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Family Time 4: Creation

Pray and Share: What is the prettiest scene in nature that you have ever seen personally or in a picture? Why?

In your family’s search for truth, consider who or what endorses God. Nature can be so breath-taking that it moves you emotionally. It almost seems to speak to you. The psalmist, David, actually describes nature’s ability to speak to us. And he says that “the heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard” (Psalm 19:1–3 NLT). Nature speaks and proclaims God to you and me. It can be so powerful or beautiful that you know God is there. Nature is so moving or compelling that it is evidence of God’s existence. If for any reason you question the accuracy of God and His truth, consider who speaks for God. Creation speaks for God and gives testimony of His existence. When you stop and think about it, the message that nature sends is powerful.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20 NLT

Scripture shares that the earth and sky have given clear testimony of who God is. Through creation, people do understand that God is God and that He has super-natural or divine abilities. And as a super-natural or divine Creator, His scripture contains truth. This passage in Romans goes on to explain that sadly some people who reject God know that they are exchanging truth for a lie, which means they actually do recognize that God is THE source of truth. God really is the best source of truth for His creation.

Wrap it up: Creation acts as a witness that God, the Creator, exists. It is so elaborate, organized, complicated and detailed that it is obvious nature has always been and always will be held together by an Intelligent Designer. Since God is the Creator, it makes sense that He will want the best for His creation. You can trust that God will tell you the truth.

What amazing part of nature helps you know that God is there and the Creator who made everything?

Closing Prayer: Pray for God to help you see how nature proclaims God.

Excerpt from the Sky Ranch Devotional –
Boom Town, Written by Stacy A. Davis and Taylor A. Davis
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Family Time 3: The Creator

Pray and Share: If you could travel for vacation anywhere on earth, where would you go?

From the beach to the mountains, the earth has so many beautiful and interesting places to travel to and see. Each location has very specific people and animals. There are details such as food or clothing that can make it unique. We all have our favorite places for all our favorite reasons. Even if you can’t afford to go there, you can enjoy looking at pictures of them online. Every one of those places did not just accidentally happen, each was intentionally made by the Creator. Each location on earth was carefully designed. As was each planet carefully hung in space. As were the sun, moon and stars, all carefully placed in the heavens by the Creator. In your search for truth, your family has learned that God does exist. But who is God? Scripture shares that humanity recognizes God as our Creator. God’s elaborate designs and intricate detail prove creation was formed by an Intelligent Designer. Yet, scripture reveals that He is so powerful that everything was formed by His spoken command. God SPOKE all things into existence. Now, those are powerful Words!

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:3 NLT

Since we were not there at creation, our understanding of creation is by faith. It is an assurance or a conviction of the truth that the universe was created by God. It is a belief that God, who we cannot see, created everything that we can see. In scripture, another name for God is the Lord.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28 NLT

This passage in Isaiah shares that God, our Creator, never grows weak or weary and His understanding is so great that it cannot be measured. That would explain why He knows how to hang a planet in the heavens. We don’t even know much about gravity, at this point. Thank goodness, God’s understanding is well beyond ours! We want someone very smart in charge.

Wrap it up: Since we are part of the creation and God is the Creator, do you think the Creator would be the best source of truth for His creation? Why?

Closing Prayer: Pray for God to help you know that He is the Creator.

Excerpt from the Sky Ranch Devotional –
Boom Town, Written by Stacy A. Davis and Taylor A. Davis
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Family Time 2: Exist

Pray and Share: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

As your family continues to search for truth, let’s take a closer look at God and the information that He shares about Himself. But first, do you know the answer to the chicken and egg question according to the Bible? In Genesis 1 the story of creation is explained and in Genesis 1:1 it says, “In the beginning God….” God existed first. He existed BEFORE the beginning. God existed, THEN He created all of creation. And in Genesis 1:20, God created the birds with the ability to fly and among them were the ancestors of the chicken. There we have it: the answer to the chicken puzzle. Since an egg can’t fly, God started with the chicken. God existed first. And the chicken existed before the egg. The Bible does not explain where God came from, but it does share some interesting things about God. In Exodus 3 at God’s request, Moses is leading a group of people, the Israelites, from one location to another, and Moses asks God what His name is so he can explain who sent him. God’s response is, “I AM that I AM” (Exodus 3:14 NET). His name translated means “I exist.” In this passage, the main thing God wants to relay to you, me and all people is that He exists.

