Monday, December 28, 2009

Gingerbread men

Katie loves to bake gingerbread men around Christmas-time, so I decided to capture the event with a few pictures!  Normally I post pictures on my photo blog, but for the few who do not visit it, I thought I'd share these with you.  :)


cookies and icing


My youngest brother's decorating; isn't it cute?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Creation Museum

The Creation Museum is outstanding. (And if you want to visit there as a personal suggestion you should go in the spring or fall because of the gorgeous outdoor grounds and incredible places to take pictures…from a photographer’s perspective. :P) They have done a wonderful job at expressing the crucial importance of the sufficiency of Scripture. Using powerful aesthetics, animatronics, films, and contrasts in light, the Creation Museum revealed what a rejection of absolute truth ultimately leads to—hopelessness and moral decay in society. Then they turned it around to unveil glorious hope of the gospel!

There is such a vital importance in knowing and understanding the sufficiency of Scripture, but then also practically applying it to our lives. Not only does the belief in the sufficiency of Scripture build a firm foundation for a biblical worldview, but it is the essence of your view of God, man and the world. Mr. Ken Ham conveyed that “Your view or support of evolution or creation doesn’t affect your salvation, but the next generation’s view of Scripture.”

(Martin Luther)

This is so true. At the creation museum I read a statistic that showed that only 44% of born again adults believe in the existence of absolute moral truth, and only 9% of teens do! Staggering statistics. We are living in a time where tolerance and relative truth is rampant. And we have been so influenced by our culture that often we, the Christians, don’t believe that the entire Word of God is true, and that is evidenced by our lives! Ultimately this leads to weak doctrine and placing man above God, which is a highly dangerous thing to do.

In order to stand against the winds of doctrine and the philosophies that are thrown at us, we know that we need to stand on the only firm foundation—the Word of God. To do so though, we must study, mediate and memorize it, because how can we stand on it if we don’t know it?

My encouragement to you is to study the Word of God. If we want to make a difference in all different arenas of life, we need to know what the Scriptures say about it. Because if we believe in the sufficiency of Scripture, we can trust that God has principles and commands in His Word that speak to every area of life and show us what is biblical.

Isaiah, Moses and David

The day we went to the Creation Museum it was so windy that they closed the grounds.  So we weren't able to take any family pictures on the beautiful bridge.  I took this picture from a distance.

Pagoda in the midst of winter  (you can see a gorgeous picture of it in the fall here)

Pagoda at night

We returned to the Creation Museum another evening to visit their live nativity, and while there I took some pictures of the grounds at night.

They even had dinosaur lights!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm back!

My family recently returned from a 6 day trip to Covington, Kentucky (right outside of Cincinnati, Ohio) where we attended the NCFIC’s Sufficiency of Scripture conference.

The conference was fantastic. I was blessed to spend 2 ½ days listening to dynamic speakers such as Doug Phillips, Voddie Baucham, Geoff Botkin, Paul Washer and others! It was an amazing time of hearing the truths of the sufficiency of Scripture proclaimed and applied to many different areas of life. We were about 30 minutes away from the Creation Museum and had the opportunity to go there as well!

My little brothers enjoyed watching the planes land.

Our plane was small (46 seats I believe) but it was so fun being up in the clouds! We haven't flown in 7 years, so we loved it!  And it was my youngest brother's first time to fly, so he was ecstatic!

You can find pictures and a few videos from the conference at the NCFIC blog as well as pictures on Mr. Phillip's blog. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Are you a perfectionist?

Are you a perfectionist? I often am. But have you ever thought about who sets the standard for perfection? If you think about it, when you want things done “perfectly”, isn’t perfectly your own standard, your idea of how something should be done? And usually when others don’t follow that standard we’ve set in our minds, we get angry at them as if they’ve broken a rule or sinned.

Think about a recent circumstance where your perfectionism was disclosed. Did you expect someone else to do a task exactly how you do it? Perfectionism is usually “me-focused”, wanting to achieve (or wanting others to achieve) a standard of “perfection” we have set. So ask yourself—what is my heart’s motivation? Why do I want this to be done in a certain way or to a certain caliber?

I’m not suggesting that you not do things well. It is good to do things thoroughly. God commands us to do all our work “unto the Lord”. Additionally, He desires for us to work diligently and hard at what we are given, and to be faithful whatever task He has set before us. But if perfectionism is an extra biblical standard that we’ve set, when does thoroughness and hard work turn into perfectionism and sin?

Most of the time when we desire for ourselves to reach a level of perfection it is for the wrong reasons. Could it be…
So others will recognize and praise you?
So you can feel confident about your status or accomplishment?
So God will be pleased with your achievement?

If this is your motivation for getting things to a certain standard or until they are just right, your heart’s motivation is wrong. Whatever we do should be done well, and we should work with all our might as unto the Lord, but it needs to flow from an earnest desire to love and obey Him, not anything else! Reaching your standard of perfection isn’t going to please God any more. He wants your heart, not things done right outwardly.