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Director's Letter Oh Give Thanks To The LORD

Oh Give Thanks To The LORD

Thank You!

Thank you! On behalf of our CSI Staff and myself, we want to extend our gratitude to our Creator and Savior for your involvement in God’s plan for the Creation Studies Institute (CSI) ministry. As we conclude our 35th anniversary year, we deeply appreciate your support through prayer and generous financial contributions. It is through God’s work that our paths have crossed, and we offer Him our utmost praise as our ministry continues to spread the truth of Creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

When I began this ministry in 1988, I had no idea that this vision would impact thousands of people, strengthening their faith and emboldening them in Christ to proclaim His righteousness. I remain committed to serving our King in this ministry, dedicated to sharing the fundamental concept that God is our Creator —the origin of everything within our vast cosmos. The evolution of the universe and life is an illusion opposing this basic principle. It takes away the glory of God and idolatrously changes the focus on nature and worshipping it as God.

The apostle John makes it clear that anything we see or experience, visible and invisible, can only come from the hands of our Creator, Jesus Christ, as it states in John 1:3:

““All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Jesus Christ is the only one who deserves our honor, praise, and worship.

Since our ministry’s existence, our goal is to make the vital connection to God through His Creation. His amazing attributes are visible for all to see in His Creation and compel us to move closer to Him. We witness His almighty power, His infinite capacity to know all things, His everlasting presence, and His overwhelming love for us that can’t be measured. As we heed His command to “subdue” and discover the things around us on earth and beyond we learn that God is real and exists in every dimension. No wonder Paul wrote in Romans 1:20,” For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the world’s Creation, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse.” Paul emphasizes that it is clear that there is a God and that they are without excuse to acknowledge, give thanks, and honor Him.

 

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We are thankful for the opportunity to uphold God’s Word in our ministry by supporting the testimony of a worldwide flood, as detailed in Genesis 1:6-9. This teaching has been disseminated in tens of thousands of classes at our museum, schools, churches, and seminars over the years. Our excavation trips along the Peace River have blessed us with numerous Ice Age fossils, including the remains of three giant Columbian mammoths displayed in our museum at South Florida Bible College in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Visitors to our museum learn that the Bible is a reliable historical document. As they begin their tour, they witness the catastrophic effects of the Genesis Flood through fossils from various global locations, such as Brazil’s Araripe Basin, where millions of fossils were rapidly buried by water.

This is the season to give thanks. Our ministry has been blessed overwhelmingly for 35 years, not because we deserve it but because of Him who gave us a reason to live. It is God’s word that describes Jesus Christ as our Creator and Savior as it states in John 1:1,

 

“In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” 

The Gospel of John confirms that the Word of God is God who spoke all Creation into existence. This truth is reiterated ten times in the first chapter of Genesis: “God said.” The Word of God bounds the foundation of the Creation Studies Institute’s ministry. We are also told in the first chapter of John that the “Word of God” is Jesus Christ, who became man as stated in John 1:14,

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

God became man is a profound mystery of how God the Son would occupy a human body, but we know that was God’s divine plan. He created man in His image and gave him a special place on earth, as stated in Psalm 8:4-6 “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.”

Jesus Christ’s mission on earth culminated in being the sacrificial lamb for the forgiveness of humanity’s sins, as declared by John the Baptist when he saw Jesus (John 1:29):

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

He came down on earth to save us and give us eternal life. The Christmas season should be filled with celebration and thanksgiving for what He has done for us. Christ, the Creator of everything in the visible and invisible universe, comes down on earth and becomes the ultimate sacrifice so that we can experience a relationship with Him and live forever. He has bestowed our worth with how much He loves us.

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! ” —1 Chronicles 16:34

Please remember our ministry in your prayers and generous financial gifts as we close this 2023 in attempting to reach our goal of 1 million for 1 million souls for Christ.

Sincerely,

Tom DeRosa