Just a brief note on this important day of gratitude to share with you a little about both the human sacrifice that has been spent for the freedoms that we all hold dear here in America, and the "Lasting Memorial" that the LORD Jesus expressed concerning the sacrifice that an unnamed woman gave to Him while He walked on earth.
ALL GAVE SOME. SOME GAVE ALL.
With a number in our families who have given "some," we are dearly thankful for all who have sacrificed their lives for freedom.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
While we are extremely grateful for all who have contributed to make Memorial Day what it is, we must not forget the memorials expressed by Jesus Himself, the Creator and Sustainor of life. In Mark 14, we read the account of a woman who came to Jesus and expended a box of precious ointment, pouring it on His head. Some had indignation and thought her precious sacrifice of more than a year's worth of wages was a waste. However, Jesus said it was a "memorial."
"Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." Mark 14:9
As we compare the accounts of Matthew 26, Mark 14, and John 12, we see a number of differences, making it very clear that Matthew and Mark are parallel, but John recounts a totally different situation. Here are seven reasons why the woman in Matthew and Mark is not the same one as John describes:
1. An unnamed woman. It is intriguing why John named Mary, but Matthew and Mark didn't. They must certainly have known her, if she were the same person in both accounts.
2. A specified location. While John mentions the town, Matthew and Mark mention an exact location: the house of Simon the leper. John just tells that Lazarus was present at the meal.
3. Different times. The Synoptic Gospels' account is that the unnamed woman came to Jesus 2 days before the Passover, while John wrote that Mary came 6 days before the Passover.
4. Different amounts. John gave a specific weight of one pound, and the value of that weight, while the account in Matthew and Mark is of an unspecified amount in a "box."
5. Different anointings. Mary in the book of John anointed Jesus' feet, while the woman in Matthew and Mark anointed His head. Psalm 23:5 "...thou anointest my head with oil..."
6. Different values. Along with the amounts came the stated values. John wrote that one pound was worth 300 pence, but Mark accounted that the box of ointment was worth "more than 300 pence."
7. Different respondees. The earlier account in John states that Judas' response was the only one that was critical of Mary's sacrifice. In the writing of Matthew and Mark, the response came from a group that is referred to as "his disciples" or as "some had indignation..."
In both cases, there was a great sacrifice made to, and recognized by, the LORD Jesus. While we remember the great sacrifices that men and women have made for us to maintain the freedoms we hold dear in our nation today, we cannot forget to also make the connection to the sacrifice of our Savior of His life and blood on the cross for our sin. In addition, what we may have in our hands today, consisting of our "lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor," is nothing compared to what God did for us at Calvary. So, what is our "box" of earthly value that we can "break" in sacrifice to our LORD? In addition, what might we offer in sacrificial love for a nation that has afforded us so many freedoms, which include the freedom to freely share the Gospel?
May each of you have a blessed day!
Saturday, September 3, 2016
"...for this Agar is Mt. Sinai in Arabia." Galatians 4:25Is there something wrong in our Bibles? While we sometimes hear that we can trust our Bibles "from cover to cover," what is often inserted between those covers are man's fallible ideas. This includes the maps.
Exodus 14:3 "For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in."This terrain certainly fits the Biblical narrative that God (leading His people via a pillar, column-shape, of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night) went behind His people when the Egyptians caught up to the Israelites at the Red Sea. With the narrow passageway, and God in between as a column of fire, the Egyptians could not just go around the column of God's presence.
Exodus 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:intriguing video! After the crossing, they encountered the Mountain of God, Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments directly from God. This mountain burned with the fire of God, possibly changing the color of the rock! Fire from God can do mighty things, such as eat up rock (Elijah on Mt. Carmel, 1 Kings 18:38). intriguing video! The Bible also tells of a large rock that Moses struck, from which God brought gushing water to meet the needs of His chosen people. Moses was told to strike the rock. It is intriguing to see a massive stone that is split down the middle, that is elevated so that (if this is the rock) water would run down to the people below...
Monday, April 4, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Creation Family Ministries! How can we make this allegedly 'boring' subject exciting for children, teens, and adults?? Glad you asked! We've got a smoking volcano and a fiery Bible to adorn our summer program, plus competition between the "Mountain Men" and the "Lava Ladies." THEN, there's always the series of special "Mysteries"! Come and have FUN while learning about God, His Word, and His works in creation. While you're at it, check out our updates for this year, linked soon from our main site (above).
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"Behold now behemoth which I made with thee … he moveth his tail like a cedar." (Job 40:15-17)Dear Friends & Family, We are grateful to come to you again by way of our bi-annual newsletter! Many of you pray for or financially support us, and we humbly thank you! May our God bless you!
