Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Post-Conference Update

We were richly blessed to serve in two areas conducting conferences this past week at Eastside Baptist in Statesville, NC and at Sharon Baptist in Hampton, VA.  It was a special blessing and privilege to once again have Dr. & Mrs. Jobe Martin as our guests, this time with their daughters, Taryn and Mirren.  We greatly enjoyed the special music abilities with piano and violin that the girls brought to the meetings!  Our theme was "Wilderness Wonders" and the folk were so enthusiastic about the messages!  In addition to conducting sessions for both adults and children, we hosted Leaders Luncheons for pastors, their wives, and other church leaders who have a burden and vision for creation/apologetics ministry.  Specifically, we presented an initial layout for SET Foundation Ministries, which stands for "Strengthening believers...Engaging unbelievers...Training others..."  In Philippians 1:17, we read "I am set for the defense (apologia) of the gospel."  While we have greatly enjoyed the past nearly 20 years in creation ministry, we do not wish to reach a "plateau."  The LORD willing, we plan for SET to reach farther into the future as a joint effort to make a difference in our day by "using creation to turn hearts to the Creator."  Please consider joining with us in reaching others with the foundation for the Gospel message, as we read in 1 Corinthians 15:22 - "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." After conference season, we are now focused on two more monthly fellowships before we begin our summer travels which are slated to take us into the fall as we head west again this year.  Our summer theme this year is Jungle Tales, including messages on big cats, monkeys, gators, snakes, and sauropod dinosaurs living in the Congo!  We're also in the throes of making decisions regarding a small piece of property we were able to purchase last year for the purpose of parking our RV/home.  In the short term, we plan to restore the well that was already existing and build a larger pump house that will also serve as a storage building.  As for Heather's health, her breathing issue is largely gone, praise the LORD!!  Due to two shots of steroids, the scar tissue shrunk and her airway is now an estimated 80% (as opposed to 60% blocked last spring)!  We praise the LORD that she is doing so well, so much so that she was able to conduct sessions for children during both conferences this past week!  Now, it is only a matter of keeping an eye on the potential of the scar tissue returning, an issue that caused two trips to the ER last October (2018)!  We SO much need and appreciate the prayers and financial support of God's people!  May HE bless each of you with what you truly need!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Blessing

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.

