Where Should We Film Next?

Where Should We Film Next?

Since we make all of these videos for YOU, where should we film this year?  What kinds of animals would you like to see highlighted?  What Biblical points would you like light shed upon?  Do you want to see more music videos from the team?  I love making these videos and posting them every week but would love to make them more enjoyable for you.  Leave a comment below with your suggestion if you have any ideas.

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Sweet Frog Yogurt Fundraiser

Sweet Frog -- Clemmons NC Catching Creation Fundraiser

If you live near Clemmons, NC you should come out and visit Sweet Frog Yogurt at 6289 Town Center Drive to support Catching Creation.  They have graciously allowed us to participate in a fundraiser at their store to support our ministry.  All you have to do is mention Catching Creation on April 12 before you check out and we will get a percentage of the sales.  How cool is that?  Please tell your friends and share this post!  I will be there with my animal buddies at 5pm to do a presentation so be sure not to miss it!

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Elon University Radio Interview

Elon University Radio Interview With Alex Rose

Recently I was contacted by Elon University radio host Alex Rose about my ministry, Catching Creation.  He was intrigued with what I do and made the hour or so drive from Burlington, NC to Winston to come record an interview about Catching Creation.  I think he did a great job with the interview and editing.  Check it out.

Catching Creation Interview

Recently I was fortunate enough to do a Google Hangout interview with author and blogger, Dave Hilgendorf.  Check it out at this link:  http://davehilgendorf.com/stan-lake-interview/  

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Spring Peeper Calling

Spring Peeper Calling

Check out this gorgeous and tiny anuran reveler, the spring peeper doing what it does best.  A spring peeper calling is one of the best sounds I hear every winter.  This small frog makes a big sound. They typically grow to be approximately 3/4 to 1 inch and females will get slightly larger. They have a distinct X marking on their back giving them the species name "crucifer." As I love to point out so often, spring peepers carry their crosses, do you?

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Spring Peeper Calling
Spring Peeper Calling

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A Lizard Can Be Regenerated, Can You?

A Lizard Can Be Regenerated, Can You?

I had the privilege of growing up in the country and spending most of my time outside catching snakes, frogs, lizards and just about anything else that crawls.  One thing I learned from a very early age was that if you grabbed a lizard by the tail in an attempt to catch it, you would be left with a bloody wiggling appendage.  Lizards have fracture planes in their tails that help them to drop their tails in an effort to entice and distract a predator so it can make a quick escape.  The coolest part of the whole process is that not only does the lizard drop its tail but also the tail regenerates eventually and grows back.

Ezekiel 36:26 says I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  The Lord allows our hearts to be regenerated by accepting Jesus, and the coolest part is that the heart he gives us as we accept him is one that will function much better than the one before.  Ezekiel says that before the Lord gives us a new heart and spirit, it is like we have a heart of stone.  When Jesus enters and regenerates our heart he makes us into a new creation and changes our nature from one that is more like a cold stone to that of a warm heart ready to love.  Next time you see a lizard with a stub tail remember that just as his tail will eventually grow back and regenerate, Jesus is doing that same work in your heart as we learn to follow and obey His commands.  A lizard can be regenerated, can you?

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Salamanders Of South Carolina

In this Catching Creation episode we travel to the highlands of northern South Carolina in search of Salamanders. This episode is featured on the Catching Creation Volume 3 DVD
 

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Catching Creation @ Calvary Chapel Of Fort Lauderdale

On Feb 8/9 I got the opportunity to speak 5 times to a combined 2500-3000 children at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale about Jesus and his awesome creation.  Have YOU been made into a new creation?  If this program looks like something your church could benefit from please shoot me an email at Info@catchingcreation.com .  I'd love to travel to where you are and present the Gospel with my animal friends!

Slowing Down Isn't Giving Up

Slowing Down Isn’t Giving Up I noticed while hiking recently that during to course of my briskly paced walk I startled more wildlife than I was able to adequately observe because I was in a hurry.  I wasn’t on a schedule and there wasn’t really a deadline for how long I was to be in the woods that day, so where was I going so fast?  How many times do we just move around at such a break neck speed that we fail to see the beauty that surrounds us?  Where are we going and does it really matter if we get there a few minutes earlier?  We often try so hard to get to the next thing that we miss the now.  Why are you in such a hurry?  What is it that you're trying to accomplish?

