We are preparing to go out again in March. We remain open to God’s leading and believe our targets this spring and summer are Arizona and California.
Rick’s lectures in January and February were well received, and many were blessed. The first weekend in February Rick and Russ Miller (CEO of CESM ministry) spoke at a conference at Calvary Chapel in Beaumont, CA. The pastor was so encouraged by them that he invited both of them to preach at the three services on Sunday morning following the conference.
Later that week, the pastor called and said that this information needs to be given to a wider audience. He is contacting the Christian groups on the public High School campuses to arrange for Rick to speak at their “breakout” sessions. In that district, during the school week, the students are allowed to go to other locations for “breakout” sessions, to hear speakers on subjects like this. Also, the church’s assistant pastor has arranged a summer camp conference in August for the youth group with Rick and Russ as the speakers.
Recently, we received an e-mail from England that states, “We picked up Rick’s teaching on Radio Free Church, and have been blessed by the clear and forceful teaching of evolution and creation. We are also blessed and encouraged by his (Rick’s) mom’s faithfulness in prayer as we pray for two of our children to turn back to the God of their childhood. In another e-mail this same couple wrote that they are concerned with the diminishing membership and closing churches in England.
On November 12th I read in the USA Today newspaper on page 8A that in Maryland, the state’s oldest church of a denomination, that has been in continuous operation since 1671, is suspending their worship services and closing its doors. We continue to see this effect happening in America as the children leave their faith in God due to doubt in His Word. And that is why Rick and I are going for God’s glory because it is our desire to raise a standard against the deceit that causes doubt in many hearts, “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against Him. Isaiah 59:19”
As we go and many hear Rick’s lectures, we are seeing the faith of our youth restored and the doubt in God’s Word removed. Rick’s lectures affirm that empirical science substantiates God’s Word. Empirical science is science that can be tested and confirmed in the observable present. All other science is based on man’s speculation and opinion and is metaphysical, and thus considered a belief or religion.
In his lectures, Rick gives numerous examples of empirical science. One example he teaches is the difference between macro and micro evolution. This is important because the school text books are filled with examples of micro evolution and then they use these as “evidence” that one species macro evolved into another species. But it is a fact that micro evolution is just change within a species or adaptation. God has put within all living systems the ability to select the good DNA so are able to adapt and therefore they don’t go extinct as quickly as they would if this selection process, micro evolution, were not in place. Micro evolution is empirical evidence that God’s Word is true. After thousands of years and in billions of occurrences, since the beginning of creation (Genesis 1 and Revelation 3:14), kinds have only produced their kind, i.e. cats produce cats and humans produce humans (1 Corinthians 15:39). Scripture is confirmed by micro evolution. On the other hand, Darwinian evolution, or macro evolution, states that one species evolves into another species. Macro evolution has never been observed; for instance, a cat has never evolved into a dog.
In Matthew 24:4 Jesus, talking to His followers who have decided to become His disciples, says, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” And in Acts 17:11 we are told to check Scripture with Scripture rather than with man’s opinion. From these two Scriptures we see that, as Jesus’ disciples, we have a responsibility to choose what to believe. If we choose man’s word, like Rick did when he was taught Darwinian evolution at age fourteen in his high school biology class, we will also be deceived and doubt God’s Word. In Rick’s life and in so many others the results is living a life apart from faith in God. Rick now chooses to believe God’s word because God opened his heart in answer to his mother’s prayers and brought him out of darkness into His kingdom of light to walk in truth.
We trust God to continue to answer the prayers of His people, please pray:
That God would open the doors for the high school “breakout” sessions, and cause many students to attend. That God would open the student’s hearts to hear and believe in Him and His Word.
That God will open doors for Rick to lecture, and that God will open the heart of the listeners to remove their doubt in God’s Word and that they will begin to walk a life of faith in Him, either for the first time, or for any who have left, that they would return to the God of their youth. That the churches would be strengthened rather than diminishing and closing their doors as so many in England and America have like the one in the state of Maryland.
That God would bless and provide all that is needed for Confound the Wise Ministries and for our strength and health to continue as we serve the Lord and continue to go for His glory.
The leak in our camper’s fresh water tank would be detected and fixed.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support. In closing, I read these Scriptures this morning and trust they will bless you.
“At the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.” Isaiah 30:19
“The world passes away…but he that doeth the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17
Jesus said, “If any man serve me, him will My Father Honor.” John 12:26
One of the names of Jesus in Revelation 3:14 is “The Beginning of Creation.”
February 25th, 2013
Remembering the beginning and the year of 2011 of the Confound the Wise Ministries…
God called us out on three separate journeys this year covering more than 15,000 miles. As we think back on our 2011 journeys and all God has accomplished, Rick and I are praising the Lord upon every remembrance of you our prayer/support partners. In 2008, when the Lord made it clear we were to leave a paid position and “go as His missionaries” to America and the world, I asked Him to raise up a faithful prayer support base for Confound the Wise Ministries. You, dear friends, are an answer to that prayer.
