Courses. One of our key educational helps is the provision of free and downloadable courses. Our experience in developing regions has taught us that bible-based materials are either hard to get or too expensive. With this in mind and as a result of our experience in certain areas, we offer specific courses described below without charge. They are copyrighted, but they may be copied and passed freely for those who need them. If the material is offered in App form for cell phones, they are available free. Look for the hand emblem on the right column of download pages. We can provide training on request regarding the content of these courses. We have trained teachers and administrators with the material.
Please note, a one-year curriculum course, written at the high school level, was developed from the Creation Study that is described below. The new English version is refined, expanded, re-edited, and in App form without cost. The hard copy of the new edited version is for sale through links on rjbeardpublishing.com. It will also be published in Spanish in late 2021. An App for Spanish-speaking people will be available for free a few months after the hard-copy Spanish version is published.
For Philippine users: an early version of the expanded biblical creation course is available through IFL but it was published prior to the thorough edit. It can be obtained through them at a modest cost. It is used in some of their schools, but many have decided to used the cell phone-based App instead. To go directly to the download page, press the link below. A brief description of the new course subjects is in the paragraphs that follow. The link to the download page is also at the bottom of this page.
1. Creation Study. Biblical creation is the context for the Bible. God provides an Eyewitness account in Genesis and provides other information in various books that, when studied, present a world view that is utterly different from what is taught in most institutions today. This course presents the biblical world view but additionally compares it to a naturalistic (or evolutionary) world view. The purpose is to provide teachers, parents, and children a strong biblical basis for interpreting the world around them that makes sense, promotes good operational science, and answers key questions. Issues like creation of the universe, the ages of things, dinosaurs, the presence of “bad” things or evil, the Genesis flood, the Ice Age, are addressed. Several versions are available. Go to the link above to see more detail.
2. Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View (AOBV). This course was birthed from needs we found in regions where science equipment, disciplines of observing, and an understanding of biblical creation were lacking. However, highly developed regions rarely have this training either. The objective is to learn how to practically observe the night skies from a biblical creation world view. In the process, the student learns the important disciplines of observing, which are needed in most fields of endeavor. The course is designed to be taken by teachers or parents, although older students can master the course if they have oversight. Some basic observing equipment and references are needed that are spelled out at the beginning, but the list is kept simple and brief in view of needs in developing regions. The course consists of 12 lessons, which can also be subdivided. When we train a group of teachers, the course takes about 24 hours of instruction (not including night observation periods and reading the lessons). This course is designed to teach the basics so that a person can proceed to observe the night skies on their own with some confidence.
Presentations and Media
We are asked to make presentations on topics related to courses and we have developed materials to support training. The PRESENTATIONS AND MEDIA sub menu takes you to any items that are available. You are welcome to review and use the material. Again, although copyrighted, versions that are free are available on this site.