Repairing in Mexico

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Moving the Farmers family from Guadalajara, Mexico to Tepic, Mexico went well.  The three hour drive through the mountains was beautiful.  We arrived in Tepic Thursday afternoon (Nov. 29) to a house which was much larger than the one they had in Guadalajara.  This is a blessing for a family with three active boys!  But the house was in need of some work, the repairs included electrical, plumbing, woodwork, etc. Finding parts to fix a water heater, water valves, and the electrical was a real challenge.   We were in a new city, so finding hardware stores with the parts we needed was difficult.  It was not uncommon to drive for half a day and not find any of the parts we needed.   Many times we had to modify parts to fit the equipment we were trying to repair.  With prayer and ingenuity, we were able to complete all the tasks. On Sunday, I had the opportunity to teach at Vida Eterna, a church in Tepic.  Many of the people attending were encouraged by the creation message.  The interest to know more about creation was overwhelming, so the plan is to return to Tepic in the future to do more teaching.  The house was not the only thing in need of repair and strengthening, but also the support for creation.  Sue, Joel, and I had a wonderful time with family and getting to know our brothers and sisters in Christ in Mexico.   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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With a little help …

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Sue, Joel, and I left Colorado on Sunday Nov. 25 to fly to Mexico.  We spent the first few days helping our daughter, Kim, and her husband Jasson pack up their family and house in Guadalajara, Mexico.  We have been primarily helping take care of their three young boys, as well as giving their house a fresh coat of paint. Thursday we traveled to Tepic, about 3 hours away, unloaded the cargo, and helped them get settled in their new home.  Two other UIM pilots were also there to help.  It is a big job since there are multiple stairways and tight spots to navigate to get the furniture from the house to the trailer.  But it has all gone well so far.  It has been a blessing for us to be able to be here to take part in this project.  In the evenings I have been teaching on various creation topics.  The trip has been mixed with work, babysitting, teaching, and a whole lot of family.  It has been a blessing in so many ways.   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership....

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A Misconception of who God is

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  As I was watching the debate between Richard Dawkins and Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Richard Dawkins began talking about the God of the Bible.  As I listened to his description of God, it was clear that he was not talking about the God the Bible proclaims.  How could he have such a distorted concept of who God is? I believe it starts with the presupposition of whether you believe in creation or evolution.  If you believe in evolution, millions or billions of years, etc. your view of Genesis changes.  My conclusion that Richard Dawkins does not believe in creation or Genesis to be literally true is easy to deduce (you don’t have to listen to the debate very long), and this will affect your view of who God is. To begin understanding who God is, you need to start in the beginning of creation with Genesis 1:1.  I believe Genesis 1:1 begins the foundational teaching of God’s attributes, so in my mind it is crucial to understand Genesis in the way God meant it to be read and understood.   Genesis is written as true history, to be taken literally. Not only have I discovered that people who do not attend church have a misconception of who God is, but I have also discovered the same problem within the church.  Sue (my wife) and I not only travel teaching creation, but we also help hurting people.  Much of the emotional and spiritual hurt comes from the misunderstanding of God’s character.  As Sue and I reveal the true God proclaimed in Genesis, most people gain a sense of peace and relief.  I am a firm believer of building a firm foundation of Scripture – and this foundation starts in Genesis.   Richard Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership....

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Evolutionary change in my teaching

