mid-week apologetics booster (2-27-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1500) from Nuggets:

If you are placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, or judgmental, use Columbo to turn the tables. When someone asks for your personal views about a controversial issue, preface your remarks with a question that sets the stage — in your favor — for your response. Say, “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking. I don’t mind answering, but before I do, I want to know if it’s safe to offer my views. So let me ask you a question: Do you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person on issues like this? Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view? Do you respect diverse points of view, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from your own?” Now when you give your point of view, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too. This line of questioning trades on an important bit of knowledge: There is no neutral ground when it comes to the tolerance question. Everybody has a point of view she thinks is right, and everybody passes judgment at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeonholed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too, even people who consider themselves relativists. I call this the passive-aggressive tolerance trick. The key to understanding this trick is knowing that everyone thinks his own beliefs are correct. If people didn’t think their beliefs were true, they wouldn’t believe them. They’d believe something else and think that was true.

 – Greg Koukl (Tactics)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Young People Leave the Church: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/why-young-people-leave-the-church
  2. Ten Biblical Truths About Life Beyond the Grave: https://oncedelivered.net/2020/01/07/ten-biblical-truths-about-life-beyond-the-grave/
  3. Justin Bieber Said He’s Obeying Jesus Now! | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/justin-bieber-said-hes-obeying-jesus-now/
  4. Five Questions Every Student Needs You to Answer – Growing Leaders: https://growingleaders.com/blog/five-questions-every-student-needs-you-to-answer/
  5. Talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Start Here | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/talking-jehovahs-witnesses-start-here
  6. William Lane Craig debates Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: evil, suffering and God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/20/william-lane-craig-debates-walter-sinnott-armstrong-evil-suffering-and-god-6/
  7. Hermeneutical Series: STOP Using Matthew 7:1 Out of Context! The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/02/22/hermeneutical-series-stop-using-matthew-71-out-of-context/
  8. Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials: https://www.barna.com/research/three-spiritual-journeys-of-millennials/
  9. Fighting The Porn Industry Must Begin Within The Church: https://howtoreligion.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/fighting-the-porn-industry-must-begin-within-the-church-2/
  10. Facts Are Not Enough – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/facts-are-not-enough/
  11. The Amazing Unity of Scripture : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1605-amazing-unity-of-scripture-the
  12. If Human Eugenics Wouldn’t Work, Human Evolution Has a Big Problem | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/02/if-human-eugenics-wouldnt-work-human-evolution-has-a-big-problem/
  13. Psychologist affirms creation (Nathan Marinau): https://creation.com/nathan-marinau-interview
  14. John MacArthur Warned Moody Years Ago About James MacDonald, Emails Reveal | Julie Roys: https://julieroys.com/john-macarthur-warned-moody-years-ago-about-james-macdonald-emails-reveal/
  15. UK NHS government-run healthcare only available for people who agree with the government | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/19/uk-nhs-government-run-healthcare-only-available-for-people-who-agree-with-the-government/
  16. Ray Comfort shares his views about Bernie Sanders : https://youtu.be/EgyTfXJuMEY
  17. California Pastor Says Trump’s Border Wall is Biblical | Todd Starnes: https://www.toddstarnes.com/politics/california-pastor-says-trumps-border-wall-is-biblical/

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-20-20)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1500) from Nuggets:

