Calvinism vs. Biblical Christianity

Consider for a moment the message of the Calvinist to the unbelieving world:

You can’t become a Christian unless you were chosen, and that happened before the beginning of the world – before you were created – and can’t be changed.  In fact you’re blind and can’t even see that you need a Savior.  So, you’re destined to eternal punishment.

Now, consider the message of Biblical Christianity to the unbelieving world:

  1. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
  2. 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. John 3:16
  3. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. John 3:36
  4. 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.” Luke 9:23-26
  5. 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? Ezekiel 18:23
  6. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
  7. 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. 2 Peter 3:9
  8. 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. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20
  9. As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ, ” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. Acts 17:2-4
  10. 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. Acts 17:26-27
  11. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved –you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31
  12. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26:20
  13. Do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; submit to the LORD. Come to the sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the LORD your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. 2 Chronicles 30:8
  14. 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. James 4:4
  15. yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:40
  16. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7
  17. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
  18. 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. Joshua 24:15
  19. 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.” Hebrews 3:12-15
  20. Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father. John 10:37-38
  21. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
  22. let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
  23. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8a
  24. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32
  25. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  26. 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. Romans 8:29

Let’s not make Christianity an exclusive club that you can’t get into.  Let’s make the offer open to everyone who will repent and believe in the Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  I would recommend 2 books:

  1. Chosen But Free – https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-But-Free-Norman-Geisler/dp/0764225219/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0
  2. Deconstructing Calvinism – https://www.amazon.com/Deconstructing-Calvinism-Revised-Hutson-Smelley/dp/1613799381/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

I would also highly recommend visiting the website http://evangelicalarminians.org/.

mid-week apologetics booster (8-17-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Dear College Freshman: 5 Ways to Stay Strong in the Lord: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/dear-college-freshman-5-ways-to-stay-strong-in-the-lord
  2. You are gods. What did Jesus mean?: http://reasonsforjesus.com/you-are-gods-what-did-jesus-mean/
  3. Former transgender: I bought into the lies of Satan | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/she-tried-to-change-her-gender-but-spiritial-awakening-brought-her-back-to
  4. Is Google right to say that sex differences don’t exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/12/is-google-right-to-say-that-sex-differences-dont-exist/
  5. William Lane Craig: We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2017/08/william-lane-craig-we-must-distinguish-between-a-childlike-faith-and-a-childish-faith.html
  6. Comparison Grid of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christianity | CARM: https://carm.org/comparison-grid
  7. Epic Failure: My Biggest Evangelism Mistake: http://crossexamined.org/epic-failure-my-biggest-evangelism-mistake/
  8. Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes: http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2015/03/time-to-think-14-christian-apologetics-quotes.html
  9. Why Would a Good God Send People To Hell?: http://www.cltruth.com/2017/why-would-a-good-god-send-people-to-hell/
  10. Apologetics ABCs: First Understand, Then Answer | Bowman on Target: Rob Bowman’s Blog: https://robertbowman.net/2017/08/12/apologetics-abcs-first-understand-then-answer/
  11. Were New Testament Books Forged? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/were-new-testament-books-forged/
  12. Does God Whisper? Part 2 | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/does-god-whisper-part-2#.WZGf4VGGOUk
  13. Was Jesus God?: http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/was_jesus_god.html
  14. DNA Evidence and Molecular Genetics Disprove the Book of Mormon: http://www.godandscience.org/cults/dna.html
  15. Denying Sola Scriptura: The Attempt to Neutralize the Bible – The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/1239/denying-sola-scriptura-attempt-neutralize-bible/
  16. What Does Mormonism Teach? | CARM: https://carm.org/teachings-of-mormonism
  17. Basic Hinduism | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/14/basic-hinduism/
  18. Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists?: http://crossexamined.org/are-christians-less-intelligent-than-atheists-heres-what-all-those-studies-really-say/
  19. It Is What It Is! and It’s Not What Its Not! Answer to headline stating Discovery of 13 Million-Year-Old Ape Skull Shows What Human Ancestors May Have Looked Like.| Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2017/08/15/it-what-it-and-its-not-what-its-not/
  20. Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons: http://crossexamined.org/interview-with-a-former-skeptic-3-important-lessons/
  21. Jesus: The Begotten of the Father: http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-the-begotten-of-the-father/
  22. What does it mean that Jesus is God’s only begotten son?: https://www.gotquestions.org/only-begotten-son.html
  23. Superior to Angels | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/superior-angels/

This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’ ?” John 8:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-10-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Don’t Chimps Smile? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/10073
  2. This Week in History – Barbary Powers: http://links.emagnify.com/p/15GH5
  3. The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/08/02/the-muratorian-fragment-dated-170-a-d-affirms-22-out-of-27-new-testament-books-3/
  4. Revisiting the Minimal Facts Argument: A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic and a Christian THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/revisiting-the-minimal-facts-argument-a-hypothetical-discussion-between-a-skeptic-and-a-christian/
  5. Cambrian Explosion – Evolutions Achilles Heels – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR-Qr587K04&feature=youtu.be
  6. The Real History of the New Testament Canon – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/the-real-history-of-the-new-testament-canon/
  7. Mormons Are Not Christians Because the Mormon Jesus Is Not the Christian Christ | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/mormons-are-not-christians-because-the-mormon-jesus-is-not-the-christian-christ/
  8. A.N. Wilson: Its time Charles Darwin was exposed for the fraud he was | London Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/it-s-time-charles-darwin-was-exposed-for-the-fraud-he-was-a3604166.html
  9. How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheism-fails-explain-beginning-universe/
  10. What is the key to applying the Bible to my life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/applying-the-Bible.html
  11. Complex creation | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2017/08/09/complex-creation/
  12. Why Should We Practice Apologetics? | A Narrow-Minded Woman: http://narrowmindedwoman.com/why-should-we-practice-apologetics/

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. ” Psalms 91:14-16

Blessings to you all,
Steve

mid-week apologetics booster (8-3-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. A Look at Jesus View of Scripture THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/a-look-at-jesus-view-of-scripture/
  2. Science @ The John Ankerberg Show: No Creation Errors: http://jasscience.blogspot.com/2017/07/no-creation-errors.html
  3. New study: rising oxygen levels rejected as explanation of Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/28/new-study-rising-oxygen-levels-rejected-as-explanation-of-cambrian-explosion-2/
  4. Are You Suffering From Apologetic Burnout? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/are-you-suffering-from-apologetic-burnout-3/
  5. Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/02/19/why-apologetics-is-essential-to-being-a-pastor/
  6. Christianity: It’s Either Objectively True or Objectively False | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/christianity-it-s-either-objectively-true-or-objectively-false#.WXz68Xqp7qC
  7. CMI: Teaching creationism is child abuse? (Part 1) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSFGGqX8zvU&feature=youtu.be
  8. Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/profound-problems-with-religious-pluralism
  9. Bible Reliability: M-A-P-S to Guide You through Bible Reliability – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-reliability-m-a-p-s-to-guide-you-through-bible-reliability/
  10. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-i-know-the-story-of-jesus-wasnt-changed-over-time/
  11. We Can Corroborate the Gospels without Verifying Every Detail | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/we-can-corroborate-the-gospels-without-verifying-every-detail/
  12. Is the Bible Reliable?: https://www.gty.org/library/topical-series-library/65/is-the-bible-reliable
  13. A Deeper Look at If the Bible Is Reliable: https://www.exploregod.com/is-the-bible-reliable-paper
  14. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  15. Refuting Evolution 2 chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex – creation.com: http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-chapter-11-argument-evolution-of-sex
  16. 15 Questions for Evolutionists — #8 How did sex originate? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu0IK-EB5F4&feature=youtu.be
  17. Can evolution be observed – creation.com: http://creation.com/can-evolution-be-observed
  18. FACE the Facts about Evolution – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/face-the-facts-about-evolution/
  19. The Deity of Jesus – A strong argument for the deity of Christ is the fact that many of the names, titles, and attributes ascribed to Yahweh are also ascribed to Jesus Christ.: https://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/deityofJesus.shtml
  20. Does Scripture Declare the Deity of Jesus Christ? | John Ankerberg Show: https://www.jashow.org/articles/jesus/deity/does-scripture-declare-the-deity-of-jesus-christ/
  21. Supposed Bible Contradictions: Scripture Index | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  22. Hell on Trial by John Blanchard: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/hell-trial/
  23. Can The Existence and Nature of Hell Be Defended? (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/can-the-existence-and-nature-of-hell-be-defended-free-bible-insert/
  24. How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? – Apologetics Canada: https://www.apologeticscanada.com/2015/09/08/how-can-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell/
  25. Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible? | The Stream: https://stream.org/new-dna-discoveries-really-disprove-bible/
  26. Apologetics Press – God and Capital Punishment: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=5415
  27. J.D. Wofford Ministries: Where do Apologetics and Evangelism meet?: http://christianthoughts91.blogspot.com/2017/07/where-do-apologetics-and-evangelism-meet.html
  28. Reasons To Believe : Logic as an Intellectual Navigation System, Part 1: http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/logic-as-an-intellectual-navigation-system–part-1
  29. Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/were-the-early-christians-really-persecuted/

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

mid-week apologetics booster (7-27-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Does Opposition to Apologetics Come From Mostly Within the Church? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/why-does-opposition-to-apologetics-come-from-mostly-within-the-church-2/
  2. The Impotence of Darwinism: A Christian Scientist Looks at the Evidence | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-impotence-of-darwinism-a-christian-scientist-looks-at-the-evidence/
  3. Why Loving God with All Your Mind Matters: https://tifwe.org/why-loving-god-with-all-your-mind-matters/
  4. The Father Is Greater Than I : Does This Disprove The Trinity? | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-father-is-greater-than-i-does-this-disprove-trinity/
  5. Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller? – NYTimes.com: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/opinion/sunday/pastor-am-i-a-christian.html
  6. What The Fighting Over Gender Issues Is Really About: http://crossexamined.org/what-the-fighting-over-gender-issues-is-really-about/
  7. A Look at Pauline Apologetics: What Can Apologists Learn From Paul? Part Two THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/a-look-at-pauline-apologetics-what-can-apologists-learn-from-paul-2/
  8. Can Jesus Really Be God If the Father Is Greater Than the Son? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/can-jesus-really-be-god-if-father-greater-son-video#.WXiuMITyuUk
  9. 6 Things That Happen When a Group Shares Its Faith | youthministry360: http://youthministry360.com/blog/6-things-happen-group-shares-faith/
  10. How Can Jesus Be God if He Doesn’t Know the Time of His Return? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/how-can-jesus-be-god-if-he-doesnt-know-time-his-return-video#.WXi90Xqp7qA
  11. Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-same-god#.WXi9_3qp7qA
  12. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Has Archaeology Proven the Gospel of John?: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/02/has-archaeology-proven-gospel-of-john.html
  13. Can We Be Good Without God? Yes, But It Makes No Sense. James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2017/07/25/can-we-be-good-without-god-yes-but-it-makes-no-sense/amp/

