mid-week apologetics booster (10-10-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about man’s search for God. To me, they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for a cat. – C. S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why does God require faith? Why doesn’t God prove Himself to us so there is no need for faith?: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-require-faith.html
  2. Is Jesus really God? There are many cults and false religions today that deny it. What is the truth about Jesus Christ? We turn to the Scriptures for the answer.: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/is-jesus-god/
  3. Is It Time to Panic About Climate Change? – Creation Museum Live! | September 19, 2019 – YouTube – Dr. Alan White. The science of climatology is in an early stage of development, so it is difficult to be certain how serious the risk of climate change is. Many politicians and climatologists say that it is time to take immediate, radical actions, with little regard for the consequences of those actions. However, when the small amount of data that we do have is put into a longer-term perspective, panic does not seem warranted. Two things are certain: the global temperature has been rising slowly for about 400 years, and we must take Gods command to care for the earth seriously. Dr. Alan White earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University in 1981.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r9Xdb-mRxk
  4. British Court In Transgender Case: Bible Belief Is Incompatible With Human Dignity | The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-court-in-transgender-case-bible-belief-is-incompatible-with-human-dignity
  5. Atheist Group Files Complaint About Texas Judge’s Bible Gift, Hug to Convicted Murderer | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/october/atheist-group-files-complaint-about-texas-judges-bible-gift-hug-to-convicted-murderer?cpid=:ID:-35477-:DT:-2019-10-03-18:10:20-:US:-SW1-:CN:-CP1-:PO:-NC1-:ME:-SU1-:SO:-FB1-:SP:-NW1-:PF:-TX1-
  6. In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/in-this-day-and-age-evangelism-is-spelled-a-p-o-l-o-g-e-t-i-c-s/
  7. In-N-Out billionaire Lynsi Snyder on spiritual warfare, desire to be ‘plugged in’ to God’s plan – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/in-n-out-billionaire-lynsi-snyder-on-spiritual-warfare-desire-to-be-plugged-in-to-gods-plan.html
  8. Science has limits: A few things that science does not do: https://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/whatisscience_12
  9. Stepping Up to Defend Life – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/stepping-up-to-defend-life/?_ga=2.73042259.1109797579.1570475466-1592295472.1570475466
  10. Upcoming science book reveals that ‘Adam and Eve’ could have existed.: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/10/04/upcoming-book-leaves-scientific-possibility-existence-adam-eve-column/3826195002/
  11. Pilgrims in a Post-Christian Culture by Voddie Baucham: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/pilgrims-in-a-post-christian-culture/
  12. The Idea That Faith is Caught and Not Taught is False and It’s Hurting the Next Generation: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-idea-that-faith-is-caught-and-not-taught-is-falseand-its-hurting-the-next-generation/
  13. This short video clip from the Aladdin animated Disney movie reminds me of the incarnation of Jesus – God coming to earth in the person of Jesus.  Hebrews 10:5 says “when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me’”.  As the clip says about Genie, Jesus has “Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Ity Bity Living Space”: https://youtu.be/SfTfXLLJlzM
  14. The Pro-Life View Is the Tolerant View | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/pro-life-view-tolerant-view#.XZ4yT7dlAzQ
  15. Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker William Bennett Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/wednesday-wisdom-from-thinker-william-bennett/
  16. Philosophical Evidence that God Created the Universe | Radical Worldview: http://radicalworldview.com/philosophical-evidence-that-god-created-the-universe/
  17. What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html
  18. Mann’s Word: CAN WE TRUST THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT?: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2019/10/can-we-trust-text-of-new-testament.html
  19. Why Christians Should Study Philosophy: A Reply to John MacArthur: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/christian-philosophy/
  20. Outgrowing Richard Dawkins’ God Delusions | The Stream: https://stream.org/outgrowing-richard-dawkins-delusions/

Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.” The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high ranking officers and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome. But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write. For I think it is unreasonable to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him.” Acts 25:22-27

Blessings to you all

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mid-week apologetics booster (10-3-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists believe in the virgin birth of the cosmos. Choose your miracle. – Glen Scrivener

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Long Was Adam in the Garden? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/adam-and-eve/how-long-was-adam-garden/
  2. How Could Adam Have Named All the Animals in a Single Day? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/adam-and-eve/how-could-adam-have-named-all-the-animals-in-a-single-day/
  3. Grounded Faith by Terrell Clemmons – Sinking Roots for Youth Ministry in an Age of Advanced Skepticism -Salvo Magazine: https://salvomag.com/article/salvo44/grounded-faith
  4. What are undesigned coincidences, and how are they used in apologetics? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/27/what-are-undesigned-coincidences-and-how-are-they-used-in-apologetics/
  5. Quick Challenge Answer: You Shouldn’t Push Your Views On Me –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/you-shouldnt-push-your-views-on-me/
  6. Information and the origin of life – Did cells write their own software? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnlz9b5TZB0
  7. The Atheist Delusion – this is a great 1 hour movie: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  8. 3 Overlooked Ways to Do Pre-Evangelism: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-overlooked-ways-pre-evangelism/
  9. Pascal’s Wager Made Easy (Part 1) | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2019/09/pascals-wager-made-easy-part-1/
  10. Pascal’s Wager Made Easy (Part 2) | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2019/09/pascals-wager-made-easy-part-2/
  11. Faith is NOT Blind – Homeschool 101: https://homeschool-101.com/faith-is-not-blind/
  12. The Virtue of Silence | The Apologers: https://apologers.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/the-virtue-of-silence/
  13. Killing babies is wrong – creation.com: https://creation.com/babies-expense-abortion
  14. Who decided what books would go into the New Testament? Matthew Ruttan: https://matthewruttan.com/2019/06/19/who-decided-what-books-would-go-into-the-new-testament/
  15. What Kind of World Is Needed for Science to Work?: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/09/17/what-kind-of-world-is-needed-for-science-to-work
  16. Vicarious Liability and the Imputation of Sins | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/vicarious-liability-and-the-imputation-of-sins
  17. Incarnation Why God became man – creation.com: https://creation.com/incarnation-why-god-became-man
  18. God would not allow evil and suffering (Possible responses you could give): https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-god-would-not-allow-evil-and-suffering/
  19. 4 Critical Tips for Apologists | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/4-critical-tips-for-apologists
  20. How I Get So Much Done | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-i-get-so-much-done
  21. What Do You Mean By That? A Look At Questioning Evangelism: Responding To Five Common Objections On A College Campus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/what-do-you-mean-by-that-a-look-at-questioning-evangelism-responding-to-five-common-objections-on-a-college-campus-4/

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Psalms 25:3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-26-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone who had only read Robin Hood. – Rodney Stark

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Resolving Controversies Surrounding Joseph of Arimathea and the Women who Discovered Jesus Empty Tomb: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/05/20/resolving-controversies-surrounding-joseph-of-arimathea-and-the-women-who-discovered-jesus-empty-tomb/
  2. Dallas Megachurch Puts On Mass Wedding for Dozens… Pastors challenge asks members to honor God in their relationship that means marry or move out. | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/september-web-only/megachurch-mass-wedding-cohabitation-pastor-bryan-carter.html
  3. Students challenge God’s existence: https://youtu.be/uKCux1Dur_M
  4. The 34 Wives of Joseph Smith (and their 11 husbands): https://youtu.be/AfqNenhKdls
  5. Polystrate Fossils — evidence against millions of years – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqUtY23L4iQ
  6. What Do I Say When I Only Have a Minute to Talk About God? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtuHazFfn2Y
  7. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  8. Every Mormons Need for Rest. What goes through your mind when a Mormon knocks at your door? Oh no, I can’t remember all those technical answers I studied years ago! A former Mormon shares how every Christian already knows the answer to Mormons greatest need. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/every-mormons-need-for-rest/
  9. How can Christians champion the pro-life movement?: https://youtu.be/nrMLgbibXDY
  10. Apologetics As Conversation | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2019/09/apologetics-as-conversation/
  11. Reasonableness in an Age of Outrage: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/reasonableness-age-outrage/

Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. Isaiah 3:12

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-19-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

There’s a reason it’s okay to gas termites and not Jews. It’s because we know that people are different from other creatures in an important and wonderful way.  – Greg Koukl, The Story of Reality

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/wise-serpents-harmless-doves.html
  2. Piers, When Did Jesus Say That? | The Stream: https://stream.org/piers-jesus-say/
  3. What are the consequences of sin? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/consequences-of-sin.html
  4. Thoughts from Greg and Amy on Having Meaningful Spiritual Conversations | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/thoughts-greg-and-amy-having-meaningful-spiritual-conversations
  5. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Learning About Other Religions Christian Defenders: https://christiandefenders.org/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-learning-about-other-religions/
  6. My Favorite Argument for the Existence of God: https://thinkdivinely.com/my-favorite-apologetic-argument-for-the-existence-of-god/
  7. Magnificent Motors | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/biology/microbiology/magnificent-motors/
  8. What Is the Preborn? | Human Defense: https://humandefense.com/what-is-the-preborn/
  9. Netherlands: Muslim who stabbed Jews grew more devout in the months before the assault: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/09/netherlands-muslim-who-stabbed-jews-grew-more-devout-in-the-months-before-the-assault
  10. Exposing the Truth About Jihad – Part 1 on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/327205953
  11. Exposing the Truth About Jihad – Part 2 on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/327532185
  12. The Muslim Brotherhood: Origin, Identity, and Agenda (2019 Edition) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/333453389
  13. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/09/11/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-6/
  14. Johns Hopkins professor on child transgender trend: Many will regret this | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/johns-hopkins-professor-on-child-transgender-trend-many-will-regret-this/
  15. Newly passed California resolution blames religious groups for LGBT suicides | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/newly-passed-california-resolution-blames-religious-groups-for-lgbt-suicides
  16. The LGBT endgame is to destroy Christianity | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/the-lgbt-endgame-is-to-destroy-christianity
  17. ASSURANCE, by J.C. Ryle: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/assurance.htm

He who has ears, let him hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” Matthew 13:9-11

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 (9-5-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

It only takes one person to forgive. But it takes two to reconcile. – Tom Ascol

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New study: there is no gay gene that causes homosexuality | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/08/31/new-study-there-is-no-gay-gene-that-determines-homosexuality/
  2. Joseph, Pharaoh, and the Famine: http://www.biblehistory.net/newsletter/joseph_pharaoh_famine.htm
  3. Is the Biblical story of Joseph in Egypt verified? ChristianAnswers.Net: https://christiananswers.net/q-abr/abr-a016.html
  4. How Developing A Forensic Faith Increases Your Christian Confidence – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-Z_EecKGU
  5. The Circus of Roman Emperor Nero: Where St. Peter was martyred | Still Current: https://stillcurrent.blog/2016/11/09/the-circus-of-roman-emperor-nero-where-st-peter-was-martyred/
  6. 4 Ways Parents Bore Their Kids Out of Christianity – Natasha Crain: http://christianmomthoughts.com/4-ways-parents-bore-their-kids-out-of-christianity/
  7. COSMOLOGY AND ITS ATTEMPT TO FIND THE FIRST CAUSE: https://mannsword.blogspot.com/2019/07/cosmology-and-its-attempt-to-find-first.html
  8. The Basic Argument for the Deity of Christ – David O’Connell, Sufficient Evidence: https://warrenapologetics.org/sufficientevidence/2019/7/16/the-basic-argument-for-the-deity-of-christ
  9. How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ? https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/how-do-we-align-our-careers-with-our-faith-in-christ/
  10. The Three Most Important “Trajectory Decisions” Every University Student Must Make – J. Warner Wallace: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-most-important-trajectory-decisions-every-university-student-must-make/

Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. James 3:11-14

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 (8-15-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The most spectacular and impressive miracle recorded in the Bible is recorded in the opening line of Genesis, Chapter 1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Christians believe the beginning of the universe was a supernatural event. As a skeptic investigating the claims of Christianity, I eventually had to admit that I also accepted the origin of the universe as a supernatural, miraculous event, and if God had the power necessary to create everything from nothing, he could probably pull off the miracles described in the New Testament. – J. Warner Wallace

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. (Lk. 14:33) Do we have to give up everything? | Evidence Unseen: http://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/nt-difficulties/matthew/lk-1433-do-we-have-to-give-up-everything/
  2. How can I overcome the fear of death? How can I stop being scared of dying? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/fear-death-scared-dying.html
  3. Head Knowledge = Good. Heart Knowledge = Good. – Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/christian-living/head-knowledge-good-heart-knowledge-good/
  4. Back to basics – A church tries a radical approach to youth ministry | WORLD News Group: https://world.wng.org/2019/08/back_to_basics?fbclid=IwAR0AuJU5SlI0BOvj_UNmDRHGGZre-jhiQdBaJHzK952dMZ1OQnVCjK2GUus
  5. Gay Hollywood Designer Describes Dramatic ‘Damascus Road’ Conversion to Christianity | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2019/august/gay-hollywood-designer-describes-dramatic-damascus-road-conversion-to-christianity
  6. Reaching Out to a Hillsong Leader Who is Renouncing His Faith | The Stream: https://stream.org/reaching-hillsong-leader-renouncing-faith/
  7. Darwin’s Tree Got Tangled. What Happened? Richard William Nelson: https://www.darwinthenandnow.com/2019/04/tree-of-life/
  8. Before Your Kids Have Access to the Internet, Read This | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/your-kids-have-access-internet-read
  9. Answer Like Jesus – advice on how to answer controversial questions | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/answer-jesus
  10. Atheists Want a World Without Christianity. Here’s How It Would Look – Christian Week: https://www.christianweek.org/atheists-want-a-world-without-christianity-heres-how-it-would-look/
  11. 3 Relevant Emphases of Francis Schaeffer’s Ministry Answers for the Church: https://answersforthechurch.com/blog/3-relevant-emphases-of-francis-schaeffers-ministry
  12. Photosynthesis: Clearly Designed from the Beginning | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11479/
  13. Should there be exceptions to abortion? – Defend the Faith Ministry: https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/blog/should-there-be-exceptions-to-abortion
  14. What Christian Parents Should Learn from Marty Sampson Losing Faith – Natasha Crain: http://christianmomthoughts.com/what-christian-parents-should-learn-from-marty-sampson-losing-faith/

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” — but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

If you are angry and having a hard time letting it go and forgiving right away … remember that your feelings will end and things will be normal again but words once spoken cannot ever be erased. – Sheila Wilkinson (God’s Marriage Manual)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. No Materialist Theory of Consciousness Is Plausible | Mind Matters: https://mindmatters.ai/2019/07/no-materialist-theory-of-consciousness-is-plausible/
  2. What does it mean that God is spirit? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-is-spirit.html
  3. Ben Franklin & Pennsylvania’s Role in Ending Slavery: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Ben-Franklin—Pennsylvania-s-Role-in-Ending-Slavery.html?soid=1108762609255&aid=U5UMlV7nmv8
  4. Gillette Comes within a Whisker of Disaster: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA19H03&f=WU19H01
  5. Sex and the City inspiration Candace Bushnell reaches age 60 childless and alone | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/08/02/sex-and-the-city-inspiration-candace-bushnell-reaches-age-60-childless-and-alone/
  6. A Memorial for a Melted Glacier? This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it. Those are some of the words featured in A Letter to the Future, a memorial to a melted glacier in Iceland. Okjkull, known as Ok, lost its status as a glacier in 2014 due to its shrinking size. The presumed cause of the shrinkage? Man-made climate change. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/climate-change/memorial-melted-glacier/
  7. A toothache for Darwinists – Science & Tech – WORLD: https://world.wng.org/content/a_toothache_for_darwinists
  8. Some Signs You May Be Ashamed of the Gospel THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/some-signs-you-may-be-ashamed-of-the-gospel/
  9. Are Near-Death Experiences Good Evidence for the Afterlife? Sean McDowell – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdXA3Kk29oc
  10. Devotionals – Bible Gateway. Here are a bunch of free daily devotionals. This is a great treasure! Take advantage of it.: https://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/
  11. If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?: http://christianmomthoughts.com/if-christianity-is-true-why-do-so-many-kids-have-doubts-today/
  12. Am I more than my genes? Faith, identity and DNA – The Veritas Forum: http://www.veritas.org/faith-identity-dna/
  13. 4 Good Things That Go Bad When They Are Idolized – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/joshua-harris-and-idol-making/

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. Psalms 2:1-2

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-1-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1250) from Nuggets:

We do well when we are angry with sin, because of the wrong which it commits against our good and gracious God; or with ourselves because we remain so foolish after so much divine instruction. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ravi Zacharias on the Ben Shapiro Show THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/26/ravi-zacharias-on-the-ben-shapiro-show/
  2. Google says “Christian” unacceptable keyword, “Muslim” okay. people mock the idea of Christian persecution in America today, but here is one such example of persecution by exclusion from a media giant.: https://youtu.be/J0Ev02c0WnY
  3. John Bunyan – Biography and Life Facts: https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1601-1700/john-bunyan-11630083.html
  4. Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-true-the-cumulative-case-for-the-reliability-of-the-gospels-free-bible-insert/
  5. Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/07/23/voted-the-best-christian-book-of-all-time
  6. Theories that explain everything | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/07/29/theories-that-explain-everything/
  7. The Prosperity Gospel and Biblical Promises: How should we understand them? Coffeehouse Questions: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2019/07/28/the-prosperity-gospel-and-biblical-promises-how-should-we-understand-them/
  8. A Long Way from Bake My Cake – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/07/breakpoint-a-long-way-from-bake-my-cake/
  9. The Bible Comes Alive in Israel | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/bible-comes-alive-israel
  10. Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says – Scientific American. This is a Jewish Physicist and I like some of the things he has to say. For example, about scientism and about the “Theory of Everything”: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/atheism-is-inconsistent-with-the-scientific-method-prizewinning-physicist-says/#
  11. Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more – Religion News Service: https://religionnews.com/2019/07/29/celebrating-new-religious-freedom-law-bolivian-evangelicals-push-for-more/
  12. Hitler’s God: 3 Reasons Hitler Wasn’t Christian iApologia: http://iapologia.com/hitlers-god-3-reasons-hitler-wasnt-christian/
  13. The Gospel – Paul Washer: https://youtu.be/cqbPaXhK4Zw
  14. Science Doesn’t Say Anything- Scientists Do – Frank Turek: https://crossexamined.org/science-doesnt-say-anything-scientists-do/
  15. Q&A session after “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” lecture with Dr. Frank Turek – 54 minutes : https://youtu.be/zSqb5Q8zjx4
  16. If God is just, then why give eternal punishment for temporal sin? Vince Vitale and Ravi Zacharias: https://youtu.be/zb5fEK99BIk
  17. How can so many people read the Bible, but still die unbelieving? Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray: https://youtu.be/4CIGJw-XRq8
  18. Why would God make me a lesbian? Is it wrong to love someone of the same sex? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek answering: https://youtu.be/VShB2Y6A5Kc
  19. Do you think homosexuality is wrong? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/JBHodHT3pOk
  20. The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel: https://youtu.be/67uj2qvQi_k
  21. Developing a forensic faith (47 minute lecture) – J. Warner Wallace: https://youtu.be/T_lyyw-x2Kk
  22. Evidence for the Resurrection – Craig Hazen, 1 hour lecture: https://youtu.be/ocbtjLgUnQY
  23. Crazy College Courses and the Religion of Sex: https://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2017/12/20/crazy-college-courses-and-the-religion-of-sex-n2424553
  24. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/_sgxYiuTJNo
  25. Is the New Testament true? Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/iuV3Qv4whNY
  26. What if they don’t believe the Bible? Nabeel Qureshi: https://youtu.be/g7LXcYzF12Q
  27. Seven Days that Divide the World – John Lennox: https://youtu.be/0FmO2XKMe6g
  28. Does the Bible Utilize One Type of Apologetic Methodology? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/does-the-bible-utilize-one-type-of-apologetic-methodology/
  29. Famed Yale computer science professor quits believing Darwin’s theories | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/famed-yale-computer-science-professor-quits-believing-darwins-theories/
  30. Church of the Apostles discovered near Sea of Galilee, archaeologists say | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/science/church-of-the-apostles-discovered-archaeologists-say

I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly –my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well–the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Blessings to you all

This Week’s Conversations

Wednesday July 24th

A Christian friend and I had lunch with our Hindu / Skeptic friend.  During the course of our conversation, here are some of the objections he brought up:

  1. He believes that all paths/religions are valid – there is not 1 true religion
  2. Evolution – thinks that all true scientists believe in evolution. If there are any anti-evolution writings, their origin can always be traced back to a spiritual source, and therefore can’t be trusted (biased).
  3. Many of his objections were of the category, “God doesn’t do what I expect (or how I would do it), and therefore He doesn’t exist.
  4. Inequity – bad people do well, good people suffer.
  5. All religion is man-made.
  6. Leaders rise up and have millions of followers and people end up deifying them. This has happened numerous times in history and Jesus is just another example of that
  7. There is no physical evidence of God or Christianity
  8. He is absolutely certain that there is no heaven or hell. This earth is where heaven or hell are.
  9. God can’t control his people – he can’t make them believe. Also, the ones who do believe, split into “denominations”.  He named Protestants, Catholics and Mormons.
  10. He challenged, “So what happens if everyone believes in Jesus?” Do all the problems go away?
  11. He wanted to know about believing in Jesus, “what difference does it make?” I told him about the wrath of God that each person has due to him for his sin and how believing that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins reconciles you to God, making peace between you and God, since Jesus took your punishment, but if you reject Jesus and what He did, you have to pay the penalty for your own sins.
  12. He doesn’t trust the Bible – anytime we would bring up what it says, he would dismiss it. Anytime we would bring up what Jesus said, he would say that no one knows what Jesus actually said – that’s just what His followers said that He said.
  13. He believes that the followers of Jesus (who saw Him risen from the dead) were hallucinating. He believes they talked themselves into believing.
  14. His standard of belief is very high – he won’t believe unless God personally talks to him. Even then, he might think he is hallucinating.
  15. He wants “proof” for God.
  16. He wonders why Jesus showed up in this little insignificant place like Israel 2000 years ago. Why didn’t He show up in a big place, like New York City where many millions of people would’ve seen Him?
  17. He wanted to know “what is God?” I said, “Creator”.  My friend said, “God is Spirit”.  He said, “So, you can’t see God, right?”  He went on saying that he can’t believe in anything he can’t see or detect in anyway.

