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Review: ICR’s New Creation Video Series

Homeschooling? Part of a church? Know some young people? You won’t want to miss this!

icr-home2A few weeks ago I saw ICR’s invitation to preview a brand new series explaining creation for everyday people. I expected a nice, high quality video page (to see what I mean, check out That’s a Fact). They do indeed have one on the new site, but it was just the beginning.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis

is the title of the series. It’s designed to present to groups over 12 half hour (or less) sessions. Here’s the heart of what ICR is seeking:

Click to read more at your Origins Matter

“…to reach beyond our faithful constituency to the millions in evangelical churches who are unaware of the full extent of information revealed in the early chapters of Genesis. One of our goals is to guide the millennials to God’s Word and equip them with truth.”

You’ll enjoy reading the rest of the article, especially the behind the scenes photos along side.

Things really get exciting when you find out how they’re getting the word out. If you are a homeschooler or pastor, they’ll send you the first episode free. I signed up to check things out, plugged in my address, and a few days later a package with the DVD showed up in the mail.

Right after lunch today I sat down with my kids to see what the show was like. The whole thing took just under 22 minutes. Here are our thoughts:

5 year old, “It was silly.”

I spotted at least four points that made us laugh.

7 year old, “That was so cool!”ICR-DNA

The footage and graphics are not just professional, they are stunning. I particularly enjoyed the fastforward overview of Creation Week.

8 year old, “I loved what he had to say about it. Especially how he showed the missing links in the hay.”

The host was great: warm, positive, with a great sense of timing.

10 year old, “I like the car. The car was so funny. I love all the creation pictures.”Junkyard

My favorite bit was at the junkyard, too, but I’ll leave that and the “missing links” for you to discover yourself.  🙂

ICR has set up a website just for this series. The 12 part set will be available for purchase in May, 2014. You can go straight there to find out more, but….

It would be great if you’d comment below so I can add you to my referral list. As soon as I have three names/email addresses to send in I qualify for a 50% discount to purchase the whole series for myself. You’ll get notified nearly as fast anyway! Technically, you’re supposed to be homeschooling, too, but I don’t think ICR will mind if you’re a pastor since they have a whole section for them. 😀

Now present yourselves, that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did for you and for your fathers. I Samuel 12:7
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PS, I’m saving ICR a little money by passing on my DVD to my pastor. I have the feeling it’ll be just what he’s looking for.

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5 Creation Astronomy Links to Know About Today

Plus a few more…

Last week, Missy of Dot-to-Dot Connections offered to do a guest post exchange. I was thrilled. As you may guess, choosing to focus on something even firm believers in Jesus disagree on limits my reach a little. Anyone sharing stuff from here is letting the world know they have chosen to believe God rather than the consensus.

This also means those of us who put our faith in Jesus rather than the scientific view of the moment need to encourage each other! Since Missy’s science post is on astronomy, I decided to collect some other space focused websites for you as well.

Then, I found out there’s going to be a lunar eclipse tonight! (Think God might have been working this all out?)

Vinnie Harned is the author of Creation Astronomy Now. After he finally gets through high school, he plans to get a degree in astronomy. You can tell he’s serious about this because of all the studying he’s doing already. Today is a great time to check out his website because you may be able to catch a glimpse of the April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse depending on where you are.

You can keep up with all the stuff Vinnie posts both on his personal facebook page (moms, be warned, he likes to post photos of himself doing crazy jumps and flips. It’s enough to make me terrified for my boys!) and the official CAN facebook page.

Checking my email just now, I ran into this newsletter from David Rives. He talks about the eclipse and a new creation website, The Creation Club. I can’t wait to find out more about it! Here’s his facebook page.

There’s also the website of the guy who wrote about rocket engineers not believing in evolution. Creation Astronomy mostly shows you how great Spike Psarris‘ books are, but you already know his newsletter is worth getting.

I haven’t spent much time looking around the website of this next one, but am really impressed snooping around today: the 4th Day Alliance. I had no idea it was so big and doing so much. That should change as I just read their about section and signed up to be a FREE member. It’s especially great to see how international a community they are.

If you live in the USA, be sure to check their time table for when the eclipse is happening tonight– Oh, wow, I’d have to stay up until 2 a.m. my time to see it. Maybe if my daughter gets me up we’ll slip outside. 😦 🙂

Now for the article that started it off. Missy is part of the launch team for a new astronomy resource. She got to use it with her kids and tell us all about it.