The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalms 103:19

Blessings to you all,
Steve

mid-week apologetics booster (7-20-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Costs to Being an Evangelistic Leader in Your Church: http://thomrainer.com/2017/07/seven-costs-evangelistic-leader-church/
  2. Christian Worldview and The View: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/07/breakpoint-christian-worldview-and-the-view/
  3. Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists: http://crossexamined.org/please-dont-tell-your-kids-to-believe-in-god-just-in-case-he-exists/
  4. How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside-Down | TGC: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/01/21/how-a-29-year-old-g-k-chesterton-flipped-4-arguments-against-christianity-upside-down/
  5. Is There One Point of Evidence That Proves the Existence of God? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/is-there-one-point-of-evidence-that-proves-the-existence-of-god-video/
  6. 5 Ways to Love God with Your Mind Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/5-ways-to-love-god-with-your-mind/
  7. Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? Tim Barnett: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/mzeycxu
  8. Prohibition – Can You Make People Be Good? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfPxqrl988&feature=youtu.be
  9. What About Those That Have Not Heard, Part 1 – Listen to JP Jones from Truth That Changes Lives: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-that-changes-lives/listen/what-about-those-that-have-not-heard-part-1-515491.html
  10. What Are the Differences Between Judaism and Christianity? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/what-are-differences-between-judaism-and-christianity/
  11. Surtsey Still Surprises – Formed by a volcanic eruption in 1963, the Island of Surtsey, near Iceland, has intrigued scientists because it looks like landscapes most think are much older.: http://creation.com/creation-videos?fileID=olcVAb_oNWg
  12. Surtsey, the young island that looks old – creation.com: http://creation.com/surtsey-the-young-island-that-looks-old
  13. World Famous Atheist Illusionist, Andre Kole, Tried to Debunk Jesus & Converted Instead | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/world-famous-atheist-illusionist-andre-kole-tried-to-debunk-jesus-converted-instead/
  14. Biblical Inerrancy: What It Means To Say Scripture Is : http://reasonsforjesus.com/biblical-inerrancy-what-it-means-to-say-scripture-is-inerrant/
  15. Christian Leaders, Please Speak the Truth About Homosexuality Plainly and With Love | The Stream: https://stream.org/christian-leaders-please-speak-truth-homosexuality-plainly-love/
  16. The Real Issue Podcast Why Christian Students Fall Away from Their Faith and What We Can Do to Help Them – The Real Issue Podcast | podcast garden: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/the-real-issue-podcast-why-christian-students-fall-away-from-their-faith-and-what-we-can-do-to-help-them_109569
  17. The Freethinking Argument | The Apologers: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-freethinking-argument/
  18. Tree fruit and the relevance of Genesis creation – creation.com: http://creation.com/tree-fruit-and-the-relevance-of-genesis-creation
  19. The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson – You Might Be Next – AlbertMohler.com: http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/07/17/eugene-peterson/

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth –to every nation, tribe, language and people. Revelation 14:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-13-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Witnessing to Hindus – what is the key?: https://www.gotquestions.org/witnessing-Hindus.html
  2. Why ‘No One is Argued Into The Kingdom of God by Apologetics’ is Incorrect: https://www.giveananswer.org/why-no-one-is-argued-into-the-kingdom-of-god-by-apologetics-is-incorrect/#
  3. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  4. Dr. Michael G Strauss: The Six Days of Creation: http://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2017/06/the-six-days-of-creation.html
  5. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  6. Scientific Evidence for God – Dr. Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V48tBF6teSM
  7. Sample clip from Origin and Design of the Universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LCXX8SmceU
  8. On the Origin of the Cosmos – An Interview with Dr. Michael Strauss – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-5uyGaLYJM
  9. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  10. CrossExamined.org | 5/13/17 – Q&A Show | Topic: Morality: http://player.subsplash.com/t5adeaj
  11. A Very Brief Review of Arguments for the Existence of the Soul (Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/a-very-brief-review-of-arguments-for-the-existence-of-the-soul-bible-insert/
  12. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1993-05-30 – on free will and the brain: http://dilbert.com/strip/1993-05-30
  13. Stand To Reason | Greg Koukl talking to an atheist caller on air (he calls himself the Street Epistemologist). he conversation starts at about 26:30 into the show They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a non-physical realm: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/0376859
  14. I Don’t Have Faith to be an Atheist – John Lennox, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFLIyX-J_-E&feature=youtu.be
  15. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Session 1) – Norman Geisler, PhD – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOvmsYDC1RA&feature=youtu.be

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. James 5:1-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-6-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Postmodernism and Secularism Influence Todays Christians – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/research-barna-summit-postmodernism-secularism-influence-todays-christians/
  2. Competing Worldviews Influence Todays Christians – Barna Group: https://www.barna.com/research/competing-worldviews-influence-todays-christians/
  3. Are all sins equally bad? Or are there degrees of severity for different sins? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/07/01/are-all-sins-equally-bad-or-are-there-degrees-of-severity-for-different-sins-2/
  4. If You Were Born in India: http://www.unitedchurchofsoro.org/if-you-were-born-in-india/
  5. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2014/07/if-god-created-universe-who-created-god.html
  6. The Prophecy of Isaiah was Clearly Fulfilled by Jesus Christ: http://thinkdivinely.com/the-prophecy-of-isaiah-was-clearly-fulfilled-by-jesus-christ/
  7. Pope Francis’s Recent Comments Make the Faith Seem Implausible | The Stream: https://stream.org/pope-franciss-comments-make-the-faith-seem-implausible/
  8. Christians are hypocrites and that makes Christianity false: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/christians-are-hypocrites-whattaya-do/
  9. Two Things to Remember When Discussing Creation with Other Christians | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/two-things-to-remember-when-discussion-creation-with-other-christians#.WVnD1Xqp7qD
  10. Refusing to Serve Individuals vs. Refusing to Participate in Events – Stand to Reason Blog: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/04/refusing-to-serve-individuals-vs-refusing-to-participate-in-events.html
  11. How Atheist Hate And Arrogance Led Richard Dawkins Fan To Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/how-atheist-hate-and-arrogance-led-richard-dawkins-fan-to-christianity/
  12. The Absurdity of Moral Relativism: A Student’s Perspective – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-absurdity-of-moral-relativism-a-students-perpsective
  13. A Biblical Case for Defending Religious Freedom: http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/06/breakpoint-a-biblical-case-for-defending-religious-freedom/

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us– to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel. Luke 1:56-80

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-29-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/victory-over-sin.html
  2. Tips for Studying the Bible – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/tips-studying-bible/
  3. The Scary World of Truth | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/the-scary-world-of-truth.html
  4. Why You Should Listen to Millennials in Your Church: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-you-should-listen-to-millennials-in-your-church
  5. Do Your Kids Know Why They Should WANT God to Exist?: http://christianmomthoughts.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-should-want-god-to-exist/
  6. Revealing the One True God to the Polytheistic Shinto Culture | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/revealing-one-true-god-to-polytheistic-shinto-culture/
  7. Where did Cain find his wife? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lucbO0AYH0k&feature=youtu.be
  8. Nabeel Qureshi update – Vlog 35 – Bravery, Love, and Faith – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-asmXx0OfA
  9. True Islam (by William Federer) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQI1ljlqk8
  10. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  11. Believing the Gospels Is Different Than Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/believing-the-gospels-is-different-than-trusting-the-gospel/
  12. Why Does Anyone Become a Christian? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-does-anyone-become-a-christian/
  13. The Attitude of Apologetics: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/attitude-apologetics/
  14. Elizabeth Warren – Pro-Life Just Means You Hate Women: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/06/23/elizabeth-warren-pro-life-just-means-you-hate-women/
  15. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  16. The Birth of Jesus – Why was Jesus sent into the world as a baby? Today, R.C. Sproul considers the birth of Jesus as he continues his study of the New Testament: http://renewingyourmind.org/2017/06/26/the-birth-of-jesus
  17. The Big Bang Is Broken | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-big-bang-is-broken
  18. The Challenge of Islam: Does Early Testimony Matter to Muslims? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/the-challenge-of-islam-does-early-testimony-matter-to-muslims-2/

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Hebrews 11:35

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-22-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Condemnation and Grace: Polygamy and Concubinage in the Old Testament – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/condemnation-grace-polygamy-concubinage-old-testament/
  2. The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/the-gracious-heroism-of-wonder-woman/
  3. Why Katy Perry’s Rejection of Her Childhood Faith Should Concern Every Bible-Believing Christian Faithwire: http://www.faithwire.com/2017/06/16/why-katy-perrys-rejection-of-her-childhood-faith-should-concern-every-bible-believing-christian/
  4. Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/06/12/professor-of-new-testament-craig-keener-explains-his-journey-from-atheism-to-christianity/
  5. How Can I Respectfully Explain Why I Chose Jesus? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH4quiqAyz0&feature=youtu.be
  6. What Does the Bible Teach about the Cannabis Plant? – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/bible-teach-cannabis-plant/
  7. Cats big and small – creation.com: http://creation.com/cats-big-and-small
  8. How can a loving God send someone to hell?: https://www.gotquestions.org/loving-God-send-someone-hell.html
  9. How Does Growing Apostasy Prove That Christians Are Getting Closer to the Truth? – Michael Brown: https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2017/06/19/how-does-growing-apostasy-prove-that-christians-are-getting-closer-to-the-truth-n2342898
  10. Three Good Reasons to Celebrate Your Christian Worldview – Cross Examined : http://crossexamined.org/three-good-reasons-celebrate-christian-worldview/
  11. Don’t Stop Speaking the Truth in Love | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/dont-stop-speaking-truth-love#
  12. Our Faith is Historically Verifiable Or Its Nothing Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/our-faith-is-historically-verifiable-or-its-nothing/
  13. Roundworm DNA System Plans Ahead | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10008/
  14. Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2014/10/18/physicist-michael-strauss-discusses-christianity-and-science-at-stanford-university-5/
  15. J.P. Moreland: The Relevance of Rational Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/j-p-moreland-and-the-revelance-of-rational-apologetics-2/
  16. Alberta Christian school worried school division could ban Bible verses: http://www.humboldtjournal.ca/news/local-news/alberta-christian-school-worried-school-division-could-ban-bible-verses-1.20589159
  17. A Christian Rebuttal to Kaimatai, an Atheist Christian Apologists: https://sjthomason.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/a-christian-rebuttal-to-kaimatai-an-atheist/
  18. Cherry-Picked Age for Key Evolutionary Fossil | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10030
  19. An Atheist Feminist Converts to Christianity, Nicole Cliffe. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2017/06/06/an-atheist-feminist-converts-to-christianity-nicole-cliffe/
  20. Are You an Evangelist? : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1252-are-you-an-evangelist
  21. How Old Is the Earth? : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/7-how-old-is-the-earth

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. Deuteronomy 14:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-15-2017)

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Why are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? | The Stream: https://stream.org/atheists-generally-smarter-religious-people/
  2. Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? Three hypotheses. – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/
  3. An Argument for Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jesus Is Jehovah | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/an-argument-for-jehovah-s-witnesses-jesus-is-jehovah#.WTqNe2grKUk
  4. Being Tactical with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/articles/being-tactical-with-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses#.WTqLoGjyuUk
  5. Ready for the Knock on Your Door | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/publications/solid-ground-july-2016-ready-for-the-knock-on-your-door#.WTqPFWgrKUl
  6. Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/five-apologetic-topics-every-christian-should-learn-about/
  7. Democrat Bernie Sanders proposes rule barring Christians from political office | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/09/democrat-bernie-sanders-proposes-rule-barring-christians-from-political-office/
  8. On the (Evolutionary) Road to Morocco? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/evolutionary-road-morocco/
  9. Why Naturalism is Simply Unbelievable | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/12/why-naturalism-is-simply-unbelievable.html
  10. Cancer Research Confirms the Curse | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10018
  11. Has the New Testament been corrupted? | carm: https://carm.org/new-testament-corrupted
  12. The Reliability of the Bible – 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: http://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  13. When Youth Pastors Ought to Feel Responsible | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/when-youth-pastors-ought-to-feel-responsible/
  14. Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/09/two-more-ways-learning-to-defend-your.html
  15. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  16. Foliage in fast forward – creation.com: http://creation.com/foliage-in-fast-forward
  17. What does Oneness Pentecostal teach? | carm: https://carm.org/religious-movements/oneness-pentecostal/what-does-oneness-pentecostal-teach
  18. Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Islam’s Claims of Biblical Corruption Actually Impeach the Qur’an: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/10/islams-claims-of-biblical-corruption.html
  19. Why Would a Good God Allow Natural Evil? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-would-a-good-god-allow-natural-evil/
  20. Quantum Mechanics and other articles: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101463920939&ca=7afd91f0-5277-4f3b-9b0f-bd5fa97a06d1

