About site founder, Connie Rice:
My sister and I were not raised in church, but were taught biblical values. However, I did not know that God cared about me personally and certainly did not understand the extent of Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins or that I could have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. As a young adult, my worldview was based on life experiences. Being independent minded and fraught with emotional baggage, it was not until my second marriage faced serious problems that I finally got to the end of myself.
Although my husband, Steve, and I were both committed to each other, tension and arguments became a regular occurrence. A wall had built up between us and we had two young daughters to consider. One day, with the kids napping and Steve at work, I got down on my knees and cried out to God. Not even sure if He was listening, I gave Him my life, my marriage, and my kids, asking Him to please fix the situation. I was unaware at the time that Steve had also been praying for God’s help. He had made a decision for the Lord as a preteen, but had not received any discipleship afterward and drifted from church.
In three days, the wall of tension was gone and we were able to speak with each other and work through everything. We both knew that God had miraculously intervened and so began looking for a church to learn more about this amazing God who cared. We began going to church every week, taking part in Bible studies, and falling more in love with Jesus and each other. We were baptized soon afterward. God called me into children’s ministry and Steve into sound ministry. My eyes were opened to a spiritual reality that I didn’t even know existed before. Determined not to waste another day, Steve and I have been following and serving Jesus ever since. Over time, the Lord corrected my faulty thinking through His Word, sermons, Bible studies, books, prayer, music, articles & through preparations to teach kids. “The Human Brain”, a 90-second video clip from the “Treatment” series by “Elevation Church“ explains the biological processes involved with renewing our mind.
When our older daughter was in elementary school, I saw things in her science textbook that I knew had been proven false and things from my own lifetime in her history textbook that were portrayed with bias. God gave me a passion for truth and I began researching evidence on my own, developing quite a library of books, DVDs, and magazines on Creation vs. Evolution and Christian history. I took advantage of Bible Institute classes offered through a partnership of The Master’s College (now University) and local churches. I enjoyed Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, and became more interested in the Creation vs. Evolution debate through an elective class taught by David F. Coppedge of both “Creation/Evolution Headlines”and “Creation Safaris” (also a gifted photographer). I later developed teaching series for preteens to give them answers before entering youth ministry so they could own their faith and have the knowledge & confidence to engage their world. They are not included on this website since I used clips from DVDs we owned as well as resources that were reproducible for teaching, but not allowed for public use. I will work on adapting the studies so PowerPoint slides and downloadable notes can be made available and am available for consultation.
After 27 years, God has only reinforced His calling on my life to equip the next generation with His love and truth. The last 17 of those years has been through directing children’s ministry in three churches. The Lord has had me in a time of green pastures recovering from surgeries as a result of injuries the prior year. During that time, I completed the Creation Apologetics Teacher College through Mike Riddle’s “Creation Training Initiative”, became a member of the “International Association for Creation”, and became certified as a speaker on Creation. Eight years ago, a pastor suggested I start a blog. When a fellow children’s ministry leader suggested the same thing this past summer, I prayed and realized that the building of this website was God’s work for me while in recovery – a way to still serve Him. God has now made it clear that physical limitations will not allow me to return to my role of directing children’s ministry. Following God is life’s ultimate adventure – Steve and I continually seek God’s guidance and will follow wherever He leads us.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.” Psalm 40:1-3