mid-week apologetics booster (11-26-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

It is not until man is made thoroughly displeased with himself that he begins to aspire after God. The fallen creature, deluded by Satan, is self-pleased until his sin-blinded eyes are opened to get a sight of himself. – Arthur Pink 1886-1952, “Profiting from the Word”

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Thanksgiving Proclamations: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & more – American Minute with Bill Federer: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/thanksgiving-proclamations-washington-jefferson-madison-lincoln-roosevelt-more-american-minute-with-bill-federer
  2. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – Join Frank on a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data: https://crossexamined.org/everything-is-connected/
  3. Review of The Missoula Flood by John Soennichsen – The remarkable story of a rebel geologist and the world’s greatest flood – creation.com: https://creation.com/review-of-the-missoula-flood
  4. How can I know if I am one of the elect? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/one-of-the-elect.html
  5. When we let the doubts win, Is there a way back? it’s perfectly natural to struggle with doubt. Certainty is a person-relative, situation-dependent … But we do have reasonable warrant to believe God is there, and has revealed himself in Jesus. Objections can be raised, but there’s no way to make belief in God unreasonable, and the state of the evidence concerning what Jesus claims and what happened to him isn’t changing. Its early, and given by credible eyewitnesses. So, there are reasons to start trusting again. The experience of those around you should not be enough to distract you from devotion to Christ. He is true regardless of our feelings, and regardless of the stories of those around us. Follow Jesus; its rational, and He’s worth it. – creation.com: https://creation.com/when-we-let-the-doubts-win
  6. How Christianity Gained Cultural Momentum In The Trump Era: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/20/how-christianity-gained-cultural-momentum-in-the-trump-era/
  7. Is It True that There Are Good Non-Christians? | Clay Jones: https://www.clayjones.net/2020/10/good-non-christians/
  8. Is Divorce Really a Sin? Unfortunately, divorce is a real and prevalent issue in modern society, among those inside and outside the Church. There are myriad reasons why people get divorced these days, including adultery, abuse, finances, or simply falling out of love. The question that many wonder is: is divorce a sin? Obviously divorce is not something that pleases God, but is it actually a sin? This is a complicated and controversial issue, but one that cannot be ignored. – Topical Studies: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/is-divorce-a-sin.html
  9. What is the Historical Evidence for the Deaths and Sufferings of Early Christians? Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2015/05/17/historical-evidence-for-the-death-of-jesus-disciples-and-very-early-christians-as-well-as-their-willingness-to-suffer/
  10. Politics Will Not Save Us – this was written in February 2020, but is a good perspective now looking back and going forward: https://www.str.org/w/politics-will-not-save-us

But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. Psalms 55:23

Blessings to you all

Analogies about God from the realm of Software Development

Miracles

As a developer of a piece of software, I completely control its behavior.  The “average” user of my software is restricted to using it in the prescribed fashion and abiding by its “rules”.  However, as the software developer – the “creator” of this software, I may know how to make the software to behave in ways that are not possible for the average user (a secret key combination to enter or a particular login ID or a particular URL parameter).  If an average user was asked if it was possible to perform certain actions with the software, they would say no.  If I were to demonstrate one of these “impossible behaviors” in front of that user they may call it a miracle.  However, since I, as the creator of the software, control the “natural laws” for my software, I can make it do anything I want – even violating the “natural laws” I put in place.

In the same way, God, the creator of the universe (all time, space, matter and energy), has put “natural laws” into place.  But at any time, God can temporarily alter or suspend those laws, causing what we would call a miracle.  Miracles are hard to believe, yes, but are philosophically rational because God is the one Who put the laws into effect in the first place.

Omniscience / Providence / Sovereignty

As a developer of software, I put logging, monitoring and instrumentation into my program.  When a user of my software performs an illegal action, hopefully I have foreseen that this will happen and I put error trapping in place with notifications to the user that they are doing wrong – the program does not just “die” every time the user performs an illegal action.