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  There is an evolutionary change in my teaching style over the last two years.  I still present my normal creation science topics for seminars at churches, home school groups, Christian schools, public schools, colleges, etc., but there has been a shift in my teaching for home Bible studies.   The disadvantage of teaching at home Bible studies is it limits the number of people who can attend.  The advantage is the more intimate teaching style.   With fewer people and of course a more homier atmosphere, people seem to feel more comfortable about asking questions. I normally teach my Genesis series in these settings, because of the questions it provokes.  I have discovered as Christians understand the creation science message they have a deeper hunger to understand Genesis.  There seems to be some confusion about the first few chapters of Genesis, and this is what stirs up the questions. Just last weekend, I presented a Genesis series at a home Bible study in Denver, CO.  Over thirty people attended, with many being children.  On Saturday night we started at 4 p.m. and ended about 11 p.m.   That evening we covered parts of Genesis chapter one and three.  Then on Sunday afternoon, the teachings started around 4 pm, and ended around 10 pm.  We had a number of breaks during the session.  The breaks consisted mostly of questions and some eating.  In the four or five hours of teaching, we were only able to cover Genesis chapter one.  What surprised me was the involvement and participation of the children. This study is very in-depth, but the children understood the concepts very well.  I believe it is because they haven’t had the years of exposure that adults have had to humanistic teachings.  Many times I did not have to answer the questions, because the children answered them instead.  Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  I have discovered this statement to be so true.  Children have no problem understanding the literal reading of Genesis and its Biblical concepts.  Out of the mouth of babes! Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Junk DNA ‘Junked’ – No Surprise To Me

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  As scientists study living organisms, they continue to find increasing complexity.  This is what scientists discovered when they studied the human genome in the project called ENCODE, short for Encyclopedia of DNA Elements.  As I was reading an article on the ENCODE project by Malcolm Ritter (an AP Science Writer) at denverpost.com and other articles similar to it, I was amazed at what your worldview or presuppositions will do to how you look at life.  Let me explain. The article talked about junk DNA, but what is junk DNA?  Well, according to research, only about 2 percent of our genome actually codes for proteins.  Thus, according to evolutionary scientists, the DNA which does not code for proteins was called junk.  This junk DNA was believed to be nonfunctional, and leftovers from the process of evolution. This belief about junk DNA is very similar to evolutionary teaching about vestigial organs. As scientists studied the human genome they were surprised.  Below are some quotes from the article. “The work also shows that at least 80 percent of the human genetic code, or genome, is active. That’s surprisingly high and a sharp contrast to the idea that the vast majority of our DNA is junk.” “The big surprise is just how much activity there is,” he said. “It’s a jungle.” “The findings, reported Wednesday by more than 500 scientists, reveal extraordinarily complex networks that tell our genes what to do and when, with millions of on-off switches.” Not only were they surprised to find most of the genome is active, they were also amazed at the complexity. This is where our worldview affects how we view life.  Using my life as an example, I was taught evolution in school and college.  I had no concept of creation science.  I was taught life evolved from simple elements and a process that involved no intelligence.  With this worldview, or presupposition, life should be very simple and primitive, with a lot of leftovers from an imprecise process.   But over millions of years, life would ever evolve into more complex creatures.  So with the discovery of vast complexity and information in living organisms, it was a surprise. Today I have a different worldview or presupposition.  I have a Biblical creationist worldview.  According to Scripture, God is a being who is omniscient and omnipotent.  This means He is all knowing, all powerful, and I would assume a very intricate designer.  In Romans 1:20, His creation, especially in living organisms,  reflects some of His attributes.  With this presupposition, all living organisms should be very complex and full of information.  God is a perfect being, so in the beginning all organs and DNA were perfect and had a function.  But sin entered the world and now this perfect world is in a state of ageing and deterioration.  In this state of deterioration, some organs and DNA may not function as they were originally designed. So when I...

