Three Great Opportunities
At the recent National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC) annual get together in Cincinnati, Ohio, we were privileged to be in a city that has many great attractions. No, I am not referring to the Reds or the Bengals, although they are fun to watch when Cleveland's teams are beating them, but rather two of the city's museums. For those of you who know me well, museums are not usually at the top of my list of things to do, but I will tell you these two museums are highly recommended!
The Creation Museum is the calling of Ken Ham and details of the hours and what you will see can be glimpsed on www.CreationMuseum.org and if you have not been there, you will be thrilled to see what is happening. You will also find this a great place to take children, grandchildren, and even skeptics about our faith. Being a pragmatic person myself, and a mathematics major as an undergraduate, I sometimes find myself more like the disciple Thomas when it comes to various ideas. In the evolution vs. creation debate, I have found myself with mixed emotions at times because the scientific data on many different measuring techniques suggests the world is much older than 12,000 years. My conclusion for now is that evolution has provided a great way of categorizing and classifying organisms but has failed to show how any of this got started without a creator. You may have similar or divergent views about this, but more important than our opinions, when is the last time you visited an institution that was built on the sole basis of the "authority of Scripture"? It is well done and I recommend you go out of your way to visit and see how the displays bring many Biblical ideas to life.
The second recommendation is also in Cincinnati and is known as the Freedom Center, the story of the Underground Railway. The depiction and story of slavery in our country is not an easy issue to view and enjoy as other subjects might be. Reminding each of us that people of faith and courage, placed their very lives and property on the line every day to free people that they never knew, and would never be able to know was a grim reminder of how dedicated many people were to helping others. Since the runaway slaves had to keep moving on until they reached the Canadian border, they couldn't stop very long in Ohio to socialize and get acquainted. Your children and grandchildren will benefit from this experience but I think at least an age minimum of 10 or 12 would be appropriate. If your children are mature enough to handle this don't miss it even if they are younger than that. Get times and visitor information at www.freedomcenter.org
Finally, don't miss a chance to take your kids and grandkids to see the new movie that is out entitled "Kit Kittredge". Ironically enough, the setting for this film is also Cincinnati, Ohio, but the time is 1934. There is a reference in the movie to a grand hotel in the city and your trivia question for the week is to listen carefully at the movie and email me the name of that hotel. My three grandsons watched this with me on Friday of last week and the 6 and 8 year old were spell bound by the story line. The 4 year old wasn't as impressed by the movie as he was the popcorn and Skittles but I will tell you more about that next week. This is a movie with a great message and a wonderful lead in to talking about where we are today from an economic standpoint.
Jeremiah 2:5 "This is what the Lord says: 'What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.'"
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