As many of you know, I was asked to be a prayer partner to an older woman in 1980. Eleven years later her son, Rick, asked me to be his wife and partner with him in serving the Lord. Since we were married in 1991, our prayer has been, “Lord, use us for Your glory.” Since that time, the Lord has given us many opportunities to serve Him as a team. Clara, Rick’s mother was my prayer partner for 26 years till her “coronation” in 2006. Through the years as she and I prayed the Lord showed Himself strong on our behalf. After Rick and I married, because of the prayers, we experienced the, “Good hand of the Lord upon us.” Neh. 2:8) Many of the answers to prayer not only glorified God, but also influenced others to “go for God’s glory, too.” Meanwhile, the spiritual battle has been fierce to try to stop us. But God intervened and blessed our path. The first ministry Rick and I had was working to help build a youth camp for Calvary Chapel in Southern California. Pastor Chuck Smith introduced Rick to Henry Morris who founded Institute for Creation Research, and through them Rick was encouraged to finish his schooling. In 1994 Rick defended his dissertation and earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of California. Then,the next fifteen year call from God on our lives was at Mount Hermon Christian Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California. This call was to invest our lives as founders to start an outdoor science school which continues to successfully minister to over 5000 middle school children every year.
During the last twenty years, we were invited to participate in many scientific expeditions including Mt. St. Helens with Institute of Creation Research under the guidance of Dr. Steve Austin, as well as the Grand Canyon expedition with both Dr. Austin and Dr. Kurt Wise. Dr. Kurt Wise invited Rick to be part of a Dinosaur dig at the Hanson Research ranch in Wyoming where Rick discovered a Pachycephalosaurus skull. Recently Dr. Wise, now the Science Department Chairman at Truett McConnell College, a Baptist College, invited Rick to join him as a professor at the college in Georgia. This offer touched many areas of desire in us, but after much prayer, we knew we needed to stay the course with Confound the Wise Ministries.
Throughout the last twenty years God has used Rick’s teaching gifts in many venues to hone his speaking skills in ministry. In 2008 when the Lord called us out from Mount Hermon’s Outdoor Science School, I knew the spiritual battle would increase. Rick founded the Confound the Wise Ministries that God has used to disable one of the enemy’s strongholds that has been causing doubt in God’s Word for 150 years, evolution. That’s why I prayed for undergirding prayer warriors. Now because of your faithfulness we have made a difference in many lives for God’s glory as many have replaced doubt with faith in God’s Word. Many have received salvation, and many have been encouraged to go forward with their call from God to glorify Him and the churches have been strengthened.
Since we returned this October from our journies, these are a few comment we’ve received: “We attended a lecture Rick was giving on Creation vs. Evolution. In this college town, it was refreshing to see so many young people responding to evidence that supports the Biblical account of creation, compared to mounting evidence that put Darwinism in doubt. Oftentimes, it is liberating for students to realize they are free to disagree with their professors and explore alternatives, finding reasons to believe God’s Word…When the church strays from teaching the inerrancy of God’s Word, it (the Word) has no power in our lives. But if we believe the first chapter of Genesis, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…and man in His (Own) image…,” it eliminates all doubt of the value and purpose of life, and that what is impossible with man is possible with God.” Another comment was from a college student who attended Rick’s lecture on a college campus: “Dr. Oliver, I greatly appreciated hearing everything that you taught back in October at my college. I am a devout believer in Christ and live for Him every day. I always have a hard time listening to all the lies of evolution. I found it very intriguing that (in your lecture you point out that both creation and) evolution is (are) a faith-based religion(s). So they shouldn’t be shoving it (evolution) down my throat. It is my desire to keep walking in the faith and striving to show the love of Christ to the whole world. I thank you for having the courage to stand up for what you believe in and I ask you to please pray that I receive that same courage.”
Rick and I are looking forward to what God will do in 2012 through Confound the Wise Ministries as we continue to “go for God’s glory.” Through your prayers we go with confidence that the good hand of the Lord will continue to be upon us. Recently, Rick, was invited and accepted an offer to be a speaker for Logos Research Associates on college campuses. You can view our calendar on our website but a few open doors that He is providing are: January 26-29 a “Beginning to End prophecy conference,” at Tri City Calvary Chapel, Tempe, AZ. March 9-11 Rick will join Russ Miller (www.creationministries.org) at a Creation conference at Calvary Chapel in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition, July 3-19, Rick and I will be joining a team from Calvary Tucson since Rick has been invited to speak in numerous churches and colleges throughout the country of Ireland. Please continue to pray for strength, wisdom, provision, open doors and hearts as we trust Him to answer our afore mentioned prayer to “use us for His glory.” As we go, also pray that many will see the truth, it is the “Goodness of God leads thee to repentance” (Rom. 2:4).
