Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

It is a fact of life that most men (and many women) battle against sexual temptation.

God has prescribed the way that He wants His children to live. He tests each of our hearts (not just what is on the outside). Here is what He expects to find:

1 Chronicles 29:17a

I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity

Not only is He pleased with integrity, but Jesus even said several times in the Scriptures, that He expects anyone who follows Him (Christians) to deny themselves, rather than to “give-in” to themselves:

Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

He wants us to put Him first, not our own evil desires. We need to have the attitude of John the Baptist:

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

So, to help us along in our quest for holiness, I have listed some verses for you to memorize to help you resist sexual temptation. The Psalmist stated the benefits of memorizing Scripture:

Psalms 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The benefit is clear: “that I might not sin againstGod.

I have memorized each of these passages myself and have found them to be of great benefit

Let’s start off the list with one that states God’s mandate very clearly and directly:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Let me provide a very simple definition of sexual immorality:

Any sexual gratification one gets from a source other than your spouse (in a biblical marriage consisting of one man and one woman).

Therefore, sexual immorality may include, among other things, pornography, masturbation, roving eyes / looking with lust at those in your eyesight, adultery, pre-marital sex (A.K.A. fornication), co-habitation which includes pre-marital sex, homosexuality, impure thoughts, flirting, fantasizing about the possibility of sex with someone other than your spouse, etc.

So, the passage above (1 Corinthians 6:18-20) tells me that I am not my own. I can’t just do whatever I want with my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. He is living in me and sees everything I do. Which leads me to the next verse:

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

He sees all and we will have to give account for all He sees. As Ray Comfort commented, “What happens in Vegas stays in God’s mind until Judgment Day.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Romans 14:12

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Am I saying that you’ll be thrown into hell for committing an act of sexual immorality? No. When you were saved, you were justified. All sins, past, present and future were paid for by Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Yet, we as believers are expected to behave in a way that is “worthy of our calling” (Eph. 4:1). Sexual immorality is definitely not worthy of our calling!

God takes sexual immorality – especially the physical act of adultery – very seriously. So seriously, in fact in the Old Covenant with Israel, the penalty was the death sentence for both involved parties:

Deuteronomy 22:22

If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

However, sexual immorality is not an external, behavioral issue only (such as adultery). This sin starts in the mind with our own evil desires (James 1:13-14). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus raised the standard of purity so that no one can escape the charge of guilt in this matter:

Matthew 5:27-28
You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Don’t be a hypocrite, one day calling Jesus Lord and then another day, committing sexual sin.

Job was a godly man and was certainly aware of this standard as he strove to avoid lust in this way:

Job 31:1

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.

Apparently, Job was successful in this covenant if you look at the way v9-11 of chapter 31 are worded:

Job 31:9-11

If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.

Daniel was also a godly man, living in exile, in the midst of a vile, wicked, depraved and idolatrous culture. In the beginning of the account, we see his resolution:

Daniel 1:8-9

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel

Have you resolved not to defile yourself by what your eyes consume? Daniel’s strong resolution here ought to challenge and inspire us to do the same. By resolving, he had made up his mind what he was going to do when he was put in that situation. Don’t just wait until that moment of temptation comes to decide what you’re going to do. If that is your approach, you will fail. Rather resolve ahead of time what steps you’re going to take to avoid defiling yourself in sexual sin.

David, a man after God’s own heart, a man acquainted with moral failure (see 2 Samuel 11), resolved not to let sin come through his eyes:

Psalms 101:3

I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all crooked dealings; I will have nothing to do with them.

We need our minds renewed by Scripture so that we no longer conform to the pattern of this world, which is so full of sexual temptation:

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Many of these passages can be summed up in this wise counsel from the Apostle Paul:

Romans 13:14

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

What have you done to “make no provision” for your flesh? There are many practices and safeguards that one can implement, but the one thing we should all be doing is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ daily – that is the number one strategy in this battle. Don’t make it is easy for your flesh to gratify its evil desires!

And, yes, this is absolutely a battle! It is not a battle against flesh and blood, but at the core it is a spiritual battle:

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

And since it is a spiritual battle, it needs to be fought with spiritual weapons from God:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

Have you ever considered that when we are committing sexual sin, at that moment, we don’t fear God? Think about that… Even one of the thieves on the cross next to Jesus asked the other thief if he feared God, because it was evident by the way he was talking that he didn’t:

Luke 23:40

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Unknowingly, the first thief was affirming a great truth of Scripture, often repeated:

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

And:

Isaiah 8:13

Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.