I love the way Eugene Peterson’s Message Bible translates Jeremiah 2:25 where it says Slow down. Take a deep breath. What's the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? But you say, 'I can't help it. I'm addicted to alien gods. I can't quit.”  We know that if we are running in the direction of the Lord then we can “run and not grow weary” as it says in Isaiah 40:31 but can you honestly say you’re running is for the Lord?  Sometimes our best motives and self-righteousness can appear Godly to outsiders looking in but at the end of the day we may just be trying to earn a salvation we already have.

Sometimes it seems easier to just go go go and not sit in the abiding presence of the Father.  We know that Jesus gives us rest and if we are chasing after His heart then we will be sustained no matter the pace of our walk.  When was the last time you just sat at the feet of Jesus?

Take the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, Mary was commended for taking the time to worship Jesus despite all the things that needed to be done and Martha was rebuked for not taking advantage of the present moment.  It says that Martha was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made…” and Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.”  Which are you doing?  Are you living in the present moment and recognizing not only the beauty that surrounds you but the author of all beauty, or are you wearing yourself out with tasks and distractions and completely missing the moment?

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Bats In The Church!

While In Upala, Costa Rica a misguided bat decided to forage for insects in the dim lights of our movie projector, at the end of the movie he was scrambling on the tile floor and we were able to rescue and release him outside. 

Adventure Is Calling! Will You Answer?

From the inception of my Catching Creation blog I’ve had the tagline of “Adventures In All Things Created.”  I guess I’ve never really needed to clarify what exactly that meant before now but the more I think about what it means to be on adventure the more I feel this little phrase of mine will need clarity.  It has always seemed to me that to be completely alive one must always be in the middle of, or in search of, an adventure.  I’ve been thinking about that philosophy for quite some time now.  Lately the adventure seems to be one pitted in the very center of my faith.  Adventures aren’t always easy and certainly in the moment they can often be uncomfortable, but an adventure is only as good as the bruises and scrapes you get along the way.  The hardship and bad weather seem to frame up the best adventures and overcoming some obstacle or adversity makes the stories worth telling. I think when we start looking at our faith journey as an adventure it helps to make those bumps in the road seem all the more worthwhile.  When things don’t work out and we’re left scratching our heads and asking God, sometimes even yelling, “which way do I go” or “what have I done wrong?”  We fail to realize the importance of the adventure at hand.  These are the moments that build faith, or so they tell me.  These are the times that we can look back and say that we were truly refined by hardship and we persevered.  We survived!  We lived to tell the story and wow, what a story it will be someday.  James, the half brother of Jesus, assures us that our trials will sharpen and polish us in his first epistle and if you’re feeling lost in the woods on this great adventure just let the words of James comfort you.

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Our adventures can lead us to mountain highs and valley lows but beauty is always in the faithful and sometimes fearful walking with God in the dark nights of our souls.  In the stories of how God came through or how we learned that our compass may have been upside down and we got off course a bit.  Through His grace, God is there, listening to our complaints, laughing at our child like tantrums and all the while loving us through the process.  Where is your adventure leading you?  Have you gotten off course?  Trust Jesus, dust yourself off, and lean into the wind.  You’ve got an amazing journey ahead and one heck of a story to tell!

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On The Outside Looking In

Have you ever felt like you were on the outside looking in?  That is just what this child in the picture below must have literally felt like while we were having a time of ministry and celebration in Costa Rica over the summer.  My heart broke for this little guy.  I pleaded with him in my best broken spanglish to come inside and that he was welcomed but he stood at a distance and never came inside.  Jesus wants our hearts to break for those lost sheep.

Jesus says in Matthew 18:12"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  Jesus is many times just waiting on you or I to come back inside so to speak, and to join in the celebration of His victory of sin, death and the grave.  How many times in our own hurt, anxiety and pride do we just scoff at the love of Christ and walk away to do our own thing?  Jesus loves you and wants fellowship with you, will you come inside?  

Blessings Among Thorns

I love hiking and just listening to the silence of the woods.  Today while on the trail I stopped in the middle of a meadow full of briars, thorns and brambles and noticed tiny sparrows and finches effortlessly navigating through the tough spots and not complaining (metaphorically) about their tough situation but using it and seeing it as a catalyst for something good, ie their provision and food. 

How To Make A Cloud

While scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw a friend of mine's video making a cloud on this bitter cold day in NC, so I decided to do my own experiment and see if I could do the same thing. 

All you need is a sub freezing day, boiling water, permission from an adult (if you're a kiddo) and toss the boiling water safely into the air, voila, instant cloud.  How cool is that?