mid-week apologetics booster (3-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

The belief that all religions are harmful to society because some are is akin to believing that I shouldn’t eat any fruits because some are poisonous. – Forest Antemesaris

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/08/spiritual-conversations/
  2. Christians Must Care Less about Our Cultural Reputation| Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/christians-must-care-less-about-our-cultural-reputation/
  3. Reasonable Faith – Who Really Cares? Dr. Craig examines an atheist’s contention that Christians act irresponsibly due to their view of end times.: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/end-times-paralysis/
  4. Claims of an Indian Guru | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/claims-of-an-indian-guru
  5. What is the evidence that Peter was crucified upside down in Rome? Evidence for Christianity: https://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-is-the-evidence-that-peter-was-crucified-upside-down-in-rome/
  6. Was Peter Crucified Upside Down? | Sean McDowell : https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-peter-crucified-upside-down
  7. William Lane Craig explains how Christianity explains evil and suffering | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/07/william-lane-craig-explains-how-christianity-explains-evil-and-suffering-4/
  8. When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-32) – video sermon by John MacArthur in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz8AA_Oa0EU
  9. Resolving 40 Bible Contradictions from Jesus Final Week to His Ascension | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/resolving-40-bible-contradictions-from-jesus-final-week-to-his-ascension/
  10. If It’s a Human at a Crime Scene, It’s a Human in the Womb | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/if-its-a-human-at-a-crime-scene-its-a-human-in-the-womb/
  11. Quick Challenge Answer: Did Paul Hallucinate The Risen Jesus? –: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/did-paul-hallucinate-the-risen-jesus-2/
  12. The War on Christianity Returns as the House Passes The Equality Act | Kingsjester’s Blog – The wide-reaching Equality Act championed by Democrats would put the hiring practices of faith-based organizations in jeopardy and will create additional religious freedom concerns for Christian schools, churches and ministries, a prominent legal nonprofit argues: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/the-war-on-christianity-returns-as-the-house-passes-the-equality-act/
  13. A Singularly Christian View of the Transgender Problem – Daily Citizen: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/a-singularly-christian-view-of-the-transgender-problem/

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-14-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1900) from Nuggets:

Let me put the question this way; does the gospel allow men to be unholy? Can you be really saved and unholy and continue to remain in, abide in, stay in, live in the same relationship to sin you had before? That’s the question. Let’s look at the answer in verse 2. M genoito. You don’t see that in your Bible. It says God forbid. But m genoito does not translate God forbid. It is an idiom, the strongest reaction possible. It is outraged indignation. To put it in the words of my grandmother, Perish the thought! – John MacArthur (sermon on Romans 6:1 and following)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Blog Post – The Lord Told Me. The church has fallen into a dangerous pattern when it comes to divine direction. Too many believers today are trying to hear directly from Godwhether through an audible voice or a stirring of their souls. Worse still are the people who legitimize everything from heresy to fundraising schemes to simple personal decisions by asserting the leading of the Lord.: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B160122/the-lord-told-me
  2. Primer on Clear Thinking Part Two – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/yvh3trn
  3. Can We Trust Scripture on the Historical Jesus? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-we-trust-scripture-on-the-historical-jesus
  4. Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/was-the-divinity-of-jesus-a-late-invention-of-the-council-of-nicea/
  5. Is the Bible a Fairy Tale?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/is-the-bible-a-fairy-tale.html
  6. Biblical Reliability | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/category/writings/bible/
  7. Only the Appearance of Design?: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/only-the-appearance-of-design/
  8. The Beginners Guide to Conflict Resolution | Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/articles/the-beginner%E2%80%99s-guide-to-conflict-resolution/
  9. Does God Whisper? Part 1: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-1
  10. Does God Whisper? Part 2: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-2
  11. Does God Whisper? Part 3: https://www.str.org/w/does-god-whisper-part-3
  12. Hearing Gods Voice: https://www.str.org/w/hearing-god-s-voice
  13. 3 Reasons the Bible is Divine Rather than Simply Human in Origin 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/3-reasons-the-bible-is-divine-rather-than-simply-human-in-origin/
  14. We Need to Be Better Losers | Christianity Today – I agree with the spirit of the article but not the particulars. I do believe that we need to “model losing well, based in our commitment to Christs victory through the cross”, but I don’t agree with the statement in the article that “these allegations are baseless nonsense. They are grounded in selectively presented half-truths, ambiguous and out-of-context videos, and outright falsehoods. They fall apart under the slightest scrutiny.” I think the Navarro report (part 1) lays out a good summary of the election fraud. There is also a Navarro report part 2 which talks about all the rule changes that occurred during 2020 leading up to the election. The author does not address that report or that important body of data. Never the less, I think it is wise to take the counsel from this article that our trust is not in princes (Ps. 146:3), so I wanted to include it: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/january-web-only/christian-victory-election-loss.html
  15. S.T.O.P. to Discover the Meaning of a Biblical Text: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/07/stop-to-discover-meaning-of-biblical.html
  16. Scientists keeping faith in spite of contrary science show evolution is a replacement religion. – creation.com: https://creation.com/evolution-replacement-religion
  17. OLIGARCH | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary: “one of a small group of powerful people who control a country or an industry”: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/oligarch
  18. Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop: https://natashacrain.com/christians-shaming-christians-over-voting-for-trump-3-strawman-arguments-that-need-to-stop/

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died –more than that, who was raised to life –is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:33-34

Blessings to you all

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

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 (10-29-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things; Save us from the delusion of those who fail to go far in religion, who are concerned but not converted. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why the Reformation Still Matters: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-reformation-still-matters/
  2. 2020 Election Party (Democrat vs. Republican) Platform Comparison on 10 key issues – be informed before you vote: https://afaaction.net/2020-party-platform-comparison/
  3. How Did We Get the Bible in English? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/how-did-we-get-the-bible-in-english/
  4. How Was It Decided Which Books Would Be Put in the Bible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGSTstd7oLw
  5. What is the Bible & Where Did it Come From?: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-is-the-bible-and-where-did-it-come-from.html
  6. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  7. How did we get the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
  8. How Did We Get the Bible? An animated walk through of how we got the Bible : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0s468h24U0
  9. How the Biblical Canon Was Formed (Museum of the Bible) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFEBwfYZBJY
  10. 3 Minute Theology 2.5: How did we get the Bible? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k-C3Kse17I
  11. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – talks about the “crucial gap”- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYBCz_kf1c
  12. Christian “Trinity” Explained for Students – God has revealed Himself in Scripture as one God eternally existing in three Persons. Jonathan Edwards noted, after studying the topic, “I think [the doctrine of the Trinity] to be the highest and deepest of all Divine mysteries” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvj87QCF0lg
  13. How were the books of the Bible selected? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtL_Bi3V_U
  14. The (Often) Missing Key In Passing Faith to the Next Generation (Sean McDowell) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/7fMOgBrsFWs
  15. Who Did Jesus Think He Was? (Dr. Craig videos) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/sSQDov6NNp0
  16. The Fitness of Nature for Mankind featuring Biologist Michael Denton – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9SL_xqSvWqU
  17. The United Methodist Church on creationism and intelligent design – The United Methodist Church’s opposition to both creationism and intelligent design was reviewed. It was concluded that the membership is generally in support of the creation worldview, but the high-level leadership, especially the bishops, in general, support the Darwinian worldview and oppose the creation worldview. According to its website, the church’s official policy is that all life, including humans, evolved from a common ancestor by the accumulation of mutations selected by the survival-of-the-fittest mechanism called natural selection. – creation.com: https://creation.com/united-methodist
  18. Stephen Meyer Shatters the Myth of the Multiverse | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/06/stephen-meyer-shatters-the-myth-of-the-multiverse/
  19. Christians Not Voting for Trump is Voting for Biden – We can no longer hide behind the excuse, I don’t want to get involved. As citizens, we are given the privilege, for now, to place people in positions of leadership – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/10/26/christians-not-voting-for-trump-is-voting-for-biden/
  20. Why Are We Divided? A Response to John Pipers Article: Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/10/23/why-are-we-divided-a-response-to-john-pipers-article-policies-persons-and-paths-to-ruin/