Jesus told His disciples to fear God because of His ability to throw them into hell:

Luke 12:4-5

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.

So, yes, the fear of God is a healthy attitude to have and can keep us from committing sexual sin!

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Do you stumble into sin? Or do you cherish sin? Our goal should be to avoid both, but worse by far is the one who cherishes (or relishes) sin.

Isaiah echoes the same sentiment about our sin causing separation from God. In the context of the following passage, God was speaking to His “people and to the house of Jacob” (Isaiah 58:1):

Isaiah 59:1-2

Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem — your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

But God gave us the solution for having our prayers heard again:

2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The essence of that phrase “seek My face and turn from their wicked ways” is the concept of repentance! There is no change and no transformation without repentance – and God commands it!

Acts 17:30

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

By the way, after reading this blog, you can no longer claim ignorance.

In the midst of admonishing believers not to argue over foolish and stupid things, the apostle Paul talked about people who are held captive by the devil to do his will:

2 Timothy 2:26

and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

As believers, we ought not be held captive by anyone or anything except Jesus Christ (since we are His slaves). We are told specifically:

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Additionally, we as believers ought to be discerning enough and acquainted enough with our own depravity to know what situations, places and people put us into temptation, and that we need to avoid those:

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.

We ought to be able to see the danger ahead and take refuge:

Proverbs 27:12

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

In addition to pondering where you go and what situations you put yourself into, you need to be intentional about your thoughts:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

And:

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Sexual temptation requires much more than casual action, it requires drastic action on our parts! Though we may be “pondering the path of our feet” and thinking about “whatever is pure”, we are still “in the world” (John 17:14-16) and therefore it is possible, with the best of intentions, that we may find ourselves in a tempting situation. The following verse tells me what to do when I encounter anything that stimulates lust – RUN!!!

2 Timothy 2:22

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts

It is also encouraging me who to hang out with – that’s really important too.

As usual, Jesus ratchets up the response even more with His teaching on how to deal with sin:

Matthew 18:8-9
If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The eye and the hand are are certainly used to commit much sexual sin… Jesus is not advocating self mutilation here, but this is to be understood as instructing us to take whatever actions are necessary to limit our access to those people, places, situations and technologies that give us opportunities to sin.

Another passage that is terrifying when you consider what is being said in it is this:

Hebrews 10:26-27

Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

Does that mean that if we continue to sin at all after having been saved, there we will experience the wrath of God? Well, it depends. One who is truly saved will not continue in an unrepentant pattern of sin for an extended period of time. I consider this a warning for us as believers to examine ourselves:

2 Corinthians 13:5a

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

This should be a regular practice of all believers, to examine your life critically and see if it represents the life of a true born again Bible believing Christian.

The following passage is one of the key passages when it comes to sexual immorality:

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God

Not many places in Scripture tell you explicitly what God’s will is – the above passage is one of them. This passage tells me that I need to learn to control my own body. That tells me that it is not “natural” to control my body. I have to go against what feels natural and control my body. Likewise, Paul says:

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Yes, this requires discipline. It is a spiritual battle and therefore demands your daily and even hourly attention so that you do not get caught off guard! In fact elsewhere Paul reminds us to be on our guard:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

The Scriptures contain many other such warnings. For example, the apostle Peter warns us to be on our guard, using different words:

1 Peter 5:8

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself even strongly admonished His disciples to keep alert, but added prayer as a way to gain victory over temptation:

Matthew 26:41
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!

So, how much sexual immorality is acceptable for the child of God?

Ephesians 5:3-6

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater –has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

The above passage even speaks of God’s wrath as a consequence of these type of behaviors. You don’t want to go there…

The passage below has really helped me. It tells me that as a regenerated follower of Jesus Christ, I do in fact have the power and ability to not let sin reign in my body or to obey my body’s evil desires. What an encouragement that is!

Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

The above passage raises the question about who you’re letting reign, in other words, who are you serving? Jesus told us you can’t serve two masters:

Luke 16:13

No servant can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

While the above verse is about money, the same principle applies to your illicit sexual desires.

You know that if you ask some people about why they continue to fall into sexual temptation, they’ll claim that that’s just the way God made them. They have these desires and they were meant to be fulfilled. That is human logic – that’s the way of thinking that “seems right”:

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

Here’s a good one from Proverbs

Proverbs 14:2

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

This directly ties “upright” behavior to fearing the LORD and “perverse” behavior to despising Him.