Needless to say, we answered his questions the best we could – I thought we gave very reasonable answers, but he wasn’t convinced by them.  Interestingly enough, on the way out to the parking lot, we were talking about who’s right and who’s wrong and I made the comment, “Maybe I’m wrong (although I don’t think I am), please convince me!”  He said, “I can’t convince you, I’m lost!”  I thought that was a remarkable admission and told him so and hugged him goodbye.  I don’t think he knows the profoundness of his admission there – he is truly “lost” – in the biblical sense.  Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and I pray that Jesus seeks and finds him, and similarly, I hope our friend seeks Jesus with a sincere heart!

Yesterday (Friday July 27th), shortly before it was time to leave work for the day, I saw a Muslim colleague of mine who will be quitting work next week and moving back to his country of origin.  I wanted to talk to him and tell him I was really going to miss him and our conversations.  He had another friend with him who I hadn’t met before.  It turns out that guy works at our company on a different floor than me and in fact he is a Christian too!  Anyway, my Muslim friend asked me something about whether the Bible spoke about his country of origin, so I showed him my Nuggets web site and searched the full Bible and found out that what he was asking me appeared in the Bible twice (Gen. 2:14, Dan. 10:4).  I will let you (the reader) determine what he asked me to search for 🙂  Anyway, that opened a spiritual conversation that lasted about 45 minutes (caused me to get home late from work :()!  It was a great conversation in which we compared and contrasted Christianity and Islam, and talked about our respective worldviews.  I was able to share the Gospel with him as I explained the core message of Christianity, when he asked what the absolute necessary thing was to be a Christian (we had been talking about baptism, because another colleague of his is Mormon and had discussed baptism previously).  During that part of our conversation, I shared Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  I emphasized that you have to believe in the Deity, Death and Resurrection of Jesus and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior in order to be a Christian.  Of course he said that Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was crucified, but that Judas was crucified in His place.  I searched my copy of the Qur’an on my Kindle for Sura 4:157 and showed him that.  During the conversation, he was sharing various verses out of the Qur’an showing that all paths lead to God.  He is a very moderate Muslim and made extreme effort to communicate that he respects all religions and that it is good people who go to heaven (from all religions).  Wow…  A lot could’ve been said there (and some was said in response at the time), but we would need many hours to fully unpack this topic and make sure he understands the biblical view and how it is different from Islam.  Anyway, it was a great conversation and I will miss him and do pray that he would be reconciled to the one true God, Yahweh!  I also hope and pray that I can continue to meet with and fellowship with the other new Christian friend I met during that conversation.

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 (7-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Yes, I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve got to say it, because I believe at the core of my being it is true. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for a tragedy such as what happened in Florida. Jesus is the answer for the man who committed this atrocity. Jesus is the answer for the people on whom this atrocity was committed. Jesus is the answer for the society who is trying to cope with this tragedy. Jesus was the answer, the only answer, for those who perished in this tragedy. Jesus transforms sinners into Spirit-filled believers, who exhibit the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus is the answer!
To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Keep a Secret? So Can Your Daughter’s School. Imagine sending your daughter off to school only to find out that she was headed for an abortion appointment instead. Then imagine this: her teachers knew and never told you. In California, parents don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a new undercover video, they know — it’s already happening.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA19G08&f=WU19G04
  2. Book Plunge: Can We Trust The Gospels? – A review of Peter J. Williams’s book: https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/?p=11929
  3. Bloom Where You’re Planted | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  4. Bloom Where You’re Planted (shorter article by Melinda Penner): https://www.str.org/blog/bloom-where-you-re-planted
  5. How Should a Christian Vote? – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/blog/how-should-a-christian-vote/
  6. The Ark Encounter review – the Ark was absolutely thrilling, and at the end of the day, worth the price of admission to be sure. : https://thinkdivinely.com/the-ark-encounter/
  7. Old Earth Belief: http://oldearth.org/old.htm
  8. Understanding Worldview – Engaging the World Around Us – Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/understanding-worldview-engaging-the-world-around-us/
  9. Is Religion Just a Social Construct? | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/is-religion-just-a-social-construct/
  10. Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus Resurrection | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/old-testament-prophecies-of-jesus-resurrection-1
  11. Listen: Nancy Pearcey on the Surprising Early History of Darwinism | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/listen-nancy-pearcey-on-the-surprising-early-history-of-darwinism/
  12. Why Is Evidence Important for Faith? – FaithGateway: https://www.faithgateway.com/why-is-evidence-important-for-faith/
  13. Doesn’t the Bible Say True Faith is Blind? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/doesnt-the-bible-say-true-faith-is-blind/
  14. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator – Part 2: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery_20.html
  15. New Engineering Textbook, Hacking the Cosmos, Argues for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-engineering-textbook-hacking-the-cosmos-argues-for-intelligent-design/
  16. Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 1: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/11/quantum-mechanics-and-the-laws-of-logic-part-1
  17. Responding to You Can’t Prove or Disprove God’s Existence THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/responding-to-you-cant-prove-or-disprove-gods-existence-2/
  18. How to Share Your Faith with Friends of other Faiths: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-share-your-faith-with-friends-of-other-faiths.html
  19. Five Fake News Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/five-fake-news-stories-that-people-believe-about-early-christianity/
  20. Detecting False Dichotomies that Hinder the Mission of the Church | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2019/06/06/detecting-false-dichotomies-that-hinder-the-mission-of-the-church/
  21. A Christian Perspective on Pagan and Secular Belief Systems: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/reflections/read/reflections/2019/06/04/a-christian-perspective-on-pagan-and-secular-belief-systems
  22. Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/treating-the-gospel-like-a-cookie-rather-than-a-cure/
  23. IS JESUS’ DEATH AS A PUNISHMENT FOR SINS CENTRAL TO CHRISTIANITY…OR COSMIC CHILD ABUSE?: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2019/05/someone-in-one-of-online-groups-i-am.html
  24. Does God Know & Not Know Simultaneously? Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/does-god-know-not-know-simultaneously/
  25. 7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe | RELEVANT Magazine: https://relevantmagazine.com/god/7-unbiblical-statements-christians-believe-2/
  26. The Sexual Ethics of Jesus and His People | Radically Christian: https://radicallychristian.com/the-sexual-ethics-of-jesus-and-his-people
  27. Why Everyone Should Believe that the Gospels are Reliable – Capturing Christianity: https://capturingchristianity.com/why-everyone-should-believe-that-the-gospels-are-reliable/

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

Blessings to you all

Follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend

On Monday of this week, I had a follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend (read about prior conversation here), this time, bringing you along another Christian friend. We met for lunch at a busy fast food place. The conversation got right to the point.

I asked him about a prior statement he had made that religion is “man-made”. I said, “I can’t speak for the other religions, but what makes you think that Christianity, in particular, is ‘man-made’?” He said, “Well, everyone knows that Christianity didn’t start till 2000 years ago.” He said, “If God is so powerful, why can’t he stop all these other religions? Why couldn’t God make it obvious that he is God? Why couldn’t he (on every continent, simultaneously) make it absolutely clear that Jesus is God?” He talked about the priests molesting young boys and wondered why God couldn’t stop that. He also wanted to know why God couldn’t just make everyone believe in Jesus? I gave an example: “Let’s say your son wants a girlfriend. So you decide to find a girl and pay her a $1,000 to date your son and to act like she loves him.” I asked him, “Now would that be real love if the girl was paid $1,000 to date your son?” He said he didn’t know! Wow, I couldn’t believe he said that, because it’s quite obvious that it wouldn’t be real love and I told him that. So, I said, “God is in the same position. He wants people to freely love him, although he doesn’t need us to love him. He’s given man free will. A love that is forced is not true love. It’s not that he doesn’t have enough power to make people love him, it’s that he’s chosen to give people free will to respond in love, or to reject him. True love can only be freely given, it cannot be not forced. He doesn’t want robots (or puppets) who love him because they’re programmed to love him.”

He said, “If God lives in the temple or the church, the priest or pastor who is in the church should be closest to God, right? God can’t even control those people that are closest to him, the priests, who are doing evil things. He can’t even control who believes in him so it’s just a never-ending cycle!” I told him that the Bible actually says that God does not “live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24b).

The Christian friend who was with me, shared with my Hindu friend the story of Jesus telling people about a tower that fell on some people and killed them. He said, “Jesus didn’t explain to them why the tower fell on them and kill them, but rather that they should repent otherwise they would likewise perish.” So it is instructive that Jesus did not give an answer about why these bad things happened, but rather warns people that they need to repent and get right with God.

My Hindu friend said that any religion that tries to scare people with hell (or has a concept of hell), is “man-made”.  So I reminded him that he was eliminating Hinduism (since it has a concept of hell)!  Also, in the same breath, he’s eliminating Islam, Judaism and Christianity as legitimate religions, since they all teach about a concept of hell. Additionally, I reminded my friend that just because evil people use religion to oppress people and scare people, does not mean that it is not true. I pointed out the contradiction in him complaining on the one hand about priests who are doing evil things and God not doing anything about it, and then also complaining about the concept of hell, which is the means that God uses to punish evil ultimately.

He seemed to have a concept that whatever a true believer prays for, he should receive. I reminded him that the 12 disciples, who wrote the New testament, did not often get what they asked for. In fact, 11 of the 12 were martyred for their faith — they were killed for proclaiming Jesus. So if it is a requirement that people get what they pray for to show that God is who he said he is, then the record of the disciples seems to go against that notion.

Also I talked to him about Christians needing to live their lives according to how the Bible tells us to live. In his view, the “true believers” are the ones who renounce family and material possessions and go to other continents to help people and serve the poor etc. They’re not worried about their retirement plans, money, health or or even dying — they are totally giving their lives to God.  But I said, “That that goes against other things that the Bible commands us to do. For example, we are instructed to save money, we are instructed to leave an inheritance for our children’s children. We are told that ‘he who does not provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever’ (1 Timothy 5:8). So, we need to live our lives according to what is written in the Bible.”

