Mockers and Scoffers

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Reflecting on our past trip to Minnesota, I still find myself troubled by the response of 2 students at one of the universities. These 2 young women sat right up front with smirks on their faces through most of the presentation, often turning to one another to comment. During the Q&A time and our time one-on-one with them afterwards, things didn’t improve. They continued in an arrogant, mocking spirit. It seems they were completely impervious to any of the points brought up in the presentations or our answers to their questions and comments. It also appears evident that they were there only for the purpose of ridiculing, mocking, and arguing with whatever we said rather than seeking to hear or understand. It grieves our hearts to see such hardness and deception. However, we take it as a call to prayer – not only for these 2 students, but also for the thousands of others who are being taught to scoff and mock at the Word of God and the evidences of creation. It seems many of these students will believe anything their teachers say or they read on atheistic websites that contradicts or undermines the Bible. However, the Word of God is powerful, sharp, and active – and the Spirit of God continues to call people to repentance. We are encouraged when we realize that Saul, a skeptic and persecutor of early believers, ended up as a chief apostle to the Gentiles. And we also remember how God called us from our former way of life to follow Him. So we have hope, as we continue to share the truth of God’s Word with everyone who comes, and we pray that God will bring a harvest. Please pray with us that He will use seeds sown during this past university lecture series to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and that many would become true disciples in following Him and sharing His Word with others who need to hear.   Mary Jo 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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Ministering at Wayne State College

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

This summer at a Bible Camp, the assistant director shared with us, ” … your teachings blew me away … they have totally changed my life.” ( Changing Lives –  August 30, 2011) The young man then invited us to come and share with the Campus Crusade ministry he is involved with at Wayne State College. Thursday night this last week, we were able to share with this group. Because of an upcoming event, the room the ministry normally uses on campus was not available, so our seminar was moved off campus to a church. Usually they get around 100 students to their Thursday night meetings, but on this evening we had 130. This was surprising to the organizers because of competition with a free movie night at the local theater. Before the seminar, we learned that a college biology Professor had offered extra credit to students to show up at the meeting. We thought we might be in for a night of heckling, but all the students were very polite. We did have 5 students leave about half-way through the talk, but no disruptions during nor after the meeting. During the seminar I taught about human origins, with a special emphasis on the artwork students see in their textbooks, and challenged them to ask, “What’s the evidence” for that artwork. I also was able to give a gospel presentation. After the seminar, we spent a lot of time talking with several of the students. Some had questions about salvation, and others about Creation. I was able to spend almost an hour with one very intelligent and sincere young man who believed in Jesus, but was convinced that evolution was the means God used to create.  Very quickly I recognized the arguments he was using are the same arguments we refute in our talks on ‘The Icons of Evolution.’ Prayerfully, I hope the time was well spent with this young man, and that he will someday believe the Bible for what it says, and not rely on the words of man.   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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Getting Into a Public School

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

It is a very rare occurrence these days, but I was recently able to teach in a public school. Why I say rare – this is only the 4th school I have been allowed to teach in within the past 5 years. A few years ago, when the Intelligent Design group began trying to get their ideas taught in the public school system, the evolutionary “world” became very nervous. The ACLU and NEA (National Education Association) teamed up to make a concerted effort to keep their material out of the school literature and classrooms. Being Creationists, who also teach intelligent design and have done so long before the Intelligent Design advocates were even formed, they have also expelled us from the schools. It has always been hard to get into the schools, but now it is even harder. One of the excuses used to keep us from teaching in schools is the misrepresented “separation of church and state.” We are told that because we teach religion, we cannot give a presentation to government sponsored students. This has always been quite amazing to me, because when I am allowed to teach in a public school setting, I do not teach about a Creator, or about religion at all – I teach about what is scientifically wrong with evolution. I do this in order to protect the teacher or administrator that allowed us to share with the students. Actually religion IS being taught in almost every public school district in America. The religion of humanism (it was proclaimed a religion in the higher court system), whose foundation is evolution, is the prevalent worldview being taught in our schools today. Because Creationism and Christianity are a threat to humanism, we are not allowed to “brainwash” their children. Ironically, in 1999, when Richard Stepanek and I were in Russia, we were allowed to teach in dozens of their public schools. After teaching several sessions to high school age students on the problems of evolution, one of the teachers said to me, “Oh this is so interesting. The students in America must love what you teach them.” I shared with her the idea of separation of church and state and why we couldn’t get into the public schools. She was amazed. She then showed me a textbook the Russian teachers were using to teach Origins. The first part of the book taught the idea of an intelligent designer, the second part about evolution, and the third part about life coming from outer space. “Which idea do you believe?” I asked her. “Oh, I believe in evolution,” she answered. “Then why are you allowing me to teach your students what is wrong with evolution?” She answered, “Because, I think the students should be given all the information, so they can decide on their own what they believe.” This was from a teacher in a predominately atheistic country whose core beliefs are based on...

