75 Years of Commitment

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  My parents, Irwin and Barbara Nutting, just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. First of all, that is hardly heard of because of the age attainments necessary. Secondly, many people are amazed at 75 years because of the fact that people these days seem to drift in and out of relationships with little commitment to each other long-term. I realize that circumstances can make a marriage seem unbearable, but so many trials that cause many people to split apart, can be overcome. Many “unbearable” situations can actually be overturned to bring victory in a marriage and lead to 75 years. But it takes effort and it takes commitment. Enough preaching. I really appreciate my parent’s commitment to each other and working through the difficulties of raising 4 boys together to achieve this amazing milestone of 75 years. That is a great encouragement and example for Mary Jo and I. Good job, Mom & Dad.   Dave Nutting 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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The Ken Ham/Bill Nye Debate – Thoughts

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

In researching about both speakers, they have two very different worldviews, perspectives, and goals. Ken Ham has been very active sharing his perspective and worldview for practically all of his life. He started out teaching public school science in Australia, but eventually moved to the US to work with Creation ministries. Bill Nye has been a popular science teacher for many years, and recently, he has been especially outspoken on what he perceives are the dangers of allowing the US to slip in our position and emphasis in science. He passionately shares how he feels creationism is unscientific, evolution is basically a proven fact, and how it is wrong to teach children these erroneous viewpoints about science. He says he wants people to understand what science is and that through science we can then better impact our world.[i] He said that he did not want to come as a scientist or to just spout off science, but he wants to teach people that evolution is proven science and that it is not acceptable to believe or teach creation as a scientific model. He has said that “your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”i Many secular and atheist individuals have warned not to do debates with creationists, because that gives creationism a platform or an opening to try to spread their non-scientific views. They don’t even want to give creationism a platform, or an option, to be heard or thought of as science. One atheist even gave Bill Nye tips on debating Ken Ham. Ultimately, Nye took the debate to raise awareness that “we need them (your kids), we need scientifically literate voters and tax-payers.”[i] Here is a challenge that I might offer: Giving students numerous models (scientific, philosophical or religious) that they have to study and search out will make students more skeptical, critical, and better informed about each side and about what is truly science, philosophy, and religion. So teaching Creation and Evolution will help students to be critical and skeptical in searching out truth and to not just believe one side. In fact, Ken Ham takes an even less imposing strategy on education by saying that “while we are not in favor of mandating that creation be taught in public school science classes, we believe that, at the very least, instructors should have the academic freedom to bring up the problems with evolution.”[ii] The debate’s focus was on this question: Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era? Both men were very cordial, kept to time, and played by the rules with very little mud-slinging. Out of all of Ken Ham’s presentations, I thought he did one of his clearest presentations yet. Albeit, there was still a lot of material that could possibly go over peoples’ heads …especially if they were not familiar with the Creation perspective. By using video testimonies, he made the case that there were...

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God’s Timing is Impeccable!

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  A couple of weeks ago, I called a friend of our ministry, Don Holmes, to see if he would help spread the word regarding AOI’s family camps as well as our Creation Action Boot Camps.  These are camps which we are offering this coming summer for teens and families with teens. I knew that Don helped in connecting a lot of churches and youth groups, both in Texas and in other states, with appropriate mission and camp opportunities. I also anticipated that those youth groups would really like to be fortified with creation and the problems of evolution, especially in Colorado, as they take part in AOI’s summer Rock and River Adventure. After all, how could Texas youth groups pass up the lure of 5 days of whitewater river rafting,  and rock and mountain climbing in Colorado?? Don’s answer to me was, “You can’t believe the timing of your call! I was just typing out an email that was going to a large number of youth groups listing opportunities.” Then he said that it was also quite unlikely that I would have caught him at his office number. He was  heading up to Colorado the very next week with a group of youth pastors and would like to have me speak to them about creation and the reliability of the Bible. Which I did just the other evening. Now, some of those youth workers are looking to have me speak at their churches. The following morning (after speaking to the youth pastors), while I was talking to one of the youth pastors at a breakfast at the hotel, a couple who was not part of the group just happened to sit down at a table next to ours and overheard the conversation. They asked for information about our camps, training institute, and as well, seemed interested in checking out our information to see if their church would like to have us speak. I can only say, “God’s timing (not mine) is truly impeccable!”   Dave Nutting 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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“Wet Glue”