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

The Secret of Sinai

"...for this Agar is Mt. Sinai in Arabia." Galatians 4:25
Is 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.
We make clear in this session that there is a difference between the actual text of the Scripture and the notes or references in the columns between page sections, or the maps. Even the verse and chapter numbers were not in the original text as part of Scripture. What this message highlights is the usual differences between the message of the maps and what the actual text states. In this case, Mt. Sinai is described by the Apostle Paul as being "in Arabia." This mountain is extremely important since it is where God came down and gave to Moses the Ten Commandments.
So, what do the maps indicate?
You can see three alternate routes that supposedly indicate that the Israelites crossed the "Reed Sea," or a sea of reeds (swampy-type terrain), and one of the possible routes has them crossing through a lake! However, Scripture says...
The Israelites did NOT cross through a lake or through shallow water that could never have formed "a wall of water" on both sides of the massive group of people! What this post details is the likelihood, using evidences, that Mt. Sinai is not located in what is called the "Sinai Peninsula," where nearly all Bible maps have it located. Rather, both Scripture and archealogical finds point to this intriguing and important mountain being in what is now Saudi Arabia, or as in Paul's day, simply "Arabia" just as Galatians 4:25 states!
It is therefore interesting to read indications of a mountain (or mountains) named "Jabal al Lawz" ("mountain of laws") or "Jabal Musa" (mountain of Moses) that exists on the east side of both the gulfs of Suez and Aqaba! And what about the crossing site? The tool of Google Earth helps with this research, as we shall see. But, the site where they actually crossed could NOT have been a cliff, or they would not have been able to cross. It has to be a place where the underwater terrain gently slopes into, and out of, the water on either side. Research has shown that there are only two sites where this is true: one being in the southern area of the Sinai Peninsula, and the second one being at what is called Nuweiba:
It is interesting to note the narrow passageway that exits at the Nuweiba beach from mountainous terrain. Scripture tells us that the Pharaoh of Egypt would think that the Israelites would be trapped in the wilderness:
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:
What about evidence at the bottom of the Sea? Take a look at this 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).
There is a mountain with darkened rock that is intriguing, along with an interesting pile of rocks that's apparently in the same vicinity.
Using Google Earth, one can go anywhere in the world! An interesting "dot" sticks out like a proverbial "sore thumb" that, upon closer examination, gets darker and more stark compared to the surrounding terrain.
The premise is that the Israelites were able to cross the entire Sinai Peninsula to get to the Nuweiba crossing site. And why not? They were able to use whatever they desired of the Egyptians, which would have included anything with wheels to carry other items they took. In addition, the Scripture tells that God led them by day and by night(Exodus 13:21).
A notable event that took place at the base of Mt. Sinai, which is still reflected in our language today...
As human nature reveals today, no matter how close to God one may think themselves to be, there is always the fallibility of man to go astray quickly as did the Israelites who pressed Aaron to make them a "golden calf." It is intriguing that etched bovine figures have been seen in the area, a terrain that is goat and sheep country--not cattle country.
Check out this 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...
It is further interesting that at the bottom of the great split there is smooth rock such as what water erosion would produce! This reminds us that Christ was smitten for us on the cross, and He gives to all who partake "living water" (John 4:10).
The Book of Hebrews (12:18-24) references both Mt. Sinai and Mt. Sion, contrasting the fearsome holiness of the Creator and His righteousness that is available through the "blood of sprinkling" that was wrought for us through His work on the cross. We can be made children of the King of Creation through faith in Jesus Christ, even though the Creator/God of the Bible is to be feared!
These evidences are extremely important, as the Scripture tells us: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). About 5 years ago, I was able to share this presentation at our home church's Christian school. Afterward, a teacher I'd had when I was a student there told me this account:
The physical evidences are of utmost importance to the Creator! After Jesus arose from the dead, the resurrection being the great capstone of Christianity, He showed Himself alive for 40 days (Acts 1:3)! He even took special time to visit "Doubting Thomas" who had said, "Unless I see I will not believe"(John 20:25). Doubt in the reliability of the Bible has grown by leaps and bounds in the world today, and it is up to believers to "give an answer" (1 Peter 3:15) as to what we believe, that it is indeed the truth! However, what is actually happening, and has been taking place for about 100 years or more in my nation, is a great lack of foundational answers as to what Christians believe--that the Bible is indeed the reliable Word of the living God, the Creator of man.
We must get back to the foundation, rebuilding confidence that the Bible is the reliable Record of God's Revelation to mankind. This realization will result in people knowing that they can build their lives on it!

Monday, April 4, 2016

It's time to pressure legislators to stand up for the Constitution!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mountain Mysteries 2016

Can you believe it? Our mountain theme has rolled around again!! This summer, we'll rehash old familiars, such as Mt. Ararat and Krakatoa, and talk about a major American catastrophe, Mt. St. Helens, as well as archaeology with the search for the real Mt. Sinai. Did you know that, by comparison, Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, was a tiny volcano? Yet, it has been called "God's gift to the creationist" because of the many things that have been learned and observed re: catastrophism that tie in perfectly with the world wide flood of the Bible. A brand new canyon system was formed in only 9 hours up to 3 days! Such canyons seen in other places (e.g. Canyonlands National Monument in Utah) are said to have formed over "millions of years"! Fairy tale! In addition, multiple events on land and at sea illustrate what took place at the time of Noah's flood. In short, what we see all over the globe is evidence that the Bible is true! If you can, join us for one or more of our upcoming sessions in states like TN, VA, SC, PA, and CT. Check out our itinerary at 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

June 2015 Chronicle

The Creation Chronicle- June, 2015 The ministry newsletter of Jeff & Heather Setzer
"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!
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:
Mountain Mysteries
Secrets of the Sea
Wilderness Wonders
Jungle Tales
While 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? 
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.
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:
special unspoken, passing of Heather’s uncle (Willie Russell), open doors Sept. 6—Oct. 9, increased financial support, increased opportunities, wisdom for future meetings
new-to-us RV/Home!, excellent Leaders Luncheons attendances (~40), financial provision, full summer of ministry

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Marriage & SCOTUS

"No one, not even the Supreme Court, has the power to redefine the institution of marriage. But on April 28, plenty of...

Posted by Jeff Setzer on 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).