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Missing Our Atheist Friends

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

We were at DeKalb, IL, for 4 nights of speaking at Northern Illinois University. We have spoken at this university each fall for the past several years. Traditionally, these meetings have been heavily attended by students claiming to be atheists, agnostics, or skeptics, and the Q&A time has sometimes become quite animated. Attendance this year was markedly down, and most in attendance were already Christians with some honest seekers. Probably a major part of the reason is that in the past, one of the most vocal anti-creation professors required his students to come to our Tuesday evening meeting, and gave extra credit for those who came to other sessions. Even though many of these students were openly opposed to our position, we enjoyed the opportunity to field their questions and interact with them. This professor has now retired, and we are missing him and his students. Things were quite tame this year. While we missed the opportunity to speak to more skeptics, the quieter atmosphere allowed us to have deeper discussions with several individuals who might not have spoken up in a larger group. We were able to equip and encourage the Christian students to stand firm, and to answer different kinds of questions than we usually get from a group of avowed atheists. The bottom line is that God has a purpose and a plan. We are grateful for the opportunity to present an alternative to the pervasive evolutionary, naturalistic, evolutionary teaching found on this very secular campus — and we are grateful for each person that came to hear. We are called to plant the seed. Others will continue to water, but only God can bring forth fruit. So please, pray with us that the seeds planted in Illinois fell on good ground and will bear abundant fruit for eternity.   Mary Jo 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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News from Costa Rica

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

We recently received a prayer and praise report from Scott Leisner, a missionary friend serving in Costa Rica. It was a good reminder to pray for him and his family as they minister to students on the campus of the University of Costa Rica, as well as to students from several other universities and schools. We have been blessed to join Scott in ministry twice in Costa Rica. Each time has been an eye-opening experience. Costa Rica is a beautiful and diverse country, but also the needs are great, both spiritually and physically. While we were there, God provided many opportunities for creation teaching in churches and public schools, as well as in universities. We found people in churches to be hungry for the message and receptive to it. At the universities, we encountered dogmatic evolutionary bias, academic arrogance, and apathy that resulted in small turn-outs. Of those that came, though, we found many who were interested in the teaching and demonstrated a desire to know the truth.     Scott attended one of our Training Weeks several years ago to deepen his knowledge of creation and learn how to use it more effectively in ministry. He understands the importance of creation teaching and the foundational importance of Genesis to the Christian faith. He is well-grounded in God’s Word and has a deep desire to see students come to a knowledge of the Truth and grow as disciples of Jesus. While we were teaching in Costa Rica, we had Scott give some of the programs himself rather than translate for us. He did really well with it! Scott also sees the need for a Spanish translation of the Discover Creation DVD Curriculum. He has finished the initial translation of the Study Guide and is eager to see the project completed – ASAP. Please join us by praying for a speedy completion of that project, for Scott’s on-going ministry among students, and for direction regarding future AOI ministry in Costa Rica. If you can help, please contact us. Mary Jo 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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A Very Scientific Mind

