mid-week apologetics booster (7-30-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that’s my job…And I’m prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legends or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff. – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Dogs breeding dogs? That’s not evolution! – creation.com: https://creation.com/dogs-breeding-dogs
  2. Are You Looking for Ideas for Doing Apologetics? The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/07/29/are-you-looking-for-ideas-for-doing-apologetics/
  3. A Case for the Bible: The importance of understanding how the Bible was translated when practicing Christian Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-the-importance-of-understanding-how-the-bible-was-translated-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  4. Does the Book of Isaiah Teach the Trinity?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2020/07/20/does-the-book-of-isaiah-teach-the-trinity
  5. Reflecting God’s Character in Apologetics | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/07/apologetics-and-character/
  6. 3 Steps to a More Intentional Mission Trip | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/intentional-mission-trips/
  7. Michael Egnor: How NOT to debate materialists Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/michael-egnor-how-not-to-debate-materialists/
  8. Frank Turek Podcast interviewing John Lennox on artificial intelligence: https://subspla.sh/pp966r3
  9. Biblical site of Ziklag finally identified? This is not really a Christian article, but interesting theory related to this biblical site. – The Jerusalem Post: https://m.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-site-of-ziklag-finally-identified-635127
  10. Why are Christians always arguing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christians-arguing.html
  11. The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/07/24/the-importance-of-having-a-narrative-when-confronting-the-assumption-of-naturalism-3/
  12. Generation Why? Churches Worry They Can’t Reach Young Adults Full of Questions | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/02/18/generation-why-churches-worry-they-cant-reach-young-adults-full-of-questions/
  13. A Case for the Bible: The importance of understanding how hostile witnesses actually give support to the Biblical record when practicing Christian Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-the-bible-the-importance-of-understanding-how-hostile-witnesses-actually-give-support-to-the-biblical-record-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  14. A Student Punished for Privately Sharing Religious Views | Alliance Defending Freedom: https://www.adflegal.org/blog/student-punished-privately-sharing-religious-views
  15. California churches refuse to shut down in face of local leaders threatening to cut power | News | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-churches-refuse-to-shut-down-in-face-of-local-leaders-threatening-to-cut-power
  16. Islamic extremists in Nigeria execute 5 men as warning against converting to Christianity | Disrn: https://disrn.com/news/islamic-extremists-execute-5-nigerian-men-as-warning-to-those-converting-muslims-to-christians
  17. Norm Geisler the Movie An NGIM Production: https://normgeislerthemovie.com/

O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Psalms 144:3-4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-23-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

And here’s something fascinating: there’s a rabbinic tradition preserved in the Talmud that says on the Day of Atonement there were three different signs that the animal sacrifices the high priest offered had been accepted by God and atonement given to the nation. 41 In the years when the signs would come up negative, the people would be ashamed and mourn, because God had not accepted their sacrifice. Then it says that during the last forty years before the second temple was destroyed, all three signs were negative each and every time. 42 Think about that: Jesus probably was crucified in AD 30, and the temple was destroyed in AD 70. So from the time of his death to the time of the destruction of the temple – a period of forty years – God signaled that he no longer accepted the sacrifices and offerings of the Jewish people. Why?His answer was emphatic: Because final atonement had been made through Yeshua, just as he had prophesied. – The Case for the Real Jesus