The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-22-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Why would 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. Do Christians Pick And Choose Which Rules They Want To Follow? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/do-christians-pick-and-choose-which-rules-they-want-to-follow/
  2. Why should I care if God exists? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/care-God-exists.html
  3. Genetic diversity on the Ark – First, we need to consider pre-Flood diversity. We have no idea how much genetic diversity existed among most animal kinds. Humans are a little different because we know we started with two people and we know the population was reduced to eight people 1,600 years later, at the Flood. In fact, we can model the genetic effects of the Flood and the post-Flood time period on humans. But we cannot do this for animals because we simply do not know the underlying population genetics. We cannot assume God created two of every animal. All we know is two of each were on the Ark, and we do not know how closely related the pairs were. – creation.com: https://creation.com/ark-genetic-diversity
  4. Are Christians Intolerant, Bigots? My Response (interview of Sean McDowell). – YouTube: https://youtu.be/X1EfrYeitkM
  5. Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort ARRESTED! | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 29 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/vdME5d-x7MM
  6. [William Lane Craig] Q&A – If God foreknows all my decisions, do I have free will? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/oIBJ1wVqCeU
  7. What is the Bible, who wrote it and how do we know it’s true? CQ kids – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z77qnHLSZhE
  8. Muslim (Nabeel Qureshi) converts to Christianity after realizing the Bible is true – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8K4sK3uDc
  9. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeFQtaybB8
  10. How to Read the Bible: What is the Bible? (The Bible Project) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak06MSETeo4
  11. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True (Frank Turek) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ata3XrCiGtY
  12. Does phosphine prove life on Venus? – creation.com: https://creation.com/venus-phosphine
  13. Where Is God When Your Dog Dies?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/god-dog-dies/
  14. Beginner’s Guide to Arguing Constructively – although not a Christian apologetics article, the concepts and strategies listed here can certainly aid us in our biblical mandate to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), to make a defense of the faith with gentleness and resect (1 Peter 3:15) and to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3): http://liamrosen.com/arguments.html
  15. Two Bad Objections To Christians in Politics (Frank Turek) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/jxAoTaQ3nqM
  16. A Win in the Race for Girls’ Sports – In the real world, a couple of seconds aren’t much. In track and field, they’re the difference between first and last place. When Franklin Pierce University’s Cece Telfer sprinted through the finish line well ahead of the women’s field at 2019’s Division II national championships, he insisted he didn’t have a biological advantage. His competition, girls who trained their whole careers for this moment, disagreed. Thanks to a hugely controversial transgender athletic policy, they all missed out at the chance for collegiate glory. And this month, more than a year later, justice may finally be won.: https://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=WA20J43&f=WU20J10
  17. Gender and Sexuality in the 2020 Election. A wide range of issues such as the economy, health care, trade, immigration, and national security will be affected by the elections outcome. Issues related to sexuality and gender such as how sex is defined in federal statutes, whether individuals with gender dysphoria can serve in the military, and whether sexual orientation and gender identity become protected categories in federal civil rights law will be significantly influenced as well. – CBMW: https://cbmw.org/2020/06/10/gender-and-sexuality-in-the-2020-election/
  18. Dr. Tony Evans – Series on Voting as a Representative of the Kingdom of God: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3595707260442348&id=127948757218233
  19. A Christian Response to Biden’s Remarks on ‘Trans’ Children: https://www.frcaction.org/updatearticle/20201019/biden-remarks
  20. Joe Biden’s Education Department Would Be A Radical Disaster-Given Biden’s personal embrace of far-left cultural notions regarding sex and gender, it’s fair to assume his Education Department would swiftly implement a sweeping and radical agenda across the board. The gravity of this issue is wildly out of proportion with the small amount of attention its receiving in the broader conversation about this election.: https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/20/joe-bidens-education-department-would-be-a-radical-disaster/
  21. 5 Most Shocking Abortion Policies Biden-Harris Openly Support: https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/20/5-most-shocking-abortion-policies-biden-harris-openly-support/
  22. No More Misunderstandings. This is not a Christian article, but it is helpful as we interact with those who do not share our worldview. It focuses on the technique of paraphrasing what someone says to you in order to prevent misunderstandings. – Small Big Ideas: https://smallbigideas.substack.com/p/no-more-misunderstandings

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 19:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-15-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

To say all sins are the same is to confuse the effect of sin with the heinousness of sin. While all sins are equal in their effect (they separate us from God), they are not all equally heinous. – Michael Krueger

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. BUSY MOM’S GUIDE TO APOLOGETICS – Mama Bear Apologetics | Train Yourself. Equip Your Kids: https://mamabearapologetics.com/
  2. John MacArthur says ‘true believers’ will vote for Trump, can’t affirm abortion and trans activism – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/john-macarthur-says-true-believers-will-vote-for-trump-cant-affirm-abortion-and-trans-activism.html
  3. As Christians, Can We Vote According to Our Christian Beliefs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/as-christians-can-we-vote-according-to-our-christian-beliefs/
  4. The Evidentially Diverse Resurrection Appearances of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-evidentially-diverse-resurrection-appearances-of-jesus-free-bible-insert/
  5. How Christian Case Making Turns “Free Riders” Into “First Responders”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-christian-case-making-turns-free-riders-into-first-responders/
  6. Feathered pterosaurs. As far back as 1868, evolutionists such as Thomas Huxley taught that birds evolved from dinosaurs long before there was any evidence of fossil feathered dinosaur candidates. So it was a theory that had little supporting evidence. – creation.com: https://creation.com/feathered-pterosaurs
  7. God and science | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/10/09/god-and-science/
  8. Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-christians-must-continue-to-guard-the-truth-of-the-gospel/
  9. Who were the Sons of Abraham? Ishmael and Isaac in the Bible: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/people/who-were-abrahams-son-ishmael-and-isaac.html
  10. Cell cycle – The cell cycle is one of the most important biological processes. It describes how cells multiply in number by duplicating the information in the parent cell before dividing into two daughter cells. There are over 10 trillion cells in the human body, and the cell cycle must work efficiently and accurately to increase and differentiate different types of tissues. Evolutionists admit that the origin of the first cell is one of the most difficult problems for their theory. – creation.com: https://creation.com/cell-cycle
  11. Biblical Worldview Series (from the Family Research Council). Covers 4 topics: Biblical Principles For Political Engagement, Biblical Principles For Human Sexuality, Biblical Principles For Pro-Life Engagement, Biblical Principles For Religious Liberty (each section has Full Publication, Prayer Guide and Abbreviated Version). Take advantage of these excellent (free) resources!: https://frc.org/get.cfm?c=WORLDVIEW
  12. Wayne Grudem debates Richard Glover on the Bible, poverty and foreign aid | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/10/11/wayne-grudem-debates-richard-glover-on-the-bible-poverty-and-foreign-aid-5/
  13. Discovering Columbus – Claremont Review of Books: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/discovering-columbus/
  14. The Power of Questions when Engaging Skeptics (with Tyler Ellis): https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/10/12/the-power-of-questions-when-engaging-skeptics-with-tyler-ellis/
  15. If We Can’t See God, Can We Know He Exists? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qAoSCkjS0Y
  16. Do Atheists Have Faith?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asgF1VD7Exo
  17. Evidence for God’s Existence – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj1VIs2HJvo
  18. Does God Exist Series: Proof? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-BkBGgNto
  19. Prove to Me That God Exists!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fecdlLqsQS8
  20. Does God Exist? Five Quick Arguments. SeanMcDowell.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6oZH0vUmg
  21. TrueU #1: Does God Exist? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnawqqA7vmw
  22. Does God Exist? Apologetics Canada – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbpsNtXFzE8
  23. The Most Compelling Argument For God’s Existence – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz0ocjMMeDc
  24. Napkin Theology 4 – Does God Exist? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xBCVe39tqU
  25. Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments. Science tells us that the universe came into being via The Big Bang. But how do you get from energy and matter to a self-aware human being? That takes three additional Big Bangs that science can’t explain. Noted theologian, Frank Pastore, unravels this compelling mystery and, in the process, poses the ultimate question that every thinking person must face. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIorXcloIac
  26. God vs. Atheism: Which is More Rational? Belief in God, according to atheists, is irrational, illogical, and dumb. Belief that the universe created itself is, they say, intelligent, rational, and based in science. This is simply false. Nothing can create itself. Everything has a cause–including the universe. That cause, argues Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, is God, the “unmoved mover.” Belief in God, as Kreeft shows, is more rational than belief in nothing. Logic, science, and reason, support God. Atheism, as you’ll see, is far more steeped in blind faith than is belief. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T_P14JjMcM
  27. The God portrayed in the Bible isn’t easy to understand, but what if we could better understand what it is that we can’t understand? In this video, we will explore the complex identity of God displayed in the storyline of the Bible, and (surprise!) it all leads to Jesus. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAvYmE2YYIU
  28. What are the attributes of God? What are God’s perfections? Which attributes of God are communicable or incommunicable?- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJWn_c0n-3M
  29. Leibniz Contingency Argument – We live in an amazing universe. Have you ever wondered why it exists? Why does anything at all exist? Gottfried Leibniz wrote, The first question which should rightly be asked is: Why is there something rather than nothing? He came to the conclusion that the explanation is found in God. But is this reasonable?P1: Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence.P2: If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.P3: The universe exists. From these it follows logically that the explanation of the universes existence is God. The logic of this argument is air tight. If the 3 premises are true, the conclusion is unavoidable. But are they more plausibly true than false? The third premise is undeniable for anyone seeking truth. But what about the first premise? Why not say, The universe is just there, and that’s all? No explanation needed! End of discussion! – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPCzEP0oD7I