As you observe the ways of this lost, dark and dying world, let not your heart be troubled. Remember, for such a time as this, you are planted where you are for His glory (Isaiah 63:3). May your Christmas and New Year be blessed as you remember that, all who look for Jesus’ soon appearing will be purify themselves now; and they will receive a crown. (2 Tim 4:8; 1 John 3:3). May you live for His glory as you answer His call in Romans 12:1-2, “That ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Forever His servants,
Rick and Susan Oliver
December 20th, 2011
Rick and Russ Miller just lectured, together, at a conference in our own community. It was well attended and we are still hearing positive feedback as to the importance of Confound the Wise Ministries, and Russ and Joanna’s ministry www.creationministries.org. The statistics are astounding, 95% of the youth brought up in strong Christian homes leave the faith by the time they are in college. The reason: doubt in God’s Word in Genesis 1-11. We believe people are welcome to their opinion as long as they keep it in that arena, opinion. We know that adaptation or “micro evolution” is good, empirical (tested and confirmed) science, but Macro Evolution is merely opinion and has no empirical evidence to back it up. Both: Darwinian Evolution that requires “macro evolution, (one species changes into another species, i.e a dog becomes a cat)” as its primary axiom (mutations plus natural selection); and “Long Ages of the earth and man” are adhered to by many scientists, people, and Christians. These Christians call themselves Theistic Evolutions or Progressive Creationists. Adhering to these beliefs, rather than adhering to the Word of God is the root of the problem of creating doubt rather than faith in the minds of the youth. In fact, at age fourteen, doubt is what caused Rick to exchange these theories (man’s opinion) for God’s Word when he turned his back on God. His first day in High School the teacher pointed out that there was no need for a God since Darwin’s teachings show us a “naturalistic” explanation that employs long ages and “Macro Evolution” to account for our origins and all life today that originated from a single cell that required a miracle to spontaneously generate in a “warm little pond.” Even though there has never been one empirical evidence for these long ages, the big bang,or for macro evolution; all secular colleges, museums, and most media productions teach them, including, “Macro evolution” as if they were fact. But the most troubling, is that most Christian Colleges and seminaries dismiss the first 11 chapters of the Bible as stories or fables rather than God’s account of true history, and teach instead, Theistic Evolution or Progressive Creation with long ages for the earth and man. It is not surprising then that these teachings are taught by many pastors and are at the root of the doubt created in the minds of our children. Students that attend “Bible” colleges say, “I’m confused, I don’t know whether I should believe my pastor who agrees with my Christian professor or the Bible.” Rick began to re examine his science as he was eye witness to a series of geologic catastrophic events that took place at Mt. St. Helen’s 1980 eruption. Seven years later, he became a Christ follower. Now he places his faith in God’s Word rather than man’s word, and he has evolved from an evolutionary biologist to a young earth creationist. He is still a biologist, but he trusts His Savior, Jesus, Who has always existed and Who is referred to in Revelation 3:14 as, “the Amen, the faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God,” Jesus is the same One Who holds all things together and Who created all we see and all we can’t see out of nothing, recently, in the Beginning (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3). Both Rick and Russ have powerful lectures that have caused many to change their mind; set aside doubt and choose faith in God’s Word: but as they lecture together, they “knock it out of the park.” As Michael Ruse, a Florida State University professor wrote in his book, we are talking about two faith based religions: Evolutionism and Creationism. We believe people need all the information before they decide where they will put their faith; God’s Word or man’s word, and that is why Confound the Wise Ministries is in existence.
Rick and I want you to be aware of a few resources that are effective tools when reaching individuals in today’s world. The feed back from them have been very encouraging. To begin we’d like to point out that Dr. John Sanford has some interesting resources regarding the declining human genome John’s Phd is in genetics and he was a professor at Cornell University. John points out that in the last five years some startling empirical information has been published by the scientific community regarding the genome project. They found that our human genome is declining at a rate of more than 100 mutations per generation, and it is known that natural selection cannot make a difference with this high rate of deterioration. John, along with several PhD scientists have developed a program on one of the world’s largest computers,the Crea computer, in Los Alamos, NM. After careful computation it was discovered that the human genome can not go further back in history than 8000 years, or we humans would be extinct. Because macro evolution is based on the axiom: mutations plus natural selection this new information empirically falsifies Neo Darwinian Evolution. John and the group of scientists offer a free download of their program at http\\.mendelsaccountant.info.
In his book, “Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome,” by Dr. John Sanford, he gives the detailed scientific accounts regarding this startling new information in his field of Genetics. He also produced a forty nine minute DVD, “The Mystery of Our Declining Genes,” available through Creation Ministries International: www.CREATION.com.