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The World Needs More Faithful Men – Faithfulness is also hard work. Many days come when faithful men would prefer a different course than the one in front of them when they would rather take a break from killing their sin, pursuing their wives, disciplining their children, laboring at their job…faithfulness is often thankless. By its very nature, it goes largely unnoticed: rarely showy, ever steady, a faithful man is as valuable and yet as inconspicuous as a beating heart. That he can be taken for granted is, in a sense, his glory. Yet despite the difficulties that attend true faithfulness, the world desperately needs such faithful men. Men whose word means something more than maybe. | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-world-needs-more-faithful-men
  2. Authentic Christianity: Counting the Cost (Part 1 of 2). Bible teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan shares inspirational lessons that can be learned from the Apostle Paul about living an authentic Christian life, changing the culture and serving the broken world around us. – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/authentic-christianity-counting-the-cost-part-1-of-2/
  3. The Supreme Court’s Ruling In Bostock Signals Difficult Days Ahead: https://www.drjamesdobson.org/about/latest-news/news-media/2020/07/16/the-supreme-courts-ruling-in-bostock-signals-difficult-days-ahead
  4. 400+ Protestant Venues Destroyed or Closed in Shangrao City: https://bitterwinter.org/400-protestant-venues-destroyed-in-shangrao-city/
  5. Don’t believe the Bible is true? Wait till you see this – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BlWuA2bpkk
  6. Was the Bible updated? – creation.com: https://creation.com/text-updates
  7. Is the Bible Really from God? 4 lines of evidence are presented to make the case that the Bible really is from God: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/07/18/is-the-bible-really-from-god/
  8. William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/07/19/william-lane-craig-lectures-on-the-evidence-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-11/
  9. We are told: The recipe for the origin of life has been revised Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/we-are-told-the-recipe-for-the-origin-of-life-has-been-revised/
  10. The Historical Jesus vs. the Historical Buddha | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-historical-jesus-vs-the-historical-buddha
  11. Message from the Molecules They Say Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/05/message-from-the-molecules-they-say-intelligent-design/
  12. 7 Essential Questions to Ask When You Study the Bible | Josh Daffern: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/newwineskins/7-essential-questions-to-ask-when-you-study-the-bible/
  13. No, God And The Flying Spaghetti Monster Are Not The Same | HillFaith: https://hillfaith.blog/2020/07/19/no-god-and-the-flying-spaghetti-monster-are-not-the-same/
  14. 3 Times Jesus Responded to Doubt – With Evidence: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/3-times-jesus-responded-to-doubt/
  15. Staying calm on social media with disagreements The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/staying-calm-on-social-media-with-disagreements/amp/
  16. John Grigg: Astronomer and Christian – creation.com: https://creation.com/john-grigg
  17. Why Every Christian Needs to Be A Sheepdog | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-every-christian-needs-to-be-a-sheepdog/
  18. Do Atheists Believe in Just One Less God Than Christians? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/do-atheists-believe-in-just-one-less-god-than-christians/

Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. The LORD Almighty has declared in my hearing: “Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants. Isaiah 5:8-9

Blessings to you all

Bible Study Teaching on Psalm 107 & 108

On Tuesday July 14th, it was my turn to teach a group of men that gather every Tuesday.  In the past, we gathered at Mimi’s Cafe restaurant, but now, we’re gathering over Skype.  Here is the teaching:

Psalm 107 & 108

Psalm 107

This is the first chapter of Book 5 of the Psalms.  Here are the 5 “books” or “divisions”:

  1. Book 1 (Psalms 1–41)
  2. Book 2 (Psalms 42–72)
  3. Book 3 (Psalms 73–89)
  4. Book 4 (Psalms 90–106)
  5. Book 5 (Psalms 107–150)

As you read this psalm, take notice of the following repeating four-fold pattern of the Israelite’s interaction with God (starting in v4):

  1. They fall away from God – or otherwise get in trouble
  2. They become penitent and they cry out to God
  3. God hears their cry and solves their problem
  4. This results in them praising God

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary 3 and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; they did not find a way to an inhabited city. 5 They were hungry and thirsty; their soul fainted within them.

6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 He led them also by a straight way, to go to an inhabited city. 8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! 9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. 10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains, 11 because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help. 13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart. 15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! 16 For He has shattered gates of bronze and cut bars of iron asunder. 17 Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! 22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing. 23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters; 24 they have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep.

25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; their soul melted away in their misery. 27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. 29 He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! 32 Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him at the seat of the elders.

