mid-week apologetics booster (1-20-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

The question whether the fire of hell is a material fire, is of no importance; for if I feel a pang of misery at any moment, it matters nothing whether it is produced by a material or immaterial, by a privative or positive cause. – Archibald Alexander

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. John Lennox – God Of The Gaps? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOr5SM1f0pw
  2. What About God of the Gaps? | CrossExamined.org – If you present the cosmological or design arguments to skeptics at least a few times, it’s extremely likely that you’ll hear the words That’s a God of the gaps argument. This objection is rooted in the idea that because a number of things throughout human history have been wrongly attributed to the supernatural activity of God or gods, we can now safely dismiss God as a cause behind anything else we observe.: https://crossexamined.org/what-about-god-of-the-gaps/
  3. Who Really Commits the GOD OF THE GAPS fallacy? The God-of-the-Gaps fallacy occurs when someone falsely believes that God caused the event when it really was caused by undiscovered natural phenomena. For example, people used to believe that lightning was caused directly by God. There was a gap in our knowledge of nature, so we attributed the effect to God. Darwinists assert that theists are doing the same thing by claiming that God created the universe and life. Are they correct? No, for a number of reasons.: https://crossexamined.org/who-really-commits-the-god-of-the-gaps-fallacy/
  4. Stephen Meyer Debunks the God of the Gaps Objection – YouTube – A vacuous yet often heard objection to intelligent design decries ID as a God of the gaps argument. Here, Stephen Meyer requires less than three minutes to show that the complaint rests on a failure to understand a basic feature of the theory of ID. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGqzCA1mnyM&t=8s
  5. Once Again, Why Intelligent Design Is Not a God-of-the-Gaps Argument | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/01/why_intelligent/
  6. Should we read books that are not part of the Bible? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/v_PFnjCvZrk
  7. EP21: What every Christian should know about Islam w/ Dr. David Wood – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_bCdsaV0vY
  8. Resurrection historian unearths historic platinum! | @Mike Licona – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6wX9ireIsmY
  9. God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life | Way of the Master: Season 2, Ep. 14 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/7faz_22lRaI
  10. The Questions Most Christians Hope Skeptics Won’t Ask – YouTube: https://youtu.be/a7TMfOt4dtk
  11. The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/14/the-importance-of-having-a-narrative-when-confronting-the-assumption-of-naturalism-4/
  12. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist with Frank Turek – YouTube: https://youtu.be/NKp4sLXcOK8
  13. The Top Ten Questions to Ask Skeptical Friends – Cross Examined: https://subspla.sh/fmnc59y
  14. Correcting Carlin’s Caricature of God – YouTube. William Lane Craig: https://youtu.be/57E9JMksQO8
  15. Science Confirms the Bible – YouTube – I’m normally not a huge fan of Ken Ham, but this video is pretty good and I really like the animated sections in there as well: https://youtu.be/CFYswvGoaPU
  16. God of Wonders (2008) | Full Movie | John Whitcomb | Dan Sheedy | Don B. DeYoung – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6NIB_n8Y66o
  17. The God Who Speaks (2018) | Full Movie | Alistair Begg | Darrell Bock | D.A. Carson – YouTube: https://youtu.be/MmJrRx663hg
  18. There Is No Truth (this concept is debunked in this video) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/8FNby3bDmsA
  19. Debunked Videos: https://getdebunked.org/videos
  20. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?: The Classic Collection with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://youtu.be/D1Vg-WvJ8uM
  21. Credo The Story Of Reality – YouTube – Greg Koukl: https://youtu.be/wm4Z8A2Co3A
  22. Lesbian Women’s Studies Professor Comes to Christ: Rosaria Butterfield – The Becket Cook Show Ep. 55 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/dQ_49Qx6KLE
  23. Dr. Frank Turek answers questions from students at The Ohio State University – YouTube: https://youtu.be/SWinRoVDbpU
  24. Are Churches Open to Apologetics? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5qxji30ocww
  25. Why I Think Calvinism Is Unbiblical – YouTube, Pastor Mike Winger. In this talk he focuses on refuting the idea that faith is a work and is meritorious, which he gives examples of Calvinists making claims like this: https://youtu.be/oxakEl8BYBE

The proud and arrogant man–“Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. Proverbs 21:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-13-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

O MERCIFUL GOD, I come to thee in my distress and make lamentable complaint; Teach me how to take reproofs from friends, even though I think I do not deserve them. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The ONE Apologetics Book EVERY CHRISTIAN Should Read in 2022 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDRW0It-7zY
  2. Does the Bible teach that all judging of other people is wrong? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/05/does-the-bible-teach-that-all-judging-of-other-people-is-wrong-4/
  3. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjrTSra0pQ
  4. Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, PhD talks about the Case for Intelligent Design: https://youtu.be/vl802lHAk5Y?t=542
  5. Hugh Ross vs. Jason Lisle – The Age of the Universe – YouTube: https://youtu.be/z045s1rLLIc
  6. The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  7. Doing Apologetics in an Anti-Apologetics Age – YouTube – Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean at African Christian University’s Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia discusses apologetics and its importance in everyday life.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t91z67hvFvw
  8. Christianity in a World of Religions – YouTube – Director of Biola’s Christian Apologetics Program, Craig Hazen, speaks about what makes Christianity unique amongst all the world’s religions and belief systems.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDkFrPrPWj4
  9. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? YouTube – Dr. Daniel Wallace explains the copying of the New Testament books and shows the reliability of the scribal processes. Video from the Sacred Words History of the Bible Conference, February 2122, 2020. Hosted by the Text & Canon Institute.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHP9aNDXDTw
  10. God and Climate Change | Movie (HD) – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/CvaNsnzpUE8
  11. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon – Official Documentary – YouTube: https://youtu.be/4a6R96XhPaA
  12. Puritan Reformation – YouTube – unfortunately, at the very end of this video, there’s a snippet of Kenneth Copeland who I do not endorse at all..: https://youtu.be/Me1Yw_9BfGA
  13. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/AU7mEYNGfIk
  14. Richard Dawkins asks John Lennox “who created God?” INSTANTLY REGRETS IT! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kPVfyNwZams
  15. ARE YOU TOLERANT? Does truth exist & can you know it? Is truth relative? How tolerant are you? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rt8bJyiUAhY
  16. D James Kennedy Sermons Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtJoWLPGZtE
  17. Professor John Lennox | God DOES exist – YouTube: https://youtu.be/otrqzITuSqE
  18. Gunter Bechly Explains What The Fossil Evidence Really Says – YouTube: https://youtu.be/V15sjy7gtVM
  19. AFRAID to Speak Up! J Warner Wallace (Person Of Interest) and Dr. James Tour on Christianity/The Evidence – YouTube: https://youtu.be/bb2K_DDjj-Q
  20. Dr. James Tour (his testimony) from being a Jewish boy in New York to a lover and follower of Jesus – Genius Inventor Discovers His Messiah! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zPjtvFoCR38
  21. The BIGGEST Problem With Todays Preachers! | Way of the Master: Season 2, Ep. 22 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/71aSBINBbqo

Now if we are children, then we are heirs –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-6-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

If conversion makes no improvements in a man’s outward actions then I think his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary. – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Stand for Truth without Being Offensive?: https://www.str.org/w/can-you-stand-for-truth-without-being-offensive-
  2. Did David rape Bathsheba? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/did-David-rape-Bathsheba.html
  3. Is Homology Evidence for Evolution? | Long Story Short – YouTube – Is homology due to common descent or common design? Is descent with modification overwhelmingly obvious? The standard definition of homology is the similarity of the structure, physiology, or development of different species of organisms based upon their descent from a common evolutionary ancestor- the structural identity of parts in distinct species such as the human hand, the wing of a bird, and the flipper of a seal. But is this really the case? The answer: Homology can’t be used as evidence for evolution because it assumes the very thing it’s trying to prove. In other words, Homology therefore evolution, evolution therefore homology. And when biologists try to fix this by pointing to DNA or other areas it only further undermines the case.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1gDk1wGhQ
  4. How Do We Know the Bible is True? – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/how-do-we-know-the-bible-is-true-2/
  5. Most Americans think cohabitation leads to a stable marriage, but what does the data say? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/01/most-americans-think-cohabitation-leads-to-a-stable-marriage-but-what-does-the-data-say-2/
  6. The Lords Supper is a memorial, not a transubstantiation | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/01/04/the-lords-supper-is-a-memorial-not-a-transubstantiation/
  7. Do people who sing songs about Christianity know whether these things are true? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/03/do-people-who-sing-songs-about-christianity-know-whether-these-things-are-true/
  8. Racism countered by biblical creation – creation.com – The issue of race has become extremely contentious in the last few years. Unfortunately, many proposed solutions ignore the real history of humanity, so will just exacerbate the problems. However, the answer is straightforward returning to the Bible’s history starting in Genesis.: https://creation.com/racism-vs-biblical-creation

May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. Psalms 129:5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-30-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here are 2 random quotes (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Argument from Incredulity is the logical fallacy of doubting or rejecting a claim or argument out of hand simply because it seems incredible, insane or crazy, or because it goes against one’s own personal beliefs, prior experience, or ideology – Unknown