He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:13-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-8-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 7 ways to live out the gospel in a post-truth, post-fact culture – ChristianWeek: http://www.christianweek.org/7-ways-live-gospel-post-truth-post-fact-culture/
  2. Millennial Skepticism and Despair | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/millenial-scepticism-and-despair
  3. Chicxulub Crater Theory Mostly Smoke | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10015
  4. DNA Science Disproves Human Evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/10016
  5. The Relationship Between Evangelism and Apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/the-relationship-between-evangelism-and-apologetics/
  6. Communicating Biblical Worldview to Millennials and iGens: Taste and See Apologetics – drcone.com: http://www.drcone.com/2017/04/20/communicating-biblical-worldview-millennials-igens-taste-see-apologetics/
  7. Is God Really Forgiving If He Required Payment for Sins through Jesus? (Video) | Stand to Reason: http://www.str.org/blog/god-really-forgiving-if-he-required-payment-sins-through-jesus-video#.WTLfnWjyuUk
  8. Why Should I Believe Christianity? – a review – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/why-believe-christianity-review
  9. Should we expect to know what Gods reason is for allowing evil and suffering? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/12/11/should-we-expect-to-know-what-gods-reason-is-for-allowing-evil-and-suffering/
  10. William Lane Craig lectures on radical skepticism and the historical Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/03/william-lane-craig-lectures-on-radical-skepticism-and-the-historical-jesus-3/
  11. WORKS OF 20TH CENTURY APOLOGISTS: Resources for Study: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2015/11/works-of-20th-century-apologiststhat.html
  12. How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo: http://1peter315.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-atheists-distort-story-of-galileo.html
  13. Is Science Opposed to Faith in God? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/is-science-opposed-to-faith-in-god/
  14. Progressive Christianity is as Much of a Threat to Your Kids Faith as Atheism: http://christianmomthoughts.com/progressive-christianity-is-as-much-of-a-threat-to-your-kids-faith-as-atheism/
  15. Three M’s That Naturalism Can’t Provide | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-ms-that-naturalism-cant-provide/
  16. How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/how-to-encourage-intellectual-christians-in-the-evangelical-church/amp/
  17. Everyone Has Faith – Apologetics Canada: https://www.apologeticscanada.com/2015/03/23/everyone-has-faith/
  18. Islam and Christianity not comparable: Column: http://amp.usatoday.com/story/24847699/
  19. Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/06/04/physicist-michael-strauss-discusses-christianity-and-science-at-stanford-university-8/
  20. Debunking ‘Bible Secrets’ Television Shows: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2013/11/debunking-bible-secrets-television-shows.html
  21. You Need to Know Why Young People Leave Church Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/you-need-to-know-why-young-people-leave-church/
  22. Understanding Islam – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/understanding-islam/
  23. Why Would God Create Mosquitoes?: http://www.reasons.org/articles/why-would-god-create-mosquitoes
  24. Terrorism: Western Values Are Christian Values: http://www.christianpost.com/amp/terrorism-western-values-are-christian-values-186851/
  25. What does it mean to say the New Testament is Historically Reliable? | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/what-does-it-mean-to-say-the-new-testament-is-historically-reliable-2/

“O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. “It is not for kings, O Lemuel– not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Proverbs 31:2-5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-1-2017)

Good morning friends,

I would like to remind you to either invite someone to the Harvest Outreach event or volunteer to serve there.  It is June 11th at University of Phoenix stadium.  In case you haven’t heard of this, it is the evangelist Greg Laurie.  I think of him as kind of a modern day Billy Graham.  I think this event is well worth your time and effort.  Many will be hear the gospel and be saved there.  I’ve volunteered to be a ‘Decision Followup Worker’.

Here are your weekly links:

  1. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  2. Logical Fallacies or Fallacies in Argumentation | carm: https://carm.org/logical-fallacies-or-fallacies-argumentation
  3. Chris Pratt Just Took a Very Public Stand for the Bible: http://conservativetribune.com/chris-pratt-just-took-public-stand/
  4. How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/oxford-atheism-to-jesus/
  5. William Lane Craigs intellectually dishonest attack on biblical creationists – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/william-lane-craig-vs-creation
  6. The Core Reason Your Kids Might Leave the Faith | The Stream: https://stream.org/core-reason-kids-leave-faith/
  7. Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/
  8. America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations – William Joseph Federer – Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=BtGzlMatpUUC&lpg=PA170&ots=-faMKViJX_&pg=PA164#v=onepage&q&f=false
  9. Transgenderism: Undoing Gods Design | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/simon-turpin/2017/05/29/transgenderism-undoing-gods-design/
  10. Why Certainty Isnt Necessary for Belief in God Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/why-certainty-isnt-necessary-for-belief-in-god/
  11. The Single Most Damaging Statement to the Christian Faith |: https://beardeddisciple.com/2017/02/07/the-single-most-damaging-statement-to-the-christian-faith/
  12. Three Things First Responders Can Teach Christians About Engaging Culture | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-things-first-responders-can-teach-christians-about-engaging-culture/
  13. Are People Who Believe in Minds Simply Ignorant of the Science? | Apologetics.com: http://apologetics.com/blog/jwallace/are-people-who-believe-in-minds-simply-ignorant-of-the-science/
  14. What is Ramadan? Why should Christians care?: http://bpnews.net/48947/what-is-ramadan-why-should-christians-care
  15. How To Handle Online Disagreements | PlainSimpleFaith.com: http://www.plainsimplefaith.com/2017/05/disagreements/
  16. 5 Ways to Share Christ with Ease and Impact (Greg Koukl) 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/5-ways-to-share-christ-with-ease-and-impact-greg-koukl/
  17. The Most Reluctant Convert in all of England: Why Former Atheist C.S. Lewis Became a Christian | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/the-most-reluctant-convert-in-all-of-england-why-former-atheist-c-s-lewis-became-a-christian/
  18. Do These Bible Verses Show You Can Lose Your Salvation? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/bible-verses-on-salvation.asp
  19. Do I Need Scientific, Forensic Evidence to Prove Christianity Is True? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/do-i-need-scientific-forensic-evidence-to-prove-christianity-is-true/
  20. 32% of People Killed in Assisted Suicides Were Actually Euthanized Against Their Will | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/30/32-of-people-killed-in-assisted-suicides-were-actually-euthanized-against-their-will/
  21. Evidence of biblical inspiration | carm: https://carm.org/evidence-biblical-inspiration
  22. 30 Things You Can Do This Summer to Deepen Your Kids Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/30-things-you-can-do-this-summer-to-deepen-your-kids-faith/
  23. Research by Barna and Summit: Postmodernism and Secularism Influence Todays Christians – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/research-barna-summit-postmodernism-secularism-influence-todays-christians/
  24. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2017/05/31/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-4/

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.” Revelation 21:8

Blessings to you all

5 Ways to Share Christ with Ease and Impact (Greg Koukl)

I received this email from Greg Koukl this morning as an STR Digest.  It contains some really good fundamentals and I simply had to share it.  Since there was no link in the email, the only way I could think of sharing it was on this blog, so here it is:

Let’s face it. Talking to others about controversial things isn’t easy—and issues like God and Jesus and the Bible and morality and sin and salvation and Heaven and Hell are about as controversial as they come.

I know the concern. You don’t want to get in over your head. You don’t want to come across odd. And you don’t want to get into a fight. I share these same sentiments with you, and these are all noble concerns…unless they secure our silence. If they keep us on the bench, they’ve gotten the best of us, and that’s not good.

Over time I’ve discovered some ways to make the task less troublesome, though. I’ve worked out a few principles I think will make a tough job easier, and I’d like to pass them on to you. The first one is the most important, and you’ve probably heard it from me before, but it bears repeating.

Ask Questions. Lots of them. Your first step in any encounter should be to gather as much information as possible. It’s hard to know how to proceed—or even if to proceed—unless you first get the lay of the land. You need “intel,” so to speak, and friendly queries get it for you.

When you need to buy some time to catch your wits, ask a question. When you face a challenge you’re not sure how to deal with, ask a question. When the conversation bogs down and you think it best to move in a new direction, ask a question. Whenever you’re in doubt about how to move forward, ask a question.

Slow Down and Simplify. On a flight back from the midwest I listened while a Christian brother in the row directly behind me vigorously shared his faith with passengers on either side. I was glad for the effort (my wife and I both were praying for him), and he made some fine points, but his conversation ranged from young-earth creationism to Armageddon. That’s a lot to have to swallow to get to Jesus.

Remember, your goal is to put a stone in his shoe, not a boulder. If controversial issues don’t come up, don’t bring them up. Major in the majors. Don’t try to move too quickly or cover too much ground when tackling tough topics. Take complex concerns step by step and piece by piece. Break them into smaller parts and try to make headway on only one part at a time.

Contextualize. I always look for ways to frame my points in terms of the other person’s interests, discipline, or profession. For example, once when an attorney asked me why he needed Jesus, I used a courtroom scene to make my point. This move made the point more persuasive because he saw it in light of things he already knew or procedures he was already familiar with.

Contextualizing your points by tying your comments or explanations to relevant parts of the other person’s world establishes common ground—and is an important tactical skill of an effective ambassador.

Be Nice. Solomon reminds us of something we already know, but still need to be prodded on…often: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1). Later he adds, “Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness” (16:21). Obvious stuff, but easily overlooked. Start out brash and thrashing about, and things will turn sour in the end. Start sweet, though, and you’ll probably end sweet.

Do everything you can, then, to help friends feel comfortable with the process. Don’t get mad. Don’t show frustration. Don’t look annoyed. Keep your cool. The more collected you are, the more confident you’ll appear and the more persuasive you’ll sound.

Trust God.  No matter how clever you sound, everything you say will turn to dust if God’s Spirit is not in it. No matter how poorly you think you’ve acquitted yourself, even the most meager effort can turn to gold if God decides to move. Never presume on God either way. Be faithful in the moment, then let God do His part—which is all the rest. I’m not saying you need to “tune in” to the Spirit. Encounters don’t usually work that way. Rather, simply do what you can, then trust in God’s sovereign control.

The very first time I ever shared Christ was less than 24 hours after I’d committed my life to Him. It was a long conversation, I felt entirely inept (I was), my close friends were fuming, and I thought it was a complete wash. It wasn’t. Four years later, out of the blue, I discovered what God had been doing that afternoon, and it was something I never would have guessed. It happens all the time.

And because God is at work in the hearts and minds of people you meet, you need to be ready.

Here is a link to donate to Stand To Reason: https://store.str.org/donate.asp

I would also highly recommend getting both the STR App and the STR Quick Reference app for your smart phone.  You can listen to all sorts of great material and even download the podcasts for “off-line” listening.  Enjoy!

 

Sometimes, I wish I had faith, trust and love like my dog…

1 Peter 4:12-16

As I interact with my dog and observe her behavior, it occurs to me that I could learn a lot from the way she interacts with me (her Master) and apply that to the way I interact with my Master…  As I read Scripture, I see parallels in how she treats me and how our God wants us to treat Him and others.

Sometimes, I wish I had faith, trust and love like my dog because…

She completely relies on me to supply all her needs.  If I didn’t supply her with food and water and shelter, she wouldn’t have them.  She doesn’t go out and try to hunt for her food – she knows her father loves her and will provide it. (See Matthew 6:25-34)  In fact, when she goes outside, hunting is the farthest thing from her mind – she’s more interested in sunning:

Whether I’m sitting at…

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Apologetics Class 5-28-2017

We had a good message in the apologetics class today.  Again, as last week, this was not the traditional apologetics class per se, but none the less, I still think it was relevant to apologetics.  In case you wanted to see the video again (or for the 1st time if you weren’t able to make it), here is the video on YouTube (6 part playlist):

America’s Godly Heritage – David Barton:

Below, I’ve pasted in the notes (with fill-in blanks) and attached the notes with answers.

Today was our last session before we break for the summer, it’s been a pleasure facilitating this class all these weeks.  I hope you’ve found this beneficial for your personal faith and that it has enabled you to have more boldness in sharing your faith with others.


