mid-week apologetics booster 4-15-2021

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

It’s not the amount of your faith that saves you; it’s the object of your faith that saves you, – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels in the New Testament?: https://www.timothypauljones.com/apologetics-how-do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-2/
  2. Here is why we can expect Christian persecution to grow worse this year, and yes, even in America.: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-we-can-expect-persecution-to-grow-worse-this-year/
  3. Why Aren’t Christians More Confident to Share Their Faith? | Jonathan Morrow – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JKX8DHOeqA
  4. Wise Disciple: How Can I Share the Gospel with a Hindu? https://aclearlens.libsyn.com/how-can-i-share-the-gospel-with-a-hindu?tdest_id=1746821
  5. Is Wokeness the Greatest Threat to the Gospel? https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/is-wokeness-the-greatest-threat-to-the-gospel/
  6. Genetic entropy and the gospel – creation.com: https://creation.com/genetic-entropy-gospel
  7. Can The Gospels Be Trusted? C.S. Lewis argued that if the gospel is true (if Jesus was the Son of God come in flesh, if He lived a perfect life, performed miracles, died for our sins, was physically raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and reigns at present as the living Lord), it is of infinite importance. If it is not true, it is of no importance, except as a cultural phenomenon. But it cannot be of moderate importance. The events mentioned above either happened, or they did not. In other words, our faith is rooted in history. Paul Johnson says, Christianity is essentially a historical religion. It bases its claims on the historical facts it asserts. If these are demolished it is nothing. | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Can_The_Gospels_Be_Trusted_FullArticle
  8. Is the Content of the Biblical Manuscripts Reliable? | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Is_the_Content_of_the_Biblical_Manuscripts_Reliable_page1
  9. The Fear of Phobic – There are a lot of terms that end with phobic: homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and transphobic. If someone expresses disagreement with the mainstream narrative on homosexuality, Islam, foreigners, or transgender people, they’ll be slapped with a phobic label. Although a phobia has been historically understood to be a fear of something (e.g., arachnophobia is a fear of spiders), adding the suffix today is intended to signal that you hold a bigoted view on that subject and that’s bad. You’re supposed to be so afraid of being labeled phobic that you’ll change your position or, at least, never express it again in public. If you do, prepare to be canceled, – Alan Shlemon: https://www.str.org/w/the-fear-of-phobic-
  10. How to Receive Critical Feedback: https://www.str.org/w/how-to-receive-critical-feedback
  11. Irreducible Complexity | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/irreducible-complexity/
  12. A Pastor’s Reflection on the April 2021 LDS General Conference – WitnessInLove.org: https://witnessinlove.org/a-pastors-reflection-on-the-lds-general-conference-april-2021/?fbclid=IwAR080x7-ZIuoBynKC3F-jMNGC9iG_Hj_bn6YfLwC3AT9WmudAN_HmWsMyRQ
  13. In polygamy, should a man divorce his wives after becoming a Christian?: https://carm.org/about-marriage/polygamy-should-men-divorce-wives-after-becoming-christian/
  14. Why, After 10 Years of Talking with Atheists, I Still Believe in Christianity: An Interview with Justin Brierley – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2021/04/why-after-10-years-of-talking-with-atheists-i-still-believe-in-christianity-an-interview-with-justin-brierley/
  15. The Cambrian Explosion Has Just Gone Nuclear | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/the-cambrian-explosion-has-just-gone-nuclear/
  16. Resurrection Defense Series (Part Six): Transformation of Eyewitnesses PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/resurrection-defense-series-part-six-transformation-of-eyewitnesses/
  17. Why Romans 7:18 Needs a Translation Update – The Good Book Blog – Biola University: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2021/why-romans-7-18-needs-a-translation-update
  18. Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight (podcast interview): https://www.spreaker.com/user/veracityhill/016-christianity-in-the-public-square-wi
  19. Is It Arrogant To Claim That Jesus Is The Only Way? https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-it-arrogant-to-claim-that-jesus-is.html
  20. How are Christians treated in communist, atheist China? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/13/how-are-christians-treated-in-communist-atheist-china/
  21. Ratio Christi at Arizona State University – Thursday Summer Forum – Join us as we explore a friendly and thoughtful debate between atheist scholar, Dr. Michael Shermer, and Christian scholar, Dr. Frank Turek. In this great debate, they deftly discuss the evidence for and against the existence of God. We plan to watch a segment of the debate each week, then, when we meet online each Thursday at 5pm, we can all openly and respectfully question both positions. Message us to join the discussion. | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/463153898280840/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_calendar_create%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1618399128374117&notif_t=event_calendar_create&ref=notif
  22. Renewing Your Mind | Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? | Apr 13, 2021: https://renewingyourmind.org/2021/04/13/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god
  23. Mormons & The Church of Latter-day Saints – 10 Things You Should Know About their Beliefs: https://www.christianity.com/church/denominations/are-mormons-christians-10-things-to-know-about-the-church-of-latter-day-saints.html
  24. Why Is The Supreme Court Important To Christians? (Cross Examined June 2018) : https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+szgc7mp
  25. Building a Culture of Evangelism Takes Time, So Be Patient and Get to Work: https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/building-a-culture-of-evangelism-takes-time-so-be-patient-and-get-to-work/

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-8-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

In His grace, God freely gives salvation to those who believe in Jesus. We cannot earn this gift, nor do we deserve it. Our Father does notice our good works, though. And He promises to reward us according to what we have done for Him. True service occurs when we allow the Lord to work through us for His glory and honor. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Important Questions for the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/some-important-questions-for-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  2. Blood Clotting Remains a Mousetrap for Darwin | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/12/blood-clotting-remains-a-mousetrap-for-darwin/
  3. James Tour: Molecules Don’t Care About Life | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/09/james-tour-molecules-dont-care-about-life/
  4. What about evidence from other religions? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/mGxdBA3AAho
  5. MIT professor finds meaning of life in god, not science-the Veritas Forum: https://youtu.be/bYoAN6m1sec
  6. Is there proof outside the Bible that Jesus existed? Nabil Qureshi answers in a Q&A: https://youtu.be/xGQ_5rSBwIQ
  7. Where do morals come from? Living Waters: https://youtu.be/ANSPIz4TMhw
  8. John MacArthur questions Robby Zacharias’s salvation: https://youtu.be/L2tpwVrBEz0
  9. What is faith?: https://youtu.be/FLzBOnlvN4w
  10. The Bee Explains: Catholics Vs. Protestants | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/the-bee-explains-catholics-vs-protestants
  11. Muslim converts to Christianity after realizing the Bible is true: https://youtu.be/Ry8K4sK3uDc
  12. An Introduction to Christian Ethics – In philosophical ethics (the world), the end goal in life is happiness. But in Christian ethics (the Church), the end goal is holiness. That distinction often determines which choice we make.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkac-R-C8MA
  13. If you get canceled, like paleontologist Gunter Bechly, where do you go? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/if-you-get-canceled-like-paleontologist-gunter-bechly-where-do-you-go/
  14. James Huntsman’s fraud suit is hardly the only one against the LDS Church. Can any of them win? Laura Gaddy, who grew up as a devout Latter-day Saint in North Carolina, says she felt her surety in church principles begin to unravel in 2015, when leaders pulled Joseph Smiths seer stone from a vault and showed it to the media. For her, according to court documents, the event signaled that the faiths founding prophet had not translated the Book of Mormon, the church’s signature scripture, directly from gold plates inscribed with reformed Egyptian characters, but instead had dictated the narrative from a stone with his head in a hat. Gaddy came to be deeply troubled by what she saw as similar dismaying misrepresentations, according to her lawsuit, over the church’s translated Book of Abraham and over Smiths own character, leading to a crisis in her faith. That crisis brought her to a Utah federal court in August 2019. Her initial lawsuit accused church leaders of misrepresenting its foundational facts and continuing conduct of concealing access to those facts as part of perpetuating an alleged fraud to ensure, among other things, that members tithing contributions would continue. Gaddy’s case also cites specific examples of church statements that appear to contradict reality. But while Huntsman’s pleadings pinpoint the church’s alleged business dealings versus how they were portrayed dating to 2003, Gaddy offers evidence reaching back nearly a century. New filings in her suit include a host of exhibits drawn from the church’s historical record, including purported evidence of Joseph Smith practicing polygamy and being labeled a disorderly person in 1826 in connection with a form of deception related to treasure hunting. These are facts that have been hidden from members, Burningham said. These are not beliefs. These are facts (Note – I have downloaded this content in case they take down the article): https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/04/04/james-huntsman-isnt-first/
  15. Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/09/28/scholars-turn-anew-an-old/
  16. William Lane Craig debates James Crossley on the resurrection of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/04/william-lane-craig-debates-james-crossley-on-the-resurrection-of-jesus-11/
  17. Distant Starlight Unlikely Solutions Part 2: ASC – Questions for Dr. Lisle Rational Faith: https://rationalfaith.com/2021/03/distant-starlight-unlikely-solutions-part-2-asc-questions-for-dr-lisle/
  18. The Theological Roots of Capitalism: A Conversation with Economist Benjamin M. Friedman – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2021/03/24/benjamin-friedman
  19. Largest Canyons Were Formed by the Receding Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/largest-canyons-were-formed-by-the-receding-flood/
  20. The resurrection argument that changed a generation of scholars – Gary Habermas: https://youtu.be/ay_Db4RwZ_M
  21. China Is Detaining Christians In Secret Facilities Forcing Them To Renounce Their Faith Or Be Tortured: Report | The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/china-is-detaining-christians-in-secret-facilities-forcing-them-to-renounce-their-faith-or-be-tortured-report
  22. Origin of Life’s Purple Unicorn: Protocells | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/origin-of-lifes-purple-unicorn-protocells/
  23. Refutation of Atheist Paul Carlson’s 51 Bible Contradictions | Dave Armstrong: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2021/04/refutation-of-atheist-paul-carlsons-51-bible-contradictions.html
  24. God of Love? We now turn our attention to answering the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is not a God of love. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/hermeneutics/god-of-love/
  25. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/amp/

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day –and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-1-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one. Our instinct is to dwell on the situation at hand, searching for solutions or stewing over the pain and difficulty. As a result, troubles look scary and overwhelm us with a sense of defeat. However, fear and defeat cannot live long in a heart that trusts the Lord. I’m not saying you’ll forget what you’re going through, but you can choose to dwell on His provision and care instead. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Who’s Waiting for Your Kids? In a few short years, they will leave the safety of your home and church and head off to college. Who will they meet? What ideas will they encounter? What moral choices will they face? For most adults, it’s been quite a few years since they’ve set foot on a college campus. Let us bring you up-to-speed on who and what is waiting for your kids – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2012/10/whos-waiting-for-your-kids.html
  2. Who’s Waiting for You? When you leave the safety of a Christian home or youth group and head off to college and work, are you ready to meet people who are hostile to the Christian faith? Are you prepared to meet their challenges? – STR Quick-Reference App: https://subsplash.com/strquickreference/media/mi/+bd15cbe
  3. Deeper Teaching in Apologetics and Theology for Youth – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/10/deeper-teaching-in-apologetics-and-theology-for-youth.html
  4. Taking the Heat – According to Jesus, we should expect the world to be upset with us. Yes, even if Christians are the most loving people imaginable. Why? Because the world suppresses the truth in its sin. Unbelievers trip over Jesus because He is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.: https://www.str.org/w/taking-the-heat
  5. Four reasons to think that atheism is inconsistent with scientific progress | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/24/four-reasons-to-think-that-atheism-is-inconsistent-with-scientific-progress-2/
  6. A Case for Creation: Session 5, Part 2 Global Flood Evidence from the Grand Canyon and beyond Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-creation-session-5-part-2-global-flood-evidence-from-the-grand-canyon-and-beyond/
  7. The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah’s Witnesses | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 32 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/cnpl6gRjNOY
  8. Can People Get Out of Hell? https://youtu.be/CVQlAdG6Spw
  9. The Evidence Study Bible (Beige-Brown-Leather): http://store.livingwaters.com/the-evidence-bible-beige-brown.html
  10. Interview of Nancy Pearcey by Sean McDowell: https://youtu.be/8bIJ25Snz04
  11. What’s in an apologetics book? Let’s look at the table of contents of my favorite introduction to Christian apologetics, which is “Is God Just a Human Invention?” written by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow. In that book, you will find 18 topics… | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/27/whats-in-an-apologetics-book-2/
  12. Speaking Up or Keeping Silent in Science Class – Scripture clearly states that at certain times silence is a virtue. Yet at other times remaining silent is wrong, cowardly, and traitorous. How can we know when to keep silence and when to speak? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/public-school/religion-in-schools/speaking-up-or-keeping-silent-in-science-class/
  13. Surviving Secular College – In addition to the normal academic pressures faced by all students, the consistent Christian must learn to be discerning about the views and interpretations expressed by his or her professors. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/college/surviving-secular-college/
  14. Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses? Why and when was it done? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/divided-Bible-chapters-verses.html
  15. Are Faith and Reason Compatible? A lot of Christians think that faith and reason are at opposite ends of the spectrum; that reason is used to get knowledge on one side, and on the other side are the things that you don’t have good reasons for like faith. There is a sense that Christians in faith are leaping in the dark and believing ridiculous things because this is all that we have available to us. If we use reason and are thoughtful about our faith, somehow we are not doing what God wants. – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2011/12/are-faith.html
  16. Why I’m a Christian – I see myself as an evangelical (lower case) Christian (uppercase) apologist. I think every Christian is an apologist to some degree. No, not a professional apologist like Rob Bowman, William Lane Craig, or Mike Licona, but we all have formulated some degree of warrant or justification for our faith. Just like everyone is a theologian, everyone is also an apologist. However, this does not mean that we are good apologists! Credo House Ministries: https://credohouse.org/blog/why-im-a-christian
  17. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html
  18. ONE SOLITARY LIFE -JESUS CHRIST He was born in an obscure village: http://spreadjesus.org/1221-one-solitary-life-jesus-christ.html
  19. Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven? | Clay Jones: https://clayjones.net/2012/01/ehrman%e2%80%99s-problem-4-why-won%e2%80%99t-we-abuse-free-will-in-heaven/
  20. Early Christianity Overview: The Ante-Nicene Era and the Apostles’ Churches: https://www.christian-history.org/early-christianity-2.html
  21. Evolution: not a Theory | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/evolution-not-a-theory/
  22. 3 Attributes Critical for Effective Persuasion – Pastor Brian Chilton: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/3-attributes-critical-for-effective-persuasion/
  23. Tim Keller on evangelism in the 21st century – Tim Keller, founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, talks about evangelism and contextualising the gospel for the 21st century city.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQBoLo31Ns&t=160s
  24. William Lane Craig Q&A: If God Knows My Decisions How Do I Have Free Will? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7USxGUOefrg
  25. The God Question(s): Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  26. Discovering God the Way Sherlock Holmes Would | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/08/discovering-god-way-sherlock-holmes.html
  27. The Christian Parent Manifesto – Kristen Welch: https://wearethatfamily.com/2015/07/the-christian-parent-manifesto/
  28. 30 Common New Testament Challenges By Skeptics Answered – This is a one-stop shopping list of common challenges with good responses by the author (Microsoft Word Document download). | Apologetics For Life: https://apologeticsforlife.org/30-common-new-testament-challenges-by-sceptics-answered/
  29. My Goal in Every Conversation with Mormons – Brett Kunkle – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/09/my-goal-in-every-conversation-with-mormons.html
  30. Son, Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door: http://blogs.pjstar.com/ratedpg/2015/08/20/son-dont-check-your-brain-at-the-door/
  31. How Do We Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care
  32. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/08/23/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-3/
  33. Evangelistic Apologetics as it is typically defined today.: https://www.solascripturatoday.org/index.php/17-evan-apol/40-evan-apol-2
  34. The Key to Successful Debating – I believe that preparation is the key to successful debating. My goal is to be so well prepared that I don’t have to think on my feet. This is accomplished by thinking in advance of all the objections to ones arguments that one’s opponent is likely to raise and then preparing answers to them. Whichever ones he brings up you are therefore prepared to meet. | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-key-to-successful-debating
  35. Evangelizing in a World Drowning in Sexual Problems. Evangelism today occurs in a world that is drowning in sexual problems, misunderstandings, and a hardening against the gospel as a result. – Randy Newman: https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/randy-newman/evangelizing-in-a-world-drowning-in-sexual-problems.html
  36. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  37. Are there Guidelines for doing Apologetics? Almost every discipline has a set of rules and guidelines that help a person perform better. In fact, guidelines could be produced for nearly any endeavor. Why should apologetics be any different? Following are some things I have found that are very helpful in developing apologetic skills. I am not saying that these are definitive or exhaustive in scope. Rather, these are simply the things that I have found that have helped me. I hope they help you. | carm.org: https://carm.org/defending-the-faith/are-there-guidelines-for-doing-apologetics/
  38. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new/
  39. Practical Evangelism – Taking the Roof Off – creation.com: https://creation.com/practical-evangelism
  40. Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/christianity-promotes-rational-and-evidential-exploration/
  41. 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church: https://faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/
  42. 5 Reasons Christian Teens Need Apologetics – There are many reasons why providing Christian youth with apologetics training is vitally important. Before teaching students how to give reasons for why they believe Christianity to be true, we must first be ready to help them understand that Christianity is rational so that they are ready to engage the flood of ideologies they are encountering. | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/5-reasons-christian-teens-need-apologetics/
  43. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God? A few months ago, my 6-year-old daughter asked a question that has had me thinking ever since: Mommy, why does God matter so much? It was the most fundamental of questions, really. Yet I was embarrassingly uncertain of how to answer it in a way that meaningfully encapsulates the full answer for her. I’ve thought about the question many times since she first asked it, and it’s always bothered me that I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on how best to reply.: https://natashacrain.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-need-god/
  44. NT Wright: Why we can trust that Jesus was really resurrected – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln6LWHe84SQ
  45. Lee Strobel Summarizes the Case for Jesus’ Resurrection – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXePic5PMM0
  46. Lee Strobel – The 4 E’s of the Resurrection – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Itcj8mhMcA
  47. Mike Licona – Is the story of JESUS’ RESURRECTION a LEGEND? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCPKKU-1FtY
  48. Case for the Resurrection – Animated Video (Sources: Craig, William Lane. Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection: Our Response to the Empty Tomb. ) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEPNjXmdseM
  49. Christ’s Resurrection: The Cornerstone of Christianity – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nI0el9vjWY
  50. Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist Greg Koukl Debate (12 min 39 sec video) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYHmFz33NE
  51. Forget the Myths, Ignore the Hype; Here’s What We Really Know About Jesus’ ‘Missing Years’ | The Stream: https://stream.org/forget-myths-what-we-know-jesus-missing-years/
  52. USA Today Looks to Bounce Oral Roberts University from NCAA – The small Tulsa college is evangelical, they announce, as if it’s news. That means they believe the Bible. And if they believe the Bible, an editor argues, there should be no place for them on the court — or anywhere else in polite society.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21C56&f=WU21C18
  53. How to Disagree – the article establishes a hierarchy of 0 – 6 of disagreement approaches (lowest being the worst, or most fallacious): http://paulgraham.com/disagree.html
  54. The Quran on the Inspiration of the Torah and Gospel and a Challenge to Islam Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2020/12/08/the-quran-on-the-inspiration-of-the-torah-and-gospel-and-a-challenge-to-islam/
  55. Blog Post – The Case for Cessationism Stands: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B140505/the-case-for-cessationism-stands
  56. Mammoth DNA: The Oldest Ever Found? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/mammoth-dna-oldest-ever-found/