The worst of all states of soul is to be without feeling or concern about eternity—to be without “thirst.”  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What are the pseudepigrapha? The pseudepigrapha are the books that attempt to imitate Scripture but that were written under false names. The term pseudepigrapha comes from the Greek pseudo, meaning “false,” and epigraphein, meaning “to inscribe,” thus, “to write falsely.” The pseudepigraphical books were written anywhere from 200 BC to AD 300. They are spurious works written by unknown authors who attempted to gain a readership by tacking on the name of a famous biblical character. | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  2. The Case for Heaven – Lee Strobel talk (starts at 35 min 45 seconds into the video).  Join Pastor Greg Laurie’s friend and best-selling author Lee Strobel for a message titled “The Case for Heaven” it’s sure to be a time of encouragement and hope, so tell a friend or family member and let’s talk about that! https://youtu.be/f-5UcPGGU1M?t=2145
  3. What Happens After We Die? (Larry King Live with John MacArthur and the following panelists: Roman Catholic Priest, Jewish, Muslim, New Age and an Atheist). Very interesting discussion.  There’s not much in the way of apologetics here, but you could watch this video, then after the other religious views are expressed, you could see how you would answer them. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrgpeWh6tQ
  4. The BIG difference between the disciples and other martyrs | @Mike Licona – YouTube – Obviously, no one alive today witnessed the resurrected Christ, so how can we trust that Christ was resurrected? The disciples saw this, they knew Christ, they lived beside Him. It makes no sense that the disciples would suffer and die to perpetuate a lie of a resurrected Christ. Of course, we can believe wrongly in something and die for it, but who is going to die for what they know to be a lie? Check out the discussion Dr. Mike Licona and Frank had regarding the differences between Jesus disciples and other religious martyrs. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zNbnn798tk
  5. All In The Family | Christmas Day With The Bunkers’ | Season 2 Episode 13 – YouTube – In this super exclusive Christmas special, Archie (Carroll O’Connor) has to tell the rest of the family (Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner) that he won’t be getting a holiday bonus. From Season 2, Episode 13 ‘Christmas Day With The Bunkers”: Archie is depressed at Christmas because his boss canceled his holiday bonus (purportedly for screwing up a work order) and he doesn’t know how to break the news to his family. Interestingly, there is some interesting conversation between “Meat Head” and Archie about Christianity, Jesus, etc. at around 17 minutes into the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orcb8aQIPc
  6. Greg Koukl: The Intolerance of Tolerance – YouTube – This presentation is from: “To Everyone an Answer: 10th Annual EPS Apologetics Conference”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_R9e60Wp4
  7. Apologetics Canada Advent Stories: Episode 6, Episode 6 in the AC “Advent Stories” series. Andy Bannister speaking on the topic of “JOY”.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1PAq5TLKSQ
  8. What’s Wrong with Atheism? Stephen C. Meyer – Science and God (PragerU animated 5 min video) – YouTube – Is there any meaning to life? Or is life nothing more than a cosmic accident? Scientific atheists claim the latter, but ironically, its science itself that suggests the former: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4H3yw0ryT4

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?Luke 12:24-26

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Believe me, the day is fast coming when the soul will be the one thing men will think of, and the only question of importance will be this: Is my soul lost or saved? – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is Christmas Pagan? Greg sets the record straight on some old rumors about the origin of Christmas and separates the concepts of the meaning of Christmas from the spirit of Christmas.: https://www.str.org/w/is-christmas-pagan-
  2. Celebrate Christmas with your kids they already believe in God – J. Warner Wallace: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/celebrate-christmas-kids-believe-god-j-warner-wallace
  3. Are Christmas Traditions Really Christian? | Cross Examined Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/are-christmas-traditions-really-christian/
  4. Christmas Evangelism Q&A: Did Jesus even exist? Is believing in Jesus just as naive as believing in Santa? Rebecca McLaughlin makes the case that Jesus did in fact walk the earth 2,000 years ago and explains how it’s actually naive not believe that he was a real person. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-PHYp9pxI
  5. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  6. What’s the best explanation for the origin of life for atheists? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/18/whats-the-best-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life-proposed-by-atheists-2/
  7. The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains how to rephrase the question that stops Christians in their tracks. – Greg Koukl (short video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOoUDpqtq-k
  8. How to Interpret Your Bible Course – YouTube – If Christianity is true, then the Bible provides true answers to those critically important questions. God gives us much of life’s instructions in the Bible. But unless you attend Seminary, you probably aren’t going to be taught how to properly interpret your Bible. In fact, even some seminaries do not teach proper Biblical interpretation!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l0QY9yGPpY
  9. Ethical treatment of animals. Applying biblical principles. God does not place moral obligations on animals or plants and Jesus did not die for them, even though they are affected by the curse of Adams sin. Jesus told the disciples to provide a donkey for him to ride upon (Matthew 21:27). To claim that using animal services is unethical is to claim that Jesus sinned. – creation.com: https://creation.com/ethical-treatment-of-animals
  10. Four Things We Won’t Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) – As a Christian, I have a reasonable expectation of Heaven, based on the clear teaching of Scripture and the logical consequence of Gods nature. I also anticipate a particular experience in Heaven based on the teaching of the Old and New Testament. I’m looking forward to what each of us will become when we are united with God. At the same time, I recognize there are some earthly pursuits I will abandon in the next life. While many of our cravings and desires will be satisfied once we are reunited with the One who has created us in His Image, some needs will simply vanish once we leave this world.| Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

Blessings to you all

People’s opinions about the afterlife

In the past week, since my father passed away, obviously I have talked to many people who knew him. Everyone seems to have their own opinions about the afterlife. Of course, all of them believe that he is in heaven. As I said in a prior post, I also believe that it is likely that he’s in heaven. And I do praise God for his grace.

However, I would like to address the topic of people’s opinions about the afterlife. Outside of my close circle of friends, my Bible study group and whatever people from my local church I’ve interacted with, everyone else seems to have opinions about the afterlife that are not formed based on the Bible. For example, yesterday, one of the neighbors of my dad, who is a Roman Catholic, said that priest told her that when people die, their souls don’t leave immediately but stay around. She also believes that she can talk to her deceased husband in heaven and that he will hear her, and that he is watching over her. Regarding the souls not departed immediately, the one thing I told her is that the Bible says that when a believer is absent from the body, they are present with the Lord. So, according to the Bible, which we share in common, it is not true that departed souls hang around on earth after the body dies. I didn’t talk to her about the issue of talking to people in heaven. However I don’t believe that people in heaven can hear us. The only passage that I’m aware of that would indicate anything similar to this, is Hebrews 12:1 which talks about the great cloud of witnesses. I recently heard a sermon that talked about scholars who do believe that that may be a reference to saints that are now in heaven, and that they may be able to observe some of the events on earth, and even cheer us on. That’s a controversial view. It may possibly be true, but these saints are not omniscient and certainly are not able to hear everybody at once if they were able to hear anything at all going on on earth.

So, I think in the future, with those I know more closely when they bring up all of these topics about heaven, the afterlife, hell, etc, I will probably inform them that the Christianity that I believe and practice is based 100% on the Bible. Any views on the afterlife, spiritual matters, salvation, and other such spiritual topics, I will take with a grain of salt and less the person espousing those views can point me to book, chapter, verse in the Bible to support their views. I don’t want to be rude to those bringing up this information, but I would like to find a nice way to let them know where I stand. The Bible is the only source that can speak authoritatively, as the word of God, on these matters. Everything else is human opinion, and I see no reason to believe that over what is revealed in the word of God.

mid-week apologetics booster (12-16-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

When a person embraces Jesus Christ in repentant faith, Christ Himself establishes eternal peace between that person and God the Father. – John MacArthur  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Who Wrote Hebrews? Exploring a New Testament Mystery | Desiring God – For the first 1,500 years of church history, most Christians believed Paul wrote the letter of Hebrews. The resurgence in Greek scholarship at the time of the Reformation, however, revealed serious concerns with Pauline authorship, not least of which is the large stylistic discrepancy between Hebrews and Paul’s other letters. In the time since, though many have tried to tie authorship of Hebrews to others in the apostolic band from Barnabas and Silas to Apollos and Luke doubts still render the matter uncertain. Nevertheless, even in the absence of a known author, the authority of Hebrews rests secure. Christians for two thousand years have heard the voice of Christ in the letter of Hebrews, and possessing this God-breathed epistle is far more valuable than knowing its author.: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/who-wrote-hebrews
  2. The Christmas Star | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/theology/the-christmas-star/
  3. A T. rex Swimming with Sharks? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/a-trex-swimming-with-sharks
  4. List of Apologetic resources – Below is a list of various apologetics books, videos, and curriculums. All of the material below I am very familiar the author and/or their content and while I may have a few disagreements here and there, I heartily recommend what’s listed below. : https://www.engageapologetics.com/post/list-of-apologetic-resource-and-curriculum
  5. A Survey of Church History, Parts 1-6 by W. Robert Godfrey | Ligonier Ministries: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/survey-of-church-history-parts-1-6
  6. Why did Anthony Flew the famous British atheist philosopher abandon atheism? Advanced Apologetics Research: https://samzlogic.wordpress.com/2021/10/27/why-did-anthony-flew-the-famous-british-atheist-philosopher-abandon-atheism/
  7. How can you tell if Islam’s holy book the Quran is historically reliable? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/14/how-can-you-tell-if-islams-holy-book-the-quran-is-historically-reliable-2/
  8. Defining Life: Fertilization | Answers in Genesis – How we know human life begins at conception, as the Bible affirms, and the cultural consequences of ignoring the facts: https://answersingenesis.org/sanctity-of-life/defining-life-fertilization/
  9. Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/08/robert-gagnon-debates-gay-activist-jayne-ozanne-on-bible-vs-homosexuality-8/
  10. Canada Has Just Declared War on Freedom of Religion and Conscience: https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2021/12/08/canada-has-just-declared-war-on-freedom-of-religion-and-conscience-n2600298?109

Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it. Habakkuk 2:18-19

Blessings to you all

Sad and shocking news

To all the followers and readers of this blog, I have some very sad news to report. I normally don’t report much in the way of personal information on this blog, but this past Saturday my dad passed away. He died of his own deliberate choice, suicide. It has been a major shock, from the moment that the police detective showed up at my door Saturday. He had been struggling with grief from the death of my mother earlier in the year. Although I know that suicide is a grave sin, in fact it is murder – murder of the self. Yet, at the same time, I also know that suicide is not the unforgivable sin. My dad was a Christian. When he was justified, all of his sins, past, present, and future were forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. I believe that he’s in heaven right now. Yet, I am here, and remain in a grieving state. God is good, nonetheless, and this event did not surprise him. God knew that my dad was going to take this action long before he ever took it. My Christian faith remains unshaken even in these dark times. I would be in complete despair if Jesus Christ were not the Lord and Savior of my life. I don’t know how it would be possible to live life in such a hopeless state as one who did not have the relationship with Christ that I have. Life is like a fleeting shadow, an individual can be here one day breathing, walking, driving, eating, etc and the next day into another world. This really causes you to contemplate life and the deep things of our existence. I pray that you may all have a blessed Christmas celebrating the first advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!

mid-week apologetics booster (12-9-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

All ideals divine, transcendent, human, or invented are capable of being abused. That’s just the way human nature is. And that happens to religion as well. Belief in God can be abused, and we need to be very clear, in the first place, that abuse happens, and in the second, that we need to confront and oppose this. But abuse of an ideal does not negate its validity. – Alister McGrath

