Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Week of August!

This past Sunday our family enjoyed a delightful 3 1/2 hour drive to a quaint little town,
nestled in the hills above the Columbia River. 
We were invited over for a visit to the home of some new friends we met at family camp.
After the beautiful drive along the Columbia River,
and climbing up to and through the quaint little town,
we entered a beautiful rural area.  Then, after following some winding country roads,
we found their lovely place, which had this wide open view on one side,
and a gorgeous view of Mount Hood on the other!  
The day was very exciting for us 
both for the adventure of going to a new place we had never been before;
and also for the sweet blessing of our whole family being invited over
for a delicious farm-fresh lunch
and encouraged by a special time of kindred-spirit fellowship! 
 The lunch was truly amazing, with grilled, tender and juicy chickens right from their farm,
and lots of fresh produce from their garden and from other farms in the area.
We had so many delicious fruits and veggies . . . it was awesome!

The kids all really enjoyed touring their farm, visiting all their animals,
and helping with the farm chores.
The kids also enjoyed talking with one another and playing lots of volleyball,
while us older folks also had a very nice visit!
Thank you, L. Family for your wonderful hospitality and for such a fun afternoon!
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After returning home around 9:30pm Sunday night,
we were all re-loaded in the van at 7am Monday morning for some more family togetherness . . .
this time for our bi-annual dental cleanings!  Woo hoo!
We were so happy that Benjamin was very cooperative this time,
and sat in the dental chair all by himself, like a real big boy,
allowing  the hygienist and dentist do everything they needed to!
And we rejoiced when he was given a good report!
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 Now we are happily preparing for our friends, Russ and Joanna Miller,
arriving from Arizona on Friday.
  They are such a blessing to so many as they travel around the country,
speaking the truth in God's word about creation.

We are very excited to have them stay with us for a week,
while Russ speaks in 6 or so different times and places.

Their ministry is so vital as we see the truth of God's word
so undermined in every way in our culture.

Russ writes on his website,
Creation, Evolution and Science Ministries  ,
why Christians should be so concerned over the creation-evolution issue . . .

As long as I believe in the Bible, why should I care about the creation-evolution issue?

"First, I have great respect for anyone who, despite the massive propaganda assault by Secular Humanists through public schools, colleges, the media, National Parks, museums and more, can still see through to the truth of God’s non-compromised Word.
Still, here are 2 reasons why you should care.
1) The message of salvation is man’s original sin (which let death enter God’s perfect Creation) separated us from God, eventually leading to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross so we could be redeemed with God should we accept the Biblical Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Darwinism says that man came about by billions of years of death and suffering. Thus man’s sin did not bring in death or separate us from God. Hence there's no need for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
This is what 'millions of years leading to Darwinism' is really about.

2) Studies are showing that 86% of kids raised in Christian homes leave the 'church' behind before they graduate college and 96% of churchgoers hold a Secular worldview rather than a Biblical view, due to the teaching of 'millions of years leading to Darwinism.' The religious philosophies of 'billions of years" and Darwinism have spread like a deadly cancer into every aspect of society, causing billions of people to reject Jesus Christ as Creator, Lord and Savior."

Is the issue of creation really relevant today?

"As to the relevance of creation, God’s Word starts with creation, as does the apostle Paul when speaking to people without a creation foundation.
God’s perfect CREATION corrupted by ORIGINAL SIN that SEPARATED us from God requiring our REDEMPTION with Him is the foundation for the Gospel of the world’s redeeming Savior, Lord Jesus the Christ. This is found in Genesis 1 & 3 with the first promise of the coming Redeemer, born of a virgin, found in Genesis 3:15.
This is why Secularists focus their efforts to undermine people’s faith in God by attacking biblical creation. The Editor of American Atheist wrote: “If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation and that puts Jesus into the ranks of the unemployed.” This is because death before Adam undermines the Original Sin that led to our need for redemption.
Due to ‘millions of years leading to Darwinism’ being taught in the place of real science 87% of Christian raised kids are leaving the Church by the age of 20…and that figure is climbing rapidly (it was 71% in 2001; 81% in 2006).
If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?
I suggest the creation issue is the most relevant issue facing the Church and suggest Believers promote God’s version of His creation, found in His Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:11 – For in six Days the Lord made the heaven, earth and seas and all that is in them." 
 Please join with us in praying for many people to hear and receive the truth of God's word,
through Russ' messages.
And that God will multiply Russ and Joanna's strength and energy as they have a very full speaking schedule in order to reach as many people as they can! 

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