Even before the mountains came into existence, or you brought the world into being, you were the eternal God. Psalm 90:2 NET

This explains that before the world was brought into being or mountains existed…God already existed. The word “eternal” means there is no beginning and no ending. I know. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? In our limited understanding of a world limited by time, it is hard to understand that God has always existed and always will exist. He doesn’t begin or end. This is where faith comes in. In faith, we have to take God at His Word. God said to Job in another passage:

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Job 38:4 ESV

God explains that He was there at creation and we were not. God gives a logical answer to where all things come from. It is from Him. He existed first.

Wrap it up: In order to find truth, it is important to believe the originator of truth, God. It is important to believe that He exists and that He and His truth are worth searching for. What is your belief? If God exists, does truth exist? How would you define truth?

Closing Prayer: Pray for God to help you accept that God exists.

Excerpt from the Sky Ranch Devotional –
Boom Town, Written by Stacy A. Davis and Taylor A. Davis
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Family Time 1: Real
Pray and Share: Can you touch the air you breathe? How do you know the air is real?
You cannot see the air that is all around you, but you can see its effect. It fills your lungs each time that you breathe. Just like the air, God is also all around you. You cannot see Him either, but you can see His effect. We cannot see the air, but we know it is there. We exist because of it. We cannot see God, but we know He is there. We exist because of God and His truth. Just because we cannot see something, does not mean that it does not exist. There are other ways to know something exists other than from our eyesight. We have four other senses: touch, smell, sound, and taste. These also collect information. If the air blows and becomes a wind, you can hear it or you can feel the wind on your face. You can see the wind move your hair or blow the trees. Those are some of the physical ways that you can know that air exists. And there are the scientists. The scientists act as a witness and explain the make-up of air and verify that it exists. They also write books to pass their understanding on to others. Your family is on a quest to discover if truth exists and you begin by asking—is there a source of truth? For many, God would be considered a source of truth. But just like air, you cannot see God, so how do you know that God is real? God is spiritual. Just like physical senses can be used to detect air, spiritually there are ways to understand that God is real. There are spiritual senses such as faith, hope and love among others. There are also spiritual witnesses that explain God to you. They are called Christians. And there is a spiritual book, the Holy Bible, which is inspired by God but written by God’s witnesses to explain God and His truth to us.

To begin this journey for truth, consider where God’s witnesses tell you to begin.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV

This quote is from the Holy Bible, which is a spiritual book that explains God. The passage is talking about spiritual things, such as God, that you cannot see. It is explaining that you know God is real by faith. Faith. Hmmm. But what is faith?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NISB

According to the Bible, faith is your personal conviction or surety that your belief is true. Faith is a spiritual sense. It is just one way to know God is real.

Wrap it up: To find truth, you begin by accepting God is real. Share with your family if you think God is real. If you believe God is real, what do you know about Him so far?

Closing Prayer: Pray for the faith to know God is real.

Excerpt from the Sky Ranch Devotional –
Boom Town, Written by Stacy A. Davis and Taylor A. Davis
© 2017 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. and Taylor A. Davis All rights reserved.

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Section One Story – The Boy and the Prospector
by Taylor A. Davis

Over the mountain range, through the thickets and trees, a gentle wind traveled its way through the woods until it found a low-lying stream. The cool air had seen the trials and hardships of a hardy few who would strike rock, dirt, and sand to find a new way and a new life. With sweaty,
coarse hands, mankind hunted for the finer things, most seeking treasures wherever the stars guided, while only a few knew to look in the small places hiding alongside them.

Along the Shasta River rested a settlement known as Boom Town. It was home to a happy bunch, for they’d found the most precious of metals. A prize most prospectors had searched for, yet found none. However, the “Boomers,” as they called themselves, knew the secrets to finding what others could not. They knew where to look and how to look. Gold was their trade, the life of their community. And if you failed to find it, then you were just an outsider, a lonely seeker of dirt.