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.” And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:7-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-25-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Let us strive to live like men who believe in a resurrection and a life to come – and desire to be always ready for the eternal world. So living, we shall look forward to death with calmness.  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Great Commission Must Be Our Guide in These Polarizing Times. During these polarizing times where battles for political power or division from cultural struggles are crippling the influence of the Christian church, we need to refocus our attention and commitment to fulfilling the great commission. – Life in the Gospel: https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/the-great-commission-must-be-our-guide-in-these-polarizing-times/
  2. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  3. Sharing Your Faith 101 – Maybe you’re afraid to share your faith because you don’t know what to say. Or maybe you’re sharing the Gospel but nothing is happening; people aren’t committing their lives to Christ. Are you doing something wrong?: https://billygraham.org/story/sharing-your-faith-101/
  4. Talking With Non-Christian Friends: https://castingnetsministries.com/resources/articles/41-talking-with-non-christian-friends-by-dr-j-budziszewski
  5. Human High-Altitude Habitation Reveals Adaptive Design | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/human-high-altitude-habitation-adaptive-design/
  6. How do I respond more effectively when someone questions my faith? Westminster: https://westminsterpc.ca/how-do-i-respond-more-effectively-when-someone-questions-my-faith/
  7. Jeff Hester Debates William Lane Craig On The Topic Is Belief In God Rational In A Scientific Age?: https://crossexamined.org/jeff-hester-debates-william-lane-craig-on-the-topic-is-belief-in-god-rational-in-a-scientific-age/
  8. How Was Jesus God Incarnate?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/holidays/how-was-jesus-god-incarnate.html
  9. Crushing the Myth that Christianity Crushes Diversity Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/crushing-the-myth-that-christianity-crushes-diversity/
  10. Ancient Man. the original Ark must have been an amazing structure. How could Noah, who lived thousands of years ago, build such a complex vessel that survived the Genesis Flood? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/thinking-outside-the-box/ancient-man/
  11. New Discoveries in the Dead Sea Wilderness from Dr. Craig Evans: https://christianthinkerssociety.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/d/E817F31064B381702540EF23F30FEDED/38F8D14E3E6CF359C5EC08CADFFC107B
  12. What Objections Have Been Made to the Resurrection?: https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_1351.cfm
  13. De-conversion Is Not as Countercultural as You Think: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/deconversion-not-countercultural/
  14. Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament? | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2015/01/new-testament-texual-variants/
  15. The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean Its True | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-fact-the-other-side-can-make-a-case-doesnt-mean-its-true/
  16. HOW SKEPTICS TURNED G.K. CHESTERTON TO CHRIST: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2019/09/how-skeptics-turned-gk-chesterton-to.html
  17. Religious Pluralism: What About Those That Have Never Heard the Gospel? | Is Christianity True?: https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/religious-pluralism-what-about-those-that-have-never-heard-the-gospel/
  18. Should Christians Use the Argument from Martyrdom? A Reply to Bart Ehrman: https://crossexamined.org/should-christians-use-the-argument-from-martyrdom-a-reply-to-bart-ehrman/
  19. The Hidden Consequences of Sexual Sin – As with all sexual sin, there is absolutely no excuse, no rationalization, and no justification for it. In Ravi’s case, there are hundreds of women who are victims of his unwanted and inappropriate advances. Ravi abused his influence, his power, and his reputation as a man of God in order to abuse these women. None of these cases were simply two consenting adults engaging in a relationship. When there is a power imbalance like this, the relationship is never consenting. These were like an employer/employee relationship, one that is never fully consensual as a true loving relationship. One party is always holding power over the other in some form or fashion. Sadly, these women aren’t even the only victims here. He has betrayed his wife and the vows he made to her before family, friends, and God to love and cherish her until death separates them.: https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/2021/02/the-hidden-consequences-of-sexual-sin/
  20. 6 Reasons Why (Church) Membership Matters – I like this quote: Many bowling leagues require more of their members than our churches. Where this is true, the church is a sad reflection of its culture.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/6-reasons-why-membership-matters/
  21. Counting the Stars | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/stars/counting-the-stars/
  22. The Universe Confirms the Bible | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/the-universe-confirms-the-bible/
  23. Does Knowledge Require Certainty? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/does-knowledge-require-certainty
  24. How to Read More Books Every Year – Sarah Geringer: https://www.sarahgeringer.com/read-more-books/
  25. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas): https://youtu.be/kWSG5okmUr8
  26. Lament as Apologetic for Christianity – Modern Reformation: https://modernreformation.org/resource-library/web-exclusive-articles/lament-as-apologetic-for-christianity/
  27. Ex-New Ager Melissa Dougherty joins me to discuss certain New Age ideas that are being marketed to the church as “Christian.” What are the buzzwords, catch phrases, and teachings that are coming to a church near you? Alisa Childers I Blog: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/is-your-church-teaching-new-age-ideas-with-melissa-dougherty-the-alisa-childers-podcast-87
  28. No, The Growth of Progressive Christian Politicians is Not a Good Thing for America [A Response to the New York Times Opinion Piece by Nicholas Kristof]: https://natashacrain.com/no-the-growth-of-progressive-christian-politicians-is-not-a-good-thing-for-america-a-response-to-the-new-york-times-opinion-piece-by-nicholas-kristof/


A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. Mark 15:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

We possess this unfortunate tendency to downplay our own negative attributes, while putting others’ under a magnifying glass. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the Bible Reliable? Ratio Christi Event Saturday March 27th at Life in Christ Lutheran Church near Peoria, AZ: https://fb.me/e/1fJSUtqf5
  2. Jesus: Mankind’s Only Savior: https://alwaysbeready.com/jesus-mankinds-only-savior/
  3. Do the Unpersuaded Have Enough Proof? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-the-unpersuaded-have-enough-proof/
  4. 8 Ways You’re Doing Apologetics Wrong | Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/8-ways-youre-doing-apologetics-wrong/
  5. Our Most Destructive Assumption About Heaven | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/our-most-destructive-assumption-about-heaven
  6. Why the Claims About Jesus Are Not the Same as the Claims About Peter Pan | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-claims-about-jesus-are-not-the-same-as-the-claims-about-peter-pan/
  7. Destruction of Plants Fits Flood Narrative | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/destruction-of-plants-fits-flood-narrative/
  8. What Does the Church Most Need Today?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-church-most-need-today/
  9. Atheist atrocities fallacy? – creation.com: https://creation.com/atheist-atrocities-fallacy
  10. Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible? | Cold Case Christianity – Is There Any Evidence For Jesus Outside The Bible?: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  11. The Fallacy of Begging the Question – This fallacy is committed when a person merely assumes what he is attempting to prove, or when the premise of an argument actually depends upon its conclusion.: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/the-fallacy-of-begging-the-question/
  12. Book Excerpt: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek: https://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-excerpt-i-dont-have-enough-faith.html
  13. The Beehive and Irreducible Complexity: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-beehive-and-irreducible-complexity.html
  14. In the Evolution Debate, How Truth Can Prevail | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/in-the-evolution-debate-how-truth-can-prevail/
  15. Misotheists Dehumanizing Christians and Creationists: https://www.piltdownsuperman.com/2020/11/misotheists-dehumanizing-christians-and-creationists.html
  16. Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-evidence-from-the-laws-of-logic/
  17. Progressive Ideology and the Hijacking of the Christian Faith: https://crossexamined.org/progressive-ideology-and-the-hijacking-of-the-christian-faith/
  18. Limited Genetic Code Proof God Not Required? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/genetics/dna-structure/limited-genetic-code-proof-god-not-required/
  19. Here’s Why Christians Should Avoid the Teachings of Richard Rohr – Alisa Childers I Blog: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/heres-why-christians-should-avoid-the-teachings-of-richard-rohr
  20. If Conversion Therapy is Banned, it is the Bible that will be Silenced TheWeeFlea.com: https://theweeflea.com/2021/03/16/if-conversion-therapy-is-banned-it-is-the-bible-that-will-be-silenced/
  21. CNN news anchor Don Lemon says God doesn’t judge people | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/16/cnn-news-anchor-don-lemon-says-god-doesnt-judge-people/
  22. Quick Challenge Answer: Does The Multiverse Explain Fine Tuning?  https://tentmakingchristianity.com/does-the-multiverse-explain-fine-tuning-2/
  23. Israel finds new Dead Sea Scrolls, first such discovery in 60 years – Archaeology – Haaretz.com: https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israel-finds-new-dead-sea-scroll-first-such-discovery-in-60-years-1.9621317
  24. Population Growth Matches Bible and DNA Clock | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/population-growth-matches-bible-dna/

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. Psalms 149:2-3

Blessings to you all

Bible Teaching on Luke 5:1-16

This coming Tuesday, I plan to give the following teaching to a group of about 15 men. The first part of it draws heavily on concepts and content from the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” (chapters 8 & 9)

Luke 5:1-16

1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; 2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.

11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. 12 While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.15 But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. NASB

The Plausibility of Miracles

Luke 5:1-16 gives the account of 2 miraculous signs performed by Jesus in the presence of His disciples and many other witnesses.  The miraculous catch of fish (v4-10) and the healing of the leper (v12-15). 

Atheism / Naturalism

The atheistic worldview asserts that only the natural, material world exists. According to atheists, miracles are impossible because there is no supernatural realm. According to them, to believe otherwise is to believe in fairy tales.  However, if God exists and created the universe (inferred from many lines of evidence), it is reasonable to believe that He can intervene in the natural world He created. With regard to the Bible, if Genesis 1:1 is true – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (we have good evidence to believe it is) – then every other miracle in the Bible is easy to believe. Can a God who created the entire universe out of nothing part the Red Sea? Bring fire down from heaven? Keep a man safe in a great fish for three days? Accurately predict future events? Turn water into wine? Heal diseases instantaneously? Raise the dead? Of course. All of those miraculous events are simple tasks for an infinitely powerful Being who created the universe in the first place.

As C. S. Lewis put it, “If we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain.”

David Hume’s Argument against Miracles

David Hume was a famous and influential skeptic who lived in the 1700s.  His argument against miracles is one of the pillars of the so-called Enlightenment. Here is Hume’s argument against miracles:

  • Premise 1: Natural law is by definition a description of a regular occurrence.
  • Premise 2: A miracle is by definition a rare occurrence.
  • Premise 3: The evidence for the regular is always greater than that for the rare.
  • Premise 4: A wise man always bases his belief on the greater evidence.
  • Conclusion: Therefore, a wise man should never believe in miracles.

If those four premises are true, then the conclusion necessarily follows – the wise man should never believe in miracles. Unfortunately for Hume, the argument has a false premise—premise 3 is not necessarily true. The evidence for the “regular” is not always greater than that for the “rare”.  Here are some examples:

  1. A hole-in-one: A hole-in-one is a rare event, but when we witness one we have no trouble believing it.  We don’t say to the golfer, “Since the evidence for the regular is always greater than that for the rare, I’m not going to believe your shot unless you can tee it up and do it five times in a row!
  2. Winning the Lottery: A winning lottery ticket provides evidence that a certain person (improbably) won the lottery no matter how regularly that person had failed to win in the past.
  3. The birth of every person: Each person is only born once (physically), which is a rare occurrence.

So, the 3rd premise of Hume’s argument against miracles must be disregarded.  If Hume really believed in that premise, he would not have believed in his own birth! Hume rules out belief in miracles in advance because he believes there is uniform experience against them.

C.S. Lewis again is insightful here as he comments on Hume:

Now of course we must agree with Hume that if there is absolutely ‘uniform experience’ against miracles, if in other words they have never happened, why then they never have. Unfortunately we know the experience against them to be uniform only if we know that all the reports of them are false. And we can know all the reports to be false only if we know already that miracles have never occurred. In fact, we are arguing in a circle.” from Miracles (1972), pg. 105

So, Hume is committing the fallacy of begging the question – assuming what he’s trying to prove.

Thomas Jefferson

In 1820, Thomas Jefferson used a razor and glue to cut and paste (literally) selected verses from a 1794 bilingual Latin/Greek version of the Bible.  He called it “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”.  Jesus’s miracles and most supernatural events are not included in Jefferson’s heavily edited compilation.

Categories of unusual events

As we consider Luke 5:1-16, let’s keep in mind the different types of unusual events that can occur:

Take note that there is a difference between the last 2: Providence and Miracles.  An example of providence may’ve been the fog at Normandy during the Allied invasion June 6th 1944 (D-Day): 

It could be an example of providence because it helped conceal the Allied attack against the evil Nazi regime. It was not necessarily a miracle, because it could be explained by natural laws, however God may’ve providentially acted through weather conditions to accomplish His will (similar to Jesus’s death – see Acts 2:22-24). By contrast, a miracle would be something like bullets bouncing off the chests of soldiers as they assaulted the beach, which could not be explained by any natural laws (of physics).

Objection: No Miracles Happening Today?

Some people object, “If there are no public miracles happening today, then why should we think they happened in the past?”  There’s a common misconception behind this question. It’s the belief that the Bible is filled with miracles that occur continually throughout biblical history. That’s only partially true. It is true that the Bible is filled with miracles (about 250 occasions of them). But many of those miracles occur during the lifetimes of Moses, Elijah and Elisha, and Jesus and the apostles. Why then? Because those were the times when God was confirming new truth (revelation) and new messengers with that truth.  This is not to say that God cannot do miracles today, or that He never does. As the sovereign Creator and sustainer of the universe, He can do a miracle anytime He wants.  In fact, there is a 2 volume book “Miracles” by Craig Keener that documents numerous modern reports of miracles.

Q: As you share your faith with those around you, does the “implausibility” of miracles ever come up?

Verse 1

1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret

As happened many times in the early ministry of Jesus crowds were around him, and the Word of God was being preached to these crowds.

Verses 2-3

2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

Simon was a fisherman and owned a boat, which Christ used to separate Himself from the crowd so that He could teach them.  Christ undoubtedly was a wise teacher and many religions acknowledge that (e.g. Judaism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, Bahá’í, Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age Movement).  However, only Biblical Christianity understands Christ in His true nature.  He was and is:

  1. Uncreated (John 1:1-3; 8:58; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 1:8)
  2. God in human flesh (John 1:14; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:16)
  3. King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16)
  4. Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5-7; 12-15; 17; 19; 21; 22)
  5. The Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
  6. The Messiah/the Christ (John 4:25-26; 17:3; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 24:13-27)
  7. The one and only Son of God (Matt. 16:16; 26:63-64)
  8. The Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14; Mark 14:62; Luke 9:26)
  9. Highly exalted and worthy of worship (Philippians 2:9; Revelation 1:12-18; 5:12)
  10. 2nd Person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; Mark 1:9-11)
  11. Will return a 2nd time and judge the living and the dead (2 Tim 4:1)
  12. The Creator (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3)
  13. The Savior (Luke 2:11; John 4:42; Acts 5:31; 2 Timothy 1:10)
  14. Fully human (John 1:14; 4:6; 11:35; 20:25-27; 1 John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:20)
  15. Teacher/rabbi (Matt 23:10; 26:18; John 1:38; 3:2)
  16. Miracle worker (John 3:2; Acts 2:22)
  17. Exorcist and healer (Matt 4:24; 8:16; Luke 11:14-20)
  18. Died on a Roman cross for our sins, was buried and rose bodily after 3 days and appeared to witnesses (1 Cor. 15:3-8; Colossians 1:20; Acts 2:23-24)
  19. Ascended to heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9)
  20. Is at the right hand of the Father (Mark 14:62; Acts 7:55; Hebrews 1:3)

See article from J. Warner Wallace in resources for a list of extra-biblical references to Jesus.  In the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” (the section in chapter 9 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NON-CHRISTIANS), extra biblical references of Jesus paint the following picture of Him:

Verses 4-5

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”

Jesus asked Simon, an experienced fisherman, to do something that seemed nonsensical – after failing to catch anything in an all-night fishing expedition, and Jesus said to do it again.  Simon could’ve told Him to “pound sand” – that He doesn’t know what He’s talking about…  But he obeyed Jesus – he did what Jesus said, despite it not making sense to him.

