Handyman by Day, Speaker by Night

Handyman by Day, Speaker by Night

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog Posts, Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  We are currently teaching and traveling in northwest Kansas. Rich had the unusual opportunity to teach six nights straight as well as the Sunday School and church services. He was also asked to speak at the church Valentine banquet on Friday night. The topic he chose was on love, marriage, and the unique roles that husbands and wives play. The foundation for all of this, of course, comes from the book of Genesis.  All the other sessions were an in depth study...

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Oroville Dam — Pending Disaster??

Oroville Dam — Pending Disaster??

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  The news was abuzz recently over the potential flood disaster in California. Is it that serious? In the November/December issue of our newsletter, Think & Believe, I wrote an article entitled “China’s Yellow River Floods.” The actions which the emperor took to save millions of lives in danger from the imminent collapse of a 600 foot tall dam raised his reign to the dynasty level. As the story unfolded, about 200,000 people were evacuated from below the Oroville...

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Is Creation a Salvation Issue?

Is Creation a Salvation Issue?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Someone asked that question last week. The answer is “No,” but in some cases “Yes.” That sounds a bit confusing doesn’t it? The Bible’s clear teaching in Acts 16:31 is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”  Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” These verses and others say nothing about being able to correctly answer “entrance exam questions” to get into...

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Not There for the First Crawl

Not There for the First Crawl

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog Posts, Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  As most of the speakers at AOI can attest, being out on the road at speaking venues takes us away from many of the accomplishments of our kids or grandkids. Marilyn and I have been there for the birth of all seven of our grandkids, so that has been a real blessing; however, we have also missed many of their concerts, recitals, plays, games and “firsts”. While out on the present speaking trip, we missed our 7 month old Reed taking his first crawl. I really thought he...

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Study with Intent to Obey

Study with Intent to Obey

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Recently I was listening to a recorded teaching by Dwight Pryor (jcstudies.org). In the course of the teaching, Dwight mentioned that “Greeks” (Gentiles, western thinkers) study the Word of God for understanding – Jews study the Word to revere. In fact, many ancient rabbis taught that the highest form of worship was to study the Word with the intent to obey. This is not new to me, but it got me thinking again about my own study of God’s Word. Why am I reading the...

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Team Time – Staff Highlights

Team Time – Staff Highlights

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  During our team time a couple of weeks ago, each team shared some highlights of their year. Some expressed appreciation for having a newly completed office facility (come by if you haven’t already, and come again if you have) that is comfortable and will be utilized for our expanding local and tourist outreach. Brian & Aimee had several big changes this year, including: buying their first house, having a second child, as well as conducting a 2.5 month...

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Brrrrr! It’s Cold Out There!

Brrrrr! It’s Cold Out There!

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Yes, I wondered about Dave’s sanity when he scheduled a seminar in north central Wyoming in the middle of January. After all, it’s COLD up there! But, we felt God was in it, so we headed north. And yes, it was cold (down to -20 and below)! However, after speaking at universities where we often find so many cold hearts, it was refreshing to receive a warm welcome and meet people who were willing to come out at sub-zero temperatures to hear the truth about Creation and...

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Put on Your Own Mask First

Put on Your Own Mask First

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

    On a recent flight, the flight attendant went through the “safety talk.” You know the part about “If there is a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above you. Pull down on the bag, secure the mask over your nose and mouth, and breathe normally. . . . If you are travelling with a small child or someone who needs assistance, secure your own mask first, before helping them.” Wait a minute! Secure your own mask first? How...

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Creative Ideas for Children’s Ministry

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

We had a very full schedule on our recent speaking trip to the northwest, with lots of opportunities to share the truth about Creation and God’s Word with children, teens, and adults. In all, we did 44 presentations at 22 locations in 2 weeks… Wow! These included churches, creation groups, a university, Christian schools, homeschool groups, and public school kids. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but we are privileged to come alongside so many others who are reaching...

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American University Hostility

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  I just read an article where Ravi Zacharias, one of the leading Christian Apologists, was quoted as saying that American universities are becoming more hostile to Christians than the Middle East. The online story, quotes Zacharias saying: “If you had asked me [which is more hostile, the Middle East or an Ivy League campus] even last year, I would have probably said, ‘Clearly the tension is greater in those parts of the world, because one wrong word and you don’t know...

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Interview Questions for Young Creation Evangelists

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  One of our goals at AOI is to not only spread the gospel as we teach the creation message, but also to train and equip others to go and do the same. We want to encourage those who God is calling to teach creation, whether formally or informally, and when possible, help them connect with local Creation teaching ministries – or even start one of their own! With that in mind, we would like to share this interview with California high school senior Caleb. Caleb is the...

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Blindsided by Grace

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  I love surprises. In fact, one of the things I love about my husband is his enthusiasm for staging a good surprise. But lately I’ve been contemplating the idea that maybe there are some surprises that I should be “outgrowing.” How does the concept of surprise figure into growing spiritual maturity? Often I am astounded at the grace of God, mercifully protecting, teaching and blessing me beyond my wildest expectations. I could, in fact, say that His grace comes by...

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