The Lord’s Prayer sung in Urdu/ HIndi by Anil Kant and family from the Album Meri Rooh Se.
Lord Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate model prayer. A prayer that changes lives and will surely change yours too…
On January 7, 2015, I delivered my model of Noah’s Ark to our Institute for Creation Research offices in Dallas, Texas. The project started as part of my Master’s in Christian Education at the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics (SOBA), but the idea came to me in the middle of the night in March 2010. Like Noah, God gave me a vision, and while I wasn’t given every detail, I did receive a sense of urgency to accomplish the task.
I intended to donate the project to ICR from the very beginning, which motivated me to strive for excellence in its construction. Except for the nautical experience I picked up in the twelve years I spent in the U.S. Navy, I brought no special building skills to the project—I didn’t even have the tools. I trusted God to provide the vision, imagination, resources, and skill necessary to complete the Ark. He taught me as I applied my hand to the task—I give all the glory to Him.
As the task progressed, however, I realized it would not be finished in time for my November 2011 graduation. I wrote a thesis instead. But that did not assuage my desire to complete the model and make good on my promise.
On January 8, 2015, the ICR staff gathered around the Ark for a time of dedication. My prayer is that God will use the model as an effective teaching tool to remove the Ark’s mythical stigma, give life to the Genesis Flood account, and remove any doubt of the truth of God’s Word.
The Ark, according to the biblical description and based on an 18-inch cubit, was a massive barge 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high—a perfect seaworthy design. Because of my naval training, I knew I needed a fore and aft, a bow (stem) and a stern, and a port and starboard to keep myself orientated while constructing the model. But the Ark itself had no bow or stern, as it was not designed to sail. All it had to do was float and survive the catastrophic Flood.
Like Noah, I received a vision to create a tangible object lesson demonstrating not only the feasibility of such a phenomenal vessel, but to teach that even in His judgment, God is merciful and He provides the path to salvation.
Ark Model Facts and Features
Completion time: 4.75 years / 1,379 hours / 574 days / 172.4 8-hour days
Scale: 1/60, comparable to S-gauge 1/64 scale railroad model
Inside dimensions: length 90″ (7.5 feet), width 15,” height 9″
— 6 cisterns, 2 per deck located at opposite ends of the ark
— 37,361 gallons x 6 cisterns = 224,166 gallons total capacity
— Replenishment: Following the 40 days of continuous rain, periodic rains would refill their stores via piping water from the roof into the cisterns.
— 2 grain storage silos fore and aft
— Between 2nd-story deck and 1st-story deck
— Volume: 10,526 bushels of grain at 52 lb./bushel = 547,352 lb. or 274 Tons
— 8 (4 men, 4 women)
— The figures on the model are ~ 1 1/8″ tall; x 60 would make them 6’6″
1st-story deck houses the large animals—reptiles and mammals
2nd-story deck houses the “clean” animals and features small animal cages
3rd-story deck features:
— The small roof above the main roof is the ventilation exhaust flue, the window mentioned in Genesis 6:16.
— Below the main roof at the top of the hull is the fresh-air intake that runs the length of the Ark from port to starboard.
— The forward section is open for viewing and features aviaries, port and starboard, sleeping quarters, a family area, a work area, stone oven, and storage rooms.
— Fill ports for the grain silos are located at the forward end next to the cistern.
by Ernesto E. Carrasco, M.C.Ed. an Instructor at the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics.
Cite this article: Ernesto E. Carrasco, M.C.Ed. 2015. Noah’s Ark Model. Acts & Facts. 44 (3).
Waiting on the Lord is an important spiritual discipline in our walk of faith. King David’s life teaches us about the value of following God’s plan and the danger in moving ahead of Him.
When David was a young shepherd boy, he was anointed as Israel’s next king by the prophet Samuel. Yet he did not become the ruler for many years. Waiting for the Lord to place him on the throne was made more difficult because the current king, Saul, turned against David and repeatedly tried to take his life. Despite the opportunity to take matters into his own hands and kill his enemy, David held back. He wouldn’t allow anyone else to attack Saul, either (1 Sam. 24:1-7). He waited on God and was greatly blessed for his obedience.