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household – Ephesians 2:17-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-20-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Here, it is my duty to be as Christ in this world, to do what he would do, to live as he would live, to walk in love and meekness; then would he be known, then would I have peace in death. – The Valley of Vision (Christ Alone)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Know That the Apostles Really Died As Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-we-know-that-the-apostles-really-died-as-martyrs/
  2. Ready for the Knock on Your Door (Jehovah’s Witnesses): https://www.str.org/w/ready-for-the-knock-on-your-door
  3. Record low number of Americans hold biblical worldview, survey says – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/record-low-number-of-americans-hold-biblical-worldview-survey-says.html
  4. We’re Not Black and White-Everyone Is Brown | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/08/11/were-not-black-and-white-everyone-is-brown/
  5. An Overview of Design Evidence Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/an-overview-of-design-evidence/
  6. Taking A Blind Leap Of Doubt: Common Objections To The Historicity Of The New Testament, Jesus, And The Resurrection-Part 2 The Balance of Reason: https://philosopherjosh.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/taking-a-blind-leap-of-doubt-common-objections-to-the-historicity-of-the-new-testament-jesus-and-the-resurrection-part-2/amp/
  7. Piltdown Superman: Atheists Presupposing Naturalism: https://www.piltdownsuperman.com/2020/04/atheists-presupposing-naturalism.html

You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:21-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-13-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

God doesn’t promise to keep us out of all trouble. But He does promise to be with us in the midst of it. – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. August Newsletter 2020 (Dr. James Dobson) – America’s Civil Wars-Then and Now – What an ominous time this is for our 244-year-old republic. Its future hangs in the balance. The choices we make on November 3rd will send this nation down one of two dramatically different paths. The wrong decision will be catastrophic. I agree with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who said recently that the next election will be “the most important since 1860.”: https://www.drjamesdobson.org/about/august-newsletter-2020
  2. 4 Ways Questions Keep You Safe in Scary Conversations: https://www.str.org/w/4-ways-questions-keep-you-safe-in-scary-conversations
  3. Why It’s Important to Seek a Correct Understanding of God (Orthodoxy) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-important-to-seek-a-correct-understanding-of-god-orthodoxy/
  4. How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/08/spiritual-conversations/
  5. Seven Apologetics Books Every Teen Should Read | Stand to Reason: https://archive.str.org/blog/seven-apologetics-books-every-teen-should-read#.XzCgXWllAzQ
  6. Don’t Be That Apologist – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/07/23/dont-be-that-apologist/
  7. Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-evidence-from-the-laws-of-logic/
  8. Doubting God in Times of Crisis | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/rzim-global/doubting-god-in-times-of-crisis
  9. When Belief That Becomes Belief In: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-belief-that-becomes-belief-in/
  10. Evangelistic Apologetics The Church Under Attack (Part 33) Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2020/03/27/evangelistic-apologetics-the-church-under-attack-part-33/
  11. Cat mutations – creation.com: https://creation.com/cat-mutation
  12. How Psalm 113 Changed My Life : 9Marks (Rosaria Butterfield): https://www.9marks.org/article/how-psalm-113-changed-my-life/

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalms 138:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-25-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. – G.K. Chesterton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi Describes Encounter with First Christian Who Could Answer His Objections – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BMS8Nufy1k
  2. Why is Religion So Divisive? | Andy Bannister: http://www.andybannister.net/why-is-religion-so-divisive/
  3. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  4. Original animal protein fossils – Those biochemicals should have completely decayed over any claimed period of millions of years into tiny molecules like carbon dioxide, water, or ammonia. But paleontologists keep finding original biochemistry like finding mummified remains encased in rock. – creation.com: https://creation.com/original-animal-protein-fossils
  5. Did God create over billions of years? – creation.com: https://creation.com/Did-god-create-over-billions-of-years
  6. Was Saint Peter the first pope? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Peter-first-pope.html
  7. What does the Bible mean by binding and loosing? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/binding-loosing.html
  8. Are There Different Degrees of Reward in Heaven? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-there-different-degrees-of-reward-in-heaven/
  9. Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? Biola Magazine: http://magazine.biola.edu/article/13-fall/did-the-apostles-really-die-as-martyrs-for-their-f/
  10. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love: https://www.str.org/w/responding-to-pride-month-with-genuine-love?inheritRedirect=true
  11. 5 Casualties of the Courts LGBTQ Sex Ruling: https://crossexamined.org/5-casualties-of-the-courts-lgbtq-sex-ruling/
  12. What is the definition of marriage according to Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/04/18/what-is-the-definition-of-marriage-according-to-jesus/
  13. Post-Pandemic Pastors and the Sin of Silence – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/06/20/post-pandemic-pastors-and-the-sin-of-silence/
  14. Gorsuch Takes the Road Less Gaveled – As Christians, we’re not called to win in the earthly realm. We’re called to stand. And in these dark days, when lawlessness isn’t just found in Antifa’s black hoods on our streets but in the black robes on our courts, we can’t look around and hope someone else will step in. When men try to rewrite God’s truth, it’s up to us to make it a ferocious battle. “We’ve got to stand up,” Senator Hawley demanded, “and say we’re not going to take this anymore.”: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20F39&f=WU20F11
  15. How to apologize effectively: responsibility, restitution, repentance | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/19/how-to-apologize-effectively-responsibility-restitution-repentance-8/
  16. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Support Black Lives Matter: https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/post/3-reasons-why-christians-should-not-support-black-lives-matter
  17. Mid-June 2020 Presuppositional Apologetics Links | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/mid-june-2020-presuppositional-apologetics-links/

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-18-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

These four critical areas should be examined before we trust an eyewitness.  If we can establish that a witness:

    1. Was present
    2. Has been accurate and honest in the past
    3. Is verified by additional evidence
    4. Has no motive to lie

We can trust what the witness has to say. – J. Warner Wallace  (note – all of these things are true about the New Testament authors)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Five Ways to Help Your Kids Grow in Their Christian Confidence (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S6E02) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/podcasts/five-ways-to-help-your-kids-grow-in-their-christian-confidence-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s6e02/
  2. Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jumping-over-the-evangelism-wall/
  3. 5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in This Cultural Moment: http://christianmomthoughts.com/5-ways-christians-are-getting-swept-into-a-secular-worldview-in-this-cultural-moment/
  4. What is mindfulness? Should a Christian be involved in mindfulness? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-mindfulness.html
  5. Let any Man Come: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/let_any_man_come.htm
  6. What, Me Worry? Alfred E. Neumann, the famous face of Mad Magazine for many decades, popularized this slogan. While he wasn’t referring to the question of salvation, this saying does seem to describe the way many people view that question today. Yes, there may be a God; they will concede. But I’m not worried, they say. I’m a good person, after all, and God will judge me accordingly.: https://crossexamined.org/what-me-worry/
  7. John Grigg: Astronomer and Christian – creation.com: https://creation.com/john-grigg
  8. Origin Stories RNA, DNA, and a Dose of Imagination – A new paper in Nature seeks to shed light on life’s origins from non-life on the early Earth, that is, on abiogenesis. Several outlets have picked up the story, including New Scientist. Phys.org explains that the research, led by Cambridge scientists, shows for the first time how some of the building blocks of both DNA and RNA could have spontaneously formed and co-existed in the primordial soup on Earth. | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/06/origin-stories-rna-dna-and-a-dose-of-imagination/
  9. Why You’ll Have to Modify Whichever Apologetics Curriculum You Choose | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-you-should-write-your-own-apologetics-curriculum/
  10. How Can I Be Better Prepared for Evangelism? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-can-i-be-better-prepared-for-evangelism/
  11. Did the Apostle Thomas Die A Martyr in India? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/did-the-apostle-thomas-die-a-martyr-in-india
  12. What makes you think the Bible is the word of God? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/what-makes-you-think-bible-word-god
  13. The Absurdity of Life Without God: What if There Is No God – A Clay Jar: https://aclayjar.net/2020/06/absurdity-of-life-without-god/
  14. Common Questions – a collection from bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/collection/common-questions
  15. What is autotheism? What is an autotheist? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/autotheism-autotheist.html
  16. Believers Forced to Choose Between Faith or Survival: https://bitterwinter.org/believers-forced-to-choose-between-faith-or-survival/
  17. Street Preacher Assaulted in Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone,’ Dragged Through Street | Christian News Network: https://christiannews.net/2020/06/14/street-preacher-assaulted-in-seattles-autonomous-zone-dragged-through-street/
  18. Conservative Christians Nothing But Power-Worshippers, Claims Tone-Deaf Bestseller | The Stream: https://stream.org/conservative-christians-nothing-but-power-worshippers-claims-tone-deaf-bestseller/
  19. Christians Have Good Reasons To Fear An Increasingly Hostile America: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/17/christians-have-very-good-reasons-to-fear-an-increasingly-hostile-american-regime/
  20. You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both. Although I don’t agree with the following statement in the article: “Christianity states you are accountable to God alone for your sins and inequities. You must atone the sins that result from your reality as a flawed human being“, I still thought the article was relevant for this apologetics newsletter: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/11/you-can-be-christian-you-can-be-marxist-but-you-cant-be-both/