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

“Why do you have to teach creation?” This was a question a lady posed to us, after we shared with her what our ministry involved. We explained that we “have” to teach Biblical Creation because most children are only taught evolution in the public school system. She acknowledged that evolution is taught in the schools, but didn’t see why that was a problem. “I am a Christian,” she declared. “But I also have a very scientific mind. I think God used evolution to make all things.” Marilyn shared with her that at one time she had also held the same view, but by studying the Bible found the ideas of Creation and evolution were incompatible. One point Marilyn made was the Biblical creation order – God made the plants on day 3 of Creation and the sun, moon and stars on day 4. On the other hand, evolution teaches that the sun was formed millions of years before any life on earth. The two ideas are incompatible. I shared with her that as a geologist (she was impressed that we both had science degrees) who once believed in evolution, I had changed my viewpoint after really looking at the evidence (or lack thereof) for evolution. I explained that I was referring to macro-evolution versus micro-evolution, explaining both in very easy to understand terms. That is when her shutters came up. She muttered something to the effect of safe travels, but she had quit listening. Her mind was apparently already firmly made up and she was unwilling to listen any further. Her “truths” were based on her own opinions and those of some scientist (NOT these two in front of her), rather than what the Bible teaches. As we drove away, we wondered what the lady and her middle-aged son were probably saying about those two crazy mixed-up scientists. We have been tuned out, mocked and laughed about before, but a small seed was planted … we pray it was planted on fertile soil. Lanny Johnson Billboards From God: 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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Economic Crunch

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

This last week we were to teach at the 3rd camp at IdRaHaJe, working with High school age campers. Unfortunately, one of the groups that normally bring youth in from Utah had to cancel because of economics … fuel prices are just too high. Just before we headed out the door to return up to the camp, after a short 2 days home between camps, the director called with the news that they had to cancel the High school camp for financial reasons. Since we had to return to the camp to pick up our travel trailer,  I offered to share some more teaching with the counselors and staff. They took me up on the idea, so we spent several more days there relaxing with our two grandsons during the day, and teaching in the evenings. We have seen the downturned economy affecting many ministries, small and large alike. We have also felt the crunch here at AOI. Many of our donors are struggling, and as a result have had to cut back or discontinue donations. We just have to pray and have faith that God will raise up more supporters, so that we may continue sharing this vital message of God’s Creation. Lanny Johnson Billboard From God: 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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Camp IdRaHaJe West – Week 2

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

Marilyn and I spent another week at Camp IdRaHaJe West above Paonia, CO. This week we taught Creation to the Middle School Camp (6th – 9th Grade) of 60 campers, 12 counselors, and numerous other staff. We had another very exciting week. As at the Junior Camp, we had a mixture of church-going kids, non-churched kids, and kids coming from churches where the Bible is not taught. The Holy Spirit was really evident at this camp …we had 30 campers put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the first time! That is 50% of the camp getting saved! Two others rededicated their lives to Jesus. The last day, the camp Pastor asked the campers if they would like to be baptized. With the parent’s permission, 18 of the campers braved immersion in the icy cold water of a nearby pond! What a powerful witness of their new faith! As new babes in Christ, these campers will be under heavy spiritual attack. Pray with us that they will remain strong in their decision to follow Jesus and have the opportunity to be discipled so they can continue to spiritually grow. Lanny Johnson Billboard From God: 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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Camp IdRaHaJe West

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

Marilyn and I spent last week at Camp IdRaHaJe West above Paonia, CO., where we taught Creation to a Junior Camp (2nd – 6th Grade) of 56 campers, 12 counselors, and numerous other staff. IdRaHaJe stands for I’d Rather Have Jesus. It was an exciting week, where we had the blessing of being able to teach two 1 ½ hour chapels a day. The campers were very enthusiastic … they were actually running to chapel, and coming 10 to 15 minutes early! After the first chapel, some of the girls were coming in 30 minutes early to save front row seats. One of the boy cabins tried several times to get there first, but the girls always managed to beat them by several minutes. The campers and staff had a great time learning about: scripture, songs, the problems of evolution, the evidences for Creation, the truth of the Word of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the campers were non-churched children or came from churches where the Bible is not taught. One 11 or 12 year old boy shared that this was his first time reading the Bible … he was referring to the scripture verses we teach at the beginning of every chapel. The greatest joy of the week was the night I presented the gospel message. We had 15 campers put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the first time, with 8 others rededicating their lives to Jesus. Would you pray for these kids (I won’t post their names … the Lord knows who they are)? As new Christians, they will be under heavy spiritual attack. Pray that they might remain strong in their decision to follow Jesus and will be discipled, so they will continue to spiritually grow. A fire not fueled will soon die out! Lanny Johnson Billboard From God: 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 Week in Springfield, MO

