The Christmas holidays are a time to focus on what's really important: honoring our Creator, King, and Savior, Jesus Christ, and especially remembering His birth, life, and death. To think that the Creator of the universe took on the form of those He created. "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8).
All of us, even those in high-profile ministries, need to be mindful of the humility exhibited by Christ. He was absolutely committed to truth, and sometimes confronted the religious hypocrites of His day with severity. But Jesus did not come to be served. Rather, He came to serve and ultimately give His life as a sacrifice for your sins and mine (Mark 10:45; 1 John 2:2). He is the only example we should endeavor to follow.
A commitment to communicating the truth of God’s inerrant Word--from the results of our research, through our educational programs in science and apologetics, and through the many resources we publish--allows ICR to continue the legacy of another humble servant, ICR founder Dr. Henry Morris, who used his God-given talents to bring truth to a lost and dying world. His influence lives on long after his passing.
A highlight at ICR this year has been the expansion of seminars and conferences around the country, with over 100 events just this fall. Our speakers were invited to teach at some 74 educational seminars for the Association of Christian Schools International, most of them in October and November.
ICR rounded out 2009 with its Demand the Evidence conferences in Florida, California, and Texas. These special Friday-Saturday conferences provided opportunities to teach the evidence from science that demonstrates the truth of young earth creation, the global Flood, the complexity of the human body, and the existence of the Intelligent Designer, Jesus Christ.
By the time you read this issue of Acts & Facts, ICR will have held its last 2009 Demand the Evidence conference at the historic First Baptist Church in Dallas. The pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, opened the creation conference on Friday night and Dr. Henry Morris III gave the keynote address, "Pulling Down Strongholds." Look for more great conferences in 2010.
Speaking of 2010, did you know that ICR will be celebrating its 40th anniversary? We are excited as we look back at the wonderful blessings of God and prayerfully anticipate His hand on our lives and work in the future. Do you have a testimony you'd like to share about how God has used ICR in your life? Write it down for us and send it in. We might include it in a special anniversary edition of Acts & Facts next year!
Your prayerful support of ICR at this year-end time will be a special blessing as we make plans for new research projects, more comprehensive educational programs, and many more resources to equip you with the apologetic tools you need to influence others with the evidence from science and the Bible.
My prayer for you and your family this Christmas is to discover new ways to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our King, and our Creator.
* Mr. Ford is Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Ford, L. 2009. The Legacy of Our Founder, the Example of Our Creator. Acts & Facts. 38 (12): 3.