DINOSAURS!We are preparing our fourth time conducting our Dino MIGHT theme for VBS meetings and other ministries. In 2000, we began CFM with “Dino Tales” and have, since then, developed five different themes:
Secrets of the Sea
Jungle TalesWhile we have ideas for more themes, developing these has kept us busy! This year, it is perfect timing to learn that the next “Jurassic” movie, Jurassic World, is coming out in June! Stephen Spielberg must have checked our website! It will be an awesome time to share the creation message using those intriguing and amazing creatures, along with other subjects they bring up! Since we last wrote, we conducted an outreach to pastors via two “Leaders Luncheons” in two cities: Hickory, NC and Virginia Beach, VA. We were blessed to see 20 pastors attend and a total attendance of 40! We’ve already begun planning next February and hope to add a luncheon in middle Tennessee! As we see the LORD developing this work, graciously using us to do so, we’re amazed to think that He desires to use us! Praise Him! We ask for your prayers that God would open the eyes of more pastors and burden them to rise up against this “Goliath” we call “evolution”! In addition to two Leaders Luncheons, we are developing a Creation Fellowship ministry to churches in our home area. Instead of holding them at our home church each month, we launched out this year to conduct them in area churches where pastors see the need, and we have seen the LORD bless! So far this year, we have continued our 2014 jungle theme with an intriguing series entitled “Into the Amazon,” a presentation centered on the adventure of 30 men who explored the jungles of Peru and share many things about God’s creation versus the evolutionary world view. We look forward to continuing this effort in the fall.
Westward Ho!Since we make our western trip every other year, we really, really look forward to going west this summer, seeing long time friends, meeting new ones, and serving in familiar and new-to-us churches! Our schedule is full but still developing. You can keep up with us on Facebook or our website calendar! Right now, we will head west from NC to WY July 8-10. Whew! Please pray that this trip will go smoothly. Anyone have a generator we can buy or borrow?
“Monty”We’re excited to introduce you to our new-to-us 2009 RV/home/office that we’ve named “Monty” (after the model: Montana)! It is made by Keystone and is a much better quality unit than either of our other ones that we bought brand new. We’re grateful to God for His provision through gifts from many churches and individuals! Combining savings and funds from the sale of “Dutchess,” we were able to pay the $28k price in full and have no payments! As with any move, it’s taking time to settle and get rid of unnecessary stuff! But we welcome Monty to missionary life.
“Missy”Some years ago, we were blessed to serve in a creation revival at New Testament Baptist in Floral City, FL. After the Tuesday evening service during which I preached a message, “Dealing with the Dragon,” a nurse named Missy came up to me and said: “I was saved because of dinosaurs.” She then recounted that she’d been an atheist and an evolutionist for many years, having been taught as fact that dinosaurs died out “65 million years” before man evolved. She said that when she came to realize that this point was the only real “reason” why she didn’t believe the Bible, she took the Scripture and began reading it on her own. As a result, she recognized that the Biblical record does include man and dinosaurs living at the same time! (See Job 40-41.) This understanding opened the door for her to consider the Bible as a book of true history, and when she was confident in the whole of Scripture...her salvation came next! THIS IS IT! Sadly, most Christians put “science” subjects like dinosaurs on the “back shelf” as unnecessary to the Gospel message or to salvation. In one sense, it is true that one doesn’t ‘need’ to believe that dinosaurs and man co-existed in order to be saved from sin. HOWEVER, the same Book that gives spiritual truth about our sin also gives truth about the physical realm of God’s creation. JESUS Himself (the Creator) told Nicodemus in John 3:
"If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things.” (v.12)According to the Creator, belief in the physical realm precedes belief in the spiritual realm. It is extremely important to realize why God chose to begin His Word with the creation account.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…” (Genesis 1:1).In these first words of Genesis, we see the very basics of science: TIME (“the beginning”), SPACE (“the heaven”), and MATTER (“the earth”). While belief in creation isn’t enough for salvation, without it there is no foundation for salvation! The most familiar Gospel verse in the Bible is in in the New Testament, and it begins with creation! John didn’t begin his Gospel with,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”Rather, he began with, “In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God. All things were made by Him…” (John 1:1-3). Creation is the bedrock foundation for the entire Word of God, including the Gospel! So, why do many preachers neglect or ignore this foundation of everything?? I don’t know, but there exists a great spiritual dearth in our land, and much of the blame for that dearth must be laid at the feet of those who claim to know and proclaim God’s Word! (See Ezekiel 22:23-31.) We are grateful for the precious opportunities to share foundational truth, especially truths concerning the awesome and intriguing creatures called DINOSAURS which we ALL can use to point people to the Creator and away from lies!