33 He changes rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into a thirsty ground; 34 A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35 He changes a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry land into springs of water; 36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish an inhabited city, 37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, And gather a fruitful harvest. 38 Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, and He does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and bowed down through oppression, misery and sorrow, 40 He pours contempt upon princes and makes them wander in a pathless waste. 41 But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction, and makes his families like a flock. 42 The upright see it and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth. 43 Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, and consider the lovingkindnesses of the LORD. NASB

This is a Psalm of redemption.  Charles Spurgeon commented on the Redeemer and the response of redeemed in light of this psalm:

The Redeemer is so glorious, the ransom price so immense, and the redemption so complete, that they (the redeemed) are under sevenfold obligations to give thanks unto the Lord, and to exhort others to do so.  What gratitude can suffice for a deliverance from the power of sin, death, and hell?… They must be horrible ingrates who will not honour such a deliverer for so happy a rescue from the most cruel death. It is well that the redeemed should be stirred up to bless the Lord again and again, for preserved life deserves lifelong thankfulness.

This psalm contains a repeating a pattern of 4 stages that Israel plays out in their interaction with God:

  1. They fall away from God – or otherwise get in trouble
  2. They become penitent and they cry out to God
  3. God hears their cry and solves their problem
  4. This results in them praising God

Not only is this a pattern of Israel, but this can become a pattern that plays out in the life of a Christian, as he is sanctified by the work of the Holy Spirit in his life:

4 times in this Psalm, the following statement is repeated (v8,15,21,31):

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

Before this statement, each time they cry to the LORD (V6,13,19,28):

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble…

Q: What are some things for which we as Christians might cry out to the LORD?

What were they redeemed from?  The Psalmist paints 4 portraits of the disastrous end of sin in the nation:

  1. Wandering in the desert (v4-5)
  2. Languishing in prison (V10-12)
  3. Enduring sickness (V17-18)
  4. Tossing on a stormy sea (V23-27)

1. Wandering in the desert

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; they did not find a way to an inhabited city. 5 They were hungry and thirsty; their soul fainted within them.

The Psalmist may be looking back at the desert wanderings of the ungrateful, faithless Israel.  The LORD rebukes them in Numbers on says that they will wander in the wilderness:

Numbers 32:7 “Now why are you discouraging the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the LORD has given them? 8 This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to see the land. 9 For when they went up to the valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the sons of Israel so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them. 10 So the LORD’S anger burned in that day, and He swore, saying,

11 ‘None of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob; for they did not follow Me fully, 12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed the LORD fully.’” 13 So the LORD’S anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the entire generation of those who had done evil in the sight of the LORD was destroyed.

What an amazing statement to have said about you by the LORD – that Caleb and Joshua “followed the LORD fully”.  That would be a great tombstone statement:

2. Languishing in prison

10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains, 11 because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help.

Possibly the Psalmist thought of the capture and imprisonment of King Zedekiah:

2 Kings 25:4 Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah. 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him. 6 Then they captured the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him. 7 They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.

3. Enduring Sickness

17 Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

Possibly the psalmist recalled the mass affliction and subsequent mass healing in Numbers:

Numbers 21:4 Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom ; and the people became impatient because of the journey. 5 The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.” 6 The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

7 So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. 8 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” 9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

Although Jesus was clear that not all sickness was a direct result of sin:

John 9:1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Yet there are other places in the Scriptures where sickness does seem to be connected with personal sin.  In the following passage, Jesus first heals a man, then later warns him not to sin any more so that nothing worse happens to him:

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.”

11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.”

Additionally, the Apostle Paul, after passing on the account of the last supper, seems to indicate that some people are sick because of their celebrating the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner (not examining themselves and not recognizing the body of the Lord):

1 Corinthians 11:26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. (NIV)

4. Tossing on a stormy sea

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters; 24 they have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. 25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; their soul melted away in their misery. 27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, and were at their wits’ end.

Possibly the psalmist had Jonah and the sailors bound for Tarshish in mind:

Jonah 1:1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 4 The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.

5 Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep. 6 So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.” 7 Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” 9 He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”

10 Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”-for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” 13 However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. 14 Then they called on the LORD and said, “We earnestly pray, O LORD, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O LORD, have done as You have pleased.” 15 So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.

