Wednesday, January 30, 2019


By Ada Brownell

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad’s main line lay between me and school when I was a kid, and I had to cross those tracks. When a steam engine whistled a warning in the distance, no crossing arms barred me from danger--only noisy clanging and big red eyeballs flashing. Then every hoof of the massive engine’s horsepower pounded by and the swaying cars followed.

I hated trains. Somebody told me if you stand too close, you’ll be sucked under.

Then I grew up. In 1953, an agent-telegrapher chose me for his wife and I had to make friends with the monsters.

In Avon, Colo., near Vail, we lived in the depot only a few feet from the tracks. Les’s office had a bay window where he could see both ways down the rails.

 Often the clicks of the telegraph “bug” echoed into our living room carrying an urgent message in dots and dashes. Trains approached from the East and West on the one set of rails. The crew followed too closely, needed to go into a siding to allow another train to pass, or a rock slide or other trouble lay ahead.

 Les quickly transcribed the Morse message, tied it in twine, attached it to a long Y stick, and ran outside.

A few minutes later, a massive behemoth clothed in tons of steel and the gold and black Rio Grande cape, whistled still going a pretty high speed, spit steam, and thundered toward the depot. Les stood beside the tracks, his clothes flapping in the breeze as he extended the Y stick up to a small high window in the engine.

The engineer leaned out, stuck his arm through the loop, pulled the twine inside, read the message, and usually guided the train into the next siding.

We resided in the beautiful Avon valley when it was us in the depot, the couple in the general store, and the rancher and his family. About 10,000 people live in Avon today. A statue in the middle of town of the rancher and his horse remind everyone of the man who used to own that property.

 We lived in a log cabin at Pando, on top of Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, across the highway from Camp Hale. One soldier jumped off the train with his duffle bag and checked out the place.

“Mountains this way. Mountains that way. Mountains over there and over here. The only way out of this place is up!”

“Cabin” accurately described our dwelling. We used the restroom in the depot, probably about 500 feet from where we lived.  We had a sink with running water in the kitchen, but the water pipe only went through the wall and had no receptacle. To make sure the water didn’t freeze when we left for the weekend, the faucet was kept running. When we returned, no fire in the coal stove, the water had frozen from the faucet’s mouth, through the drain, and became a huge icicle outside.

When we moved to Minturn, our house rested in a mountain’s niche above the depot. Les worked evenings, so near suppertime I jumped on a sled, hiked up the canyon, slid all the way to the depot and delivered his full lunch pail.

In Malta, a smelter town near Leadville, Colo., a boxcar with a “lean-to” became our home. Relatives visited overnight and after lights were out, my little niece shakily asked, “Is a train going to come in the night and take us away?”

Because he kept getting “bumped,” Les’s job caused us to roam Colorado like the trains, and we moved 12 times the first three years of our marriage. Making a shack, a depot, or a railroad car into a home challenged my work-a-holic nature. The living situations, especially having no bathrooms, no hot water or other conveniences, fit right into Paul’s example to be content in whatever situation I found myself.

 Everywhere we went, we found a church, wonderful people, and made friends,

The first years—before children—were an adventure. But then we landed in Thompson, Utah: population 100, no church, four taverns, and we had to buy groceries in a bar. The nearest church was 38 miles away, but we traveled the distance to Moab and back every Sunday evening.

We lived in Thompson a short time once and had a house with a bathroom that didn’t work, probably because the pipes froze and the owner wouldn’t fix them. We left and came back to Thompson months later and the only house available in town was a tar paper shack with an outhouse, a faucet, but no sink.

By then we had nice furniture so I polished up that shack making the worn linoleum floors and the windows gleam. I decorated kitchen shelves with colorful paper with pretty edging, hung curtains. But the roof leaked, mice skittered everywhere, and I had no friends and our oldest son was a toddler.

My home-builder uncle stopped by to see us there. Embarrassment colored my cheeks, especially when he looked around and said, “I could build a place like this for about fifty dollars.”

Then with a grin he added, “Tell you what. Take a picture of this and when your kids grow up and want to borrow money, tell them, ‘We started out the hard way.’”

Finally, we bought a beautiful ten-by-fifty mobile home and brought it to Thompson. Hot and cold running water, bathroom, gorgeous new everything. But it didn’t solve all our problems.