Lastly, the thirty three minute DVD, “180,” won the 32nd Annual Telly Award. Please note it does have graphic content. Go to www.180movie.com. This is a DVD that “will rock your world.” After watching it Rick and I agree, it is one of the most powerful DVDs produced since Ben Stein’s “Expelled, No Intelligence Needed.” You will see people change their minds as the interviewer uses logic, and their own words to bring them to the point of decision on various timely topics. There are several topics and some of them are: the Holocaust that took place in Germany during WW II, abortion, and the question, “where will you spend eternity? heaven or hell.” This movie is one of the most compelling on these topics that we have seen. The full title of Darwin’s book, “Origin of the Species in the struggle for life, and the Preservation of Favored Races.” Racism and abortion are among the many symptoms that are direct effects caused by Darwinian Evolution. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood who promotes abortion bought in to Eugenics (favored races). Interestingly, Hitler had one of the most complete collections of Darwinian memorabilia. Today, one of our Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bater Ginsburg was recently interviewed on a public news channel, and when talking about the “Roe vs. Wade,” Supreme Court decision on abortion adopted by America in 1971, she said, I thought it was given so that we wouldn’t have too many of those people we don’t want too many of. These are issues every person needs to logically think through, and then, make decisions based on all of the information. The DVD, “180,” will help in that process in thirty three minutes.
We want to thank you, again, for your part in glorifying our Lord and for your prayers and support of Confound the Wise Ministries. If you know of any churches, schools or venues that would be interested in booking Rick and Russ Miller as a team, please let us know.
In Jesus’ service,
Rick and Susan Oliver
November 21st, 2011
It is appropriate to Glorify God on this date, as Martin Luther nailed his thesis to the door on this date in the 1500′s, and tomorrow is noted as the Holy day declared as ALL SAINTS DAY.
Rick and I have returned from our 5th journey. The youth conference in NM was cancelled by the people in charge of the public venues. The pastor tried, twice, to obtain a venue. Each time at the last moment he was told that they had double booked. He feels the youth conference needs to be in a public forum, we are praying for an open door in the spring when we go out, again. The Scriptures tell us, that the Holy Spirit closed and opened doors for opportunities to share God’s truth and that satan hindered Paul at times. Please continue to join us in prayer for open doors of opportunity for Rick to lecture for God’s glory.
Our journey to CO and NM was filled with many comments from people who attended the lectures. Many said they were excited to hear what Rick said and they now have confidence that God’s Word is true. They knew this in their heart, but didn’t know the alternatives available to increase their confidence and faith in God’s Word. Many said that doubt has been replaced with faith in God’s Word.
The venue today is based on faith because it is between two religions: Creationism and Evolutionism. These recent comments bring to mind what Jesus warned the religious leaders of His days on earth. Like We all need to take heed and be careful where we place our faith, man’s word or God’s Word. Jesus’ warning to the religious leaders in Mark 7:9 was, “Full well you reject the commandment (Word) of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” And for Believers, Jesus’ warning to His disciples is still appropriate for us as He said in Matt. 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
The following excerpts from recent correspondence to us at Confound the Wise Ministries.
“…Reading this (the Oct. 12 prayer/support letter) my heart swelled. You both are doing such wonderful blessings in other’s lives and are beautifully enlightening souls of God…God Bless you and Thank you for delivering the Words of God.
A high school teacher we met at one of Rick’s lectures a few years ago writes, “I’m praying for peaceful camping (for you as you “go”) and that more hearts open to the beauty of God’s truth in His Word!”
A former student from one of the colleges writes, “Hello Dr. Oliver…I attended your talk… at the college…I just wanted you to know, I was really inspired by your presentation. I graduated from college this last April with a major in Anthropology. I am completely fascinated with the subject; however I am also a Christ follower. It isn’t always easy to mix the two, and I often found it very frustrating that (my) teachers would constantly bash anything to do with creationism/religion. It made me feel very weak in my faith at times, but something within in me refuses to let go of the idea of having a Creator. I greatly dislike how the stereotype of faith is taught in school, especially in higher education…I am just astounded with you and your testimony. I especially like that you say all of the information needs to be taught and then it’s up to the individual to form their own opinion. After hearing you talk, it gave me such encouragement and I realized how important it is to know about the two religions based on faith: secular science (evolutionism) and creationism, and by knowing both sides of the equation it truly makes you a stronger person. I basically just wanted to say…Thank you for coming…I really enjoyed your presentation.”