For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. Matthew 25:29

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-4-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

As for the true Christian, he expects to have his reward in the next life, and to endure hardness in this. The promise of the old covenant was prosperity, but the promise of the new covenant is adversity. Remember Christ’s words–“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit”–What? “He purgeth it, that it may bring forth fruit.” If you bring forth fruit, you will have to endure affliction.  – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination – this page has a link to a downloadable PDF pamphlet: https://www.frc.org/sexeducation
  2. The Psychology of Apologetics Conversations (Engineering Psychology for Apologetics): http://www.jaymedenwaldt.com/2020/02/engineering-psychology-for-apologetics.html
  3. Why Does the Bible Specify That Paul Was a Roman Citizen? | How Can Paul Be a Hebrew and Roman Citizen? – Beliefnet: https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/why-does-the-bible-specify-that-paul-was-a-roman-citizen.aspx
  4. Is Religious Freedom Addressed in Scripture? The Apostle Paul (and his traveling companions on various mission trips) is perhaps the most notable example of a biblical figure who suffered religious persecution and also on occasion stood up for his religious liberty. It is interesting that Paul did so in a government that had some similarities to Western nations. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/religious-freedom/religious-freedom-addressed-scripture/
  5. What is the significance of the Roman Empire in biblical history? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Roman-empire.html
  6. Defending the Faith in the Political Environment (10 page PDF) – Dr. Ron J. Bigalke: http://isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/DrB_ISCA/ISCA_2016_Political.pdf
  7. Walt Russell explains how to read the Bible effectively | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/05/31/walt-russell-explains-how-to-read-the-bible-effectively-6/
  8. Dr. Craig is enthusiastic about an article from a former atheist who came to Christ on the strength of arguments for God’s existence. – Reasonable Faith with Dr. William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/our-divinity-sense-organs/
  9. New Reasons to Doubt Darwinism – Chicken-and-Egg Dilemmas and More: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/science-new-reasons-to-doubt-darwinism.php
  10. Is It Child Abuse To Teach Children About Hell? –: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/is-it-child-abuse-to-teach-children-about-hell/
  11. Evidence John, Son of Zebedee, Wrote the Gospel of John Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2020/05/16/evidence-john-son-of-zebedee-wrote-the-gospel-of-john/
  12. Trump Went To Church. The Rest Of The Country Must Follow Now: https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/02/trump-went-to-church-the-rest-of-the-country-must-follow-now/
  13. How To Be Saved – The beauty of a relationship with your Creator is that it is so simple it can be summarized in just one verse (John 3:16); yet so amazingly profound that God gave us 66 books to communicate its truth! | Creation Today: https://creationtoday.org/about/how-to-be-saved/
  14. Sign Evangelism with Janice: Real Peace at Harrison and Locust: https://crossencountersmin.com/featured-article/sign-evangelism-janice-peace/
  15. Understanding the Cambrian Explosion Part 5 Answering Objections: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/understanding-the-cambrian-explosion-part-5-answering-objections/

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 Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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 (4-23-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Agape love. This is God’s kind of love. He doesn’t love us because we are so lovable, he loves us because He’s so loving. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. To Obey or Not to Obey – That Is the Question – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2020/04/16/to-obey-or-not-to-obey-that-is-the-question/
  2. J.P. Moreland Talking about Empirically Equivalent Theories 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/j-p-moreland-talking-about-empircally-equivalent-theories/
  3. Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found – Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/possible-dinosaur-dna-has-been-found/
  4. What does the Christian fish symbol mean (ixthus / icthus)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-fish-symbol.html
  5. Jesus Fish/Darwin Fish – The fish, one of Christianity’s oldest, is probably also the best known…Its popularity has spawned a parody: the Darwin fish. The Darwin fish redesigns the Christian symbol as a missing link, evolving it with legs and feet in mockery of the Christian faith – creation.com: https://creation.com/jesus-fish-darwin-fish
  6. Duplicity in the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/duplicity-in-the-bible
  7. Lutherans Publish New Bible Version That Omits The Word ‘Israel’: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=3990
  8. 3 Reasons Why People Don’t Believe In God Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/04/21/3-reasons-why-people-dont-believe-in-god/
  9. Why Arizona doesn’t force taxpayers to fund abortion Arizona Capitol Times: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2020/04/21/why-arizona-doesnt-force-taxpayers-to-fund-abortion/
  10. Frank Turek interviews Charlie Kirk founder of Turning Point USA: https://subspla.sh/r4fddgj

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:17

Blessings to you all

My Thoughts on Coronavirus

Now, as we are fully in the midst of this national panic, I sit here contemplating how our national response to this pandemic will have lasting effects on our country, and even the world.  Here is the current state of the situation for the world as of this morning:

Then for the U.S.:

First off, let me say, that as a born again, Bible believing, committed follower of Jesus Christ, I have no worries for myself should I be infected by the new SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 that it causes.  I, like Paul, am of the conviction that “for me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).  So, I am not afraid of the virus and I am not worried about myself.  If you’re interesting in exploring what the Bible says about pandemic diseases, check out this article.

That being said, I certainly do wonder whether the “medicine” our country is taking is worse than the disease.  We are essentially shutting down our economy for the foreseeable future – the most vibrant economy in the world.  We’re doing this in the hopes that we can “flatten the curve”:

We are concerned, understandably, about those among us who are elderly, who have pre-existing medical issues or compromised immune systems.  We are told that those of us who are healthy adults need to do our part to not be carriers and transmitters of the virus.  We are told, it is not about us, this is about putting others first.

Well, I have a few questions:

    1. If we truly are concerned about the elderly or sick – the small percentage of the population for whom this virus is a serious life threat – why are we not focusing on isolating them from coming in contact with the virus? Here are the stats for age ranges:

      So, isolating the disproportionally affected age ranges certainly seems to be a better strategy than trying to isolate over 90% of the population of our country to prevent them from being carriers/transmitters, thus destroying the economy while doing so.
    2. Our country went through the H1N1 pandemic 11 years ago. I don’t remember anywhere near this level of panic – I don’t remember shutting everything down all sporting events, other large events, closing schools or even the stock market tanking. There was none of this general panic we’re seeing now.  Why are we panicking about COVID-19?  Here are the statistics in the U.S. from that crisis:
        1. 60.8 million people infected
        2. 12,469 deaths
        3. Emerged April 2009 – the Obama administration declared a National Emergency 6 months later and after 1,000 people had died from it! (October 2009)
    3. There are many health threats, which, though very serious, we don’t shut down our economy over. So why are we choosing to shut down our economy over this threat?  Here are some stats about some of these health threats:
      1. Influenza (the “flu”). Here are the U.S. stats for the flu from the 2017-2018 flu season from the CDC.  Note – over 61,000 people died that year:
      2. Traffic deaths – there were 38,800 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2019, the National Safety Council estimates. That represents an average of over one hundred traffic deaths every day. We’re nowhere near these kind of numbers with COVID-19…
      3. Deaths by Disease: – notice where COVID-19 sits on this list (data is from March 9th):

All of this to say that our response to other existing health threats pales in comparison to the draconian measures we are taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  I think we will look back on this, after 1 – 2 quarters of recession (and possibly more), and realize that we over-reacted.  These measures will have a negative effect on many in the lower economic strata.  It will also affect those who are in retirement or nearing retirement as they watch their retirement savings from this record breaking, booming economy dwindle away.

The thing is, we’ll never know whether we over-reacted – only God will know what would’ve happened if we’d treated this like other pandemics of the past.  I certainly hope and pray that we are taking the correct actions.  I pray that God would guide our leaders, that the herd mentality and hoarding would stop and that scared people would seek the Lord with their fears.  The LORD’s words to Solomon are instructive for us here and now:

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

mid-week apologetics booster (3-12-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

If the whole world was against me and God alone was for me, I would have nothing whatsoever to fear. But if the whole world was for me and God Himself was against me, I would be in terror. – Dr. Michael L. Brown