 

America’s Godly Heritage (Christian Nation??) – David Barton (~1992)

  1. Most of the 55 founders of America were e____________ Christians
  2. Recounting of incident where George Washington was shot at numerous times, but not killed
  3. The New England P___________ – used in schools for 200 years in early America to teach children to read.  The letters of the alphabet are memorized along with facts from the Bible.
  4. Did the founders want separation of church and state?
    1. John Quincy A_________ speech July 4th 1837
    2. John J____________ – 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
    3. George Washington’s f____________ a_____________
  5. America is the world’s longest ongoing constitutional republic, 200+ years under the same document and under the same form of government.
  6. Where did the founders find the ideas that produced such longevity?  Who did they quote?
    1. Baron Charles de Montesquieu (8.3%)
    2. Sir William Blackstone (7.9%)
    3. John Locke (2.9%)
    4. The Bible (34%)
  7. Charles Finney – preacher, 2nd great awakening.  Came to C_________ by reading Blackstone’s commentaries, because Blackstone quoted the B__________ so much in his writings.
  8. Concepts that our founders derived from the Bible or biblical principles:
    1. 3 branches of government: I_________ 33:22
    2. Separation of Powers: J____________ 17:9
    3. Tax Exemption for Churches: E__________ 7:24
  9. Case: Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) – “…This is a Christian nation…” – cited 87 p____________ to support its conclusions that we are a Christian nation.
  10. Vidal v. Girard (1844) – encouraged reading the New Testament to teach morality in s_________
  11. Case: People v. Ruggles (1811) Attack Jesus Christ = Attack on Christianity = Attack on A_______
  12. The 1st amendment never intended to separate C______________ principles from government.
  13. Here is the 1st amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
  14. “Separation of c________ and s______” appears in NO founding document.  The purpose of this was to prevent the federal establishment of a certain denomination, like they had in England.
  15. It’s source is from a letter from Thomas Jefferson as a response (Jan. 1st 1802) to the D________________ Baptists letter on Nov. 7th 1801
  16. “The great vital and conservative element in our system [the thing that holds our system together] is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the G________________ of Jesus Christ” – House Judiciary Report (May 1854)
  17. Jefferson’s letter had actually been used in the late 1800’s to ensure that Christian principles could r___________ a part of the government.
  18. Case: Everson v. Board of Education (1947) – “The First Amendment has erected ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’  That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”  They selected only ___ words from Jefferson’s letter, taking it completely out of context!
  19. June 25th 1962 – Engel v. Vitale – First time, separated Christian principles from education – removed prayer from schools.  Redefined word “c_______”.  No precedents cited (1st time ever).
  20. Bible study course – New Testament – for Dallas high schools (1946) – 71 years ago!
  21. Case: Abington v. Schempp & Murray v. Curlett (June 17, 1963) – stopped use of B____ in school
  22. 10 Commandments hanging on wall in school (Stone v. Graham case – 1980).  However, founders would’ve supported this, so cannot be un____________________.
  23. 1963, court reported only 3% of the nation did not believe in religion or God.
  24. Prayer which was declared unconstitutional in 1962 covered 4 areas.  Prior to 1962, the court had always ruled consistent with biblical principles in these 4 areas:
    1. “upon us” (students)
    2. “our parents” (families)
    3. “our teachers” (schools)
    4. “our country” (the nation)
  25. S________________:
    1. Birth rates for unwed teen girls up 553% since 1963
    2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases up 226% since 1963
    3. Pre-marital sexual activity up 365% since 1963
  26. F________________:
    1. Divorce Rates up 117% since 1963 (U.S. #1 in world in divorce at time of video)
    2. Single parent families up 140% since 1963
    3. Unmarried couples living together (cohabitation) up 536% since 1963
  27. T_______________:
    1. The SAT Test – decline in student achievement since 1963
    2. 1962, 1,000 Christian schools – by 1984, 32,000 Christian schools in U.S.
    3. SAT scores are nearly 80 points higher for private school students
    4. National Merit Semi-Finalists (the “cream of the crop”).  Private religious schools, although 12.4% of population is producing 39.2% of the “cream of the crop”
  28. C______________:
    1. Violent Crimes surpassed population growth by 794% since 1962
    2. Thomas Jefferson – “The precepts of philosophy laid hold of actions only… [but Jesus] pushed His scrutinies into the heart of man, erected His tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountainhead.” (see Matthew 5)
    3. John Adams “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
    4. World’s leader in: Violent Crime, Divorce, Teen Pregnancies, Abortions, Drugs, Illiteracy
  29. State government constitutions established by founders were explicitly Christian (e.g. Delaware)
  30. Accountability to God – I_______ (afterlife) vs. N_______ (calamities). Referred to 1 Kings 16-22
  31. Ben F______ speech June 28th 1787 – reminded delegates we needed God to be our friend/ally.
  32. J_______ “His justice cannot sleep forever”, L_______ “this nation should be on the Lord’s side”
  33. Can a nation be blessed apart from God’s principles?  No.  When we started to “get out” of public life, we handed the nation over to un__________ principles. This is not biblical.
  34. 1961 & 1985 court cases ruled that “Secular H___________” is a viable 1st Amendment religion.
  35. We only hear about separation of church and state re. attempts to invoke Christian principles

Here is a link to the answers.

Summary of Apologetics Class Schedule and Topics for 2016-2017

Date Section Topic / Other Notes
8/7/2016 Intro / Case for Apologetics (Steve Teaching) Introduction
Section: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
8/14/2016 DVD – Does Truth Exist (part 1)? Lesson 1 – The Road Runner Tactic
8/21/2016 DVD – Does Truth Exist (part 2)? Lesson 1 – The Road Runner Tactic
8/28/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 1)? Lesson 2 – Does God Exist (part 1)?
9/4/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 2)? Lesson 2 – Does God Exist (part 2)?
9/11/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 3)? Lesson 3 – Divine Design
9/18/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 4)? Lesson 4 – Origin of Life
9/25/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 5)? Lesson 5 – Evolution (part 1)
10/2/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 6)? Lesson 5 – Evolution (part 2) – Steve out – Hawaii
10/9/2016 DVD – Does God Exist (part 7)? Lesson 6 – The Moral Argument – Steve out – Hawaii
10/16/2016 DVD – Are Miracles Possible? Lesson 7 – Are Miracles Possible?
10/23/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 1)? Lesson 8 – Do We Have An Accurate Copy?
10/30/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 2)? Lesson 9 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth (part 1)?
11/6/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 3)? Lesson 9 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth (part 2)?
11/13/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 4)? Lesson 10 – Did the New Testament Writers Tell the Truth?
11/20/2016 DVD – Is the New Testament True (part 5)? Lesson 11 – Who Is Jesus / What books should be in the Bible?
11/27/2016 DVD – Conclusion Lesson 12 – So What if it’s True?
Section: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – End
12/4/2016 Is God Unloving for Sending People to Hell (Steve teaching)
Section: Tactics – Greg Koukl
12/11/2016 DVD – Tactics (part 1)
12/18/2016 DVD – Tactics (part 2)
12/25/2016 Christmas – no class
1/1/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 3)
1/8/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 4)
1/15/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 5)
1/22/2017 DVD – Tactics (part 6)
Section: Tactics – Greg Koukl – End
1/29/2017 The Atheist Delusion Movie Living Waters – Ray Comfort
2/5/2017 Logical Fallacies  (Steve Teaching)
2/12/2017 Abortion The 180 Movie (Living Waters), S.L.E.D. Test (Stand to Reason Quick ReferenceApp)
2/19/2017 Tapestry of New Testament History (Steve Teaching) Undesigned Coincidences
2/26/2017 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Dr. David Menton lecture)
3/5/2017 Darwin’s Dilemma (Discovery Institute)
3/12/2017 If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil (Frank Turek)
3/19/2017 Is the Bible Full of Contradictions? Tim Barnett
Section: The Resurrection and the person of Jesus
3/26/2017 Evidence for the Resurrection – 12 minimal facts and theories Dr. Craig Hazen
4/2/2017 Things Which Ought to be better known about the resurrection Dr. Peter J. Williams
4/9/2017 Mystery Religions and dying and rising gods in the ancient near east Sean McDowell
4/16/2017 The Case for Christ (documentary) Lee Strobel
Section: The Resurrection and the person of Jesus – End
Section: Young Earth Creationists
4/23/2017 Was Darwin Right? (Young Earth Creationist view) Dr. Terry Mortenson
4/30/2017 Astronomy Reveals Creation Dr. Jason Lisle
5/7/2017 Why Genesis Matters Dr. Jason Lisle
5/14/2017 Ultimate Proof of Creation Dr. Jason Lisle
Section: Young Earth Creationists – End
5/21/2017 Are You Saved? James MacDonald

It’s been a great year.  There are 3 topics I’m trying to decide between for tomorrow.  I think it’ll be a game-time decision, but prepared well for 2 of them (with notes) and I have the 3rd with me – video, but no notes:

  1. Cold Case Christianity – J. Warner Wallace
  2. Hell’s Best Kept Secret – Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
  3. America’s Godly Heritage – David Barton

After tomorrow, the class breaks for 2 months (June and July), then we will resume in August.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-25-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Teaching Series on Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – This page has 6 embedded youtube videos: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/teaching-series-on-why-the-resurrection-of-jesus-matters/
  2. Apologetic Engagement-Fish or Cut Bait – Southern by His Grace: http://southernbyhisgrace.com/apologetic-engagement/
  3. Are Objective Moral Truths Merely a Matter of Cultural Agreement? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/are-objective-moral-truths-merely-a-matter-of-cultural-agreement/
  4. Defending the Age of Accountability | SOTERIOLOGY 101: https://soteriology101.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/defending-the-age-of-accountability/
  5. What Happens to Our Pets When They Die?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-happens-to-pets-when-they-die
  6. ACLU and Planned Parenthood Fighting for Teens to Get Secret Abortions Without Their Parents Knowing | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/18/aclu-and-planned-parenthood-fighting-for-teens-to-get-secret-abortions-without-their-parents-knowing/
  7. Atheist Astrophysicist Explains Her Journey To Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/atheist-astrophysicist-explains-her-journey-to-jesus/
  8. Modalism | carm: https://carm.org/modalism
  9. Creation Clips – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/creation-videos?fileID=YddmGJofbL0
  10. Leading Millennials? Core Issues You Need to Know | ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/303966-leading-millennials-core-issues-need-know.html
  11. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  12. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New – Michael J. Kruger: http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/michael-j-kruger/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new.html
  13. Four Iowa Planned Parenthood Locations Closing After State Cuts Funding to Abortion Facilities | Christian News Network: http://christiannews.net/2017/05/22/four-iowa-planned-parenthood-locations-closing-after-state-cuts-funding-to-abortion-facilities/
  14. Case-Making 101: How does the Bible compare to other ancient documents? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-does-the-bible-compare-to-other-ancient-documents/
  15. Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God? | Strange Notions: http://strangenotions.com/who-has-the-burden-of-proof-when-discussing-god/
  16. Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: True for You, but Not For Me? by Brett Kunkle: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/05/video-true-for-you-but-not-for-me-by.html
  17. Pro-Abortion Students at Catholic Notre Dame Walk Out of Pro-Life VP Mike Pences Commence Speech | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/22/pro-abortion-students-at-catholic-notre-dame-walk-out-of-pro-life-vp-mike-pences-commence-speech/
  18. Is Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Human Flourishing? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/is-right-and-wrong-simply-a-matter-of-human-flourishing/
  19. Four Things We Wont Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/
  20. How to Become a True Student and a Better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/how-to-become-a-true-student-and-a-better-apologist/
  21. Nature & Scripture: Argument for the Early Dating of Christian Theology and Christian Writings: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2017/05/argument-for-early-dating-of-christian.html
  22. The Trinity is Not A Problem, Its A Solution | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/the-trinity-is-not-a-problem-its-a-solution/
  23. Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously) ChurchLeaders.com: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/301281-wish-christians-argue-no-seriously-trevin-wax.html
  24. The Empty Tomb | The John 10:10 Project: http://thejohn1010project.com/the-empty-tomb.html
  25. Matthew 7:1-6 Why the Confusion About Judging? | Dr. Mike Spaulding: http://www.drmikespaulding.com/?p=1993
  26. Apologetics Mission Trips – Brett Kunkle | Stand To Reason – Opening monologue is pretty powerful: http://subsplash.com/standtoreason/v/5nfgovh
  27. Pastor James MacDonald – Are You Saved? – Very convicting sermon, which I like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVRUTknpA7Q
  28. What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-is-the-best-evidence-for-intelligent-design-interview-with-brian-johnson

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest– I would flee far away and stay in the desert; “Selah” Psalms 55:4-7

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 5/21/2017

We had a good message in the Apologetics class today. This was not the traditional Apologetics material per se, but none the less, I still think it was relevant to Apologetics. Here is the video on YouTube (47 min):

Are you saved? (click on image below to open youtube video in a new tab)

Below, I’ve pasted in the notes (with fill-in blanks) and attached the notes with answers.