As a user goes about the business of using my software, each action they perform is logged with their user ID, which component they were interacting with and the exact time down to the millisecond when the action occurred.  At any time I want, I can get a complete “transcript” of a user’s session and activities.  If the user says that the software has not behaved correctly, I can ask them what they were doing and what data they were inputting.  I will certainly be able to tell if a user is lying to me because I have the complete transcript of what they were doing.  When a user commits an illegal action or a performance problem occurs, as the creator of this software, I have designed a mechanism to notify myself that the user is experiencing troubles. Since I’m aware of all “troubles” occurring in my software, I can choose to intervene in the situation by either silently correcting the issue without the user’s knowledge (maybe making a database update or granting special access to perform an action behind the scenes) or to send a representative to contact the user or in extreme cases, I may even directly appear to the user.  Or of course, I can choose to let the user struggle with the temporary issue, knowing that in the end, they will be able to accomplish what they need to accomplish and will not be “harmed” in the process.   The user may wonder how it is that I have this comprehensive knowledge of their activities when I’m not physically present with them.  Yet, I know about their activities and problems because they are operating in the “world” of my software (my creation).

In the same way, God, as the designer and sustainer (maintainer) of the universe, is aware of all “goings on” in His universe.  He can choose to silently correct problems on our behalves or to send a representative (messenger, angel or another person) to contact and help us or in extreme cases in history, He has even decided to appear directly to us.  Of course, He is always at liberty to just let us struggle through the issue that we’re having, knowing that in the end, it will not hurt us and may even improve our character.

Get your own dirt!

Software Developers use a language and runtime environment created by a “higher power” (e.g. in the case of Java, James Gosling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gosling) and after having created a piece of software are of the opinion that they’ve truly created something; however, they are just re-combining existing software in new and different ways.

In the same way, genetic engineers and origin of life scientists think that they are creating new and different life forms or creating life from scratch, yet, they could not do what it is that they do without the existing materials (amino acids, proteins, DNA, and all other matter).  Those existing materials were created by God, but these scientists ignore the Creator of these materials that make their jobs possible.

This is illustrated well by the following popular story on the internet:

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that humankind had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this? Let’s say we have a man-making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “Okay, great!” But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.” The scientist said, “Sure, no problem,” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God looked at him and said, “Huh-uh! You go get your own dirt!”

God does not change, but does He change His mind?

When I write a software program, it can exhibit different behaviors and responses to events, user actions and data input. The program itself does not change – I write the code and deploy it and it may run for years without change, but conditional logic built into the program will cause a different response given different input.

In the same way, God does not change and does not “change His mind”. However, He has stated in His word that there are certain conditions under which He’ll behave differently based on the behavior of humans. Consider 2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Notice the conditional logic in there? It could be written in java as follows:

if (people.humble() && people.praying() && people.seekingGod() && people.turnFromWickedWays()) {
God.setHearing(true);
God.forgiveTheirSins(true);
God.healTheirLand(true);
}

Also consider the story of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:1-6:
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’ ”

This is a great case of God hearing prayer and changing His course of action.

My point here is that while it is true that God does not change and does not change His mind, He does have conditions that He has promised to respond to.

JC Ryle – The Great Separation!

What a powerful piece this is…

The Great Separation!

J.C. Ryle, 1878

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Matthew 3:12

Wheat or chaff? You see my question — for whom do you think it is meant? Is it for corn merchants and farmers only, and for none else? If you think so, then you are much mistaken. It is meant for every man, woman, and child in the world. And among others, it is meant for you.

The question is drawn from the verse of Scripture which is now before your eyes. The words of that verse were spoken by John the Baptist. They are a prophecy about our Lord Jesus Christ, and a prophecy which has not yet been fulfilled. They are a prophecy which we shall all see fulfilled one day, and God alone knows how soon.