The following section contrasts God’s blessing in response to man’s obedience with God’s judgment on man’s sin.  The psalmist makes his point with 4 illustrations:

  1. Descending from prosperity to poverty (v 33-34)
  2. Being lifted up from barrenness to blessedness (v 35-38)
  3. Falling from the top to the bottom (v 39-40)
  4. Being elevated from low to high (v 41-42)

33 He changes rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into a thirsty ground; 34 A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35 He changes a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry land into springs of water; 36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish an inhabited city, 37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, And gather a fruitful harvest. 38 Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, and He does not let their cattle decrease. 39 When they are diminished and bowed down through oppression, misery and sorrow, 40 He pours contempt upon princes and makes them wander in a pathless waste. 41 But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction, and makes his families like a flock. 42 The upright see it and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth. 43 Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, and consider the lovingkindnesses of the LORD.

Psalm 108

1 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. 2 Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! 3 I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. 4 For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the skies. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.

6 That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and answer me! 7 God has spoken in His holiness: “I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter. 9 Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; over Philistia I will shout aloud.

10 Who will bring me into the besieged city? Who will lead me to Edom?” 11 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God? 12 Oh give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is in vain. 13 Through God we will do valiantly, and it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.

David combines portions of his own previously written Psalms 57 and 60 to make up this psalm commemorating God’s victories (v1-5 are from 57:7-11; v6-13 are from 60:5-12).  He deleted the laments that began each psalm (57:1-6 and 60:1-4) while combining his own words of exaltation and confidence in God with only slight word variation.  No specific historical occasion behind the psalm is given.  The psalm is broken down into 2 sections:

  1. Personal Exaltation of God (v1-5)
  2. Personal Confidence in God (v6-13)

Q: Regarding the phrase in v1 “My heart is steadfast”, in what ways does this manifest in the life of a Christian?

Q: Regarding the phrase in v12 “deliverance by man is in vain”, in what ways do we seek deliverance by man, when we should be seeking deliverance by God?

Resources used in the preparation of this teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible (NASB) notes
  2. I Am Redeemed – 11/20/2018 sermon by Dr. Calvin Ray Evans, President and Director of Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, Boston, OH (https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112018161628183)
  3. Treasury of David: Spurgeon’s Classic Work on the Psalms (https://www.amazon.com/Treasury-David-Spurgeons-Classic-Psalms/dp/0825436834)

mid-week apologetics booster (7-16-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. – C. S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The 8 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Slavery in the Bible (podcast): https://mamabearapologetics.com/mba047-8-questions-slavery/
  2. Is Christianity Shrinking in America? “Yes” and “No”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-christianity-shrinking-in-america-yes-and-no/
  3. Are Churches A Major Source of Coronavirus Cases? – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/are-churches-a-major-source-of-coronavirus-cases/
  4. Ten Steps to Becoming an Effective “Tent-Making” Christian Case Maker: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/ten-steps-to-becoming-an-effective-tent-making-christian-case-maker/
  5. Finality of Eternal Judgment: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2020/03/finality-of-eternal-judgment.html
  6. A Secular Historian and a Christian Historian Discuss How the Apostle Paul Changed the World: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-secular-historian-and-christian.html
  7. Can A Witness Be Trusted If He Can’t Be Cross-Examined? https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-a-witness-be-trusted-if-he-cant-be-cross-examined/
  8. Christian Citizenship – What does the Bible say about Christian citizenship? What are our responsibilities, duties, and rights? In this message, Adrian Rogers explains how we are to behave concerning politics, using Paul’s letter in Romans 13. | Part 1 – Listen to Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers, Jul 8, 2020: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-finding/listen/christian-citizenship-part-1-831032.html
  9. Don Lemon claims Jesus Christ ‘admittedly was not perfect’ on Earth: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/don-lemon-claims-jesus-christ-admittedly-was-not-perfect-on-earth
  10. Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians, including Trump | Pew Research Center: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/20/almost-all-presidents-have-been-christians/
  11. America as a Religious Refuge: The Seventeenth Century, Part 1 – Religion and the Founding of the American Republic | Exhibitions (Library of Congress): https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel01.html

He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:31-33

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-9-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