Remembering the Creator,
Jeff & Heather
Itinerary is available at:
FOR PRAYERspecial unspoken, passing of Heather’s uncle (Willie Russell), open doors Sept. 6—Oct. 9, increased financial support, increased opportunities, wisdom for future meetings
FOR PRAISEnew-to-us RV/Home!, excellent Leaders Luncheons attendances (~40), financial provision, full summer of ministry
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Thursday, December 4, 2014
What does Thanksgiving, or lack of it, have to do with homosexuality? God, the Maker of all things and the Designer of marriage, tells us in His Word how homosexuals came to be. In the first chapter of Romans, we read:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (Rom 1:16-18)Many forget that the good news of the Gospel begins with the bad news that men are sinners, and that God is the Judge Who will judge our sin. God's righteous and holy standard of absolute perfection is the rule, and we've all broken that standard (Romans 3:23). The word "hold" is not the sense of containing or embracing the truth. Rather, it is the sense of holding back, holding down, or suppressing the truth by unrighteousness. Paul continues:
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful...(Rom 1:19-21 KJV)God is the just Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25), and His deserved wrath will come on all of us as we have all sinned. His revelation in creation is "clearly seen" and "understood" by all. How? In creation He is revealed, and ALL can see and know that there IS a Creator and understand His design. It all begins with creation, as those who reject the message that God exists and that He has revealed Himself in His handiwork begin a downward progression that begins with not glorifying God and ingratitude ("neither were thankful"):
...but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (Rom 1:21-24)There is a progression here that begins with a rejection of God as Creator and Designer of all things, including marriage, and one of the first characteristics of people who reject the Creator is ingratitude. In short, giving thanks is not just one day of the year, and neither is it solely a feeling. It is an action that is critically and inextricably tied to one's relationship to the Creator of all things Who "giveth to all life and breath" (Acts 17:25).
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Are you a monkey's uncle? One of the most egregious evolutionary lies out there is that humans are related to the monkey/ape-type of animal. The figure of 99% DNA similarity between chimps and humans is touted as "fact," along with other similarities such as appearance or digits. However, the massive numbers of differences are never promoted. Differences such as language, the opposability of the human thumb, where the spine is attached to the skull, brain size, differences in hand design, human ability to sing, or the abilities of people to go to church, paint pictures, or build buildings. Not only are these external differences important to consider, but also is it extremely important to realize that the muscular and brain capacity have to "evolve" simultaneously with such externals. Most basic of all, the difference in number of chromosomes in reproduction is 48 for apes and 46 for humans. Hence, the monkey-to-man transition could never have happened. But when people learn true science does that change the belief that humans are related to the monkey? No, even though such horrible and egregious crimes have been committed based upon evolutionary ideas. Adolph Hitler believed the Jew to be "closest to pure ape" as he led an entire country to murder millions of innocent Jews and anyone else who got in the way of the Nazi machine. But this isn't popular to expose. No TV documentary on the Holocaust will tie the evil and vile deeds of the Third Reich to evolutionary ideology. In the mid 1920's, experiments were conducted by Russian scientists, led by eminent biologist Ilya Ivanov, in an attempt to "hybridize humans and apes." The resulting racist views directed the scientists to pair orangutans with humans of the "yellow race," gorillas with the "black race," chimpanzees with the "white race," and gibbons with the "more brachycephalic peoples of Europe" [possibly referring to Jews]. These horrible crimes and experiments, and so much more (e.g. racist beliefs and behavior), are to be laid at the feet of the worldview of evolution. Lies such as "Nebraska Man" (constructed from a single tooth of an extinct pig) and "Piltdown Man" (world famous hoax concocted by embryologist Ernst Haeckel) have been believed to the extent that multitudes have lost their lives and untold millions have gone to an eternity in hell as they reject the Bible for evolutionary fairy tales. The Bible asserts that mankind was made in the "image of God" and informs us that the Creator of people is NOT a monkey!! Rather, He is the Maker of both humans and the animals. There are TONS of facts from TRUE science that confirm the Biblical Record and expose evolution for what it is: an egregious lie from the pit of hell. The TRUTH is that mankind was created uniquely by God and is NOT the end result of a blob of goo evolving over "millions of years" to eventually become human. Evolution is the religious fairy tale--NOT the Bible. There are NOT many "races" but ONE human race that began with Adam and Eve and was split up into people groups at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). For more on this, check out JungleTales.org.