In another Gospel, it is recorded:

John 8:31-32 – To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Again, later in Luke, He says:

Luke 6:46-49 – ” Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.

It has been said that the Jews believed that you “do first, understand later”.  This is based on the phrase recorded in the Exodus 24:7: “We will do and hear everything the Lord has said.”

Q: Is there any area of your life where you’ve not obeyed Jesus because it didn’t make sense to you?

Verses 6-10a

6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Jesus enables a miraculous catch of fish here.  We don’t know whether it was providential (Jesus, in His omniscience, simply knew where the fish were [i.e. in the “deep water”]) or a miracle of creation, where He produced (or multiplied) the fish “on demand” (like in the feeding of the 5,000).  In either case, Peter, an experienced fisherman, realized a miraculous sign had been performed by Jesus.  Take note that Simon Peter’s first reaction was to worship Jesus, knowing he was in the presence of deity, and confess his own sinfulness. 

J.C. Ryle says – “When men are brought close contact with God, the sight of divine greatness and holiness should make them feel strongly their own littleness and sinfulness. Like Adam after the fall – his first thought is to hide himself. Like Israel at Sinai, ‘Do not let God speak with us, lest we die.’ (Exodus 20:19).

There are other places in Scripture, where encounters with the miraculous or divine lead to similar actions – here’s one:

Isaiah 6:1-5 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”

Verses 10b-11

10 And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”  11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

After reassuring Simon (“do not fear”), Jesus reveals to him what the rest of his life will be about – evangelizing the world.  He says “you will be catching men”.  Simon, being a fisherman, was familiar with catching fish.  In order to catch the fish, you couldn’t just wait for them to come to you, you had to go to where they were. After being filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, Peter’s post-conversation life would be testifying of Jesus, his Master, to the world.  Peter travelled throughout Israel:

Acts 9:32 – Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda

History records that he went as far as Rome, where he was crucified (legend has it “upside down”) for holding to his confession.    Let’s read an incident in the early church describing Peter “fishing for men”:

Acts 2:14-36 – Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: … ” Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This Man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. … God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. … Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Q: In what ways have you been able to interact with non-believers and do some “fishing” for men?

Verses 12-16

12 While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.15 But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

This was clearly a miracle rather than providence.  If you remember back to our table on page 3, a miracle never fails and is immediate, whereas providence has a natural explanation.

People diagnosed with or suspected of leprosy were excluded from the community (Lev 13:45–46, Num 5:2–3). Contact with lepers had to be avoided and lepers had to warn others not to come close to them:

Leviticus 13:45-46 – “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’  He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.”

What a horrible life for the leper…  Therefore this makes Jesus’ touching of the man (v13) significant.

J.C. Ryle says “We have in this wonderful history – a lively emblem of Christ’s power to heal our souls. What are we all, but spiritual lepers in the sight of God? Sin is the deadly leprosy by which we are all affected. It has eaten into our vitals. It has infected all our faculties…We are in one sense dead – long before we are laid in the grave. Our bodies may be healthy and active – but our souls are by nature dead in trespasses and sins! Who shall deliver us from this body of death? Let us thank God that Jesus Christ can! He is that divine Physician, who can make old things pass away, and all things become new. In Him is life. He can wash us thoroughly in His own blood – from all the defilement of sin. Let this truth sink down deeply into our hearts. There is only one medicine to heal our sin-sick souls … However corrupt our hearts, and however wicked our past lives – there is hope for us in the Gospel. There is no case of spiritual leprosy too hard for Christ!”  Hallelujah!

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? By J. Warner Wallace: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  2. The Fallacy of Begging the Question: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/the-fallacy-of-begging-the-question/
  3. J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Luke 5: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l05.htm
  4. Do First, Understand Later: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/do-first-understand-later/
  5. We will do and we will hear (Mishpatim 5780), by Rabbi Sacks: https://rabbisacks.org/mishpatim-5780/
  6. https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  7. The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection, by J. Warner Wallace: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-commitment-of-the-apostles-confirms-the-truth-of-the-resurrection/
  8. Jesus healing the leper and the Purity Law in the Gospel of Matthew: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/269974647_Jesus_healing_the_leper_and_the_Purity_Law_in_the_Gospel_of_Matthew
  9. https://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-is-the-evidence-that-peter-was-crucified-upside-down-in-rome/  
  10. WAS PETER CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN? By Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-peter-crucified-upside-down
  11. How did the Apostle Peter die? https://www.gotquestions.org/apostle-Peter-die.html
  12. Jefferson Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible
  13. Foxe’s Christian Martyrs of the World (pg. 9)
  14. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (by Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek)

mid-week apologetics booster (3-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

The belief that all religions are harmful to society because some are is akin to believing that I shouldn’t eat any fruits because some are poisonous. – Forest Antemesaris

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/08/spiritual-conversations/
  2. Christians Must Care Less about Our Cultural Reputation| Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/christians-must-care-less-about-our-cultural-reputation/
  3. Reasonable Faith – Who Really Cares? Dr. Craig examines an atheist’s contention that Christians act irresponsibly due to their view of end times.: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/end-times-paralysis/
  4. Claims of an Indian Guru | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/claims-of-an-indian-guru
  5. What is the evidence that Peter was crucified upside down in Rome? Evidence for Christianity: https://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-is-the-evidence-that-peter-was-crucified-upside-down-in-rome/
  6. Was Peter Crucified Upside Down? | Sean McDowell : https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-peter-crucified-upside-down
  7. William Lane Craig explains how Christianity explains evil and suffering | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/07/william-lane-craig-explains-how-christianity-explains-evil-and-suffering-4/
  8. When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-32) – video sermon by John MacArthur in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz8AA_Oa0EU
  9. Resolving 40 Bible Contradictions from Jesus Final Week to His Ascension | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/resolving-40-bible-contradictions-from-jesus-final-week-to-his-ascension/
  10. If It’s a Human at a Crime Scene, It’s a Human in the Womb | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/if-its-a-human-at-a-crime-scene-its-a-human-in-the-womb/
  11. Quick Challenge Answer: Did Paul Hallucinate The Risen Jesus? –: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/did-paul-hallucinate-the-risen-jesus-2/
  12. The War on Christianity Returns as the House Passes The Equality Act | Kingsjester’s Blog – The wide-reaching Equality Act championed by Democrats would put the hiring practices of faith-based organizations in jeopardy and will create additional religious freedom concerns for Christian schools, churches and ministries, a prominent legal nonprofit argues: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/the-war-on-christianity-returns-as-the-house-passes-the-equality-act/
  13. A Singularly Christian View of the Transgender Problem – Daily Citizen: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/a-singularly-christian-view-of-the-transgender-problem/

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-4-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still. But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness? – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/11/08/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-2/
  2. Why It’s Important to Inoculate (Rather Than Isolate) Our Young People | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-important-to-inoculate-rather-than-isolate-our-young-people/
  3. If You Want Your Apologetics to be Effective, Don’t Skip this Step!: https://wisedisciple.org/blogs/if-you-want-your-apologetics-to-be-effective-dont-skip-this-step
  4. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/a-brief-overview-of-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  5. Why Jesus? Video by Cliffle Knechtle Give Me An Answer: https://givemeananswer.org/?p=3329
  6. Thinking About Evolution with Fuz Rana | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2021/02/apologetics-315-podcast-008-thinking-about-evolution-with-fuz-rana/
  7. Back to School – For Parents – A busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them – 124 page PDF book from Focus on the Family: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Back-To-School-For-Parents_Edition1.pdf
  8. The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection | Cold Case Christianity – Martyrdom doesn’t confirm the truth, especially when the martyrs don’t have first-hand access to the claim for which there dying. But this wasn’t the case for the disciples of Jesus. They were in a unique position: they knew if the claims about Jesus were true. They were present for the life, ministry, death and alleged resurrection of Jesus. If the claims about Jesus were a lie, the disciples would have known it (in fact they would have been the source of the lie). That’s why their commitment to their testimony was (and is) so compelling.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-commitment-of-the-apostles-confirms-the-truth-of-the-resurrection/
  9. The Deity of Jesus is Not a Late Legend | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-deity-of-jesus-is-not-a-late-legend/
  10. What Ancestry DNA Kits Reveal About God, Our Past, and the Way Forward | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-ancestry-dna-kits-reveal-about-god-our-past-and-the-way-forward/
  11. There Are Good Reasons to Believe the Gospels Are True, Even if the Eyewitnesses Waited Years to Write Them | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/there-are-good-reasons-to-believe-the-gospels-are-true-even-if-the-eyewitnesses-waited-years-to-write-them/
  12. As Science Frauds Go, Haeckel Beats Piltdown Man | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/as-science-frauds-go-haeckel-beats-piltdown-man/
  13. Christians forced to eat pages of the Bible during horrific knife attack – I have not independently verified this, but it is a shocking story of persecution if true: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.forced.to.eat.pages.of.the.bible.during.horrific.knife.attack/136438.htm
  14. Big Faith Questions conference (Local AZ) | Compass Christian Church – How can we ever know what religious beliefs are actually true? Well, it turns out there are ways to test religious claims. Join us to get equipped with the tools for testing any religious claims: https://compassaz.church/event/big-faith-questions-3/
  15. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Not His Church – Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-christian-atheist-when-you-believe-in-god-but-not-his-church/amp/

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

It is a fact of life that most men (and many women) battle against sexual temptation.

God has prescribed the way that He wants His children to live. He tests each of our hearts (not just what is on the outside). Here is what He expects to find:

1 Chronicles 29:17a

I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity

Not only is He pleased with integrity, but Jesus even said several times in the Scriptures, that He expects anyone who follows Him (Christians) to deny themselves, rather than to “give-in” to themselves:

Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

He wants us to put Him first, not our own evil desires. We need to have the attitude of John the Baptist:

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

So, to help us along in our quest for holiness, I have listed some verses for you to memorize to help you resist sexual temptation. The Psalmist stated the benefits of memorizing Scripture:

Psalms 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The benefit is clear: “that I might not sin againstGod.

I have memorized each of these passages myself and have found them to be of great benefit

Let’s start off the list with one that states God’s mandate very clearly and directly:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

This passage tells me that I am not my own. I can’t just do whatever I want with my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. He is living in me and sees everything I do. Which leads me to the next verse:

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

He sees all and we will have to give account for all He sees. As Ray Comfort commented, “What happens in Vegas stays in God’s mind until Judgment Day.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Romans 14:12

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Am I saying that you’ll be thrown into hell for committing an act of sexual immorality? No. When you were saved, you were justified. All sins, past, present and future were paid for by Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Yet, we as believers are expected to behave in a way that is “worthy of our calling” (Eph. 4:1). Sexual immorality is definitely not worthy of our calling!

God takes sexual immorality – especially the physical act of adultery – very seriously. So seriously, in fact in the Old Covenant with Israel, the penalty was the death sentence for both involved parties:

Deuteronomy 22:22

If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

However, sexual immorality is not an external, behavioral issue only (such as adultery). This sin starts in the mind with our own evil desires (James 1:13-14). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus raised the standard of purity so that no one can escape the charge of guilt in this matter:

Matthew 5:27-28
You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Don’t be a hypocrite, one day calling Jesus Lord and then another day, committing sexual sin.

Job was a godly man and was certainly aware of this standard as he strove to avoid lust in this way:

Job 31:1

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.

Daniel was also a godly man, living in exile, in the midst of a vile, wicked, depraved and idolatrous culture. In the beginning of the account, we see his resolution:

Daniel 1:8-9

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel

Have you resolved not to defile yourself by what your eyes consume? Daniel’s strong resolution here ought to challenge and inspire us to do the same. By resolving, he had made up his mind what he was going to do when he was put in that situation. Don’t just wait until that moment of temptation comes to decide what you’re going to do. If that is your approach, you will fail. Rather resolve ahead of time what steps you’re going to take to avoid defiling yourself in sexual sin.

David, a man after God’s own heart, a man acquainted with moral failure (see 2 Samuel 11), resolved not to let sin come through his eyes:

Psalms 101:3

I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all crooked dealings; I will have nothing to do with them.

We need our minds renewed by Scripture so that we no longer conform to the pattern of this world, which is so full of sexual temptation:

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Many of these passages can be summed up in this wise counsel from the Apostle Paul:

Romans 13:14

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

What have you done to “make no provision” for your flesh? There are many practices and safeguards that one can implement, but the one thing we should all be doing is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ daily – that is the number one strategy in this battle. Don’t make it is easy for your flesh to gratify its evil desires!

And, yes, this is absolutely a battle! It is not a battle against flesh and blood, but at the core it is a spiritual battle:

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

And since it is a spiritual battle, it needs to be fought with spiritual weapons from God:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

Have you ever considered that when we are committing sexual sin, at that moment, we don’t fear God? Think about that… Even one of the thieves on the cross next to Jesus asked the other thief if he feared God, because it was evident by the way he was talking that he didn’t:

Luke 23:40

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Unknowingly, the first thief was affirming a great truth of Scripture, often repeated:

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

And:

Isaiah 8:13

Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.

Jesus told His disciples to fear God because of His ability to throw them into hell:

Luke 12:4-5

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.

So, yes, the fear of God is a healthy attitude to have and can keep us from committing sexual sin!

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Do you stumble into sin? Or do you cherish sin? Our goal should be to avoid both, but worse by far is the one who cherishes (or relishes) sin.

Isaiah echoes the same sentiment about our sin causing separation from God. In the context of the following passage, God was speaking to His “people and to the house of Jacob” (Isaiah 58:1):

Isaiah 59:1-2

Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem — your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

But God gave us the solution for having our prayers heard again:

2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The essence of that phrase “seek My face and turn from their wicked ways” is the concept of repentance! There is no change and no transformation without repentance – and God commands it!

Acts 17:30

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

By the way, after reading this blog, you can no longer claim ignorance.

In the midst of admonishing believers not to argue over foolish and stupid things, the apostle Paul talked about people who are held captive by the devil to do his will:

2 Timothy 2:26

and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

As believers, we ought not be held captive by anyone or anything except Jesus Christ (since we are His slaves). We are told specifically:

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Additionally, we as believers ought to be discerning enough and acquainted enough with our own depravity to know what situations, places and people put us into temptation, and that we need to avoid those:

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.

We ought to be able to see the danger ahead and take refuge:

Proverbs 27:12

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

In addition to pondering where you go and what situations you put yourself into, you need to be intentional about your thoughts:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

And:

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Sexual temptation requires much more than casual action, it requires drastic action on our parts! Though we may be “pondering the path of our feet” and thinking about “whatever is pure”, we are still “in the world” (John 17:14-16) and therefore it is possible, with the best of intentions, that we may find ourselves in a tempting situation. The following verse tells me what to do when I encounter anything that stimulates lust – RUN!!!

2 Timothy 2:22

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts

It is also encouraging me who to hang out with – that’s really important too.

As usual, Jesus ratchets up the response even more with His teaching on how to deal with sin:

Matthew 18:8-9
If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The eye and the hand are are certainly used to commit much sexual sin… Jesus is not advocating self mutilation here, but this is to be understood as instructing us to take whatever actions are necessary to limit our access to those people, places, situations and technologies that give us opportunities to sin.

Another passage that is terrifying when you consider what is being said in it is this:

Hebrews 10:26-27

Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

Does that mean that if we continue to sin at all after having been saved, there we will experience the wrath of God? Well, it depends. One who is truly saved will not continue in an unrepentant pattern of sin for an extended period of time. I consider this a warning for us as believers to examine ourselves:

2 Corinthians 13:5a

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

This should be a regular practice of all believers, to examine your life critically and see if it represents the life of a true born again Bible believing Christian.

The following passage is one of the key passages when it comes to sexual immorality:

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God

Not many places in Scripture tell you explicitly what God’s will is – the above passage is one of them. This passage tells me that I need to learn to control my own body. That tells me that it is not “natural” to control my body. I have to go against what feels natural and control my body. Likewise, Paul says:

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Yes, this requires discipline. It is a spiritual battle and therefore demands your daily and even hourly attention so that you do not get caught off guard! In fact elsewhere Paul reminds us to be on our guard:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

The Scriptures contain many other such warnings. For example, the apostle Peter warns us to be on our guard, using different words:

1 Peter 5:8

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself even strongly admonished His disciples to keep alert, but added prayer as a way to gain victory over temptation:

Matthew 26:41
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!