Why would give devout Jews (who wrote the New Testament) invent a resurrected Jesus and then suffer and die for their own lie? – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Charles Stanley Gospel Message at the end of his sermon: https://youtu.be/Q0KXSfWes9g?t=2792
  2. Can the Gospel Writers Be Trusted and What Outside Proof is There for Christianity? The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/07/03/can-the-gospel-writers-be-trusted-and-what-outside-proof-is-there-for-christianity/
  3. Why the Hearsay Rule Shouldn’t Apply to the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-hearsay-rule-shouldnt-apply-to-the-gospels/
  4. Why the Bible is Reliable: https://thinkdivinely.com/why-the-bible-is-reliable/
  5. How church history will help you defend the faith Southern Equip: https://equip.sbts.edu/article/church-history-will-help-defend-faith/
  6. To Reach Young People, We Need to Become Like Children: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/to-reach-young-people-we-need-to-become-like-children/
  7. Ditching Darwin: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2020/03/ditching-darwin.html?m=1
  8. What is the Christian response to cut-and-paste humans? | Zacharias Trust | RZIM Europe: https://www.zachariastrust.org/what-is-the-christian-response-to-cut-and-paste-humans
  9. Teacher Blames ‘Western Imperialism’ for 2+2=4. I know, this is not Apologetics, but all truth is God’s truth and this speaks to the issue of truth being under assault right now : https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/paula-bolyard/2020/07/08/orwellian-teacher-blames-western-imperialism-colonization-for-concept-of-224-n614048
  10. Frank Turek lectures on the case against same-sex marriage | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/07/06/frank-turek-lectures-on-the-case-against-same-sex-marriage-5/
  11. William Lane Craig lectures on the moral argument at Georgia Tech | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/07/05/william-lane-craig-lectures-on-the-moral-argument-at-georgia-tech-10/
  12. Christian Naivety is Harming the Church’s Engagement with Today’s Culture: http://christianmomthoughts.com/christian-naivety-is-harming-the-churchs-engagement-with-todays-culture/
  13. Basics of biblical evangelism part 1 of 2, how not to share your faith: https://youtu.be/yr7HQn9MMv8
  14. Four Reasons You Should Attend the Cross Examined Instructor Academy | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-reasons-you-should-attend-the-crossexamined-instructor-academy/
  15. Explaining the Applicability of Mathematics | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/explaining-the-applicability-of-mathematics/
  16. Communists taking over Christian churches by putting themselves on managing boards – WND: https://www.wnd.com/2020/07/communists-taking-christian-churches-putting-managing-boards/

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 2 Corinthians 5:10-11

Blessings to you all

Kayaking on the Lower Salt River July 3, 2020

It was a hot day, but on the water, I wasn’t hot at all.  Wonderful time, wonderful scenery!  Here is a short video taken by a friend who I was with:

And here are some pictures I took when we arrived:

Then, while on the river:

Here are some deer we saw coming up to the river bank to have a drink:

And when we stopped off for a break, we saw what appeared to be a large cockroach, but after close inspection, we believe it was a crayfish:

Beautiful day, great time.  I hope to do this again sometime soon!

mid-week apologetics booster (7-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, Thy will be done. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.  – C. S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Tips on Loving God With All Our Heart, Soul, and Mind THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/tips-on-loving-god-with-all-our-heart-soul-and-mind/
  2. The Queer Movement Wants To Convert Christians, Not Coexist: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/26/the-queer-movement-wants-to-convert-christians-not-coexist/
  3. Is Science Our One True Source of Finding Truth?: https://glenntstanton.com/2020/05/13/is-science-our-one-true-source-of-finding-truth/
  4. 5 Myths about Hell | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/5-myths-about-hell/
  5. Top 10 things guilty sinners say to try to justify themselves – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voices/top-10-things-guilty-sinners-say-to-try-to-justify-themselves.html
  6. Chris Cuomo video – we don’t need help from above: https://twitter.com/truthhammer888/status/1278329167994449920?s=12
  7. Tim Keller on how to bring the Gospel to post Christian America – 1 hour conversation. There are parts of this talk that I don’t agree with, but overall, I think there are enough good perspectives here to include it in the weekly links: https://youtu.be/zNve3Hexh28

A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Proverbs 12:17

Blessings to you all