Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Is Genesis History?" Movie Review

(I was asked by a friend to review this film, "Is Genesis History?")

Romans 1:20

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:"

"Is Genesis History?" is a very fascinating documentary giving clear proof that the intricate designs that we see in our universe could only have come about by the hand of a grand Creator. Nothing that we see could have happened by random chance. 
"Nothing in the world makes sense except as seen in light of Genesis..." 
Could the Grand Canyon have formed over millions of years or could it be proof of the flood described in Genesis 6? How else could canyons with perfectly flat layers have been formed without any signs of erosion in between the layers? The flat layers are proof of a rapid sedimentation that would have taken place in a matter of hours or days, rather then the millions of years that evolutionists claim. It only could have been through a rapid catastrophic process. "Not by a little water over a long period of time, but by a lot of water over a very little time."
Why is it that we have never found concrete evidence of transitional life forms? We have never seen one kind turning into another, only variations within each species.
The theory that small random changes over millions of years can explain all forms of life that we see today is logically impossible.
These systems are too complex to be acknowledged as mere chance. 

I would highly recommend this film to anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the scientific facts behind creation.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Winter Retreat

It has been a tradition these past five years for a group from our church to head up to Government Camp on a three day winter retreat at the beginning of each year. This usually involves a time of special fellowship, teaching from the Word, activities in the snow, and some really late nights :) 
This year, Chris and Melinda organized this trip, graciously sharing their first valentines together to be with all of us :)

There were twenty available spots to fill, so between Chris and us, we were able to get enough people to sign up to make the trip possible. Only days before we were to leave though, five of the people had to cancel at the last minute. It was a bit of a disappointment at first, but 13 people ended up being the perfect number for this little trip (there were more opportunities for fellowship, a more relaxed schedule, and more food for the rest of us ;) 

Monday afternoon, a caravan of three cars made the two hour trip up to Mt. Hood. Arriving there before the cabin opened up, we decided to make a stop at a Mexican restaurant in town.   
The Big Bear cabin was just as cozy as it could be. Decorated in a very woodsy, log style it was just the right space to comfortably accommodate our group. The guys all piled into the loft upstairs, and the girls occupied the downstairs bunks.

The weather was a wee bit chilly up there so we all bundled up a little bit extra.
That first morning, Chris woke up mid-morning to check on the cars only to find that one of the parked vehicles had slipped back two feet!

We really kept no schedule at all during those three days...which was just fine with everybody. Tuesday, we didn't even begin our hike around Mirror Lake until 3 in the afternoon, which was due in part to the freezing weather. 

When we did finally get our act together to go, most everybody opted to just walk the few miles around the lake instead of skiing.

The view of the snow capped mountain was spectacular!

Along the way, we came across a good-sized igloo that someone had made...

We all came home refreshed and ready for dinner :) 

In the evenings after dinner was finished, everybody gathered together on the couches, some bundling up in blankets, and Will gave two wonderful messages from Galatians 5.

Ten in the evening was usually the beginning of a very long and wonderful night which didn't usually end till 1 or 2 in the morning :) You'd think that everybody's energy levels would have started to decrease as it wore on into the the early hours of morning, but it usually ended up having the opposite affect :D

We took time first thing Wednesday morning to get the cabin back to it's original state and all of our bags packed and loaded up. There was freezing rain precipitating from the sky at Timberline lodge, so we decided we'd stick around the area. There was a little coffee shop in town where we settled down for some fellowship and games. 

At two in the afternoon, Chris suggested we make our way back home, but it really seemed too soon to end this wonderful trip! There was enough time for one more stop to Burgerville to enjoy the remaining hour of the Winter Retreat 2017 :)

...Till Next Year!!!!