So, how much sexual immorality is acceptable for the child of God?

Ephesians 5:3-6

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater –has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

The above passage even speaks of God’s wrath as a consequence of these type of behaviors. You don’t want to go there…

The passage below has really helped me. It tells me that as a regenerated follower of Jesus Christ, I do in fact have the power and ability to not let sin reign in my body or to obey my body’s evil desires. What an encouragement that is!

Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

The above passage raises the question about who you’re letting reign, in other words, who are you serving? Jesus told us you can’t serve two masters:

Luke 16:13

No servant can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

While the above verse is about money, the same principle applies to your illicit sexual desires.

You know that if you ask some people about why they continue to fall into sexual temptation, they’ll claim that that’s just the way God made them. They have these desires and they were meant to be fulfilled. That is human logic – that’s the way of thinking that “seems right”:

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

Here’s a good one from Proverbs

Proverbs 14:2

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

This directly ties “upright” behavior to fearing the LORD and “perverse” behavior to despising Him.

Next are some words from Jesus that hit me like a ton of bricks:

John 3:19-20
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

These words are powerful because, in this passage the “light” which has come into the world IS JESUS. So, when it says “everyone who does evil hates the light”, its saying that everyone who does evil hates Jesus! Wow.

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

This one tells us that God’s grace actually teaches us to “just say no!” to “ungodliness and worldly passions” – that would certainly include lust and sexual sin. But it doesn’t only tell us what to say no to, but it also tells us how to live: “self-controlled, upright and godly lives”. That is a picture of holy living. Notice the phrase “self-controlled”. According to this passage, you have the ability to control your participation in these forms of behavior.

Then, there is the most concentrated teaching on worldliness in all of God’s word:

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Notice – this passage talks about 2 things that are directly related to lust and sexual sin: “the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes”. If anyone “loves” this kind of stuff, the love of the Father is not in him. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we need to distance ourselves and reject these kind of worldly affections!

John MacArthur, in his excellent sermon on Romans 7:14-25 says that one of the categories of sin is the “sin of remembrance”. Sometimes, the mind of the believer will wander back to ponder some past sin. We must not allow ourselves to fall into that trap. Peter admonishes us:

1 Peter 1:14

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Later on in the same letter, he encourages with the example of Christ Jesus’ suffering:

1 Peter 4:1-5

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Notice, that we are not to live the rest of our earthly lives for “evil human desires” – this includes many things. He goes on to list some of those evil human desires: “debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry“. He ends up the passage by indicating that those who live like this will “have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead“. If these behaviors are the impenitent, pattern of your life, it indicates you are not saved.

Then, this one from the author of 1 Kings regarding the prophet Elijah’s challenge to the people to “get off the fence“!

1 Kings 18:21

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.

How is this applicable to illicit sexual desire? Just replace the phrase “if Baal is God, follow him” with “if [your sexual desire] is God, follow [it]”. That is what we’re doing when we’re giving in to sexual sin – we’re making it our God. Don’t do that!

Did you know that whenever you’re tempted to sin sexually, God will show you a way out? This is an iron-clad promise – you can take it to the bank. The following passage tells us not to be over confident when you’re in a season of strong obedience, but that we should be careful. Then it explains that we’re in the same boat with others:

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin. But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

Praise the Lord that He is faithful, and that He will not let the temptation become too strong!

Jesus was once asked what was the essential or most important teaching in the old testament:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Notice that He summed up all the expectations of the believer into 2 concepts – Love God and Love others. We cannot do those 2 things while committing sexual sin!

The following verse may not seem to be related to sexual temptation:

Romans 1:25

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

But if you think about it. Your sexual desire is a created thing. If you worship and serve it (especially in an illicit manner), you are exchanging the truth of God for a lie…

Sometimes, you’ve gotta follow Jesus’ example and just tell Satan to “get lost” if you’re being harassed:

Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

But notice – we not only should be telling Satan to get lost, but we need to be worshiping the Lord our God and serving Him only!

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Again, what does this have to do with sexual immorality and sexual temptation? Well, if you think of it, you’ll realize that your behavior in the world affects God’s reputation in the world, either positively or negatively. But your behavior does not change whether He exists or whether He is glorious or good. So, if you are behaving in an immoral way you are bringing God into disrepute. Then it can be said of you, as in Romans 2:24 – “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Serious stuff! Don’t do it – you love God too much for that!

Finally, the passage that has been most helpful to me in battling sexual temptation is:

Matthew 23:24-28
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

The reason this passage is so powerful for me is that, as a Christian leader and teacher, I receive those words from Jesus as directly applying to me. Especially the finishing line which says “on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness”. That one cuts to the heart. Jesus knows what’s “on the inside” – no one else does. I may be able to fool other people, but I can never fool Jesus. Jesus hated hypocrisy with a holy hatred – probably more than anything else. This chapter records the greatest rebuke he ever delivered regarding sin – the sin of hypocrisy. And sexual sin in the life of a believer makes that person a hypocrite, professing one thing with your lips, but thinking and behaving in opposition to that. So, when I hear Jesus’s rebuke directed at me, my unrighteous desires immediately melt away – its like pouring cold water over me. Paul gives us some very good counsel about how we should be viewing our Christian walk:

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Notice that we already have these promises (that he’d been talking about in the prior chapters – especially chapter 5). So, we are not avoiding sexual sin in order to get saved, but rather, now that we are saved (we have these promises), we are to live in a holy manner. Why? “Out of reverence for God”.

Brothers and sisters, I pray that you are convicted and cut to the heart like I am and that you would memorize each one of these passages so that you might be led away from sin when you’re at the moment of temptation. Remember God always provides a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13) if we are willing to take it. He is faithful and will protect you from the evil one:

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Appendix

Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Psalms 141:4

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

Psalms 86:11

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalms 119:37

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalms 23:3

he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Titus 1:15-16

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Galatians 5:19-21

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars –their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Titus 3:3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

John 8:31-32

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Acts 3:19

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Romans 7:18-19, 7:24-25a,

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doingWretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 12:14

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

mid-week apologetics booster (2-25-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

There are thousands in the present day just as blind in their way as the Jews. They shut their eyes against the plainest facts and doctrines of Christianity. They pretend to say that they do not understand, and cannot therefore believe the things that we press on their attention, as needful to salvation. But, alas! in nineteen cases out of twenty it is a willful ignorance. They do not believe what they do not like to believe. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/children-do-need-apologetics/
  2. 6 E’s of authenticity Frank Turek at Cross Examined teaches 6 evidences to consider that give us confidence in the authority of scripture, all starting with the letter E for easy remembering. J.R. Cooper Author: https://jrcooper.org/2017/01/24/6-es-of-authenticity/
  3. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  4. Joseph Smith and Early Mormon History, by J. Warner Wallace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfUOFQkv69k
  5. Does Proof of Jesus Other Than in the Bible Exist?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/does-proof-of-jesus-other-than-in-the-bible-exist.html
  6. Dr. Walt Russell explains how to read the Bible effectively | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/02/19/dr-walt-russell-explains-how-to-read-the-bible-effectively/
  7. Aren’t Christians Just Arrogant Know-It-Alls? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/arent-christians-just-arrogant-know-it-alls/
  8. When Discomfort Is Definite Evidence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-discomfort-is-definite-evidence/
  9. How do I know if I am saved?: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/qas/how-do-i-know-if-i-am-saved/
  10. Quick Shot: All religions lead to the same place | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-all-religions-lead-to-the-same-place/
  11. Pastor of Progressive Church Says the Bible Can’t Live Up to Impossible, Modern Standards | Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2021/02/21/pastor-of-progressive-church-says-the-bible-cant-live-up-to-impossible-modern-standards/
  12. 15 Characteristics Of New Age Spirituality | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/15-characteristics-of-new-age-spirituality/
  13. Is Jesus Real and How Can We Know? – My Humble Apology: https://myhumbleapology.com/2021/01/16/is-jesus-real-and-how-can-we-know/
  14. Apologetics as Dialogue, not Debate (Part 1) | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2021/01/apologetics-as-dialogue-part-1/
  15. Can We Trust the Bible If We Can’t Confirm Every Detail? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-we-trust-the-bible-if-we-cant-confirm-every-detail/
  16. Is the Bible Still Relevant Today? Christianity 201: https://christianity201.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/is-the-bible-still-relevant-today/amp/
  17. Jesus in the Old Testament: https://mbcpathway.com/2020/11/06/jesus-in-the-old-testament/
  18. Two kinds of people who have tried to shame me away from Christianity | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/02/24/two-kinds-of-people-who-have-tried-to-shame-me-away-from-christianity-4/

The LORD remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the LORD– small and great alike. Psalms 115:12-13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Temptation is not a sin; it is simply Satan’s attempt to make us fall. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Plant Diversity and Computer Programming | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/01/plant-diversity-and-computer-programming/
  2. Has the Message of the Bible Changed? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/has-the-message-of-the-bible-changed/
  3. Catch Countless Logical Fallacies with One Critical Thinking Hack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/patricia-engler/2020/07/15/catch-countless-logical-fallacies/
  4. Grounds for Belief in Biblical Inspiration | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/grounds-for-belief-in-biblical-inspiration/
  5. Christ’s deity in the New Testament – Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists often argue, Jesus never claimed to be God. They assert that Christians have corrupted or misinterpreted the New Testament, or they reject the Bible outright. But for those willing to consider the eyewitness testimony of the New Testament writers, and the convincing evidence that their words are accurately preserved, we may point our unbelieving friends to seven ways that Jesus does, in fact, claim deity: https://mbcpathway.com/2020/12/26/christs-deity-in-the-new-testament/
  6. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/reYBCz_kf1c
  7. How did we get the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
  8. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  9. What Are The Best Questions For Spiritual Conversation? SeanMcDowell.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz6Lr4mwVrc
  10. Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain – This View Of Life: https://thisviewoflife.com/martin-luther-rewired-your-brain/
  11. Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/february/ravi-zacharias-rzim-investigation-sexual-abuse-sexting-rape.html

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

If you’re following the Lord at a distance, you will end up in the miserable no-mans-land of compromise. And in that dismal place you will have too much of the Lord to be happy in the world, and too much of the world to be happy in the Lord. – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Talk About Jesus Without Being Awkward: An Interview with Sam Chan – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2020/10/how-to-talk-about-jesus-without-being-awkward-an-interview-with-sam-chan/
  2. How Christian Case Making Impacts the Convinced, the Opposed, and the Undecided: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-christian-case-making-impacts-the-convinced-the-opposed-and-the-undecided/
  3. A Beginners Guide to the Argument from Rationality | Solas: https://www.solas-cpc.org/a-beginners-guide-to-the-argument-from-rationality/
  4. The mammalian placenta features universal assembly instructions | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/the-mammalian-placenta-features-universal-assembly-instructions/
  5. The Importance of Knowing Worldviews | Lorinda’s Ponderings: https://lorindasponderings.com/2020/10/24/the-importance-of-knowing-worldviews/
  6. Pope Biden and the New Theocracy of the Christian Left | The Stream: https://stream.org/pope-biden-and-the-new-theocracy-of-the-christian-left/

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-4-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times. – G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/jbeFQtaybB8
  2. The Key to the Christian Life Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube: https://youtu.be/gtcpw3kCbGQ
  3. 7 Lies Modern Churches Need to Stop Believing: https://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/lies-modern-churches-need-to-stop-believing.html
  4. ‘In the World but Not of the World’ – Biblical Meaning and How to Do it – Since the beginning of His ministry, Jesus had tried to convey to His followers that the time had come that time which had been foretold by the prophets the time when Gods children no longer needed to search for refuge in a sin-laden land that was not their own. The King had come. And with Him came the keys to an everlasting Kingdom they could now call home. Christs Kingdom is the homeland for all believer sits where we belong. In Him and with Him. We may physically reside on planet earth, But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ – Philippians 3:20.: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/how-should-christians-live-in-a-world-thats-not-our-home.html
  5. Even Caesar Confirmed the Resurrection | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/even-caesar-confirmed-resurrection
  6. Bible Contradiction? How long did Jotham reign? The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/10/17/bible-contradiction-how-long-did-jotham-reign/amp/
  7. Is Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Human Flourishing? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-right-and-wrong-simply-a-matter-of-human-flourishing/
  8. William Lane Craig lectures on naturalism at the University of St. Andrews | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/01/30/william-lane-craig-lectures-on-naturalism-at-the-university-of-st-andrews-3/
  9. Why Did Jesus Take on a Human Nature? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus/why-did-jesus-take-on-a-human-nature/
  10. Bible Study: Was The Resurrection Body Of Jesus Spiritual Or Physical?: https://crossexamined.org/bible-study-was-the-resurrection-body-of-jesus-spiritual-or-physical/
  11. A Manual for Creating Atheists: A Critical Review | Catholic Answers – Since its release last November, Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists has quickly become one of the most popular new books on atheism (as of now it has 200 reviews on amazon.com). As someone who has also recently written a book on atheism, though from a far different perspective, I was eager to see Boghossian’s method for creating an atheist. In this book review Ill cover the good, the bad, and the ugly in A Manual for Creating Atheists.: https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/a-manual-for-creating-atheists-a-critical-review
  12. ‘Unborn Lives Matter’: N.C.’s 1st Black Lt. Gov. Compares Abortion to Slavery – Michael Foust: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/unborn-lives-matter-ncs-1st-black-lt-gov-compares-abortion-to-slavery.html?fbclid=IwAR2id90nVcniz199irwYIAnbdZy8RWcdbvS2JYUirjgpX1mUE05U_x_WktE

However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country. Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed. The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out. The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. Deuteronomy 28:15-20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-28-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

The Christian message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity – hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory – because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.

– J.I. Packer

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Thoughts on Pre-Marital Sex; Elisha McFarland: https://wp.me/paLR8c-16L
  2. What is the Fine Tuning Argument? 12 Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-fine-tuning-argument-in-12-quick-points/
  3. The universe is finely tuned for life – Strong evidence for a Designer comes from the fine-tuning of the universal constants and the solar system: https://creation.com/the-universe-is-finely-tuned-for-life
  4. Biblical Judgment in a “Don’t Judge Me” World: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/biblical-judgement-in-a-dont-judge-me-world
  5. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and the Origin of the Universe | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/physics/the-first-and-second-laws-of-thermodynamics-and-the-origin-of-the-universe/
  6. Have Researchers Developed a Computer Algorithm that Explains the Origin of Life?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2020/11/04/have-researchers-developed-a-computer-algorithm-that-explains-the-origin-of-life
  7. Christian Nationalism and Christian Hope – Christians must not abandon the public square just because people say mean things about us. Our God-given call to be faithful to Him above our nation also means He’s called us to be faithful to Him in our nation, at this time and in this place.: https://breakpoint.org/christian-nationalism-and-christian-hope/
  8. How Relativism Leads to Intolerance and Rage: https://www.str.org/w/how-relativism-leads-to-intolerance-and-rage
  9. Does Oddball Platypus Genome Reveal Its Origins? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-oddball-platypus-genome-reveal-its-origins/
  10. How to Teach Your Kids to Spot a False Gospel (Risen Motherhood): https://www.risenmotherhood.com/blog/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-spot-a-false-gospel
  11. The Evidentially Diverse Resurrection Appearances of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-evidentially-diverse-resurrection-appearances-of-jesus-free-bible-insert/
  12. Self-Discipline Is the Gateway to Christian Maturity – Redeeming Productivity: https://www.redeemingproductivity.com/self-discipline-is-the-gateway-to-christian-maturity/
  13. The Case for the Historicity and Deity of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-case-for-the-historicity-and-deity-of-jesus/
  14. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  15. Christian Worldview: What Does It Mean to Be In the World but Not Of the World? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/christian-worldview-what-does-it-mean-to-be-in-the-world-but-not-of-the-world/
  16. The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-best-question-to-ask-when-starting-a-conversation-about-god/

You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. “Selah” Psalms 85:2

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-21-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. – Old Hymn

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/01/14/what-do-ancient-non-christian-sources-tell-us-about-the-historical-jesus-6/
  2. The Florissant redwood trees, Colorado, USA – creation.com: https://creation.com/florissant-redwood-trees
  3. Is God Good? (< 2 minute animated video) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rfd_1UAjeIA
  4. Are There Any Good Reasons to Believe in God? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/vY4jsNmDawU
  5. 3 Ways Christian Parenting is Like Being a Personal Trainer | Josh Daffern: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/newwineskins/3-ways-christian-parenting-is-like-personal-trainer/
  6. Five Ways to Prepare for the Days ahead: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21A30&f=WU21A09
  7. More Than Sexual Purity: Five Ambitions for Christian Men | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/more-than-sexual-purity
  8. Let’s Study Together – Reformation 21 – Effective Bible studies don’t just happen; they are the Spirit-blessed product of persistent application of basic principles. The following are seven principles for fruitful group study. : https://www.reformation21.org/blog/lets-study-together
  9. How To Have A Challenging Conversation With Someone You Love: https://crossexamined.org/how-to-have-a-challenging-conversation-with-someone-you-love/
  10. Why Didn’t Luke Include the Deaths of Paul, Peter and James in the Book of Acts? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-didnt-luke-include-the-deaths-of-paul-peter-and-james-in-the-book-of-acts/
  11. On the Death of Nero ~ Classical and Early Christian Perspectives: https://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2021/01/on-death-of-nero-classical-and-early.html
  12. Excerpt The Infinite Complexity of Cells | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/10/excerpt-the-infinite-complexity-of-cells/
  13. How to Prepare for the Next Cultural Revolution: https://www.str.org/w/how-to-prepare-for-the-next-cultural-revolution

