mid-week apologetics booster (5-28-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

The only way to deal with sin is to deal with it strongly, is to resist and oppose the first risings of temptation. It has to be dealt with in the heart on the inside. It has to be fought at the point of its incubation, its conception, or it will overpower us, which means that the work of sanctification is a work that God does in which the believer cooperates in his mind. – John MacArthur (from a sermon on Romans 7:14-25 – “Sanctification and Sins of the Mind”) https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/GTY142/sanctification-and-sins-of-the-mind

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. RAVI ZACHARIAS – In tribute, we relive his outstanding (FULL) interview. – YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTO38KMMLSw
  2. Dead Sea Scroll fragments thought to be blank reveal text: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-thought-to-be-blank-reveal-text/
  3. Principles to Keep in Mind When Evaluating COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories – J. Warner Wallace : https://subspla.sh/bcps3wh
  4. Harvard Prof. Slams Christianity’s Malignant Belief in Afterlife: https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/05/23/harvard-prof-blames-christianitys-malignant-belief-in-afterlife-for-lockdown-protests/
  5. Kayleigh McEnany’s Emotional Tribute To Ravi Zacharias – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYIY6Scmayc
  6. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  7. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  8. Can the Bible Be Reliable if It Had Human Authors?: https://www.str.org/w/can-the-bible-be-reliable-if-it-had-human-authors-
  9. Think Divinely Why the Bible is Reliable: https://thinkdivinely.com/why-the-bible-is-reliable/
  10. The Historical Evidence for Jesus vs. Tiberius Caesar | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-historical-evidence-for-jesus-is-greater-than-for-caesar
  11. Harvard Molecular Geneticist Vindicates Michael Behe’s Main Argument in Darwin Devolves | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/05/harvard-molecular-geneticist-vindicates-michael-behes-main-argument-in-darwin-devolves/
  12. Does Science Support Miracles? New Study Documents a Blind Woman’s Healing | The Stream: https://stream.org/does-science-support-miracles-new-study-documents-a-blind-womans-healing/
  13. Why did the lead vocalist of a Christian rock band abandon belief in God? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/05/27/why-did-the-lead-vocalist-of-a-christian-rock-band-abandon-belief-in-god/

Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. Proverbs 23:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-21-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

God could deal with this by eliminating all evil at midnight tonight, but if He did so, which one of us would be left at 1 AM? – Michael Licona

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/investigating-bart-ehrmans-top-ten-troublesome-bible-verses/
  2. How can a loving God send someone to hell? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/loving-God-send-someone-hell.html
  3. The hiddeness of God: Why is God hidden? Why doesn’t He appear? If God exists, why doesn’t He just come and appear to us all? Wouldn’t a loving God do that? A student at the University of Alaska posed that excellent question. Here is my 5-minute response. Dr. Frank Turek Q&A – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMMYYY0DG4
  4. Starting God-Conversations: Take the Class-Photo Approach. How can you get “God conversations” started where others are interested in engaging instead of arguing with you? How do you set the stage so others won’t be put off before the conversation has begun?: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html
  5. How can it be said that we have everlasting life when we still die? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/everlasting-life.html
  6. How should Christians react to The Golden Compass movie?: https://www.gotquestions.org/golden-compass-movie.html
  7. The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Now Promoting Praying To ‘Mother God’ After Wiping Israel From NT: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4048
  8. Why Don’t Christians Consider the Quran? Dr. Frank Turek (Q&A): https://youtu.be/mqckv2dm8mU
  9. Zoom and Doom: Company Accused Of Corrupting Bible Class Through Pornographic Zoombombing JONATHAN TURLEY: https://jonathanturley.org/2020/05/15/zoom-and-doom-company-accused-of-corrupting-bible-class-through-pornographic-zoombombing/
  10. How American Christianity Lost the Evangelical Mind The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/05/16/how-american-christianity-lost-the-evangelical-mind/
  11. Tapir – Studies of young children in various countries reveal they see nature as logically having been designed, not by people but by a Creator God – even children who have never received any such instruction…According to evolution, all living things are related. Evolutionists have nominated the rhinoceros and the horse as being the tapirs closest relatives. The three occupy the order Perissodactyla, which includes all hoofed animals having an odd number of toes on their hind feet. creation.com: https://creation.com/tapir
  12. Global Persecution Report: ‘Christians Are the Most Persecuted …and It’s Accelerating’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/april/global-persecution-report-christians-are-the-most-persecuted-and-its-accelerating
  13. Ninth Circuit rules California churches can fight abortion coverage mandate: https://www.liveaction.org/news/ninth-circuit-california-churches-fight-abortion-mandate/
  14. Obituary: Ravi Zacharias | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/rzim-updates/ravi-zacharias-obituary

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:32-34

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-14-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

Faith isn’t going anywhere and neither is disagreement. We must learn to debate the ideas and the implications  of those ideas without affirming that everyone’s view is equally valid on the one hand or demonizing those with whom we disagree on the other—this is what is truly dangerous for society. Persuasion rather than coercion is the only reasonable way forward.

– Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen  Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is Euthanasia a Biblical Solution to Terminal Illness or Suffering? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/sanctity-of-life/euthanasia/biblical-solution-terminal-illness-or-suffering/
  2. The Historical Jesus vs. the Historical Buddha | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-historical-jesus-vs-the-historical-buddha
  3. Dinosaurs in the Bible and on the Ark – creation.com: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/dinosaurs-in-the-bible-and-on-the-ark-creation-magazine-live-8-05
  4. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/
  5. 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/
  6. Should Christian women wear head coverings? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/head-coverings.html
  7. 1 Corinthians 7:12 – Gods Word or Paul’s Personal Opinion? Biola Magazine: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/08-summer/gods-word-or-pauls-personal-opinion/
  8. In What Sense Is Man the Head of Woman? – Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1137-in-what-sense-is-man-the-head-of-woman
  9. Losing Joseph, Finding Jesus | Beggar’s Bread: https://beggarsbread.org/2020/05/10/losing-joseph-finding-jesus/
  10. What if God says “Murder is good?” – Frank Turek in Q&A session: https://youtu.be/F2CdJZJd3BI
  11. Were the Gospels written by the disciples originally in Greek? Frank Turek during Q&A session: https://youtu.be/zOvl0SYh6Tw
  12. Why Moses’ Version of the Flood is the Most Reliable Ancient Account (J. Warner Wallace Lecture) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMnjX-VgPMk
  13. Where is God in a Coronavirus World? | John Lennox, Michael Ramsden | RZIM – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvLfuMlAi18
  14. How to Disagree Better about COVID-1How to Disagree Better about COVID-19, Conspiracy Theories, and Pretty Much Everything Else in Life, Conspiracy Theories, and Pretty Much Everything Else in Life: http://christianmomthoughts.com/how-to-disagree-better-about-covid-19-conspiracy-theories-and-pretty-much-everything-else-in-life/

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

Blessings to you all

Leftist Values vs. Judeo-Christian Values

I posted this meme on social media recently:

Then an acquaintance of mine (a fellow Christian) replied in the comments section with:

Let’s quit comparing our political beliefs and our faith. Ok??

Here is how I responded

First off, I want to say that our shared identities as children of the Living God, and therefore members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19-20), is much more important than the topic I am about to discuss with you.  So, while I am a firm believer that debate and exchange of ideas is very healthy, in fact, a foundation of our free and open society, I would not want to divide with you over this.  It is for this very reason that I would like to give a thorough response – more thorough than is allowed via social media.

First, I should say that I am of the opinion that there is a difference between these 3 terms:

  1. Leftist
  2. Liberal
  3. Democrat

I don’t think they are all equal.  So, when referring to leftist, I wasn’t referring to all liberals or all democrats.  Leftists are a subset of liberals, who are a subset of Democrats.

Here are some of the values that have emanated from leftist ideology:

  1. Same-sex marriage. Flowing from that Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges June 26th, 2015) are the following consequences:
    1. Christian bakers who can’t in good conscience design and create wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages taken to court (e.g. Jack Phillips, 2017)
    2. Christian photographers who won’t take photos at a same-sex wedding based on conscience objections and are sued for discrimination (e.g. Elane Photography 2013/2014)
    3. Sexual indoctrination of school children such that (in California) starting from kindergarten children are taught that LGBT life-style is “normal”
    4. Drag queen story hour for children, drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.
    5. The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
    6. Making sexual orientation and gender identity “protected class” infringes on religious freedom.
  2. Elective Abortion on-demand (up to the point of birth and sometimes, during or after birth). Flowing from this “value” are policy decisions such as:
    1. Teen age girls can get abortion inducing drugs without their parent’s consent.
    2. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S. (over 300,000 in 2018), receives roughly ½ billion dollars from the federal government
    3. The Affordable Care Act which required companies with more than 50 employees to provide health care insurance. In implementing the law, HHS named 20 kinds of contraception that needed to be covered by employers (some of which were abortifacients). Hobby Lobby was ultimately sued for not complying with this.  Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor.
    4. A decision by Chick-fil-A to donate food to a pro-biblical marriage seminar caused a university to pull the franchise’s food
    5. Little Sisters of the Poor taken to court
    6. Leftists are no longer content with abortion being “safe, legal and rare”
  3. Gender “non-binary” –the idea that there are more than 2 genders. Biden says there are at least 3 genders.
  4. Gender “fluidity” – the idea that a person’s view of their own gender can change many times and must be adhered to and respected by society
  5. Flowing from the redefinition of gender in the 2 points above are policy decisions such as:
    1. Biological males can use female bathrooms if they decide they feel like a female
    2. Biological males can sign up for female sports teams and compete against biological females in sports where strength or speed is important (note – 17 states allow this)
    3. Biological Males can use female locker-rooms if they “identify as” female.
    4. Children can be given puberty suppressing drugs.
  6. Famous voices on the left accuse Christians of being narrow minded and arrogant for proclaiming that Jesus is the only way of salvation (e.g. Oprah Winfrey)

The above are just a few examples, I could go on and on.