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…On The Right Track In Genesis

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Below is a segment from a letter I just received from my translator in India.  A few years ago, he translated my Genesis series over a period of two weeks for a number of Bible colleges and seminaries.   …Hope you are keeping well as I do here by His grace. I just want to say…………….You have been the mentor of life. Though I did not realize it earlier. Now it feels great to have someone who guided me to the right track in life. Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you. With a great teacher like you, I was sure that life would be a successful journey but I never knew you will also make the journey to success such a cakewalk. I can’t express my gratitude Sir!   Thanks for the love and the concerns you do have for me.   The conclusion of his letter is not me, but the information which was taught.  I was only with him for a few days, and what I taught was mostly Genesis chapters one through three and creation science.  The Bible and the Holy Spirit are our guide and his.  I believe if you get started on the right track in Genesis, it will help you stay on track with the rest of Scripture and the journey of life.  To God be the Glory!   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Children Being Deceived

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  As I travel around the world and in the United States,  I have come in contact with concerned parents and people who talk to me in person, by email, or even call me about a loved one or a person they know who is leaving the church and rejecting the truth taught in Scripture…. because of evolution.   Many times they are at a loss of what they can do.   First, I explain to them the vast amount of scientific evidence in support of creation and also the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence refuting evolution.  Most people comment that they did not know about any of this evidence, and wish they would have known sooner.  I refer them to our website for more information and also to view the many resources available in book or DVD on this topic. Secondly, there is more to this debate than just science.  There is a spiritual aspect.  This is where I believe most of the problem lies.  Who is in authority in your life?  Creation and the Bible states that God is the authority, but evolution states man or might is the authority.   Many people do not want to be under the authority of God, so they look for an alternate world view. But there is a third aspect which I will unveil later in my Genesis Series.  I am working on this project as I write.  When these concerned people realize the aspects of this debate, then they understand what is really happening.  Again their reply is…. I have never heard this information before!  We need to know this! So Alpha Omega Institute is working to proclaim the truth so people can understand the whole picture.  By knowing the truth, people can be set free!   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Dinosaurs, Monuments, and The Gospel

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  On Monday, August 27th, I had the great opportunity to host both a Colorado National Monument tour and a Dinosaur Journey Museum tour for Mountain Valley Christian Academy.  The day started at 9:00 am at the monument with a presentation explaining the landscape by the evolutionary model and then by the creation/flood model.  We talked about the effects of the flood on geology.  The creation/flood model fits so much better with the observed data. After finishing at the monument we drove into Fruita, CO, for a one and a half hour dinosaur program.  The program consisted of information about ancient civilizations living with the dinosaurs, as well as the many discoveries of soft tissue found in dinosaur bones.  We also explained how dinosaurs could grow to such gigantic sizes when they hatched from such small eggs.  We ended the presentation with what happened to all the dinosaurs.   To explain all this and much more, we then turned to both science and the Bible. Teaching about dinosaurs is an excellent way to proclaim the gospel! After lunch, we finished the day with a museum tour.  The museum is a wonderful place to reveal God’s incredible design in dinosaurs, the consequences of Adam’s sin on the world, and much, much more.  We all had a great day of discovering God’s incredible creation, and learning more about God and His unfathomable love for us!   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Training The Future Generation

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

I spent two weeks helping with the children’s program at Camp Redcloud.  We had from 12-18 children each day.  They were an active, fun, and enthusiastic group.  One of the favorite activities is always making sock puppets.  The children enjoy performing with them for their parents on Thursday during the variety show. Some of the older children (age 11-13) , who had been in the program in previous years, enjoyed being able to be helpers as well.  Some are very interested and quite knowledgeable about creation issues.  A few children gave short presentations to the class about certain animals they had studied.  Alan and Diane Galbraith, directors of the children’s program at Camp Redcloud, recognize the importance of training the future generation to be leaders in creation teaching.  It was a blessing to assist them in this endeavor.   Sue Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Another Great Experience at Redcloud Mountain Adventures

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

What a great time we had at Redcloud Mountain Adventure!  Family camp is always a rewarding time to minister to the entire family.  Our desire is to grow families in their relationships to each other and with the Lord. Primarily we want to train fathers to be the spiritual leaders in their families. The first week had many teens with unique issues to be addressed.  We trust that God will do great things in their lives in the coming days and years.  The second week we had families with many little children.  One mother commented that it was the most relaxing vacation they could have had.  We are so thankful that it was a refreshing week for them. There was also a great interest in the teaching.  It was a blessing to see the eagerness that many had… even after a long day.  In addition to the scheduled teaching, the speakers spent extra hours in the afternoon and evening answering questions and providing more for those who were seeking to know more.   One teen commented that this was a life-changing week for him. What a difference the Word of God can make in a person’s life!   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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How Are Fossils Formed, And What About A Fossil Hat?