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-14-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Let me put the question this way; does the gospel allow men to be unholy? Can you be really saved and unholy and continue to remain in, abide in, stay in, live in the same relationship to sin you had before? That’s the question. Let’s look at the answer in verse 2. M genoito. You don’t see that in your Bible. It says God forbid. But m genoito does not translate God forbid. It is an idiom, the strongest reaction possible. It is outraged indignation. To put it in the words of my grandmother, Perish the thought! – John MacArthur (sermon on Romans 6:1 and following)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Blog Post – The Lord Told Me. The church has fallen into a dangerous pattern when it comes to divine direction. Too many believers today are trying to hear directly from Godwhether through an audible voice or a stirring of their souls. Worse still are the people who legitimize everything from heresy to fundraising schemes to simple personal decisions by asserting the leading of the Lord.: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B160122/the-lord-told-me
  2. Primer on Clear Thinking Part Two – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/yvh3trn
  3. Can We Trust Scripture on the Historical Jesus? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-we-trust-scripture-on-the-historical-jesus
  4. Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/was-the-divinity-of-jesus-a-late-invention-of-the-council-of-nicea/
  5. Is the Bible a Fairy Tale?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/is-the-bible-a-fairy-tale.html
  6. Biblical Reliability | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/category/writings/bible/
  7. Only the Appearance of Design?: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/only-the-appearance-of-design/
  8. The Beginners Guide to Conflict Resolution | Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/the-beginner%E2%80%99s-guide-to-conflict-resolution/
  9. Does God Whisper? Part 1: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-1
  10. Does God Whisper? Part 2: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-2
  11. Does God Whisper? Part 3: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-3
  12. Hearing Gods Voice: https://www.str.org/w/hearing-god-s-voice
  13. 3 Reasons the Bible is Divine Rather than Simply Human in Origin 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/3-reasons-the-bible-is-divine-rather-than-simply-human-in-origin/
  14. We Need to Be Better Losers | Christianity Today – I agree with the spirit of the article but not the particulars. I do believe that we need to “model losing well, based in our commitment to Christs victory through the cross”, but I don’t agree with the statement in the article that “these allegations are baseless nonsense. They are grounded in selectively presented half-truths, ambiguous and out-of-context videos, and outright falsehoods. They fall apart under the slightest scrutiny.” I think the Navarro report (part 1) lays out a good summary of the election fraud. There is also a Navarro report part 2 which talks about all the rule changes that occurred during 2020 leading up to the election. The author does not address that report or that important body of data. Never the less, I think it is wise to take the counsel from this article that our trust is not in princes (Ps. 146:3), so I wanted to include it: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/january-web-only/christian-victory-election-loss.html
  15. S.T.O.P. to Discover the Meaning of a Biblical Text: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/07/stop-to-discover-meaning-of-biblical.html
  16. Scientists keeping faith in spite of contrary science show evolution is a replacement religion. – creation.com: https://creation.com/evolution-replacement-religion
  17. OLIGARCH | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary: “one of a small group of powerful people who control a country or an industry”: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/oligarch
  18. Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop: https://natashacrain.com/christians-shaming-christians-over-voting-for-trump-3-strawman-arguments-that-need-to-stop/

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died –more than that, who was raised to life –is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:33-34

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-7-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, But I bless thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Back to Basics: What is Truth? Is it Absolute or Relative? The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2021/01/01/back-to-basics-what-is-truth-is-it-absolute-or-relative/
  2. Would a loving God send people to hell? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/01/02/would-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell/
  3. Evolution vs. Science: Odds Are You Were Created Truth Cloud: https://www.truthcloud.org/life/2020/9/11/evolution-vs-science-odds-are-you-were-created
  4. Grounds for Belief in Biblical Inspiration | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/grounds-for-belief-in-biblical-inspiration

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say. John 12:49-50

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-31-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” (2 Cor. 13:5) Look well to your state; see whether you be in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when oneself is to be tried; but O, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous to yourself. Remember if it be not a rock on which you build, when the house shall fall, great will be the fall of it. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid (esp. on Social Media) Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2020/12/13/5-common-logical-mistakes-to-avoid-esp-on-social-media/
  2. Learning To Talk Not Yell: 3 Ways to Talk to Progressive Christians TABLE THEOLOGY: https://tabletheology.com/2020/10/16/learning-to-talk-not-yell-3-ways-to-talk-to-progressive-christians/
  3. Jesus: Reformer of Judaism or Founder of Christianity? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/jesus-reformer-of-judaism-or-founder-of-christianity-4/
  4. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/
  5. A Look at the Fine Tuning Argument THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/a-look-at-the-fine-tuning-argument/
  6. How do we know that Jesus actually said and did what is recorded about Him? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5l_P2XT7xWU
  7. God the Son-John 1 clarifies the Son is actually the very agent of creation and the eternal God himself. What C. S. Lewis describes as the central event of human history: the Son took on humanity, a mortal body from the Virgin Mary & a soul untainted by Adams sin. – BreakPoint: https://breakpoint.org/god-the-son-4/
  8. Citing rise of ‘Christian nationalism,’ Secular Democrats unveil sweeping recommendations for Biden: https://religionnews.com/2020/11/30/secular-democrats-unveil-sweeping-recommendations-for-biden-administration/
  9. It’s Not Nancy Pelosi’s Job To Tell Christians What They May Believe: https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/24/its-not-nancy-pelosis-job-to-tell-christians-what-they-are-allowed-to-believe/
  10. Report: Bloodthirsty Jihadists Cover Christian in Gasoline, Try To Burn Him Three Times Until Miracle Happens: https://www.westernjournal.com/report-bloodthirsty-jihadists-cover-christian-gasoline-try-burn-three-times-miracle-happens/
  11. Christians, Don’t Read the Entire Bible in 2021 | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/christians-dont-read-the-bible-for-the-year-2020

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 1 John 2:19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-24-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Most people don’t reject the Bible because they think it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts the way they want to live.  – Todd Adkins

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. James Tour: Molecules Don’t Care About Life | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/09/james-tour-molecules-dont-care-about-life/
  2. Why Believe? Abdu Murray looks at common barriers to belief and how to address them within a Christian context. | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/why-believe
  3. When Was Jesus Born? Christs birth is traditionally celebrated in the West on December 25th, but many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. Neither date is likely correct in light of several clues uncovered by historians and information in the Bible itself.: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/when-was-jesus-born.html
  4. What is the true meaning of Christmas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christmas-true-meaning.html
  5. Y-Chromosome Study Confirms Genesis Flood Timeline | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/y-chromosome-study-confirms-genesis-flood-timeline/
  6. Are There Contradictions In The Gospels? HillFaith: https://hillfaith.blog/2020/12/16/what-do-you-think-are-there-contradictions-in-the-gospels/
  7. Jesus, Our Substitute: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-our-substitute/
  8. Politics is becoming our new religion. God help us.: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/12/22/politics-becoming-our-new-religion-god-help-us-column/3926804001/
  9. Cretaceous Bird Beak Pecks Holes in Evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/cretaceous-bird-beak-pecks-holes-in-evolution/
  10. Have They Found Jesus Childhood Home in Nazareth? | Ben Witherington: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/bibleandculture/2020/12/23/have-they-found-jesus-childhood-home-in-nazareth/
  11. The Virgin Shall Conceive: Why Isaiah 7:14 Confuses People-For many years, the prophecy that confused me most was Isaiah 7:14: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Every Christmas I heard pastors quote this, but none had ever explained its context. What confused me was that the next three verses say that the prophecy will be fulfilled within 14 years. If it was supposed to be fulfilled in the eighth century BC, how could it apply to Jesus?: https://www.jeanejones.net/2020/12/the-virgin-shall-conceive-why-isaiah-714-confuses-people/
  12. The Story Behind Handel’s Messiah – BreakPoint: https://breakpoint.org/the-story-behind-handels-messiah/
  13. Embracing Simplicity at Christmas: A Practical Guide | RELEVANT: https://www.relevantmagazine.com/life5/embracing-simplicity-at-christmas-a-practical-guide/
  14. Don’t Let Your Bible Keep You From the Bible: https://www.kevinhalloran.net/dont-let-your-bible-keep-you-from-the-bible/
  15. Why Does It Matter that Jesus Was Born of a Virgin?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/why-does-it-matter-that-jesus-was-born-of-a-virgin/
  16. What Does the X in Xmas Mean?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.John 3:5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-17-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is “content” with such as he has (Heb. 13:5). – Arthur Pink 1886-1952

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. North Koreans increasingly exposed to the Bible despite government restrictions: https://disrn.com/news/north-koreans-increasingly-exposed-to-the-bible-despite-government-restrictions/
  2. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  3. Frank Turek–Is The Bible Historically Reliable? He Talks about the 6 E’s of biblical reliability – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmA6kOWwfWI
  4. 5 Evidences That Show the Bible Is True | Ark Encounter: https://arkencounter.com/blog/2017/04/07/5-evidences-that-show-bible-is-true/
  5. Will a Rare Christmas Star Appear in the Sky This December? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/will-rare-christmas-star-appear-in-sky-this-december/
  6. Who Was St. Nicholas? Nicholas was also hailed as a defender of orthodoxy. Later sources claim he was in attendance at the council of Nicaea. According to tradition, he was a staunch opponent of Arianism. Writing five centuries after his death, one biographer said, Thanks to the teaching of St. Nicholas, the metropolis of Myra alone was untouched by the filth of the Arian heresy, which it firmly rejected as a death-dealing poison.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/who-was-st-nicholas-2/
  7. The Absurdity of Life Without God | William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZqNTT0E_T70
  8. How do we know that Jesus actually said and did what is recorded about Him? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5l_P2XT7xWU
  9. Why Should We Trust the Gospel Writers? Sean McDowell – YouTube: https://youtu.be/TNlJn26CWdM
  10. How Can We Know That The Gospels Are Historically Reliable? Q&A Panel with J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek and Ravi Zacharias – YouTube: https://youtu.be/QNJJiNhQCPY
  11. Frank Turek – Session 5 – Is the New Testament True? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  12. Atheist Changes His Mind After One Simple Question – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PGhGRQl6G7c
  13. The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah’s Witnesses | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 32 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/JmLIGeXXmLk
  14. John Lennox: Scientific Evidence for a Design Behind the Universe | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/john-lennox-scientific-evidence-for-a-design-behind-the-universe/
  15. 150 Alleged Bible Contradictions Answered The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/150-alleged-bible-contradictions-answered/amp/
  16. From Reliable to Divine: Fulfilled Prophecy in the Old Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/from-reliable-to-divine-fulfilled-prophecy-in-the-old-testament/
  17. Since Jesus Took Our Punishment, Why Didn’t He Need to Go to Hell Forever?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-took-our-punishment-why-didnt-he-need-go-hell-forever/
  18. Think You Know the Christmas Story? Here are Five Common Misconceptions: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-you-know-the-christmas-story-here-are-five-common-misconceptions-2/
  19. The Incarnation: The Athanasian Creed: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/incarnation-athanasian-creed/
  20. Four Thoughts on the Deity of Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2020/12/15/four-thoughts-on-the-deity-of-christ-in-matthew-mark-and-lukes-gospels/
  21. How to Live in a Crooked and Perverse Generation (John MacArthur sermon) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaAmxC89OKY

A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. Proverbs 17:25

Blessings to you all

My Personal Memory Verse List

As of December 16, 2020

I try to spend 20-30 minutes each day (during my morning walk) practicing these. First half of that, I practice by “Frequency”:

By this it means the verses that I memorized most recently. Then, the second half of that time period, I practice by Last Practiced Time. I also try to mix up every other day practicing by Reference and by Passage Text, so that I know both the text and the reference equally as well. Finally, I try to pray through the verses as I’m practicing them so that it is not just meaningless repetition, but rather that I’m actually asking God to help me to apply these truths in my personal life.