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Trotting Out the Toddler-Many pro-choice arguments would be unthinkable if applied to a toddler. It’s a good tactic to trot out the toddler. Show the absurdity of the argument by showing what it would mean if applied to a toddler. It refocuses the argument on the one question that matters: What is the unborn?: https://www.str.org/w/trotting-out-the-toddler
  2.  (PDF) Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences – AN UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCE is an occasion where several independent narratives (in Scripture) contain insignificant details which can be compared with one another. The coincidence exists if the details fit together to provide an additional picture which is not part of the main narrative. The existence of such coincidences is good evidence of the accuracy of the accounts in which it is embedded. The presence of undesigned coincidences would be difficult for a writer of fiction to incorporate in the narrative. It would be even more difficult if several different authors were to attempt to produce one between them. The only satisfactory explanation for an undesigned coincidence is that the accounts report a real event in some detail.: http://www.biblethink.org.uk/pdfdocs/OnePage/UDC.pdf
  3. Greg Koukl on the Problem of Evil – White Horse Inn: https://whitehorseinn.org/resource-library/shows/greg-koukl-on-the-problem-of-evil/
  4. Santa Claus: Harmless Fun or Tragic Distraction? // Ask Pastor John (Piper) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/195347347
  5. Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/schreiner-qa-is-the-sabbath-still-required-for-christians/?amp
  6. Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus – It might surprise many today to find out that Saint Nicholas (spoiler alert) is a real person after all. Is he the white-bearded man with a red suit, a cap, and a sleigh?: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/saint-nicholas-origins-santa-claus

If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life Exodus 21:22-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

Purgatory is a pernicious illusion of Satan which brings God’s mercy into awful disrepute, abolishes Christ’s cross, and scatters and undermines our faith.  – John Calvin

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does This Rock Refer to in Matthew 16:18?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-does-this-rock-refer-to-matthew-1618/
  2. Cultural Apologetics, by Paul M. Gould – Session 1: Paul at Mars Hill – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSPuQ3gnIUw
  3. Are All Religions True? What if I tell you that the “SIX BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT” parable actually shows the opposite of “Religious Pluralism.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmG8A-SaO_w
  4. Answering the Atheists: Stephen Hawking (Part 1) – YouTube – Frank Turek responds to Stephen Hawking’s latest book: The Grand Design Part 1 of 2.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVO0-zYAvE
  5. How To Present The Gospel To A Muslim? – YouTube – Ravi Zacharias gives some advice on how to present the gospel to a Muslim.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZc9XZv1LvM
  6. Is it OK for a Christian to practice mindfulness? – YouTube – Of course, we want to be mindful of our behaviors, actions, and how we treat others. Melissa Dougherty is not addressing that type of mindfulness here. Mindfulness, often associated with Buddhism, is becoming popular in the mental health community. Mental health is important, and most of us need help during challenging seasons of life, but we need to be aware that mindfulness does not lead to mindlessness. See what Melissa has to say about mindfulness here.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi20ocQeoC8
  7. Evaluating William Lane Craig’s views on Genesis, Adam and Eve | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/28/evaluating-william-lane-craigs-views-on-genesis-adam-and-eve/
  8. Men of Faith Are Men Who Fight | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/men-of-faith-are-men-who-fight
  9. Spiders Have Built-In Algorithm to Construct Webs | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/hackled-orb-weaver-webs/
  10. In Finland, Christians face criminal charges for quoting the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/30/in-finland-christians-face-criminal-charges-for-quoting-the-bible/
  11. Man From Opium-Smoking Village Imprisoned Not For Drugs But For His Conversion To Christianity : World : Christianity Daily: https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/14090/20211129/man-from-opium-smoking-village-imprisoned-not-for-drugs-but-for-his-conversion-to-christianity.htm
  12. Bible vs. Qur’an One Reason the Bible Is More Trustworthy Than the Qur’an – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8qfkZe6NW4
  13. How Do We Show Someone The Bible Is Trustworthy? – YouTube – Bobby Conway asks Brett Kunkle to explain the trustworthiness of the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDxyiCBGI4
  14. How can you trust the New Testament when the original manuscripts are different? – YouTube – There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament when all the earliest copies disagree with each other? Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, explains why you can still trust the text of the New Testament despite it having so many textual variants.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NikVdhp0YFs
  15. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube – Is Christianity the same as other religions? Not quite. Find out what makes Christianity unique in this insightful video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeFQtaybB8
  16. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not saved because they do not believe that Jesus rules in Heaven and still exists as the Son of God and not as a created archangel. Jesus Christ always existed and was not created because He and the Father are one and God is eternal (has no beginning and no end).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVDPQq9EGtk
  17. Cartoon Explaining Mormonism – YouTube – This is a cartoon from the first film of “The Godmakers” that can be found on YouTube. None of this information is based on anything that can be backed up historically or archaeologically. Their doctrine also changes and is not as constant and powerful as God’s true word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgw-C_DTVo8
  18. Extra-biblical Evidence for the Veracity of the Gospel History – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/extrabiblical-evidence-for-the-veracity-of-the-gospel-history/
  19. What about those who never hear about Jesus? – YouTube – Frank talks about the subject of the salvation of those who never hear the Gospel.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc7nec1JOkE
  20. Elaborate [Extra Biblical] Testimony (Undesigned Coincidences): Part 3 – YouTube – Our Last Interlocking Puzzle Piece comes from the Old Testament, you don’t want to miss this. Make sure to watch the entire video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOuEis9L8os

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

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

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

1 Chronicles 29:17a

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

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

Luke 9:23

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

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

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

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

Psalms 119:11

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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

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

Hebrews 4:13

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

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

Ecclesiastes 12:14

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

Romans 14:12

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 22:22

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

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

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

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

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

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

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

Job 31:1

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

Apparently, Job was successful in this covenant if you look at the way v9-11 of chapter 31 are worded:

Job 31:9-11

If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.

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

Daniel 1:8-9

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

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

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

Psalms 101:3

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

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

Romans 12:2

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

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

Romans 13:14

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

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

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

Ephesians 6:12

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

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

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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

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

Luke 23:40

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

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

Proverbs 9:10

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

And:

Isaiah 8:13

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

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

Luke 12:4-5

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

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

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

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

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

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

Isaiah 59:1-2

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

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

2 Chronicles 7:14

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

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

Acts 17:30

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

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

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

2 Timothy 2:26

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

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

Colossians 2:8

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

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

Proverbs 4:26

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

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

Proverbs 27:12

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

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

Philippians 4:8

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

And:

Colossians 3:2

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

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

2 Timothy 2:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 10:26-27

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

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

2 Corinthians 13:5a

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

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

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

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

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

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

1 Corinthians 9:27

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

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

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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

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

1 Peter 5:8

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 5:3-6

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

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

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

Romans 6:12-14

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

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

Luke 16:13

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

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

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

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

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

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

Here’s a good one from Proverbs

Proverbs 14:2

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

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

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

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

1 John 2:15-17

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

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

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

1 Peter 1:14

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

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

1 Peter 4:1-5

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

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

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

1 Kings 18:21

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

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

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

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

Matthew 22:36-40

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

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

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

Romans 1:25

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

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

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

Matthew 4:10

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

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

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3:3

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

Appendix

Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

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

Psalms 141:4

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

Psalms 86:11

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

Psalms 119:37

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

Psalms 23:3

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

Psalms 19:14

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

Titus 1:15-16

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

2 Timothy 1:7

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

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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

Galatians 5:19-21

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

Revelation 21:8

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

Titus 3:3-7

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

John 8:31-32

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

Acts 3:19

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

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

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

Hebrews 4:15-16

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

1 Peter 2:24

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

Philippians 2:3-4

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

Hebrews 2:18

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

Hebrews 12:14

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

mid-week apologetics booster (11-25-2021)

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

O LORD OF GRACE… All thy lovingkindness is in thy Son, I bring him to thee in the arms of faith, I urge his saving Name as the One who died for me. I plead his blood to pay my debts of wrong. Accept his worthiness for my unworthiness, his sinlessness for my transgressions, his purity for my uncleanness, his sincerity for my guile, his truth for my deceits, his meekness for my pride, his constancy for my backslidings, his love for my enmity, his fullness for my emptiness, his faithfulness for my treachery, his obedience for my lawlessness, his glory for my shame, his devotedness for my waywardness, his holy life for my unchaste ways, his righteousness for my dead works, his death for my life. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sharing the Gospel With a Post-Christian World: Insights From Thessalonica: https://churchleaders.com/voices/exchange/408694-post-christian-thessalonica.html
  2. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – Frank Turek interviews Bill Federer about the very interesting history of the pilgrims: https://subspla.sh/7277698
  3. What’s the truth about the first Thanksgiving?: https://youtu.be/a33Fuz8wKDA
  4. Tapestry of New Testament History – Dr. Frank Turek interviews Dr. Timothy McGrew from Western Michigan University on the subject of “Undesigned Coincidences” (unintentional support) between the 4 Gospels and Josephus: https://subspla.sh/b919cec
  5. The Best Evidence-Based Presentations on the Existence of God: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2021/11/the-best-evidence-based-presentations.html
  6. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  7. Run Or Resist? As persecution heats up, how are Christians to respond? What happens when Christians face hardcore opposition and persecution? If heavy resistance to the faith is under way, how should believers respond? Is there a one size fits all sort of response, or are there a number of options available to them? – Culture Watch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/11/22/run-or-resist/
  8. Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science and the Bible: Does Jesus Devastate An Old Earth?: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/does-jesus-devastate-old-earth.html
  9. Logic & Light – The Nativity: Take Another Look – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/the-nativity-take-another-look/
  10. Arches National Park: Sculptures from the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/arches-national-park-sculptures-from-the-flood/
  11. U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria – When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn’t show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. It wasn’t like the 55-year-old leader of the Evangelical Church Winning All to be late. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search — each one praying that his disappearance wasn’t what they all feared. In Nigeria, they knew, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence — one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21K42&f=WU21K12

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

Willing to appear openly to those who seek him with all their heart, and to be hidden from those who flee from him with all their heart, God so regulates the knowledge of himself that he has given indications of himself, which are visible to those who seek him and not to those who do not seek him. There is enough light for those to see who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition. – Blaise Pascal


