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.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
It's a Jungle Out There! This year's theme is a powerful and poignant one, including creatures such as lions and tigers and...snakes! LOL! We will also discuss monkeys, crocodiles, gators, giraffes, and dinosaurs living in modern times, and add into the mix such subjects as climate change and racism! God's Word says,
"But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee..." (Job 12:7)The animals teach us many things about the Creator and His Word. They do what they do, and they do it quite well. The One Who designed them also designed you and me, and He designed us quite well too! We have a great difference from the animals, though. While the animals do what they are supposed to do--by "instinct--humans have a free will to choose. We can choose good or evil, and that free will comes from the Designer of mankind. Aren't you glad we're not robots or animals? Since the beginning when Adam and Eve disobeyed the one rule in Eden, mankind has been choosing to disobey the Creator. From eating the fruit of the tree, to murder, sin is disobedience to God whether it is "small" or "large." All sin is sin against God, but there are varying consequences to our sins. Even human government has varying degrees of punishment for different infractions. For instance, we wouldn't have someone going to prison for 20 years if they stole a pencil. However, with God all sin is rebellion against His standard of complete perfection. As the head of the human race, Adam's disobedience against God brought about the ultimate punishment: death, which was upon the entire human race. That's the bad news, but there is good news! The good news is that the very One Who pronounced judgment made a way for the sinful to be saved! We can be tee totally forgiven for all crimes against the Creator by placing our confidence in the Cross of Christ! Have you made the choice to call upon Him for forgiveness? If you meant it with all your heart, you became a child of the Most High!
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."
John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
Friday, January 24, 2014
We are looking forward to our 2nd annual Southeast Baptist Creation Fellowship to be held February 10-12 at Faith Baptist Church in Hickory, NC (2310 16th St. NE). We again plan to enjoy the ministry of Steve Lawwell from Echoes of Eden Ministries in Christiana, TN, along with "Dan the Animal Man" Breeding who serves with Creatures of Creation in Rolesville, NC. Our theme is Wilderness Wonders and it includes subjects such as bears, bison, and moose; mammoths and the Ice Age; living pterosaurs, and "bigfoot." In addition, we will have Matthew Speights as a special guest for "Pterosaur Night" (Tuesday) to accent Brother Setzer's session entitled "The Fiery Flying Serpent"; and special music by Pastor Ronnie Smith & family. The entire meeting begins on Monday with an 11:30 luncheon for pastors and their wives (RSVP to email@example.com by 2/7) and continues with evening sessions ~7-9 pm Monday through Wednesday, February 10-12. In addition, we will have 10 AM chapel times on (tentatively) both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the chapel on Wednesday being held at Tabernacle Christian School (1225 29th Av Dr NE Hickory, NC). Keep tabs on our calendar for update information (session titles/times) and join us for this special time!