  1. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. “
  2. Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV) – There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
  3. Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV) – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
  4. Romans 3:10-11 (NIV) – As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”
  5. Romans 3:23 (NIV) – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  6. Psalms 19:1-3 (NIV) – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
  7. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT) – We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
  8. Romans 1:20 (NIV) – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
  9. Acts 17:24-27 (NIV) – “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
  10. 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV) – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
  11. Psalms 14:1 (NIV) – The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
  12. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  13. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) – The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
  14. Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV) – ” ‘ “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. ” ‘”
  15. Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT) – Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
  16. Psalms 51:10 (KJV) – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
  17. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (NIV) – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
  18. Psalms 56:4 (NLT) – O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
  19. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT) – Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you.””
  20. Hebrews 1:2-3 (NLT) – But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
  21. Colossians 2:9 (NIV) – For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
  22. John 14:6 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  23. 1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV) – For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
  24. Galatians 2:20 (NIV) – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  25. Luke 9:23-26 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self ? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
  26. John 15:4-5 (NIV) – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
  27. Matthew 6:33 (NKJ) – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
  28. Philippians 4:13 (NKJ) – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  29. Matthew 6:19-21 (NAS) – ” Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal ; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  30. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
  31. Luke 12:15 (NIV) – Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
  32. Isaiah 55:6-9 (NKJ) – Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
  33. Philippians 1:21 (NAS) – For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
  34. Mark 9:24 (NIV) – Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief !”
  35. Luke 12:4-5 (NIV) – “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”
  36. Isaiah 8:13 (NLT) – Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.
  37. Psalms 86:11 (NIV) – Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
  38. Romans 8:28 (NIV) – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  39. Psalms 115:3 (NIV) – Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
  40. Amos 3:6 (NIV) – When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
  41. Psalms 127:1 (NKJ) – Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
  42. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  43. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
  44. Psalms 119:11 (NIV) – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  45. James 1:22 (NIV) – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  46. Colossians 3:16 (NIV) – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
  47. John 14:26 (NIV) – But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
  48. Matthew 4:4 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “
  49. Psalms 119:105 (KJV) – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
  50. Matthew 5:16 (NIV) – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
  51. Matthew 6:1 (NIV) – “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
  52. Acts 17:30-31 (NKJ) – Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.””
  53. Romans 2:4-8 (NLT) – Don’t you realize how kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see how kind he has been in giving you time to turn from your sin? But no, you won’t listen. So you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin. For there is going to come a day of judgment when God, the just judge of all the world, will judge all people according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who persist in doing what is good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and practice evil deeds.
  54. Hebrews 10:26-27 (NLT) – Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.
  55. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 (NLT) – And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power when he comes to receive glory and praise from his holy people. And you will be among those praising him on that day, for you believed what we testified about him.
  56. Romans 14:12 (NIV) – So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
  57. Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) – Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
  58. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
  59. Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  60. Job 31:1 (NLT) – “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.”
  61. 2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT) – Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
  62. James 4:7 (NLT) – So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
  63. Matthew 26:41 (NLT) – Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!””
  64. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT) – If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin. But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
  65. Psalms 101:3 (NLT) – I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all crooked dealings; I will have nothing to do with them.
  66. Numbers 23:19 (NIV) – God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
  67. John 8:47 (NIV) – He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.””
  68. 2 Timothy 3:12 (NLT) – Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
  69. Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NLT) – Enjoy prosperity while you can. But when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. That way you will realize that nothing is certain in this life.
  70. Mark 13:13 (NLT) – And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved.
  71. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  72. Colossians 4:2 (NIV) – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
  73. John 3:16 (NIV) – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  74. Revelation 3:20 (NIV) – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
  75. Romans 8:1 (NAS) – Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
  76. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
  77. John 3:36 (NIV) – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.””
  78. Romans 5:8 (NIV) – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  79. Acts 4:12 (NIV) – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.””
  80. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
  81. Acts 16:31 (NAS) – They said, ” Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
  82. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  83. Isaiah 59:1-2 (NLT) – Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem — your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
  84. Romans 6:23 (NIV) – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  85. James 2:19 (NKJ) – You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble!
  86. Matthew 7:20-23 (NIV) – Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”
  87. 1 John 2:3-4 (NLT) – And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments. If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.
  88. John 8:31-32 (NIV) – To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  89. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV) – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
  90. Matthew 20:28 (NLT) – For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.””
  91. James 4:4 (NIV) – You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
  92. Colossians 3:2 (NIV) – Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
  93. Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NLT) – And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
  94. Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  95. Joshua 24:15 (NIV) – But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.””
  96. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) – Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
  97. John 3:19-20 (NIV) – This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
  98. Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
  99. Luke 19:10 (NIV) – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.””
  100. 1 John 1:1-10 (NIV) – That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched –this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
  101. Romans 3:21-31 (NLT) – But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight — not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. After all, God is not the God of the Jews only, is he? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him. He makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.
  102. Psalms 118:24 (NIV) – This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  103. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJ) – Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
  104. Hebrews 10:31 (NKJ) – It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  105. Luke 6:41-42 (NIV) – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
  106. Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) – As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.
  107. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJ) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
  108. 2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NIV) – Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
  109. Romans 10:13 (NIV) – for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  110. Ephesians 5:1-6 (NIV) – Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater –has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
  111. Romans 10:17 (NAS) – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
  112. Jude 1:24-25 (NKJ) – Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.
  113. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) – However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” —
  114. Job 13:15 (NAS) – ” Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.”
  115. Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV) – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
  116. Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
  117. Revelation 21:3-7 (NIV) – And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
  118. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NIV) – Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
  119. John 1:10-13 (NIV) – He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
  120. John 17:17 (NAS) – ” Sanctify them in the truth ; Your word is truth.”
  121. Romans 1:25 (NIV) – They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.
  122. Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV) – What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
  123. John 3:3 (NIV) – In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. “
  124. John 3:5 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
  125. 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV) – We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
  126. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
  127. James 4:6 (NIV) – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
  128. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  129. Matthew 12:30 (NIV) – “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
  130. Luke 5:32 (NIV) – I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.””
  131. 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV) – For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
  132. John 11:35 (NIV) – Jesus wept.
  133. Psalms 55:22 (NIV) – Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
  134. Psalms 41:1 (NIV) – Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
  135. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV) – Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  136. Isaiah 54:17 (NIV) – no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.”
  137. 1 Kings 18:21 (NIV) – Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
  138. Proverbs 16:25 (NIV) – There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
  139. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJ) – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  140. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  141. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV) – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
  142. 1 Samuel 15:29 (NIV) – He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.””
  143. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) – There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
  144. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.
  145. Galatians 1:11-12 (NIV) – I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
  146. Galatians 1:23 (NIV) – They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
  147. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV) – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
  148. Psalms 53:1 (NIV) – The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
  149. Luke 14:33 (NIV) – In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
  150. John 6:44 (NIV) – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  151. Luke 15:10 (NIV) – In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.””
  152. John 6:65 (NIV) – He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
  153. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV) – Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
  154. Proverbs 3:27 (NIV) – Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
  155. Psalms 66:18 (NIV) – If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
  156. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  157. John 6:37 (NIV) – All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
  158. Hosea 6:6 (NIV) – For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
  159. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) – Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
  160. Ephesians 5:25 (NIV) – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
  161. Matthew 24:35 (NIV) – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
  162. John 12:25 (NIV) – The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
  163. Proverbs 9:10 (NIV) – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
  164. 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV) – If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
  165. James 4:17 (NIV) – Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
  166. John 10:10 (NAS) – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy ; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
  167. Romans 8:7 (NIV) – the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
  168. Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) – He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
  169. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV) – Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
  170. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV) – Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
  171. James 2:10 (NIV) – For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
  172. John 6:29 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
  173. Proverbs 11:4 (NIV) – Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
  174. Colossians 2:16-17 (NIV) – Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
  175. Psalms 150:6 (NIV) – Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
  176. Lamentations 3:39 (NIV) – Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?
  177. 1 John 5:12 (NAS) – He who has the Son has the life ; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
  178. Matthew 4:10 (NIV) – Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ “
  179. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) – Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
  180. Matthew 6:34 (NAS) – “So do not worry about tomorrow ; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
  181. John 15:17 (NIV) – This is my command: Love each other.
  182. Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) – For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  183. James 2:14 (NIV) – What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
  184. Luke 6:46 (NIV) – “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
  185. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) – Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  186. Isaiah 43:18 (NIV) – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
  187. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 (NIV) – God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
  188. Psalms 27:13 (NAS) – I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
  189. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
  190. Proverbs 13:10 (NIV) – Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
  191. John 15:13 (NIV) – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
  192. James 1:12 (NIV) – Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
  193. Proverbs 16:4 (CSB) – The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose- even the wicked for the day of disaster.
  194. Job 34:14-15 (NIV) – If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
  195. John 17:3 (NIV) – Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
  196. Colossians 2:6 (NIV) – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,
  197. John 6:27 (NIV) – Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.””
  198. James 3:1 (NIV) – Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
  199. Nahum 1:7 (NIV) – The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
  200. Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV) – But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
  201. Deuteronomy 22:22 (NIV) – If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
  202. Isaiah 40:8 (NKJ) – The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.””
  203. Proverbs 18:10 (NIV) – The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
  204. John 10:30 (NIV) – I and the Father are one.””
  205. Isaiah 5:21 (NIV) – Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
  206. John 12:48 (NIV) – There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.
  207. 1 John 3:23 (NIV) – And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
  208. 1 Peter 1:14 (NIV) – As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
  209. Matthew 18:8-9 (NIV) – If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
  210. Psalms 119:61 (NIV) – Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
  211. Romans 14:4 (NAS) – Who are you to judge the servant of another ? To his own master he stands or falls ; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
  212. Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV) – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
  213. John 8:58 (NIV) – “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
  214. Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) – Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
  215. Acts 18:4 (NIV) – Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
  216. Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV) – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  217. Matthew 6:27 (NIV) – Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
  218. John 1:1-5 (NIV) – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
  219. Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) – Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
  220. Philippians 3:20 (NIV) – But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
  221. Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV) – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
  222. John 20:30-31 (NIV) – Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
  223. John 5:46-47 (NIV) – If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?””
  224. Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
  225. Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV) – But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.””
  226. Genesis 50:20 (NIV) – You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
  227. Proverbs 18:2 (NIV) – A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
  228. James 1:5-7 (NIV) – If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
  229. Romans 11:29 (NIV) – for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
  230. Galatians 1:1 (NIV) – Paul, an apostle –sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead —
  231. Luke 16:25 (NIV) – “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”
  232. Exodus 14:14 (NIV) – The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.””
  233. Philippians 2:13 (NIV) – for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
  234. Hebrews 11:3 (NIV) – By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  235. Philippians 1:29 (NIV) – For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
  236. Matthew 10:32-33 (NIV) – “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
  237. 2 Samuel 22:31 (NIV) – “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
  238. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
  239. Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV) – Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
  240. 1 Peter 4:12-16 (NIV) – Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
  241. John 15:18-19 (NIV) – “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
  242. 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 (NIV) – If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
  243. Proverbs 17:28 (NIV) – Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
  244. Titus 3:3-7 (NIV) – At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
  245. Galatians 3:24 (NAS) – Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
  246. 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV) – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
  247. Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV) – The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  248. Ezekiel 3:18 (NIV) – When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die, ‘ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.
  249. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV) – We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
  250. Matthew 25:46 (NIV) – “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. “
  251. Matthew 13:20-22 (NIV) – The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
  252. 2 Timothy 2:14-15 (NAS) – Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
  253. Revelation 2:5 (NIV) – Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
  254. 1 John 4:9-10 (NIV) – This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
  255. 2 Peter 2:20-22 (NIV) – If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
  256. Romans 8:16 (NIV) – The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
  257. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NAS) – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
  258. 1 Corinthians 7:12 (NIV) – To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
  259. 1 Corinthians 7:33-34a (NIV) – But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world–how he can please his wife, and his interests are divided.
  260. John 5:39-40 (NIV) – You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
  261. Romans 1:16 (NIV) – I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
  262. 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV) – For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
  263. Job 2:9-10 (NIV) – His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
  264. Hebrews 12:29 (NIV) – for our “God is a consuming fire.”
  265. Acts 3:19 (NIV) – Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
  266. Acts 1:3 (NIV) – After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
  267. Acts 2:38 (NIV) – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  268. Acts 2:32 (NIV) – God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.
  269. Revelation 1:8 (NIV) – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
  270. Revelation 4:11 (NIV) – “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
  271. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJ) – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  272. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  273. Acts 4:19-20 (NIV) – But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
  274. Acts 2:42 (NIV) – They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  275. John 7:17 (NIV) – If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
  276. John 1:14 (NIV) – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  277. Mark 11:24 (NIV) – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  278. Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV) – “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
  279. Psalms 139:13-16 (NIV) – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
  280. Philippians 3:10 (NKJ) – that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
  281. John 3:17-18 (NIV) – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
  282. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NIV) – For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
  283. Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  284. Psalms 139:23-24 (NIV) – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  285. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV) – But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
  286. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  287. 1 Corinthians 15:16-17 (NIV) – For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
  288. Genesis 18:25 (NIV) – Far be it from you to do such a thing –to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?””
  289. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV) – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
  290. Ezekiel 33:18 (NIV) – If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.
  291. Psalms 141:3-4 (NIV) – Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  292. Romans 3:20 (NIV) – Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
  293. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
  294. 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NAS) – Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift !
  295. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NIV) – It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  296. Hebrews 4:15-16 (NKJ) – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  297. Psalms 119:36-37 (NIV) – Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
  298. Matthew 22:29 (NIV) – Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
  299. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (NIV) – You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
  300. Psalms 119:9 (NIV) – How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
  301. Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV) – He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
  302. Psalms 139:1-4 (NIV) – O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
  303. Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV) – But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.””
  304. Matthew 5:27-28 (NKJ) – “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
  305. Luke 6:28 (NIV) – bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
  306. John 5:24 (NIV) – “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
  307. Acts 2:22-24 (NIV) – “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
  308. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
  309. Hebrews 12:6 (NIV) – because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.””
  310. Luke 21:19 (NIV) – By standing firm you will gain life.
  311. Colossians 3:19 (NIV) – Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
  312. John 16:22 (NLT) – You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.
  313. John 10:27-28 (NIV) – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
  314. Psalms 1:1-6 (NIV) – Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
  315. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (NIV) – For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
  316. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) – Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
  317. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV) – But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  318. Ephesians 1:3-8 (NIV) – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
  319. Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV) – Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
  320. Hebrews 2:18 (NIV) – Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
  321. Hebrews 3:12-15 (NIV) – See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
  322. John 13:35 (NIV) – By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””
  323. Revelation 3:7-8 (NIV) – “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
  324. Revelation 21:8 (NIV) – But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars –their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.””
  325. 1 John 2:1-2 (NIV) – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense –Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
  326. Romans 6:12-13 (NIV) – Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
  327. Revelation 3:19 (NKJ) – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
  328. Revelation 21:27 (NIV) – Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
  329. Galatians 6:14 (NIV) – May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
  330. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV) – That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
  331. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
  332. Proverbs 21:30 (NIV) – There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
  333. Matthew 19:4 (NIV) – “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,'”
  334. 2 Timothy 1:7-10 (NIV) – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
  335. John 14:8-9 (NIV) – Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
  336. Micah 6:8 (NIV) – He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
  337. John 1:18 (NKJ) – No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
  338. John 12:27 (NIV) – “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”
  339. Psalms 144:3-4 (NIV) – O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.
  340. Luke 10:20 (NIV) – However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.””
  341. John 11:25 (NIV) – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;”
  342. Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV) – The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
  343. Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) – Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
  344. Titus 2:11-13 (NIV) – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
  345. Colossians 2:8 (NIV) – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
  346. 1 Peter 4:1-5 (NIV) – Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
  347. 1 Chronicles 29:17a (NIV) – I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity
  348. Malachi 3:10 (NIV) – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
  349. 1 Corinthians 9:27 (ESV) – But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
  350. Hebrews 9:22b (ESV) – without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
  351. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
  352. Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  353. Romans 11:33-36 (NKJ) – Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
  354. Matthew 22:14 (ESV) – For many are called, but few are chosen.””
  355. Luke 13:34 (NIV) – “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
  356. Genesis 15:6 (NIV) – Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
  357. Jeremiah 23:29 (NIV) – “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
  358. Job 19:25 (NIV) – I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
  359. Romans 13:14 (NKJ) – But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
  360. Philippians 4:19 (NAS) – And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  361. 1 John 5:13 (NIV) – I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
  362. Proverbs 16:5 (NIV) – The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
  363. Psalms 23:1-6 (NIV) – The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
  364. Hebrews 11:1 (NKJ) – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  365. Romans 7:18-19 (ESV) – For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
  366. Romans 8:29 (NIV) – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
  367. 1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJ) – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
  368. 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV) – Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners –of whom I am the worst.
  369. Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV) – Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
  370. Mark 1:15 (NIV) – “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
  371. Romans 15:4 (NIV) – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
  372. 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NIV) – To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
  373. Mark 16:15-16 (NKJ) – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
  374. Luke 2:10-11 (NKJ) – Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
  375. Proverbs 18:17 (NIV) – The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
  376. Luke 11:13 (NIV) – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!””
  377. Psalms 27:4 (NIV) – One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
  378. 1 Samuel 2:7 (NIV) – The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
  379. John 1:17 (NKJ) – For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
  380. John 15:22 (ESV) – If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
  381. Psalms 90:12 (NIV) – Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
  382. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJ) – And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
  383. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV) – This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
  384. Romans 1:18-19 (NAS) – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
  385. Deuteronomy 8:17-18a (NIV) – You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth
  386. Luke 12:47-48 (NIV) – “That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
  387. Luke 18:9-14 (NIV) – To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  388. Judges 17:6 (NKJ) – In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
  389. 3 John 1:4 (NIV) – I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
  390. Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV) – Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
  391. John 10:32-33 (NIV) – but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
  392. 2 Corinthians 13:5a (NIV) – Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
  393. Hosea 4:17 (NIV) – Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!
  394. Acts 26:24-29 (NIV) – At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long–I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
  395. 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV) – Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
  396. John 12:42-43 (NIV) – Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
  397. John 8:36 (NIV) – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  398. Hebrews 10:14 (NKJ) – For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
  399. Romans 4:25 (NIV) – He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
  400. Matthew 10:16 (NIV) – I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
  401. 1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIV) – For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
  402. Titus 1:15-16 (NIV) – To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
  403. Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) – Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
  404. Acts 13:47-48 (NIV) – For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ” ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
  405. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV) – The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
  406. Ephesians 2:19-20 (NIV) – Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
  407. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NAS) – Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely ; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  408. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) – Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
  409. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (NIV) – What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
  410. Proverbs 11:7 (NIV) – When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
  411. Judges 21:25 (NAS) – In those days there was no king in Israel ; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
  412. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV) – For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
  413. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) – “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
  414. Romans 4:2-5 (NIV) – If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
  415. Psalms 103:14 (NKJ) – For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
  416. Galatians 1:10 (NIV) – Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
  417. Isaiah 6:5 (NKJ) – So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
  418. John 16:8 (NIV) – When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
  419. Romans 2:24 (NIV) – As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
  420. Luke 22:42 (NIV) – “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
  421. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV) – And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
  422. 1 Thessalonians 2:2-4 (NIV) – We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
  423. Luke 23:39-43 (NIV) – One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
  424. Luke 23:34 (NIV) – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
  425. 1 John 4:4b (KJV) – greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
  426. Psalms 69:5 (NKJ) – O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.
  427. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) – The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
  428. Matthew 19:26b (NIV) – with God all things are possible.
  429. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV) – Test everything. Hold on to the good.
  430. John 3:30 (NIV) – He must become greater; I must become less.
  431. 2 Thessalonians 2:10b (NIV) – They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
  432. John 4:48 (NIV) – “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
  433. Isaiah 64:6a (NIV) – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags
  434. Romans 5:9 (NIV) – Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
  435. Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) – Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
  436. James 4:8a (NKJ) – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
  437. John 7:31 (NIV) – Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?”
  438. Romans 6:14 (NIV) – For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
  439. 1 Chronicles 21:24 (ESV) – But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
  440. Luke 6:26a (NIV) – Woe to you when all men speak well of you
  441. Psalms 79:9 (NIV) – Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
  442. Philemon 1:6 (NIV) – I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
  443. Hebrews 4:2 (NIV) – For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
  444. Jude 1:22 (NIV) – Be merciful to those who doubt;
  445. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV) – Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
  446. Jeremiah 29:4-7 (NIV) – This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
  447. Daniel 1:8-9 (NIV) – But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel,
  448. Acts 19:8 (NIV) – Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
  449. Proverbs 27:2 (NIV) – Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
  450. Acts 17:17 (NIV) – So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
  451. Revelation 2:10b (ESV) – Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
  452. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) – A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
  453. Acts 28:23-24 (NIV) – They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
  454. Job 23:10 (NAS) – “But He knows the way I take ; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
  455. Matthew 23:24-28 (NIV) – You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
  456. Proverbs 14:2 (NKJ) – He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.
  457. Psalms 116:15 (NKJ) – Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.
  458. Proverbs 15:28a (NKJ) – The heart of the righteous studies how to answer
  459. Luke 16:13-15 (NAS) – ” No servant can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts ; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”
  460. Proverbs 17:5 (NIV) – He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
  461. 1 Corinthians 4:7b (NAS) – What do you have that you did not receive ? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
  462. Galatians 4:16 (NKJ) – Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
  463. Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) – As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself ? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
  464. Psalms 25:3a (NIV) – No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame
  465. Psalms 62:10b (NAS) – If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
  466. Proverbs 15:1 (NAS) – A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
  467. Galatians 3:28 (NKJ) – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
  468. John 9:4 (NAS) – “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day ; night is coming when no one can work.”
  469. Proverbs 29:7 (NIV) – The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
  470. Proverbs 22:2 (CSB) – The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.
  471. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV) – Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
  472. Hebrews 3:4 (NAS) – For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.
  473. 2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV) – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
  474. Proverbs 18:13 (NAS) – He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
  475. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NIV) – In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage –with great patience and careful instruction.
  476. 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NAS) – I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
  477. Psalms 140:6 (NAS) – I said to the LORD, “You are my God ; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.”
  478. 2 Corinthians 9:7b (NAS) – God loves a cheerful giver.
  479. 2 Peter 1:21 (NIV) – For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  480. John 20:28 (NAS) – Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God !”
  481. Genesis 49:10a (NAS) – The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet
  482. Micah 5:2 (NAS) – ” But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”
  483. Romans 7:24-25a (ESV) – Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
  484. 1 Peter 2:23 (ESV) – When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
  485. Isaiah 7:14 (ESV) – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  486. Matthew 15:11 (NIV) – What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ “”
  487. 1 Peter 4:17a (NAS) – For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God
  488. Acts 17:11 (NIV) – Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
  489. Acts 11:26b (NAS) – the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
  490. Hebrews 7:25 (NAS) – Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
  491. James 3:17 (NKJ) – But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  492. Genesis 1:26-27 (NAS) – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
  493. Psalms 111:2 (NAS) – Great are the works of the LORD ; They are studied by all who delight in them.
  494. Nehemiah 4:9 (ESV) – And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
  495. Daniel 9:25a (NIV) – “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.'”
  496. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJ) – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
  497. Romans 5:1 (NAS) – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
  498. Daniel 3:17 (NIV) – If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.
  499. Acts 20:35b (NAS) – Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
  500. Mark 14:61-62 (NAS) – But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” And Jesus said, “I am ; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”
  501. John 18:37 (NAS) – Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king ?” Jesus answered, ” You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
  502. 1 Samuel 16:7b (NAS) – for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
  503. Acts 10:34-35b (ESV) – God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
  504. James 1:19b (NAS) – Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger
  505. Matthew 16:15-18 (NAS) – He said to them, “But who do you say that I am ?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church ; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
  506. Proverbs 11:30b (NKJ) – he who wins souls is wise.
  507. Psalms 19:14 (NAS) – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
  508. 1 Corinthians 15:31b (NAS) – I die daily.
  509. Ephesians 4:15a (NAS) – speaking the truth in love
  510. John 19:28b (KJV) – I thirst.
  511. Matthew 12:34b (ESV) – For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
  512. Proverbs 29:25 (NAS) – The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
  513. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NAS) – for we walk by faith, not by sight –
  514. James 5:16b (KJV) – The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
  515. Proverbs 19:11 (ESV) – Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
  516. Jude 1:3b (NKJ) – Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
  517. Galatians 6:1 (ESV) – Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
  518. Song of Solomon 1:5a (NAS) – I am black but lovely
  519. Acts 3:15 (NIV) – You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
  520. Acts 5:30-31 (NAS) – ” The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. ” He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
  521. Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NAS) – Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
  522. Hosea 4:6a (NAS) – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
  523. Amos 3:3 (NKJ) – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
  524. Psalms 146:3 (NAS) – Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
  525. Colossians 1:13-14 (NAS) – For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  526. Hebrews 13:8 (NAS) – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
  527. Luke 3:11 (CSB) – He replied to them, “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.”
  528. James 1:18 (NIV) – He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
  529. John 8:24 (NAS) – “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins ; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
  530. James 1:21 (NIV) – Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  531. Psalms 43:5 (NIV) – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
  532. Job 38:2 (NIV) – “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?”
  533. Mark 12:30 (NAS) – AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’
  534. Proverbs 4:26 (NKJ) – Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
  535. James 1:25 (NIV) – But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
  536. James 1:23-24 (NIV) – Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
  537. Psalms 119:160 (NIV) – All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
  538. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
  539. Psalms 37:4 (NAS) – Delight yourself in the LORD ; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
  540. Matthew 15:8 (NIV) – ” ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