The railroad allowed us to park the home without charge on railroad land, but Les had to bring in the water and build a cess pool. We planted a beautiful lawn, flowers, shrubs, and using discarded materials left in railroad cars, we built a white fence around it.

Only thing, we lived maybe 15 feet from a vacant building that was about to fall in. Being in the middle of the Utah desert, I knew rattlesnakes might hang out there. The Lord and I had many intense conversations as I pled with Him to keep the snakes away from our two children when they were out playing on the swings in our yard. Our doctor was 90 miles away in Grand Junction, Colo.

We were not far from the tracks and one day sparks from a “hot box,” a boxcar with a stuck wheel, ignited a nearby trestle bridge. Sparks from the fire burned a large hole in our awning, but didn’t burn the mobile home, praise the Lord.

God did a work in me and I learned to love Thompson and the people there. God sent a wonderful Christian woman my age to town and we started a Sunday school in the one-room schoolhouse. Many children had never heard the name of Jesus other than a curse word.

Our mobile house ended up in two-mile-high Leadville and winter snows showed no mercy. Before Les left for a temporary job in Texas creek, he said, “Leave the bathtub water running to prevent freezing.”

One frosty night, I took a relaxing bath. I was tucked in bed when my mother-in-law, who lived with us, flushed the toilet. I woke to a sucking sound and remembered I turned the water off.

Fearing broken pipes and not wanting my mother-in-law to know I hadn’t turned the faucet back on, I threw my fake-fur coat over my nightie, pulled on snow boots, grabbed a fusee-torch, matches, a broom and ventured into the darkness.

I swept a path, then I tunneled through the deep snow and crawled, pulling myself with my elbows to the pipes.

Bummer! I got the matches wet!

I backed out and headed for the door. My bare hand stuck to the frosty knob. When I got my hand free, the door wouldn’t open. The deep snow on the roof was melting from the warmth inside, dribbled down, and the door froze shut.

I knew no one. The tavern over the fence had just closed and drunks wandered about.

I rang the doorbell. My mother-in-law woke up, pushed and I pulled until with a crunch the door opened.

Next time, I dressed warmly, left the door open a crack, kept my matches dry and succeeded in my mission. The next day, I discovered the temperature was 30 degrees below zero.

Soon Centralized Traffic Control, where dispatchers govern train movement with traffic lights, closed many depots. Teletype and later, computers, nudged telegraph into history.

But the monsters, now diesel powered, scurry over our nation, still whistling, bringing food, fuel and merchandise. I hope the handsome creatures never become extinct. After all, because of them I learned contentment whether in the beautiful homes in which we lived, a depot, or a tar paper shack.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Do you know how to identify propaganda?

Facts, Faith & Propaganda

By Ada Brownell

Scripture: For we did not follow cunningly

devised fables”2 Peter 1:16

Everything about who we are, how we came to be, and why we are here, is settled by faith. Evolution is taught as fact only because it is so widely accepted. Although scientists claim evolution can be proved, changes in any species is still the same species.

Yet evolution isn’t the only propaganda out there. There is much more that can destroy you  spiritually, and harm you physically.

This book, written by a journalist who studied and interviewed college professors, ministers, neurologists and other physicians, supplies evidence for faith in God—and reveals forgeries designed to destroy belief in Him such as the Piltdown man, missing evolutionary links that DNA proved aren’t links, and a newer theory than Darwin’s--punctuated equilibrium.

See how to separate propaganda, false science and skepticism from truth. The secular world attempts to destroy faith in God with spinning the truth and brainwashing. You’ll be surprised at this author’s deduction of it all.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What Will We Do in Heaven?

Our grandson Brendan Wilson ready to catch the ball during an East High School game.

What Will We Do in Heaven?

By Ada Brownell

            "Will we play basketball in heaven?" a high school student asked me in the Sunday school class I taught. "If we do, it won't be any fun because everything will be perfect. Nobody would make any mistakes."

            I could have said, “Well, basketball is out.  First you’ll have to take harp lessons.  Then I think you’ll have to lose weight so you won’t fall through the clouds.... And you’d better not tromp on the flowers, or skateboard on the streets of gold....”

            Can you imagine teens wanting to go there? Maybe you wouldn’t want to go, either.

            Now that I’m older, I tell folks when I get my new immortal body I’m going to skydive, snow and water ski, and do all sorts of dangerous sports!

            You wonder, Well, what did you tell the kid who likes basketball?