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Help! My Teen Is Losing His Faith! | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/help-my-teen-is-losing-his-faith/
  2. The Religious ‘Nones’ and the Curious Case of Millennials: https://blog.faithstreet.com/the-religious-nones-and-the-curious-case-of/
  3. Tips for Sharing Your Faith: #3 Give them enough rope | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/11/tips-for-sharing-your-faith-3-give-them.html
  4. Starting God-Conversations: Take the ‘Class-Photo’ Approach: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2016/11/starting-god-conversations-take-class.html
  5. Evidence of Design in the Biological Realm 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/evidence-of-design-in-the-biological-realm/
  6. 10 Arguments for the Existence of God: https://plainsimplefaith.com/10-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/
  7. Renewing Your Mind | Faulty Logic and Sense Perception | Nov 14, 2014: https://renewingyourmind.org/2014/11/14/faulty-logic-and-sense-perception
  8. What Is the Role of Apologetics In Evangelism? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7umMcyW1R2I
  9. Challenge Response: We Don’t Have Those Originals: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/07/challenge-response-we-dont-have-those-original-inerrant-manuscripts.html
  10. [J Warner Wallace] Getting to the Original Message through Multiple Copies with Errors – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNfp6M8kMDc
  11. A Defense of the Historicity of Jesus’ Divine Self-Understanding – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2012/08/23/a-defense-of-the-historicit/
  12. Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jumping-over-the-evangelism-wall/
  13. The S.L.E.D. Test | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/w/the-s-l-e-d-test?inheritRedirect=true
  14. The Short Road to Irrelevance | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/the-short-road-to-irrelevance/
  15. America: A Christian or a Secularist Nation? – Wall Builders: https://wallbuilders.com/america-christian-secularist-nation/
  16. Contend for the Faith | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/contend-faith/
  17. Why Do So Many Christians Dismiss Apologetics? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-do-so-many-christians-dismiss-apologetics
  18. Should Apologists Quote the Bible When Trying to Prove it? – Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/apologists-quote-bible/
  19. Why Socialism is Not Biblical: A Pastor’s View | The Stream: https://stream.org/why-socialism-is-not-biblical-idleman/
  20. Ben Affleck opens up about becoming a Christian later in life, finds beauty in Jesus’ message – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/ben-affleck-opens-up-about-becoming-a-christian-later-in-life-finds-beauty-in-jesus-message-235551/
  21. How Should I Parent My Non-Christian Teen? | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-should-i-parent-my-non-christian-teen
  22. New Report Examines Scientific Studies on Sexuality and Gender | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/new-report-examines-scientific-studies-on-sexuality-and-gender
  23. Do I need to be an apologist?: https://creation.com/apologist

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

Blessings to you all

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

Psalm 71 & 72

Psalms 71

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Themes that I found occurring in this Psalm:

Taking shelter & refuge in God (v1,7)

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

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

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

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

Psalms 55:22

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

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

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

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

God is worthy of praise:

Psalms 149:2-3

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

 

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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

Habakkuk 3:17-18

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

Revelation 4:11

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

Meditating on God’s Attributes

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

Righteousness (v15,19,24)

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

Faithfulness (v6,17)

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

Strength (v16-18)

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

Uniqueness (v19b)

19b O God, who is like You?

Comforting (v21)

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

Sovereignty (v6,17,20)

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

Holiness (v22)

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

God allowing trouble in David’s life (v20)

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

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

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

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

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

Imprecatory prayers (v13,24)

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

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

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

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

Growing old (v9,18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources used:

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

mid-week apologetics booster (12-5-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

THOU INCOMPREHENSIBLE BUT PRAYER-HEARING GOD, Known, but beyond knowledge, revealed, but unrevealed, my wants and welfare draw me to thee. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. U.S. birth rate hits record low, despite secular lefts obsession with overpopulation | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/11/29/u-s-birth-rate-hits-record-low-despite-secular-lefts-obsession-with-overpopulation-2/
  2. Do ‘Useless’ Organs Prove Humans Evolved? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-useless-organs-prove-humans-evolved
  3. Report: Chick-Fil-A donates to Southern Poverty Law Center, other anti-Christian groups | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/12/01/report-chick-fil-a-donates-to-southern-poverty-law-center-other-anti-christian-groups/
  4. Why I’m Not a Theistic Evolutionist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-im-not-a-theistic-evolutionist/
  5. Are Right and Wrong Actually Right and Wrong? – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/right-and-wrong/
  6. 7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church: http://christianmomthoughts.com/7-legit-reasons-why-so-many-kids-are-bored-by-church/
  7. Designer stripes: Zebras and the truth of Genesis. What’s black and white and testifies to dynamic design in creation? If you’re thinking zebras, you’d be right. – creation.com: https://creation.com/designer-stripes

Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Lamentations 3:39

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-28-2019)

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

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

There are general [Biblical] principles … which suggest a country’s right to control its borders:

  1. Jurisdiction: In Mark 12:17, Jesus tells us to render to Caesar his due, and in Romans 13:1-7, Paul says we must submit to governmental authorities. Rulers are rulers by virtue of jurisdiction over territory.
  1. Citizenship: In Acts 25, Paul claims his rights as a Roman citizen to have a hearing in Rome. Citizenship is a prerogative of the state, which can and must stipulate who does and does not qualify for it.
  1. Particularity: In Genesis 11, the Lord confounded the languages of mankind to discourage the vanity and treachery of a monolithic world. When we, in effect, erase borders by not enforcing them, we risk losing the separation of powers essential to the political economy of fallen man.
  1. Core Values: Time and again, the Bible describes the central standards of a culture, whether the YHWH worship of Israel, the Law of the Medes and the Persians, or the Hellenism of Alexanders offspring. They range from evil to splendid, but there is no society without them. Ironically, a nation which opens its borders wide to those who do not share its core values dilutes the very qualities which made it an object of desire in the first place. By embracing those with toxic ideologies, a nation will commit cultural suicide.
  1. Property. In Proverbs and Deuteronomy, there are warnings and, indeed, curses regarding the movement of a neighbors boundary stones. The ownership of real estate is sanctioned by God, and trespass is a genuine offense. We may not just walk anywhere in the world we please, doing what we please on whichever plot of land we choose to visit. And, indeed, to breach a national boundary is typically to trespass on private property as well.
  1. Refuge. Under Gods direction, the Israelites set apart cities to which those guilty of manslaughter might flee relatives who sought blood vengeance (Number 35:6-32). Hezekiah dug a water tunnel from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam to prepare Jerusalem for an Assyrian siege (2 Kings 20:20). Both acts were predicated on the need for walls to maintain the integrity and safety of the residents.
  1. Finitude. There is one God, and we are not He. A nation cannot do every nice thing, for its resources and its ability to impose intrusions upon the populace are limited. If all charitable immigration decisions were good, then the more the merrier, but this would be chaotic nonsense.

– Bible Mesh

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Children Are Being Taught God is Not Part of Thanksgiving and Socialism is Good by Gary DeMar, The American Vision: https://americanvision.org/21459/children-are-being-taught-god-is-not-part-of-thanksgiving/
  2. How to Have Grace-Filled Conversations over the Holidays despite Opposing Political Opinions – Scott Slayton: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/scott-slayton/how-to-have-grace-filled-conversations-over-the-holidays-despite-opposing-political-opinions.html
  3. Talking Worldview at Thanksgiving: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/talking-worldview-at-thanksgiving
  4. Facing up to design – Those who would claim that the human face is the result of evolution, not creation, face some huge challenges: https://creation.com/facing-up-to-design
  5. Is the God of the Old Testament the Same God of the New Testament? – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/blog/is-the-god-of-the-old-testament-the-same-god-of-the-new-testament/
  6. China’s War on the Bible: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/chinas-war-on-the-bible
  7. Why Young Ex-Christians Are Ex-Christians, According to the Latest Research | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-young-ex-christians-are-ex-christians-according-to-the-latest-research/
  8. The Dark Art of Framing – Summit Ministries: https://www.summit.org/resources/videos/prageru-dark-art-of-framing/
  9. 5 Ways of Finding Biblical Answers to Your Questions Online For Free Delighting Grace: https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/5-ways-of-finding-biblical-answers-to-your-questions-online-for-free/amp/
  10. I’m Not a Christian For Any of These Good Reasons | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-not-a-christian-for-any-of-these-good-reasons/
  11. What Is a Cult? | Apologetics: https://arcapologetics.org/objections/what-is-a-cult/
  12. Are Evolution and a Historical Adam Possible? A Provocative Model | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/are-evolution-and-a-historical-adam-possible-a-provocative-model
  13. Real particle physics disappoints big bangers – creation.com: https://creation.com/particle-physics-disappoints-big-bangers
  14. What is the difference between Israel and Palestine? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/difference-Israel-Palestine.html
  15. Is There Supposed To Be Only One Church? | Reasoned Cases for Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/is-there-supposed-to-be-only-one-church/