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Requirement #2: Deny Yourself and Take up the Cross: https://harvest.org/know-god-article/requirement-2-deny-yourself-and-take-up-the-cross/
  2. The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis | By Popular Demand Many Markets Now Extended Thru Nov. 18!: https://www.cslewismovie.com/
  3. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-t-r-a-i-n-christian-students-rather-than-teach-them/
  4. What does it mean that God speaks in a still small voice? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/still-small-voice.html
  5. What is wisdom? What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/wisdom-knowledge.html
  6. Parents Are Still the First Line of Defense | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/parents-are-still-the-first-line-of-defense/
  7. Four Ways to Come Alongside Your Kids to Strengthen Their Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-ways-to-come-alongside-your-kids-to-strengthen-their-faith/
  8. How to Resist Indoctrination – Modern Reformation: https://modernreformation.org/resource-library/web-exclusive-articles/how-to-resist-indoctrination/

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was talking about them. Matthew 21:45

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

He (Jesus) was a willing Sufferer in order to procure redemption for a lost and ruined soul. He had undertaken to give His own life as a ransom, that we might live forever, and He laid it down on the cross with all the desire of His heart. He did not bleed and suffer and die because He was vanquished by superior force, and could not help Himself, but because He loved us, and rejoiced to give Himself for us as our Substitute. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. But I only believe in things I can see: Why Everyone Uses Inferential Reasoning THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/but-i-only-believe-in-things-i-can-see-why-everyone-uses-inferential-reasoning/
  2. What are the Top Books to Give a Non-Christian? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-top-books-to-give-a-non-christian
  3. J. Warner Wallace: Conversations with High School Students – YouTube – In September 2020, The King’s Academy had the privilege of hosting former LAPD cold crime detective and atheist-turned-apologist J. Warner Wallace, founder of Cold-Case Christianity, at its RUSH spiritual empahsis week. Det. Wallace spoke to King’s students and, in this video, also was interviewed by some of the school’s high school students.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n97x00V5aws
  4. Lessons for Sharing Your Faith and Engaging Culture (Acts 17) – YouTube – What are some practical steps for engaging people in spiritual conversation? What lessons can we learn from Paul in his presentation of the gospel in Athens? In this video, which is a sermon at my home church, I discuss Acts 17 and what practical lessons we can learn for engaging others thoughtfully.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWrop6Y509k
  5. Preparing to Give an Answer – bethinking.org – No doubt youve faced tough questions from your friends too. In fact, in our increasingly non-Christian society, this will happen more and more. If were not careful, well find ourselves frustrated, discouraged and doubting. This is why the Bible says, Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/preparing-to-answer
  6. WHAT KIND OF EVANGELISM IS GEN Z LOOKING FOR? | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/evangelism-is-gen-z-looking-for/
  7. How can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/07/how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-2/
  8. How Can There Be Just One True Religion? Kingdom Grace Media: https://kingdomgracemedia.com/how-can-there-be-just-one-true-religion/
  9. The Three Most Important Trajectory Decisions Every University Student Must Make | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-most-important-trajectory-decisions-every-university-student-must-make/
  10. Rapid Crystal Growth Supports Flood Model | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rapid-crystal-growth-supports-flood-model/
  11. Is the New Testament Reliable? – YouTube – Is today’s new testament the same as the original that was written two-thousand years ago, or has the original been hopelessly lost? After all, not one of the original manuscripts still exists. If we can’t trust the New Testament, then we can’t trust what we think we know about Jesus of Nazareth.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCeOjLQ61vo
  12. Is The Bible Trustworthy? – YouTube – How do we know that the Bible is reliable and that the words contained in todays Bibles convey the same message as the original documents?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yiTTJVaqg
  13. The Bible Explored: Can I trust the Bible? – YouTube – No other book in the world is as widely available, as frequently read, or translated into as many languages as the Bible. Nevertheless, for many people it remains a book that is misunderstood or even unknown. Many opinions about the Bible are not accurate: it is said to be no different than other historical books, difficult to read or understand, to teach harmful things, or to be so heavily altered by history that we can no longer trust it.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPaeo19sQXw

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. James 1:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-4-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

Sinners need pardon—and they are utterly unable to provide it for themselves; they need deliverance from a guilty conscience and the fear of death—and they have no power of their own to obtain it. This need, the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to relieve. “He came into the world to save sinners!” – J.C. Ryle  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The 7 Signs of Josephus Reveal End Times Destruction | Keith Giles: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keithgiles/2018/02/7-signs-josephus-reveal-end-times-destruction/
  2. Worldviews Shaping Culture: Can You Name America’s Top 3? – Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2011/06/religion-worldviews-shaping-culture-can-you-name-americas-top-three/
  3. Paul Copan explains the problems of evil and suffering in 18 minutes | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/28/paul-copan-explains-the-problems-of-evil-and-suffering-in-18-minutes/
  4. Greek – How does one reconcile Luke 21:16-18? – Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/28869/how-does-one-reconcile-luke-2116-18
  5. Multiple Translation and Personal Study | carm.org: https://carm.org/king-james-onlyism/multiple-translations-and-personal-study/
  6. The Problem With Answering the Problem of Evil | Cold Case Christianity: https://www.google.com/amp/s/coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/amp/
  7. From Belief in Jesus to Belief in the New Testament | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/from-belief-in-jesus-to-belief-in-the-new-testament

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children — with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. Psalms 103:17-18

Blessings to you all

Luke 21 Bible Teaching

I plan to deliver this teaching Tuesday November 2nd to a group of about 15-20 men over lunch:

Luke 21:1-38

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him. NASB

Now let’s go through this section by section:

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Jesus notices what we contribute to the work of God in the world, whether it be time, talent or treasure, He notices.

5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” 7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

Regarding v6, R.C. Sproul says:

Jesus had just uttered THE most astonishing prophecy recorded of all time!  He says, “Do you realize how radical that prediction was? “ This temple (Herod’s temple) was majestic!  The most glorious building on the face of the earth (at that time):

  1. Its “vastness” – 1,000 feet square.  Herod chose single stones quarried that were 67 feet long, 7 feet high, 9 feet wide, made of pure white marble!
  2. He adorned the building with jewels and gold.  The outer portion of the temple was covered with layers/sheets of gold.  It was so brilliant that when the sun came up, people couldn’t look directly at the walls of the temple, otherwise they would be blinded – they had to look away.

This building was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  Jerusalem the city and its temple were considered to be “impregnable”.  In the eyes of the Jewish people, these were completely and totally indestructible, but Jesus said they were going away, ending in desolation and destruction when God responds to the unbelief of His people and visits His people in what Luke calls “the days of vengeance” (v22).  When Jesus said that, no one could believe it.  Yet, if there’s anything that proves the truth of the Bible and the truth of Jesus’s claims, it would be this singular prophecy that was fulfilled in 70AD when the Romans came and annihilated Jerusalem and the temple.

8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” 10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Of course there have been many failed predictions given about the end of the world or the return of Christ by false prophets.  For example:

In 2001, Harold Camping claimed that the Rapture and Judgment Day would occur on May 21, 2011, and predicted the end of the world would arrive in five months later, on October 21, 2011.

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

This happened when Paul appeared before Felix, Agrippa and Festus in the book of Acts:

Acts 23:24 – Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.

Acts 24:24-27 – Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Acts 26:1-3 – Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.”

Acts 26:24-25 – At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.”

13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.

R.C. Sproul once said, “Your personal testimony, however meaningful it is, is not the Gospel.

14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Let’s be clear that v14 isn’t saying we’re to avoid preparation to defend our faith (apologetics).  Peter makes it clear in his 1st epistle that we are to “always” be prepared to make a defense for what we believe:

1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

Peter’s instruction here is given to all believers.  The phrase “being prepared” (Hetoimos) indicates study, preparation and readiness ahead of time for any possible encounter the Lord may bring our way.  The word “reason” in this verse is the Greek word “Logos”. With respect to speech or discourse, Logos can mean an “aphorism, a weighty saying, reason, the faculty of thinking, skill and practice in speaking”.

Since we know from the clear passage in 1st Peter that we are supposed to be prepared to defend our faith, it is clear that Jesus was not telling us not to prepare to defend our faith.  He was telling the disciples (and believers after them), who would be facing persecution, not to prepare beforehand to defend themselves, but rather to let the Lord supply them with the words they will say at the time.

16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name.

Jesus warns the disciples (and believers after them) they were going to face severe persecution and even death – most did…  Here is a graphic summarizing the fate of the disciples:

18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Q: Considering the fate of the disciples depicted above, how can vv18-19 be accurate? (See Resource #10 at end)

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

From R.C. Sproul: That critical word there – until – means, “up to this point”, then it stops.  Jesus is saying this – the city will be destroyed, the temple will be destroyed, the Jewish people will be sent into dispersion throughout all the world until a point in time where that vengeance will end.

25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

From J.C. Ryle: If the hardy Roman soldiers “became as dead men,” when an angel rolled the stone away and Christ rose again — then how much greater will the terror be when Christ shall return to judge the world. No wonder that Paul said, “Knowing the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men.”  The thoughtless and impenitent man may well tremble, when he hears of this second coming of Christ. What will he do when worldly business is suddenly stopped, and the precious things of the world are made worthless? What will he do when the graves on every side are opening, and the trumpet is summoning men to judgment? What will he do when that same Jesus whose Gospel he has so shamefully neglected — shall appear in the clouds of Heaven, and put down every enemy under His feet? Surely he will call on the rocks to fall on him, and on the hills to cover him. (Hosea 10:8.) But he will call in vain for help, if he has never called on Christ before. Happy will they be in that day — who have fled beforehand from the wrath to come, and been washed in the blood of the Lamb!

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

From R.C. Sproul: He points out how emphatic verse 32 is, saying this statement is “problematic”.  Bertrand Russell quoted this passage in his little book, “Why I’m Not a Christian”, in which he said that among those things that Jesus predicted in this passage were:

  1. The destruction of Jerusalem, which certainly had taken place
  2. The destruction of the temple, which certainly had taken place
  3. The dispersion of the Jews, which certainly had taken place
  4. Jesus’ prediction of His own return (Jesus said that He would return within that generation)

Bertrand Russell says this proves that Jesus was wrong – though He did some good guessing, & some extraordinary predictions, but His prophecy failed, the Bible failed, & therefore, cannot be trusted.

R.C. Sproul vs. John MacArthur on v32 and Eschatology

R.C. Sproul is identified by commentators (and R.C. himself) as a limited/partial/moderate “preterist”:

R.C. says that the word “generation” (v32) can mean more than one thing, such as a type of person – Jesus uses the phrase “a wicked and perverse generation”.  Many commentators conclude that there will be unbelieving, wicked and perverse “generation” of people until the time of Christ’s return.