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

We just got home from leading a Creation Training Week in Springfield, MO. Despite thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and high winds, the week went extremely well. Ten people participated in the training. We were much encouraged by their interest in creation teaching, the quality of their presentations, the depth of discussion, and the great times of fellowship. We started doing intensive Creation Training Weeks back in 2006, to help individuals deepen their knowledge and skills in presenting the truth of the Genesis from both science and the Bible. The week involves times of prayer, worship, Bible study, and relevant science topics as well as practical teaching tips, a field trip, and opportunities to do practice teaching. We keep the groups small so there is plenty of time for discussion and personal interaction. This year’s group included a businessman (who not only desires to teach creation but also sponsored the week – Thank You, Coby!), a missionary to Kenya, the Dean of Students and a science instructor from a Baptist college, the chairman of the science education department from a secular university, a pastor (who also serves as President for an on-line Bible college), the director of a small creation museum (with a big vision for expansion), two on-fire former students of ours from Jackson Hole Bible College, and a man from Uruguay who is helping with the Spanish translation of our Discover Creation DVD Series and Study Guide. Altogether, it was a diverse and highly qualified group. We are excited about relationships built and the potential for future networking. Trainees from past Training Weeks have gone on to actively share the creation message through Sunday School classes, home groups, children’s programs, camps, blogs, etc. Others have become solid supporters of creation ministry and have been instrumental in scheduling creation seminars for AOI speakers. Our desire is to expand our Training Program to equip many more individuals and families to do creation ministry in their own churches, schools, communities, and wherever else God may lead them. Please pray for wisdom and provision of resources and people to flood this nation and the world with the powerful evidences and teaching that defend the Truth and Authority of God’s Word. Mary Jo 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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Ducking the Tornadoes

Posted on May 25, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Mary Jo & I are in Springfield, Missouri, right now conducting a week of creation training. To get here, we drove right through Joplin, Missouri, less than 2 hours before it was devastated by the huge tornado. A third of the city of Joplin was hit hard as you have seen on TV news reports. There are still 750 or more people missing with 122 reported fatalities. (Pray for those families!) Had we not gotten on the road much earlier than we anticipated on Sunday, we would have been in the midst of the tornado. We are grateful for missing that one! Earlier that same day, we went right through the area in Oklahoma City that was hit with a tornado yesterday. Last night, the weather service is reporting a significant chance of tornadoes where we are staying just outside Springfield. YIKES! We are hoping the Lord allows us to duck those as well. Where Mary Jo & I live in Grand Junction, Co, we are happy to report that they have not spotted a tornado for almost 100 years. So, right now, we are certainly enjoying the teaching time we have with this group, but there are pangs to be in our own hometown where we don’t have to sleep with one ear tuned for the tornado sirens! 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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Raising Up Faithful Men to Preach

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

This was my fourth time to travel to India teaching creation.  The spiritual hunger I observed was  greater than all previous trips.  Many have been taught evolution and have compromised Scripture with this philosophy.  Once they realize the fallacies of evolution, and Genesis is true history, a burden was lifted and you could see the joy arise in their faces.  Many truly understood the importance of this message and some are eager to teach this message to others.  We are now in the process of equipping and training Indians so they can reach others in India.  2 Timothy 2:2  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. It is essential that God’s Word is spread through this multiplication concept the Lord has given us.  By training faithful, native men, the message can be communicated more effectively in their own language and culture.  Please pray for our efforts in India, and especially for those receiving training. 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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