mid-week apologetics booster (12-10-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

Now of course we must agree with Hume that if there is absolutely ‘uniform experience’ against miracles, if in other words they have never happened, why then they never have. Unfortunately we know the experience against them to be uniform only if we know that all the reports of them are false. And we can know all the reports to be false only if we know already that miracles have never occurred. In fact, we are arguing in a circle.  – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Where Did Cain Get His Wife? One of the most-asked questions about the Bible is Where’d Cain get his wife? Skeptics have found that many Christians are easily stumped by this query, but the answer isn’t as hard as you might think. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/creation-basics/
  2. How to Talk with Your Teens about Sex and Love from a Biblical Worldview: Interview with Sean McDowell: https://natashacrain.com/how-to-talk-with-your-teens-about-sex-and-love-from-a-biblical-worldview-interview-with-sean-mcdowell/
  3. Image Processing in the Eye: Like Magic – The amount of image processing going on in the eyeball is astounding. Did you know that the signal from your retina splits into some 20 channels that analyze the image before it reaches the brain? ..similar to movie compression algorithms. There’s no need to keep sending unchanged parts of an image; the brain already has that information. By subtracting two sequential images, the visual cortex can forward just the parts that change.: https://evolutionnews.org/2014/01/image_processin/
  4. Central Command: The Brains Role in Maintaining Balance | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/09/central_command/
  5. An Overview of the Body’s Amazing, Irreducibly Complex Systems | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/09/in_conclusion_a/
  6. William Borden: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.(short biography of a millionaire missionary): http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/regret.htm
  7. What does the Bible say about animal/pet euthanasia? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/animal-pet-euthanasia.html
  8. Would a Loving God Send People to Hell? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/would-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell-video/
  9. Resource guide helps parents combat liberal agenda at schools – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/resource-guide-helps-parents-combat-liberal-agenda-at-schools.html
  10. Video, audio and summary of intelligent design discussion, with Ben Shapiro and Stephen C. Meyer | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/12/06/video-audio-and-summary-of-intelligent-design-discussion-with-ben-shapiro-and-stephen-c-meyer-3/
  11. Where Will Cancel Culture End? Meet Dorian Abbot | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/12/where-will-cancel-culture-end-meet-dorian-abbot/
  12. Investing in the next generation – Building a robust Christian worldview. Children and young people are the next generation. They live in an ungodly skeptical world that will challenge their faith in Jesus. We want them to have a robust and resilient faith that can withstand enemy attacks. But how is this possible when many young people stop attending church on a regular basis after they turn 18? And the pandemic may cause more to abandon Christianity or churchgoing. Many of these young people are leaving because the culture around them has impacted them deeply and caused them to question the truth claims of Christianity. What can we do about it? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/12/07/investing-in-the-next-generation/
  13. Michael Egnor: The Evidence against Materialism – YouTube: https://youtu.be/BqHrpBPdtSI
  14. What does it mean to contend for the faith? | OnceDelivered.net: https://oncedelivered.net/2020/12/01/what-does-it-mean-to-contend-for-the-faith-2/
  15. Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/empty-message-unity/
  16. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?: The Classic Collection with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://youtu.be/D1Vg-WvJ8uM
  17. What does it mean that the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/righteous-will-live-by-faith.html

For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-3-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

The life of faith is represented as receiving–an act which implies the very opposite of anything like merit. It is simply the acceptance of a gift. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. RNA Vaccines – Harnessing God’s design to help prevent sickness, but will the new vaccine technology alter our DNA? https://creation.com/rna-vaccines
  2. The human genome is amazingly complex – creation.com: https://creation.com/human-genome-amazingly-complex
  3. The Mystery of the Missing Fossils – Part 1 – Listen to Ankerberg Show with Dr. John Ankerberg, Nov 25, 2020: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/ankerberg-show/listen/the-mystery-of-the-missing-fossils-part-1-577299.html
  4. Why You Can Trust the Bible: https://www.knowableword.com/2020/10/23/why-you-can-trust-the-bible/
  5. How to Witness to False Christians – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PavAbBfd0Ko
  6. Darwin, Africa, and Genocide: The Horror of Scientific Racism – YouTube: https://youtu.be/lQPrvPM38Ws
  7. Genetic entropy: The silent killer. A devastatingly powerful argument against evolution – creation.com: https://creation.com/genetic-entropy-vs-evolution
  8. Atheists Can’t Find a Founding Father by Gary DeMar The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/25112/atheists-cant-find-a-founding-father/
  9. Katy Perry Returns to Her Church Roots Performing Christian Hymn at American Music Awards: https://faithit.com/katy-perry-returned-to-her-roots-performing-hymn-as-the-deer-at-amas/
  10. The Fossils Still Say No: The Cambrian Explosion – The Cambrian Explosion is a complete evolutionary enigma for a number of important reasons. First, incredibly complex animal life appeared suddenly and without any sign of preceding evolutionary ancestors. Second, many creatures that appeared in the Cambrian layers have living counterparts today that show no sign of evolution, a paradox evolutionists label living fossils. Third, tube worms (another living fossil) have been found in rocks just below the Cambrian, and their fossils yielded soft, pliable tissue. The fact that their tissue, along with many other examples, is still soft and undecayed indicates they were buried only thousands of years ago in the global Flood described in Genesis. Thus, according to a model of progressive burial by ecological zonation, we see that the Cambrian layers were the first to be deposited near the beginning of the global Flood in the sedimentary rock strata known by geologists as the Sauk Mega-sequence. The evidence provided by Cambrian fossils continues to say no to evolutionary expectations. | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-fossils-still-say-no-the-cambrian-explosion/
  11. Caring for creation. An interview with environmental consultant Greg Dalton – creation.com: https://creation.com/caring-for-creation
  12. A Strong Life Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVQgEcPVIyY
  13. 5 Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-signs-your-church-might-be-heading-toward-progressive-christianity

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with Him; so He went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside [the dish] to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.Luke 11:37-41

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-26-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

It is not until man is made thoroughly displeased with himself that he begins to aspire after God. The fallen creature, deluded by Satan, is self-pleased until his sin-blinded eyes are opened to get a sight of himself. – Arthur Pink 1886-1952, “Profiting from the Word”

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Thanksgiving Proclamations: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & more – American Minute with Bill Federer: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/thanksgiving-proclamations-washington-jefferson-madison-lincoln-roosevelt-more-american-minute-with-bill-federer
  2. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – Join Frank on a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data: https://crossexamined.org/everything-is-connected/
  3. Review of The Missoula Flood by John Soennichsen – The remarkable story of a rebel geologist and the world’s greatest flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/review-of-the-missoula-flood
  4. How can I know if I am one of the elect? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/one-of-the-elect.html
  5. When we let the doubts win, Is there a way back? it’s perfectly natural to struggle with doubt. Certainty is a person-relative, situation-dependent … But we do have reasonable warrant to believe God is there, and has revealed himself in Jesus. Objections can be raised, but there’s no way to make belief in God unreasonable, and the state of the evidence concerning what Jesus claims and what happened to him isn’t changing. Its early, and given by credible eyewitnesses. So, there are reasons to start trusting again. The experience of those around you should not be enough to distract you from devotion to Christ. He is true regardless of our feelings, and regardless of the stories of those around us. Follow Jesus; its rational, and He’s worth it. – creation.com: https://creation.com/when-we-let-the-doubts-win
  6. How Christianity Gained Cultural Momentum In The Trump Era: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/20/how-christianity-gained-cultural-momentum-in-the-trump-era/
  7. Is It True that There Are Good Non-Christians? | Clay Jones: https://www.clayjones.net/2020/10/good-non-christians/
  8. Is Divorce Really a Sin? Unfortunately, divorce is a real and prevalent issue in modern society, among those inside and outside the Church. There are myriad reasons why people get divorced these days, including adultery, abuse, finances, or simply falling out of love. The question that many wonder is: is divorce a sin? Obviously divorce is not something that pleases God, but is it actually a sin? This is a complicated and controversial issue, but one that cannot be ignored. – Topical Studies: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/is-divorce-a-sin.html
  9. What is the Historical Evidence for the Deaths and Sufferings of Early Christians? Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/05/17/historical-evidence-for-the-death-of-jesus-disciples-and-very-early-christians-as-well-as-their-willingness-to-suffer/
  10. Politics Will Not Save Us – this was written in February 2020, but is a good perspective now looking back and going forward: https://www.str.org/w/politics-will-not-save-us

But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. Psalms 55:23

Blessings to you all

Analogies about God from the realm of Software Development

Miracles

As a developer of a piece of software, I completely control its behavior.  The “average” user of my software is restricted to using it in the prescribed fashion and abiding by its “rules”.  However, as the software developer – the “creator” of this software, I may know how to make the software to behave in ways that are not possible for the average user (a secret key combination to enter or a particular login ID or a particular URL parameter).  If an average user was asked if it was possible to perform certain actions with the software, they would say no.  If I were to demonstrate one of these “impossible behaviors” in front of that user they may call it a miracle.  However, since I, as the creator of the software, control the “natural laws” for my software, I can make it do anything I want – even violating the “natural laws” I put in place.

In the same way, God, the creator of the universe (all time, space, matter and energy), has put “natural laws” into place.  But at any time, God can temporarily alter or suspend those laws, causing what we would call a miracle.  Miracles are hard to believe, yes, but are philosophically rational because God is the one Who put the laws into effect in the first place.

Omniscience / Providence / Sovereignty

As a developer of software, I put logging, monitoring and instrumentation into my program.  When a user of my software performs an illegal action, hopefully I have foreseen that this will happen and I put error trapping in place with notifications to the user that they are doing wrong – the program does not just “die” every time the user performs an illegal action.

As a user goes about the business of using my software, each action they perform is logged with their user ID, which component they were interacting with and the exact time down to the millisecond when the action occurred.  At any time I want, I can get a complete “transcript” of a user’s session and activities.  If the user says that the software has not behaved correctly, I can ask them what they were doing and what data they were inputting.  I will certainly be able to tell if a user is lying to me because I have the complete transcript of what they were doing.  When a user commits an illegal action or a performance problem occurs, as the creator of this software, I have designed a mechanism to notify myself that the user is experiencing troubles. Since I’m aware of all “troubles” occurring in my software, I can choose to intervene in the situation by either silently correcting the issue without the user’s knowledge (maybe making a database update or granting special access to perform an action behind the scenes) or to send a representative to contact the user or in extreme cases, I may even directly appear to the user.  Or of course, I can choose to let the user struggle with the temporary issue, knowing that in the end, they will be able to accomplish what they need to accomplish and will not be “harmed” in the process.   The user may wonder how it is that I have this comprehensive knowledge of their activities when I’m not physically present with them.  Yet, I know about their activities and problems because they are operating in the “world” of my software (my creation).

In the same way, God, as the designer and sustainer (maintainer) of the universe, is aware of all “goings on” in His universe.  He can choose to silently correct problems on our behalves or to send a representative (messenger, angel or another person) to contact and help us or in extreme cases in history, He has even decided to appear directly to us.  Of course, He is always at liberty to just let us struggle through the issue that we’re having, knowing that in the end, it will not hurt us and may even improve our character.

Get your own dirt!

Software Developers use a language and runtime environment created by a “higher power” (e.g. in the case of Java, James Gosling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gosling) and after having created a piece of software are of the opinion that they’ve truly created something; however, they are just re-combining existing software in new and different ways.

In the same way, genetic engineers and origin of life scientists think that they are creating new and different life forms or creating life from scratch, yet, they could not do what it is that they do without the existing materials (amino acids, proteins, DNA, and all other matter).  Those existing materials were created by God, but these scientists ignore the Creator of these materials that make their jobs possible.

This is illustrated well by the following popular story on the internet:

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that humankind had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this? Let’s say we have a man-making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “Okay, great!” But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.” The scientist said, “Sure, no problem,” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God looked at him and said, “Huh-uh! You go get your own dirt!”

God does not change, but does He change His mind?

When I write a software program, it can exhibit different behaviors and responses to events, user actions and data input. The program itself does not change – I write the code and deploy it and it may run for years without change, but conditional logic built into the program will cause a different response given different input.

In the same way, God does not change and does not “change His mind”. However, He has stated in His word that there are certain conditions under which He’ll behave differently based on the behavior of humans. Consider 2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Notice the conditional logic in there? It could be written in java as follows:

if (people.humble() && people.praying() && people.seekingGod() && people.turnFromWickedWays()) {
God.setHearing(true);
God.forgiveTheirSins(true);
God.healTheirLand(true);
}

Also consider the story of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:1-6:
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’ ”

This is a great case of God hearing prayer and changing His course of action.

My point here is that while it is true that God does not change and does not change His mind, He does have conditions that He has promised to respond to.

JC Ryle – The Great Separation!

What a powerful piece this is…

The Great Separation!

J.C. Ryle, 1878

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Matthew 3:12

Wheat or chaff? You see my question — for whom do you think it is meant? Is it for corn merchants and farmers only, and for none else? If you think so, then you are much mistaken. It is meant for every man, woman, and child in the world. And among others, it is meant for you.

The question is drawn from the verse of Scripture which is now before your eyes. The words of that verse were spoken by John the Baptist. They are a prophecy about our Lord Jesus Christ, and a prophecy which has not yet been fulfilled. They are a prophecy which we shall all see fulfilled one day, and God alone knows how soon.

Reader, I invite you this day to consider the great truths which this verse contains. I invite you to listen to me, while I unfold them and set them before you in order. Who knows but this text may prove a word in season to your soul! Who knows but my question may help to make this day the happiest day in your life! Listen, before you begin once more your appointed path of duty. Listen, before you start once more on some round of business. Listen, before you plunge once more into some course of useless idleness and folly. Listen to one who loves your soul, and would sincerely help to save it, or draw it nearer to Christ. Who knows what a day may bring forth! Who can tell whether you will live to see tomorrow! Be still, and listen to me a few minutes, while I show you something out of the Word of God.

I. Let me show you in the first place, the two great classes into which the world may be divided.

There are only two classes of people in the world, in the sight of God — and both are mentioned in the text which begins this tract. There are those who are called the wheat — and there are those who are called the chaff.