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  This is not an unknown revelation … things break. Some of these broken things can be repaired if we can only stick them back together. The first item many of us turn to for repairs is duct-tape or bailing-wire; however, if you try to put a vase, or fine china, back together using duct-tape, the results are far from satisfactory – and a wire repair on such items is preposterous. So our next option for restoration is some type of glue product. Two of the most versatile glues I have found are superglue and epoxy, both working well on many types of materials. Yet even superglues and epoxies have their limits, especially when it comes to bonding materials in wet conditions. So how do you make better “wet glue”? Scientists have turned to one of God’s created creatures to study and develop glues that stick together underwater … they are observing the mussel. “Mussels manufacture their glue under water, yet the glue can withstand the force of a thousand pounds per square inch. Mussel glue will even stick to Teflon! The mussel begins by making the glue in two parts, each part made by a separate gland. One gland produces proteins that are like resin. The other gland makes the hardeners. When these are mixed, they harden into a strand in only a couple of minutes. The mussel will make many of these strands as it fastens itself to a rock. As more of these strands are made, they begin to cross-link with one another, greatly adding to the strength of the bond. The mussel makes between five and ten different kinds of protein strands, carefully limiting the cross-linking to produce the greatest strength. Without this mix, the bond would be brittle and easily break.” (taken from the article “True Superglue” on the Creation Moments website.) Scientists and engineers continue to find better and new ways to solve problems when they carefully study the design already established in God’s creation.   Lanny Johnson 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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Total Surrender

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 in Stepaneks from the Front | 2 comments

  I have been thinking quite a bit lately about the term “surrender.”  In the weeks leading up to surgery, the word took on a whole new meaning.  Suddenly, so many things were out of my control.  It sometimes takes a real attitude adjustment, to release OUR control to others, even to God.  I heard a sermon during this same time period,  reminding me that I cannot question God’s path because it is different than my agenda; even when that path includes cancer.  I MUST surrender.  Sometimes it is forced upon us.  We can respond willingly, or reluctantly. This may seem silly, but right after surgery, when I was in the recovery room, the first thing I said to Rich was, “I have a great idea for a blog.”  As I was coming out of the anesthesia, my mind was thinking about my surrender to my surgeon and the other doctors and nurses that day.     I definitely was no longer in control.  I was TOTALLY in their hands (I know I am ultimately in the Lord’s hands). I was depending on them for everything. I had to trust them to know what they were doing.  And I did trust them.  Actually, I didn’t want to be in control! I didn’t have the medical know-how about these things. Even after the surgery, I had so many tubes, drains, monitors, and machines hooked up that I could hardly even move. How silly, I thought, that sometimes we have a hard time surrendering to God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and so loving.  I would not have considered for a minute on giving advice to my surgeon on the best way to perform his job, or tell him that I maybe had a better plan.  But yet so often that is how we approach our heavenly Father, wanting our own agenda to be accomplished instead of surrendering to His path …whatever that may be. Now I KNOW it is not an easy thing to do at times, but it is the only way to true joy and peace.  This also is not a one-time event, but a daily, even moment by moment, continual process, as I am finding out through my slower than I expected recovery process.  Again, I need to remind myself that I cannot, should not, and will not, question God’s agenda, for He is truly a competent, trustworthy Physician!   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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“Keep on Keeping on”

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  There is one specific New Year’s resolution that I have had for many years. It can be summed up by the words of encouragement to Mary Jo and I from a person who was deeply impacted by the creation message. She wrote, “Keep on keeping on!” Since that note almost 25 years ago, that encouragement has been on our lips and now is also on the lips of other staff at AOI. The battle for the hearts and minds of our young people is huge and it is not going away any time soon. So we will “keep on keeping on!” Seven years ago, I wrote, “Yes, the battle is big, and we need your help. I am not talking only financial (although that would be great!) but I am stepping into a recruiter role: ‘Uncle Dave needs you!’ We need you to help carry the message to your own families and churches. AOI staff will keep dropping those depth charges on the evolutionary strongholds and continue to train others to do the same in their own communities. Will you take an active role in this battle for hearts and minds? If so, let us know so we can come along side of you.” Keep in mind the passage from Hebrews 12:1, about running the good race: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (NKJV) This verse is especially descriptive as stated in The Message: “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.” We at AOI purpose to do exactly that this year as we start a charter class for the 1-year Discover Creation Training Institute in August. We also hope that YOU, too, will resolve to “keep on keeping on” and reach out to many around YOU as you run this race in the battle for the heart and minds of this next generation.   Dave Nutting 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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Who’s Fault is it? A response…