Also, the “generation” that was contemporary with Jesus was described as wicked, because they rejected Him.  As Scripture says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not” (John 1:11).

However, the word generation in Scripture does not typically refer to a type of person, but rather to an age group – typically about 40 years.  According to this definition, Jesus is saying that all the events described in vv20-27 will be fulfilled while the current generation (in 1st century Palestine) is still alive.

In the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Jesus speaks about the coming of the Son of Man:

Matthew 24:36-39 – But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Some try to get Jesus “off the hook” by saying He really didn’t predict a timeframe for His return.

R.C. Sproul doesn’t think Jesus was talking about His ultimate 2nd coming.  Rather, He was talking about the “days of vengeance” (v22), His coming in judgment on the nation of Israel.  That was fulfilled “on steroids” in 70AD.  This was when the “age of the Gentiles” began, where the church was now established, not simply as a Jewish community, but was expanded to the whole world.  He says there were astronomical signs in 70AD.  According to Josephus, people looked into the sky and saw chariots in the air and heard voices out of the heavens saying “We are departing, hence”:

“Indeed, what I am about to relate would, I imagine, have been deemed a fable, were it not for the narratives of eyewitnesses and for the subsequent calamities which deserved to be so signalized. For before sunset, throughout all parts of the country, chariots were seen in the air and armed battalions hurtling through the clouds and encompassing the cities. Moreover, at the feast which is called Pentecost, the priests on entering the inner court of the temple by night, as their custom was in the discharge of their ministrations, reported that they were conscious, first of a commotion and a din, and after that of a voice as of a host, ‘We are departing hence’.”

John MacArthur lists several (incorrect) views on what “this generation” means in verse 32:

  1. The events describe what happened in 70AD and the people of “this generation” are either His disciples OR all the people alive in Jerusalem at that time
  2. The Jewish race – the view says that the Jewish race will survive until the end and the return of the Messiah.
  3. The generation that sees Israel re-established as a nation, which occurred in 1948 (Hal Lindsey – the Late Great Planet Earth)

He says those are wrong.  He says the answer is very simple.  “This generation” means the generation that sees all those things talked about in the passage.  The antecedent of “this” is the “you” in verse 31, which refers to the people alive at the time when all the signs described in vv20-27 are happening.  They who see the signs will be alive when the Son of Man returns at the end of the great tribulation.  To be clear, according to MacArthur, since the church will be raptured before the great tribulation, “this generation” referred to in v32 will be those that are converted during the great evangelistic effort after the church is gone.  If they survive the persecution, they will see the King come and establish His kingdom. MacArthur then goes on to describe his reasons for holding to the view of a pre-trib rapture:

  1. The Church in Revelation:
    1. Rev. 1, 2, 3 are heavy on the church, but after chapter 3, no reference to the church
    1. In Revelation 4-5, the 24 elders (Rev 4:4) are best understood as the glorified church in heaven (one reason given is that they have crowns, which are promised to the church)
    1. Tribulation breaks out on earth in Revelation 6
    1. Revelation 19, Christ comes back w/ saints “…clothed in white and fine linen”
  2. No warnings/instruction given to church how to endure the great tribulation
  3. The Rapture defined in 3 places – church taken to heaven, Christ doesn’t come to earth:
    1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
    1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11
    1. John 14:1-3
  4. Revelation 3:10 contains a promise to the church:
    Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

According to John MacArthur:

Only those who know Him will be taken to heaven (in the Rapture). It could happen at any moment. It is a signless, imminent event. It is the next thing; no signs necessary.

Jesus goes on to instruct His followers how to live, in light of all the weighty prophecies He’d just delivered to them:

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible
  2. John MacArthur sermon “The Final Generation of the Future Judgment” (Luke 21:29-33): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbdRgl-JH0o
  3. Other MacArthur sermons on Luke 21:
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 1 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItrOporfMG8 
    1. The Terrors of the Great Tribulation, Part 2 (Luke 21:20-24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjUG5aArz1g
    1. Celestial Signs of the Coming Savior (Luke 21:25-26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5721kFg2xQ
  4. R.C. Sproul sermons on Luke 21 from ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/generation-will-not-pass-away https://www.ligonier.org/learn/sermons/destruction-jerusalem
  5. J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Luke 21: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l21.htm
  6. Top End Time Predictions And Return Of Jesus That Failed: https://www.booboone.com/end-time-predictions-and-return-of-jesus/
  7. What Happened to the Apostles and Where are Their Remains Today? https://catholic-link.org/images/infographic-what-happened-to-the-apostles-and/
  8. Has Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled? Thomas D. Icehttps://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&context=pretrib_arch
  9. The 7 Signs of Josephus Reveal End Time Destruction: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keithgiles/2018/02/7-signs-josephus-reveal-end-times-destruction/
  10. https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/28869/how-does-one-reconcile-luke-2116-18
  11. Bible Hub commentary on Luke 21:18: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/21-18.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (10-28-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

I’m not a Christian today because I was raised that way or because it satisfies some need or accomplishes some goal. I’m simply a Christian because its evidentially true. – J. Warner Wallace


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Moral Evidence for God – J. Warner Wallace – This is an excellent lecture with a great perspective on the “problem of evil” – Detective J. Warner Wallace shows that the evidence for an objective moral law leads us to infer that there’s a moral lawgiver responsible for the undeniable fact of moral obligations.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQI7QST6xk0
  2. The Fast But Quiet Creeping of Everyday Cancel Culture | Natasha Crain – People are losing jobs for publicly sharing views that differ from what’s been deemed acceptable by secular culture.: https://natashacrain.com/the-fast-but-quiet-creeping-of-everyday-cancel-culture-3-things-christians-need-to-know/
  3. Pets in Heaven?: A Eulogy | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/pets-in-heaven-a-eulogy
  4. Why do so many atheist historians think that 1 Corinthians 15 is reliable history? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/22/why-do-so-many-atheist-historians-think-that-1-corinthians-15-is-reliable-history-4/
  5. Four Things I’ve Learned from My Conversations with Atheists – YouTube – In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner provides four observations from his youth ministry trips to UC Berkeley. These simple observations may help you improve the quality of your discussions with non-believers and help you better understand the underlying issues in some of these conversations. J. Warner also answers viewer email related to the disagreements between Christian denominations and the need for personal research.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWt43xCsZk
  6. J. Warner Wallace: Tampering with Evidence – 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube – The universe in which we live appears to be incredibly fine-tuned for the existence of life like ours. What could explain this fine-tuning? Is it an accident? Do the laws of physics demand such fine-tuning? J. Warner Wallace describes the incredible fine-tuning of the universe and demonstrate that the best explanation is the creative work of God.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecxc2uU2sBI
  7. A New Movie on the Conversion of C. S. Lewis: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/a-new-movie-on-the-conversion-of-c-s-lewis/
  8. Geological and Historical Evidence for Jesus Crucifixion Account Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/01/05/geological-and-historical-evidence-for-jesus-crucifixion-account/
  9. Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel of Nicodemus or The Acts of Pilate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-shouldnt-we-trust-the-non-canonical-gospel-of-nicodemus-or-the-acts-of-pilate/
  10. Gaia and Selectionism’s Nature Worship | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/gaia-and-selectionisms-nature-worship/
  11. What is the cost of discipleship? | Outline Notes on the Cost of Discipleship: https://carm.org/christianity/what-is-the-cost-of-discipleship/
  12. Draw the Lines – We keep things around that are weaknesses for us, and then were shocked when they come back to bring us down in a moment of vulnerability. That’s why we need to get rid of the things were tempted to return to.: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/draw-the-lines/
  13. Preparing to Give an Answer: God’s Defense Recipe in 1 Peter 3:15 – Apologetics Press: https://apologeticspress.org/preparing-to-give-an-answer-gods-defense-recipe-in-1-peter-315-5963/


When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:13-14

Blessings to you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (10-21-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The main responsibility that parents have is to teach their children. It’s not the church; it’s not the school, it’s the parents. If you have a child at home, you are still as a parent, the most influential human being in that person’s life, even if you don’t think so. – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Puzzling over evolution of language – From an evolutionary perspective, our speech and language development remains one of the longest-standing puzzles of science.1 Fossils are no help, as language and linguistic signals do not fossilize. So, working on the presumption that certain creatures are evolutionarily closer-related to us than others, evolutionists have long hunted for clues of language evolution in our closest relatives, the great apes.: https://creation.com/puzzling-evolution-language
  2. Answering Sixteen Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/10/14/answering-sixteen-objections-to-the-resurrection-of-jesus-2/
  3. Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/atheism-is-inconsistent-with-the-scientific-method-prizewinning-physicist-says
  4. The Case for the Eyewitness Status of the Gospel Authors | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-case-for-the-eyewitness-status-of-the-gospel-authors/
  5. Person of Interest J Warner Wallace Reasoned Cases For Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2021/10/19/person-of-interest-j-warner-wallace/
  6. 15 Christian Apologetic Books You Should Read: https://justdisciple.com/apologetic-book/
  7. Horrifying New Sex Ed Standards Mean You Need to Get Your Kids Out of Public School Now: https://www.westernjournal.com/horrifying-new-sex-ed-standards-mean-need-get-kids-public-school-now/

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Revelation 10:8-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-14-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

It is a mistake to ask, “what caused God?” Because, by definition, God is uncaused. God could not be “caused”, and still be God. Asking what caused God is essentially a nonsense question, namely “what caused the uncaused Creator of the universe?” – Evidence That Demands a Verdict