We have one more week before we break for the summer

Blessings to you all!


Are You Saved? James MacDonald – John 8:30-36

  1. 100 years from today, this will be the only thing that matters to you – your s______________.
  2. The Bible teaches that you are lost in sin – you have a t____________ condition known as sin.
  3. You’re not saved because you say so any more than you’re in Cincinnati because you know how to get t____________.
  4. To the question, “Are you saved?” rather than telling you how they k_______ they’re saved, they tell you how to g_______ saved.

6 Points in the message from John 8:30-36:

  1. Many people b____________ in Jesus (John 8:30)
    1. Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) – 4 types of soils / people / heart condition.
    2. All true Christians bear f_________.
    3. Parable of the wheat and weeds (Matthew 13) – early on, it’s not obvious which is “the weeds” and which is “the wheat”.  T________ will tell.
    4. Matthew 7:21 and following – it’s what you do that proves the g_________ of your faith
    5. If your faith hasn’t c_____________ you, it hasn’t s___________ you.
  2. Genuine disciples a________ in Jesus’ words (John 8:31)
    1. Salvation happens at a p__________ in time, but it is p___________ over
    2. You can say it, but over time we’re gonna know whether it’s really t_________ by what we see in your life.
    3. How do you know you’re saved? “I have a growing l________ for God’s word”
    4. How am I different because of following Christ? (spiritual self-inventory)
    5. I’m not what I c________ be, I’m not what I s_______ be, but I’m not what I w_____…
  3. Abiding leads to f__________ (John 8:32)
    1. Freedom from the p____________ of sin (penalty of sin is already taken care of)
  4. False disciples don’t recognize their b__________ (John 8:33-34)
    1. You refer to your spiritual heritage as p____________ that you’re okay.
    2. False disciples are not especially c_____________ by their sin

Bondage Checkup

  1. Do you have a s__________ sin? (that’s increasing its intensity in your life)
  2. Do you have a capacity to “hold on” to an o_______________?
  3. Do you have a “reflex reaction” to r_____________ about sin? True Christians know how awful sin is and they want it out of their lives.
  4. Do you find overt discussions about s______________ intensities disquieting or even aggravating?  It’s because you’re not like that and you think that people like that must be making it up because for you to be like that you’d have to make it up.
  5. Do you battle a c____________ spirit toward people who appear devoted to Christ?

Points (cont’d)

  1. False disciples don’t r____________ in Christ (John 8:35) – a message like this could be subtitled “Operation Crowd Reduction”.  It’s not about a quantity of disciples, it’s about a quality of discipleship.
    1. Your assurance of salvation is not based on your conversion story, it’s based on your l__________, looking at it (how you’re living).
    2. Maybe people who’ve walked away from God have just b___________ and He’ll bring them back if they’re really His children.
  2. “Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).  So, here’s the question: Are you s____________ or u_________________?

Discussion Questions

  1. In what way was James MacDonald’s message relevant to apologetics?
  2. Is a James MacDonald telling us that a Christian must work for their salvation?
  3. Did you find this message personally convicting?
  4. Do you have anyone in your circle of friends or acquaintances that claims to be a Christian, but is not living that way? (do not reveal names)  How could you approach them?
  5. James MacDonald said hear the end of the message, “I deserve hell and I’m headed for it”. How can anyone believe that he or she deserves hell?  How would you communicate that message to a non-Christian in conversation?
  6. What does it mean to “examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith”? (1 Cor. 13:5a)
  7. What did James MacDonald mean in this message when he referred to having “fire insurance”?
  8. How can believers in Christ have assurance of their salvation?
  9. Is James MacDonald saying that a Christian can lose his or her faith?
  10. If someone grew up in the church and in a Christian family, at what point are they truly saved?
  11. How can we strike a balance between grace and truth in communicating with ‘weeds’ that may be among us in the church?

Here is a link to the answers.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-18-2017)

Good morning brothers and sisters,

I would like to remind you to either invite someone to the Harvest Outreach event or volunteer to serve there.  It is June 11th at University of Phoenix stadium.  In case you haven’t heard of this, it is the evangelist Greg Laurie.  I think of him as kind of a modern day Billy Graham.  I think this event is well worth your time and effort.  Many will be hear the gospel and be saved there.  I’ve volunteered to be a ‘Decision Followup Worker’.

Here are your links:

  1. 4 Ways to become a better listener and a better Apologist: http://crossexamined.org/4-ways-become-better-listener-better-apologist/
  2. Faith Under Fire: Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 2 | RZIM: http://ca.rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/faith-under-fire-christian-ethics-in-the-workplace-part-2/
  3. Why We Need a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith (Video): http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/why-we-need-a-more-reasonable-evidential-christian-faith-video/
  4. The Stream:
    1. The Tip of the Transgender Spear in Virginia | The Stream: https://stream.org/the-tip-of-the-transgender-spear-in-virginia/
    2. Ellen DeGeneres Needs a Lesson About Diversity and Tolerance | The Stream: https://stream.org/donald-trump-teach-ellen-degeneres-diversity-tolerance/
    3. An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus | The Stream: https://stream.org/an-open-letter-to-miley-cyrus/
    4. Rage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians: https://stream.org/rubio-bible-tweets/
  5. 110M-year-old dinosaur discovered with skin and soft tissue (not a Christian article, but again, does not make sense given the supposed ages): http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/
  6. From New Age Blogger To Christian: When I Encountered Jesus | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/new-age-blogger-christian-when-i-encountered-jesus/
  7. When the Case for God Is Strong, Skeptics Attack Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/when-the-case-for-god-is-strong-skeptics-attack-christianity/
  8. Watch “Basic Differences Between Islam and Christianity.” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N6dkexljCiU
  9. Watch “How To Better Apply Apologetics When Talking to Non-Believers” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iArt_fe-EmM
  10. Watch “How Atheists Steal Science From God | Frank Turek, PhD” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gurMfV5Pmus
  11. Does Belief In God Encourage Criminal Behavior? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/does-belief-in-god-encourage-criminal-behavior/
  12. Lesbian bishop in Sweden calls for church to remove crosses and install Muslim prayer space: https://carm.org/lesbian-bishop-calls-for-church-to-remove-crosses-install-muslim-prayer-space
  13. Nabeel Qureshi – Author of the book ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’, regarding his battle with stomach cancer:
    1. Torn Emotions: A Visit With Nabeel Qureshi | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/torn-emotions-a-visit-with-nabeel-qureshi/
    2. Watch “Vlog 29 – Renewed Hope, Mark 7, and More Chemo” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pG2C_Gbzx_s

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  Matthew 5:23-24

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 5/14/2017

This was our last week in the series on young earth creation featuring Dr. Jason Lisle.  This week the topic was The Ultimate Proof of Creation (Presuppositional Apologetics).  Here is the video:

 

Here are the fill in the blank notes, with the link to the answers below:

Ultimate Proof of Creation-Presuppositional Apologetics (Dr. Jason Lisle)

  1. People are not always convinced by a good argument, but people are often convinced by a bad argument – that’s what logical fallacies are, bad arguments that people find convincing.
  2. There is a difference between proof and persuasion.
  3. It’s not our job to persuade people, our job is to give a d____________.
  4. Evidence commonly used to confirm creation:
    1. Information Science / Genetics:
      1. “There is no known law of nature, no known process, and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in matter… When its progress along the chain of transmission events is traced backward, every piece of information leads to a mental source, the mind of the sender” – Dr. Werner Gitt
      2. The fact that we have information in our DNA tells us that DNA could not have come about by a r__________, c_____________ process.
  • “All point mutations that have been studied on the molecular level turn out to reduce the genetic information and not to increase it.” – Dr. Lee Spetner
  1. Mutations may increase survival value under certain circumstances, but they don’t add new information to the genome.
  1. Biblical Timescale:
    1. Carbon-14 in Diamonds – All the C-14 on the entire earth would be gone (would’ve decayed into Nitrogen) in 1 million years.
    2. Comets – Comets are made of ice. Every time they pass near the sun, some of this ice is blasted away and the comet loses mass.  A comet could orbit for a maximum of about ___,___ years before it completely runs out of material.
  2. For every one of these lines of evidence that we can come up with, the evolutionist can come up with a “r________ d_________”.
    1. Comets – perhaps there is a vast reservoir of comets beyond the visible solar system: an “Oort cloud”. Comets are occasionally dislodged from this cloud and thrown into the inner solar system.  There’s no observational evidence of this Oort cloud.
  3. Creationists and Evolutionists all have the same facts. Why then do we draw such different conclusions about the past?  The answer is we have a different s______ p_______ (world view).
  4. Your world view is like a set of mental glasses you wear through which you see everything.
  5. Your world view is all of your most basic beliefs about reality, which we call presuppositions
  6. Presuppositions that everyone has:
    1. Your senses are basically reliable
    2. Your memory is reliable
    3. The existence of the Laws of Logic
  7. Creationists and evolutionists have different presuppositions – different rules for i_____________ the evidence.
  8. The battle isn’t really about evidence, it’s about how evidence ought to be interpreted. We have different standards by which we interpret the evidence.
  9. Ultimate Standard: Creationist: the Bible, Evolutionist: Naturalism or Empiricism
  10. Evidence by itself will not resolve a worldview conflict, because your worldview tells you what to m________ of the evidence.
  11. Told story about a man who was convinced he’s dead… (I guess dead men do bleed J)
  12. A philosophically astute person will not be persuaded by mere evidence.
  13. There is no n__________ ground (Mat. 12:30; James 4:4). Can’t take Bible out of discussion.
  14. The Pretended Neutrality Fallacy – Since the Bible indicates that there is no “neutral”, the claim of neutrality is itself unbiblical. Neutrality is non-neutral, and therefore self-refuting.
  15. Ultimate Authority:
    1. Only the Bible provides the preconditions for the intelligibility of man’s experience and reasoning.
    2. If the Bible were not true, it be impossible to prove anything.
  16. We rely on the following preconditions, which are all grounded in God’s Word:
    1. Laws of L_________ – correct standard of reason (why in a ‘chance universe’)?
    2. U_________ of Nature – Gravity, etc. (God upholds the universe in a consistent fashion)
    3. Absolute M____________ – Why ought we (should we) behave in a certain way?
  17. Evolutionist do believe in these things, but in their worldview, no rational foundation for these
  18. Relativism – All things are relative. There are no absolutes.  The statement that “there are no absolutes” is an absolute statement, so if it’s true, it’s false, therefore, it’s false.
  19. Empiricism – the belief that all truth claims are proved by empirical observation. How do you know that the statement itself is true?  Did you prove that by empirical observation?
  20. Unbelievers will stand on Christian presuppositions when it s__________ them. He is standing on Christian ground.  He either needs to get saved or stop trespassing!
  21. Debate on the existence of air: the critics of air must use air in order to make a case against it.
  22. Likewise, the critic of the Bible must use biblical presuppositions in order to argue against it.
  23. Absolute Morality – if God created us, He has the right to set the rules. If we are just ‘re-arranged p________ s_________’, why not do what we want?
  24. The moment the moral relativist says, “You can’t go around telling people what not to do”, what are they doing? Going around telling other people what not to do, which is self-refuting.
  25. Ask a moral relativist, ‘How do you decide “right” from “wrong”?’ Apart from the biblical God, morality can only be r__________.  Yet people can’t live that way.
  26. Possible Responses:
    1. “Morality is what brings the most h__________ to the most people”. But in an evolutionary universe, why should I be concerned about the happiness of others (if they’re just ‘re-arranged pond scum)?
    2. “The moral code is simply electrical impulses in the brain.” Why should I follow it?
    3. “Laws of morality are conventions adopted for the good of s______.” In an evolutionary worldview, we’re just animals. The word ‘benefit’ assumes a standard of goodness…
    4. “People can adopt their own moral code.” If you can, so can I and you might not like some of my moral codes – I might want to shoot you.
    5. You wouldn’t punish vinegar for reacting with baking soda – that’s just what it does. You wouldn’t punish the Lion for killing the antelope – animals kill animals…
  27. Laws of Logic – these are r_______________ of the way God thinks, and the way He expects us to think. These stem from God’s nature.  God is logical. (2 Timothy 2:13; Colossians 2:3)
  28. Laws of Logic are immaterial, universal, invariant, abstract, contingent on the biblical God
  29. N___________ – the belief that nature is all that there is. The naturalist attempts to use logic and reason to support his position.  But logic is not part of nature.  The fact that he’s able to make an argument at all proves he’s wrong.
  30. I’m not saying you have to profess a belief in God to use laws of logic, but you do need the biblical God to have laws of logic. No other worldview can account for them.
  31. Possible Responses:
    1. “Laws of logic are material. They are chemical reactions in the brain.”  If material, they’re not laws.  They can’t be u____________ if they don’t extend beyond your brain.
    2. “Laws of logic are descriptions of how the brain thinks.” If this were true, you could never violate one.
    3. “Laws of logic are conventions.” But some cultures have different conventions (e.g. driving on left-side of the road or the right side of the road).
    4. “They are a property of the universe.” But the universe c___________ with time, so we wouldn’t expect them to be invariant.
    5. “We use them because they work.” But that’s not my question. My question is ‘how can you account for them in an evolutionary worldview?’
  32. “Don’t Answer, Answer” Strategy:
    1. The Bible itself provides a strategy for d__________ the Christian Faith.
    2. This is the biblical way to refute anti-Christian presuppositions.
    3. Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
    4. Do not embrace the “fool’s” pr________________. (Proverbs 26:4)
    5. Show where the “fool’s” presuppositions would go if taken to their conclusion (Proverbs 26:5)
    6. Never “put on the suit”, but always “r_______________ it back to him”.
  33. Richard Dawkins – here is a man that is convinced that his purpose in life is to convince people that there is no purpose in life. You see the inconsistency there?
  34. Secular worldviews always blow themselves up.
  35. Any argument against Christianity presupposes Christianity is true.
  36. It’s not our job to open people’s h____________ – that’s the Holy Spirit’s prerogative, it’s our job to close their mouths. – Dr. Greg Bahnsen
  37. Who can contend with the Almighty?