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

According to geneticist Michael Denton, even the smallest bacterial cell, which weighs less than a trillionth of a gram, is a veritable microminiaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of 100 thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world. – 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. Three Reasons Every Christian Should Attend A Christian Apologetics Conference Once A Year – SES: https://ses.edu/three-reasons-every-christian-should-attend-a-christian-apologetics-conference-once-a-year-2/
  2. Does Suffering Disprove the Existence of a Good God? – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2019/10/does-suffering-disprove-the-existence-of-a-good-god/
  3. Divine Guidance or a Bad Burrito: Rules of Decision Making – SES: https://ses.edu/divine-guidance-or-a-bad-burrito-rules-of-decision-making/
  4. Is Jesus God? – Good News Christian News: https://www.goodnewsfl.org/is-jesus-god/
  5. On Chick-Fil-A’s Donation Stance – Deeper Waters: https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/?p=12062
  6. American Minute With Bill Federer: Jefferson’s words are a forceful and explicit warning that to remove God from this country will destroy it: https://www.fggam.org/2019/11/american-minute-with-bill-federer-jeffersons-words-are-a-forceful-and-explicit-warning-that-to-remove-god-from-this-country-will-destroy-it/
  7. Intellectual Neutral – A challenge to Christians to intellectual engagement | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/apologetics/in-intellectual-neutral/
  8. Rich Sam and the Trouble with (the definition of) Faith – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/rich-sam-and-the-trouble-with-faith/
  9. Take Your Students To ReThink! – http://tentmakingchristianity.com/take-your-students-to-rethink/
  10. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  11. Can we engineer consciousness into a robot? | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/can-we-engineer-consciousness-into-a-robot/
  12. Opinion: Sharing the Gospel is Only as Hard as You Want It to Be – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/opinion-sharing-the-gospel-is-only-as-hard-as-you-want-it-to-be/

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

mid-week apologetics booster (9-12-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

A given culture’s depravity isn’t measured simply by the percentage of Christians in that culture. …Corinth remained a sewer not because there weren’t enough Christians there, but because the Christians there weren’t Christian enough. – RC Sproul JR

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Nation Is Not a Sin – The American Mind: https://americanmind.org/discourse/the-nation-is-not-a-sin/
  2. Did Jesus Exist? Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/did-jesus-exist/
  3. Bart Ehrman on the Existence of Jesus | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bart-ehrman-existence-jesus
  4. The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most – Stephen J. Bedard: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2019/08/31/the-skeptical-argument-that-bugs-me-the-most/
  5. Apeman Waves Goodbye to Darwinian Gradualism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/09/apeman-waves-goodbye-to-darwinian-gradualism/
  6. Drew Brees and Bring Your Bible to School Day Controversy Highlights Growing Intolerance | Jim Daly: https://jimdaly.focusonthefamily.com/drew-brees-and-bring-your-bible-to-school-day-controversy-highlights-growing-intolerance/
  7. How Stephen Hawking Got God So Amazingly Wrong | The Stream: https://stream.org/stephen-hawking-got-god-wrong/
  8. The Offensively Ordinary Steps to Godliness | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-offensively-ordinary-steps-to-godliness
  9. How parents and churches can make women not like the Bachelorette Hannah Brown | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/07/how-parents-and-churches-can-make-women-not-like-the-bachelorette-hannah-brown/
  10. Why, after 10 years of talking to Atheists, I’m still a Christian: https://youtu.be/kQyikukTLm8
  11. Can we trust our Bibles? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2012/03/29/can-we-trust-our-bibles/
  12. Who was Desiderius Erasmus? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Desiderius-Erasmus.html
  13. Pastor Brother-In-Law rips Buttigieg For Using Bible To Excuse Abortion Until Baby Breathes | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/51550/pastor-brother-law-rips-buttigieg-using-bible-amanda-prestigiacomo
  14. Your Worldview Is Likely More Secular Than You Think | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/your-worldview-might-be-more-secular-than-you-think
  15. The Next Stage in Evangelism and Apologetics: | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/the-next-stage-in-evangelism-and-apologetics-interview-with-lee-strobel
  16. What if they don’t believe the Bible? – Nabeel Qureshi: https://youtu.be/g7LXcYzF12Q
  17. DNA and An Argument for God RESPOND: https://respondblogs.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/dna-and-an-argument-for-god/amp/
  18. The Christian worldview is wholly unique – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2019/07/apologetics-the-christian-worldview-is-wholly-unique.html

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-29-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

Sometimes, when in conversation with my fellow scientists, I ask them “What do you do science with?”

 

“My mind,” say some, and others, who hold the view that the mind is the brain, say, “My brain”.

“Tell me about your brain? How does it come to exist?”

“By means of natural, mindless, unguided processes.”

“Why, then, do you trust it?” I ask. “If you thought that your computer was the end product of mindless unguided processes, would you trust it?”

“Not in a million years,” comes the reply.

“You clearly have a problem then.”

 

– John Lennox

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Mexican pastor shot and killed while at the pulpit during Sunday service – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/mexican-pastor-shot-and-killed-while-at-the-pulpit-during-sunday-service-232592/
  2. George Washington, the Christian – Dr. D James Kennedy: https://youtu.be/Syz7Xa6dgDM
  3. How I retained my Christian faith, sobriety and chastity on a university campus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/08/25/how-i-retained-my-christian-faith-sobriety-and-chastity-on-a-university-campus-2/
  4. How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview? Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/nWY-6xBA0Pk
  5. This video is not apologetics. However, I think it has some excellent material that needs to be heard and understood. It is Dinesh D’Souza talking about the topics of fascism and racism in their true historical context. We all need to understand this material which is being suppressed and has been suppressed for many years in the American education system.: https://youtu.be/crhgpbzV8sM
  6. Quick Challenge Answer: Is Karma Taught in the Bible? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/quick-challenge-answer-is-karma-taught-in-the-bible/
  7. Giants in the Land.  This is a lecture given by a Christian Engineering professor who recounts his struggles when he “came out” as a Christian, as well as the resulting blessings that God blessed him with over time – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/giants-land/
  8. Three Goals in a Christian Apologetics Encounter Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/three-goals-in-a-christian-apologetics-encounter/
  9. Unplanned Movie Star Ashley Bratcher: My Mom Was on the Abortion Table When She Walked Out | LifeNews.com: https://www.lifenews.com/2019/08/23/unplanned-movie-star-ashley-bratcher-my-mom-was-on-the-abortion-table-when-she-walked-out/
  10. Finding the real Jesus in the New World Translation (used by Jehovah’s witnesses): https://mbcpathway.com/2019/02/21/finding-the-real-jesus-in-the-nwt/
  11. You might wish to ignore the great trans social experiment on our kids, but it’s not ignoring you. This is unbelievable! This is about Canada, and given this information, I would never consider raising a child in Canada. It is not here in the US – yet. | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/you-might-wish-to-ignore-the-great-trans-social-experiment-on-our-kids-but-its-not-ignoring-you
  12. The Point: Another Case for the Theology of Getting Fired – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/08/the-point-another-case-for-the-theology-of-getting-fired/
  13. Is There Any Archaeological Evidence for King David? Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/is-there-any-archaeological-evidence-for-king-david/
  14. How Can We Trust the Bible? Lectures by Michael Kruger | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/series-how-can-we-trust-the-bible-lectures-by-michael-kruger/
  15. Who Was Athanasius?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/who-was-athanasius/
  16. Three ‘Creepy’ Christian Principles We Can Learn from Chick-fil-A: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-creepy-christian-principles-we-can-learn-from-chick-fil-a/
  17. Is the Synoptic Problem a Problem for Christians? – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/is-the-synoptic-problem-a-problem-for-christians/
  18. The Archaeological Evidence for the Kings in the Old Testament – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/evidence-for-kings/
  19. New findings show that ancestral single-celled organisms were : https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/new-findings-show-that-ancestral-single-celled-organisms-were-amazingly-complex/

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5

Blessings to you all

Men’s Bible Study Teaching on Psalm 35 and 36

Psalm 35

This Psalm records a cry of distress – the petition of a man falsely accused.

The psalm naturally divides itself into three parts, each ending with a note of hope (outline from MacArthur Study Bible):

  1. First Cycle: Petition for deliverance from the Attacks He Was Experiencing (35:1-10)
  2. Second Cycle: Expression of lament for the Perjury He Was Experiencing (35:11-18)
    1. He Prays that God Would Examine the Evidence (35:11-16)
    2. He Prays that God Would Act without Delay (35:17)
    3. He Pledges Praise (35:18)
  3. Third Cycle: Renewed petition for Judgment and Justice (35:19-28)
    1. He Prays for Judgment concerning Them (35:19-21)
    2. He Prays for Justice concerning Himself (35:22-26)
    3. He Pledges Praise (35:27-28)

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies – A Psalm of David

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take hold of buckler and shield and rise up for my help. 3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” 4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

7 For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my soul. 8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, and let the net which he hid catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall. 9 And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD; it shall exult in His salvation. 10 All my bones will say, “LORD, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, and the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”

11 Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know. 12 They repay me evil for good, to the bereavement of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer kept returning to my bosom. 14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother. 15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; the smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me, they slandered me without ceasing.

16 Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed at me with their teeth. 17 Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, my only life from the lions. 18 I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng. 19 Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously. 20 For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land. 21 They opened their mouth wide against me; they said, “Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!” 22 You have seen it, O LORD, do not keep silent; O Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right And to my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me. 25 Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!” Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!” 26 Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress; Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me. 27 Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; and let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” 28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness and Your praise all day long. (NASB)

This Psalm may well date from the time when David was being pursued by Saul. It is an Imprecatory Psalm. David’s motives are not for revenge; he had opportunities to kill Saul but did not. Rather, it is a plea for God’s righteous judgment. The motive is that David might once again thank God freely (verses 18, 28).  Jesus quotes part of this Psalm (v. 19b) in John 15:25:

25 But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’

Q: In what way are Imprecatory Psalms relevant for the Christian today?  Should we be praying Imprecatory prayers against our enemies?