Activities will be different

When the high school student asked that question, I had no idea what to say. I yelled “Help!” in my spirit, but silently for The Holy Spirit to give me something to help youth anticipate what our Heavenly Father has in store for us.  I had never even given such an idea thought, but suddenly I said, "Keith, I don't know if few’ll play games. But I believe heaven will be so much higher and so much better than what we have here on earth it's like comparing being a child to being an adult.

            "When you're a child, you play with dolls and toy cars. But when you are an adult you have real babies and drive a real car.

            "When you're a kid, if an adult would tell you that you can't play with dolls or toy cars after you get "big", the child would scream and holler and decide he didn't want to grow up. But once he does, he doesn't want the toys anymore because he has the real thing.

            "I think that's the way heaven will be. It will fulfill our every desire and give us so much joy what we had here will seem like child’s play."

            The Bible tells us heaven will exceed earthly experiences. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).

            This is a paraphrase from Isaiah 64:4. But we do have some knowledge because God has revealed it to us by His Spirit, the next verse says.

            If we search the scriptures, we find out a lot about heaven.

Thursday, January 17, 2019



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January 18 the price is $2.99. Still a deal!

January 19 the price is $3.99. Still a steal!

January 20, back to $4.99, but hours of suspense, heart-thumping reading, inspiration.

Love’s Delicate Blossom was released Nov. 30 for Kindle, and nearly a month later for the correctly formatted paperback.

Love’s Delicate Blossom, an historical suspense

By Ada Brownell

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive and Peach Blossom Rancher

Edmund Pritchett III wants to marry Ritah Irene O’Casey, a righteous young lady, but she says wait. The beautiful redhead is trying to rescue Tulip, a 14-year-old orphan kidnapped by Henry Hunter to work in his brothel, and Ritah doesn’t have much time. She has a train ticket to go to college.

Ritah wants to become a teacher who can help widows keep their children when tragedy strikes. She also would like to teach mothers how to prevent dangerous diseases and treat health problems, in an era when few have access to a doctor and too many children die. Instead, Ritah ends up fighting for the lives of injured soldiers in a World War I Army health clinic, and finds her own life threatened by an influenza pandemic.

But Ritah finds a teaching job in Kansas, and there Joe Nichols, a handsome farmer, edges his way into her heart. But Edmund Pritchett III isn’t giving up, and neither is Henry Hunter, who is still after Tulip and about to open his brothel.

Will Ritah accomplish her dreams or is everything in danger when Henry Hunter bursts into the school shooting a pistol?

COMMENT FROM A READER: Your book set a tone and world from your grandmother’s time; the historical elements are what readers read the genre for.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


By Ada Brownell

Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked Peter at Philippi.

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Peter answered.

“You are blessed, Simon, son of John,” Jesus told him, "Because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.”[1]

Jesus claimed to be God at other times in his ministry. When Jesus told the Jews that if they kept His sayings, they would not see death, they were outraged.[2] (He spoke of our souls and spirits living forever.)

“Now we know you are possessed by a demon,” they said. “Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say that those who obey your teaching will never die? Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Are you greater than the prophets, who died? Who do you think you are?”

Jesus answered, “If I am merely boasting about myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who says these glorious things about me. You say, ‘He is our God,’ but you do not even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But it is true—I know him and obey him. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it, and was glad.”

“You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you’ve seen Abraham?” the Jews asked.

Jesus answered, “The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!”

Then they took up stones to throw at him.

Later, at his trial, Jesus acknowledged his divinity.

“Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

“I am,” Jesus said.[3]

Jesus showed his claim to being the Messiah and His divinity in other ways also. In the entire Bible, Jesus is the only person who accepted worship from others.

Jesus made other indirect claims to his divinity. He forgave sins. He said He was the Giver of Life. Judgment has been assigned to him by the Fa­ther, according to the teachings of Jesus.

The claims made by Jesus were substantiated by others. John the Bap­tist proclaimed Him to be the Messiah. Peter confirmed that he believed Jesus to be the Son of God. Stephen preached that Jesus was the Messiah and testified he saw Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” as he lay dying after he was stoned.

The apostle Paul (previously called Saul) was one of the Jews who stirred up the people who killed Stephen. But soon Paul also became a believer and pro­claimed Jesus as the Son of God. Paul was imprisoned and given the death penalty because of his faith in Jesus Christ.