I wasn’t sure whether to share it with you because there are some serious concerns about the interpretations of constellations used in this book. But here’s what I thought:

  • Missy is one of my most raving fans. I like her. You should check out her blog.
  • It’s easy to get so scared of astrology you do your best to avoid certain constellations altogether. As usual, balance is key.
  • I love the hands on projects she does with her kids in this post. It makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of star stickers so my kids can get to know the constellations like her kids are!

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19 

PS, there’s another resource on facebook called Creation Astronomy. It’s not connected to Psarris, but is fun to follow.

Science in the Bible: Earthquakes

If you pay attention to what’s going on as you read the Bible you will catch on pretty quickly that the Holy Land is located in an earthquake zone. Sometimes earthquakes are even major players in the action of Bible events.

I’m going to send you to a video with Dr. Steve Austin in a minute, but let’s see some of the times where earthquakes had a part in events recorded in the Bible:

“And the Lord began to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He caused fire and burning sulfur to fall from the sky. He destroyed the whole valley—all the cities, the people living in the cities, and all the plants in the valley.” Genesis 19:24,25

Although an earthquake isn’t mentioned, how did God get the volcanic stuff to come out? Volcanoes and earthquakes are bosom buddies.

JSC the battle of Jericho

So then the priests blew the trumpets. When the people heard the trumpets, they began shouting. The walls fell down, and the people ran up into the city. So the Israelites defeated that city. Joshua 6:20

Again, the earthquake isn’t mentioned, but God doesn’t do magic; there was some physical cause for the walls to drop.

And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armor bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer slew after him. And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.  I Samuel 14:14,15

No explanation needed here!

Suddenly there was an earthquake so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. All the doors of the jail opened, and the chains on all the prisoners fell off. Acts 16:26

This wasn’t in Israel, but shows God controls events anywhere.

Every once in a while God uses His natural world to accomplish His plan for history. He has more subtle ways of doing this, but when he uses big things like meteorites (Joshua 10:11) and earthquakes, people pay attention! They also have a much harder time hiding the evidence. 😀

One other thought that came to me while watching Dr. Austin: just as God has positioned the world so we can study space, so He prepared the way for us to study these earthquakes. How many lakes in the world are lifeless, so the sediments settle undisturbed for millennia? There are a few, but it is cool to know one of them is perfectly located to preserve a record of God’s truthfulness.

Our God is great, with the most mind-boggling foresight imaginable!

The video starts just a tad dry through the first part of the talk, but after the break it is WAY COOL.

The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, “This has to be the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 The Message

I was alerted to this video by Creation Sensation, you can follow them for yourself to keep up with lots more.

Dr. Austin’s findings have been available at the Institute for Creation Research for some time, which is where I first read about them.

PS I’d really like to ask him just how certain that AD 33 crucifixion date is. It could settle a debate that goes back to the AD 300s!

Links: Learning Creation is Important for Kids

I’ve had my hands full recently and just can’t squeeze in a post needing a lot of research, but I have been keeping up with the creation materials flowing into my inbox and facebook newsfeed. It was exciting to see a couple of them focusing on the next generation; so exciting I decided to collect all the examples I could find into one place for all of us.

Enjoy!

Creation Moments has been producing radio segments for 50 years now. March 24, 2014, they shared a testimony of a young man who found great assurance in the Bible by learning creation science. Then they had this to say about too many Christian young people:

“They grew up learning about creation and Adam and Eve in Sunday school. As they were exposed to evolution, they desperately wanted the Bible to offer an intelligent alternative to evolution. But no one could ever offer it to them.”

Today, there’s no reason for such a tragedy to still happen!

The Creation Today Show with Eric Hovind has redesigned its format and is now including an experiment segment! It’s buried in the middle, but the rest is well worth watching. The first episode like this is up online and uses a thin garbage bag and hot air to show us something about air and… the Holy Spirit.

Keep it up, Eric! 😀

In case you hadn’t visited them in a while, Answers in Genesis has claimed this as their theme this year:

Standing our Ground, Rescuing our Kids

What’s more, they’re putting their money where their heart is by offering free admission for kids to the Creation Museum through the end of 2014!

