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2016 New England Creation Conference

May 21-22, 2016

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    Wednesday
    Nov072012

    Conference in Belfast, ME

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:1-3).

    Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is a great and mighty Creator God.  He has created all things and if He didn’t exist, neither would we!

    Please be in prayer for Northeast Creation Ministries as we host a conference involving four churches from the Belfast, ME area.  If you are in the area or are interested in attending, here are the details:

    Morning Talk

    Ken Baratta:                10:30 a.m.       Little River Church

                                                                295 Northport Ave

                                                                Belfast, ME 04915

    Andrew Guerette:       10:15 a.m.       Morrill Baptist Church

                                                                25 S Main St

                                                                Morrill, ME 04952

    Troy Ancona:              10:30 a.m.       Liberty Baptist Church

                                                                96 Main St

                                                                Liberty, ME 04949

    Allan Beck:                 10:30 a.m.       Washington Village Church

                                                                33 Liberty Rd

                                                                Washington, ME 04574

     

    Afternoon Conference at Morrill Baptist Church:

    2:00 p.m.         Andrew Guerette:       Noah, Babel, and the Ice Age

    Was Noah’s flood really worldwide? Does the story of Babel explain today’s world? Does the Bible talk about Dinosaurs and Ice ages?

    3:00 p.m.         Allan Beck:                 Was It Really A Day?

    What does the original Hebrew say, and what potentially disastrous consequences ensue if we try to reinterpret it?

    4:00 p.m.         Troy Ancona:              Dinosaurs and the Bible

    Are the dinosaurs talked about in the bible? What happened to them? Did dinosaurs turn into birds? Were there dinosaurs on the ark?

    5:00 p.m.         Ken Baratta:                Reaching the Culture

    The apostle Paul has some powerful and highly applicable advice for reaching the world we live in today.

    Thursday
    Nov012012

    Superstorm Sandy and The Flood

    For over a week, all eyes have been on a natural development that has been expected to devastate the eastern seaboard of the United States.  It had been referred to as “Frankenstorm” and “Superstorm” throughout its existence.  It will forever be known as Hurricane Sandy, a storm that shook America.  While there have been other natural disasters in recent and distant history, none have had such a widespread and diverse impact like Sandy.  From winds in excess of 90 mph in some places to 28 inches of snowfall in others, Sandy is estimated to have caused $20-50 billion in property and economic damage as well as taken the lives of at least 50 people. 

    As devastating a storm as Sandy was, we read about another disaster of even greater magnitude in Genesis 6-8.  The yearlong global flood in Noah’s day wiped out all living creatures, except for those on the ark (Genesis 7:23).  While there are different theories as to what caused the flood and what occurred during the flood, we can know for sure that it was a direct result of man’s sin (Genesis 6:5-7).  God hates sin and separates Himself from it through judgment (Genesis 3).  However, God loves man and sent Noah, who is known as a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:5), to warn the people of the coming judgment of the flood.  Sadly, only 8 people responded and were spared the judgment due to their faith that God would deliver them.  When the appointed time came, the Lord (not Noah) closed the door of the ark (Genesis 7:16).

    Noah was spared from the judgment by grace through faith, as we read in Hebrews:

     “ By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

    We find in John 3:16-18 that God gave His Son as an act of grace toward all mankind.  Whoever chooses to have faith in Jesus will be spared from the judgment to come (Revelation 20:11-15).  Just like in the days of Noah, it is by grace through faith that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Also, like in the days of Noah, there is only a limited time we have to make the decision to have faith in God’s grace.  Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).  The time is coming when the door will be shut and no more can be saved from the judgment.  Make today the day that you choose to have faith in God’s grace; “for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

    Thursday
    Jun212012

    Ministry Update

    We have been slamming busy with ministry events here and there. This past month, NECM did a four-week chapel series at Lisbon Falls Christian Academy, covering several powerful questions about faith and origins (where did the universe come from? did someone create God? what about the dinosaurs? etc.). We focused on encouraging the kids, ages 10-18 years old, to ask questions and to not be afraid. Our God is big enough to handle any seemingly huge doubt, question, curiosity, so let us test Him in that.