Then he complained about the Bible being this huge complicated book.  He wonders why it has to be made so big and complicated because it could’ve been simple — something like a one-page document with just the important information about Jesus. I told him that most of the Bible is the record of the nation of Israel, through whom the Messiah would come. 39 books of the 66 books in the Bible are the Old Testament which record the history of the nation of Israel. Only 27 books are the New testament from the time of the birth of Jesus onward. in fact, only 4 books record the life and teachings of Jesus.

We also talked about the Bible verses other religions books.  I explained that the Bible was written by 40 different authors from all walks of life (kings, shepherds, fisherman, etc.) over a period of 1500 years on 3 different continents in 3 different languages, yet it all has the same theme.  Compare this with, say, Mormonism, whose holy book was written by a 14 year old boy who had a vision of Jesus and God the Father while in the woods, then was told about some “golden plates”, which he supposedly translated from ancient hieroglyphics by looking into a hat.  Which is more believable to you?  The eye-witness, corroborating testimony of 40 people or the “visions” of a 14 year old boy with no corroboration?  He acknowledged that the Bible would be more believable, but then he quickly moved on to other objections.

To be honest with you, I don’t know if this friend of mine is truly seeking or not.  At the end of the conversation, he said that we would need many hours to talk about this.  I said, “Great! Then how about we meet every Monday?”  He said, “Maybe we can…”  In any case, he sounds like he is willing to do this again.  My Christian brother assured him that according to Bible, if you seek God with all your heart, you will find him (Jeremiah 29:13) and that he has determined that we would live in places where we could find him and that he is not far from each of us (Acts 17:26-27).  So, please be praying for my Hindu friend.  I don’t want to give names for good reason, but nonetheless you can be praying for this situation and for his eyes to be opened.

mid-week apologetics booster (7-11-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

The fact that skeptics are free to think that their thoughts are entirely physical is evidence that their thoughts are not entirely physical. – J. Warner Wallace, God’s Crime Scene

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What to say to Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part 1 – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jehovahs-witnesses/what-to-say-to-jehovahs-witnesses
  2. Giving Up Darwin: https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/giving-up-darwin/
  3. Strengthen a Teen’s Faith with these 3 Questions – Laugh Hope Thrive: https://laughhopethrive.com/2019/05/13/strengthen-a-teens-faith-with-these-3-questions/
  4. What is Islam, and what do Muslims believe?: https://www.gotquestions.org/Islam.html
  5. Glenn Stanton: Is Christianity really shrinking? Christianity is certainly not declining, and our nations citizens are not growing more secular. Let’s look at just three questions that reveal the actual story based on a broad array of leading academic research from our nation’s top sociologists of religion: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/glenn-stanton-is-christianity-really-shrinking
  6. The Attempt to Find Purpose Without God THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/the-attempt-to-find-purpose-without-god/
  7. The Bible and Modern Astronomy, Part 2- The Question of Extraterrestrial Life (Dr. Jason Lisle): https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/the-bible-and-modern-astronomy-part-2/
  8. Some Questions for Linda Sarsour: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/07/some-questions-for-linda-sarsour
  9. 5 Simple Steps for Connecting with Gen Zers | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/5-simple-steps-for-connecting-with-gen-zers
  10. How Apologetics Can Change a Life | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-apologetics-can-change-a-life
  11. Chinese Christians flee China amid crackdown on church: No longer safe for us | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-christian-church-crackdown-safe
  12. A man over the moon. The historic Apollo moon landings still marvel scientists a half-century later, but astronaut Charlie Duke says hes also learned the heavens declare the glory of God. “The evidence to me is overwhelming that theres a Creator, he says. The orderliness in the universe and the physical laws that we experience see Gods hand in creation. That can’t happen by accident.”: https://world.wng.org/2019/07/a_man_over_the_moon
  13. Christian Bachelorette Star Defends Premarital Sex: A Man Does Not Control Anything I Do’ | Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/48837/christian-bachelorette-star-defends-premarital-sex-paul-bois
  14. Answering Jewish Objections: Jewish People Don’t Believe in a Suffering/Atoning Messiah THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/answering-jewish-objections-jewish-people-dont-believe-in-a-suffering-atoning-messiah-2/

You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:4-5

Blessings to you all

A Few More Spiritual Conversations

Here is a quick follow-up on a few conversations I’ve had recently.

First of all, the Indian colleague that I had lunch with last week who’d agreed to go to church after our talk: I had said that I would research good churches for him based on his address that he texted me and I did. As God’s Providence would have it, the closest church to his house, literally a 4 minute drive, is also a church that my best friend attends.  And to top it off, my Indian colleague also knows this Christian friend of mine from a company that we both worked at previously!  That gives him not only a place he and his family can go where he already knows someone, but also, a church that I’m comfortable is a doctrinally solid, Bible preaching church.  I was thrilled about how God arranged all that. So I reported this information back to my Indian colleague and he replied “Thank u sir for all ur help. Plz send me his number and I will call him up.  Thx again”. So, apparently, he seemed willing to go. I pray that it in fact happened yesterday. I will probably find out this coming Thursday.

Secondly I had a doctor’s appointment Friday morning, and the doctor I was meeting with was named Bethany. So while I was in the waiting room for my appointment, knowing that her name was a biblical name, I did a search on my nuggets website for the name Bethany in the Bible. It appears 12 times in the Bible.  Here are the search results:

Passage Ref Passage Text
Matthew 21:17 (niv) 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Matthew 26:6 (niv) 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
Mark 11:1 (niv) 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
Mark 11:11 (niv) 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Mark 11:12 (niv) 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
Mark 14:3 (niv) 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Luke 19:29 (niv) 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
Luke 24:50 (niv) 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
John 1:28 (niv) 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 11:1 (niv) 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
John 11:18 (niv) 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
John 12:1 (niv) 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

So I kept the search results up on my phone screen. When I got called into the office the first thing after some small pleasantries, I said to her, “Bethany, I don’t know if you knew this… but while I was waiting in your waiting room, I did a search on your name in the Bible. Did you know that your name appears 12 times in the Bible?” She said, “No I didn’t know that!”  She said she knew that her name meant “House of God”, but she didn’t know that it appeared in the Bible (now, looking the meaning up here and here, I think she may be wrong).  So I motioned her over and showed her the search results of her name in the Bible. They were all in the gospels.  I said not only does your name appear in the Bible, but it is a very significant name.  In fact, Jesus spent quite a bit of time there:

  1. After He died and rose again, He ascended to heaven from Bethany.
  2. At His second coming, He will return at the Mount of Olives, which is in Bethany.
  3. Also, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead lived in Bethany with his sisters Mary and Martha, who are also featured in several Bible accounts.
  4. Simon the Leper lived in Bethany
  5. Jesus stayed overnight in Bethany.
  6. Bethany is about 2 miles from Jerusalem.

She was shocked to see that her name was referenced so often in the Bible. She commented, “I’ve read that book!  I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic schools through 8th grade.” When she said, “I’ve read that book”, I thought to myself – the Bible is not a book that you’re supposed to read just once.  It is not like a novel ….  But I thought I would just keep that to myself.  Anyway, she thanked me for telling me that and told me she learned something new today! That was pretty much the end of our conversation.  I hope that she goes home and researches more about her name in the Bible.

Then, when I got to work, there was hardly anyone in the office, it being the day after the 4th of July (Independence Day) which is a holiday.  I had a short conversation with 2 of the people that were in the office (a Hindu and a Muslim). One of them indicated that he was going to be leaving the company and actually moving out of the country back to the Middle East — I won’t name the country, but it is a Muslim country. So I asked him, are you a Muslim (before this conversation, I didn’t know)? He said yes I am. I replied, “I didn’t know that…” We were looking at a map showing the country that he was moving too, and of course in the region of the Middle East, this is where Mecca is located, so I asked him, “So being a Muslim, have you ever been to Mecca?” He said, “No, but I really hope to go there one day, and Jerusalem as well.” I commented, “Oh, that’s one of the five pillars of Islam. A pilgrimage to Mecca.” He said, “Well, actually, it’s not a pillar of Islam.” So I just kind of let that slide, but I’m pretty sure it is a pillar of Islam.  However, did I mention that saying the shahada is also a pillar of Islam. And he said, “Yes, there is no God but one…” And I said, “Isn’t it, ‘there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger’?” And he corrected me, “One of his messengers.” I thought this to be very interesting. In the short couple of sentences, I could tell that he was not a very strict, conservative or well-informed Muslim.  In the past, this individual and I have talked a little bit about Christianity and Jesus — in particular His death and Resurrection.  During those conversations in the past, he didn’t seem to have any push back or comment on it. I would think a devout Muslim would have really took exception with the idea of Jesus’s crucifixion and Resurrection.  I hope and pray that I will be able to talk to him more before he leaves.

Finally, yesterday at church, I was able to talk to the girl who just graduated from high school that I had previously talked to while serving at St. Vincent de Paul. She is the one who indicated she’s “not quite there yet” on Christianity and her faith. This time I was able to talk to her during the fellowship time after the service. I asked her if she’d be willing to share more about her prior comment that she’s “not there yet”. Initially she was saying that it was more something that she needed to “discover on her own”. I asked her if she would be willing to give me a try, “What is it that you’re struggling with?” She said that it has to do with all of the evil and suffering in the world. She said that when she’s asked questions of Christians before, they all gave the same answer.  I asked if she could try me 🙂  I would like to compare my answer against theirs. She said “They say that God gives man free Will and that’s why we have all the evil.”  So, I asked her, “What do you think God should do about the evil and suffering?”  After pondering for a moment, she said, “I don’t know”.  Then I re-phrased the question, “What would you do about it if you were God?”  Again, she said, “I’m not sure.”  So, I followed up and said, “Do you think God will deal with the evil and suffering ‘one day’?”  She said that yes, probably he would.  I said to her that if there is a God who created the universe and everything in it, He would have to be incredibly powerful and intelligent.  So, our knowledge would be just a small slice of all the knowledge He has and maybe, just maybe, He has better insight into how to deal with all this than we do.  She seemed to agree.  We then had a discussion about the difference between moral evil (e.g. Hitler) and natural evil (e.g. earth quakes and hurricanes).  I told her that if there is no God, then Hitler, who killed 13 million people total and 6 million of them Jews, just “got away with” what he did.  Yet, if the God of the Bible is real, He promises there will be justice for people like Hitler.  She said that she’s having a problem with trusting Him.  I told her that I’m glad she used the word “trust”.  Faith is a biblical word, but it has a lot of baggage.  Faith really means trust in a God who you have good evidence to believe exists.

I asked her if she’d be going with us to feed the homeless again next weekend and she said yes, she was planning to and possibly bringing a friend – she said she likes charity.  I said that’s great and was looking forward to serving again along side her and the rest of the group.  I’m thinking now of possibly buying her a book and giving it to her next weekend.  That book is “Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God” or possibly, “The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between”, which also has a good chapter on the problem of evil and suffering.  I pray that God works in her life to cause her to understand and accept these difficult things.