It is not feeling the Spirit that proves my saved state but the truth of what Christ did perfectly for me. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Five Ways to Help Your Kids Grow in Their Christian Confidence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/five-ways-to-help-your-kids-grow-in-their-christian-confidence/
  2. Three Ways to Ignite Your Teenager’s Passion for God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-ways-to-ignite-your-teenagers-passion-for-god/
  3. Politics Will Not Save Us | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/politics-will-not-save-us
  4. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/12/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-9/
  5. The Founders As Christians, their quotes – Wall Builders: https://wallbuilders.com/the-founders-as-christians/
  6. David Wood And Bobby: If Bart Ehrman Is Right, Islam Is False. – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/david-wood-and-bobby-if-bart-ehrman-is-right-islam-is-false/
  7. Five atheist miracles (Creation Magazine LIVE! 7-20) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzlz8OFBSVc
  8. A review of The Myth of Junk DNA by Jonathan Wells – creation.com: https://creation.com/review-wells-junk-dna
  9. The Three Kinds of Doubt and How to Address Them (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast): https://subspla.sh/52qfhwr
  10. Lord of the Rings Star Defends Faith, Argues That Christianity Has ‘Made the World a Better Place’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2020/february/lord-of-the-rings-star-defends-faith-argues-that-christianity-has-made-the-world-a-better-place
  11. Way of the Master episode in Switzerland – this episode contains a lot of Apologetics conversations (~30 minute video): https://youtu.be/_id_l_0BQy0
  12. Why did Jesus Say the Father is Greater than I in John 14:28? | Berean Perspective Apologetics & Evangelism Ministry: https://rootedinchrist.org/2019/12/28/why-did-jesus-say-the-father-is-greater-than-i-in-john-1428/
  13. Push To Legalize Polygamy Uses Same Arguments As Same-Sex Marriage: https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/17/push-to-legalize-polygamy-uses-same-arguments-as-same-sex-marriage/
  14. Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/371115-rhett-link-youtubers-ear-biscuits-popular-with-youth-deconstruct-their-faith.html
  15. Does Oxytocin Cause Spiritual Experiences?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2016/10/12/does-oxytocin-cause-spiritual-experiences
  16. Deity of Christ: Case Closed – this article contains a good strategy for discussing the deity of Christ with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/deity-of-christ-case-closed
  17. Interview: John Dyer From the Garden to the City – (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast, where they discuss the results of Christian use of various forms of technology): https://subspla.sh/yvzrjk7
  18. Free PDF Apologetics Dissertation: How Language, Beauty, and Literature Point Toward the Existence of God The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/free-pdf-apologetics-dissertation-how-language-beauty-and-literature-point-toward-the-existence-of-god/
  19. Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/does-the-cumulative-case-for-design-point-to-a-divine-designer/
  20. Family Ministry: Who Is Responsible for the Discipleship of Your Children? – Timothy Paul Jones: https://www.timothypauljones.com/family-ministry-who-is-responsible-for-discipling-your-children/
  21. The New Age Jesus Versus the Biblical Jesus – CultureWatch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/12/31/the-new-age-jesus-versus-the-biblical-jesus/
  22. Atheists and Evidence 2020. Some things never change. Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/atheists-and-evidence-2020-some-things-never-change

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

Blessings to you all

Teaching on Psalms 71 and 72 Given to Men’s Group on January 28th

Psalm 71 & 72

Psalms 71

1 In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed. 2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.

4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man, 5 For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth. 6 By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You.

7 I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together, 11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.” 12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, hasten to my help!

13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me. 14 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them.

16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone. 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. 18 And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

19 For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? 20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me.

22 I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. 24 My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt. (NASB)

Themes that I found occurring in this Psalm:

Taking shelter & refuge in God (v1,7)

Quote from Derek W. H. Thomas when telling about a 90 year old godly man in his church loves the Lord and quietly serves in the church:

“…here is a man that takes refuge in God, rather than drawing attention to his troubles…”

Asking for God’s rescue/salvation and to not be forsaken (v1,2,4,18)

David gives us a great example as in many Psalms that when trouble, calamity, persecution hits, we need to call out to the LORD – not as a last resort, but first.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.

Here is a Charles Spurgeon quote about David carrying his sorrow to God:

It was to God that David carried his sorrow: it was to God that David confessed his sin. Observe, then, we must take our sorrows to God. Even your little sorrows you may roll upon God, for he counteth the hairs of your head.  – Charles Spurgeon

Praising God (v6,14,23) – including the use of musical instruments (v22 harp/lyre). Joyful worship (v23)

God is worthy of praise:

Psalms 149:2-3

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.  Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.

 

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, and “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.”

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Revelation 4:11

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”

Meditating on God’s Attributes

It is a good thing to meditate on the attributes of God, as David does.  Here are some of the attributes of God that David describes in this Psalm:

Righteousness (v15,19,24)

19 For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?

Faithfulness (v6,17)

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.

Strength (v16-18)

18 And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

Uniqueness (v19b)

19b O God, who is like You?

Comforting (v21)

21 May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me.

Sovereignty (v6,17,20)

6 By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You.

Holiness (v22)

22 I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

God allowing trouble in David’s life (v20)

20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Yes, the life of the believer can be filled with trouble.  But David has the right attitude about his troubles – he sees them as coming from the hand of the LORD and that the LORD will ultimately “revive him”.  Therefore, it is reasonable that, we as believers will experience trouble.  Charles Spurgeon says of David in 2 Samuel 15:23 – weeping as he was fleeing Absalom, passing through the Kidron Valley:

“David passed that gloomy brook  …. The man after God’s own heart was not exempt from trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He was both the Lord’s Anointed, and the Lord’s Afflicted. Why then should we expect to escape?”

David’s persecution by his enemies (v4,13,24)

This is a common theme in the Psalms.  We see David on the run from his enemies and calling out to God for deliverance.

Imprecatory prayers (v13,24)

Again, another common theme in the Psalms where David is imploring God to deal with his enemies.

