The AOI Board met this past weekend to consider direction and set the budget for 2011. This January meeting is always vital as we seek the Lord together to discern His goals and budget for the year. We are so grateful for a Board that prays!
This year, we face a very real challenge, as year-end giving was substantially down. Since we already operate on a very “lean” budget, cutting expenses by much would be detrimental to our ability to reach people with the truth of creation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, after prayer and consideration of Scripture, the Board determined to move ahead, trimming where we can, but trusting in the Lord and focusing our efforts on the ministry He lays before us.
Psalm 127 says: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” This is God’s work. If we attempt to do it apart from Him, it is all in vain. However, we also have a part to play – we must build and we must watch [be on guard].
Isaiah 40:21-31 reminds us that God is Creator; He is in control and does not grow weary. As we wait [hope or trust] on Him, He will renew our strength. Then we will “run and not be weary” and “walk and not faint.” In other words, we will have strength both for the “sprints” and the long haul.
The battle rages around us. Please pray that all of us at AOI will continue to look to the LORD, put our hope in HIM, and walk out each day, doing exactly what HE shows us without fainting or turning back.
Mary Jo Nutting
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Last week, I was able to attend a pastor’s regional conference. At the conference I had the opportunity to share a little about AOI’s ministries, and to hear from pastors about some of the victories and defeats they experienced this last year. I heard lots of good “stuff”, but one talk really got me to thinking.
In John 4, we read the account of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. As a result of this woman’s encounter with Jesus, she believed, and immediately went to town to tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ.
A missionary pastor from Albania (a very atheistic country) tells how many people in that country are coming to know Jesus. Twenty five years ago there were probably only 5 or 6 Christians there. Today it is estimated there are over 10,000 believers. Many of the new Christians are immediately going out among their friends and sharing the joy and hope of their salvation. They don’t wait to be baptized, or to be trained, or to study and learn the Bible … they are so passionate about the joy of their salvation that they want to share their experience immediately. The pastor has coined a word for these people – “Passionaries”.
Hearing these accounts of Passionaries, I wondered … have many of us lost our passion for our salvation through Jesus Christ? Do we need to ask the Lord to once again stir our hearts for a desire to share the message with others, to once again be bold Passionaries?
Church sign of the week:
I just received these thoughts from a man in Texas who we have had the privilege to help train in creation. What he reports really concerns me:
The Spanish pastor at my church shared with me that our denomination’s theology conference was taking place at our local church and that there was a Genesis & Science session. Without even thinking about it (and doing my due diligence), I asked for a free pass to this session and eagerly attended. It all seemed fine and dandy until the speaker . . . (yes, I should have done my research before coming in to waste my time here) began saying that he believed that Genesis 1:2 referred to a time where Satan and the angels who followed him fell and that is why the beautiful creation was formless and void. Wow! Then he said that he was sure the universe had a beginning and that it was at the beginning, but he could not say when that beginning happened; that he could only talk about historical times beginning with Abraham; that he could not assure that the 6 days of creation were actual 24-hour days; that you cannot take ALL of Genesis 1-11 literal… He could not address the issue of dinosaurs and Noah’s ark, nor how could you talk about a young earth if the earth gives the appearance of millions of years.
Yes, he presented some solid theology, but intertwined with some strange beliefs to say the least.
As if this wasn’t enough, during the Q&A session, the questions that came from the pastors caught me off guard showing a complete lack of knowledge on the subject, some of them preaching right now about Genesis but not being able to address questions coming from their congregation.
Man… this is really a depressing and worrying situation. . . . Even though I’ve read on the denomination’s site that they believe in basically what I believe, this session freaked me out.
This underscores the importance of scheduling AOI speakers at these conferences! God’s Word does not have to be compromised! For more information, see http://www.discovercreation.org/newsletters/TheisticEvolution.htm and