Reader, I invite you this day to consider the great truths which this verse contains. I invite you to listen to me, while I unfold them and set them before you in order. Who knows but this text may prove a word in season to your soul! Who knows but my question may help to make this day the happiest day in your life! Listen, before you begin once more your appointed path of duty. Listen, before you start once more on some round of business. Listen, before you plunge once more into some course of useless idleness and folly. Listen to one who loves your soul, and would sincerely help to save it, or draw it nearer to Christ. Who knows what a day may bring forth! Who can tell whether you will live to see tomorrow! Be still, and listen to me a few minutes, while I show you something out of the Word of God.

I. Let me show you in the first place, the two great classes into which the world may be divided.

There are only two classes of people in the world, in the sight of God — and both are mentioned in the text which begins this tract. There are those who are called the wheat — and there are those who are called the chaff.

Viewed with the eye of man, the earth contains many different sorts of inhabitants. Viewed with the eye of God, it only contains two. Man’s eye looks at the outward appearance — this is all he thinks of. The eye of God looks at the heart — this is the only part of which He takes any account. And tried by the state of their hearts, there are but two classes into which people can be divided — either they are wheat, or they are chaff.

Reader, who are the WHEAT in the world? Listen to me, and I will tell you.

The wheat means all men and women who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ — all who are led by the Holy Spirit — all who have felt themselves sinners, and fled for refuge to the salvation offered in the Gospel — all who love the Lord Jesus, and live to the Lord Jesus, and serve the Lord Jesus — all who have taken Christ for their only confidence, and the Bible for their only guide, and regard sin as their deadliest enemy, and look to Heaven as their only home. All such, of every church, name, nation, people, and tongue — of every rank, station, condition, and degree — all such are God’s wheat!

Show me men of this kind of people anywhere, and I know what they are. I know that they and I may not agree in all particulars — but I see in them the handiwork of the King of kings, and I ask no more. I know not whence they came, and where they found their religion — but I know where they are going, and that is enough for me. They are the children of my Father in Heaven. They are part of His wheat.

All such, though sinful, and vile, and unworthy in their own eyes — are the precious part of mankind. They are the sons and daughters of God the Father. They are the delight of God the Son. They are the habitation of God the Spirit. The Father beholds no iniquity in them — they are the members of His dear Son’s body — in Him He sees them — and is well pleased. The Lord Jesus discerns in them, the fruit of His own travail and work upon the cross — and is well satisfied. The Holy Spirit regards them as spiritual temples which He Himself has raised — and rejoices over them. In a word, they are the wheat of the earth — God’s wheat.

Reader, who are the CHAFF in the world? Listen to me once more, and I will tell you this also.

The chaff means all men and women who have no saving faith in Christ, and no sanctification of the Spirit — whoever they may be. Some of them perhaps are infidels — and some are formal Christians. Some are sneering Sadducees — and some self-righteous Pharisees. Some of them make a point of keeping up a kind of ‘Sunday religion’ — and others are utterly careless of everything except their own pleasure and the world. But all alike, who have the two great marks already mentioned — no faith and no sanctification — all such are chaff. From the atheists Paine and Voltaire — to the formal churchman who can think of nothing but outward ceremonies — to the unconverted admirer of sermons in the present day — all, all are standing in one rank before God all, all are chaff!

They bring no glory to God the Father. They honor not the Son, and so do not honor the Father who sent Him. They neglect that mighty salvation, which countless millions of angels admire. They disobey that Word which was graciously written for their learning. They listen not to the voice of Him who condescended to leave Heaven and die for their sins. They pay no tribute of service and affection to Him who gave them life, and breath, and all things. And therefore God takes no pleasure in them. He pities them — but He reckons them no better than chaff!