Demons even acknowledge knowing Jesus, and they tremble.[4]

To the Jews He proclaimed that He would rise from the dead if they destroyed Him.[5] He also taught His disciples in private that He would be killed and after three days rise again.[6] The disciples would not listen to such teachings, though.

After Jesus died and buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to guard and seal the tomb. They said, “We remember that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’”[7]

Despite the guards and the seal, the Lord Jesus Christ did walk out of that tomb, alive forevermore.

Yet, Easter still is a mystery. From a purely physical point of view, if there was no Resurrection, what happened to Christ’s body? And if he didn’t come out of the grave triumphant, why would the disci­ples, who were so wishy-washy before his death, suddenly become strong enough to give their lives for their faith in Jesus?

Josh McDowell, author of Evidence that Demands a Verdict,[8] wrote great in-depth studies on the Resurrection and other historical evidences for the Christian faith. He said people will die for a religious leader they think is equal to God, but if Jesus had not risen from the dead his disciples would have known it, and people will not give their lives for belief in a person they know is a fraud.

 According to the Bible, history, and tradition, all of the twelve disciples of Jesus except Saint John and Judas were martyrs. John died a natural death while imprisoned on Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Judas, who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, committed suicide.
Jesus’s resurrection is an amazing fact. But so is the wonder of life’s origins

[1] Matthew 16:16–17
[2] John 8:51–58
[3] Mark 14:61–62
[4] Matthew 8:29; James 2:18–20
[5] John 2:18–22
[6] Matthew 16:21
[7] Matthew 27:63
[8] Josh McDowell, Campus Crusade for Christ, Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., 1979


By Ada Brownell

Imagine the Real You Never Dying

The intriguing thing about our dreams is we’re always the “Star.”  Comedy, romance, murder mystery, drama, documentary of a heroine—there we are in the middle of everything.

When we’re awake we also star in our dreams. Dream big and work toward your goals and you’ll write a story with your life that might amaze you.

Whether your story is a tragedy or a cherished classic depends on who you want to become and if you pursue your dreams.

If you continue to do or not do what you practice now, what kind of future do you imagine for yourself?

The decisions we make ourselves affect our future more than those made for us. We have control of our attitudes, work ethic, sense of wonder, faith to believe in God and for great things. It is up to us where we end up in life and eternity.

This Bible study will help you discover evidence for faith; how to look and be your best; who can help; interesting information about dating, love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into your brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity, all mingled with true stories that can make you smile.

Unexpected bonuses include facts about science and faith, and information about sexually transmitted diseases.

Review:  How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell's knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU excerpts: Events that affect you foretold

By Ada Brownell
Excerpt from Imagine the Future You

But how do we know Jesus was no ordinary baby?

If you have studied religion at all, you know many religions recognize Jesus as a prophet, but deny He is God. Only Christians recognize Him as God’s son and our Lord. Almost anyone will tell you He was a good man.

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis proclaimed, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.”

 Some religions try to give you another Christ, which the Bible calls an antichrist, a false prophet, and false god. But the Bible says, “There is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

One way we know Jesus was no ordinary baby is God the Son fulfilled prophecy written hundreds of years before He came.


Josh McDowell, in his book Evidence That Demands a Verdict,[1] states that the Old Testament contains over three hundred references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus, and all of these prophecies were written at least 250 years before Christ was born.

Among these prophecies are his virgin birth, his ancestry, his birth­place, his presentation of gifts from the East, the massacre of infants by Herod, his name, the flight into Egypt, a messenger would precede his ministry, his ministry would begin in Galilee, he would teach in the temple, he would teach in parables, he would enter Jerusalem on a donkey, he would be a stone of stumbling to the Jews and light to the Gentiles, he would have a Resurrec­tion, and he would ascend into heaven.

The events of his trial and events preceding his death were foretold. He would be sold for thirty pieces of silver and betrayed by a friend. The money would be thrown in the house of the Lord. The silver would purchase a potter’s field for burial. False witnesses would accuse him, and he would not answer them. He would be mocked, wounded, bruised, smitten, and spit upon. The weight of the cross would be too much for his beaten body.

His manner of death was foretold, as well as the piercing of his hands, feet, and side, but no bones would be broken.

Here is the scripture from the Old Testament about the piercing: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son” (Zechariah 12:10).