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Wintery Knight interviewed for the Apologetics 315 podcast | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/07/wintery-knight-interviewed-for-the-apologetics-315-podcast-2/
  2. For I Know the Plans I Have For You – Meaning of Jeremiah 29:11 and Context: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/the-beautiful-context-of-jeremiah-29-11-for-i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you.html
  3. How Should We Respond to People Who Resist the Gospel? – YouTube – What can we do when we encounter people who seem immovably resistant to the message of the Gospel? What approach can we take with people who initially resist our efforts to share the truth? J. Warner Wallace answers these questions in a Q and A with Craig Etheredge at First Colleyville Church in Colleyville, Texas.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_j2dXPk0IQ
  4. Why Every Spiritual Seeker Should Start with Jesus – YouTube – Is there something unique about Jesus when compared to other alleged gods? Why do so many other world religions acknowledge Jesus in some way? Should people who are interested in the existence of God start with an investigation of Jesus? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcOaM5huv8
  5. Why Rely on Religion in an Age of Science and Knowledge? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-rely-on-religion-in-an-age-of-science-and-knowledge/
  6. Reaching Gen Z – Brett Kunkle, Founder & President of MAVEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH1vuWgzDb4
  7. The Historical Adam Part 1: an Introduction – Analyzing William Lane Craig on Genesis | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/apologetics/the-historical-adam-part-1-an-introduction/
  8. The Historical Adam by William Lane Craig | First Things: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2021/10/the-historical-adam
  9. What Can Parents Do to Ensure Their Children Continue in the Faith? (#STR Ask Podcast – Greg Koukl and Amy Hall): https://subspla.sh/3g4bgn2
  10. Atheism: Why I converted to Christianity – YouTube – Robert Melnichuk interviews J. Warner Wallace. A former homicide detective and author of Cold Case Christianity.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtVP7N8mAQw
  11. If The Bible Is The Source Of Morality Why So Many Different Views Are held By Christians? – YouTube – at a Q&A, a person asks a great question about the moral doctrines found in the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S255oUyqXSE
  12. Memory and the Gospels – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter – Critical scholars usually date Mark roughly forty years after Jesus’s public ministry. But some of the more skeptical scholars write as if very little would be remembered about Jesus after forty years.: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/memory-and-the-gospels
  13. How radiometric dating works – Media Center – creation.com – A layman’s explanation on how radiometric dating works, and where potential inaccuracies originate. Watch the full episode at: https://creation.com/cml7-15: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-radiometric-dating-works
  14. New Smart Doorbell Will Argue With Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS Missionaries For You | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/new-smart-doorbell-will-argue-with-jehovahs-witnesses-for-you

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief !” Mark 9:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-7-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel, but thy cross has brought me near, has softened my heart, has made me thy Fathers child, has admitted me to thy family, has made me joint-heir with thyself. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What If We Lost Every Copy of the New Testament? An Invitation to Consider the Evidence… | Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/sponsored/what-if-we-lost-every-copy-of-the-new-testament-an-invitation-to-consider-the-evidence/
  2. Do We See Complex Design in Mosquito Eggs? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-we-see-complex-design-in-mosquito-eggs/
  3. I went on a date with a Christian woman who couldn’t defend the pro-life view | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/30/i-went-on-a-date-with-a-christian-woman-who-couldnt-defend-the-pro-life-view/
  4. Trans patient claims discrimination after hospital requires pregnancy test before surgery: https://www.christianpost.com/news/patient-claims-discrimination-over-hospital-pregnancy-test-policy.html
  5. Insect Wings Validate Engineering Models | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/10/studies-on-insect-wings-validate-engineering-models-for-adaptation/
  6. Ancient Shopping Lists Confirm Gods Word | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/ancient-shopping-lists-confirm-gods-word/?utm_source=twitter-aig&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=twitter-aig
  7. What does it mean that it is appointed unto men once to die (Hebrews 9:27)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/appointed-unto-men-once-to-die.html
  8. 9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way) | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/9-wrong-ways-to-read-the-bible-and-one-better-way/

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psalms 31:14-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-30-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Rejoice then, believer, in this: thou art accepted “in the beloved.” Thou lookest within, and thou sayest, “There is nothing acceptable here!” But look at Christ, and see if there is not everything acceptable there. Thy sins trouble thee; but God has cast thy sins behind his back, and thou art accepted in the Righteous One. Thou hast to fight with corruption, and to wrestle with temptation, but thou art already accepted in him who has overcome the powers of evil. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Facing COVID-19 Without Fear | Grace Community Church – A statement from John MacArthur and the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/2254
  2. The Apostolic Fathers and the Deity of Christ | carm.org: https://carm.org/doctrine-and-theology/the-apostolic-fathers-and-the-deity-of-christ/
  3. Why Do We Call It Evil in the First Place? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-do-we-call-it-evil-in-the-first-place-2/
  4. 240K students switch to charter schools during pandemic: study: https://www.christianpost.com/news/240k-students-switch-to-charter-schools-during-pandemic-study.html
  5. Did Jesus claim to be God? Seeing Jesus’ divine self-identity in the gospels: https://carm.org/islam/did-jesus-actually-say-he-is-god/
  6. Evidence for Jesus from Non-canonical Gospels – by Chris Reese – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/evidence-for-jesus-from-noncanonical
  7. Heroes and villains | George’s Journal. Graham Staines was an Australian Christian missionary in India. In 1999 he and his two sons were burnt to death by Hindu fundamentalists alleging forced conversions. A mob of about 50 people, armed with axes and other implements, attacked a jeep while Staines and his sons were asleep inside, and set it alight, trapping them inside and burning them to death. A few days later, Grahams wife, Gladys, made a public statement forgiving the killers.: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/27/heroes-and-villains/
  8. Saturn’s Moons Continue to Challenge Secular Theorists | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/saturns-moons-continue-to-challenge/
  9. The KJV, modern Bibles, and what to do when words change in meaning: https://carm.org/king-james-onlyism/the-king-james-version-and-the-changing-use-of-words/
  10. An Afghan Christian on Suffering – Suffering sanctifies the church and separates the true believers from the false. Facing suffering, people with wrong intentions and motives will often run away. In the emerging Afghan church when persecution and hardship came, many thieves, spies, and liars left. Under persecution and hardship, some people stopped coming to the church.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/afghan-christian-suffering/

When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? Job 21:6-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Grant that I may always weep to the praise of mercy found, and tell to others as long as I live, that thou art a sin-pardoning God, taking up the blasphemer and the ungodly, and washing them from their deepest stain. – Valley of Vision  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/18/stephen-c-meyer-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-the-origin-of-life-10/
  2. Who wrote the Gospels and when?  Justin Brierley (Unbelievable) moderates a sit-down debate/conversation between Bart Ehrman vs Peter J Williams – YouTube – you can also watch the full debate at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuZPPGvF_2I  it is ~ 1½ hours long, but this clip is 6 minutes long and gives you an idea of what the full debate has in store for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzU6EvEpc5g
  3. Were The Gospels Written By The Disciples Originally In Greek? – YouTube – The questioner can’t name the scholars and just started looking at the topic in question but he’s absolutely sure that the evidence falsifies what Frank is saying… : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOvl0SYh6Tw
  4. If God Knows Everything, How Did Moses Change God’s Mind? – YouTube – A student struggling with his beliefs questions why in the Bible, God appears to have an emotional reaction such as anger for the bad things he already knew people were going to do since He’s all-knowing? A student struggling with his beliefs questions why in the Bible, God appears to have an emotional reaction such as anger for the bad things he already knew people were going to do since He’s all-knowing?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601ibFVlo08
  5. The Ontological Argument – YouTube – Animated video by Dr. Craig’s organization Reasonable Faith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBmAKCvWl74
  6. Was JESUS’ TOMB EMPTY? – YouTube. Mike Licona provides 3 primary evidences that Jesus’s tomb was empty: (1) The Jerusalem Factor; (2) the empty tomb is indirectly attested to by Jesus’s enemies; (3) the primary witnesses of the empty tomb are women, which is an unlikely invention given their status in the first century Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxdvbswIy78
  7. Dr. Walter Bradley lectures on scientific evidence the creation and design of the universe | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/20/dr-walter-bradley-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-the-creation-and-design-of-the-universe-3/
  8. The Importance Of The Bible – Dr. David Jeremiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJnk28-T1w
  9. Why did Lot offer up his daughters to be gang raped? Why did God allow Lots daughters to later have sex with their father? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Lots-daughters.html

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Luke 18:18-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-16-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. – Brennan Manning

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The gospel in one Bible verse | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/09/the-gospel-in-one-bible-verse/
  2. What does the Bible say about Christians getting vaccinations? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/11/what-does-the-bible-say-about-christians-getting-vaccinations/
  3. Who are the “Disciples of Christ”, and what do they believe? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Disciples-of-Christ.html
  4. Harder and Harder to Dismiss ID | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/09/the-federalist-on-stephen-meyers-latest-harder-and-harder-to-dismiss-intelligent-design/
  5. Science Can No Longer Ignore These 3 Discoveries That Point To God: https://thefederalist.com/2021/09/02/return-of-the-god-hypothesis-explains-why-science-can-no-longer-ignore-intelligent-design/
  6. 2021 Apologetics Awareness Top Books (69 books): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/166979.2021_Apologetics_Awareness_Top_Books
  7. Jewish Feasts and Festivals Chart Listing | carm.org: https://carm.org/christianity/jewish-feasts-and-festivals/
  8. How to Christian-Celebrity Proof Your Kids – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/how-to-christian-celebrity-proof-your-kids/
  9. Archaeological Evidences Supporting the Resurrection: https://crossexamined.org/resurrection-defense-series-archaeological-evidences-supporting-the-resurrection/
  10. Why Christians Need to Stop Treating Their Faith Like A Matter of Opinion (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/why-christians-need-to-stop-treating-their-faith-like-a-matter-of-opinion-video/
  11. Am I a Christian Simply Because I Was Raised in a Christian Culture? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/am-i-a-christian-simply-because-i-was-raised-in-a-christian-culture/
  12. How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-be-a-one-dollar-apologist-in-the-second-half-of-life/
  13. The More Science, the More Reasonable the Pro-Life Position | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-more-science-the-more-reasonable-the-pro-life-position/

You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. Psalms 69:19-20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-9-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Unselfish people are a Perpetual Delight! They make amazing friends. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Antibiotic resistance and bacterial evolution, what’s the real story?: https://youtu.be/jlmgFFBBopM
  2. The New Covenant by Keith Mathison: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/new-covenant
  3. What is the New Covenant? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html
  4. What was the Old Covenant? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/old-covenant.html
  5. Old covenant vs new covenant-what are the differences? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/old-covenant-vs-new-covenant.html
  6. What was the Old Testament way of salvation? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Old-Testament-salvation.html
  7. Does the Bible Limit Gender to Just Male and Female?: https://www.str.org/w/does-the-bible-limit-gender-to-just-male-and-female-
  8. How should parents respond to teachers pressuring children to transition? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/04/how-should-parents-respond-to-teachers-pressuring-children-to-transition-3/
  9. President Joe Biden says he doesn’t believe life begins at conception, contradicting past statements: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248878/president-joe-biden-says-he-doesnt-believe-life-begins-at-conception-contradicting-past-statements
  10. Game development company fires CEO for being pro-life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/07/game-development-company-fires-ceo-for-being-pro-life/
  11. 4 Ways To Help Your Kids Fight Assimilation Into Cultural Leftism: https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/13/4-ways-to-help-your-kids-fight-assimilation-into-cultural-leftism/

