and God, as the just judge, must carry out the law.  But, God as the loving God that He is allows a substitute sacrifice.  Adam and the Woman were covered with coats of skin.  Which means innocent animals became substitutes and died, so the man and the woman would live, thus appeasing the law.

Being led to Christ through Creation Evangelism.

Being led to Christ through Creation Evangelism.

We know from Scripture that the death of animals does not take away sin and death, but God (‘The Word’ John 1:1, 14) takes on human flesh and dies for our sins.  He knows we can’t save ourselves, so the Servant of servants, Jesus Christ, does a task that no human being can do, die on the cross to take away our sins.  I believe this is God’s greatest act of love and servanthood.  All we have to do is trust in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to have our sins forgiven.  It is all very simple.

When the campers understand the meaning of Christ’s death through creation evangelism, they realize their sinful state and believe!  Glory!

 

Rich Stepanek

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Creation in Kenya

 

 

Creation in KenyaAlan and Diane Galbraith are volunteers with AOI and do a wonderful job working with the children. They shared AOI Discover Creation Children’s Adventure with missionary friends who are working in Kenya. The photo shows the Kenyan people using some of the resources in that VBS package. As you can see, the adults are really getting into it – besides the kids!

This VBS package was developed by Lanny and Marilyn Johnson, who have been doing a lot of VBS’s on creation as well as family programs through AOI. So it is really good to see that missionaries are picking up this valuable tool to use in their own ministry.

This is the type of multiplication that we are excited to see. Lanny came out of atheism after hearing Mary Jo teach about design. Later, he and his family joined AOI.  Lanny and Marilyn were eventually instrumental in training the Galbraiths. The Galbraiths shared the information with missionary friends and then the material goes to Kenya!  I hope that it does not end there, but only time will tell.

As it says in 2Timothy 2:2:

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

If you wish to consider using AOI’s Discover Creation Children’s adventure, you can see more of what it includes by going to our Kid’s Curriculum page on our website.

 

Dave Nutting

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Local Creation Museums

The Bone Yard Creation Museum

On our recent trip to a friend’s wedding, Aimee and I were driving through the middle of Nebraska, through big farms and small towns, and just so happened across “The Boneyard Creation Museum” in Broken Bow, Nebraska. That night we didn’t have the chance to visit, but immediately thought, “WE NEED TO GO THERE!”

Fossil ExhibitSo Monday morning came and we were again in the middle of rural Nebraska, on our way back home, and pulled up with great anticipation of what we might see and experience at “The Boneyard.” We made it to the door and saw the sign with the words “Closed on Mondays,” and our hearts sank a bit, but the door was open and we saw a few people inside…so we inquired about entrance. The owner said, “Come on in!” There were some other visitors who had asked to come, so the owner had arranged to meet them for a tour. Praise God for the perfect timing to allow us the opportunity to tag along!

Young Earth ExhibitThis museum was a rather unique find! One of our goals at AOI is to train others about Creation in a way that they can go out and multiply the work and share the message of Creation… and ultimately the gospel. We want to go a step further and make disciple-makers…and not just disciples (although that is good too).

So right now, I am all about seeing small local Creation groups and Creation Museums “pop” right out of the cornfields! In fact, we are working on resources to prepare you to start your own creation groups and museums, or maybe, just the right resources for you to simply host a Bible study…without a lot of headaches.

“The Boneyard” has a number of fantastic exhibits, many of which are home-made and well done. The museum is a small, well decorated warehouse that has great sections about Worldviews, Timelines, Astronomy, Dinosaurs, Spontaneous Generation, Homology, Natural Selection, Mutations, Supposed Human Ancestors, Radiometric Dating, Mount St. Helens and more! There are some wonderful hands-on demonstrations and an excellent collection of fossils. There are even four video stations you can visit!

Living FossilsThe owner assured us that it is still a work in progress, but it is already a great testimony to truth for the surrounding rural communities. Check out their website.

We are excited and look forward to supplying you with resources on how you can set up your own ministry, and who knows…maybe that garage of yours will become a fascinating new local attraction!