I continue to try to be alert for ways to start spiritual conversations that will lead to fruit.  2 passages are relevant here:

Colossians 4:5-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 Corinthians 3:5-8

What then is Apollos ? And what is Paul ? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one ; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

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

Conversation with a Hindu friend

I had a conversation while I was at a Hindu friend’s house for a birthday party last night.  This friend of mine is not a real religious Hindu, but more of a cultural Hindu, who respects it as his family (and wife’s) religion and tradition.  We had quite a long conversation (over an hour) about the existence of God, the Christian faith, etc.  Here are some of the objections he was raising:

  1. Religion was created by men to control people – it is all made up. You’ll burn in hell if you don’t behave according to what this book says.  Jesus is always watching you.  Interestingly, he mentioned that Hinduism does have a concept of hell, and hellfire as well. He said that this is only experienced by humans (not other life forms) who do something terribly wrong, let’s say murder, then you go to eternal hellfire. I told him but that was the first time I’ve ever heard that. His wife, who was sitting there, but not involved in the conversation, confirmed it.
  2. He complained that some of these “people in religion” (the leaders) are smooth talkers and they manipulate people for their own benefit (private planes, big houses, etc.)
  3. I asked him to forget about “religion” for a second and focus on whether God exists. He said that he sees no evidence that God exists.  However, I was finally able to convince him that it was reasonable to believe that a Creator of the universe and life exists (via the cosmological and design arguments), but then he said, “OK, so if God did create the universe, so what?”  I said if there is a Creator, then we ought to try to know Him and determine if He’s revealed Himself to mankind.
  4. He questioned why there is only life here in the universe, since the universe is so big. Why do you need this big universe if you’re only going to have life here?  It was not clear whether he truly believed that there was no other life in the universe, but I think it may’ve been more of a critique of the Christian view of God creating this gigantic universe to only have life in one galaxy and one planet out of billions.
  5. We had a discussion about science and Christianity. I mentioned that many of the scientists of history were Christians, I named Newton, Copernicus, Galileo and that there were many others. The reason they studied science passionately was because they believed that God created the universe and it was meant to be understood by us because it operated in an orderly, law-like fashion, according to the laws of nature, physics, chemistry, etc. Since nature operates according to such predictable laws (e.g. we can land a rover on Mars because we can so accurately predict the path of the planets around the sun), it is reasonable to believe that these laws of nature had to be given by a “Law Giver”.
  6. He asserted that all religions are the same. He questioned the story of Jesus coming to Israel.  Why did he come at that time and only one place?  He said, if he was a god, he would’ve came to every continent (basically, I think he was saying he would’ve made his existence irrefutable).  He asked, was Jesus a messenger? Why did He come to earth?  I replied that He came to seek and to save lost humanity.  Yes, He was a messenger also, in the sense that He taught and healed people, but he didn’t just come as a messenger.
  7. In response to me telling him something that Jesus said, he also said, “No one can know what Jesus said”.
  8. He said, “How do you know what is the true religion? Many people wrote down books from other religions.  How do we know Bible is true over those?”  When he said that other religions have their books too, I contrasted the Bible, which was written by 40 authors over a period of 1500 years – these authors were different types of people such as fisherman, shepherds, military generals and kings writing at different times in history and locations in different geographical locations.  However, they were all writing a single, consistent message throughout the Bible. He asked “Why should I believe them more than the writers of other religions? For example, Islam…”  I answered, “Yes, Islam, where Muhammad is the only person that supposedly received that message over a period of 23 years in a cave from an angel – and we just have to believe him?”  I continued, “The same thing regarding Joseph Smith the founder of Mormonism, who claims to have had a vision of Jesus and God the Father and claims to have been given ancient golden plates containing a divinely inspired message?  Believing 40 different eyewitnesses to historical events is much more reasonable than believing religions that are based on the private vision of one individual with no other corroboration.” At this point he took exception because, he said, “Mormonism is Christian”. I said no, it is not.  They separated themselves from other Christians initially, and said that all existing Christian denominations were heresy. He challenged me, “Mormons believe in Jesus Christ right?” I said yes but, they don’t believe in the same Jesus that is described in the Bible – that Jesus is the one true God. In addition to that, they have a separate scriptures called “The Book of Mormon”, which does not agree with the Bible.
  9. He thought that Christianity started when Jesus came, two thousand years ago. But I corrected him that the Bible starts at the beginning of creation. The first sentence of the Bible is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. He was confused and said who wrote that part? I mentioned that Moses wrote the first five books the Bible that include the account of creation. He asked, “So, Moses wrote about Jesus?” I told him yes that he and other Old Testament writers predicted the coming Messiah. The Bible contains over 300 prophecies of the coming Messiah, most of which are fulfilled in Jesus.
  10. He complained about injustices in the world. He gave the example of a faithful Christian couple who has a child with birth defects and then lives “a life of hell”.  Why isn’t their God taking care of them?  And people talk about how God has a plan, God loves you, but meanwhile, people go on suffering greatly (I’m paraphrasing – I can’t remember exactly).

During our conversation, he was a bit of a steamroller – but a friendly steamroller.  But he hardly allowed me to get any words in – he just kept bringing up objection after another – and if I got a chance to answer an objection, he would just move on to another objection.

He has agreed to have lunch to discuss this more.  I told him that he should come to lunch with me another Christian friend of mine (who he also knows from a company we worked at together) and he sounded interested.

At the end of our conversation, I asked if he would be willing to read a book.  He said yes.  I gave him a copy of a book I just happened to have in my car: Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists.  I asked him to just devote an hour or less and read chapter 1 to start.  He said he’s “lazy to read”, but said he would do it (I don’t have confidence that he will).

Please pray for my friend that this conversation would get him to think and consider whether he is wrong in his worldview and for another chance to continue the conversation.

 

mid-week apologetics booster (6-27-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1100) from Nuggets:

The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.

– Elie Weisel, Jewish Holocaust survivor

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ex-Atheist Dr. Sarah Salviander Destroys Atheism with One Tweet | Faith: https://pjmedia.com/faith/ex-atheist-dr-sarah-salviander-destroys-atheism-with-one-tweet/
  2. Erwin Lutzer lays out 5 false gospels within evangelical churches – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/erwin-lutzer-lays-out-5-false-gospels-within-evangelical-churches.html
  3. Good Question for the Next Darwinist You Meet | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/04/good-question-for-the-next-darwinist-you-meet/
  4. The Other Side of the Good News: Hell: https://thinkdivinely.com/hell/
  5. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? | CARM.org: https://carm.org/does-it-matter-that-buddha-came-long-before-jesus
  6. Why The Gospels Don’t Call Jesus God – Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics: https://lucsnovelties.com/2019/05/20/why-the-gospels-dont-call-jesus-god/
  7. Want Gospel Opportunities? Embrace Opposition.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-opportunities-opposition/
  8. The dumbing down of America – Dr. D. James Kennedy: https://youtu.be/V96cpOj3xk8
  9. Crazy Bible: https://youtu.be/z0-Q3Jl7vng
  10. The Atheist Delusion: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  11. A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-macroevolution/
  12. Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/six-enemies-of-apologetic-engagement
  13. What were the Inquisitions?: https://www.gotquestions.org/inquisitions.html
  14. Poolside Apologetics – Straight Talk with Claudia K: http://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/poolside-apologetics/
  15. 5 Examples Why Agnostic Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert – Lady Apologist: https://ladyapologist.com/2018/10/17/5-examples-why-agnostic-bart-ehrman-is-not-a-gospel-expert/
  16. Trend-line of Scientific Discovery Points To A Creator: http://natureandscripture.blogspot.com/2019/06/trend-line-of-scientific-discovery.html?m=1

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. Revelation 10:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-20-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Every other person who is at the heart of any religion has had his or her beginning either in fancy or in fact. But nevertheless, there is a beginning. Jesus birth in Bethlehem was a moment preceded by eternity. His being neither originated in time nor came about by the will of humanity. The Author of time, who lived in the eternal, was made incarnate in time that we might live with the eternal in view. In that sense, the message of Christ was not the introduction of a religion, but an introduction to truth about reality as God alone knows it. To deny Jesus message while pursuing spirituality is to conjure an imaginary religion in an attempt to see heaven while sight is confined to the earth. That is precisely what Jesus challenged when he said, I have come that [you] may have life (John 10:10). His life spells living. Your life or my life, apart from Him, spells death. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Christianity Shaken To Its Core As Atheist Refers To God As ‘Magic Invisible Friend’ | The Babylon Bee (very hilarious satire): https://babylonbee.com/news/christianity-shaken-core-atheist-refers-god-magic-invisible-friend
  2. Renewing Your Mind | Four Possibilities – R.C. Sproul walks through a famous apologetic method first established by Augustine.: https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/06/15/four-possibilities?utm_content=buffer51f2d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer
  3. When Church Is Optional, You Set up Your Kids to Fail: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/programming-your-children-to-fail-sunday-church/
  4. Indian Christians on Edge. Two weeks ago, Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as Indias Prime Minister. His party, the BJP, won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections. As Indian pundits a word that is, by the way, of Indian origin will tell you, if Modi and the BJP were the obvious winners, their political rivals, the Congress Party, were the big losers. But theres another potential loser in these elections, one that should especially concern American Christians, and thats Indian Christians. – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/06/breakpoint-indian-christians-on-edge/
  5. Ten Ways grown-up Christians can set a better example for Gen z on social media: https://www.impact360institute.org/articles/ten-ways-grown-up-christians-can-set-a-better-example-for-gen-z-on-social-media/
  6. Hillsong Church Affirms Full Pro-LGBTQ Position As They Hold Their One World Religion Alpha Conference Featuring A Roman Catholic Mass Now The End Begins: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/hillsong-church-affirms-full-pro-lgbtq-position-hold-one-world-religion-conference-featuring-a-roman-catholic-mass/
  7. Origin Of Life-Evolution Achilles Heels – Media Center – creation.com: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/origin-of-life-evolution-achilles-heels
  8. Mark Zuckerberg says hes no longer an atheist, believes religion is very important – The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/30/mark-zuckerberg-says-hes-no-longer-an-atheist-believes-religion-is-very-important/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4c23a52215bb
  9. Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Follow the Same God? | Grounds4Faith: https://grounds4faith.com/2019/05/15/do-christians-muslims-and-jews-follow-the-same-god/
  10. How Evidence Helps Doubters Become Devotees | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-evidence-help-doubters-become-devotees/
  11. Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/distinguishing-marks-quarrelsome-person/?amp&__twitter_impression=true
  12. Unmarried 35-year-old woman reflects on her adventurous life of fun, travel and serial cohabitation | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/06/16/unmarried-35-year-old-woman-reflects-on-her-adventurous-life-of-fun-travel-and-serial-cohabitation-2/
  13. JP Moreland: No further scientific discoveries could make the statement true – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/10/jp-moreland-no-further-scientific-discoveries-could-make-the-statement-true.html
  14. New Science Uprising Episode: Programming Without a Programmer? | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/06/new-science-uprising-episode-programming-without-a-programmer/
  15. Pastor dialoguing with women regarding abortion: https://youtu.be/aiyHYjFcX50
  16. Are Top Scientists Overwhelmingly Atheists? – Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/2013/06/are-top-scientists-overwhelmingly-atheists/
  17. Quick Shot: The Bible condones slavery – how to answer quickly and concisely: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-the-bible-condones-slavery/
  18. Pre-Pauline Creeds and Hymns Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/pre-pauline-creeds-and-hymns/
  19. How we know the gospels were written prior to 70 AD,: https://youtu.be/1HKHdBrPdJc
  20. Stephen Meyer: DNA and information: https://youtu.be/7c9PaZzsqEg
  21. Privileged Species featuring Dr. Michael Denton: https://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg
  22. From Atheist to Christian at Yale. Dr. Paul Lim: https://youtu.be/zJ9TfkdgeFc
  23. Is it irrational to believe in God? An interview with John Lennox: https://youtu.be/B6bgoiVPXy0
  24. Job: Rebuked in Suffering | Desiring God – We could simply say, “Yes, I believe God rules over the world and controls what happens. I also believe that he is just and wise. And I believe that, though things look capricious and arbitrary in this life, all wrongs will be righted in the age to come…” That is not a bad way to live. But the writer of the book of Job is not satisfied to live that way. And he wants his readers to know that God has not concealed all of his ways. There is more to see of God’s purpose in suffering than we may think.: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/job-rebuked-in-suffering
  25. Conversation with a teacher on a plane 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/conversation-with-a-teacher-on-a-plane/
  26. Secular researchers agree: worldviews control science! – creation.com: https://creation.com/secular-paper-worldviews-control-science

