I was raised in a biker/hippie home. Drugs, alcohol, drug deals, molestation, and abandonment made up my childhood. I hated God and considered him a cruel game player. In fact, I drilled a hole in the bottom of a cross and wore it inverted for years. I started a very successful heavy metal band, promoting drug use, self-reliance, and promiscuity. Finally, I tried to kill myself with an overdose. Instead, I got the best high that I’d had in years. I finally realized what a loser I was and went to a Christian rehab.
I had herniated a disc, L-5, and pinched my S-1 nerve. I watched The Creation Seminar five times in a row lying flat on my back. Wow, Jesus! The fog cleared and my old lead singer that had gotten saved, led me in a sinner’s prayer.
Many of my drug buddies and satanic metal fans have been greatly influenced by my explanation of creation versus evolution, fossils, strata, and dinosaurs. Three of them have come to Christ thanks to your faithfulness to produce these videos!
. . .If someone woulda told me that I’d go from Heroin dealer to youth leader in a 10-year span, I’d have told them they were a complete wing nut. I’ve been showing bits of your seminar to the youth group and they’re stoked about it! Thank you for honoring your calling!
I’ve lived a terrible life. When I finally stopped, your videos were the first thing I was shown. I turned to the Lord. My kids love them. I show them to everybody I get a chance.
The following is the story of how your ministry impacted my life and the life of my entire family.
I had finished up my tour in the US Army and was traveling the West Coast. I was “lost”. I had been raised staunch Roman Catholic and I knew the sin debts I had racked up in life were impossible for me to pay off. As a Catholic, I saw no feasible way to get out of it all. Although I knew deep down inside that there was a God, I turned my back on Him. I was in a hopeless, spiritual self-destruct state. To make a long, sad story short, I was aimlessly traveling the West Coast living in my truck and eating food I’d catch on the beach. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I knew that there had to be an answer. Finally, I emotionally broke down and begged God to take me even though I didn’t know how he could forgive me.
It was late summer, and I found myself in western Montana, broke and out of gas. I called my mom to see if she could cut me another loan for gas so I could make it home. Mom is quite the strong woman and she refused to bail me out. What tough love! Knowing she wouldn’t change her mind even if I begged, I walked in the Pizza Hut on Main Street and asked for a job. Luckily, they actually needed a driver that day, so I got the job. My plan was just to get enough money to buy some gas to get home so I could get drunk.
The shift leader was Jordan. There was something different about her that I couldn’t figure out, but liked. She was gentle, forgiving, clean, and had a strange peace about her. I asked her to go on a date with me, and she agreed but was “old school” so we had to be chaperoned by her folks. Then she invited me to hang out with her at her uncle’s church. Although it is a sin for a Catholic to walk into a Protestant church, I liked being with Jordan and I was curious. It was a small Baptist church and Jordan’s uncle was the preacher. I thought it was interesting, but the message didn’t really soak in.
A Sunday or two later, after church, we were having dinner at her uncle’s house and were talking about hunting large game. I brought up something about going back in time to the Pleistocene to hunt giant rhino or something. I got some very uncomfortable looks and Jordan asked me to watch a video with her. We stuck in The Creation Seminar Part 1 – The Garden of Eden. Two minutes later, I was glued to the television. I had NEVER heard anything like that before, but it blew me away. I knew all about dinosaurs, geology, biology and ancient civilizations, but this DVD was eerily putting all the parts together in a way no one else had done.
Over the next few weeks, Jordan and I’s “dating” consisted of me coming over to her house and hanging out with her dad watching all of The Creation Seminar Series. I would bust out the encyclopedia and check out everything you said. Finally, I paid attention to the last part of the video where you talked about salvation by grace. I had never heard of anything like that in my life. I was confused, so Jordan’s father explained it to me in more detail. Bam! I wholeheartedly threw myself to God and was saved the moment I comprehended it. I excitedly threw all my smokes away, quit drinking, and got a Bible.
I started copying these creation seminars over and over and over and I gave them to everyone I knew. Shortly after I was brought into the Kingdom of God, my sister and her husband came aboard. Your seminars removed all the stumbling blocks that had held them back their whole lives. Then my little brother came aboard. Honestly, if you would have known us, you would’ve been shocked that we could ever be converted. My family is all pretty much gypsies. Long hair, earrings, tattoos, cussing, chain-smoking, drinking, black leather, and yet strangely cleave vehemently to the Catholic faith, defending Rome to the last dying breath. Amazing how the real truth can melt that all away! And yes, Jordan, my best friend became my wife!