 

Brian and Aimee Mariani

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Biblical Reliability Confirmed Again

 

Biblical Reliability Confirmed Again.FoxNews.com (July 18, 2013) reported on an archaeological discovery which once again supports the existence of the Biblical King David as well as the reliability of the Biblical record. In the very region where King David (Israel’s second king, 1010-970 BC) killed Goliath, a 10,000 plus square foot palace has been discovered. The palace is thought to be one of King David’s palaces and dates to the Biblical timeframe of his reign in Israel.

Moabite StoneWhy is this discovery important? Many Bible skeptics have claimed that the existence of King David and his slaying of Goliath was purely fictional. However, King David’s existence was previously confirmed by archaeological discoveries as David’s name was inscribed in two ninth century BC texts, the Tel Dan Inscription and the Moabite stone pictured here. The latest discovery is very important as it clearly shows David’s stature as the ruler of Israel. Some have questioned that it belonged to David, but this large palace was found in the ruins of what is considered to be the Biblical city of Sha’arayim. After David killed Goliath, the Philistines ran away and were slain on the “road to Sha’arayim” (1 Sam 17:52). Sha’arayim is also mentioned as one of the cities “unto the reign of David” (1 Ch 4:31). So this discovery certainly fits the Biblical record.

Sling DiagramWhat about David’s slaying Goliath with a sling? Slings are known from both archaeology and written historical records as very important military weapons. Sling cords were up to 3 or 4 feet long and a typical sling stone was about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter. (See the picture of a typical stone in my hand which I picked up in the very valley of the Philistine battle site.)  When the sling is rotated rapidly, the stone is hurled at a great velocity which can easily drop a “Goliath.”

Stone for a slingAre slings accurate? Oh, yes. As a kid, my brother and I made slings and practiced with them. Our practice was cut short one day after my brother let go too soon and his rock was propelled backwards right through the window of our house. It was a good thing my dad wasn’t watching out the window that day!

Since it is known also that men of great stature (giants) have existed in the past and today, the account of David killing Goliath with a sling is not only believable, but is, as the Bible indicates, what helped to propel David to the position of the King of Israel and later to build one of his palaces in Sha’arayim.

 

Dave Nutting

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Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg

 

This below question was asked of me last week at a camp. I recalled a poem I had read from A Closer Look At The Evidence1 :

Which came firstWhich Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg

 

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

This question we must pose

The answer rests upon God’s Word

And what the evidence shows.

 

Evolution says it was the egg;

Pure chance brought us the bird.

The Bible says God made the bird

In Genesis One of His Word.

 

These views we know can’t both be true,

No matter what men say.

So we must lay out all the facts,

And let them point the way.

 

If we look closely at what’s found

In fossils, stars, and cells,

They point out there’s a Master Mind

And He designed them well.

 

Of course, mankind just laughs at this.

They won’t admit it’s true.

They know that if there is a God,

Accounts to Him are due.

 

As Christians, here’s where we can’t fail

To know God’s world and Word.

Our reasons for belief in Him

By no means are absurd.

 

The Bible says to seek out truth;

Foundations must be strong.

So when men say they have the facts,

We’ll know what’s right from wrong.

 

Let’s read God’s Word, apply our minds,

And seek Him with all your heart.

God said He’ll teach us wondrous things

And truth to us impart.

 

So when we’re asked to clarify

That eggs weren’t first and why,

We’ll know God’s Script, point to the facts,

And have a sound reply.

 

If we can spur man to rethink

His views on evolution,

Perhaps He’ll see the facts show God

As the correct solution.

 

 

 

1 A Closer Look At The Evidence by Richard L. & Christina E. Kleiss, pg. 6.  Available at http://www.searchforthetruth.net/books … can be ordered as a hardcopy or downloaded for free as a pdf.

 

Lanny Johnson

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Looking for a Fight?

 

Chess-BattlePut up your fists! Are you ready for a fight?

Every day of a Christian’s life contains some conflict. It may be physical or psychological persecution, philosophical debate, or the everyday conflict of the spirit against the flesh; but we are always fighting something. Some people relish the thought of a debate, but few, if any, truly enjoy being “on guard” all of the time.

