Welcome to the Discover Creation Blog. Among other things, this is where you’ll find updates from our speakers, interesting reading, and more.
By Marilyn Johnson Do circumstances ever make you ask, “What are you doing God”? By April of every year we are usually so booked with summer Vacation Bible Schools or Bible Camps that we have to turn folks away. However, this year was different; we were not flooded with requests. During that time, we were earnestly beginning to ask God “What’s up?” And then God opened the gates. Within a day or two, three opportunities opened up! Following God’s lead we started committing and booking venues. In order to keep expenses low for the churches and allow us to come on a “love offering” basis, we attempt to be stewards by juggling the dates and locations so that the venues all line up. After stepping out boldly and offering bookings, two of those contacts in Nebraska booked. This left us with a week or two still open, leading us again to wondering, “What’s up God?” Most Vacation Bible Schools take a lot of advance preparation time, so to book one at the last minute is almost unheard of; however, we have seen God do it with only two weeks’ notice. Having seen God work before, we played the “trust” card with some open holes in planning our trips. That is the scary and exciting thing about planning ministry speaking trips: to be continually living life waiting to see what He will do. Why limit God, right? Wherever God would take us we are willing to take the Creation message. Are you...Read More
Recently, I was going for a walk and I saw this phrase on a commemoration bench for a person that had passed away. To Be Remembered is to Live On. At first glance, I didn’t think too much about it and then I realized…wow…how sad that is. That is the only thing I know about that person or family, but if that is their hope…it isn’t hope! It reminded me of what hope really is! I think we are all honored when someone says an encouraging word to us that they were thinking of us or even praying for us. It is pretty special to be remembered. But is that all there is? We live and we die and we are remembered. The End. HOW SAD! Now, don’t get me wrong, I would love it if people would remember me – that is if I truly have a good legacy. If we don’t leave a good legacy, then I would rather people not remember my embarrassment and disgrace. Again, I don’t know the person who wrote this quote, so I don’t know the spiritual condition, but the statement itself is one of naturalistic materialism that is grasping for some meaning and purpose, which ultimately will completely lose its meaning and purpose as the memories of you fade as those who lived with you die and cease to exist. To contrast this, “To Live On” is our joy and treat from God because of the work of His son, Jesus, in paying the price for our sins. We will not die and completely cease to exist. If we believe in Jesus, we will be blessed to live with Him forever, forever learning, forever rejoicing, forever living on without temptation, without pain, without suffering, and without death. To Believe in Jesus is to Live On! (John 3:16) By Brian...Read More
I recently helped out with AOI’s Yellowstone Creation Tour and it was a fantastic weekend. I was awed by the unique and incredible natural features of Yellowstone National Park and refreshed by the time to get away and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I think one of the things that I was most blessed by from this tour was the group comradery and encouragement. We were able to come together as believers of God and His Creation and share together in the beauty of His created world even though the whole region showed major devastation as one aftermath of the judgement of the worldwide flood. It is a physical/tangible example of how God’s grace brings beauty out of judgment. The devotions and conversations that we shared in the bus and van and at our base-camp sparked us to praise God for His work in creating the World, and also for His work throughout history, and also for His work in our lives. We shared about our lives and encouraged each other that God is at work! I expected to be awed by the beauty of the animals and landscape of Yellowstone National Park, but I didn’t expect the blessing of being able to experience that with the others in our group. We pray that those that came with us were blessed by that trip. We look forward to meeting more people at AOI’s Labor Day weekend 2017 Yellowstone Tour and to collectively experience God’s Creation, learn, and praise God for all that He has done. By Brian Mariani...Read More
Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach a group of young students touring the US from France! I know hardly anything about France, but now I guess I know a little more. It was interesting to watch these students as they started off shy and unsure of what I was sharing with them. I was told at one point too, that as much as evolutionary thought has infiltrated the US, in France it has gone even farther. There is really no debate at all there, because Evolution is the only option taught in France. It is amazing and scary to realize that so many are deceived by Evolutionary teaching because that is all they will ever hear. “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.” (Prov. 18:17) This experience also reminded me of the following verses. I think that it is evident in our secular society that many will only hear what they want to hear. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim 4:3-4) So, I started off teaching about the basics of the creation/evolution controversy and how it all boils down to faith, your worldview and how you interpret the same evidence. I could tell they were all a little skeptical of what I was sharing at first, but the lights started coming on and they started asking a lot of questions. It went from a quiet room of out-of-place foreigners to them filling the office with their language. They started understanding the controversy and their interest and fascination soon began to grow. I shared evidence from Geology, Biology and Astronomy, as well as teaching about Dinosaurs – and they couldn’t believe the amount of evidence that we have on our side. It was amazing to me to see these young people strengthened in their faith in our Creator God and the Bible! In my mind, it really is a no-brainer once you hear the other side of the story. Continuing 2 Timothy 4, this is my prayer for us all: “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Tim 4:5) And also remember 1 Thess 5:21 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;” ...Read More
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.) It would appear those millions of years really didn’t exist. By Dave Nutting...Read More