“Could you tie up the tent flap, Curly? That breeze is killin’ me,” groaned a kooky old man sporting a thick, white beard and wearing a brown cowboy hat atop his head. The chipper fellow adjusted his reading spectacles and scratched his large nose. He leaned over, fidgeting like a
squirrel away from its tree while he laid down a large leather book with a
golden crucifix sewn in the center of the cover.

“You need to be sure none of that wind blows through. If you let that cold stuff in, you won’t survive the evening in this winter.”

“I’m doing my best, sir!” whined the boy. Smaller and younger than the men at Boom Town, the young lad did his best to shut the tent. The wind catapulted the wool cap from his head and into the old man’s wrinkled face. Curly’s blonde hair levitated as he mightily pulled the two pieces of
cloth together, battling the gale forces of nature pounding against his skinny frame.

Once the boy had finally closed the tent and the old man removed the cap from his face, they sat down together. The old man dusted the grimy item and then leaned forward to place it back on Curly’s head.

“You know the reason I called you here, boy?” the old man mumbled. “I can’t find gold?” Curly replied under his breath. His head sank low. “It’s not that you can’t find the gold. You just don’t know where or how to look for it…” The old man’s response was followed by a lingering pause.

“Well, how do I even know it’s real? All I do is hear about it; I never seen it.”

“Ahh,” the old man chuckled, “What a mistake it is to believe only until you see. For you to find the gold at the bottom of that river, you must know it’s there. Then you must be patient. You must be still. And then you will find what’s buried beneath all that dirt and stone.”

A befuddled look spread across Curly’s face. Annoyed, he lacked the patience to find wisdom in the old man’s words.

The boy cried in a raised tone, “How am I supposed to know that you know what you’re talking about! For all I know, you’ve been searching longer than me. For all I know, none of the Boomers in Boom Town have even seen gold!”

“Then what is this, boy!” the old man sharpened his voice. He held up a closed fist before the grumbling child. His palms remained closed. Withered and frail, they shook violently to stay afloat.

“They call me the Old Prospector for a reason. I’ve been here. I’ve been back. I’ve seen it all, and I’m trying to show you the way. For there is only one way to find the gold. Only one way to find that sweet treasure buried beneath. You must believe.”

Before the boy, the old prospector released his hand and revealed what was hidden. Out rolled a dazzling chunk of rock. Ripe and true, strong to the core with a beauty that could not be recreated or destroyed. Purest of all things, that tiny speck of gold struck Curly in the hardest of ways. He believed.

The Old Prospector closed his palm and shook his head. “Emptiness is to doubt what you know is truth. If you’re gonna join the Boomers, you must know it’s there before you can find it. Meet me in the river tomorrow, when the sun breaks the plane of day.”

Nodding, Curly got up, grabbed his gray jacket and cap, and then made his way out of the tent as the wind grew, pushing harder than he’d ever known.

Section 1 Topic – Truth
The story begins with a young prospector named Curly. Curly is having trouble finding gold. An older wiser prospector reveals that for Curly’s search to really begin, Curly has to believe that gold really does exist. After sharing his experience of finding gold and even showing Curly a nugget of real gold that he found in the river, the older prospector convinces Curly of gold’s existence. This begins Curly’s quest for gold. In a similar way, to begin a search for truth, you have to believe that truth really exists, that there is truth just waiting for you to find it. There is an old proverb that says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get,
get insight” (Proverbs 4:7 ESV). It is saying that the beginning of wisdom is recognizing that you need real wisdom and then, whatever you do, find the truth. You have to recognize your need for truth to begin your search for it. The Sky Ranch family devotional, Boom Town, will take your family through the process of seeking truth by breaking into five sections that will lead you to real truth. In this first section on truth, your family will discover that truth is real, whom the source of real truth is and the evidence that supports whether your source really is giving you truth.

Excerpt from the Sky Ranch Devotional –
Boom Town, Written by Stacy A. Davis and Taylor A. Davis
© 2017 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. and Taylor A. Davis. All rights reserved.

Check back for the first guided Family Devotional complete with scriptural devotional time and questions for the whole family!

If you would like one free copy of this Sky Ranch Family Devotional – Boom Town for your family, please visit and request one in the contact section. For more Sky Ranch Family Devotionals and information on the author, visit