Yes — you may have rare intellectual gifts, and high mental attainments — you may sway kingdoms by your counsel, move millions by your pen, or keep crowds in breathless attention by your tongue — but if you have never submitted yourself to the yoke of Christ, and never honored His Gospel by heartfelt reception of it — then you are nothing but chaff in His sight. Natural gifts without saving grace, are like a row of ciphers without an unit before them; they look big — but they are of no value. The vilest insect that crawls in the filth — is a nobler being than you are! It fills its place in creation, and glorifies its Maker with all its power — and you do not. You do not honor God with heart, and will, and intellect, and members, which are all His. You invert His order and arrangement, and live as if time was of more importance than eternity, and body better than soul. You dare to neglect God’s greatest gift — His own incarnate Son. You are cold about that subject which fills all Heaven with hallelujahs. And so long as this is the case, you belong to the worthless part of mankind. You are the chaff of the earth.

Reader, let this thought be deeply engraved in your mind, whatever else you forget in this volume. Remember there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are wheat — and there are chaff.

There are many nations in Europe. Each differs from the rest. Each has its own language, its own laws, its own peculiar customs. But God’s eye divides Europe into two great parties — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many classes in England. There are nobles and commoners — farmers and shopkeepers — masters and servants — rich and poor. But God’s eye only takes account of two orders — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many and various minds in every congregation that meets for religious worship. There are some who attend for a mere form — and some who really desire to meet Christ; some who come there to please others — and some who come to please God; some who bring their hearts with them, and are not soon tired — and some who leave their hearts behind them, and reckon the whole service as weary work. But the eye of Jesus only sees two divisions in the congregation — the wheat and the chaff.

There were millions of visitors to the Great Exhibition of 1851. From Europe, Asia, Africa, and America — from North, and South, and East, and West — crowds came together to see what human skill and industry could do. Children of our first father Adam’s family, who had never seen each other before, for once met face to face under one roof. But the eye of the Lord only saw two companies thronging that large palace of glass — the wheat and the chaff.

Reader, I know well the world dislikes this way of dividing professing Christians. The world tries hard to fancy there are three sorts of people, and not two. To be very godly and very strict does not suit the world — they cannot, will not be holy. To have no religion at all does not suit the world — as that would not be respectable. “Thank God,” they will say, “we are not so bad as that!” But to have religion enough to be respectable — and yet not go into extremes, to be sufficiently good — and yet not be peculiar — to have a quiet, easy-going, moderate kind of Christianity, and go comfortably to Heaven after all — this is the world’s favorite idea! There is a third class, a safe middle class — the world imagines; and in this middle class — the majority of men persuade themselves they will be found.

Reader, I denounce this notion of a middle class as an immense and soul-ruining delusion! I warn you strongly not to be carried away by it. It is as vain an invention as the Pope’s purgatory. It is a refuge of lies, a castle in the air, a Russian ice-palace, a vast unreality, an empty dream! This middle class is a class of Christians no where spoken of in the Bible!

There were two classes in the day of Noah’s flood; those who were inside the ark — and those who were outside. There were two classes in the parable of the Gospel net; those who are called the good fish — and those who are called the bad. There were two classes in the parable of the ten virgins; those who are described as wise — and those who are described as foolish. There were two classes in the account of the judgment day; the sheep — and the goats. There were two sides of the throne; the right hand — and the left. There were two abodes when the last sentence has been passed; Heaven — and Hell.

And just so, there are only two classes in the world:
those who are in the state of nature — and those who are in the state of grace;
those who are in the narrow way — and those who are in the broad;
those who have faith — and those who have no faith;
those who have been converted — and those who have not been converted;
those who are with Christ — and those who are against Him;
those who gather with Him — and those who scatter abroad;
those who are wheat — and those who are chaff.
Into these two classes, the whole world may be divided. Beside these two classes, there is none.

Reader, dear reader, see now what cause there is for self-inquiry! Are you among the wheat — or among the chaff? Neutrality is impossible. Either you are in one class — or in the other. Which is it, of the two?