...A special thanks to Chris and Melinda for the planning and preparation that went into this this trip and made it all possible! I know it was a blessing for all thirteen of the people that were privileged to make it on the trip! ;)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Happenings of February

True to his word, Dad has kept up with doing a school field trip with the kiddos every month. On Friday, we headed down to Camas. Our first stop was to be at a little cafe called, "The Lakeside Chalet".  The lady was more then happy to see our van pull up as we were the first people to brave the icy roads to her restaurant that morning. (Camas actually got hit pretty hard with ice that day, and one of the hills had been blocked off because of its icy conditions)

Ania had a serving of biscuits and gravy, ham and hash browns that could have fed a king. Austin's two pancakes, eggs, and ham was not quite sufficient to fill the stomach of a growing boy so he helped those of us along who did not quite have the same eating capacity :) Annalise managed to lick her plate clean, as well as aiding anyone else who had an extra scrap or two :)

The place of our final destination was the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill. They don't actually give you tours inside the paper mill, but they have collected many fascinating artifacts that they are setting up in a little display room. There is some amazing history there! The Mill has been around since 1883 and was founded by Henry Pittock. (I don't mind bragging a little bit that Jonathon worked on two of the paper machines for the mill; Upgrading the control system for "Mike", and rebuilding the core machine for "Ike" :)

There is a rumor that our next field trip will be somewhere in the vicinity of the Pittock Mansion :)

Mom and I decided to make it a little bit of a lighter school day for the kiddos. What a better way to finish off a wonderful day then with a tea party...and more food :) A tea party is after all the perfect opportunity to practice the manners that we've been reviewing this month.

Mom and I began to notice that among the subjects that we had covered with the kids, we had neglected an etiquette course. So one week, we wrote up some fun rules and tried grading the kiddos at meal times :) Of course, chapters from, "Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners" added a fun touch to the schooling. 

Saturday, we had the privilege of attending another lovely Coder country dance...always a wonderful time and fun opportunity to dress up :) ...though we hadn't been warned beforehand that it was going to be a full-body workout ;)

After much practice, Austin has mastered the 30 moves that he needs to receive his purple belt. Come Tuesday evening, all of the family will gather to watch him get tested...and kicked in the stomach as he has told us is customary :)

What else do the Spafford's have on the agenda for the month of February? Well, a couple of us are going up to Mt. Hood with a group from church to stay at a little lodge for a couple of days. During that time, we will do some cross-country skiing, plenty of games will be played and relaxing at the cabin :) Pastor Will is preparing a message to give each evening while we are there.

We always begin our morning school subjects by first reading a devotional. This snippet from Jame's Smith autobiography was the most recent one. I thought it was a very thought provoking article...something not just to think about at the end of the year or the beginning of a new one, but at the close of each day...

(James Smith's autobiography, "Marvelous Mercy!" 1862)

On the last day of this year, I wrote in my diary as follows:
"Through the richest mercy, I am now brought to the close of another year, let me therefore ask you, my soul--What are your improvements this past year?

Is Christ more precious?
Do His work, righteousness, and blood, appear inestimable?
Do you see more of His suitability, and feel a stronger attachment to Him?
Is His glory dearer to you, and His honor more precious in your sight?
Do you feel more devoted to Him, and find greater pleasure in His service?
Do you lie lower at the foot of the cross, and is Jesus more lovely in your eyes?
Are you more humbled before God under a sight and sense of your sinfulness?
Is your temper, disposition, and will--more subdued by grace?
Does grace reign, and sway its scepter over all your powers?
Is sin more hateful, death less fearful, and Heaven more desirable?
Is the Bible more prized, and are you better acquainted with its contents, living under the influence of its holy precepts?
Is holiness and entire devotedness to God more sought after?
Are you seeking to live nearer to Jesus, to trust more unreservedly to Him, and to leave all your concerns in His hands?
Are you more earnest in your desires to be made useful to His flock and family?
Are you more prayerful, more given to meditation?
Is it your one grand desire and aim, to crown Jesus Lord of all?

Speak, my soul--what answer can you give to these very important questions? Speak as in the sight of God, as though you were placed before the tribunal of the Most High God! Let the Holy Spirit, who searches all things, be your witness that you speak the truth, and nothing but the truth!"