Viewed with the eye of man, the earth contains many different sorts of inhabitants. Viewed with the eye of God, it only contains two. Man’s eye looks at the outward appearance — this is all he thinks of. The eye of God looks at the heart — this is the only part of which He takes any account. And tried by the state of their hearts, there are but two classes into which people can be divided — either they are wheat, or they are chaff.

Reader, who are the WHEAT in the world? Listen to me, and I will tell you.

The wheat means all men and women who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ — all who are led by the Holy Spirit — all who have felt themselves sinners, and fled for refuge to the salvation offered in the Gospel — all who love the Lord Jesus, and live to the Lord Jesus, and serve the Lord Jesus — all who have taken Christ for their only confidence, and the Bible for their only guide, and regard sin as their deadliest enemy, and look to Heaven as their only home. All such, of every church, name, nation, people, and tongue — of every rank, station, condition, and degree — all such are God’s wheat!

Show me men of this kind of people anywhere, and I know what they are. I know that they and I may not agree in all particulars — but I see in them the handiwork of the King of kings, and I ask no more. I know not whence they came, and where they found their religion — but I know where they are going, and that is enough for me. They are the children of my Father in Heaven. They are part of His wheat.

All such, though sinful, and vile, and unworthy in their own eyes — are the precious part of mankind. They are the sons and daughters of God the Father. They are the delight of God the Son. They are the habitation of God the Spirit. The Father beholds no iniquity in them — they are the members of His dear Son’s body — in Him He sees them — and is well pleased. The Lord Jesus discerns in them, the fruit of His own travail and work upon the cross — and is well satisfied. The Holy Spirit regards them as spiritual temples which He Himself has raised — and rejoices over them. In a word, they are the wheat of the earth — God’s wheat.

Reader, who are the CHAFF in the world? Listen to me once more, and I will tell you this also.

The chaff means all men and women who have no saving faith in Christ, and no sanctification of the Spirit — whoever they may be. Some of them perhaps are infidels — and some are formal Christians. Some are sneering Sadducees — and some self-righteous Pharisees. Some of them make a point of keeping up a kind of ‘Sunday religion’ — and others are utterly careless of everything except their own pleasure and the world. But all alike, who have the two great marks already mentioned — no faith and no sanctification — all such are chaff. From the atheists Paine and Voltaire — to the formal churchman who can think of nothing but outward ceremonies — to the unconverted admirer of sermons in the present day — all, all are standing in one rank before God all, all are chaff!

They bring no glory to God the Father. They honor not the Son, and so do not honor the Father who sent Him. They neglect that mighty salvation, which countless millions of angels admire. They disobey that Word which was graciously written for their learning. They listen not to the voice of Him who condescended to leave Heaven and die for their sins. They pay no tribute of service and affection to Him who gave them life, and breath, and all things. And therefore God takes no pleasure in them. He pities them — but He reckons them no better than chaff!

Yes — you may have rare intellectual gifts, and high mental attainments — you may sway kingdoms by your counsel, move millions by your pen, or keep crowds in breathless attention by your tongue — but if you have never submitted yourself to the yoke of Christ, and never honored His Gospel by heartfelt reception of it — then you are nothing but chaff in His sight. Natural gifts without saving grace, are like a row of ciphers without an unit before them; they look big — but they are of no value. The vilest insect that crawls in the filth — is a nobler being than you are! It fills its place in creation, and glorifies its Maker with all its power — and you do not. You do not honor God with heart, and will, and intellect, and members, which are all His. You invert His order and arrangement, and live as if time was of more importance than eternity, and body better than soul. You dare to neglect God’s greatest gift — His own incarnate Son. You are cold about that subject which fills all Heaven with hallelujahs. And so long as this is the case, you belong to the worthless part of mankind. You are the chaff of the earth.

Reader, let this thought be deeply engraved in your mind, whatever else you forget in this volume. Remember there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are wheat — and there are chaff.

There are many nations in Europe. Each differs from the rest. Each has its own language, its own laws, its own peculiar customs. But God’s eye divides Europe into two great parties — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many classes in England. There are nobles and commoners — farmers and shopkeepers — masters and servants — rich and poor. But God’s eye only takes account of two orders — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many and various minds in every congregation that meets for religious worship. There are some who attend for a mere form — and some who really desire to meet Christ; some who come there to please others — and some who come to please God; some who bring their hearts with them, and are not soon tired — and some who leave their hearts behind them, and reckon the whole service as weary work. But the eye of Jesus only sees two divisions in the congregation — the wheat and the chaff.

There were millions of visitors to the Great Exhibition of 1851. From Europe, Asia, Africa, and America — from North, and South, and East, and West — crowds came together to see what human skill and industry could do. Children of our first father Adam’s family, who had never seen each other before, for once met face to face under one roof. But the eye of the Lord only saw two companies thronging that large palace of glass — the wheat and the chaff.

Reader, I know well the world dislikes this way of dividing professing Christians. The world tries hard to fancy there are three sorts of people, and not two. To be very godly and very strict does not suit the world — they cannot, will not be holy. To have no religion at all does not suit the world — as that would not be respectable. “Thank God,” they will say, “we are not so bad as that!” But to have religion enough to be respectable — and yet not go into extremes, to be sufficiently good — and yet not be peculiar — to have a quiet, easy-going, moderate kind of Christianity, and go comfortably to Heaven after all — this is the world’s favorite idea! There is a third class, a safe middle class — the world imagines; and in this middle class — the majority of men persuade themselves they will be found.

Reader, I denounce this notion of a middle class as an immense and soul-ruining delusion! I warn you strongly not to be carried away by it. It is as vain an invention as the Pope’s purgatory. It is a refuge of lies, a castle in the air, a Russian ice-palace, a vast unreality, an empty dream! This middle class is a class of Christians no where spoken of in the Bible!

There were two classes in the day of Noah’s flood; those who were inside the ark — and those who were outside. There were two classes in the parable of the Gospel net; those who are called the good fish — and those who are called the bad. There were two classes in the parable of the ten virgins; those who are described as wise — and those who are described as foolish. There were two classes in the account of the judgment day; the sheep — and the goats. There were two sides of the throne; the right hand — and the left. There were two abodes when the last sentence has been passed; Heaven — and Hell.

And just so, there are only two classes in the world:
those who are in the state of nature — and those who are in the state of grace;
those who are in the narrow way — and those who are in the broad;
those who have faith — and those who have no faith;
those who have been converted — and those who have not been converted;
those who are with Christ — and those who are against Him;
those who gather with Him — and those who scatter abroad;
those who are wheat — and those who are chaff.
Into these two classes, the whole world may be divided. Beside these two classes, there is none.

Reader, dear reader, see now what cause there is for self-inquiry! Are you among the wheat — or among the chaff? Neutrality is impossible. Either you are in one class — or in the other. Which is it, of the two?

You attend church perhaps. You go to the Lord’s table. You like good people. You can distinguish between good preaching and bad. You think Popery false, and oppose it firmly. You think Protestantism true, and support it cordially. You subscribe to religious societies. You attend religious meetings. You sometimes read religious books. It is well — it is all very well. It is good — it is all very good. It is more than can be said of many. But still, this is not a straightforward answer to my question: Are you wheat — or are you chaff?

Have you been born again? Are you a new creature? Have you put off the old man, and put on the new? Have you ever felt your sins, and repented of them? Are you looking only to Christ for pardon and eternal life? Do you love Christ? Do you serve Christ? Do you loathe heart-sins, and fight against them? Do you long for perfect holiness, and follow hard after it? Have you come out from the world? Do you delight in the Bible? Do you wrestle in prayer? Do you love Christ’s people? Do you try to do good to the world? Are you vile in your own eyes, and willing to take the lowest place? Are you a Christian in business, and on week days, and by your own fireside? Oh, think, think, think on these things — and then perhaps you will be better able to tell the state of your soul!

Reader, I beseech you not to turn away from my question, however unpleasant it may be. Answer it, though it may prick your conscience, and cut you to the heart. Answer it, though it may prove you in the wrong, and expose your fearful danger. Rest not, rest not, until you know how it is between you and God! Better a thousand times find out that you are in an evil case, and repent in time — than live on in uncertainty, and be lost eternally!

Reader, remember my question. Begin to meditate on it this very day. Are you wheat — or chaff?

To read the rest, go to http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (11-19-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

Telescopes reveal comets in long orbits around the sun. These balls of ice follow orbits that every once in a while bring them close to the giant ball of fire. It would be like putting a snow cone half an inch from a space heater set on high. No wonder comets routinely fizzle in front of our eyes when they’re near the sun. They can’t last billions of years. – SCOTT ARLEDGE and BRIAN THOMAS, Ph.D. (Acts and Facts August 2020)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data: https://crossexamined.org/everything-is-connected/
  2. The Date of the Canon – Dr. Michael Kruger – Renewing Your Mind | Nov 12, 2020: https://renewingyourmind.org/2020/11/12/the-date-of-the-canon
  3. 400 Years Later, The Mayflower Compact Matters Now More Than Ever: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/11/400-years-later-the-mayflower-compact-matters-now-more-than-ever/
  4. IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED pt.5 | Regaining Lost Ground with Pastor Shane Idleman, Nov 13, 2020: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/regaining-lost-ground/listen/if-the-foundations-are-destroyed-pastor-shane-idleman-853384.html
  5. Will God forgive me? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/will-God-forgive-me.html
  6. Stephen Meyer Interviews John Lennox about going; Against the Tide – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zD50_1kicw4
  7. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kWSG5okmUr8
  8. Biology doesn’t support the idea of biological evolution | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/11/15/biology-doesnt-support-the-idea-of-biological-evolution/
  9. The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work – Cross Examined 11/07/20: https://subspla.sh/mn2txfg
  10. Apologetics Gift Ideas for the Holidays – My Humble Apology: https://myhumbleapology.com/2020/11/14/apologetics-gift-ideas-for-the-holidays/
  11. The Necessity of a Cosmic Mind: https://crossexamined.org/the-necessity-of-a-cosmic-mind/
  12. The Well-Churched Atheist | Women in Apologetics: https://womeninapologetics.com/the-well-churched-atheist/
  13. Why Jesus Cannot Be One Truth among Many | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/why-jesus-cannot-be-one-truth-among-many/
  14. Ostrich – a reminder of creation and the Fall – creation.com: https://creation.com/ostrich
  15. Should You Use a Preferred Gender Pronoun? Quick Thoughts! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/B_Uz4BjGNqE
  16. Answering Objections to Gods Existence | Q&A with William Lane Craig: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/11/17/answering-objections-to-gods-existence-qa-with-william-lane-craig/
  17. How were people saved in the Old Testament? We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. But how were people reconciled to God before the coming of Christ? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson explains how the saints of the Old Testament were saved. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_DxxetguBE

Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. Acts 2:29-31

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-12-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

When you’re irritable, the heart of the problem is primarily a problem of the heart. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-raise-your-kids-so-they-will-remain-in-the-faith/
  2. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/11/08/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-2/
  3. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Not His Church Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-christian-atheist-when-you-believe-in-god-but-not-his-church/
  4. Surviving evolution classes at high school – creation.com: https://creation.com/surviving-evolution-classes-at-high-school
  5. Gbekli Tepe shows evidence of geometric planning – creation.com: https://creation.com/gobekli-tepe-geometric-planning
  6. If You Want Your Apologetics to be Effective, Don’t Skip this Step!: https://clearlens.org/blogs/if-you-want-your-apologetics-to-be-effective-dont-skip-this-step
  7. Bible Difficulties | Evidence Unseen: http://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/
  8. Standing against the Tide: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/impact-events/read/impact-events/2020/11/06/standing-against-the-tide
  9. #50 Questions, Final Answer: Christianity Meets the Test; How Many Christians Do? | The Stream: https://stream.org/50-questions-christianity-meets-test-how-many-christians/
  10. Faith, Hope, and Love: Why Christians Must Keep Up the Fight | The Stream: https://stream.org/faith-hope-love-why-christians-must-keep-up-the-fight/
  11. How Can Jesus Be the Only Way? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/RRyq6RwzlEM
  12. The Problem of Canon – Ligonier Ministries: https://subspla.sh/kh5c453
  13. Christians Aren’t In Despair If Biden Won, Because Government Isn’t God: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/10/christians-arent-in-existential-despair-if-biden-won-because-government-isnt-our-god/
  14. Big Faith Questions | Compass Christian Church (Chandler, AZ) looks like this is an on-site event with BBQ served: https://compassaz.church/event/big-faith-questions-2/2020-11-14/
  15. 3 Times Jesus Responded to Doubt – With Evidence: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/3-times-jesus-responded-to-doubt/
  16. Christians in India Face Stunning Ultimatum: Renounce Your Faith in Christ or Have Family Beaten and Evicted From Home | American Center for Law and Justice: https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/christians-in-india-face-stunning-ultimatum-renounce-your-faith-in-christ-or-have-family-beaten-and-evicted-from-home
  17. A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/a-warning-from-the-earliest-christians/
  18. You Can’t Argue Someone into the Kingdom. Really? – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2014/07/30/you-cant-argue-someone-into-the-kingdom-really/

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 1:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-5-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

If religion, or sincerity, or doing our best cannot save you and me, then how can any of those things save someone else? Either Jesus rescues us by taking the punishment for our sin on Himself, or we are not saved and we have to pay for our own crimes. Its no more complicated than that. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. “Dr. Turek, would you kill your family?” Cody strikes again!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXUs0WNu-RU
  2. 3 Minute Theology 1.2: How could God be Three-in-One? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ra0ASN0d7o
  3. Top Six Evidences for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/10/top-six-evidences-for-intelligent-design/
  4. Omniscience And Free Will – Christian doctrine holds that God is all knowing (1 John 3:20), and humans have free will (Deuteronomy 30:19 is my favorite example). however, at my favorite apologetics debate board, I have seen skeptics raise an objection to these points several times. – Come Reason Ministries: https://www.comereason.org/omniscience-and-free-will.asp
  5. 5 Proofs For The Existence of God | finding truth matters: https://www.findingtruthmatters.org/articles/apologetics/5-proofs-for-the-existence-of-god/
  6. Street Tactics Part 5 – Trinity – Atheists and skeptics think the Trinity is absurd. Muslims protest, pointing out that Jesus never said, I am God. Worship me. Jehovahs Witnesses are strict unitarians on biblical grounds, and Mormons, though they affirm Scripture, are polytheists, regarding the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as distinct gods. (Greg Koukl): https://www.str.org/w/street-tactics-part-5

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ” Matthew 25:46

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-29-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things; Save us from the delusion of those who fail to go far in religion, who are concerned but not converted. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/nuggets?dest=quotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why the Reformation Still Matters: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-reformation-still-matters/
  2. 2020 Election Party (Democrat vs. Republican) Platform Comparison on 10 key issues – be informed before you vote: https://afaaction.net/2020-party-platform-comparison/
  3. How Did We Get the Bible in English? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/how-did-we-get-the-bible-in-english/
  4. How Was It Decided Which Books Would Be Put in the Bible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGSTstd7oLw
  5. What is the Bible & Where Did it Come From?: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-is-the-bible-and-where-did-it-come-from.html
  6. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  7. How did we get the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
  8. How Did We Get the Bible? An animated walk through of how we got the Bible : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0s468h24U0
  9. How the Biblical Canon Was Formed (Museum of the Bible) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFEBwfYZBJY
  10. 3 Minute Theology 2.5: How did we get the Bible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k-C3Kse17I
  11. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – talks about the “crucial gap”- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYBCz_kf1c
  12. Christian “Trinity” Explained for Students – God has revealed Himself in Scripture as one God eternally existing in three Persons. Jonathan Edwards noted, after studying the topic, “I think [the doctrine of the Trinity] to be the highest and deepest of all Divine mysteries” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvj87QCF0lg
  13. How were the books of the Bible selected? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtL_Bi3V_U
  14. The (Often) Missing Key In Passing Faith to the Next Generation (Sean McDowell) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/7fMOgBrsFWs
  15. Who Did Jesus Think He Was? (Dr. Craig videos) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/sSQDov6NNp0
  16. The Fitness of Nature for Mankind featuring Biologist Michael Denton – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9SL_xqSvWqU
  17. The United Methodist Church on creationism and intelligent design – The United Methodist Church’s opposition to both creationism and intelligent design was reviewed. It was concluded that the membership is generally in support of the creation worldview, but the high-level leadership, especially the bishops, in general, support the Darwinian worldview and oppose the creation worldview. According to its website, the church’s official policy is that all life, including humans, evolved from a common ancestor by the accumulation of mutations selected by the survival-of-the-fittest mechanism called natural selection. – creation.com: https://creation.com/united-methodist
  18. Stephen Meyer Shatters the Myth of the Multiverse | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/06/stephen-meyer-shatters-the-myth-of-the-multiverse/
  19. Christians Not Voting for Trump is Voting for Biden – We can no longer hide behind the excuse, I don’t want to get involved. As citizens, we are given the privilege, for now, to place people in positions of leadership – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/10/26/christians-not-voting-for-trump-is-voting-for-biden/
  20. Why Are We Divided? A Response to John Pipers Article: Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/10/23/why-are-we-divided-a-response-to-john-pipers-article-policies-persons-and-paths-to-ruin/

The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21

Blessings to you all