You attend church perhaps. You go to the Lord’s table. You like good people. You can distinguish between good preaching and bad. You think Popery false, and oppose it firmly. You think Protestantism true, and support it cordially. You subscribe to religious societies. You attend religious meetings. You sometimes read religious books. It is well — it is all very well. It is good — it is all very good. It is more than can be said of many. But still, this is not a straightforward answer to my question: Are you wheat — or are you chaff?

Have you been born again? Are you a new creature? Have you put off the old man, and put on the new? Have you ever felt your sins, and repented of them? Are you looking only to Christ for pardon and eternal life? Do you love Christ? Do you serve Christ? Do you loathe heart-sins, and fight against them? Do you long for perfect holiness, and follow hard after it? Have you come out from the world? Do you delight in the Bible? Do you wrestle in prayer? Do you love Christ’s people? Do you try to do good to the world? Are you vile in your own eyes, and willing to take the lowest place? Are you a Christian in business, and on week days, and by your own fireside? Oh, think, think, think on these things — and then perhaps you will be better able to tell the state of your soul!

Reader, I beseech you not to turn away from my question, however unpleasant it may be. Answer it, though it may prick your conscience, and cut you to the heart. Answer it, though it may prove you in the wrong, and expose your fearful danger. Rest not, rest not, until you know how it is between you and God! Better a thousand times find out that you are in an evil case, and repent in time — than live on in uncertainty, and be lost eternally!

Reader, remember my question. Begin to meditate on it this very day. Are you wheat — or chaff?

To read the rest, go to http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (11-19-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Telescopes reveal comets in long orbits around the sun. These balls of ice follow orbits that every once in a while bring them close to the giant ball of fire. It would be like putting a snow cone half an inch from a space heater set on high. No wonder comets routinely fizzle in front of our eyes when they’re near the sun. They can’t last billions of years. – SCOTT ARLEDGE and BRIAN THOMAS, Ph.D. (Acts and Facts August 2020)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data: https://crossexamined.org/everything-is-connected/
  2. The Date of the Canon – Dr. Michael Kruger – Renewing Your Mind | Nov 12, 2020: https://renewingyourmind.org/2020/11/12/the-date-of-the-canon
  3. 400 Years Later, The Mayflower Compact Matters Now More Than Ever: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/11/400-years-later-the-mayflower-compact-matters-now-more-than-ever/
  4. IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED pt.5 | Regaining Lost Ground with Pastor Shane Idleman, Nov 13, 2020: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/regaining-lost-ground/listen/if-the-foundations-are-destroyed-pastor-shane-idleman-853384.html
  5. Will God forgive me? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/will-God-forgive-me.html
  6. Stephen Meyer Interviews John Lennox about going; Against the Tide – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zD50_1kicw4
  7. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kWSG5okmUr8
  8. Biology doesn’t support the idea of biological evolution | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/11/15/biology-doesnt-support-the-idea-of-biological-evolution/
  9. The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work – Cross Examined 11/07/20: https://subspla.sh/mn2txfg
  10. Apologetics Gift Ideas for the Holidays – My Humble Apology: https://myhumbleapology.com/2020/11/14/apologetics-gift-ideas-for-the-holidays/
  11. The Necessity of a Cosmic Mind: https://crossexamined.org/the-necessity-of-a-cosmic-mind/
  12. The Well-Churched Atheist | Women in Apologetics: https://womeninapologetics.com/the-well-churched-atheist/
  13. Why Jesus Cannot Be One Truth among Many | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/why-jesus-cannot-be-one-truth-among-many/
  14. Ostrich – a reminder of creation and the Fall – creation.com: https://creation.com/ostrich
  15. Should You Use a Preferred Gender Pronoun? Quick Thoughts! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/B_Uz4BjGNqE
  16. Answering Objections to Gods Existence | Q&A with William Lane Craig: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/11/17/answering-objections-to-gods-existence-qa-with-william-lane-craig/
  17. How were people saved in the Old Testament? We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. But how were people reconciled to God before the coming of Christ? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson explains how the saints of the Old Testament were saved. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_DxxetguBE

Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. Acts 2:29-31

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-12-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

When you’re irritable, the heart of the problem is primarily a problem of the heart. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-raise-your-kids-so-they-will-remain-in-the-faith/
  2. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/11/08/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-2/
  3. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Not His Church Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-christian-atheist-when-you-believe-in-god-but-not-his-church/
  4. Surviving evolution classes at high school – creation.com: https://creation.com/surviving-evolution-classes-at-high-school
  5. Gbekli Tepe shows evidence of geometric planning – creation.com: https://creation.com/gobekli-tepe-geometric-planning
  6. If You Want Your Apologetics to be Effective, Don’t Skip this Step!: https://clearlens.org/blogs/if-you-want-your-apologetics-to-be-effective-dont-skip-this-step
  7. Bible Difficulties | Evidence Unseen: http://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/
  8. Standing against the Tide: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/impact-events/read/impact-events/2020/11/06/standing-against-the-tide
  9. #50 Questions, Final Answer: Christianity Meets the Test; How Many Christians Do? | The Stream: https://stream.org/50-questions-christianity-meets-test-how-many-christians/
  10. Faith, Hope, and Love: Why Christians Must Keep Up the Fight | The Stream: https://stream.org/faith-hope-love-why-christians-must-keep-up-the-fight/
  11. How Can Jesus Be the Only Way? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/RRyq6RwzlEM
  12. The Problem of Canon – Ligonier Ministries: https://subspla.sh/kh5c453
  13. Christians Aren’t In Despair If Biden Won, Because Government Isn’t God: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/10/christians-arent-in-existential-despair-if-biden-won-because-government-isnt-our-god/
  14. Big Faith Questions | Compass Christian Church (Chandler, AZ) looks like this is an on-site event with BBQ served: https://compassaz.church/event/big-faith-questions-2/2020-11-14/
  15. 3 Times Jesus Responded to Doubt – With Evidence: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/3-times-jesus-responded-to-doubt/
  16. Christians in India Face Stunning Ultimatum: Renounce Your Faith in Christ or Have Family Beaten and Evicted From Home | American Center for Law and Justice: https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/christians-in-india-face-stunning-ultimatum-renounce-your-faith-in-christ-or-have-family-beaten-and-evicted-from-home
  17. A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/a-warning-from-the-earliest-christians/
  18. You Can’t Argue Someone into the Kingdom. Really? – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2014/07/30/you-cant-argue-someone-into-the-kingdom-really/

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 1:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-5-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

If religion, or sincerity, or doing our best cannot save you and me, then how can any of those things save someone else? Either Jesus rescues us by taking the punishment for our sin on Himself, or we are not saved and we have to pay for our own crimes. Its no more complicated than that. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. “Dr. Turek, would you kill your family?” Cody strikes again!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXUs0WNu-RU
  2. 3 Minute Theology 1.2: How could God be Three-in-One? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ra0ASN0d7o
  3. Top Six Evidences for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/10/top-six-evidences-for-intelligent-design/
  4. Omniscience And Free Will – Christian doctrine holds that God is all knowing (1 John 3:20), and humans have free will (Deuteronomy 30:19 is my favorite example). however, at my favorite apologetics debate board, I have seen skeptics raise an objection to these points several times. – Come Reason Ministries: https://www.comereason.org/omniscience-and-free-will.asp
  5. 5 Proofs For The Existence of God | finding truth matters: https://www.findingtruthmatters.org/articles/apologetics/5-proofs-for-the-existence-of-god/
  6. Street Tactics Part 5 – Trinity – Atheists and skeptics think the Trinity is absurd. Muslims protest, pointing out that Jesus never said, I am God. Worship me. Jehovahs Witnesses are strict unitarians on biblical grounds, and Mormons, though they affirm Scripture, are polytheists, regarding the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as distinct gods. (Greg Koukl): https://www.str.org/w/street-tactics-part-5

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ” Matthew 25:46

Blessings to you all