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Fret not…

My husband, The ‘Shrink, seems to think this is a timely message, and so do I.  The stock market thinks it’s a roller coaster, and I personally know many fellow believers that are under attack, physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, etc…  Here’s a link to a write-up of a sermon that Doc Scott, and Melissa Scott did/does on this very subject of not fretting: Fret not, Fret not, Fret not.

From the sermon, “This particular man, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down.” And this is something I want to highlight, because if you are in the fretting mode and feeling consumed by your circumstance, God is still ordering your way. He is establishing and making firm your footsteps. It means there is a possibility while you’re in God’s program, and on God’s path, you may fall. In fact I wish I could just retract the word “may” and just say you “will” fall, because we’re all born in Adam. We’re born that way and because of what Adam did we are perpetual fallers. But, “He shall not be utterly cast down.” Many of you have read the passage, “A bruised reed shall He not break,” and I look at that and say God cares for His creation. It matters to Him. Why are these instructions given to us? Because He knows the lot of those that are going to press in and follow after His program, tempted, tried, bruised, almost broken. This is meant for encouragement for anyone going this direction.

“For the LORD upholdeth (the translators added in italics) him with His hand.” God’s going to have me “underneath bottomless.” It means when I fall, and when you fall, God’s ever-present, merciful hands will be there to catch us. There is no place so low that it can be underneath bottomless. This whole picture tells me that God already sees and knows. There is not a particular instance in the life of a believer that God has not already covered in His word.”

Fret not.

For a related post see my, “A Call for Calm

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Ministry Review; Answers in Genesis

Answers in Genesis (AiG) is mainly known for its scientific approach to Creationism, and its literal interpretation of Genesis (for example; God created in six literal 24-hour days).  The founder is Ken Ham, originally of Australia.  If you want to try to find a creation-scientist’s view on something, this would be my first stop: www.answersingenesis.org

There are many Ph.D.’s involved in this ministry…and yes, the many of those degrees came from secular institutions.

One of the main teachings of the ministry is that the foundation for many Christian doctrines find their start in Genesis.  Also, that a non-literal reading of Genesis contradicts several other key scriptures.  It is quite interesting to follow along when the Young Earth Creationists (YEC’s) and the Old Earth Creationists (OEC’s) disagree.

Thus far, I do indeed lean YEC, though I’m open to many different ways of see the beginning of our world (and us), as long as it fits with scripture.  If someone puts forth a metaphorical position, it is important to make sure the it fits logically with scripture.  It also must be completely accurate.

AIG offers an extensive set of articles, and previously answered questions that you can take advantage of via their “search” on the main page.  Biology, Botany, Geology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, etc… are all included.

Any drawbacks?  As always, I never agree completely with any ministry, just as one example, I believe that God could indeed have made starlight in transit to earth.  AIG rejects this notion, claiming it would be deceptive of God to do so, since it would contain events that never actually happened.  (Sometimes this gets thrown in with the “apparent age” hypothesis.)  Instead they favor other, alternative explanations for the “starlight” question.  Starlight in transit serves a purpose all on it’s own, IMO, and I believe it could indeed have been created on the way here for signs in the heavens, and also as a “declaration” of God’s handiwork.

Regardless, if you are interested in Creationism in the least, check out AiG; they are a very comprehensive ministry on the subject.

You can also see my Creation Museum Review.

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Creation Museum Review…

My husband and I went the the Creation Museum in Kentucky last year, and while they have added several new things to see/do at the museum since we went, I still feel that this review will help others get an idea of what to expect if you decide to go.  I want to say, right off the bat, that I’m not a “dogmatic” Young Earth Creationist; but at this point I lean toward the Young Earth Creationist position based upon the interpretation of evidence including historical, scientific, archaeological, scriptural, etc…  This museum is affiliated with Answers in Genesis.

First of all, yes, it’s worth going! We drove about 4 1/2 hours to go, and stayed the night at a hotel, going to the museum in the morning. That brings me to tip number one; there are lists of hotels on the Museum’s website: http://www.creationmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hotels if you plan to stay at a hotel, make sure you ask if they have a special Creation Museum rate. The one we chose, Hyatt Place, was half price ($89) for Creation Museum goers, as opposed to something around $170.

Next tip; note the hours: Hours of Operation, and plan accordingly. From our other tourist activities we believed the museum would open a lot sooner, so we modified out plans a bit. When we arrived, we had to wait outside for a bit (maybe 5 – 10 min) because a large church group had gotten there right at open. We stood in line, when entering for about 5 min, waiting for tickets. I loved it here, because hardly anyone was complaining and most people were having a ball standing in line because that meant there was a lot of people visiting the museum, not only that, they were openly commenting on that fact with smiling faces!