Here is a link to the answers.

mid-week apologetics booster (5-11-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 74% Of Doctors Believe In Miracles, 55% Have Seen Them | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/74-of-doctors-believe-in-miracles-55-have-seen-them/
  2. How Can Students Stand Strong for Their Faith in College? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry: http://crossexamined.org/how-can-students-stand-strong-for-their-faith-in-college/
  3. MTV Star Catelynn Lowell: Why is It Illegal to Destroy an Eagle Egg But Not Abort a Baby? http://www.lifenews.com/2014/05/05/mtv-star-catelynn-lowell-why-is-it-illegal-to-destroy-an-eagle-egg-but-not-abort-a-baby/
  4. Public School Shuts Down Bible Club — Todd Starnes: https://www.toddstarnes.com/column/public-school-shuts-down-bible-club
  5. Is The Bible Full Of Contradictions? 6 Quick Responses | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/is-the-bible-full-of-contradictions-6-quick-responses/
  6. “No Uterus, No Opinion” – Can Men Have a Say on Abortion? http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/05/no-uterus-no-opinion-can-men-have-a-say-on-abortion/
  7. Responses that Stimulate Conversation: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2014/08/responses-that-stimulate-conversation.html
  8. The Three R’s of Salvation: http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/the-three-rs-of-salvation-23599/
  9. Jesus Vs Muhammad: Their Views About Women | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/jesus-vs-muhammad-their-views-about-women/
  10. Climate Change / Global Warming:
    1. Scientists Found a Totally Unexpected Source of Climate Cooling: http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/08/scientists-found-a-totally-unexpected-source-of-climate-cooling/
    2. Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/02/13/peer-reviewed-survey-finds-majority-of-scientists-skeptical-of-global-warming-crisis/#5f37283d4c7c
    3. Why You Don’t Believe In Facts, And How To Fix It – you may find this very challenging, but I include it to be ‘fair and balanced’.  Apparently, the author has not read the study referred to above: https://lisacharlotterost.github.io/2017/05/07/why-do-we-not-believe-in-facts/
  11. Why Your Children Do NOT Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions – Mama Bear Apologetics: http://mamabearapologetics.com/children-do-need-apologetics/
  12. Postmodernism and the Paradox of Tolerance – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/postmodernism-paradox-tolerance/
  13. Three Things You’ll Have to Say to the World to Live a Surrendered, Godly Life | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/three-things-youll-have-to-say-to-the-world-to-live-a-surrendered-godly-life/
  14. The Folly of Answering Distracting Atheistic Arguments: http://www.equip.org/article/folly-answering-distracting-atheistic-arguments/
  15. About Those Crusades: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/02/about-those-crusades.html
  16. How To Be Someone People Love To Talk To (not a Christian article, but good none-the-less): http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/02/love-to-talk/

And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs – Romans 11:26-28

Blessings

Great Scriptures to Pray

There are some great verses of Scripture that you can use directly in your prayers.  Of course, the ability to use these in your prayers is greatly enhanced if you have them memorized, so I give you the suggestion to not only use these in prayers, but to first memorize them.  Here are the ones that are most effective in opening my heart to God and my conscience to the conviction of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Psalms 141:3-4 – 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.
  2. Psalms 139:23-24 – 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.
  3. Psalms 119:36-37 – 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.
  4. 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.
  5. James 1:5-7 – 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
  6. 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.

This last one (Matt. 23:24-28) is most effective for me as a Christian Teacher and Ministry Leader.  Whenever I become aware of a hypocritical attitude or a sinful pattern of thought that I cannot seem to get rid of, I will hear Jesus saying this to me.  I’m not a Pharisee, but I am a teacher and I really do want the inside of my cup to be as clean as the outside.  I don’t want to be like a white-washed tomb, appearing to people as righteous on the outside, but on this inside full of hypocrisy, wickedness, greed and self-indulgence.  Thank you Lord for these words of Jesus which are so convicting to me!  Praise His Holy Name!

Nuggets

I wanted to make you aware that there is a resource you can use:
 
 
This is a website I developed where you can read the Bible and view what I call ‘Nuggets’. These are passages from the Bible that I’ve identified over the years of reading that are kind of “bite sized” chunks that will give you a place to start reading. I have 4,641 of these ‘Nuggets’ in there at the present time. If you go to that site, you will see that it starts out by just showing you a ‘random’ nugget from the Bible. The default translation used is NIV, but you can change that to another translation (e.g. KJV, ESV, NASB, NKJV etc). Not only can you view and read ‘Nuggets’, you can just start reading the Bible a chapter at a time (menu item ‘View Chapter’).
 
I’ve also attempted to associate Bible passages with topics. You will see a menu item that says ‘Browse Nuggets by Topic’ where you can see what the Bible has to say about a particular topic. I’ve cataloged 362 topics, which I’ve listed below. You can also search the whole Bible for a word or a phrase. This is a good resource, and I want you all to be able to take advantage of it. Please visit it and make use of it – it works on a mobile phone too!
 
Here are the 362 topics I’ve included in this website (you can also view a random topic):
  1. 10 commandments
  2. 2nd coming of Christ
  3. abortion
  4. accurate science in the Bible
  5. acknowledgement not enough
  6. addiction
  7. adultery
  8. advocate
  9. age of accountability
  10. alcohol
  11. all have sinned
  12. alternate meaning for the word day
  13. angels
  14. anger
  15. animal care
  16. apologetics
  17. approval of men vs. approval of God
  18. ark
  19. ark of the covenant
  20. astrology
  21. atonement of Christ
  22. awesome God
  23. backsliding
  24. baptism
  25. battle belongs to the Lord
  26. be slow to speak
  27. be wary of worldly wisdom
  28. beastiality
  29. bema seat
  30. bible
  31. Bible historically accurate
  32. Bible inspired
  33. biblical authors
  34. birth control
  35. blood of the lamb
  36. bloom where you’re planted
  37. boasting
  38. boldness
  39. born again
  40. bride of Christ
  41. calvary
  42. can’t run from God
  43. cannibalism
  44. capital punishment
  45. carnivores
  46. ceremonial law
  47. Christ concealed Christ revealed
  48. christian
  49. christian behavior
  50. christian freedom
  51. Christianity defined
  52. Christianity is an evidential faith
  53. christianity is evidential
  54. Christmas
  55. Christophany
  56. church
  57. communion
  58. concern for the lost
  59. confession
  60. confronting sin
  61. consequences of sin and disobeying the Lord
  62. contentment
  63. conversation
  64. conversion of Paul
  65. cost of following Christ
  66. courage
  67. court procedures
  68. creation
  69. cross
  70. cross dressing
  71. curse
  72. death
  73. debate tactics of Jesus
  74. debating
  75. debt and borrowing money
  76. deception
  77. decisions
  78. degrees of punishment
  79. Deity of Jesus Christ
  80. deity of jesus christ
  81. demon possession
  82. depending on God
  83. did Jesus claim to be God?
  84. discernment
  85. divorce
  86. do not swear to God or anything else
  87. don’t forget God
  88. dreams
  89. drugs
  90. early church fathers
  91. effects of the fall
  92. empty tomb
  93. enemies
  94. eternal perspective
  95. eternal security
  96. evangelism
  97. evil
  98. exclusivity of Christ
  99. faith
  100. false prophets
  101. family
  102. fasting
  103. favorite
  104. favoritism
  105. fear God
  106. feed the hungry
  107. fellowship
  108. flesh
  109. flood
  110. forgiven by God
  111. forgiveness
  112. free will
  113. Free will vs God’s Sovereignty
  114. friendship
  115. giving
  116. giving to the poor
  117. glory of Jesus
  118. gluttony
  119. God changes His mind
  120. God does not change
  121. God does not lie
  122. God equips those he calls
  123. God helps those who help themselves
  124. God is eternal
  125. God is good
  126. God is not a man
  127. God is the Savior, Jesus is the Savior
  128. God is watching us
  129. God is with me
  130. God spoke
  131. God sustains the universe
  132. God wants to save us
  133. God’s blessing
  134. God’s compassion
  135. God’s compassion for us
  136. God’s fairness
  137. God’s faithfulness
  138. God’s family
  139. God’s holiness
  140. God’s justice
  141. God’s love for us
  142. God’s providence
  143. God’s Righteousness
  144. God’s sovereignty
  145. God’s ways
  146. God’s will for us
  147. golden rule
  148. good dying words
  149. gospel
  150. gossip
  151. government
  152. grace
  153. graduation message
  154. Great Bible Stories
  155. greed
  156. guardian angels
  157. guilt
  158. Hanukkah
  159. hard work
  160. healing
  161. heaven
  162. hell
  163. holidays
  164. holy living
  165. Holy Spirit
  166. honesty
  167. hope
  168. horoscope
  169. human wisdom
  170. humility
  171. humility vs. selfishness
  172. hypocrite
  173. idolatry
  174. immigration
  175. in the world but not of the world
  176. incest
  177. indecision
  178. iran
  179. its whats in your heart that matters
  180. jealousy
  181. Jesus – His humanity
  182. Jesus – I Am statements
  183. Jesus ate with sinners
  184. jesus is the only way
  185. Jesus knows our weaknesses
  186. Jesus poor
  187. Jesus requires total commitment
  188. Jesus talking about faith vs. works
  189. Jesus talking about hell
  190. jewish apologetics
  191. joy
  192. judging others
  193. judgment day
  194. justice
  195. justification
  196. keeping secrets
  197. knowing God
  198. kosher
  199. law
  200. laziness
  201. life in christ
  202. listening
  203. living for the Lord
  204. love
  205. love of others
  206. love the Lord
  207. lust
  208. man must choose
  209. marriage
  210. masturbation
  211. materialism
  212. memorizing scripture
  213. mercy
  214. messiah
  215. middle knowledge of God
  216. miracle
  217. modesty
  218. money
  219. moral decay
  220. murder
  221. mystery of God
  222. mythology
  223. nagging
  224. nature of God
  225. new covenant
  226. no marriage in heaven
  227. no such thing as chance
  228. Noah
  229. not ashamed
  230. not guaranteed tomorrow
  231. obey
  232. old testament
  233. omnipotence
  234. omnipresence
  235. omnipresent
  236. omniscience
  237. one day not more sacred than another
  238. one God
  239. original sin
  240. our purpose
  241. parables of Jesus
  242. parental discipline
  243. parenting
  244. past
  245. patience
  246. paul
  247. peace
  248. pedophilia
  249. persecution
  250. persecution for christ
  251. perserverance of saints
  252. perseverance
  253. persuasion
  254. pleasing God
  255. polygamy
  256. poor
  257. pornography
  258. praise
  259. praise and joy
  260. prayer
  261. pre-eminence of Christ
  262. pre-existence of Christ
  263. predestination
  264. pride
  265. problem of evil
  266. promises
  267. prophecy
  268. punishment from the LORD
  269. purity
  270. put others first
  271. racism
  272. rape
  273. reading the Bible
  274. reasoning with God
  275. reasons Jesus came to earth
  276. regeneration
  277. reincarnation
  278. religion
  279. religious tolerance
  280. repentance
  281. reputation
  282. resist temptation
  283. restitution
  284. resurrection
  285. reward
  286. righteous anger
  287. righteousness from God
  288. romans road
  289. sabbath
  290. salvation
  291. salvation according to Jesus
  292. salvation by faith
  293. salvation by works
  294. sanctification
  295. satan
  296. Satan
  297. saving money
  298. seeking God
  299. self control
  300. self examination
  301. self-denial
  302. selfishness
  303. sexual immorality
  304. shema
  305. sin
  306. sinlessness of Jesus
  307. slavery
  308. sorcery
  309. speaking with God
  310. spiritual gifts
  311. spiritual warfare
  312. state of Israel
  313. strife
  314. suffering for God
  315. suicide
  316. supporting calvinism
  317. supremacy of christ
  318. teachers
  319. teaching
  320. technology of ancient people
  321. temptation
  322. thankfulness
  323. the Way
  324. think before you act
  325. tithing
  326. tongue
  327. traveling mercies
  328. trinity
  329. true believer
  330. true believers obey God
  331. true Israel
  332. trust no one
  333. truth
  334. unbelievers
  335. unrepentant people
  336. use your mind
  337. vegetarian
  338. vengeance
  339. waiting on the Lord
  340. war
  341. warning
  342. we are friends with Jesus
  343. what about people who’ve never heard about Jesus
  344. Who raised Jesus from the dead?
  345. wickedness
  346. widows
  347. wisdom
  348. wisdom of Jesus in worldly proverbs
  349. wisdom of men vs wisdom of God
  350. witchcraft
  351. witnessing
  352. work
  353. working for God
  354. works
  355. worldliness
  356. worldliness / self denial
  357. worry
  358. worship
  359. wrath of God
  360. wwjd
  361. youth
  362. zealous