The last three summers Rick and I spent time in Wilsey, KS as Rick, along with many of God’s servants, ministered to the youth. Last summer over 300 youth traveled many miles to help in continuing to restore this community, Each night they were attentive as they attended lectures from the Scriptures. On our first journey to Wilsey, we met this dear brother who was working with the youth there. As he listened to Rick’s lectures there he, personally, saw the youth coming to a renewed faith in God’s Word, many decided to lay aside the doubts in God’s Word adopted from evolution and long ages they’d previously learned from secular science taught in their classrooms, churches, museums, movies and TV. He was so encouraged and continues to encourage us to continue with Rick’s lectures as his following letter indicates. He states, “RICK, YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED AND YOU HAVE A MISSION. PAUL KNEW THE LAW AND THE TRADITIONS OF MEN, WHICH LED THEM ASTRAY FROM THE TRUTH OF GOD, IN THEIR TIME. RICK, YOU KNOW SECULAR SCIENCE…THAT LEADS MEN ASTRAY, IN OUR TIME…AND NOW, LIKE PAUL, GOD IS USING YOU TO OPEN THE EYES OF MEN TO THE LIES OF EVOLUTION AND LONG AGES. YOU ARE A MAN OF VALOR IN GOD’S SIGHT AND YOUR WIFE IS A WONDERFULL BLESSING BY YOUR SIDE IN YOUR GOOD FIGHT FOR THE FAITH AND THE TRUTH. MARCH ON SOLDIERS, FOR THE WAR IS ALMOST OVER (OUR LORD IS RETURNING SOON.) YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS BROTHER IN CHRIST, JESUS… I WILL BE TRAVELING TO WILSEY, KANSAS…GOD’S TIMING IS PERFECT…I AM BEING LEAD TO HELP IN THE MINISTRY AT WILSEY, KS. I AM DOING THIS TO CONTINUE THE VISION THAT GOD HAS ESTABLISHED THE PAST THREE YEARS IN THAT COMMUNITY. NO LONGER DO WE WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, AS YOU BOTH KNOW…..EPH. 6:12. HIS DELIGHT IS TO ENLIGHTEN AND EMPOWER US TO THE GOOD WORKS OF JESUS WHO IS NOW ON THE THRONE IN HEAVEN… EPH. 2:15-23. AS GOD LEADS, PRAY FOR ME.”
So dear friend, please continue to pray, we are not only counting on this, we know without prayer, we would not be making a difference, But through your prayers and support you join us and fruit is added to your account in heaven. One day very soon we will be in the presence of our dear Savior, and you will join us in praise that He and our Father has received glory from all our obedience to Him.
Rick and Russ Miller will be speaking at a conference in our community, Tonto Basin, AZ Nov. 13-15th at 6:30 pm, pray God will bring many to hear, and open their hearts to His truth.
Love, Rick and Susan Oliver
October 31st, 2011
Rick and I returned home from our fourth Journey in September. We were gone from May-September 2011 and have much joy in the Lord for all He did in changing hearts and minds and encouraging the Believers as Rick ministered from Arizona to Georgia. We thank God for His immeasurable grace that carried us all the way. We began with a Creation conference with Ken Ham and Rick as the exclusive speakers for the event in Tucson, AZ. Then we traveled to NM, Rick had many speaking engagements there that kept us in NM for a month. There were wild fires burning in Northern Arizona all the while and the smoke in the sky was a reminder that our time is short here on earth, so we need to do all the Lord calls us to as He directs our path. Then we spent a while in Durango, CO where Rick returned to speak at a church he lectured in on our first journey in 2009. From CO we traveled to KS where Rick was one of the speakers for the third year at a youth conference in Wilsey, KS. What a joy it was to hear the difference this conference and work week made in their lives and hearts as well as in the community. Nearly 300 youth attended that conference. We returned to Cedar Rapids, IA where the church had rented a bulletin board along the highway and broadcast on the radio; as a result many came that had never heard of the alternatives to evolution that are available through Rick’s lectures. We then returned to our friends at a church in Louisville, KY. We visited with family in Kentucky, and Rick spoke at a church near Kentucky Lake; then on to three different churches in Tennessee, with a few days at Truet McConnell College in Georgia and time with our friends Dr. Kurt Wise and his wife, Maria.
This journey, more than any other, many people from local high schools and colleges and many with earned P.hDs came to hear what Rick had to say on the subject. Many said as a result of Rick’s talks they have left their long standing Theistic Evolution and long ages beliefs and have chosen believe in a recent creation just as described in the Bible. They said their doubts in God’s Word were dispelled while Rick lectured.
Also, as we went, a few pastors asked if we could return in October, 2011. We said, yes, and leave for Durango, CO and NM in mid October. Click on the upper calendar icon for dates and times.
Here are some excerpts from a few of the pastors from the churches Rick lectured in this summer: “Our entire congregation enjoyed your ministry…You were sensitive to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit as you shared in Word and content, and related in a way they could understand easily. I believe you gave them realistic ways they could appropriate the Word of God for specific areas of their lives to begin to see the answers they have been seeking. While I’m careful of who stands behind the pulpit to minister, rest assured that I felt very comfortable as you shared your ministry with the people, and look forward to your return soon to minister as God leads.” Another pastor who asked Rick to come back to do a multi church youth conference stated, “Earlier this summer we had a beautiful brother in the Lord…Dr. Rick Oliver come to equip our saints with the (alternatives and the) truth about evolution and creation. I have studied these subjects for a few years on my own and I was blown away by what I learned from Dr. Oliver’s presentations at our church. His style is not one of arrogance or rudeness, but one of humbly presenting the facts that straight forwardly debunk false teaching on these subjects.”