There’s also a lot to look at while you wait, The Museum itself is gorgeous. The detail is really neat on the outside and inside, and there are some great fossils/models toward the front of the museum as well as sculptures right outside the door. We were also given a map of the museum to look at while in line, so we could plan our day. Here’s the next tip: definitely get the ticket with the stargazer’s planetarium on it! It costs seven dollars more if you get a ticket to the whole museum, including the planetarium (the prices are listed on the “hours” page). There are scheduled shows in the planetarium, so you need to have an idea of when you would like to go, and tell them when you buy your ticket. The Men in white show ran on a loop, every thirty minutes, so you don’t have to schedule it right off the bat, but be sure to check to make sure the scheduling hasn’t changed.

Also, if you had a really early breakfast, I would suggest eating lunch early; my husband and I had Noah’s cafe almost all to ourselves. (Another tip: there is another food stand, with different offerings, inside the cafe around the corner, what you first see is the “main” station.) We got our food and went outside to the beautiful covered patio, which overlooks the pond and botanical gardens. By the way, there are big covered shelters outside, past the botanical gardens for those people wishing to bring a picnic lunch.  One of the new additions that we didn’t get to see is a new food stand; The Lakeside Grill, which is located outside below the patio (you should be able to access it either from the grounds outside the museum, or by going into Noah’s cafe and down the outside steps.)

So, in the main hall, there is a lobby, which most people will recognize from all the interviews with Ken Ham about the museum, it is where there are two children in the company of dinosaurs. There are live fish in the water, and the kids were loving it. There are also fossils in display cases along the wall (esp. leading to the restrooms, and “Men in white” theatre) that were really interesting, as well as live finches, and dart frogs. The kids caught on quicker that they were “really” real and not animatronic…which I found quite amusing!

There is also The Bookstore entrance here, in the lobby. When we got there, there was maybe three other people in the bookstore, this means if you want to go shopping, you may wish to do it when first arriving. There are a ton of books, DVD’s, and also toys, t-shirts, and other knick-knacks. As of our trip, you could buy things and take them back out to your car without worrying about getting back in (thus avoiding the huge, wall-to-wall crowds in the store we witnessed before leaving). Which brings me to another interesting point: When we went, you could actually park, come into the lobby, go to the bookstore, go to Noah’s cafe, and tour all the botanical gardens without paying admission, and are free to walk around. So, you are basically paying for: the museum tour (which is the main part of the museum), the men in white show, the dinosaur den, and the planetarium (and now the new petting zoo).

The museum tour is really the heart of the museum, it’s a self-guided tour and you can go at your own pace. If you want to pass people up, you’re free to do so, as some people will look at everything much longer than others. The only problem with this was when rooms were really really crowded. Overall, though it is a good setup. There are several movies along the way; my favorite was “The Last Adam.” I will say, to all my fellow Christian women especially, you may wish to pack a kleenex. One of the things in the tour that (ironically) made secular evolutionists a bit hot, was the fact that both views are presented side by side and people are allowed to see both angles, as opposed to secular museums.

After the main museum tour, you’re spit out in a lobby where there is a dino den, a small coffee shop, more awesome fossils, a dino/dragon movie, and a small chapel. We also walked all the botanical gardens, outside, which I loved, I believe they have even added onto the walking path that was there originally, and of course the petting zoo is outside as well. They have a floating bridge, and a suspension bridge, and a huge pond, many flowers and paths, and a small creek, and statues too. If the museum gets too packed, it’s neat to be able to go out and walk around for a bit.

Plan to be there, oh, three to four hours at least, if not more (now I’d definitely say “more”). The only thing that was there at the time that we did not see was the Men in White show, we simply ran out of time and energy, but I heartily recommend it, I’ve heard good reviews, and it also, from what I’ve read, tends to annoy the secular evolutionists.  Yes, we are planning on returning sometime soon. The only “downside” (that wasn’t really a downside, really) was the amount of people there. It was still in the summer, so it was packed, most of the time you didn’t notice, but if there were fossils you wished to look at, or to be able to walk right into the Men in white theater you couldn’t do that sometimes because of the crowds — again, most people agreed, including us, that the museum being packed was a good thing.