In my opinion, the above values are not “Judeo-Christian” values.  I strive to live my life according to the Bible, and when anti-biblical values are promoted, I want to call attention to those who may not be aware of it, since these types of issues tend not to be reported in main stream media outlets (Washington Post, New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and many others).

What are “Judeo-Christian values”?

I would not characterize my faith as Judeo-Christian, but rather Christian. I’m a born-again, Bible-believing, committed follower of Jesus Christ.  That being said, part of a “biblical worldview” is in fact “Judeo-Christian” values or ethics. Judeo-Christian values are those values which are drawn from the Bible.  The term first appeared in a book review by George Orwell in 1939, with the phrase “Judeo-Christian scheme of morals.”  Judeo-Christian values consist of those beliefs and mores which Christianity derives from and shares with Judaism, including a belief in God as a benevolent, omnipotent creator, and the Ten Commandments. The United States certainly has a Judeo-Christian heritage.  If you doubt this at all, I highly recommend that you watch David Barton’s excellent “American Heritage Series” or America’s Godly Heritage.  Moses holding the Ten Commandments is built into the United States Supreme Court building:

I greatly value free-speech and freedom of religion, both of which are enshrined in the Bill of Rights.  I’m very disappointed about the trend of conservative speakers being shouted down on college campuses all over the US.

So, by posting this, I was attempting to draw attention to leftist values that many may not be aware of.  I’m not saying that everyone who is a liberal or a democrat supports these values, but I do not want to support those espousing those values mentioned above.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this and would like to emphasize that my intent in making the post was not to offend, but to draw attention to the issue and invite courteous discussion.

Thanks for engaging with me on this topic!

mid-week apologetics booster (5-7-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1600) from Nuggets:

In God’s universe, nobody really “gets away” with anything. – Dr. Michael Brown

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Mount St. Helen’s, Living Laboratory for 40 Years – Nothing put a damper on uniformitarianism like the Mount St. Helen’s eruption on May 18, 1980. That explosion still echoes through the halls of the scientific establishment 40 years later. | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/mount-st-helens-living-laboratory-40-years/
  2. Bobby Conway interviews Natasha Crain – What’s In Your Control As A Christian Parent?: https://www.facebook.com/OneMinuteApologist/videos/543119703291763
  3. Should Christians be motivated by the fear of missing out (FOMO)? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/05/01/should-christians-be-motivated-by-the-fear-of-missing-out-fomo-3/
  4. How The Atheist-Communist Soviet Union Tried to Eliminate Religion Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2020/05/03/how-the-atheist-communist-soviet-union-tried-to-eliminate-religion/
  5. How to Trust God During the Coronavirus Outbreak | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/coronavirus/pandemic-provision-trust-god-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
  6. The Frustrating Fallacy of Friendship Evangelism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-frustrating-fallacy-of-friendship-evangelism/
  7. 10 Questions Churches Should Ask Their Gen Z Members | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2020/02/17/10-questions-churches-should-ask-their-gen-z-members/
  8. The One Dollar Apologist Called to One, Not Millions Women in Apologetics: https://womeninapologetics.com/the-one-dollar-apologist-called-to-one-not-millions/
  9. Could the Universe be Eternal? – Jesus is Not Fake News: https://jesusisnotfakenews.com/could-the-universe-be-eternal/
  10. In Case You Missed It : An In depth Study of the New Apostolic Reformation Movement Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/in-case-you-missed-it-an-indepth-study-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation-movement/
  11. How Can We Be Pro-Life and Pro-Death Penalty at the Same Time? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-can-we-be-pro-life-and-pro-death-penalty-at-the-same-time/
  12. Good News: Crisis has Closed Churches, but Americans Feeling more Religious Anyway: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/matt-philbin/2020/05/05/good-news-crisis-has-closed-churches-americans-feeling-more
  13. Our Ancestors Would Be Amazed At Our Cowardly Coronavirus Hysteria: https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/06/our-ancestors-would-be-amazed-at-our-cowardly-coronavirus-hysteria/

“Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.  O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.  Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.” – Daniel 9:15-17

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

Good reminders… I have updated this post with many more verses and commentary!

1 Peter 4:12-16

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

So, to help us along in our quest for holiness, I have listed some verses for you to memorize to help you resist this type of sexual temptation. I have memorized each of these passages myself and have found them to be of great benefit:

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…

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