Here are 2 articles to look at regarding imprecatory Psalms:

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-imprecatory-psalms.html

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2019/03/can-pray-imprecatory-prayers/

This Psalm played a providential role in strengthening the founding fathers of America at a critical time in the struggle against Great Britain.  It was the First Continental Congress that met at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia during September of 1774:

The members of the First Congress had assembled to discuss what to do about the latest injustices of the British government, which had closed the port of Boston with warships on June 1, 1774 (the Boston Port Act) in punishment for the Boston Tea Party.

Boston citizens had thrown 42 tons of tea into the harbor in December of the previous year, as an act of protest against unjust taxation. The colonists had no representatives in Parliament and they believed it was unlawful to be taxed by a body in which they had no representation. The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of many years of protests and strife regarding taxation and representation. Parliament was outraged at this act of defiance and set about bringing the rebellious Massachusetts back to order. A series of acts, known as the “Coercive Acts” in Britain, were passed in 1774, which shut down all self-government in Massachusetts, limited town meetings and moved the trials of government officials out of the colony.  Armed conflict seemed inevitable. Those were desperate times.

Among the 56 delegates in attendance at the Continental Congress were two future Presidents: George Washington and John Adams, John’s cousin and patriot leader, Samuel Adams, John Jay, the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice and a fiery 38-year-old lawyer from Virginia named Patrick Henry. A day into the meeting came the call to have a chaplain pray over their deliberations. So John Adams recommended the Rev. Dr. Jacob Duché, an Anglican minister of Christ Church, located just two blocks away. It was agreed, and John Adams records what happened the next morning in a letter to his wife Abigail dated September 16, 1774:

Accordingly, next morning [the minister] appeared … and … read the … thirty‑fifth Psalm. You must remember, this was the next morning after we heard the horrible rumor of the cannonade of Boston.

The Pastor began reading the entire text of Psalm 35, which was the Anglican Church’s assigned Scripture reading for that day.

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take hold of buckler and shield and rise up for my help. 3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” 4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them. (NASB)

This Psalm spoke directly to their desperate situation because only one day before they received the rumor, though unfounded, of the British bombardment of Boston. John Adam’s believed it was “Providential.” Pastor Duché followed this psalm with prayer asking God to support the American cause:

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen.

The Scripture reading and prayer moved the whole assembly. John Adams reflects on the scene in his letter to his wife Abigail:

I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seemed as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that morning. After this, Mr. Duché, unexpectedly to everybody, struck out into an extemporary prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present. I must confess, I never heard a better prayer, or one so well pronounced … for America, for the Congress, for the province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston. It had an excellent effect upon everybody here… I must beg you to read that Psalm… It will amuse your Friends to read this Letter and the 35th Psalm to them. Read it to your Father… I long to see my dear Family. God bless, preserve and prosper it.

The Library of Congress printed on a historical placard of this event in Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia:

Washington was kneeling there with Henry, Randolph, Rutledge, Lee, and Jay, and by their side there stood, bowed in reverence the Puritan Patriots of New England. … ‘It was enough’ says Mr. Adams, ‘to melt a heart of stone. I saw the tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave, Pacific Quakers of Philadelphia.’

Psalm 36

For the choir director.  A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD

1 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. 3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong. 5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 See how the evildoers lie fallen– thrown down, not able to rise! (NIV)

The theme of this psalm is certainly the loving-kindness of God (verses 5, 7, 10). David first describes the rebellious sinner (verses 1-4), then the blessedness of the righteous man (verses 5-9), and concludes with a prayer that the righteous man may be protected from the wicked (verses 10-12).

1 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.

One thing we need to remember here is that we, as believers are referred to as wicked, evil and ungodly in our natural state.

Q: In what way do people’s words or behavior show that “there is no fear of God” before their eyes?

Here are a few examples.  First, here is Jesus speaking to his disciples and calling them evil (in a “matter of fact” kind of way):

Luke 11:13 – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Romans 4:5 – However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Romans 5:6 – You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

So, the wicked referred to in verse 1 includes us, the believers who are saved by grace through faith.

3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.

John MacArthur, in a sermon on Romans 7:14-25, talks about 3 ways we can sin in our minds:

  1. Sins of remembering – One way your mind sins is by reaching back, cherishing the memory of sins past, bringing back lurid memories of a bygone transgression. Someone who is truly repentant about a sin in the past can still harvest pleasure from that sin once repented of.
  2. Sin in the present. Looking on a woman with lust (adultery) or hate of someone (murder)
  3. Sins of scheming about the future. Scripture is full of condemnation of those who plan to sin.

Verse 4 specifically speaks about this sin of planning evil in the future.  In that sermon referred to, MacArthur talks about how we are to battle those sins of the mind:

“Sin is so pervasive, subtle that we must be … suspicious of our own spirituality.  We must let it be revealed and suspect the worst.  We must humble ourselves in the face of what we think might be our most righteous act, knowing it is not free from sin.  … the only way to deal with sin is to deal with it strongly, 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…, or it will overpower us, … the work of sanctification is a work that God does in which the believer cooperates in his mind.  Sanctification is a work in your thought life.”

Now David switches to describing the loving kindness, righteousness and faithfulness of the LORD.

5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

God’s omnipotence would be a terror if He was not also loving, kind and faithful to those who love Him.  God will judge the world and that is a fearful thing, but He will judge it in righteousness:

Hebrews 10:31 – It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Acts 17:30-31 – 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.

There will absolutely not be anyone who will be judged “unfairly”.  All those not clothed in the righteousness of Christ will receive the just penalty for the sins committed in the body.  But the children of God are adopted into His family and they don’t need to be afraid of Christ as their Judge, but rather to revere Him as their Savior, because He has paid the penalty for their sins (Romans 8):

14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.

The abundance of the house of God is the tree of life which bears twelve fruit. This river also, that we are to drink from, is the river that flows from the throne of God:

Revelation 2:7 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

Revelation 22:1-2 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 – Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

Q: Final questions or comments?

Sources:

  1. MacArthur Study Bible comments
  2. Article by Tony Perkins President of Family Research Council (http://lostepisodes.us/john-adams-first-continental-congress/)
  3. This day in history June 1, 1774 (http://www.revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com/boston-port-act-takes-effect.html)
  4. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams (https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/04-01-02-0101)
  5. First Prayer of the Continental Congress: https://chaplain.house.gov/archive/continental.html
  6. American Minute with Bill Federer – First Prayer in Congress “It was enough” says Mr. Adams, “to melt a heart of stone.”: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/First-Prayer-in-Congress–It-was-enough–says-Mr–Adams–to-melt-a-heart-of-stone–.html?soid=1108762609255&aid=fqzfemft9wk

mid-week apologetics booster (8-22-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

What we need is not a religion that is right where we are right, but one that is right where we are wrong. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. PBS Eons Teaches Nonsense about Evolution | In the summer of 2018, PBS Eons published Episode 46 of Season 1, When Fish First Breathed Air: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/08/pbs-eons-teaches-nonsense-about-evolution/
  2. The American Minute: The FIRST PRAYER in Congress! | For God’s Glory Alone Ministries: https://www.fggam.org/2014/09/american-minute-first-prayer-congress/
  3. Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian? – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLFd-4098RA
  4. Have you lost your mind? The Christian mind. The difference between the mind and the Brain – RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/qmHU3p8L-VI
  5. Explaining The No True Scotsman Fallacy Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/08/13/explaining-the-no-true-scotsman-fallacy/
  6. Five Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/five-bad-reasons-to-reject-christianity/
  7. Pro-Life Converts: Dr. Bernard Nathanson: https://www.frcblog.com/2019/08/pro-life-converts-dr-bernard-nathanson/
  8. Apologetics Resources for Alabama Baptist – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/apologetics-resources-for-alabama-baptist/
  9. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Dan Wallace PhD: https://youtu.be/6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Should Christians Be Against Christian Nationalism? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/should-christians-be-against-christian-nationalism/
  12. If Mormonism Is Not True | Mormons in Transition: http://mit.irr.org/if-mormonism-not-true
  13. The Good of Politics | Matthew D. Wright: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/08/the-good-of-politics
  14. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins – Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2008/04/03/prevent-and-overcome-sexual-sins/
  15. Physicist: Multiverse Is Religion, Not Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/physicist-multiverse-is-religion-not-science/
  16. Three Things Materialists Can’t Do Without | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/07/three-things-materialists-cant-do-without/
  17. Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage | Family Life: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/staying-married/resolving-conflict/defeating-selfishness-in-your-marriage/
  18. Vestigial Organs: Leftovers Again? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/vestigial-organs-leftovers-again/
  19. Did Darwin Promote Racism? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/racism/did-darwin-promote-racism/
  20. One Birthday, Two Legacies (Abraham Lincoln vs. Charles Darwin) | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/one-birthday-two-legacies
  21. What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-your-biology-teacher-didnt-tell-you-about-charles-darwin/
  22. Who Are The Jehovah’s Witnesses? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/who-are-the-jehovahs-witnesses/
  23. Was Jesus a god? Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses: John 1:1 | god from the machine: https://godfromthemachine.blog/2019/07/31/was-jesus-a-god-answering-jehovahs-witnesses-john-11/
  24. Do Muslims call Allah Father? How can we come to God as Father? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-our-Father.html
  25. Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek’s House of God Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/12/09/archaeological-evidence-for-melchizedeks-house-of-god/
  26. Lizard discovery confirms biblical creation – creation.com: https://creation.com/lizard-discovery-confirms-biblical-creation