If you study all of AIG’s materials, there won’t be anything earthshatteringly new you learn here (however, the planetarium is quite enlightening, and only after a presentation in the museum did I realize that Methuselah was alive when Adam was, AND when Noah was). I feel that one should go to be able to recommend it to others, both believers and non-believers, and I do heartily recommend it to anyone.  Everyone is welcome there, and I know that respectful questions from non-believers are also welcome. I do believe that people of different faiths can get a lot out of the museum, and old earth Creationists, and theistic evolutionists would enjoy it.  As for secular evolutionists, many would probably want to go to get a clear view of what Young Earth Creationists believe, and also, their interpretations of evidence are presented alongside the Creationist ones, so there seems to be something for everyone.

Some misc. notes; the atmosphere was lovely, everyone who worked there was extremely friendly and helpful. Also, we didn’t run into anyone (other guests) who seemed to be mocking the museum, but I’m sure there are some around in the tours and shows. There were people there from all over and from different denominations, included many Mennonites. Homeschoolers were very well represented. Also, there was, what I assumed to be, a young man’s choir group touring (could have been homeschooled brothers?) and the four boys actually stopped in the lobby and started singing gospel out of the blue, it was great! Also, now it is very important to check the museum homepage for any events and/or speakers that will be making presentations during your visit (I would really love to go around Christmas!).

I’m quite happy to attempt to answer any specific questions about the museum and hope this is a help to someone.

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The Church in China…

If interested about the growing number of Christians in China, here is a news article in the LA Times:  Christianity is Flourishing in China The Holy Spirit sure does seem to be at work.  God can enter into all things, hopefully the upcoming Olympics will somehow be an aid to our church family in China.  Also, don’t forget that the persecution of belivers is a very very serious issue there, and more than anything they seek aid through prayer.  Edit to add: We should probably be praying that the True Gospel be spread like wildfire, while any false gospels are stamped out along the way…

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A look at Levitt Ministries…

One of my main purposes with this blog is to talk Apologetics.  There have been several ministries that have truly helped me in my faith, and learning the “meat” of the Christian message, which of course translates into better Apologetics.  Levitt Ministries is one of those.  Founded by Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, this ministry focuses on the Jewish roots of Christianity, and also on Israel; its history, current events, and role in Biblical prophecies.

After Zola passed away in 2006, Dr. Jeffrey Seif took over the teaching aspects of the ministry, and Sandra Levitt, Zola’s wife, stepped into the spotlight to help.  Their teachings on the Christian faith from a Jewish perspective bring scripture to life with deeper meanings that may not be so readily apparent to those of us not regularly exposed to Jewish teaching, and the Hebrew language.  The ministry has also raised my appreciation for Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) role as the prophesied Messiah, and has helped my understanding of many aspects and stories of the Old Testament.

If you are Jewish and are interested in getting a perspective on Christianity, their information; books, pamphlets, television shows, newsletter, etc… are an invaluable source.  If you are already a believer, and are looking to connect to others on the web that have the same interest, they have a lively forum where people can “gather” to pray for one another, fellowship, ask questions, keep up on the news out of the Mideast…

I’ve also had the privilege of seeing and hearing Sandra Levitt speak about Israel at a local church.  She is just as warm, vivacious, and passionate about these issues in person as she is on the television shows.  I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to Israel yet, but if I do, I hope to be able to go with Levitt ministries, as they offer various tours throughout the year.  They also have speakers available to come to your church to give talks about their ministry’s specialties.

One of the things I promised I would do when providing information about various ministries is let my readers know where I may differ with specific teachings.  When talking about Levitt Ministries, it is hard for me to come up with much; the only issues I have are slight variation of belief with certain details in prophecy (who will make up the 10 nation confederacy, for example) and with one of their longtime guests on the show; Dr. Gerald Schroeder.  Dr. Schroeder is a Jewish scientist that has an interesting theory about the Creation of the world.  He teaches how it is possible that Creation took both six literal days, and also millions of years, perhaps not a problem in itself, but it has implications for the series of events in Genesis, and the creation of man as well.  Having brought this up, I have to say that I do not judge a ministry based upon their guests, so I just mention it in passing; there is plenty of information on Dr. Schroeder’s theories out there on the web.

Levitt Ministries main website is: www.levitt.com If anyone has any questions about their ministry that I can answer, let me know, and I’ll do my best.  They are definitely worth checking out, and don’t forget to find out when their program airs on TV in your area, if you are interested (you can also watch certain programs online as well).  I will also add a post displaying a sample of one of their teachings.

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