One of the churches gave us a few days to rest at one of the most beautiful conference sites, Fairhaven, we have visited. Fairhaven Ministries Retreat is tucked away in beautiful Roan Mountain, TN It has many Rhododendrons and pine trees with streams and waterfalls. We were able to spend quality time with the founder, Charles Shepson and his wife Coleen. What a delight in every way.
Please continue to pray as we “go” that God would open and close the doors of opportunity and that He would continue to open hearts as Rick lectures.
Russ Miller and Rick will team up at a few conferences, one is the multi church youth conference in October in Estancia Valley, NM and several other conferences in 2012.
October 1st, 2011
Good morning. Rick and I arrived in Wilsey, KS yesterday afternoon. Rick will be one of the speakers at the youth conference that begins here tomorrow through Friday with an estimated 400 students expected. The students will spend their days serving this community, and then attend the lectures in the evening. Then we leave for Cedar Rapids, IA for a two day conference at Cedar Rapids Calvary Chapel.
Here are just a few updates and praises regarding the recent past conferences. A grandfather thought to himself regarding the subject matter of Rick’s lectures, “what’s this got to do with me?” The same evening the conference started he got a call from his grandson. The grandson began telling him of the “long ages required for the dinosaurs…etc.” The grandfather was thankful he could offer alternatives Rick had just presented that falsified the long ages and verified God’s history of the world from His Word. He said his grandson’s doubt in God’s Word was replaced with faith.
At another venue, after Rick lectured we received two praise reports. A young mother convinced her husband to come and hear what Rick had to say. She had been praying for him for many years, but he wasn’t willing to go to church anymore. After hearing what Rick taught, he has recommitted his life to the Lord, and he got everyone in the house up and moving the next Sunday, because he couldn’t wait to hear more of God’s Word.
A woman and her husband stopped by our campsite to tell us that as Rick spoke her heart changed, and she knew without a doubt that God’s Word is completely true from Genesis to Revelation. Where before she had spent most of her time reading man’s word, now she is committed to spend time in God’s Word as she looks at it as not only completely true, but also as His love letter to her wounded heart. She and her husband want to spend the rest of their days serving the Lord to His glory.
This is just what God has chosen to reveal as He works in the hearts of the people as Rick lectures. We trust that God is answering all our prayers as we go for His glory. Please continue to pray that the fallow grounds of hearts would be plowed and that God will continue to open doors of opportunity for Rick to lecture, and that He would continue to open the hearts of those who hear, whether in person or through DVDs and the internet; bottom line that doubt would be replaced with faith in God and in His unerring Word.
July 10th, 2011
As Rick and I are on our fourth journey we are encouraged by your friendship, prayers and support without which we could not go. You will see, first hand, the importance of praying that God will open doors and hearts to His unchanging Truth as Rick lectures.
But first let me give some ground work as to why we are “going for God’s glory.” According to evolutionist, Michael Ruse, in his book, “The Evolution – Creation Struggle,“ this is a one hundred and fifty year old debate between two faith based religions; the religion of creation; based on God’s Word and the religion of Evolution; based on man’s opinion and man’s word. Clearly, this spiritual battle, has been going on since Darwin published his book in 1859, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; the subtitle, the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” Note, most reprints of Darwin’s book since 1977 omit his subtitle. In his book, Darwin replaced God’s account of creation with a naturalistic explanation; It is also interesting to note that Adolf Hitler had one of the most extensive collections of Darwinian memorabilia. He thought he was helping Evolution when he had millions of people exterminated during World War II.