When John related the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, he wrote, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the Roman soldiers pierced his side with a spear and immediately blood and water came out.…For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of his bones shall be broken.’ And again another scripture says, ‘They shall look on him whom they pierced’” (John 33:37NKJ).

When the soldier decided not to bother to break his legs, he had no idea he fulfilled prophecy.

The darkness that fell over the land at noon when Jesus died also was foretold by prophets hundreds of years earlier. The burial in the rich man’s tomb was predicted.

But was Jesus actually the Son of God and God the Son?


 Emilie Griffin, in her book Turning,[2] tells how she came from atheism to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of her life. After realizing there had to be a Designer, she wondered whether a genuine relationship was possible between God and man.

“I wanted to know who Jesus was, what he actually said, and how that made people willing to die for his sake,” she explains. Her own starting point was whether one might believe God acted in history and Jesus was in any real sense His Son.

She read the New Testament and saw the Gospels had a firmer historical validity than she had been led to believe. The Book of Acts and the Epistles opened her eyes.

“Paul lived at the same time as others who knew Jesus,” she writes. “Paul was acquainted with men and women who witnessed the events of the Crucifixion and who insisted upon the fact of the Resurrection. I began to feel these letters were either a true account—or the most extraordinary fabrication ever concocted.

“By this time I was reading straight through the New Testament, and it was affecting me deeply. I could not get over the conviction that Jesus was real.”

Those who study the New Testament soon see Jesus claimed to be God, his claims were confirmed by others, and other indirect claims say He is God the Son.

[1] San Bernardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers Inc.
[2] Emilie Griffin, Doubleday, 1980.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU Excerpts: Believing in Jesus Changes Everything


Why we need Jesus

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things you can see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together” (Colossians 15:17NLT).

We only need to listen to or watch the news to know we need Jesus.

So many worrisome things are occurring, even beyond economic problems, unemployment, staggering national debt, terrorists’ bombings and nations who hate America accumulating nuclear bombs.

I worry about the spiritual state of our nation, where it seems everyone—even those who claim to be Christians—use the Lord’s name in vain for every emotion under the sun.

 Furthermore, secularism (yes, it used to be listed among religions in encyclopedias) has become the religion of the United States, and freedom of religion is in danger.

Where will you fit in these perilous times?

The Bible describes the future this way:

 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)


Do you love God? Do you believe Jesus will be involved in your future as prophesies about His catching away of the church and the second coming indicate?

From 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 

His first coming certainly impacted the world.

When I think of Jesus and his sacrifice to come to earth, I think of the big, husky evangelist who was a dinner guest at a home the same time we were eating there. The man piled his plate high with delicious food and then started de­vouring it.

“When you look at me now,” he said between chomps, knowing we all watched, “it’s hard to realize I was once helpless and flat on my back.”

“You were?” someone asked in amazement.

He grinned. “Yes. I was a baby once.”

It is even more amazing to realize the Lord Jesus Christ—who was there when the universe was created (the verse above and John 1)—gave up all his supernatural strength and wisdom to become a baby.

Last Christmas when I pondered with amazement the thought that He would become completely helpless—with his whole existence dependent upon humans—I realized it wasn’t so amazing after all. Jesus, as God the Son,[1] downloaded the instincts and programmed parents’ brains so a baby’s cry would be so irritating they would do al­most anything to stop the sound. They would offer food. They would change the diaper. They would hold the infant.

He also knew parents’ love is so deep they want to see their offspring tenderly and adequately cared for.

[1] There is only one God, but in three persons known as the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and they are eternal with no beginning and no end. Jesus said He and Father are one and if you know Him, we also know the Father. See John 14:5-12.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Imagine the Future You Excerpt: Why faith is important to your future

By Ada Brownell

Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of Why We Believe What We Believe, says our brains seem to have a special place for faith. He has tracked how the human brain processes religion and spirituality. It's all part of a new field called neurotheology.[1]

Newberg says the frontal lobe, the area right behind our foreheads, helps us focus our attention in prayer and meditation. The parietal lobe, located near the back of our skulls, is the seat of our sensory information. He says this place in the brain is involved in that feeling of becoming part of something greater than one’s self. The limbic system, nestled deep in the center,
regulates our emotions and is responsible for feelings of awe and joy.

Newberg says similar areas of the brain are affected during prayer and meditation. He suggests brain scans may provide proof that our brains are built to believe in God. He says there may be universal features of the human mind that actually make it easier for us to believe in a higher power.