    As well, Andrew and Troy covered another chapel at Veritas Christian School in Berwick. There, they covered similar content and included other questions like: How did Noah fit all the animals on the ark? Could God have used evolution? Is the earth really old or really young? What about carbon-dating?

    Now, we are gearing up for our summer events, especially the 2nd Annual Northeast Creation Conference on June 8- June 10. Andrew and Megan will also be heading down the following week to Connecticut for a homeschool convention to partner with CMI and promote the ministry. Lastly, we are in the process of putting together a six-church conference in the Belfast area during September.

    By the grace of God – because this is not something that we in our own human power could undertake with any sort of excellence – this ministry is growing. We are excited and eager and counting our blessings as we gain more knowledge, meet more people, and grow in awe of our mighty God.

    Thursday
    Jun212012

    Biblical Constitution Course

    THIS WEEKEND at Cornerstone Baptist Church, there will be a Teacher Training course in Biblical Constitution. This course will be led by Ron Cooper, ARKYs Ministries in Dayton, OH. The purpose of this 18 hour class is to train people in a literal understanding of the Constitution – what was the original language? the original intentions? Where did the principles come from? At the end, each person will be certified to present this course for other churches, schools, etc. What a great way to encourage people in their civic responsibilities and strengthen them as conscientious Christian voters. It’s not too late to sign up!!

    Schedule: Friday June 1, from 5pm-9pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm.

    Cost: $35 (includes all materials)

    Location: Cornerstone Baptist Church, 771 Lewiston Rd., Topsham, ME

    Please call 207-837-3390 with questions.

    Thursday
    Jun212012

    2nd Annual Northeast Creation Conference

    This year our primary speaker is Dr. Robert Carter of CMI. All events (except for the Sunday classes at Lisbon Falls Baptist Church) are hosted at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Topsham. The conference opens on June 8 with a movie screening about Darwin’s infamous voyage on the HMS Beagle. The following day is filled with various topics. You will note that on Saturday we have several simultaneous sessions; this is to maximize the class options for people and to be sensitive to those who could not attend in the morning. On Sunday,please note that the events are shared between Lisbon Falls Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church.

    If you have any questions, please post a comment or e-mail us at necms@yahoo.com

    Friday, June 8

    1800 – 1830: Opening Remarks

    1830 -2000: Movie Screening, The Voyage That Shook the World

    In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery. 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, ‘Origin of Species’. The Voyage that Shook the World retraces Darwin’s journey, exploring the places and discoveries crucial to the formulation of his Theory of Evolution.  Filmed in South America, UK, North America, Australia and Europe, The Voyage features dramatic period recreations and stunning nature cinematography interwoven with scholars sharing their perspectives on the man and the controversy.  A fascinating and thought-provoking opportunity to gain new insight into The Voyage that Shook the World.

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    Saturday, June 9

    0830 – 0930: The Alternative: Creation’s Competitive Edge by Robert Carter

    1 Peter 3:15 commands us to have answers and always be ready to defend the Christian faith. This presentation will supply people with vital information about fossils and the Flood..

    0945 – 1045: The Deadliest Warrior: The Relevance of Death and Suffering to Creation by Troy Ancona

    Most Christians do not have the correct understanding and worldview of death and suffering.  This class will give you the full picture and how to communicate it to unbelievers.  It also will speak about why millions of years cannot be in a Christian worldview.

    1100 – 1200: Meet Your Ancestors: Adam and Eve! by Robert Carter

    Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all people who have ever lived. You may never hear this on television, and, sadly, this fact is not taught in many churches today. Yet, there is a lot of evidence not only for Adam and Eve, but also for Noah’s Flood and the Tower of Babel. Where is this evidence? In our genes! Come and hear about the history of the world as we know it from genetics. When confronted with a person who does not believe the Bible, you will be equipped to answer with a simple question, “But what did you expect to see?” The things we are learning from modern genetics points straight at Genesis.