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-25-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1200) from Nuggets:

Jesus implicitly claimed deity in at least twelve ways. He claimed three divine rights: (1) to judge mankind, (2) to forgive sins, and (3) to grant eternal life. He declared that (4) his presence was God’s presence as well as the presence of God’s kingdom and that (5) the attitude people took toward him would determine their eternal destiny. He (6) identified his actions with Gods actions, (7) taught the truth on his own authority, and (8) performed miracles on his own authority. He (9) appeared to receive worship or obeisance. He (10) assumed that his life was a pattern for others, a divinely authoritative form of life. He (11) applied to himself OT texts that describe God and (12) in several parables indirectly identified himself with a father or king who represents God. — NET Bible comments on Matthew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheism and communism – Conservapedia: https://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_communism
  2. China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist President – Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/november/china-christians-jesus-communist-president-xi-jinping-yugan.html
  3. Visions of God even communists won’t erase – WND: https://www.wnd.com/2014/04/visions-of-god-even-communists-wont-erase/
  4. YouTube and Twitch star Ninja shares how doctors wanted him aborted : https://www.christian.org.uk/news/youtube-and-twitch-star-ninja-shares-how-doctor-wanted-him-aborted/
  5. DOES THE EXISTENCE OF SO MANY RELIGIONS ARGUE AGAINST THEIR TRUTH CLAIMS?: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2018/08/does-existence-of-so-many-religions.html
  6. TrueU #1: Does God Exist? – (Short Video promo – 2 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnawqqA7vmw
  7. When An Atheists Says, WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE IN JESUS?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2yRjw8-j-s
  8. Four Benefits Apologetics Provides the Believer – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Page: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/07/19/apologetics-and-the-believer/
  9. A Look at Messianic Prophecy: Who is the Prophet of Deuteronomy18:15-18 THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/a-look-at-messianic-prophecy-who-is-the-prophet-of-deuteronomy-1815-18-4/
  10. An Open Letter to Those Debilitated by Their Sexual Sin: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/an-open-letter-to-those-debilitated-by-their-sexual-sin
  11. Can Evangelicals Vote for Trump? A Hard Yet Easy Decision | The Stream: https://stream.org/can-evangelicals-vote-for-trump-a-hard-yet-easy-decision/
  12. How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ? – Thomas Nelson Bibles: https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/how-do-we-align-our-careers-with-our-faith-in-christ/
  13. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-it-matter-that-buddha-came-long-before-jesus
  14. The Basic Argument for the Deity of Christ – Warren Christian Apologetics Center: https://warrenapologetics.org/sufficientevidence/2019/7/16/the-basic-argument-for-the-deity-of-christ
  15. THE APOLOGETICS REPORT The official apologetics aggregate of The Daily Apologist: https://theapologeticsreport.com/
  16. Evolutionist Clarence Darrow v. William Jennings Bryan, Creationist – American Minute: https://newsmaven.io/americanminute/american-history/evolutionist-clarence-darrow-v-william-jennings-bryan-creationist-H9i6WriGYE-2LBQUrgYW4A/
  17. Deconstructing Darwin: Darwin’s real message – creation.com: https://creation.com/charles-darwins-real-message-have-you-missed-it
  18. This is a library of free online books of the most famous authors in Christian history from the Church fathers onward: http://www.ccel.org/index/author/
  19. American Minute with Bill Federer First Prayer in Congress “It was enough” says Mr. Adams, “to melt a heart of stone.” : https://myemail.constantcontact.com/First-Prayer-in-Congress–It-was-enough–says-Mr–Adams–to-melt-a-heart-of-stone–.html?soid=1108762609255&aid=fqzfemft9wk

For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Peter 4:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-4-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1180) from Nuggets:

Make religion attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is. Worthy of reverence because it really understands human nature. Attractive because it promises true good. – Blaise Pascal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 4th of July Article – We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God.: https://wallbuilders.com/4th-july-article/
  2. American Founding and Federal Era (1785-early-1800s) – 23 page PDF file lesson: https://wallbuilders.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Lesson-4-American-Founding-and-Federal-Era-1785-early-1800s.pdf
  3. Young Adults are Leaving the Church, Do You Know Why? | Hope’s Reason – note: this article seems to knock expository preaching (which I’m strongly in favor of), but as I consider the message here, I think the author is lamenting the hesitancy of preachers to mention culturally relevant matters in the context of their sermons.: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2015/06/11/young-adults-are-leaving-the-church-do-you-know-why/
  4. Chinese Christians memorize Bible in prison: Gov’t ‘can’t take what’s hidden in your heart’ – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/chinese-christians-memorize-bible-prison-cant-take-whats-hidden-in-your-heart.html
  5. My thoughts on the passing of apologist and author Dr. Norman Geisler THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/my-thoughts-on-the-passing-of-apologist-and-author-dr-norman-geisler/
  6. 3 Questions You Need to Ask When Reading the Bible – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut0jA0OvQ5g
  7. Why Christians Should Not Smoke Pot | The Stream: https://stream.org/christians-not-smoke-pot/
  8. The U. S. Women’s Soccer Team and Jaelene Hinkle – Break Point. …American Christians need to develop a theology of getting fired … It’s simply more likely than not that we too will face a choice at some point between our career and our convictions.: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/06/breakpoint-the-u-s-womens-soccer-team-and-jaelene-hinkle/
  9. Why Apologetics? | Stand to Reason – Why apologetics? Well, the Bible commands it, the culture demands it, the Church needs it, and the results confirm it. Taken individually, each reason should motivate us to engage in apologetics. However, taken all together, these provide a powerful apologetic for apologetics.: https://www.str.org/blog/why-apologetics
  10. Dr. James Dobson visits the border and reports on the humanitarian crisis: https://drjamesdobson.org/about/july-newsletter-2019
  11. Dr. Ben Carson speaks of fetal pain, describes abortion as barbaric and murder: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dr.-ben-carson-speaks-of-fetal-pain-describes-abortion-as-barbaric-and-murder
  12. What about people who have never heard?: https://youtu.be/yQISdCWQhRg
  13. 4 Reasons That Christianity is True: https://youtu.be/ata3XrCiGtY
  14. Why did God create the tree and put it in the garden if he knew Adam and Eve would eat from it?: https://youtu.be/h1jOsYw6qIg
  15. Mary and Jesus Appearances | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/appearances-of-mary-and-jesus-resurrection-appearances/
  16. Morality as Natural: Why the I don’t need a god to be moral critique fails: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/morality-as-natural-why-the-i-dont-need-a-god-to-be-moral-critique-fails/
  17. Another Journey from Atheism to Christianity Proslogion: http://blog.drwile.com/another-journey-from-atheism-to-christianity/
  18. Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls / spirits?: https://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html
  19. The Bible’s Reliability & Accuracy – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0OWYAf2TNA
  20. The Christian foundations of the rule of law in the West: a legacy of liberty and resistance against tyranny – creation.com: https://creation.com/the-christian-foundations-of-the-rule-of-law-in-the-west-a-legacy-of-liberty-and-resistance-against-tyranny
  21. Why Intelligent Design Is An Argument from Knowledge, Not Ignorance | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-intelligent-design-argument-knowledge-not-ignorance
  22. Prayer is Not a Blank Check Signed in Jesus’ name: http://faithphilosophy.com/en/prayer-is-not-a-blank-check-in-jesus-name.php
  23. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Donates $1 Million to Planned Parenthood to : https://www.lifenews.com/2019/06/28/facebook-coo-sheryl-sandberg-donates-1-million-to-planned-parenthood-to-fight-for-abortion/
  24. Contend Earnestly – Jude’s epistle defending the gospel is as valid today as it was in the early church | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11386
  25. The appendix – The appendix is just one of many organs once commonly claimed by evolutionists to be useless leftovers from our evolutionary past. Over the years, however, the list of vestigial organs has become shorter and shorter, as scientists have discovered their functions. Some evolutionists now doubt whether any genuine examples exist.: https://creation.com/the-appendix

The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” Galatians 3:12

Blessings to you all