 I believe people search for God because of the “God-shaped void” within. If they haven’t heard the Gospel or reject it, they worship the earth, an idol they know is nothing but a figure humans created, or devise their own religion—even making unbelief into doctrine.


Besides satisfying the longings deep within us, we can see other results of the Lord in the lives of men and women today. When people accept Jesus Christ as Savior, their lives are changed for the better. They won’t be perfect, but they will be much better individuals than they were before they came to know God.

Parents who neglected their families begin to care for them. They clean up their lives and become solid, dependable individuals. The Bible says they are “new creatures in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away. Behold all things become new.”[2]

 If someone claims to be a Christian but doesn’t turn from sin, however, he probably didn’t submit himself to God. By the same token if they say they know God, and no longer walk in obedience to Him, they are not Christians.

In addition to changed lives, if a person gets to know a Christian well he will learn of many answers to prayer. In most Bible-believing churches, all you would need to do is ask, “What is the greatest answer to prayer you’ve experienced?” I’ve done that and discovered many wonderful testimonies: God turning a forest fire from a home; a man with a head injury from a motorcycle accident back to work in six weeks—after doctors said he probably would never work again; a slowly dying child healed; God keeping a rainstorm behind a highway paving machine for three days so a man with a large family could work. 

We’ve experienced miracles in our family—a daughter thought to have multiple sclerosis totally healthy years later; a son where tests showed he had only 40 percent kidney function, but later tests determined his kidneys worked perfectly. Our six youngest grandchildren are miracles, four because of pregnancy issues of their mothers, and the last two loving gifts of adoption.

God doesn’t always work the way we wish. We lost a daughter to cancer, but the Lord was our Comforter and gave peace. He does great things in answer to prayer.

In the church, especially, one can see the work of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised He would send when He went away, drawing men and women to salvation, filling them with power, and teaching them.

When all information for belief in God or all information for belief in atheism is given, however, there is still room for doubt.

Why would God leave room for doubt?


Because faith is necessary for salvation. The Bible states, “Without faith it is impossible to please him. For he that cometh to him must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”[3]

In another scripture the Bible says, “All who believe in God’s Son have everlasting life.”[4]

If God’s existence could be proved, there would be no reason for faith!

When the whole matter of man’s existence on Earth is questioned, there is nothing to settle it—but faith. So why not believe in God? It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, said he has never seen a single individual who has honestly considered the evidence who was unable to believe in God. But he has seen some who are unwilling to believe.[5]

Belief is a matter of the will. God created man with freedom of choice. We aren’t forced to serve or obey him. Adam and Eve had that choice from the beginning, and so do we. We can serve false gods, Satan, or ourselves if we choose.

It is only when we choose to believe in the Creator that we begin to build our life on the Rock where the hurricanes of life can’t destroy us.

God’s love was demonstrated when He sent His only Son to die, arise from the tomb, and be the Savior of sinful men. Belief in God the Father is not enough, however. Devils believe and tremble (James 2:19). We also must believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9) and obediently follow Him and His Word.

[1] CNN report by A. Chris Gajilan on April 4, 2007.
[2] 2 Corinthians 517
[3] Hebrews 11:6KJ
[4] John 3:36
[5] Josh McDowell, Foreword, Evidence That Demands a Verdict (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers Inc., San Bernardino, CA, 1979).


by Ada Brownell

Ready or not, you’re going into your future.

If you continue to do what you do now, what kind of future will you have? This Bible study will help you discover evidence for faith in God; how to look and be your best; who can help; interesting information about dating, love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into your brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity, all mingled with true stories that can make you smile.

Review:  How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell's knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Excerpts from Imagine the Future You: Imagine the age of the earth

IMAGINE CREATION  The Age of the Universe
By Ada Brownell

 One of the biggest stumbling blocks to belief among educated people is the idea that the Earth was created in six days.

Recently a young man asked, “But how can Christians be right? I heard someone counted genealogies of the Bible and figured the Earth is about six thousand years old. We know it’s older than that!”

Do we? How do we know scientific dating is correct? During the early 1960s in Leadville, Colorado, I worked at the Leadville Herald Democrat and did a story on the town’s old opera house. On display in a small museum at the opera house was what appeared to be a petrified foot in a high-topped shoe. The toe of the shoe was torn and a very real-looking big toe and toenail protruded from the end. Every detail, including the eyelets and strings, appeared real, but the shoe and foot, broken off above the ankle, were stone. The specimen was found in a mine.