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

How are fossils formed? We recently came across a comment about one of our blogs, Gaining Weight In The Grave, that was brought up on a blog of a prominent creationist, Jason Lisle, and we wanted to elaborate on the possibility of a felt hat fossilizing. The commenter referred to the fossilized hat being a hoax.  According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (2003 Ultimate Reference Suite).  A fossil is formed by: “The hard parts of organisms that become buried in sediment may be subject to a variety of other changes during their conversion to solid rock, however. Solutions may fill the interstices, or pores, of the shell or bone with calcium carbonate or other mineral salts and thus fossilize the remains, in a process known as permineralization. In other cases there may be a total replacement of the original skeletal material by other mineral matter, a process known as mineralization, or replacement. In still other cases, circulating acid solutions may dissolve the original shell but leave a cavity corresponding to it, and circulating calcareous or siliceous solutions may then deposit a new matrix in the cavity, thus creating a new impression of the original shell. By contrast, the soft parts of animals or plants are very rarely preserved. The embedding of insects in amber and the preservation of the carcasses of Pleistocene-era mammoths in ice are rare but striking examples of the fossil preservation of soft tissues. Traces of organisms may also occur as tracks or trails or even borings.“ (emphasis added) In other words, an organism is buried in mud or submerged in a mineral solution to protect it from scavengers and rapid decay before it has a chance to fossilize.   With the right conditions, certain minerals and water content, the pores are filled with minerals or the organic material is replaced by minerals causing the organic material to become a fossil. But there is more to being a fossil, below are some other types of fossilization. Recrystallization is where calcium carbonate of shells will recrystalize into calcite. Carbonization, which happens mostly in plants, is when the oils of an organism are leached out and the remains of the organism are reduced to a carbon film. But what about petrifaction?  The Encarta Encyclopedia explains it this way. “Another common mode of preservation of plants is petrifaction, which is the crystallization of minerals inside cells. One of the best-known forms of petrifaction is silicification, a process in which silica-rich fluids enter the plant’s cells and crystallize, making the cells appear to have turned to stone (petrified).” (Encarta 2004 Encyclopedia Deluxe.  © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.) When I researched the process of petrifaction, it is explained as either minerals crystallizing inside of cells and pores (permineralization) or minerals replacing the organic material (mineralization).  So I prefer to use the terms permineralization and mineralization instead of petrifaction to avoid some misunderstandings. Another informational source defined a fossil...

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My Missionary Lizards

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Pastor Ramon invited me and a variety of Bible teachers from Mexico to teach at a youth convention which was being held at the Nogales Baptist Seminary in Nogales, MX.  Over one hundred youth attended the event.  Many more signed up to attend, but were unfortunately turned down, due to lack of room.  I observed in the youth of Mexico a desire to know the truth.   Both young and old around the world have an interest in creation, especially the subject of dinosaurs. After finishing up my dinosaur presentation, one of the kids was concerned about where he would spend eternity.  He approached Pastor Ramon wanting to talk to him about salvation.  Pastor Ramon led the youngster to the Lord!  I know of at least two  who trusted Jesus as their Saviour during the conference.  By knowing the truth about dinosaurs, they will truly glorify the LORD.  I frequently refer to dinosaurs as my missionary lizards.  During the conference, Pastor Ramon noticed an excitement in the attendees to learn more about the Bible.  He has seen on many occasions that the youth were not very interested in the Biblical account, but at this conference there was an enthusiasm about knowing more!   Richard Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing. Thanks for your...

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