mid-week apologetics booster (9-24-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

O SAVIOUR OF SINNERS, Make me to abhor that which grieves thy Holy Spirit, to suspect consolations of a worldly nature, to shun a careless way of life, to reprove evil, to instruct with meekness those who oppose me, to be gentle and patient towards all men, to be not only a professor but an example of the gospel. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Evolution and the Experts – Douglas Axe at Dallas Science Faith Conference 2020 – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/1pVulmHTd74
  2. Why the Latter Days Saints are a False Religion The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberghttps://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/09/21/why-the-latter-days-saints-are-a-false-religion/
  3. Placing the Cross in History – Can we know the exact date of Christs death? The Bibles firsthand accounts give us plenty of historical details that narrow down when it fell within the Roman Empires tumultuous early days. | Answers in Genesishttps://answersingenesis.org/jesus/crucifixion/placing-the-cross-in-history/
  4. Are You Properly Motivated as a Christian Case Maker? | Cold Case Christianityhttps://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-you-properly-motivated-as-a-christian-case-maker/
  5. How to Respect Different Viewpoints While Keeping Your Own: An Interview with Timothy Keller and John Inazu – Bible Gateway Bloghttps://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2020/04/how-to-respect-different-viewpoints-while-keeping-your-own-an-interview-with-timothy-keller-and-john-inazu/amp/
  6. Why does God allow natural disasters? – YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0-s_jYZ-O0
  7. Is belief in God just like belief in Santa Claus? | Andy Bannister – YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ6gzX0nVUk

as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.” Romans 11:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-17-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

God maintains a delicate balance between keeping His existence sufficiently evident so people will know He’s there and yet hiding His presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore Him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free. – J.P. Moreland

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Great Analogy – Two Men Are Seated On a Plane… – YouTube: https://youtu.be/xqgWEf4xVOg?t=41
  2. How to Avoid An Atheist Ambush in University – BreakPoint: https://www.breakpoint.org/how-to-avoid-an-atheist-ambush-in-university/
  3. Privileged Species featuring Dr. Michael Denton – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoI2ms5UHWg
  4. The Apologetics of Peter A Logical Argument for the Deity of Christ Probe Ministries: https://probe.org/the-apologetics-of-peter/
  5. Are Christians Biased? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-christians-biased/
  6. If Christians Are Supposed to Rely on Evidence, Why Call It Faith? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/if-christians-are-supposed-to-rely-on-evidence-why-call-it-faith/
  7. The Inexplicable Fine-Tuning of the Foundational Forces in Our Universe | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-inexplicable-fine-tuning-of-the-foundational-forces-in-our-universe/
  8. How Could a Loving God Condemn Good People to Hell?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-could-loving-god-condemn-good.html
  9. How church history will help you defend the faith Southern Equip: https://equip.sbts.edu/article/church-history-will-help-defend-faith/
  10. Simple Suggestions to Challenge Young Christians Toward Spiritual Maturity (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S6E04) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/podcasts/simple-suggestions-to-challenge-young-christians-toward-spiritual-maturity-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s6e04/
  11. God’s Holiness in a great 6 minute animated video by the Bible Project – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9vn5UvsHvM
  12. The Holiness of God – Wrath & Grace Kids (A. W. Pink) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGK-Oq4qUQc
  13. The Holiness of God: R.C. Sproul through the Years – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK0NjiBXKN4
  14. What does it mean that God is holy, holy, holy? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/holy-holy-holy.html
  15. Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/09/14/yale-university-computer-science-professor-takes-a-look-at-protein-formation-probabilities-3/
  16. Pastor’s Daughter Sent Home from School for Wearing ‘Homosexuality Is a Sin’ T-Shirt – Milton Quintanilla: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/pastors-daughter-sent-home-from-school-for-wearing-homosexuality-is-a-sin-shirt.html
  17. What was God doing before He created the universe? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-doing.html

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. Psalms 52:8-9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-10-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is are 2 random quotes (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

If we determined that becoming a scientist did cause people to drop their belief in God, we might have reason to think there is some inherent conflict between the practice of science and theism. But to the contrary, Ecklund’s Religion among Academic Scientists Study showed that the irreligious are simply more likely to become scientists in the first place. – Natasha Crain (Talking with your kids about God)

