|Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge Regarding God's Creation
December 1, 2016
Gen 7:19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. ... 8:4 In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. - NASU (Bold emphasis added.)
What are You Giving for Christmas?
Christmas is coming soon and everyone is busy with gifts
and decorations. There is a mounting air of joy alternating with increasing stress.
When I was in high school my mother like to read the "Christmas story" from Luke aloud to the family but that was about all the Christian exposure I got. We did have a glorious 12 ft. Christmas trees and the decorations and gift wrapping was a family project. That atmosphere was possibly the best of my childhood memories.
I chose to take Jesus as my lord and savior when I was in college. Now as a relatively mature Bible believing Christian I am very conscious of the "reason for the season" which is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the Creator of heaven and Earth, and our Lord and Savior. So what is the big deal with His birth as the Son of Man? He came to Earth to live and teach as a human person, to experience all that we do first hand and to endure being utterly rejected tortured and murdered. Along the way He demonstrating His divinity through numerous miracles witnessed by thousands. All of this was to provide a justifying sacrifice for our sin that enables us to be acceptable to be in the presence of God the Father for eternity if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. That is the big deal that we celebrate. And joyous it is.
Much of our society sees Christmas very differently
because they are naturalist or materialists not theist. To them the theology and the person and purpose of Christ is simply foolishness. To them the only thing that exists is matter and energy. As such they see no logical reason that any one set of attitudes or "morals" is inherently any better that any other. To them society can choose whatever it wants as good or moral. To them there is no absolute truth, everything is relative and all things are equally capable of being regarded as good or not.
What can we offer them? They don't believe God or the Bible
so don't expect them to do much more than be polite. Some will be aggressive and demeaning. But might they respond to logical reasoning if we start where they are and move forward? Steve Lem says yes they might. Philosophy offers a strong line of reasoning through formal logic that there must be a God and evil and salvation and justification. Steve will bring us a tour de force of formal logic from philosophy that will fascinate and amaze. You will better understand what is going on in the culture around us today. You will also see that that truly no man has any excuse to not believe God and His offer of salvation trough His Son.
When speaking with nonbelievers one should always make sure to give them the basic gospel message first. But if they are unresponsive it can be helpful to know how to show them some flaws in typical atheist reasoning in a friendly way. Having heard Steve's presentation, you will be armed with a little more ammunition for the Holy Spirit to use.
December 1, 2016
What are You Giving for Christmas?
by Steve Lem
Meeting space kindly provided at:
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Come get educated about philosophy and the gospel. Invite some friends, skeptics, or pastors! All are welcome to bring their questions and join the discussion after the presentation. Everyone present will also enjoy the fellowship, snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well
. Please forward this newsletter to all who might be interested. More information about GHCA is always at our website,
Looking forward to seeing you there,
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Prayer Needs and Praises!
is said to be recovering well now. But continu to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA
the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing.
Roger Sigler, David Shormann, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo, Michael Bowie a
other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. They all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding.
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:
Give thanks for continued good health. Pray for their speaking trips to Montana. Also pray for the guests they will be entertaining in between the speaking travels.
David and Mary Jo Nutting, f
ounders and speakers for Alpha Omega Institute. AOI is moving their office and training facility to a new location. Pray
that in these trying times the path will be prepared before them and all their needs met.
John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, S. America, and Cuba! Pray for expanding ministry projects, creation research, and financing.
News from Houston, Texas & around the World
Let us know of events in Houston (just reply to this email newsletter).
ICR Planning Conference in Houston -- November 15, 2016
Institute for Creation Research is seeking a venue for a weekend creation conference in Houston with a 1000+ attendance. See trailer video here. This planning meeting will provide details on the conference speakers, presentations, local support needed and costs involved. Church leadership and everyone interested in supporting a major creation conference in Houston is invited. Light snacks will be provided.
Tuesday Evening, November 15, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m
RSVP and questions: Chas Morse, ICR public Events Ambassador,
Houston Science & Culture Network
New Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture. The Discovery Institute is a leader in research and education regarding intelligent design.
Young Creation Study Organizations in Texas:
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Jim's Restaurant located on the corner of Ramsey and San Pedro, approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410 across from Hovey's Motor Cars. More info is at
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm of the first Tuesday of each month.
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,