Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And here we are....

...at the 7Wonders Museum in Silverlake, Washington.  

We were met with a huge meal prepared by our hosts, Lloyd and Doris.  They have been wonderful and feel like family already.  They are letting us take over their house, and they are staying in a vacation rental nearby while we learn the ropes.   

So, we are going on four weeks here... 

four full weeks of....






More looking.












And just relaxing.

The 2013 Seattle Creation Conference!

We were able to swing our arrival time at the 7Wonders Museum to allow us to attend the Seattle Creation Conference just beforehand.  

It was a day and a half full of really cool sessions and speakers.  The point of the conference is pointing people to God's Word as trustworthy, and exposing the sandy foundation of the anti-God religion of evolution.  

We parents prefer the front row when possible.  Partly because it helps the younger kids to see and stay attentive.  Partly because any noise they make isn't heard by people in front of us (maybe just the speaker).  And partly because it is usually the only place we can find 16 contiguous seats.

Why would we say "anti-God religion of evolution"?  Check out some of the words of prominent evolutionists.

Besides these types of quotes, there was plenty of science-y stuff.


The conference was very well organized and the hosting church was very hospitable.  It was a free conference, too!  What a blessing.

Here are the speakers....

Jonathan Sarfati

Spike Psarris

Chris Ashcraft

Jerry Bergman

If we deny the existence of a Creator, we are left with these types of explanations...

For the invisible things of him 
from the creation of the world are clearly seen, 
being understood by the things that are made, 
even his eternal power and Godhead; 
so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20

Monday, June 24, 2013

To the Pacific (Time Zone)!

We continued west, enjoying the unsettled, spring skies and cool weather.  Our joke is that our bus’s air conditioner only works in the winter.  

So the weather was cool enough that the air conditioner worked.


The excitement of nearing the end began to rise!  The excitement of sitting on the grass, too.

The Columbia River Gorge was gorgeous.

Wheels down, Washington.  Getting the wipers in shape...

The day after our arrival…meeting up with special friends.

Uncle Van sets up the hooks.

The fish-squeezing club!

Seeing precious Grandma B!

This young man hooks 'em, cleans 'em, and fries 'em!  Yum!  The Kleins were grossed out by the cleaning part, but gladly partook.

We don't say goodbye, we say "So long!"

And then we are on to the Seattle Creation Conference -- more soon!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Begin at home!

Let thy religion begin at home. Many tradesmen export their best commodities—the Christian should not. He should have all his conversation everywhere of the best savour; but let him have a care to put forth the sweetest fruit of spiritual life and testimony in his own family…Ah! dear friend, you little know the possibilities which are in you. You may but speak a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian church in years to come.

-- Charles Spurgeon

Monday, June 10, 2013

The trip continues - Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum

We enjoyed beautiful skies and wonderful bus window views.  We were in the general neighborhood of Yellowstone National Park, though we didn't make it there for a visit.

Our destination was the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, in Glendive, Montana.  

The museum was right next door to a cowboy museum, and while we were there, we witnessed a lady who accidentally went to the wrong one... 

…kind of hard to figure out how she missed that...

...maybe they need to identify the building better.

We got to meet the founder of the museum, paleontologist Otis Kline.  (We didn't tell him he was spelling Klein wrong.)

Glendive, Montana, is a hot bed of fossil beds.  That is what brought Otis here.

Otis is convinced that evolution is for the birds, which he does not believe evolved from dinosaurs.

Otis's family started the museum over a four year period, after a significant investment of their own and much support from others.  It is currently staffed largely by local volunteers from several area churches.

They don't call it a dinosaur and fossil museum for nothing.

The museum is blessed with the talents of a wonderful volunteer artist, who not only works on many of their exhibits, but does a beautiful job painting special effects throughout.  The exhibits were really stunning, and having Otis explain as we went was super helpful.

The museum also included information from many cultures showing ancient people had seen animals which we now know as dinosaurs (a word invented in 1841 by Sir Richard Owen).   Marco Polo, in his non-fiction work covering his travels, wrote extensively about such creatures.  The Chinese zodiac features animals all known to have lived with man, including the "dragon".  And recent findings of dinosaur bones with red blood cells (which cannot possibly survive millions of years) throws a lot of doubt to their going extinct way before man came on the scene.

One of the most interesting exhibits for the Kleins was the one referring to Mount St. Helens.  Mount St. Helens is another wrench in the idea of needing millions of years to form rock layers and canyons.

There it is!  Daniel-sized!

Mount St Helens shows how rock layers can form rapidly, in hours.

Mudflows following the eruption eroded canyons with the same features seen at Grand Canyon.  It took hours, not millions of years.  That's a fact.

We left Glendive excited about this great resource for pointing people to the Bible.   If you happen to be passing through Interstate 94, you would really enjoy it!

"There is 
no wisdom 
or understanding 
or counsel 
against the Lord."
Proverbs 21:30