Recently, I read the testimony of Dr. Rob Carter, who found Jesus as a child, but felt his faith slipping away until running into creation materials in college. 

I also heard what happened to Albert Einstein when he was left to read secular science books for himself:

“. . . I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.” Einstein, Albert (1979). Autobiographical Notes

It’s enough to break your heart knowing the difference it could have made if he’d heard the truth about science!

Checking around on Creation Ministries International’s website, I ran into an article written so long ago I wished my parents had happened to read it. Of course, being based in Biblical thinking it’s just as useful for us today:

Your children and evolution
Hints for Christian Parents

Most of us are well aware of the need to reach our young people before the world gets its hands on them. The difficult thing is presenting engaging materials worded for people who haven’t gotten to Collegate Dictionary level yet. Praise God, He’s called a number of us to provide these resources!

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Is Your Family Watching the Cosmos Series?

My family doesn’t have time to watch anything on Sundays, so we aren’t keeping up with this program, but that doesn’t mean you all aren’t!

In fact, if you have kids 12+, I recommend watching shows like this. Eventually, one way or another, your kids are going to hear the kinds of ideas presented in the series. The last thing you want to do is leave them ignorant until they’re out on their own, never having thought through the worldview, logic, and assumptions presented as facts by the world.

If you sit down with your kids and examine things like this carefully, they will develop the spiritual muscles they need to discern the difference between fact and fiction. But, this doesn’t mean you have to get a degree in science to help your kids. Others have already, and they love to share with us!

Since I can’t tell you what I think, I’ve looked around for those who have already put up reviews. There aren’t too many yet, but here’s what I’ve found:

Answers in Genesis has a lengthy article just on Episode 1

Creation Evolution Headlines has one that’s not so long. As usual, the editor’s thoughts are in green toward the end.

Then the other day I listened to a podcast on Challenging Cosmos (it doesn’t matter if your kids are in a school system instead). Starting just after the 12 minute mark, the host talks with Jay Ryan of Classical Astronomy, about the first episode of Cosmos. Ryan likes to ramble, so the show is almost an hour long, but you’ll learn a lot if you have the time! You’ll also see not all creationists walk in lock step. In fact, I don’t know too many who do. It’s a science community after all. 😀

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 

Parents: Utilizing the Foolishness of Preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I Corinthians 1:21 

Last week I ran into a book trailer video for a Hebrew scholar willing to stand for God’s Word meaning what He says about Adam. It was exciting to pass the 3 minute video around my social media so you could all “like” the video as well. You still can HERE. The scholar’s name is Dr. William D. Barrick.

Someone helped me find Dr. Barrick’s website and it was fun poking around to see what he offers. Being a podcast junkie with discriminating taste, it was especially exciting to see all the audio teachings he offers. As usual, I was expecting him to use big words to communicate big concepts aimed at well-educated grownups. I was in for a surprise.

The first talk I downloaded came from Dr. Barrick’s section on end time talks. I find that stuff fascinating, so even if his style was dry as dust I would learn something. His sermon titled

How does the doctrine of last things complete the doctrine of first things?

seemed the perfect place to start since Creation Science is the expanded study of the “doctrine of first things”.

Praising something too highly tends to backfire, so I won’t say much more about it. But here are some important things:

My husband could hear me shout from the other floor when Dr. Barrick said this:

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Nuf said.

The whole sermon is a beautifully symmetrical layout of the storyline of Scripture. How the End and the Beginning tie together, a bit about the middle sections working toward the center, and a grand close with the “focal point” of eternity:

Jesus: His life, death, burial and resurrection.

The language Dr. Barrick uses is remarkably accessible. He introduces a few fancy terms, but describes them clearly. You might want to discuss what “inverse order”, “metaphorical”, “restoration”, “finite” (I used the analogy of a battery running down), and “intimation” (hint) mean with your younger kids, but other than that, an 8 year old can understand just fine.

I do wish he’d tightened things up a trifle. The whole sermon is 50 minutes long, which means you might need to take a break at some point.

God has chosen preaching above all things except His Word to bring people to Himself. Recognizing this, I’ve put a permanent link to Dr. Barrick’s sermon page in the sidebar so you don’t have to hunt for the link. My plan is to have my family listen every 6 months or so. We’ll be able to develop a framework to hang Scriptural ideas on and have a delightful reminder of why all we study matters.

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5