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:40-46

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

What is the “fear of God”? Fear is the attitude of heart that seeks a right relationship to the fear source… If I fear the future, I save and prepare. If I fear the dentist, I brush and floss. If I fear God, I submit! – James MacDonald

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New study: nearly half of millennials reject monogamy | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/08/28/new-study-nearly-half-of-millenials-reject-monogamy-3/
  2. Information Enigma: Where does information come from? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA-FcnLsF1g
  3. Be Grateful for the Intelligent Design of Your Eyes – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kboUBQnMP8w
  4. The Forbidden Chapter: Isaiah 53 in the Hebrew Bible – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGz9BVJ_k6s
  5. Water, Ultimate Giver of Life, Points to Intelligent Design – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2i0g1sL-X4
  6. Errors in the Bible? Frank Turek Q&A – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB18or8bJ10
  7. How Do We Understand and Reach Gen Zers? A Conversation with Jonathan Morrow – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xHX6Rz_oe8
  8. Reasons to Believe — Craig Evans — Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence — Aug 11, 2019 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpedNxgtJRU
  9. Behe & Meyer Destroy Challenge to Flagellum Motor – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uJ6y5Y29g
  10. Author Douglas Axe presents his book “Undeniable” – A remarkable thing about evolutionary theory is the way it demands that we deny our intuition at almost every step. Evolutionists then assure us that the science is all figured out, so we needn’t trouble our silly heads about the relevant biology. In his new book, Douglas Axe of Biologic Institute turns this standard assurance on its head. In Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed (HarperOne 2016), Dr. Axe restores the place of intuition alongside intellect in considering the question of life’s origins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC9Hx3WpsCk
  11. The Kalam Cosmological Argument – Part 2: Philosophical – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vybNvc6mxMo
  12. What is the Most Common Objection to Christianity? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oCSTZOUWKg

Revive us, and we will call on your name. Psalms 80:18b

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-26-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So says Carl Sagan. And I would add evidence that can be observed and repeated in experiments. Claims by Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian evolutionists are extraordinary claims; claims that organisms and systems that are so vastly complex – much more complex than anything man has ever been able to design and build – could arise via random means (e.g. via natural selection acting on random information gaining mutations).

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Got into Apologetics (And How You Can Too!) – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/how-i-got-into-apologetics-and-how-you-can-too/
  2. What is a human being? | WORLD – Matthew Connally: https://wng.org/roundups/what-is-a-human-being-1618613523
  3. Who is the Author of scientific truth? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/who-is-the-author-of-scientific-truth-1624108585
  4. What is infinity? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/materialism-101-what-is-infinity-1628946910
  5. Faster than Light? – Did the V838 Monocerotis explode faster than light? creation.com: https://creation.com/faster-than-light
  6. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  7. Do Killer Whales Destroy Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution? A Biologist Answers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=591IqiNMd1k
  8. Progressive & Conservative Christianity: Different Faiths? A Discussion between Dr. Sean McDowell & Dr. George Yancey – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoTim3-j7d8
  9. The basic building blocks in the origin of life: https://youtu.be/MFtnwriQRi8
  10. What does Colossians 3:23 mean?: https://www.bibleref.com/Colossians/3/Colossians-3-23.html
  11. Debunking Flat-Earth Claims Part 3 | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/refuting-the-critics/debunking-flat-earth-claims-part-3/
  12. Jordan B. Peterson’s YouTube account locked during biblical lecture series: ‘No explanation’ – Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/1/jordan-b-petersons-youtube-account-locked-during-b/

We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 1 Corinthians 4:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-19-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

In times of persecution by ungodly men we are peculiarly liable to speak hastily, or evasively, and therefore we should be specially anxious to be preserved in that direction from every form of sin. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why would God have to die to save people from Himself? | carm.org: https://carm.org/evidence-and-answers/why-would-god-have-to-die-to-save-people-from-himself/
  2. Are Atheists Smarter or Simply More Self-Reliant and Self-Indulgent? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-atheists-smarter-or-simply-more-self-reliant-and-self-indulgent/
  3. What do Buddhists believe about morality? | carm.org: https://carm.org/buddhism/morality-in-buddhism-buddhists/?highlight=buddha
  4. William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/08/14/william-lane-craig-debates-atheist-lawrence-krauss-does-god-exist-5/
  5. The Books that Shaped Us (Part 1) – by Chris Reese – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/the-books-that-shaped-us-part-1
  6. Eternal Life By Works: The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Salvation: https://carm.org/roman-catholicism/the-ccc-paragraphs-2010-2027-2068-and-gaining-eternal-life-by-works/
  7. Is it wrong for a Christian to be depressed? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-depressed.html
  8. Why Did Israel Split into Two Kingdoms? | Bible Study Ministry: https://biblestudyministry.com/israel-split-kingdoms/
  9. Dialogue, Discussion, Debate Many of us know, but might not actualize, the fact that discussion, dialogue, and debate are three different modes of communication (not apologetics, but interesting distinction none-the-less): https://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/diversity-equity-and-inclusion__trashed/dialoguediscussiondebate/

I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. Psalms 119:146

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-12-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that “no man speaks as this man speaks.” If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn’t enter into it, then why don’t we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation– polemic, argumentation–at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Deity of Christ A Legendary Development? – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/was-the-deity-of-christ-a-legendary-development/
  2. Students Love Answers More Than the Church Loves Answers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/students-love-answers-more-than-the-church-loves-answers/
  3. Janet Parshall Interviews Stephen Meyer about Return of the God Hypothesis | Stephen C. Meyer: https://stephencmeyer.org/2021/04/28/janet-parshall-interviews-stephen-meyer-about-return-of-the-god-hypothesis/
  4. 7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/7-legit-reasons-why-so-many-kids-are-bored-by-church/
  5. Unbelievable? Is Luke’s Description of Quirinius Historically Inaccurate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/unbelievable-is-lukes-description-of-quirinius-historically-inaccurate/
  6. The Historical Facts Argument for the Resurrection – Dr. Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8fKZ9QyHH4
  7. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7mEYNGfIk
  8. How Can We Help People Who Don’t Trust the Reliability of the New Testament? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_z423WR7IE
  9. Why Would A Loving God Create A Place Like Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-would-a-loving-god-create-a-place-like-hell/
  10. Mark Zuckerberg Is Planting The First Church Of The Metaverse: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/06/mark-zuckerberg-is-planting-the-first-church-of-the-metaverse/#.YRLAGjiNjaw.twitter
  11. Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/did-the-apostles-lie-so-they-could-die-as-martyrs-repost/
  12. The Unexpected Apologist Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-unexpected-apologist/
  13. Physics professor: Chance of life originating on its own by natural processes is zero | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/physics-professor-chance-of-life-originating-on-its-own-by-natural-processes-is-zero/

Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4

Blessings to you all

Bible Teaching on Luke 12:33-50

The following teaching was given on Tuesday July 13th 2021 to a group of about 15 men while eating lunch at Mimi’s Café

We will be reading from J.C. Ryle’s commentary on Luke chapter 12.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

35 Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36 Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. 

37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38 Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 

39 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 40 You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” 

Let us mark—what a striking exhortation these verses contain to seek treasure in Heaven.Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.” But this is not all. A mighty, heart-searching principle is laid down to enforce the exhortation. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The language of this charge is doubtless somewhat figurative. Yet the meaning of it is clear and unmistakable. We are to sell—to give up anything, and deny ourselves anything—which stands in the way of our soul’s salvation. We are to give—to show charity and kindness to everyone—and to be more ready to spend our money in relieving others, than to hoard it for our own selfish purposes. We are to provide ourselves treasures in Heaven—to make sure that our names are in the book of life—to lay hold of eternal life.

This is true wisdom. This is real prudence. The man who does well for himself—is the man who gives up everything for Christ’s sake. “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). He makes the best of bargains. He carries his cross for a few years in this world—and in the world to come, has everlasting life. He obtains the best of possessions. He carries his riches with him beyond the grave. He is rich in grace here—and he is rich in glory hereafter. And, best of all, what he obtains by faith in Christ—he never loses. It is “that good part which can never be taken away.” (Luke 10:42)

Let us see whether we have treasure in Heaven—or whether all our good things are here upon earth. Would we like to know what our treasure is? Then let us ask ourselves—what we love the most. This is the true test of character. This is the pulse of our religion. Though what we say and profess is important (Matthew 12:36-37), what we most love reveals the true condition of our hearts (Matthew 12:34)? What are our affections set on? These are the great questions. “Where our treasure is—there will our hearts be also.

Q:  Is saving for retirement a violation of the principal (keeping our treasure in heaven) given by our Lord?

Let us mark—what an instructive picture these verses contain of the frame of mind which the true Christian should endeavor to keep up. Our Lord tells us that we ought to be “like men who wait for their Master.” We ought to live like servants who expect their Master’s return—fulfilling our duties, and doing nothing which we would not like to be found doing when Christ comes again.

The standard of life which our Lord has set up here, is an exceedingly high one—so high, indeed, that many Christians are apt to flinch from it, and feel cast down. Yet there is nothing here which ought to make a believer afraid. Readiness for the return of Christ to this world, implies nothing which is impossible and unattainable. It requires no angelic perfection. It does not require a man to forsake his family, or retire into solitude. It requires nothing more than a life of repentance, faith and holiness.

The man who is living a life of faith in the Son of God—is the man whose “loins are girded,” and whose “light is burning.” Such a man may have the care of kingdoms on him, like Daniel—or be a servant in a Nero’s household, like some in Paul’s time. All this matters nothing. If he lives looking unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)—then he is a servant who can “immediately open the door to Him.” Surely it is not too much to ask Christians to be men of this kind. Surely there was a reason why our Lord said, “You must be ready—because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him!

Are we ourselves living as if we were ready for the second coming of Christ? It would be well if this question were put to our consciences more frequently. It might keep us back from many a false step in our daily life. It might prevent many a backsliding. The true Christian should not only believe in Christ, and love Christ—he should also look and long for Christ’s second coming. If he cannot say from his heart, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)—then there must be something wrong about his soul.

Q:  How do we “live as if we were ready for the second coming of Christ”?