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a teacher on a plane

Today, I was on a plane trip for business and was sitting next to a person who is a teacher of Electrical Engineering at a community college and also works at a local university. Initially, there was just the normal chit chat, then she started to sleep for a while, and I started to read the book that I brought with me:

Is God Just a Human Invention?
And Seventeen Other Questions Raised By The New Atheists

It is a fantastic book – this is my second time reading it – and while she was sleeping, I made it through chapter 1 (Is Faith Irrational?) and was starting to read chapter 2 (Are Science and Christianity at Odds?), when the flight attendants came by and asked if we wanted a snack or to order any food, which woke her up and got me to stop reading.

So, after we were given our snacks, we both started to eat and then started to engage again in some conversation. There was a lot of talk about why there are not that many women in technology fields and other various topics.
Then at one point I saw an opportunity to bring up a “theological term” in the context of our conversation (which I then explained). That gave her an opening to ask me about the book I was reading. She’d noticed it and was curious what it was about. I read the title to her and she asked who the author was. So, I handed her the book, (open to the table of contents) so she could see all of the titles of the chapters. she also took note of the editors/authors, Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, from the back of the book.
After taking note of that, she asked me, “So what’s your position on these topics?” That was a good sign, that she was willing to talk about these topics! I’m guessing that she thought maybe I was a skeptic, who was investigating the truth of the Christian worldview. So I told her that I was a Christian.
What ensued over the next 1.5-2 hours was an in-depth conversation about science, religion and (specifically) Christianity. It was a great conversation – we were very respectful, calm and engaged, listening to each other as we learned about our respective worldviews.
We started this part of the conversation talking about the existence of God. I quickly found out that she is a person who, though being in a technical field herself, believes that there are many truths, and many realities. Each person can have their own truth that is meaningful to them. I also found out that she doesn’t really find the questions about God as relevant to her daily life. I suggested to her that questions of our ultimate destination are in fact meaningful to everyone on the earth. That is one issue that we will all have to face. assessing what we will experience on the other side of the door of death. She, however, feels that our behavior and how we get along as people here on earth, and well as preserving the earth are the most important things. During the conversation, I tried to explain to her, the nature of my faith – that, all humans are like jurors who are hearing both sides of a case from opposing “expert witnesses”. We have to evaluate what is said by the opposing expert witnesses and determine which case seems more reasonable. So, my faith is not a “mystical” thing – not a blind faith – but rather that I view the existence of God and the Christian view of the nature of Jesus to be the best inference from the evidence that we have available.That being said, I do have faith in Jesus, which is really a synonym for trust. This seemed to really puzzle her, and she communicated that she does not believe that there’s any evidence for the existence of God and that faith is an individual thing that is meaningful to the person. She was curious to know what I thought was evidence for the existence of God. So I talked about the universe and the fact that it had a beginning – that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. We now know from science that the universe began to exist – that is – all space time and matter came into being at the Big Bang. So, whatever was the cause of the universe had to be spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. She seemed to take issue with me saying it had to be. Additionally at this point, she brought up the question of who created God? To which I responded, since the beginning of the Big Bang was the beginning of time, the cause of the universe must be timeless, that is eternal.
She was wondering what the current scientific response to what I was saying was. I explained that the current thinking is what is called the multiverse. She was completely unfamiliar with that term. So I explained that the multiverse is a sort of universe generator, which supposedly has generated innumerable other undetectable universes, and that we just happen to be in the universe that appears to be designed for life, and thus, are here and able to observe it. Then, she was curious about my statement that the universe appears to be designed for life. So, I explained about the cosmological constants and quantities that are fine-tuned to particular values which, had they been different, would prohibit the existence of life in this universe. She seemed to understand these constants and quantities, and I didn’t have to give any further explanation on that topic. But oddly enough, she was very hesitant to agree that the Big Bang is actually the explanation for the beginning of the universe. She clarified that this is the best that scientists can come up with right now, and that future scientific discoveries could change that.
I went on and continued to explain other evidence for the existence of God, such as the argument from the design of DNA (the informational equivalent of roughly 8000 books inside every DNA molecule) and the complexity of biological life at the cellular level.
During this conversation, we talked about many other topics and she raised many other objections against Christianity and theism in general – again, this was all done in a very congenial and friendly conversational way. There was no animus in the conversation at all.
Here’s a summary of what I think she believes.
She believes that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person (or someone like him actually existed).
She believes that the Bible was written so long ago that it’s hard for her to see it as being real. I clarified that the important time Gap is the time between the events, and when they were recorded, not the time between the events and today. We also had, at this point, and discussion about how she knows about the existence of George Washington, and his doings. I was trying to get her to agree that the same way she knows about (and trust the accounts of ) George Washington, is the same way she can know about Jesus.
She completely rejects all miracle reports. In response to this, I asked her, “if there is a God who created the universe and everything in it, isn’t it reasonable to believe that the Being who created the universe and established all the laws that govern it could alter how things occur inside the universe?” She countered with an example that, if a woman gives birth to a baby, does that mean the woman can control everything that happens inside the baby? I acknowledge that that was a good point, but the human mother and the baby are of the same species. But God in the universe are completely different. So I think the analogy fails.
She finds it more difficult to believe in the existence of a Creator of the universe than she does to believe that Jesus existed. At this point, I referred back to the cosmological argument that I’d talked previously with her about. I also emphasized that, if you think about it, there must have been something that was eternal, whether that be God, or the universe itself. One of them must have been eternal. Otherwise, there would be nothing at all. I asked her to consider the point, why is there something rather than nothing? She had a problem understanding the question, then I explained it and, again, she didn’t think it was irrelevant question. she, unlike me does not think about questions of our origin, or our destination.
Even if Jesus existed, and there were eyewitnesses of him, she doesn’t think that what he is reported to have said in the Bible is necessarily what he actually said. At this point, I spoke a little bit about the fact that the Bible was written as 27 books by 9 authors, over a period of 50 years, within the lifetime of the eyewitnesses. so, with that information, what you have to evaluate is the reliability of these eyewitnesses. much in the same way that our criminal justice system evaluates eyewitnesses. Were they there and available to observe the event? Do they have any reason to lie?Is there corroboration from other sources? We also talked a little bit about the nature of eyewitness testimony and that diverging details are to be expected in authentic eyewitness testimony. In the case of the eyewitnesses that wrote down the historical accounts of Jesus, they were willing to go to their deaths proclaiming an account that they knew whether it was true or false.
She stated that the people who wrote it down wrote it down long after he lived.She also stated that these people couldn’t even write. In response to these assertions I explained that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not even mentioned in the New Testament.So, that is evidence that the writing was before 70 AD oh, well the other eyewitnesses we’re still alive. also I mentioned to her that the apostle Paul, who wrote one half of the New Testament books was a scholar, so yes, he could write.
She talked about wars in the name of religion, and she talked about people who are “true believers” who do horrible things. I readily agreed with her on this point, that there are those who, throughout the history of Christianity, have done horrible things in the name of Christ. That grieves me as well.
She contrasted the behavior of atheists, with that of Christians, and suggested that sometimes, the atheists actually behave better because of the way that they were brought up. In response to this point I talked about how there is no one perfect, and that according to the Christian worldview, everyone has sinned.we are all guilty before God. She admitted to not really understanding what sin was. I explained that anything less than perfection was sin. I asked her if she had ever told a lie? She said yes but only in a moral dilemma where it was better to lie than to tell the truth so as not to hurt someone. I asked her about stealing and lust. She would not admit to doing anything wrong (wow). But yet, when she agreed that no one was perfect, I explained that God’s standard is perfection, so in this sense, everyone is guilty before God. And I went on to emphasize, that wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if everyone did follow those rules listed out in the ten commandments, that they would love their neighbors theirselves, that they would respect and honor their parents, that they would not lie, steal, commit adultery and she agreed that this would be a utopia if that were the case.

She believes that the term Christian can mean whatever the person feels it too mean. She personally believes that Christian is more of a disposition, or a way of behaving. That we say that when someone is kind to another or charitable, they are acting “Christian”. I asked her, since she’s also an anthropologist, whether she knew what the origin of the term Christian was. Oddly, she thought that didn’t matter. I told her that Christian means follower of Christ, or little Christ. I also asked her at this point what she thought that Jesus would think about this issue. What would he consider a Christian?of course, since she doesn’t think that we have the actual words that Jesus spoke, she claimed to have no idea what Jesus would think about this.