Evangelism/witnessing – telling about God (v15,18,24)

15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them.

Q: Are you telling anyone about God and His salvation?  How?  (this is a time of encouragement for us)

Growing old (v9,18)

Growing old is a significant theme of this Psalm.  It is mentioned 2 times explicitly.  In fact, the title of the Psalm is “Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance”.  Again, I would like to emphasize that great quote by Derek Thomas:

“…here is a man that takes refuge in God, rather than drawing attention to his troubles…”

The title of that sermon was “Graying with Glory”. Look at the contrast he presents: refuge in God vs. drawing attention to our troubles.  I’m sure each of us here has many other troubles that we don’t communicate to others.  And the Bible says that we are to bear one another’s burdens:

Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Q: What is the appropriate balance between telling others about your problems and of keeping them between you and the Lord?  Where does one cross over the line and start grumbling and complaining?

Resurrection (v20 revive me again / bring me up from the depths of the earth)?

20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

This verse makes me think of the resurrection of the dead.  Although, looking at commentary, it is not meant to be literal resurrection from the dead:

“Not actual resurrection, but rescue from near death conditions and renewal of life’s strength and meaning” – MacArthur Study Bible commentary on Psalm 71:20.

Personal redemption (v23 my soul, which You have redeemed)

David acknowledges that God has redeemed not just his body and his earthly life, but indeed his soul, which is much more important.

 

 

Psalms 72 – “The Reign of the Righteous King”  A Psalm of Solomon

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son. 2 May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice. 3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.

4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor. 5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more. 8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust.

10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 11 And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save. 14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight; 15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually; Let them bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth. 17 May his name endure forever; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen. 20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. (NASB)

This is a Coronation Psalm, dedicated to the prosperity of Solomon at the beginning of his reign (1 Kings 2).  It is unclear to me whether David or Solomon is the author (because of v20).  No New Testament writer applies any of the psalm to Christ.  It appears to be a description of how a righteous king (and government) will operate and a prayer by Solomon that God will enable him to rule in this manner.  Here are some of the principles I draw from it.  A righteous king/government will:

  1. Make righteous judgments that are in accord with God’s will (v1-2)
    1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son. 2 May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.
  2. Establish peace (v3,7)
    3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness…7 In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
  3. Vindicate, protect and have compassion on the afflicted and needy (v4,13)
    4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor…13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save.
  4. Encourage the people to fear God (v5)
    5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
  5. Establish and promote righteousness in the nation (v7)
    7 In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
  6. Enemies should fear the righteous nation (v9)
    8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust.
  7. Protect the people from evil, oppression and violence (v14a)
    14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence
  8. Honor the fallen (v14b)
    And their blood will be precious in his sight
  9. Increase the prosperity, abundance and flourishing of the nation (v15,16)
    15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually; Let them bless him all day long. 16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.
  10. Other nations should respect the nation (v17)
    17 May his name endure forever; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.
  11. Acknowledge the LORD as the source of all these blessings and seek His glory and that His name be magnified (v18-19)
    18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.

I can’t help but reflect that the conservative vision of government in the U.S. seems to align well with these principles.

Resources used:

  1. Sermon on Psalm 71 by Derek W.H. Thomas entitled: “Graying With Glory”: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4161891740
  2. MacArthur Study Bible comments
  3. Bearing One Another’s Burdens – article by John MacArthur on Ligonier’s website: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/bearing-one-anothers-burdens/
  4. My mind (“we have the mind of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 2:16)

Conversation at with a homeless man (2-8-2020)

This past Saturday our church was serving the homeless as we do every 2nd Saturday of the month.  My job was working garbage and taking dishes from our clients and rinsing them in the soap water.  Then the dishwasher would come over and pick up the plates to bring them back to the kitchen and wash them.  The dishwasher was a volunteer who is also a homeless person, who revealed to me that he’d been living out of his car. I will call him “Carl”.  Carl was a great guy – very funny, energetic and a VERY hard worker – like the energizer bunny. We had been talking about various things and joking around during most of the shift. He was acting and speaking like he was Mexican – joking that people call him a “wet-back”, but there’s no water around here!  However, he later revealed to me that he is actually a Native American from one of the local reservations here. During the conversation, he said he was trying to “rile up” his people on the reservation to go protest the government, but all they want to do is sit around and drink alcohol. He said they’re lazy and not motivated.