    1200 – 1300 LUNCH

    1315 – 1415: What Darwin Didn’t Know by Robert Carter

    Dr. Carter shares historical insight into Darwin’s past and the ideas that helped formulate the most widely embraced theory in science.  Do Darwin’s theories on origins still stand up in today’s scientific world?  If he were alive today, what would he think of the currently accepted evidence for his theory?  In light of the modern science, would he dare to invent an evolutionary theory of origins if he were still around now?  Come find out What Darwin Didn’t Know!

    1430 – 1530: Creation and the Cross by Ken Baratta

    Ever wondered if Jesus really believed Genesis was literal? Is Genesis really that big a deal? Come and learn about the reason Jesus had to die and about how creation is a vital part of that event.

    1430 – 1530: A Medical Look at the Crucifixion by Megan Guerette

    Could Jesus have actually died on the cross? Didn’t he just faint? We will examine the execution methods used by the Romans and understand why it is essential that Christ DID die on the cross. As Paul outlines in 1 Corinthians 15, it is a cornerstone to the Christian faith.  Come for a broader understanding of the suffering of Christ, and be encouraged and captivated by this great love.

    1545 – 1645: Dating the Earth by Andrew Guerette

    A “romantic” talk on radioisotopes, carbon dating, and powerful evidence for a young earth. We will explain the problematic assumptions that are made when trying to determine the age of earth using common scientific methods.

    1545 – 1645: Meet Your Ancestors: Adam and Eve! by Robert Carter

    (see previous description of this class)

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    Sunday, June 10

    [NOTE: THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE AT LISBON FALLS BAPTIST CHURCH]

    0945 Morning Service: The Alternative: Creation’s Competitive Edge by Robert Carter

    1 Peter 3:15 commands us to have answers and always be ready to defend the Christian faith. This presentation will supply people with vital information about fossils and the Flood. The Alternative: Creation’s Competitive Edge is a great first time presentation designed to train people in how to share the Christian faith using the creation account found in the book of Genesis.

    1100 Sunday School: Dinosaurs and Fossils: Amazing Evidence for Creation! by Robert Carter

    People of all ages are captivated by dinosaurs. Unfortunately, evolutionists use dinosaurs to indoctrinate the young and the old with an earth history that includes millions of years but has no room for the Bible. This presentation will show the power of a person’s starting assumptions (or “worldview”) when interpreting past events, and will define the different types of sciences used in investigating the world around us, with a thorough exploration of these enigmatic lizards. Let’s take dinosaurs to the Bible and see what God’s word has to say about them!

    1800 Evening Service:

    The Apostle Paul’s Apologetics: Creation and the Gospel by Troy Ancona

    Is the topic of creation vs. evolution really important when it comes to Gospel? See how Paul solved his communication problem with the Greeks in Athens by using the doctrine of Creation to bridge the cultural gap that kept the Greeks from understanding the Gospel message.

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    [NOTE: THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE AT CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH]

    0900 Sunday School (kids): Dinosaur Bones by AJ Guerette & Allan Beck

     The kids get to do a little dino dig!  They will be learning about paleontology (the study and careful removal of extinct species from rock), Noah’s Flood, and evidence that man and dinosaurs once lived side by side.    

    0900 Sunday School (adults): The Heavens Declare the Glory of God – Starlight and Time by Ken Baratta

    Taking a closer look at the cosmos, and finding out what Gods word has to say. This talk will also briefly look at the issue of distant starlight.

    1030 Morning Service: Is the Bible Trustworthy? by Allan Beck

    Allan covers the significant historical support for the reliability of the Scriptures. This talk includes where they came from, how we know they are accurate, and if it stands through common historiographical tests. 

    1800 Evening Service: Dinosaurs & Fossils: Amazing Evidence for Creation! by Robert Carter

    People of all ages are captivated by dinosaurs. Unfortunately, evolutionists use dinosaurs to indoctrinate the young and the old with an earth history that includes millions of years but has no room for the Bible. This presentation will show the power of a person’s starting assumptions (or “worldview”) when interpreting past events, and will define the different types of sciences used in investigating the world around us, with a thorough exploration of these enigmatic lizards. Let’s take dinosaurs to the Bible and see what God’s word has to say about them!