Years later I tried to find this artifact again to get more information, but it was gone from the opera house, and I couldn’t discover where it was taken.

Dr. Carl Baugh of Creation Evidences Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, believes man and dinosaurs walked together. In his museum is a fossilized human finger and fossilized human footprints in dinosaur paw prints. He says there are other human and dinosaur footprints together in the Paluxy River Basin in Texas.[1]

Baugh[2] believes Earth’s atmospheric pressure before the flood in Noah’s day was 2.18 times what it is today, and the air was super oxygenated—enabling dinosaurs to live and pterosaurs to fly. Ultraviolet light was filtered out, and this atmosphere also gave man a longer life span.[3]

Dating methods are being challenged by some of today’s Christian scientists. The potassium-argon dating method, which dates the Earth’s age in billions of years, is said by scientists to be valid because of the amount of time needed to make evolution seem reasonable, say textbook authors Emmett L. Williams, a former metallurgical engineering professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and George Mulfinger Jr., a physics specialist (Physical Science for Christian Schools). [4] The dating method, however, assumes no argon was present when the rocks were formed. Yet, when volcanic rocks known to have been formed in 1800 to 1801 were tested, their age was said to range between 160 million and three billion years!

The radiocarbon dating method also is challenged by Williams and Mulfingers, who say it is unreliable because the calibration curve cuts off at about five thousand years ago and because the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere does not remain constant and appears to be continually increasing.

But suppose scientific dating is correct. It does nothing to undermine faith in God. Many Bible-believing Christians accept a very old Earth.

Often people try to make the Bible say something it doesn’t. The Bible doesn’t say the Earth was created in six twenty-four-hour days, although some people believe it was. Neither does the Bible say when “the beginning” was.

Here are some Christian ideas about the days of creation:

 Twenty-four Days of Re-creation: The belief there was a creation before Adam that was somehow destroyed. (This idea leaves a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.)

Age-Long Days of Creation: The belief that creation occurred over six different ages that could have been thousands of years in length.

 Revelatory Days of Creation: The idea that the days had nothing to do with creation but with the amount of time God took giving Moses, the writer of the Book of Genesis, information about creation.

Twenty-four-hour days of creation: The belief that God literally created the Earth and all that is in it in six twenty-four-hour days, as we know days.

So when Genesis says, “So the evening and the morning were the first day,” “The evening and the morning were the second day,” and so forth until God rested on the seventh day, the length of time can be interpreted several ways.

One thing that makes me believe in a young Earth is population. Scientists use the “population J curve” to show exponential growth of the number of humans. The “J curve” is any system that grows by doubling—one, two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two, etc., or geometric growth.

Experts estimate the world’s population was two hundred million in 1 AD and population continued to double and double until 1850—the curve of the J— when eight hundred million people lived on the Earth. Estimates and censuses showed two billion by 1930, three billion in 1960, four billion in 1976, five billion in 1990, six billion in 2002, and an estimated seven billion in 2011.

It took nearly two thousand years to quadruple the number of people from the time Jesus walked the earth but only eighty years for the population to grow from one to two billion between 1850 and 1930 and twelve years to grow a billion between 1990 and 2002. The US Census Bureau estimated the world population to be 7.073 billion in 2012.

 This increase is despite diebacks because of disease and epidemics, natural catastrophes, and wars. In my mind, there is no way man could have been here millions of years. Again, science uses millions of years to make evolution seem plausible because we can’t see any evidence for it in a lifetime of one hundred years.

 But the length of time that it took to create the Earth is not exceedingly important. What is important is that we know and believe Genesis 1:1, that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The whole world’s scientific thought constantly changes and often contradicts what scientists thought was solid evidence. On the other hand, the Creator and his witness never change and will never be outdated.

[1] Ada Brownell, Pueblo Chieftain, Nov. 4, 1989, 1B; and Carl Baugh and Dr. Clifford Wilson, Dinosaur (Orange CA: Promise Publishing Co., 1987).
[2] Baugh’s credentials for making these claims are challenged by some experts, however, and even some creationists are skeptical about the Paluxy footprints, although they are in a protected national or state park.
[3] Carl Baugh, Panorama of Creation (Oklahoma City, OK: Southwest Radio Church), 55-62.
[4] Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, SC, 1974, 271.