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 1 comment

  I received a comment on a recent blog (Who’s fault is it?), and so I wanted to respond on today’s blog. Comment: Do you think that it’s possible that God sometimes inflicts suffering to instruct us? Hear me out. The curse of the ground was to bring thorns into the work of man, to remind him that he’s the cause of his own suffering. And the animal sacrifices instituted by God in the beginning: they cost us something. It’s a little pain to show that we desire to be reconciled to God. And as you read the prophets, what did God do with Israel. Note that it is God doing the damage a lot of the time. And death itself is a curse from God on man. It was promised as a result of sin. But those who have faith in the resurrection power of Jesus’ sinless life, death, and resurrection can overcome death by it. It would be like me flicking my son’s finger when he sticks it in my mouth. (Filthy, grubby little things!) Sure, it hurts for a little while, and sometimes it hurts a lot for a long while, but we have faith that it’s for the good. I take that position currently. Does it seem tenable to you?   Response: I will have to agree with you to a certain extent.  In some cases it is a very tenable. God can use suffering to instruct us.  Hopefully, suffering will bring us back to God and His Word, because Scripture is where we receive God’s clearest instructions. God used plagues with the Israelites to draw them back to Him. In the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, we read of the blessings and curses for Israel.  When Israel turned away from God and His laws, it would result in a number of curses, including diseases. Many times God would send His prophets to warn the Israelites of their sins.  In Exodus, God sent a number of different plagues on the Israelites because of their rebellion.  In these cases, it was very clear that these plagues were from God for the purpose of turning Israel from their sin and back to Him.  The same is true for pharaoh and Egypt.  Pharaoh and the Egyptians knew these plagues were from God, because of their disobedience to God.  Moses, God’s prophet, clearly proclaimed these consequences and plagues to pharaoh.  The same thing is expressed to your son, for he knows he did something wrong by your flicking of his finger. Today it is not always so clear.  Look at Job.  His friends were accusing Job of living in sin and thus God was obligated to bring judgment on him.  This was clearly not the case.  In Job 42:7-8, God rebukes Job’s friends for not speaking correctly about the LORD! Job 42:7, 8 “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to...

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The Arrogance of Man

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

What arrogant creatures we human beings are!  We think we know so much, and that given enough time, we can solve all our problems by science and education.  Yet in reality, how frail and insignificant we are compared to our great Creator. Remember the story of Job?  He and his friends tried and tried to understand his suffering.  Finally, after they had failed to come to a satisfactory explanation through their human reasoning, God answered Job out of the storm with a series of questions reminding Job of God’s Sovereignty, Wisdom, Majesty and Power as Creator of the Universe.  That was enough for Job – he repented and quieted himself before God. Over and over again in Scripture God claims that He is the Creator and Ruler of the heavens and earth, and that we are his creatures.  The awareness of this should bring us to our knees in worship and awe.  However, when we refuse to accept God’s explanation for the world as it is, we arrive at alternate explanations that seem plausible only for the moment.  In the long run, though, the feebleness of our thinking becomes evident. How often, even in our lifetimes, have scientific “facts” been relegated to the scrap heap because of new discoveries.  The obvious truth is that science is always changing, because we don’t know everything and we are continually discovering new things.  How foolish then it is to rely on science to give us answers in matters of eternal importance! In Romans 1, Paul tells us that God has made Himself known in the natural world, and that men who reject him will be held responsible.  He says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”  How foolish man’s theories look when viewed through the glasses of time!  Since we know that theories that were “modern” just a few years ago are now laughed at, how foolish then to think that we know better than God!  His Word never changes.  He is always the same. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counsellor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.”               (Romans 11:33-36)   By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting This was published as an article in the March/April 1992 Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Wonderfully Made

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Marianis from the Front | 1 comment

  Note: If you haven’t yet heard, we are excited to announce that we are pregnant and expecting our first child in June, 2014! We praise God for answering our prayers and giving us the blessing of children! There is something mysterious and wonderful about having a baby growing inside of you. He or she is about the size of a pea pod now, and it still seems incredibly surreal. Pregnancy still felt like something my imagination had conjured up, until we got to have an ultrasound and hear our little one’s heartbeat. My teary eyes saw little arm and leg buds wiggling, and our amazed ears heard the whooshing of a tiny heart beating. We could see the silhouette of this little person inside my belly! If I could look inside now, I would see a little nose and other facial features, tiny arms with hands and fingers, and little legs. His or her joints are mostly formed, and small fingerprints are forming. And within my baby’s wee body ribs and vocal chords will soon be developing.  Bones are hardening.[1] This little person is looking like a baby! When I consider all this, I marvel and am amazed at the design of our Creator God. Soon after we found out that we were expecting, my husband and I watched “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” a lecture by Dr. David Menton. This is an excellent explanation of how the many detailed stages of the reproduction process, from fertilization to delivery, are examples of design. There are countless mechanisms and processes of development that, if they developed gradually, would cause the death of either the mother or the baby. To say that the process of evolution slowly fixed the problems just doesn’t make sense in light of the disastrous effects of something being just a little bit wrong. In general, it happens so perfectly that it can only be attributed to a designer. As I give thanks to my gracious God for the honor and privilege of caring for this tiny creation, I am reminded of the words of David in Psalm 139: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.” (Ps. 139:13-15) To God be the glory, great things He has done   Aimee Mariani If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha...