In 2008, Jordan and I agreed I more education. I had always wanted to be a Paleontologist since I was a little kid, and especially after learning everything from your stuff. We sold our home and moved to North Dakota so I could attend the University there. For the last four and a half years, I have been at the top of the class with almost a perfect 4.0 GPA. Next I will finish grad school.
With my current education, I have been working as a consultant for the big horizontal drilling companies in the recent ND oil boom. I work as a well-site geologist and I do all the correlation of the formations and advise the directional team in their geo-steering operations. I’m telling you, the flood really happened! We find stuff all the time, 1.5 miles straight down that is not supposed to be there. I have seen first-hand, how the mud logs are changed to suit the info in the textbooks, just to keep things running smoothly.
Last year, my father and mother finally came into the fold and it was again your seminars that broke up the ground so the seeds could have a chance! I am so grateful that you had the bravery to follow the light you were given. You have transformed the lives of everyone that is important to me. If it were not for your labors, I would not have my beautiful wife and in fact would probably be dead behind a dumpster; my little brother would be lost; my sister and her husband would be happy in the ways of the world, and all the countless people I have been able to reach thus far would still be lost as well. Uncles, cousins, friends, and many, many others have all been brought into the kingdom because of this work.
I got your contact info from a YouTube page. There is so much more I want to say and share, but I will leave it here for now. When I am finished with my schooling, maybe I can be of some kind of help to your ministry.
A widow of 73 years of age named Mary feels called to a specific mission field. This dear saint of God has used her Social Security to buy two duplication towers to duplicate The Creation Seminar. She said her mission field is the state of Oklahoma. She has determined in her heart to reach that state for Jesus with creation resources!
I am a pastor in South Dakota, and wanted to share how your Creation Resources have impacted our area. Our church goes into the South Dakota State Juvenile Center every week, preaching the Gospel. God has given us an open door, and we use it! We give the teens the Gospel, a Bible, and many of them request a complete set of The Creation Seminar. We have burned off thousands of these DVDs. Thank you for not copyrighting your DVDs. You have no idea the impact they have had!
We also host a booth for Sturgis Biker Week. We give out free cookies and lemonade; provide a map they can stick a pin in to tell where they are from, and the Gospel. This year our theme was Creation vs. Evolution and we handed out Creation Today’s “Confronting Evolution” DVD to thousands of bikers. Cassandra was just one of many who trusted Christ. We love seeing souls saved and just thought you would want to know about your ministry outreach in South Dakota.
A dear 74 year old saint of God, James, went home to Heaven in July. James watched some of our resources, and as a result, he trusted Christ as Savior. James was a janitor at a church. In his will, he named Creation Today as one of eight ministries to which he wanted his earthly belongings to go. How humbling it was to speak to his sister who called us to say that it wouldn’t be a lot of money, but that it was very important to her brother Jimmy that this donation be completed to Creation Today. Praise the Lord! Jimmy finished his race and is now with Jesus!
First I would like to say, I love you. I would also like to say, a BIG thank you to you. A few days ago, I prayed to the Lord to get my faith back. I found your site while searching for a site to help me understand the Bible. I love your seminar videos. You triggered a big change in my mind. Thank you for your help with my quest to regain my faith!! You put one BIG brick back in my faith-wall where it belongs!
I have been wanting to participate in the 1 of 5K since I saw it, but I have procrastinated — until today. I was reading an article about the common factors that keep youth in church. Below the article, a girl posted a comment saying she left the church because of evolution and the silly non-scientific belief of creationism. Her comment really made me sad that she was not equipped with the intellectual arguments that you provide.
While I realize that she is probably afraid of being ridiculed, maybe if she had been given your resources, that knowledge would have prevented her from leaving the church and enabled her to grow into a more trusting relationship with God and His Word.
I am so proud of what God has done through you in your ministry. I am ready to be 1 of 5000!
I go to a community college. I ran into your ministry because in archaeology, they were teaching about radio carbon dating and to be honest, I started questioning the Bible, specifically Genesis.
I did a YouTube search and found your ministry. Wow! It was literally a life-changing moment. Thank you for being confident in God’s Word and never backing down on that. Never give up preaching God’s truth!
We have been greatly blessed by your talks and materials online. We are strengthened in our faith in the Scriptures! Thank the Lord for your ministry!