We talked a little bit about evolution. She said she didn’t know whether I believed in evolution. I asked her, “what do you mean by evolution? If you mean change over time, I certainly believe it, it is undeniable. However, if you mean that all life forms on earth today descended from a single cell organism in the distant past, I don’t think that the fossil evidence supports that assertion.”. I went on to explain that in Darwin’s day, there was limited knowledge of the fossil record, but now over a hundred and fifty years later, we have explored much more of it, and are still unable to find the evolutionary precursors of many of the existing life-forms today. At this point, I also mentioned the Cambrian explosion. She was unfamiliar with it. I talked about how over 20 of the current phyla of animals came into existence in a “geological instant” – with no precursors found in the fossil record. This fossil evidence demands an explanation. She didn’t have an answer for this topic. However, she said that she thought Christians in the 19th century were against evolution, not based on scientific evidence, but rather, because it conflicted with their view of the world. She also mentioned that there are Christians who evidently believed that the universe is only 4,000 years old. So we continued on this topic and I explained to her the controversy between old earth creationists and young earth creationists. she was surprised to learn that there are in fact old earth creationists who accept the scientific dating of the universe and of the earth, yet still believe that God was the creator of the universe.I explained to her the different meanings of the Hebrew word for day and how there are many Christians who interpret “day” to mean “age” or “epoch”, not a normal 24 hour period. I also explained to her the young earth creationists contend that there are assumptions built into the scientific dating methods and therefore they are unreliable, and have shown at times to be unreliable when samples of known age are submitted to laboratories for testing and I received back with much longer ages than known age. At this point, I also talked a little bit about the historical situation in the 16th century with Galileo. How at that time there were the “fixed earthers” who believed that the sun rotates around the earth and who believe that the earth must be stationary, because the Bible says that it is fixed in space and rests on pillars. Then there were those (including Galileo) who believed that the earth rotated around the sun. Nowadays, hardly anyone, Christian or secular, believes that the earth is fixed in space. We unanimously believe the evidence which suggests that the earth rotates around the sun. It is non-controversial. I think that one day we may get there on the age of the universe, where all Christians come to accept the scientific consensus without controversy. We also talked about the problem of distant starlight. I told her that I typically try to stay out of those controversies about the age of the earth and the age of the universe. Normally I remain engaged on the topics of the existence of God, the design life, and the resurrection of Jesus.

So, all of this dialog occurred in a very respectful way, and was interspersed in our conversation. She didn’t bring up all these objections at once. During the course of the conversation, I tried to answer most of her objections. We spoke for a long, long time, so there was a lot of back-and-forth conversation. I wouldn’t even call it a debate.
I wish I’d had a tape recorder running, because I would’ve loved to be able to go back and hear all the things that she brought up and how I’d responded to them.I certainly did not list them all here. Overall, it was a very good conversation and we ended the conversation on a positive tone. It sounded like much of what I was telling her in response to her objections she had never heard before.
So, I think it was a successful encounter. Earlier in the day, I’d been praying to God for the opportunity to talk to someone on the flight. Then as all the passengers were boarding the plane, and I was already seated, while they were walking down the aisle, I was praying that God would be preparing someone to sit next to me who’d be ready to hear what I would have to say. I feel that He did answer that prayer! I will be praying for her, that maybe I put a stone in her shoe, and gave her something to think about, something to annoy her (in a good way). I didn’t share the gospel in a classic sense, but I did talk about God, Jesus, sin, heaven, hell, and faith, so we covered just about all the basics.
Thank you Lord for blessing me with this great opportunity. May you make it fruitful. In Jesus’ holy and precious name I pray, Amen.

mid-week apologetics booster (6-13-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

The best restraint is self-restraint that comes from the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit through the person and presence of Jesus Christ in each individual life. It’s been my observation over the last 30 years that the vast majority of believers need to be freed, not restrained. Our job is to free people, God’s job is to restrain them. God is doing his job much better than were doing ours. – Chuck Swindoll (the Grace Awakening)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Responding to Pride Month with Genuine Love | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/article/responding-pride-month-genuine-love
  2. No Stable Rights without Intrinsic Human Value | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/no-stable-rights-without-intrinsic-human-value
  3. 30 More Christians Arrested in Eritrea Renounce Your Faith or Go to Jail – Open Doors USA: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/30-more-christians-arrested-in-eritrea-renounce-your-faith-or-go-to-jail/
  4. William Lane Craig: Our Churches have dropped the ball – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2012/01/william-lane-craig-our-churches-have-dropped-the-ball.html
  5. The Most Destructive Idea w/ Dr. J.P. Moreland | Cross Examined Official Podcast – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB4cUoOUyto
  6. The Legend of Hercules is Epic… Epically Bad – This movie seemed to have many parallels to biblical characters (Samson and Jesus). It looks like Hercules would’ve been the type of savior that the Jewish people were mistakenly looking for – a political conqueror and a warrior.: https://www.crosswalk.com/culture/movies/the-legend-of-hercules-movie-review.html
  7. Hermes and Zeus When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, The gods have come down to us in human form!’ (Acts 14:11) | Ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/hermes-and-zeus/
  8. The good news about America’s floundering morals – Quit booting God from politics, from schools, from venues of entertainment and places of gathering and reflecting and buying and selling, and God will reward by standing ground. Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/6/the-good-news-about-americas-floundering-morals/
  9. Worth a Thousand Years of Waiting. As of 1979, there were about five hundred known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. In 2005, it was estimated that there were 40,000 ethnic Iranian Christians (not including ethnic minority Christians who live in Iran). That number grew to about 175,000 Christians in 2010, according to the Joshua Project. Today, the average estimates of Christians within Iran range from 300,000 to upwards of one million, according to some missions experts. | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/worth-a-thousand-years-of-waiting
  10. Taking the mystery out of knowing God’s will. A sermon by John MacArthur: https://youtu.be/SGnHAqu9Geo
  11. Is Genesis History? Watch the Film Seen by Millions. I watched this from Amazon Prime. It definitely presents a young earth point of view, but it gives a pretty good and convincing view of that paradigm: https://isgenesishistory.com/product/feature-film/
  12. Detecting False Dichotomies that Hinder the Mission of the Church | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2019/06/06/detecting-false-dichotomies-that-hinder-the-mission-of-the-church/
  13. Distant Starlight – Under Occam’s Razor – Part 1: Contenders Rational Faith: http://rationalfaith.com/2019/05/distant-starlight-under-occams-razor-part-1-contenders/
  14. Something funny and something serious for Pride Month Running The Race: https://thei535project.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/something-funny-and-something-serious-for-pride-month/
  15. The Vredefort Dome, South Africa – Formed by an enormous asteroid impact during a global watery catastrophe: https://creation.com/vredefort-dome
  16. Holiness and Cultural Apologetics: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/holiness-and-cultural-apologetics/
  17. The Most Valuable 3 Aims of Apologetics by R.C. Sproul: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/most-valuable-aim-apologetics/
  18. Christian Evidences by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/christian_evidences/
  19. Contend for the Faith | Ligonier.org: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/contend-faith/
  20. Weighing the Evidence – When in dialogue with a Muslim, how often do we find ourselves put on the defensive, fending off the same five or six standard questions which seem to repeat themselves time and again? The objection to the Trinity leads the way, pursued hard on its heels by the disbelief that God could have a Son, followed by the contention that these doctrines were erroneously created by the apostle Paul, and therefore not part of the original canon preached by the historical Jesus.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/weighing-the-evidence/
  21. Do Believers Always Need to Be Ready to Defend the Gospel?: https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0144/do-believers-always-need-to-be-ready-to-defend-the-gospel
  22. Gods Rainbow Covenant – During the 2016 Christmas season, Answers in Genesis lit up its full-scale replica of Noahs Ark with the colors of the rainbow. That seemingly innocuous act created a storm of protest from people pushing the LGBT agenda. Homosexuals were incensed that a Christian apologetics ministry would steal the emblem of their movement. : https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B180622
  23. Conversational Apologies – Believers sometimes feel unprepared to share the Gospel with others, especially if we believe it requires a grand theological mind or complicated intellectual explanations. Sometimes, though, the best way to share Christ is with simplicity and humility. Alistair Begg speaks to the importance of conversational evangelism and how sharing Gods work in our lives is one of the most effective methods of apologetics.- Truth For Life: https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/conversational-Apologies/
  24. Ready to Answer – Harvest: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/ready-to-answer/
  25. Preaching & Apologetics (Optional Session) by Steven Lawson from Defending the Faith: 2018 West Coast Conference: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/defending-the-faith-2018-west-coast-conference/preaching-and-apologetics/
  26. James Tour, the mystery of the origin of life: https://youtu.be/zU7Lww-sBPg
  27. 12 Apologetics Quotes from Ravi Zacharias – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2019/06/apologetics-12-quotes-from-ravi-zacharias.html
  28. Rich countries could join Christian persecution list – Eternity News: https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/rich-countries-could-join-christian-persecution-list/
  29. Selective tolerance Folau versus Rugby Australia | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/05/04/selective-tolerance-folau-versus-rugby-australia/

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-30-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

O great Creator, mighty Protector, gracious Preserver, thou dost load me with loving kindnesses, and hast made me thy purchased possession, and redeemed me from all guilt. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Target stores donate $100K to LGBT nonprofit that promotes inclusive K-12 schools | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/target-stores-donate-100k-to-lgbt-nonprofit-that-promotes-inclusive-k-12-schools
  2. Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/23/yale-university-computer-science-professor-takes-a-look-at-protein-formation-probabilities/
  3. Is It Wrong To Evangelize? : https://subspla.sh/9w8qjvn
  4. Preaching God’s Love in Acts? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/articles/preaching-god-s-love-in-acts#.XOgEdZCp40M
  5. Creation isn’t science? – creation.com: https://creation.com/not-science
  6. Answering an Objection to Apologetics: Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/answering-an-objection-to-apologetics-doesnt-faith-come-from-hearing-the-word-of-god-3/
  7. Lasting Lessons from Mount St. Helen’s – The eruption of Mount St. Helen’s 35 years ago provided an amazing opportunity for scientists to study the effects of catastrophe. The incredible lessons are as valuable as ever!: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/mount-st-helens/lasting-lessons-mount-st-helens/
  8. Why Did God Create People if He Knew So Many Would Go to Hell? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-did-god-create-people-if-he-knew-so-many-would-go-hell
  9. What’s It Like to Abort Your Own Child? Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL, once thought fetuses weren’t babies, too. Then the ultrasound was introduced to the US, and he spent the rest of his life trying to undo the laws he helped put in place.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/whats-it-like-to-abort-your-own-child/
  10. Abortion Advocates Fail Biology. The science of embryology has firmly established that human life begins at conception. This is a scientific fact. Therefore, abortion at any stage of development kills a human being.: https://www.str.org/blog/abortion-advocates-fail-biology
  11. What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? Catholics believe in purgatory, a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. The notion of purgatory assumes many of us die with unforgiven sins that need to be purged from our account; some of us are not good enough to go to heaven, but not bad enough to go to hell. Purgatory, therefore, is a temporary, intermediate place (or state of being) where good deeds and works can be performed in order to purge our impurity prior to our final destiny with God.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-the-bible-say-about-purgatory
  12. A Reasonable Faith – W. Robert Godfrey from Ligonier Ministries : http://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/stand-firm-2017-regional-conference/reasonable-faith/
  13. Christianity’s Extraordinary Solution to Believing in God in a World of Evil and Pain | The Stream: https://stream.org/christianitys-extraordinary-solution-to-believing-in-god-in-a-world-of-evil-and-pain/

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. Proverbs 17:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-23-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Slave owners once argued: “Slavery’s legal, how dare you oppose it?” Slavery is a natural part of society. “My slave, I can do what I want.” “Don’t want a slave? Don’t have one.” “Slaves aren’t people.” Sound familiar? Planned Parenthood uses the same tired rhetoric. – Live Action