 

Apologetics class 5/7/2017

Here is the video we watched in class today:

Why Genesis Matters – Dr. Jason Lisle

 

Here are the notes and discussion questions:

  1. Evolution is m______ ideas about how l_____ could come about apart from _________
  2. Jesus quoted from G_______ about as much as all the other b_____ of the B_____ combined
  3. Evolution is not the cause of all problems in society, s______ is the cause, because e_______ gives people a seemingly r________ foundation for their s_____.
  4. Genesis was not written as a metaphor, parable or poetry, it was written as l________ h______.
  5. A lot of people want to embrace the morality the Bible teaches, but r______ the h_______ it teaches.
  6. It used to be that we used a h_________ to h_______ sections of the Bible we liked, but now in far too many churches, we use a b_____ o_______ marker to b________ o______ the sections we don’t like.
  7. God never gave us a l______ i______ v_____ on Scripture.
  8. We don’t just want them to be c__________, we want them to be C______.
  9. Context of passage determines what the word ‘day’ means, e.g. evening, morning, number, day.
  10. God’s powerful enough that He could’ve created the u_______ in an i________; He really had to s_______ Himself down.
  11. There is an astronomical basis for d____, m________ and y_______, but not for w_______
  12. 6 days (of creation) is an i____________ issue, but not a s_________ issue.
  13. The Bible says that it was by man that d_____ came into the world, but evolution teaches that it was by d_______ that man came into the world.
  14. Either the bulk of fossils were deposited in a w____-w____ f_____, or they were deposited n_________ over millions of years.
  15. If “the flood” was just a l_____ flood, then God has broken His promise (re. the rainbow) thousands of times, because there have been many l_____ floods since the flood occurred.
  16. If you understand c______, then the Gospel message just makes s______.

Discussion Questions

 

  1. For all of this Christian influence in our nation, why are we rapidly becoming a pagan nation?
  2. What is your ultimate standard?
  3. How does what you believe about the past influence your worldview today?
  4. Why is it significant that we find Carbon 14 (C-14) in diamonds?
  5. How are laws that protect the weak from being harmed by the strong “anti-evolutionary”?
  6. How is evolution like termites?
  7. How does a literal Genesis make it possible for Jesus to be our Kinsman Redeemer?
  8. If God didn’t get the details right in Genesis, how can we be sure He got the details right on how to inherit eternal life?
  9. What does it mean that 1,000 years is like a day?
  10. Where do we get our pattern for a week?
  11. Why does the death of plants not count as death occurring before sin?
  12. If the flood was just local, why didn’t Noah just move?

 

 

mid-week apologetics booster (5-4-2017)

Good morning y’all,

Well, I guess I’m being influenced by the family guests I have in from Arkansas J  We’ve been taking a whirlwind tour of Arizona, hiking on South Mountain, going to Sedona, Slide Rock, Jerome and eating at Rustler’s Roost so far!  Tomorrow, we’re heading up to Prescott to go canoeing on Watson lake and possibly to walk around Lynx lake.  On the way out, they’re going to visit the Grand Canyon on their own.  As I see all of these sights along with them and see their delight in our beautiful state, I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul told us so long ago:

What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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.  Romans 1:19-20

When people ask for evidence for God, we can immediately point them to the creation.  God is the best explanation for the beauty and design we see in nature.  And because of this, we praise His name:

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.  Revelation 4:11

Here are your weekly links:

  1. The Art of Raising Kids Who Will Not Bow to the Idol of Science: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-art-of-raising-kids-who-will-not-bow-to-the-idol-of-science/
  2. Explaining Hell to Our Children | Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/explaining-hell-to-our-children
  3. In America, Does More Education Equal Less Religion? http://www.pewforum.org/2017/04/26/in-america-does-more-education-equal-less-religion/
  4. 3 ways Christians can stand up to free-speech bullies who want to shut us up: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/3-ways-Christians-can-stand-up-to-free-speech-bullies-who-want-to-shut-us-up
  5. At the Harvest Crusade, you can volunteer (June 11th) I think I’m going to sign up to be a decision follow-up worker – This is a ten-minute friend to those who make a profession of faith, praying for and encouraging them in their walk with Christ: https://harvestamerica.com/serve
  6. 6 Big Reasons Why Islam Is False | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/6-big-reasons-why-islam-is-false/
  7. Cain’s Wife—Who Was She? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/cains-wife-who-was-she/
  8. Persuasion versus Argument in Apologetics | Apologetics for the Church: https://apolotheo.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/persuasion-versus-argument-in-apologetics/
  9. How To Combat The Apologetic Apathy In The Church – Free Thinking Ministries: http://freethinkingministries.com/how-to-combat-the-apologetic-apathy-in-the-church/
  10. Bible reading not allowed before class, professor (Northern Arizona University) tells student | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/01/bible-reading-not-allowed-before-class-professor-tells-student.html
  11. James Warner Wallace on asking a simple question: “Why are you a Christian?” | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/james-warner-wallace-on-asking-a-simple-question-why-are-you-a-christian/
  12. Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/atheists-may-not-believe-in-god-but-they-still-live-in-his-world
  13. All of Us Ought to Agree on the Fallen Nature of Humans: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/all-of-us-ought-to-agree-on-the-fallen-nature-of-humans/

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Blessings to y’all

Apologetics class 4/30/2017

Here is the video we watched in our series on young earth creation:

Dr. Jason Lisle – Astronomy Reveals Creation

 

Here are the notes for this video:

How the Secrets of the Cosmos Confirms the Bible (5 Categories)

  1. Glory of God is revealed in the heavens (Ps. 19:1-3). The s_______ and b_________ of the cosmos are consistent with the mind of God – not chance
    1. Moon
    2. Saturn
    3. The Sun and other stars
    4. Star Clusters
    5. Nebulae (Nebula)
    6. Galaxies
  2. Basics of Astronomy – whenever s__________ e___________ of the day have disagreed, the Bible has always been right
    1. The S______________ Earth
    2. Earth is s__________ in space
    3. E_____________ of the universe
    4. Conservation of e___________ and mass
    5. Uncountable Stars
  3. Age of the Universe – Many lines of evidence confirm that the universe is t________ of years old
    1. Scripture teaches a “young” universe (6 o___________ days, ~6,000 years ago)
    2. Excess internal heat of planets
    3. Earth’s m______________ field decaying (losing strength)
    4. Other planet’s magnetic fields (Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, etc.)
    5. Recession of the moon (1½“ per year)
    6. Comets are made of icy material which can last no longer than ____,_____ years
    7. Spiral G____________ Winding
    8. Blue stars expend their fuel quickly. They cannot last b___________ of years
  4. Earth’s Uniqueness – Science c______ that the earth is unique among the worlds of the cosmos
    1. The moon – a “magnificent desolation” but not designed for life.
    2. Other planets – they declare God’s glory, but they are not designed for l_________
    3. What about Extra-Terrestrial Life? Theological issues inherent in this question.
      1. The Fermi Paradox: “Where are they?”
  5. Starlight (Distant) – the Bible is right about starlight. Distant starlight is not a problem for a young universe.
    1. Light from distant galaxies is thought to take billions of years to reach earth
    2. Light year is a unit of d_________, not t_______. A light year is about 6 trillion miles.
    3. Many of the proposed solutions simply cannot work:
      1. “The distances are not real”
      2. “The speed of light was much faster in the past”
  • “The light was created ‘in transit’”. Light ‘in transit’ requires God to create f____________ images and ‘movies.  Example – Supernova 1987A.  If light-in-transit idea is true, then none of these things have ever actually existed.
  1. “Gravitational Time Dilation” – Dr. Russ Humphreys
  1. Lisle thinks the correct solution is: the o______-w______ speed of light. How do you measure this?  Very difficult to synchronize two distant clocks:
    1. Apparently, it is impossible to synchronize c__________ (exactly) without knowing the one-way speed of light
    2. And it is impossible to measure the one-way speed of light without synchronized clocks.
  • The one-way speed of light is a ‘convention’ – it’s not something we m________, it is something we c___________.
  1. Anisotropic Synchrony Convention (ASC) – using this convention, light takes no time at all to get from distant galaxies to here.

 

Apologetics Class 4-23-2017

In our Apologetics class last Sunday, we started a series on young earth creation.  During this year of classes, I’d primarily been exposing students to material that implicitly supported the ancient universe view of creation.  But now, in order to be “fair and balanced” (and because I believe they have some really good arguments), I’ve decided to show the “other side” of the argument.  Our first week started with Dr. David Menton speaking on the topic “Origin of the Species: Was Darwin Wrong?”  We watched this in 1 part, but I also found this on YouTube in 7 parts:

  1. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UncGAsdIoS4
  2. Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXPGkz5wfyA
  3. Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd-4JLtH9uE
  4. Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=canaOhDOMuY
  5. Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qlfc-D_Xk8
  6. Part 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlyXcD2lmag
  7. Part 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUiru4dQc_0

Below is the note-taking form I made up for the students.  At the bottom of the post, I have provided a link to the answers.