Conversely, in the Bible, we read that all mankind is of “one blood,” (Acts 17:26). This important teaching, in God’s Word, is replaced and called the “fact of evolution,” by some secular scientists, and Christian Theistic Evolutionists. Darwinian evolutionary theory says man descended from ape like creatures. But God tells us He created all people in His Own image and that all people are of “one blood.” The Scriptures further declare that all people have descended from Adam, and that in Adam all are sinners. In Scripture we are told that it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that all who believe are able to be saved by God’s grace through faith in the last Adam, Jesus. Only after believing in Jesus, God gives that individual the right to become His child (John 1:12). In 1962, Rick’s High School Freshman Biology teacher taught from Darwin’s book and stated, “There is no need for God.” That day, Rick turned from the written Word of God he had been taught in his home and in his church; choosing to embark on his long journey to prove the Bible was wrong and science had the answers. Later, Rick earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology. After the Mt. St. Helen’s 1980 eruption Rick personally observed rapid geologic catastrophism that can be observed today since lava did not cover this scientific laboratory. These observations challenged Rick’s “long ages” belief system he adopted that day in High School. Some of the observations include the rapid carving of a 150 foot deep, quarter mile wide canyon dubbed, “the Little Grand Canyon” by a mud flow; the rapid formation of 600 feet of stratification similar to what we see at the Grand Canyon. Technology was rapidly increasing, we can now look inside the nucleus of a cell, while because technology was lacking in Darwin’s day he thought the cell was a blob of protoplasm. Now, Rick’s study in biology was pointing to perfect design that demanded an intelligent designer. All scientists agree with Werner Gitts summary that information does not originate by itself in matter, demanding a need for a designer. Rick further saw the mathematical impossibility that macro evolution needs an increase of information through mutations (change from one species to another, ie a dog becoming a cat, etc.). As a result, Rick became a Christian in 1987. It took seven years of personal on site scientific expeditions for him to change (evolve) from an evolutionist to a young earth Creationist. He has decided to place his faith in God and His Word rather than man’s word and opinion. The battle we are in always comes down to the same question satan asked Eve in the garden, “Has God said?” And we continue to have the same responsibility that Jesus warned His disciples when He stated in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Each person must decide whom to believe, man’s word in “Science falsely so called, 1 Timothy 6:20,” or God’s inerrant, unchanging Word. God tells us in Amos that He has revealed His thoughts to man, and God Alone was there when He spoke all matter into existence from nothing, “Creation Ex Nihlo,” and then revealed the history of creation throughout the Scriptures beginning in Genesis 1:1
I want to share excerpts from some e-mails we have received since we left for this journey. We received many e-mails from people who state they are thankful and excited to hear for the first time through Rick’s lectures where he shows that there are viable alternatives to the long ages and macro evolution. Many are stating that they now have faith in the inerrancy of God’s word, and that their world view has changed. One such e-mail was written by a person with a Phd who works at a university in Molecular/Cellular Biology with the following statements; “it was great to meet you. I spoke with you at the end of your lectures and I greatly appreciate your perspective and I thought that you and Ken Ham were an awesome team for the Creation lectures. I’ve long been a “millions of years” type of Christian, and I can say, for the first time, that I am really considering the scientific evidence that favors a young Earth. I am floored by both the discovery of dinosaur soft tissue (which I had never heard about) and the lack of ability of any of the laboratories to give you a reasonable age for the 12 year old dacite you and a team of scientists recovered in 1992 from Mount Saint Helens. I thank you for recommending Michael Behe’s book ‘Darwin’s Black Box,’ and I’m excited to read it to learn more about how to defend my Christian faith, particularly within the context of the classical creation vs. evolution debate. Both your and Ken Ham’s presentations were great in helping me understand the crisis that Christianity faces with more and more people leaving the church because of supposed “scientific evidence” against the Bible. Thank you again, Rick, for making the trip out here. I know others were impacted as I was. May God continue to guide you and bless you on this mission.
Today, all the empirical (tested and confirmed rather than theory) evidence technology offers has the preponderance of evidence on the side of special creation by God. That is why we are out here, and why Rick lectures on this subject.
God bless and keep you,
Rick and Susan Oliver
May 27th, 2011
May 7, 2011,
We are putting the final touches on our preparations to “go, May 19-Sept. 2011″ The first stop is in Tucson, AZ as Rick will be speaking at Tucson Calvary, AZ with Ken Ham, (CEO of Answers in Genesis, Florence, KY and Answers Magazine Rick published an article about snakes in June, 2009.)
Rick and I want to keep you abreast of what God continues to do as we “go” for His glory and to ask for your continued prayers. One huge answer is that the amount needed for an I-Pad was donated. Rick is in process of updating it with his power points before we go. In answer to prayer, God has been giving Rick much new material for new power points. Please continue to pray for open doors and open hearts as we “go by faith for His purposes and glory.” Pray our time in Wilsey, KS (4/11-17/11) will produce much fruit in the hearts of the youth and leaders as we take part and Rick speaks at Wilsey’s 3rd annual youth conference.
We have been witnessing far and wide both here, AZ and as we “go.” We have received many “thank you e-mails, recently, that include what God did through us as He opened hearts to receive the message we give at His leading. Many times we have no idea what happens in people’s hearts, but sometimes God gives us a view of what He is accomplishing through us, and what a blessing. Remember, John 2, it was only the servants who knew that Jesus had changed the water into wine. Likewise, you are His servants, too. Through your prayers and support we are able to “go,” and you share in the knowledge, fruit and the JOY of what God accomplishes, truly you have much treasure in heaven. Here are more samplings of what has happened in the last few days in answer to your prayers.