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/2019/05/16/u-s-birth-rate-hits-record-low-despite-secular-lefts-obsession-with-overpopulation/
  2. William Wilberforce – who worked tirelessly for the abolition of slavery | Christian History: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/activists/william-wilberforce.html
  3. Anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce: Christian hero – creation.com: https://creation.com/anti-slavery-activist-william-wilberforce-christian-hero
  4. Doctors Describe Dangers of Puberty Blockers Used on Children That LGBT Activists Don’t Tell | The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/doctors-describe-dangers-puberty-blockers-used-children-lgbt-activists-dont-tell.html
  5. Timeline of the Apostle Paul’s ministry: http://christianityinview.com/paulstimeline.html
  6. What were the different missionary journeys of Paul?: https://www.gotquestions.org/missionary-journeys-Paul.html
  7. Darwin’s arguments against God – creation.com: https://creation.com/darwins-arguments-against-god
  8. How Should Christians Handle Besetting Sins?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/how-should-christians-handle-besetting-sins/
  9. Thomas Kempis……We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do. | Christian History | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/innertravelers/thomas-kempis.html
  10. The Bible and National Borders. there are general (Biblical) principles informing the debate, items which suggest a country’s right to control its borders – Bible Mesh: https://biblemesh.com/blog/the-bible-and-national-borders/
  11. The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate: https://cis.org/Use-and-Abuse-Bible-Immigration-Debate
  12. Borders and Immigration in the Bible: http://www.tworiverscc.org/borders-and-immigration-in-the-bible/#.XOFXrshKiUk
  13. A Look at William Lane Craig’s Comment: The Ultimate Apologetic is Your Life THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/a-look-at-william-lane-craigs-comment-the-ultimate-apologetic-is-your-life-4/
  14. An Apologetic for Apologetics | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/read/just-thinking-magazine/an-apologetic-for-apologetics
  15. A Ten Minute Witness – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/a-ten-minute-witness
  16. 10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore: https://christianmomthoughts.com/10-things-to-say-when-your-child-says-they-dont-believe-in-god-anymore/
  17. Why is Facebook censoring a conference on Christianity and religious freedom? | The Spectator Australia: https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/04/why-is-facebook-censoring-a-conference-on-christianity-and-religious-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR3KkvvuWe5faBc6Po-TaJy-ydGN4iGFD03X_oMc_kMgxWBH8BrhluqZNvY
  18. Does the Bible call Christians to defend the faith / argue for the faith?: https://www.gotquestions.org/defend-faith.html
  19. Apologetic Non-Starters: Arguments to Avoid in Defending Christianity Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2016/08/01/apologetic-non-starters-arguments-to-avoid-in-defending-christianity/
  20. Many Christians ‘Utterly Unprepared’ to Defend Their Faith, Says Leading Christian Apologist (William Lane Craig) | The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/many-christians-utterly-unprepared-to-defend-their-faith-says-leading-christian-apologist.html
  21. Why Do So Many Christians Dismiss Apologetics? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-do-so-many-christians-dismiss-apologetics
  22. Does The Bible Need Defending?: https://crossexamined.org/does-the-bible-need-defending/
  23. Does a Human Fetus Have a Soul? Amy Hall – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTrEyx4hs1Y
  24. How to Answer the 12 Strongest Objections to Christianity: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/confronting-christianity/
  25. Rugby player has $4 million contract canceled because he tweeted Bible verses about sin | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/20/rugby-player-has-4-million-contract-canceled-because-he-tweeted-bible-verses-about-sin/
  26. Staying Faithful to Jesus after Graduation | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/staying-faithful-to-jesus-after-graduation
  27. Are All Christians Supposed to Defend the Faith? Christian Defenders: https://christiandefenders.org/are-all-christians-supposed-to-defend-the-faith/
  28. Presuppositional vs evidential versus classical apologetics explained by Dr. RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/A7eU15fklYQ
  29. 7 Reasons – Abortion movie by Living Waters: https://youtu.be/mB1vV2EgS5A

But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. Romans 15:23-25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-16-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. – Samuel Smiles

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

    1. Debunking the myth of ‘back-alley’ abortions: https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/debunking-the-myth-of-back-alley-abortions
    2. But Paul Never Met Jesus And Other Bad Arguments About Paul On The Internet THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/but-paul-never-met-jesusand-other-bad-arguments-about-paul-on-the-internet-3/
    3. Motherhood: More Important than Rocket Science (according to Cathryn Buse!) – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/motherhood-rocket-science/
    4. Christianity Inflicting ‘Enormous Harm’ on China, Warns Communist Party: https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71976/20190509/christianity-inflicting-enormous-harm-china-warns-communist-party.htm
    5. David Limbaugh: Kudos to Chris Pratt: https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-limbaugh/david-limbaugh-kudos-chris-pratt
    6. Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today: https://thomrainer.com/2015/02/fifteen-reasons-churches-less-evangelistic-today/
    7. How to Recover When You Stumble in Your Christian Walk: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-recover-when-you-stumble-in-your-christian-walk.html
    8. Tardigrades too tough for evolution – The toughest animals on Earth are the tardigradesaka moss piglets, bear animalcules or water bears. Mostly less than 1 mm (1/25 inch) long, they can survive conditions far worse than any they would ever experience on Earth: https://creation.com/tardigrades-too-tough-for-evolution
    9. Belgian Blue Cows — evidence of ‘de-volution’ – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6OWI8fN-M
    10. Does God cause Down syndrome? – creation.com: https://creation.com/does-god-cause-down-syndrome
    11. William Lane Craig being interviewed on the Ben Shapiro show: https://youtu.be/hL-zJzE5clA
    12. Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38 – Jesus’ Genealogy – different approaches to resolving the apparent discrepancies in Matthew and Luke’s genealogies: https://www.answering-islam.org/BibleCom/mt1-1.html
    13. Assessing the Craig/Shapiro dialogue – the author of this article makes some excellent points in his critique of Craig’s response to Shapiro’s challenge about Jesus’ messiaship: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2019/05/assessing-craigshapiro-dialogue.html
    14. DID PETER GO TO ROME IN AD 42? JOHN WENHAM (Tyndale Bulletin): https://legacy.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/Library/TynBull_1972_23_04_Wenham_PeterInRome.pdf
    15. Common Objections to Christianity from Skeptics (with answers) by Steve Hays: http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/qa_steve_hays.html
    16. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace: https://saltngrace.com/lack-of-apologetics-is/
  1. A Lifestyle of Peace: Street Evangelism is Powerful: The Majesty of Carrying the Gospel: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2019/04/street-evangelism-is-powerful-majesty.html

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man ; it searches out his inmost being. Proverbs 20:27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-9-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) 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. Would You Trade Eternal Life For A Ferrari? The False Gospel of Prosperity Theology – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2019/05/03/would-you-trade-eternal-life-for-a-ferrari-the-false-gospel-of-prosperity-theology
  2. Seven Ways to Approach the Existence of God THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/seven-ways-to-approach-the-existence-of-god-3/
  3. What is wrong with the allegorical interpretation method?: https://www.gotquestions.org/allegorical-interpretation.html
  4. Prayer and the Apologist: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/05/02/prayer-and-the-apologist/
  5. Christianity That Is Appealing to Atheists: https://plainsimplefaith.com/christianity-that-is-appealing-to-atheists/
  6. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  7. 3 Examples of Atheist Overreach: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/3-examples-of-atheist-overreach
  8. Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/two-signs-from-your-opposition-your-argument-is-sound/
  9. New study: belief in free will linked to ability to behave morally and to help others | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2019/05/06/new-study-belief-in-free-will-linked-to-ability-to-behave-morally-and-to-help-others-4/
  10. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed legislation on Tuesday that protects unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation.: http://www.bpnews.net/52870
  11. What Does the Bible Say about Masturbation?: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-does-the-bible-say-about-masturbation.html

At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Christ, ” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.” Luke 22:66-71

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-6-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Let me assure you that Satan does not want the message of Grace announced; he certainly doesn’t want it acted upon. – Chuck Swindoll

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 8 Reasons Why Kids Don’t Want to Go to Church: https://christianmomthoughts.com/8-reasons-why-kids-dont-want-to-go-to-church/
  2. BreakPoint: Scientism Isnt Scientific: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/scientism-isnt-scientific
  3. Allison On Jesus Post-Mortem | Scholarly | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/scholarly-writings/historical-jesus/dale-allison-on-jesus-empty-tomb-his-post-mortem-appearances-and-the-origin/

But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Psalms 37:11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

Government exists to protect its citizens from evil from both inside and outside of the country. Government does not exist to give handouts.

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Seven Tips for Good Christian Case-Making Conversations – Break Point: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/04/41144/
  2. Are Jews Who Believe in Jesus Still Jews? | The Stream: https://stream.org/jews-believe-jesus-still-jews/
  3. Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-there-free-will-in-heaven/
  4. Google under fire for dubbing ‘Unplanned’ film ‘propaganda’: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/google-slammed-labeling-pro-life-film-unplanned-propaganda
  5. Scientism tries to Turn Man into a Monkey: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/08/scientism-tries-to-turn-man-into-monkey.html
  6. Transgender – Bringing Clarity to a Confused World. The transgender movement has shattered the cultures understanding of Gods design. How can Christians respond with biblical love and integrity?: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/
  7. What is True Tolerance? – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/14-what-is-true-tolerance/
  8. Cohabitating with Jesus | Jason L Sneed: https://jasonlsneed.com/2012/07/24/cohabitating-with-jesus/
  9. New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger: https://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/
  10. What Faithfully Sharing the Gospel Looks Like Outrageous Mercy: https://williampfarley.com/2019/03/28/what-faithfully-sharing-the-gospel-looks-like/
  11. Progressive Christianity defined – Alisa Childers: https://youtu.be/NtoXb2D7y1E
  12. Seeing the Glory of God in Scallop Eyes | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/aquatic-animals/seeing-glory-god-scallop-eyes/
  13. Was Paul Unaware of the Empty Tomb? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-paul-unaware-of-the-empty-tomb
  14. Who Made God? | Origins :: Cornerstone Network: http://origins.ctvn.org/2019/04/08/the-ufo-phenomenon-2/
  15. J. Warner Wallace in the History of Joseph Smith: https://youtu.be/ZfUOFQkv69k
  16. The Importance of the Bible Dr. David Jeremiah: https://youtu.be/BBJnk28-T1w
  17. Ravi Zacharias at Princeton university – Why I am not an Atheist: https://youtu.be/d6aDoOzYN-U
  18. When a Homosexual Episcopalian Calls Trump’s Christianity Hypocritical | The Stream: https://stream.org/homosexual-episcopalian-calls-trumps-christianity-hypocritical/
  19. False teachers exposed, word of Faith movement and prosperity gospel: https://youtu.be/ptN2KQ7-euQ

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Blessings to you all