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An Engineered Marvel in a Wall

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  Over the past few months I have been in the process of updating the windows in our older home (built in 1950), adding insulation in the wall cavities, and upgrading the electrical system. Apparently fuel for heating was very cheap back when the house was constructed, because the carpenters did not put any insulation in the walls. As you can imagine, it has been difficult and expensive to keep the house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. To my surprise, I found in one small section of a wall where I was replacing a very old door, we did have a little insulation of sorts made out of paper – not manmade paper, but paper in the form of a wasp’s nest! We have a lot of exterior wasp nests (not only the paper nests, but also mud nests) around our home, and every year I usually get stung once or twice during the summer season. Fortunately the wasp’s nest in the wall had been abandoned for some time, so I was not attacked by a horde of angry wasps. What was very interesting was the unique design of this ‘interior’ paper wasp nest compared to the ones hanging outside. The outside paper ones are usually in a cone shape. However, the ones in our walls were layered – each layer was constructed of hexagonal cells above and below, attached back to back. Between each layer were very thin and hard ‘stilts’ spaced at intervals. The purpose of these ‘stilts’ seem to be to add access space between layers, and possibly for ventilation/cooling of nest. As I look at each of the nests around my home, I recognize that none of them were constructed in a random, haphazard manner. Each was engineered and constructed with intelligence and great design – and yet the constructed nests are much less complex than the wasps that made them. The wasps and their nests are engineering marvels that should tell us that an intelligent Designer created them and their abilities. To read more about how wasps build nests go to How Wasps Build Wasp Nests. To see how the wasps build the cone shaped nest watch: Paper Wasp building nest and feeding Larvae  or Wasps – Building Home  (NOTE! – I do not endorse the music attached to this video. I suggest you mute your sound and just watch the wasps at work).   Lanny Johnson The intelligence we see at every level of the creation offers strong evidence against the claim that intelligence is a product of evolution. Intelligence is a gift of the Creator to His creatures!   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...

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The Message of Hope

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Have you noticed the difference? People of the Christian faith are exuberant about this time of year. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and later Holidays are certainly times to be thankful. Why? Because we are celebrating a message of hope and expressing gratitude for what God has done and will yet do on our behalf. Contrast this with the message of atheistic evolution which has no hope. Why celebrate anything? Years ago, Mary Jo and I had an opportunity to share for many hours with a zoology graduate student who claimed to be an atheist. Near the end of our time with him, he said that his parents were atheists and that they were getting old. Then he said, “You know, there is not much hope in atheism.” Boy, did he ever hit the nail on the head! There is no hope in atheism.   OK now, think from an evolutionary, atheistic perspective. Somehow the first life accidently formed as a single cell in the slime of a primordial pond. Later generations evolved more and more, turned into fish, and finally crawled onto land to begin their march to eventually become humans after 3.5 billion years. So looking back, according to this perspective, people are nothing but glorified pond slime. That doesn’t sound like anything I want to impress on my grandkids! The evolutionary heritage doesn’t give much foundation on which to build hope. The atheistic worldview says there is no more to life than what there is right now. In a short time, we pass on, leaving little trace that we were here before something else (perhaps bacteria) finally surpasses or destroys the human race and takes a new direction in evolution. Our individual lives, hopes, and dreams really don’t matter. Our only job is to pass on our genes. Since there is no afterlife in this view, we just pass out of existence and into evolutionary oblivion. Where’s the hope in that? Some atheists will debate this idea, and say they find joy in each day and hope in “leaving the world a better place.” I suppose it’s good that they find good in life, but that doesn’t negate the futility of their beliefs. Maybe what they are really seeing, in spite of their worldview, is the goodness of God and His kindness, even to the ungodly. For Christians who are celebrating this season, we have a reason to celebrate. There is hope! The whole message of the Bible, including the account of our Lord’s birth, the coming of His Kingdom, and eternal life with Him is a REAL message of hope. Jesus is our Salvation, YES! But here and now he is also our Creator, our Shepherd, our Wisdom, our Comfort and our HOPE! Think about all of that as we celebrate this time of year. There is quite a difference between the Biblical and the atheistic worldviews. The...

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Dirty Six Letter Word

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Most people have heard of those bad four letter words, but there is a six letter word that affects many people today.  People shudder when they hear this word, especially if they are told they have it.  That six letter word is cancer.  Sue, my wife, was told that she has cancer.  The doctor said it was bad, and we were in for the long haul. Thoughts of death immediately came into our minds.  We were in a state of deep mourning for two or three days.  The mourning wasn’t over her dying, but over her separation from loved ones.  There is no condemnation in Christ, and to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Romans 8:1:  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Philippians 1:21:  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” As we were grieving over this temporary separation, we were wondering how God must feel with permanent separation from those who do not trust in Jesus as their Savior? God loves everyone and desires to have a close relationship with all of mankind, and that is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16, 17:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Having cancer is not the worst thing that can happen to a person.  The worst thing that can happen to a person is to die without knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior.   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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