Without conversion there is no salvation. We all need an entire change of nature. Of ourselves we have neither faith, nor fear, nor love towards God. “We must be born again.” Of ourselves we are utterly unfit for dwelling in God’s presence. Heaven would be no heaven to us if we were not converted.  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How can the Bible be relevant today when it was written so long ago? | Jo Vitale | Q&A | RZIM – YouTube: https://youtu.be/81ePnq_Hf-w
  2. How Can I Help My Evolutionist Son Respect Both Science and Scripture?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/how-can-i-help-my-evolutionist-son-respect-both-science-and-scripture/
  3. Tough Questions From Christian Teens Did God Create Evil? (Part 2) Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2020/05/15/tough-questions-from-christian-teens-god-and-evil-part-2/amp/
  4. Ten Reasons “Tent-Makers Make Great Christian Case Makers: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/ten-reasons-tent-makers-make-great-christian-case-makers/
  5. Diagnose before You Treat : https://subspla.sh/8wzpswd
  6. The Science & Faith Podcast – James Tour and Stephen Meyer: Life’s Origin: Lab + Information = Mind – YouTube: https://youtu.be/x5tUDJ23Kms
  7. The Strongest Argument for God – 08/29/20 – Cross Examined: https://subspla.sh/pxyk78s
  8. Light Before the Sun – How biblical apologists have historically understood the source of light before the sun was created in Genesis 1. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/days-without-sun-what-was-source-light/
  9. Lunar Recession – Does It Support a Young Universe? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/moon/lunar-recession/
  10. Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and the Bible: https://www.blogos.org/scienceandtechnology/dark-energy-matter-pf.php
  11. List of Factors of Fine-Tuning of Intelligent Life in the Universe: https://www.cltruth.com/2019/factors-fine-tuning-intelligent-life-universe/
  12. Should Faith Have Its Reasons?: http://www.travisdickinson.com/should-faith-have-its-reasons/
  13. Does God do miracles today? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Dj9RQIUcur8
  14. Apologetics Isn’t Argumentative: https://www.str.org/w/apologetics-isn-t-argumentative
  15. Judge Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design Yourself | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/04/judge-michael-behes-case-for-intelligent-design-yourself/
  16. 5 Reasons Why a Thoughtful Person on a Religious Quest Should Start With Christianity Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/5-reasons-why-a-thoughtful-person-on-a-religious-quest-should-start-with-christianity/amp/
  17. Should We Divide over Homosexuality? – Alan Shlemon – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/x47mdbv
  18. Too Good to be False with Tom Gilson – 08/15/20 – Cross Examined: https://subspla.sh/zr8xskj
  19. Starter Questions for Evangelism The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/starter-questions-for-evangelism/amp/
  20. Evidence of Spiritual Warfare – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/5yp5mg3

They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34

Blessings to you all

Opening Night of AWANA 2020

Last night I was blessed and honored to take on the new role of AWANA Truth & Training director for our local church.  When the previous Truth & Training director announced she would not being coming back next year, our AWANA director made it known that no one had yet volunteered to step up and fill that role.  She said that if no one would fill that role, the program would not be able to continue in the 2020/2021 school year.  So, after prayer and contemplation, with the help of God and others, I decided that I could handle those responsibilities so that the program could continue.  I’d already been serving as an AWANA Truth & Training leader for 10 years and I know how everything works (or at least I thought I did)…  When the previous Truth & Training director handed over the responsibilities to me this summer, I was shocked at how much record-keeping was involved in the job!  There were so many data points that needed to be tracked – color groups, AWANA bucks, handbook section progress, gold and silver extra credit, attendance, AWANA Grand Prix, book awards, patches, Timothy awards and the list goes on…  I was beginning to wonder what I got myself into!  So, I kind of sat and stewed on it for a few weeks.  Then, about 3 weeks ago, I decided that I was going to take action to make things better for myself and for the program – we were going to go paperless.  I put my enterprise web development skills to use and designed/developed an AWANA record-keeping tool.  Knowing that I had a deadline of opening night (September 2nd) I started working on this every morning before work for 2-3 hours.  So, by the grace of God I was able to finish enough of the features to use the tool for our opening night.  I will continue to enhance and modify the tool as the semester continues and our needs evolve and be come clear.  Here are some screenshots from the tool:

Login:

Main Page:

AWANA Bucks:

Handbook Time (for listening to verses memorized by the Clubbers):

Section Progress:

Clubber Rankings by Week:

Color Group Assignments:

Add New Clubber Screen (automatic “greedy” algorithm to select best color group for each new clubber to distribute clubbers across color groups while spreading out distribution of grades within a color group):

This is just the beginning…  I have many other ideas for enhancing this tool.

By implementing this tool, I’ve lifted a huge record-keeping burden off of my shoulders.  Additionally, this will allow me to focus on more impactful activities such as preparing for the weekly teaching.

Last night, for the first night everything went very well – better than I could’ve hoped for!  Praise the Lord and thanks to those who were praying for success last night.

The first night is always a busy and hectic night – a lot has to be covered and there’s a lot of “administrivia”.  I had to spend 45 minutes teaching the clubbers – covering our weekly routine and rules, getting to know each other and also, had to cover the Start Zone, which is the basic overview of the Gospel and the Bible.  Here are the pages of the Start Zone which I covered:

The following is the slide presentation I used to guide my teaching for the night:

I created a prayer box for the room and encouraged the clubbers to fill out the following (paper) form if they had any prayer requests.  In the past, I learned that if we have the clubbers verbalize their prayer requests, it tends to become a long story telling time, which does not work well at the end of the night when we’re praying…

Overall, I’m so thankful that things went well and I thank God for being with us through all of this – may He be glorified in this ministry!

mid-week apologetics booster (9-3-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

As things stand, the future of America will be an atmosphere of even greater intolerance toward those committed to God’s ways, absolute truth, and traditional values. Ironically, groups that promote tolerance often lack tolerance for those who hold opposing views. – Shane Idleman

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why don’t Christian women cover their heads? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ma4UhXscjdI
  2. Q&A Session with College Students and Frank Turek – I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist with Frank Turek – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zSqb5Q8zjx4
  3. To be a Bible-believing Christian, you have to be comfortable working alone | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/08/30/to-be-a-bible-believing-christian-you-have-to-be-comfortable-working-alone/

Correct me, LORD, but only with justice– not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland. Jeremiah 10:24-25

Blessings to you all