While on our 1st journey (summer of 2009), Rick and I met a young mom (about 30 years old). She claimed to be a Christian, but was heavily into the things of darkness. As we talked she told me her daughter was sexually abused by the child’s dad (she divorced him and has since remarried). She let me know she would not forgive her former husband, and that she was on disability, for days at a time she was unable to function; and was undergoing treatment for indescribable and debilitating pain that she had experienced since she discovered what he had done to their daughter. When she shared her story with me, my heart was almost overwhelmed, but I continued to encourage her to forgive her former husband, leave the works of darkness, and not to dabble in satanic things like witch craft, (witches were her heroines), etc. I was told that many demonic happenings occurred in their home. I prayed with her and left. Later, after God had put her on my heart all night for intercessory prayer (joining Jesus Who ever lives to intercede for us, Hebrews 7:25) I wrote her a letter, I believe, God laid on my heart. I have not seen or heard from her till today. I want to share parts of her letter as an encouragement, that as we pray, and follow Christ, and share with others, God continues to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Eph 3:20). She wrote, “Hello!!…I want you to know that your talk and letter had an impact on my life, and has culminated in my re-dedication, my current husband’s baptism, and upcoming missionary journey to the Dominican Republic soon. . God has turned our lives around and we couldn’t be happier!! We even changed our method of parenting. I just wanted you to know your prayers worked in ways you never imagined…In Christ’s love….”. The Doctor’s gave her no hope of recovery, but God, alone, opens hearts and heals past hurts and helps us to not only function, but to forgive in His power and to live abundant lives, now.
At another time, more recently, while Rick and I were on our way, in AZ, we met a man who was raised by mom and dad who were practicing Mormon’s. As one of ten children, he suffered many things, including extreme hunger due to his dad’s gambling. His earliest memories included extreme physical abuse from his dad (for no apparent reason) and sexual abuse as a child by a family “friend.” Later he became a Catholic, and then left all religious affiliation knowing “they held nothing good for him,” For years he became an alcoholic (he is now 50). For some time he has stopped drinking. Instead of “religion or the bottle,” he is searching the Bible, daily, for answers. Rick and I both shared our testimonies with him, he said, he now understood on both an emotional and an intellectual level what God did in our lives through Jesus’ dying on the cross and His resurrection. He was not ready at that point to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior, but after we asked permission and prayed for him, he took Rick’s card. The next day Rick got an e-mail from him that began, “No coincidences, and proceeded to tell us his Bible reading for that day “just happened” to be Jonah chapter 3 (God sent Jonah to preach to the Assyrians to repent or He would destroy them in 40 days, Assyria listened and repented, turned to God, and God did not destroy them). In his e-mail to Rick he further stated he knows our time with him was a Divine appointment. Both, he and we were 2 hours early for an appointment. He is still in the valley of decision, so please pray God will open his heart and he will repent from his sins and take that step of faith to turn to God, believe in the ONLY way to God, and receive Jesus as his Savior.
God truly is GOOD Neh. 1:7, and He is NOT willing that any perish, but that ALL would come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9. Rick and I believe we are in the end of the last days (the last days began when Jesus was on earth in the flesh Heb. 1:2 ) and that God is using all who are His disciples (deny self, take up cross and follow HIM) as ones who will work in the fields (world) to bring a harvest unto Himself of souls as, He alone, is able to deliver each person from satan’s kingdom of darkness into His marvelous kingdom of Light once a person believes on the only One, Jesus, who can save them and receive His gift of life, and confess with their mouth Jesus is Lord, then God gives them power to become His child (John 1:12). The crucifixion demonstrates there is no other way to the Father. Because the night before He was crucified, while in the garden, Jesus prayed, “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup (death on the cross) from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42). How will people know the truth, unless someone tells them? (Rom. 10:15-17)…faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
In closing, may we all set aside any weight and sin that easily besets us and follow the great cloud of witnesses (Heb. chapter 11) who turned from their own understanding and chose to walk by faith, looking for a better place (heaven) while they were foreigners and pilgrims on earth, turning from anything (idols) that turned their heart away from God (1 John 5:20) and His path for their lives. Let us all, this day, choose once and for all whom we will serve, satan or the LORD, and as we turn to God say, as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And then, let us “Live for God’s glory,” as He uses what He has done in our lives to overcome our enemy (satan) by the words of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:11).
Love in Jesus’ name, Rick and Susan
May 19th, 2011
Rick and I just returned from our 3rd journey. We spent several days in Ashland, Oregon. Rick spoke 12 times in many different venues. We arrived in Ashland just before a blizzard hit. The next morning Rick was interviewed on KDOV a radio station in Medford, OR with much interest generated from the interview. He was the main speaker at a men’s retreat where a college student told Rick, “Your talks have encouraged me in my faith in God and His Word.” When he spoke to a room filled with students at Southern Oregon University, the students were thankful to hear that there are viable alternatives to the naturalistic evolutionary model that leaves God out of the picture.
We are now preparing to leave on May 20 for our 4th journey for the spring, summer and fall of 2011. I have listed our prayer needs on the post entitled “4th journey prayer requests.”
April 18th, 2011
Rick and Susan at Mount Saint Helens as Rick led many High School Students from Idaho, Candle Light Fellowship, and taught them at the sight of the devastation that occurred in the May 18, 1980 eruption that killed a fellow scientist, Dave Johnson, along with 57 other people. Rick was nearly killed as he was in a helicopter 5 minutes from the mountain when it erupted. .
February 4th, 2011