When he was king, David learned the hard way why it is a bad idea to move ahead without the Lord. One year, he chose not to join his troops in battle, even though that was one of his duties (2 Sam. 11:1). During the time he stayed home, he noticed Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, and he coveted her. Acting upon his desires, he conceived a child with her and then tried to cover up his sin. What a mess he made of his life. Instead of following the Lord’s plan and being blessed, he experienced divine chastisement and much heartache.
As believers, we want to obey the Lord, but there may be situations when intense desire propels us forward without waiting for His direction. Like David, we will experience the blessing of obedience or the heartache of disobedience. Be sure to seek out God’s plan before you act.
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” (1 Corinthians 1:26)
For the most part, the rich and famous of this world, the wise and powerful, have always looked down on the followers of Christ and the Scriptures. This seems increasingly true today, and many believers have been led to compromise as a result. Rather than being discouraged by the intellectual snobbery of educated and powerful unbelievers, however, we should rejoice in this further proof of the prophetic inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.
This passage is, in fact, a remarkably fulfilled prophecy, true for almost 2,000 years. Christians have founded great universities to train people in God’s truth, only to see them taken over, one after another, by the ungodly leaders of this present world. Missionaries have carried the gospel to heathen lands, only to be superseded by wealth-seeking materialists who exploit and subvert their converts.
Paul did not say “not any,” of course, but “not many.” God always has raised up a few brilliant or powerful men (such as Paul himself) who have devoted their abilities and influence to the Lord and His Word, but these have always been the exception. There have been a few godly kings and generals, a few Christ-honoring artists and musicians of great talent, but they are far outnumbered by the others.
But we must remember that God said long ago that was the way it would be. “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). HMM
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. —1 John 4:10
God is love, so His loving is not something He may do nor not do at His will. Loving us is not an intermittent act or series of acts which God does in between other acts. His love flows steadily out upon the whole human race in an unbroken and continuous fullness.
There is not a time, not a fraction of time, when God’s love is not active toward us. It is as constant as the being of God, for it is the being of God in unforced, normal expression….
We are often tempted to wonder how God could love us, but honest as this feeling is, it is nevertheless the result of a wrong way of looking at things. God does not love us because we are hard or easy to love; He loves us because He is God, not because we are good or bad or more attractive or less so. God’s love is not drawn out of Him by its object; it flows out from God in a steady stream because He is love.
“God so loved the world,” not because the world was lovable but because God is love. Christ did not die for us that God might love us; He died for us because God already loved us from everlasting. Love is not the result of redemption; it is the cause of it.
Father, I’m so glad You didn’t look for something lovable within me before deciding to redeem me. While I was yet a sinner You loved me and chose me. You gave me the gift of life. I praise You. Amen.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20)
I think it is pitiful and rather sad that about the only time you can find a fellow citizen who is not a “phony” is when he is mad. In our kind of society, most people feel that they must always be pretending, continually “putting on a front.”
So, they are never their real selves until they get mad!
When Jesus faced His bitter religious enemies as recorded in John 8, there was no pretending, nothing staged for dramatic effect. Jesus confronted them with the words: “He that is of God heareth God’s words. You, therefore, hear them not, because you are not of God!”
These were firm and severe words; His enemies answered with angry and insulting words. These men were mad; they were letting go. They had given up pretense. They were acting naturally now, showing what they were within.
As humans, we are what we do! If what we do proves us to be wrong, then it is either despair or obtaining the help we need. Jesus came to change our natures. He came to break old habits of sin, to break and conquer them!
You know in a wheel there is one portion that never turns round, that stands steadfast, and that is the axle. So, in God’s Providence there is an axle which never moves. Christian, here is a sweet thought for thee! Thy state is ever changing: sometimes thou art exalted, and sometimes depressed; yet there is an unmoving point in thy state. What is that axle? What is the pivot upon which all the machinery revolves? It is the axle of God’s everlasting love towards his covenant people. The exterior of the wheel is changing; but the center stands forever fixed. Other things may move; but God’s love never moves; it is the axle of the wheel, and will endure.