41 Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” 42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 

44 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; 46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 

47 And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. 

We learn firstly from these verses—the importance of doing, in our Christianity. Our Lord is speaking of His own second coming. He is comparing His disciples to servants waiting for their master’s return, who have each their own work to do during His absence. “Blessed,” He says, “is that slave [Doulos] whom his master finds so doing when he comes.

The warning has doubtless a primary reference to ministers of the Gospel. They are the stewards of God’s mysteries, who are specially bound to be found “doing” when Christ comes again. But the words contain a further lesson which all Christians would do well to consider. That lesson is the immense importance of a working, practical, diligent, useful religion. 

The lesson is one which is greatly needed in the churches of Christ. We hear a great deal about people’s intentions, and hopes, and wishes, and feelings, and professions. It would be better if we could hear more about people’s practice. It is not the servant who is found wishing and professing—but the servant who is found “doing” whom Jesus calls “blessed.

The lesson is one which many, unhappily, shrink from giving—and many more shrink from receiving. We are gravely told that to talk of “working,” and “doing,” is ‘legalistic’, and brings Christians into bondage! However, the passage is not about justification—but about sanctification; not about saving faith—but about holiness of life. The point is not what a man should do to be saved—but what a saved man ought to do! A saved man ought to be “careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3:8) The desire of a true Christian ought to be to be found “doing.

If we love life—then let us resolve by God’s help, to be “doing” Christians. This is to be like Christ—He “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38.) This is to be like the apostles—they were men of deeds even more than of words. This is to glorify God, “Herein is my Father glorified—that you bear much fruit.” (John 15:8.) This is to be useful to the world, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16.).

Q:  It has been said that some Christians are “so heavenly minded”, they are of “no earthly good”. How do we balance “setting our minds on things above” (Col. 3:2) with being “doing” Christians, who are “careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8)?

We learn, secondly, from these verses—the dreadful danger of those who neglect the duties of their calling. Of such our Lord declares, that they shall be “cut in pieces, and their portion appointed with the unbelievers.” These words no doubt apply especially to the ministers and teachers of the Gospel. Yet we must not flatter ourselves that they are confined to them only. They are probably meant to convey a lesson to all who fill offices of high responsibility. It is a striking fact that when Peter says at the beginning of the passage, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?“—our Lord gives him no answer. Whoever occupies a position of trust, and neglects his duties—would do well to ponder this passage, and learn wisdom.

The language which our Lord Jesus uses about slothful and unfaithful servants, is particularly severe. Few places in the Gospels contain such strong expressions as this. The same loving Savior who holds out mercy to the penitent and believing—never shrinks from holding up the judgments of God against those who despise His counsel.

Let no man deceive us on this subject. There is a Hell for one who continues on in his wickedness—no less than a Heaven for the true believer in Jesus. There is such a thing as “the wrath of the Lamb!” (Revelation 6:16.)

Let us strive to live so that whenever the heavenly Master comes, we may be found ready to receive Him. Let us watch our hearts with a godly jealousy (Proverbs 4:23), and beware of the least symptom of unreadiness for the Lord’s appearing. Especially let us beware of any rising disposition to lower our standard of Christian holiness—to dislike people who are more spiritually-minded than ourselves—and to conform to the world (Romans 12:2). The moment we detect such a disposition in our hearts—we may be sure that our souls are in great peril! The professing Christian who begins to persecute God’s people, and to take pleasure in worldly society—is on the high road to eternal ruin!

Q:  In what tangible ways can we live so that whenever Christ returns, “we may be found ready to receive Him”?

We learn, lastly, from these verses—that the greater a man’s religious light is, the greater is his guilt if he is not converted. The servant which “knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes” and  “from everyone who has been given much, much will be required“.

The lesson of these words is one of wide application. It demands the attention of many classes. It should come home to the conscience of every professing Christian (keep in mind that not all professing Christians are actually Christians). His judgment shall be far more strict, than that of the heathen who never saw the Bible.

It should come home to every hearer of the Gospel. If he remains unconverted—then he is far more guilty than the inhabitant of some dark land, who never hears any teaching but a sort of semi-heathen morality.

It should come home to every child in Christian families. All such are far more blameworthy, in God’s sight—than those who live in houses where there is no honor paid to the Word of God and prayer. Let these things never be forgotten. Our judgment at the last day—will be according to our light and opportunities.

John MacArthur comments on this passage: “The degree of punishment is commensurate with the extent to which the unfaithful behavior was willful.  Note that ignorance is, nonetheless, no excuse.  That there will be varying degrees of punishment in hell is clearly taught” in the following:

Matt 10:15 – Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

Matt 11 – 22 Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.” 

Hebrews 10:29 – How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

What are we doing with our religious knowledge? Are we using it wisely, and turning it to good account? Or are we content with secretly flattering ourselves that the mere knowledge of our Lord’s will makes us better than others (while that will is not done)?

Let us beware of eternal mistakes! The day will come, when unused knowledge will be found the most perilous of possessions. Thousands will awake to find that they are in a lower place in Hell, than the most ignorant and idolatrous heathen. Their knowledge not used, and their light not followed—will only add to their condemnation.

49 I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

We learn for one thing from these verses—how thoroughly the heart of Christ was set on finishing the work which He came into the world to do. He says, “I have a baptism to undergo“—a baptism of suffering, of wounds, of agony, of blood, and of death! Yet none of these things stopped Him. He adds, “How distressed I am until it is accomplished!” The prospect of coming trouble, did not deter Him for a moment.

He was ready and willing to endure all things—in order to provide eternal redemption for His people. Zeal for the cause He had taken in hand—was like a burning fire within Him. To advance His Father’s glory, to open the door of life to a lost world, to provide a fountain for all sin and impurity by the sacrifice of Himself—were continually the uppermost thoughts of His mind. He was distressed in spirit—until this mighty work was finished.

Forever let us bear in mind that all Christ’s sufferings on our behalf—were endured willingly, voluntarily, and of His own free choice. They were not submitted to patiently merely because He could not avoid them. He lived a sinless life for thirty-three years—simply because He loved to do His Father’s will (John 4:32-34; 6:38).

He died an agonizing death—with a willing and a ready mind. Both in life and death, He was carrying out the eternal counsel—whereby God was to be glorified and sinners were to be saved. He carried it out with all His heart—as mighty as the struggle was, which it entailed upon His flesh and blood. He delighted to do God’s will. He was distressed until it was accomplished.

Let us not doubt that (now in Heaven) the heart of Christ is the same that it was when He was upon earth. He feels as deep an interest now about the salvation of sinners as He did formerly about dying in their stead. Jesus never changes. He is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Heb. 13:8).

There is in Him—an infinite willingness to receive, pardon, justify, and deliver the souls of men from the wrath of God and from Hell. Let us strive to realize that willingness, and learn to believe it without doubting, and rest in His grace. It is a certain fact, if men would only believe it—that Christ is far more willing to save us, than we are to be saved.

Let the zeal of our Lord and Master, be an example to all His people. Let the recollection of His burning readiness to die for us—be like a glowing coal in our memories, and constrain us to live to Him, and not to ourselves (Luke 9:23-24). Surely the thought of it should awaken our sleeping hearts, and warm our cold affections, and make us anxious to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16), and do something for His glory. A zealous Savior—ought to have zealous disciples!

Revelation 3:19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Q:  What does a “zealous” Christian life look like?

References

This teaching was taken from https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l12.htm  which is J.C. Ryle’s (19th century) free on-line commentary on Luke.

Also, some commentary was taken from the MacArthur study Bible notes.

mid-week apologetics booster (8-5-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no. – Omar L. Hamada

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. John Lennox against the tide in history | George’s Journal – This post is based on the documentary movie Against the tide by Pensmore Films, in which the actor Kevin Sorbo interviews Professor John Lennox to test belief in God.: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/07/29/john-lennox-against-the-tide-in-history/
  2. Do the Non-Canonical Gospels Challenge or Invalidate the New Testament? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E20) Cold Case Christianity Truth2Freedom’s Blog: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/do-the-non-canonical-gospels-challenge-or-invalidate-the-new-testament-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s7e20-cold-case-christianity/amp/
  3. Why Are You a Christian Believer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-are-you-a-christian-believer/
  4. What’s Next for the Intelligent Design Movement? Stephen Meyer Explains. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQeTJVTBuw
  5. Unbiblical stuff the Catholic Church teaches: Mary, Indulgences, Eucharist, Priests, 7 Sacraments – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1xZTPY98Oc
  6. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview – By embracing materialism, the atheist has destroyed the possibility of knowledge, as well as science and technology.: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  7. Why Some People Simply Will Not Be Convinced | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-some-people-simply-will-not-be-convinced/
  8. Three Steps to Becoming a Lifelong Learner | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-steps-to-becoming-a-lifelong-learner/
  9. Are We Brainwashing Our Children? Have you ever been told that your children are Christians only because you brainwashed them? Have you been accused of keeping your children from understanding real science by brainwashing them with the Bible?: https://answersingenesis.org/apologetics/critical-thinking/are-we-brainwashing-our-children/
  10. Jesus, the Bible, the Quran, and the Law of Non-Contradiction In Islam, the Quran mentions Jesus more than any other Prophet. It states He was born of a virgin (Surah 19), had disciples (5:111-115), ascended into heaven (4:158), and will return as a sign of the end times (43:61). However, unlike the Bible, the Quran states that Jesus did not die…But wait, the Quran makes a couple other very important claims. God sent the Gospels: https://theologetics.org/2015/11/12/jesus-the-bible-the-quran-and-the-law-of-non-contradiction/
  11. SDA Doctrine and the Clear Word Bible: Sample texts- The Clear Word Bible is a Seventh-day Adventist paraphrase of the Bible that alters numerous verses to bring them in line with SDA doctrine. Here is a list of different verses that are not under any particular theme.: https://carm.org/seventh-day-adventism/the-clear-word-bible-and-miscellaneous-verses/
  12. In Marriage as in Life, Weak Is Strong – humblebrag: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/weakens-us-show-his-strength/
  13. Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/two-signs-from-your-opposition-your-argument-is-sound/
  14. RNA Ties and Unties Itself | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-ties-and-unties-itself/
  15. America’s new religion: Fake Christianity – Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/25/americas-new-religion-fake-christianity/
  16. The Fossils Still Say No: The Fins-to-Feet Transition | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-fossils-still-say-no-fins-to-feet-transition/
  17. Why I’m no longer a young earth creationist – Luke Barnes | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/features/why-im-no-longer-a-young-earth-creationist/5288.article

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalms 14:1-3

Blessings to you all