Was Darwin Right? Dr. Terry Mortenson (Young Earth Creationist)

(He has a Ph.D. in history of geology from Coventry University)

  1. National Academy of Science – “There is no d____________ within the scientific community over whether evolution has occurred…”
  2. Evolution theory is based on assumptions, called “Ph__________ Na___________”, which says:
    1. Nature or matter is all that exists
    2. Everything can and must be explained by time plus chance plus laws of nature working on matter.
  3. “The influence of evolutionary theory on fields far removed from biology is one of the most spectacular examples in history of how a highly sp___________ idea for which there is no really hard scientific evidence can come to fashion the thinking of a whole society and dominate the outlook of an age. Ultimately, the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century.“ – Michael Denton, Evolution: a theory in crisis
  4. Creationist’s presuppositions come from the Bible (especially in Genesis – “after their kind”).
  5. God created the different kinds of plants and animals distinct. He built into their genetic information potential for v__________ w________ the k________, but not the ability to change from one kind into another.
  6. 2 Key Questions:
    1. How did the DNA In___________ for the supposed first living microscopic creature come into existence?
    2. How did the DNA Information in that “simple” creature get ch___________ and augmented to produce all the different kinds of plants and animals that we see in the fossil record and living today?
  7. 1953 – Miller / Urey experiment. Attempted to create “life” (amino acids) from n___-l_______.
  8. They had to create a “trap” to hold the organic compounds otherwise they would’ve been destroyed in the same environment in which they were created (that’s cheating).
  9. “Nobody knows how a mixture of l___________ chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell.” – Paul Davies (Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University)
  10. Does the fossil record support evolution or creation?
    1. Evolutionists created the Geological Time Scale (or Geological Column). This column does not exist anywhere in the real world, except in the text books and magazine articles.  We find m___________ fossils all throughout this column.
    2. Evolutionists claim that v__________ change has occurred. From single cell à Humans
    3. Creationists say that h_____________ variation has occurred – variation within kinds.
    4. “The extreme rarity of tr______________ forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not evidence of fossils” – Stephen J. Gould – Evolutionist-from Scientific American magazine
    5. The evolutionists can only point to a handful of very controversial examples (of transitional forms).
    6. According to Gould, 2 characteristics of the fossil record are:
      1. Ab__________ Appearance (creatures appear suddenly in the fossil record)
      2. St________ (once creatures appear in fossil record, they basically stay the same)
    7. Living fossils – organisms that we thought to have gone ex________ but are found alive
    8. Many creatures have not changed at all (comparing live specimens with fossils) in the “supposed” tens or hundreds of millions of years of evolution.
    9. Evolutionists sometimes commit misinterpretation based on in________ fossil evidence
    10. Whale evolution given as an example. U.C. Berkeley
  11. Embryonic re_______________ – that the embryo “rehearses” its evolutionary history as it develops (Ernst Haeckel – embryo pictures were a fraud, printed in some text books)
  12. Conclusions (Part 1):
    1. Evolutionists have NO idea how the first living cell came into existence by ch_________
    2. Evolutionists have NO INDISPUTABLE f_______ ev____________ that one kind of creature evolved into a different kind of creature.
  13. Does the study of living creatures support evolution (t_____ of life) or creation (f______ of life)?
    1. There is not an evolutionist on the face of the earth that would look at this (amazing sand sculpture) and say “look at what the ocean washed up on the shore last night!”
    2. Information comes from a m__________.
    3. “There is no known law of nature, no known process and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in m___________” – Werner Gitt
    4. Space shuttle, cell phones and other examples of man-made technology are s_______________ compared to a living cell.
    5. Information in DNA:
      1. DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid or D______ N__ A____________)
      2. DNA to cover a pin tip would be the information equivalent of a stack of books from the Earth to the moon ____ times
  • The amount of DNA in every cell of our bodies is the equivalent of 3 or 4 sets of the 20 volumes of the en______________ Britannica (Richard Dawkins)
  1. It’s the DNA that produces the variety (peas, horses, skin color, etc.)
  1. The Supposed Mechanisms of Evolution:
    1. Natural Selection
      1. Natural selection is a FACT – creationists believe in it
      2. Natural selection is NOT evolution
      3. Natural selection is a CO_________, not a cr________, process. Nature can only select what is already there.  It can’t create something new.
      4. Dogs – the question is “where did the first dog come from”, not how did you get the variety.
      5. This process of variation involves a l__________ of genetic information (e.g. poodle)
      6. Nature selects the long haired dogs because they have the characteristics that will allow them to live in that environment
      7. Natural selection can explain the SU__________ of the fittest but NOT the AR___________ of the fittest.
      8. Natural selection is the God-designed method of pr___________ representatives of the original created kinds
    2. Random Mutations
      1. Fruit fly experiments – bombard them with radiation and see what mutations occur. None of these is an im___________ on the original and none of these would survive in the wild – nature would select the healthy, “normal” ones and weed out these mutants.
      2. Mutations are a FACT
      3. But mutations nearly always re_________ information, they never IN____________ functional information
      4. “All point mutations that have been studied on the molecular level turn out to reduce the genetic information and not to increase it” – Lee Spetner, Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution
      5. Evolutionists will say that there are some b___________ mutations
      6. Pylori – bacteria, which is can be killed by absorbing the antibiotic which is converted to a poison. Mutant H. pylori lacks the ability to produce the enzyme.  No enzyme, no poison, no death. Survived by a L______ of information.
      7. “Whoever thinks macroevolution can be made by mutations that lose information is like the merchant who lost a little money on every sale but thought he could make it up in volume.” – Lee Spetner, Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution
      8. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. (Romans 8:22)
      9. Mutations are the God-ordained c_____________ of His curse on creation because of Adam’s sin.
      10. Undirected, Random, Natural Processes + Time Complex, Functional Design (Information)
      11. Tools found in cave not result of random chance. SETI program (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), listen for organized pattern of sounds
    3. Summary:
      1. Natural selection? FACT
      2. Mutations? FACT
      3. Natural Selection + mutation=molecule-to-man evolution? NOT FACT
      4. Information does not come from matter.
      5. No indisputable transitional fossils
      6. Nature produces no new information
      7. The issue is not micro-evolution vs. macro-evolution
      8. The issue is not the s______ of change, it is the d_____________ of change
      9. The issue is the origin and addition of genetic information
      10. “A man who has no assured and ever-present belief in the existence of a personal God, or of a future existence with retribution and reward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those i__________ and i_________ which are the strongest or which seem to him the best ones” – Charles Darwin (Judges 17:6b)
      11. If ape is in your past, morality is r____________, man sets the rules
      12. Romans 1:18-20 (we are without excuse because of creation)

 

Link to answers

mid-week apologetics booster (4-27-2017)

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a great week!  Here are the things I’ve run into this week:

  1. KNOW WHY YOU BELIEVE: Connecting Faith and Reason, by Paul E. Little.  This is the free audio book of the month from Christian Audio (normally $14.98).  Great book!  I’m already starting to listen the 2nd time through.  I really think that this could also be given to any of your unbelieving friends, neighbors or family who have questions about the Christian faith.  It seems to be written not so much to the Christian, but rather to the seeker who has honest questions.  Here is the description from the site: How can you know that there is a God? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Why is there pain and suffering in the world? Do science and the Bible conflict? If you have found yourself asking similar questions about Christianity, you need to know….the Christian faith and reason are compatible.  Sunday is the last day to get this for free (it is a set of downloadable MP3s), don’t miss this: http://christianaudio.com/free
  2. Answering the Galileo Myth: http://subspla.sh/rulahty
  3. Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics? – Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-why-do-christians-need-to-understand-and-practice-apologetics/
  4. Florida High School Students Forced to Remove Cross Jewelry and Participate in LGBT Activities | The Stream: https://stream.org/florida-high-school-students-forced-to-remove-cross-jewelry-and-participate-in-lgbt-activities/
  5. Earth Day—A Christian Perspective | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/earth-day-a-christian-perspective/
  6. 8 False Assumptions about Christianity – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/8-false-assumptions-about-christianity/
  7. Watch “Summary of the Deity of Christ in Mark by James White” on YouTube – this is a whirlwind tour of the evidence from the Gospel of Mark for the deity of Jesus: https://youtu.be/StX81To97dY
  8. Stunning Protein Fossils Confirm the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org/article/9940
  9. Jehovah’s Witnesses:
    1. Being Tactical with Jehovah’s Witnesses: http://subspla.sh/nvyk8a2
    2. I think this article is the exact text of what the speaker is saying in the above podcast: http://www.str.org/articles/being-tactical-with-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses#.WP0G09LyuUk
    3. Here is an article on how to handle the knock at your door where the Stand to Reason speaker Tim Barnett is talking how to tactically deal with JW’s.  One of the things he explains is how to use their “translation” to make the case to them: http://www.str.org/publications/solid-ground-july-2016-ready-for-the-knock-on-your-door#.WP0HD9LyuUk
  10. Pdf from Gary Habermas – Essential Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: https://www.summit.org/resources/fact-sheet/essential-evidence-resurrection-jesus/
  11. What Do I Have to Do Before I Can Call Myself a Christian “Apologist”? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/what-do-i-have-to-do-before-i-can-call-myself-a-christian-apologist/
  12. Communism – Conservapedia: http://www.conservapedia.com/Communism
  13. God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere – Marvin Olasky: https://m.townhall.com/columnists/marvinolasky/2017/04/25/gods-fingerprints-are-everywhere-n2317394
  14. Is It “UnChristian” to Execute 8 Murderers? https://www.raptureforums.com/politics-culture-wars/unchristian-execute-8-murderers/
  15. If Bill O’Reilly Followed Mike Pence’s Rules, He Might Still Be On TV: http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/24/bill-oreilly-followed-mike-pences-rules-women-might-still-tv/
  16. An Often-Missed Example of Media Bias: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/an-often-missed-example-of-media-bias
  17. Thought Snack: The Root Fallacy – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/thought-snack-the-root-fallacy/

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners –of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Blessings to you all!

AWANA Hike Night – Significance of Mountains in the Gospels

This past Wednesday was “hike night” at AWANA.  We do this once a year, normally in the spring.  Our Church is blessed to have a 14 acre property with 2 small mountains (really foothills) behind it.  The views from up there are really spectacular.  Here is the mountain we hiked up:


Here is the same foothill from the street-view:

From there, we could see all the mountains in our city (Ahwatukee):

After we got to the top of the mountain and looked around, we gathered all the 3rd to 6th grade clubbers around to pray.  I told them how Jesus hiked.  At least He must’ve since the Bible talks frequently about Him going up mountains to pray by Himself, to teach or to heal the multitudes, or to teach His disciples and to be transfigured before them.  He appointed His 12 disciples on a mountain (Mark 13:13-15).  He was even arrested at the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:47-57).  In fact the Mount of Olives is very significant in the whole Bible (it is found by name 14 times – most in the Gospels).  The first reference to it by name is in 2 Samuel 15:30, when David was fleeing from Absalom and the Bible says that the Messiah (Jesus) will return to this world again at the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).  At the end of Jesus’ life, He left this world after giving His disciples the great commission from a mountain (Matthew 28:16-20)   Here are the verses in the Gospels where Jesus is described as being on mountains:

Matthew 5:1-2
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying

Matthew 14:23
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone

Matthew 15:29-30
Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

Matthew 17:1-2
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 24:3
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Matthew 26:30
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said

Mark 3:13-15
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve–designating them apostles –that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

Mark 6:46
After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

Luke 6:12
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

Luke 21:37
Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives

Luke 22:39
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him

John 6:3-5
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?

John 6:15
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

John 8:1-2
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them

So many significant events happened on mountains in the Bible.  Moses received the 10 commandments on a mountain.  God showed him the Promised Land from a mountain.  Elijah had his show-down with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel.

We are blessed to live in a village that has mountains we can climb. I’ve even talked our men’s Bible study into having our study next Thursday at the top of the same mountain where the AWANA club hiked to!  We’re going to bring fold-up chairs and when it becomes dark, we will use our smart phone flash lights to read. During our study, I plan to start by reviewing these passages about mountains in the Bible.  It ought to be a great time of communion and fellowship with each other and with our Lord!