Control and Provision

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  Just recently, we were blessed by a wonderful gift of money from a family member. We were excited as it added a buffer, some breathing room, as we look towards added expenses with our baby on the way. The next day, we had to go to the DMV to register our cars in Colorado for the first time since moving here. The DMV, for many, is known for long wait times and over-complicated “simple” transactions. We got there, took our number and waited. We only had to wait for a...

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Learn Through Experience

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

  There is something spectacular about getting to live what you are learning. I didn’t think much about that until the years I spent working at a Christian Living History Camp in California. Each day as my fellow guides and I stepped into costume and into character, we experienced both history and ministry from a firsthand perspective. And that experience wasn’t limited to ourselves – we were privileged to provide countless 4th grade campers and their parents...

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What I learned on Father’s Day!

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  So Father’s Day has now come and gone and we haven’t had our baby yet (due in about a week and a half). At church, as well as from friends and family, I received comments saying “happy father’s day…almost” or “happy almost father’s day” and then some not even acknowledging me as a father. I have to admit, I think I may have said that to people in the past who were at that time just expecting. Now it is natural to think that since we don’t have a baby yet, that we...

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Planet Earth: A Great Place to Be

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  If you think a full moon rising over the horizon is beautiful, just imagine being on the moon and seeing your planet overhead in the sky! Now for you couples, that would be romantic! NASA recently came out with a remarkable “Earth Day” satellite photo of our planet. Besides being breath-taking, one of the things it shows is the circulation in the atmosphere as noticed in the partial cloud cover. That is so important for us to have a home where we can breathe and...

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Work …a Blessing or Curse?

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  WORK.  What thoughts come to mind when you hear this word?  Are they in a positive or a negative light? Do you like to work? I have been thinking about work and its value for the past few weeks. Since my cancer surgery four months ago, I basically had the “privilege” of being served by others. This was primarily my dear husband and my family, who provided almost everything I needed. They brought me many meals in bed, washed many dishes, and served me in...

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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,...

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How Ungrateful We Can Be

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Stepaneks from the Front | 1 comment

  As most of you know, I had a Whipple surgery on November 25th, because of cancer in the duodenum.  As the months after my surgery pass, and as I try to adjust to my “new” (but certainly not improved!) redesigned digestive system, I have found myself having some troubling thoughts.  I have often looked with envy at other people who can eat anything they want, anytime they want, and feel good afterwards.  No pills, no pain, no restrictions, and I think,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Who’s fault is it?

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 2 comments

  As more tests were performed to determine the extent of Sue’s cancer, there was good news.  The cancer seems to be contained to one area.    It seems we may have detected the cancer before it spread to other organs, and the surgery appears to confirm this.  The surgery was a difficult one, but a success, and we are still in for a long haul. The question is, who is responsible for Sue having cancer?  Is it God’s fault?  If God is a God of love, how could He allow Sue...

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