In reality though, isn’t that what we are called to do? 1 Peter 3:14-15a says “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” That sure looks like “on guard” language to me!

When I think of this in terms of defending Biblical Creationism, I am challenged to equip myself with answers. As a follower and representative of Christ, I want to be able to “make a defense” when God’s authority is challenged. The Creation vs. Evolution battlefield is full of heated skirmishes and drawn battles, making a peace-loving soul like myself cringe at the thought of the conflict and tension that I will encounter at most every turn.

Does taking a stand for the accuracy of a literal interpretation of Genesis require a passionate desire to take stabs at my “enemy,” hoping to take him down? In order to be used by God, do I need to be armed with an arsenal of scornful words and a mental resolve to “show no mercy?”

Remember the rest of that verse from 1 Peter 3: “Yet with gentleness and reverence.”

I want to be armed and ready with God’s truth (His word) so that I am equipped to represent Christ well; but that doesn’t require a “thirst for blood” and ravenous need to chew up and spit out my opponent! I don’t seek to defend the truth of Creationism so that I can put a notch on my metaphorical pistol when I out-talk someone in a debate.

I want this to be true of me: “And keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.” (1 Peter 3:16) Even when I am scoffed at because of the apparent foolishness of my beliefs, I can still speak gently and reverently, knowing that it is God who works through His Spirit and uses the evidence to confirm His truth.

So whether you are like me and inclined to be a peacemaker, or the idea of a war of words gets you chomping at the bit to get a piece of it, I encourage you to keep this in mind; when you are in the midst of a conflict of beliefs, remember the end of 1 Peter 3:15 (and read the rest of 1 Peter 3:13-16). Always be ready to make a defense, but in as much as you can, do it the way God designed. After all, He’s the one we’re fighting for.

 

Aimee Mariani

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Why Doesn’t God . . . ?

 

Atheists and agnostics contended with my blog, which honored God for clearing the smoke from the forest fire when we prayed. They asked why this God is interested in the smoke, but doesn’t seem to care enough to end poverty, disease, and hunger. To some of the committed atheists who I hear from, it becomes one excuse to claim that God doesn’t exist.

Why Doesn't GodThere is a powerful concept that atheists have totally missed: God does care. Actually, God really showed that he cares and is doing something about the problems by stepping into His created world. Two thousand years ago was the start of an amazing movement which turned the way people saw and responded to the needs of other individuals upside down. This is when Jesus came to earth, announced the Kingdom of God, demonstrated it with power by healing thousands, restoring sight to the blind, making the lame to walk, and feeding thousands of people. Most importantly, he empowered those who believe in Him to do even greater things than He did. Even though the wickedness of this world nailed Jesus to a cross (another topic), His kingdom has been advancing throughout the world ever since– especially by those who are His followers.

Look around. You can see the results of God’s intervention which He started way back then. Keep in mind that God usually uses people to carry out his desires. Frequently people pray for God to help a need or a group of individuals. When they are done praying, sometimes they are left with the distinct impression or, even a stronger sense as if by an audible voice asking, “What about you? I’ve chosen you to be my instrument to bring that about.” Today, there are hundreds of thousands of non-governmental orphanages, medical clinics, food and clothing banks, housing projects, etc., which had their origins when Jesus’ followers prayed and then acted on His teaching to have an impact not only in people’s spiritual needs, but also in their physical needs – food, clothing, shelter, and health.

Yes, there are some groups led by those claiming to be atheists who have done something significant, although that number is a fraction of the multitude of Christian organizations and individuals who are actively providing for those important needs. To the confirmed atheist, the question is, “What are you doing personally about the poverty, disease, and hunger?” You do have a choice. You can choose to shake your fist at a God you may not believe in for not doing something (which is not true) or you can respond to His way of employing people to become part of the solution to the issues you see. By the way, you can do some great things, but I personally believe you can accomplish even more if you turn to Him and allow Him to empower you. I believe working alongside of a powerful God can get a whole lot more accomplished.

 

Dave Nutting

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