Later during the shift, I said to him, “Carl, your people don’t need the government, they need Jesus!” He replied that his people have a different culture. I told him that this is not about culture this is about you’re going to die one day and you need Jesus because you’ll be standing before God. He brought up the problem of pain and suffering in this world. He talked about how he’s seen babies born with mangled limbs. How could there be a God it is all this bad stuff happening?  I explained that it wasn’t always like this.  In the beginning, there was no suffering, but then sin came into the world and along with it, suffering, death and disease.  One day, when this is all over, there will be no more death, suffering or pain (Revelation 21:3-7).  I also admonished him not to make excuses. I warned him that he’s going to die one day and he’s going to have to give account for his sins to a holy God.  Carl commented that went he died (made a gesture like going to sleep), he would be good enough to go to heaven. I explained that God demands perfection and that he can’t make it be just “being a good person” or “doing good works”.  I explained the gospel to him that Jesus died for his sins and that he needs to receive Jesus. He listened – he didn’t either affirm or deny. I told him that I would talk to him next month when I’m there.

Pray for “Carl” that he would contemplate his eternal destination and would receive Christ as his Lord and Savior!

mid-week apologetics booster (2-13-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

The bottom line is this: Since there was an absolute beginning to space, time and matter, it’s reasonable to conclude that the cause of the universe must be spaceless, timeless and immaterial. This cause must also be personal in order to choose to create, intelligent to create such a fine-tuned universe, and powerful to create out of nothing. A spaceless, timeless, immaterial, personal, intelligent, powerful Being is exactly what theists call God. – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Dr. Tony Evans being interviewed about is opposition to same sex marriage: https://youtu.be/d1gUnFPWwJM
  2. If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?: https://crossexamined.org/if-christianity-is-true-why-do-so-many-kids-have-doubts-today/
  3. How Do You Witness to Those in Cults and Other Religions? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-do-you-witness-to-those-in-cults-and-other-religions/
  4. Is Bart Ehrman Right When He Says Half of Paul’s Letters are Forgeries? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-bart-ehrman-right-when-he-says-half-of-pauls-letters-are-forgeries/
  5. Ben Shapiro on the impossibility of the incarnation of the Messiah within Jewish thought THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/ben-shapiro-on-the-impossibility-of-the-incarnation-of-the-messiah-within-jewish-thought/
  6. Follower Of Joseph Smith Urges Nation To Reject Morally Flawed Leaders | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/follower-of-joseph-smith-urges-nation-to-reject-morally-flawed-leaders
  7. Calling All Christians-When it comes to knowing Gods will, the best place to start is to pick up the manual: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/calling-all-christians/
  8. Objections to the Harvester vs. Gardener Approach (Greg Koukl STR Podcast with Tim Barnett): https://subspla.sh/vkq5sxb
  9. Jesus: The Greater Moses – He is the prophet Moses wrote about in Deuteronomy 18: https://jesusisnotfakenews.com/jesus-the-greater-moses/
  10. Brainwashed For Your Own Good – the processes described in this article are excellent evidence of design!: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/12/brainwashed-for-your-own-good/
  11. Quick Shot: Atheists believe in just one less God than Christians: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-atheists-believe-in-just-one-less-god-than-christians/
  12. A Case for Christianity: The importance of understanding objective truth, versus preference, when practicing Christian apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-understanding-objective-truth-versus-preference-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  13. The Hiddenness of God: An Objection to God’s Existence – A Clay Jar: https://aclayjar.net/2019/12/hiddenness-of-god/

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire –may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-6-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1400) from Nuggets:

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. – Blaise Pascal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Reason and the Christian Hope – Maybe you’ve been skeptical about the claims of Christianity. You’ve thought the glorious hope of the Christian is just built on wishful thinking. But for the time-being, shelve whatever objections you may have until you’ve carefully and fairly considered the evidence. | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11742
  2. Change, Yes; Evolution, No | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/change-yes-evolution-no/
  3. Junk DNA ideas have hindered progress in medical science – creation.com: https://creation.com/junk-dna-science-stopper
  4. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist podcast – “Life is like football”.  In this podcast, Dr. Frank Turek analyzes and responds to a podcast by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and his girlfriend Danica Patrick, where they briefly mention their views on Christianity and religion: https://subspla.sh/c58bg53
  5. Here’s the Key to Ongoing Deep Faith Conversations with Your Kids: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-key-to-ongoing-deep-faith-conversations-with-your-kids/
  6. Yosemite Valley – Colossal Ice Carving | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/catastrophism/yosemite-valley-colossal-ice-carving/
  7. Prophecies of Jesus Birth and Genealogy Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/12/13/prophecies-of-jesus-birth-and-genealogy/
  8. 5 Questions Every Youth Leader and Parent Should be Ready to Answer: https://stevenkozak.com/2019/11/13/5-questions-every-youth-leader-and-parent-should-be-ready-to-answer/

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life..” John 5:24

Blessings to you all