Next are some words from Jesus that hit me like a ton of bricks:

John 3:19-20
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

These words are powerful because, in this passage the “light” which has come into the world IS JESUS. So, when it says “everyone who does evil hates the light”, its saying that everyone who does evil hates Jesus! Wow.

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

This one tells us that God’s grace actually teaches us to “just say no!” to “ungodliness and worldly passions” – that would certainly include lust and sexual sin. But it doesn’t only tell us what to say no to, but it also tells us how to live: “self-controlled, upright and godly lives”. That is a picture of holy living. Notice the phrase “self-controlled”. According to this passage, you have the ability to control your participation in these forms of behavior.

Then, there is the most concentrated teaching on worldliness in all of God’s word:

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Notice – this passage talks about 2 things that are directly related to lust and sexual sin: “the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes”. If anyone “loves” this kind of stuff, the love of the Father is not in him. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we need to distance ourselves and reject these kind of worldly affections!

John MacArthur, in his excellent sermon on Romans 7:14-25 says that one of the categories of sin is the “sin of remembrance”. Sometimes, the mind of the believer will wander back to ponder some past sin. We must not allow ourselves to fall into that trap. Peter admonishes us:

1 Peter 1:14

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Later on in the same letter, he encourages with the example of Christ Jesus’ suffering:

1 Peter 4:1-5

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Notice, that we are not to live the rest of our earthly lives for “evil human desires” – this includes many things. He goes on to list some of those evil human desires: “debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry“. He ends up the passage by indicating that those who live like this will “have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead“. If these behaviors are the impenitent, pattern of your life, it indicates you are not saved.

Then, this one from the author of 1 Kings regarding the prophet Elijah’s challenge to the people to “get off the fence“!

1 Kings 18:21

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.

How is this applicable to illicit sexual desire? Just replace the phrase “if Baal is God, follow him” with “if [your sexual desire] is God, follow [it]”. That is what we’re doing when we’re giving in to sexual sin – we’re making it our God. Don’t do that!

Did you know that whenever you’re tempted to sin sexually, God will show you a way out? This is an iron-clad promise – you can take it to the bank. The following passage tells us not to be over confident when you’re in a season of strong obedience, but that we should be careful. Then it explains that we’re in the same boat with others:

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin. But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

Praise the Lord that He is faithful, and that He will not let the temptation become too strong!

Jesus was once asked what was the essential or most important teaching in the old testament:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Notice that He summed up all the expectations of the believer into 2 concepts – Love God and Love others. We cannot do those 2 things while committing sexual sin!

The following verse may not seem to be related to sexual temptation:

Romans 1:25

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

But if you think about it. Your sexual desire is a created thing. If you worship and serve it (especially in an illicit manner), you are exchanging the truth of God for a lie…

Sometimes, you’ve gotta follow Jesus’ example and just tell Satan to “get lost” if you’re being harassed:

Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

But notice – we not only should be telling Satan to get lost, but we need to be worshiping the Lord our God and serving Him only!

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Again, what does this have to do with sexual immorality and sexual temptation? Well, if you think of it, you’ll realize that your behavior in the world affects God’s reputation in the world, either positively or negatively. But your behavior does not change whether He exists or whether He is glorious or good. So, if you are behaving in an immoral way you are bringing God into disrepute. Then it can be said of you, as in Romans 2:24 – “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Serious stuff! Don’t do it – you love God too much for that!

Finally, the passage that has been most helpful to me in battling sexual temptation is:

Matthew 23:24-28
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

The reason this passage is so powerful for me is that, as a Christian leader and teacher, I receive those words from Jesus as directly applying to me. Especially the finishing line which says “on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness”. That one cuts to the heart. Jesus knows what’s “on the inside” – no one else does. I may be able to fool other people, but I can never fool Jesus. Jesus hated hypocrisy with a holy hatred – probably more than anything else. This chapter records the greatest rebuke he ever delivered regarding sin – the sin of hypocrisy. And sexual sin in the life of a believer makes that person a hypocrite, professing one thing with your lips, but thinking and behaving in opposition to that. So, when I hear Jesus’s rebuke directed at me, my unrighteous desires immediately melt away – its like pouring cold water over me. Paul gives us some very good counsel about how we should be viewing our Christian walk:

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Notice that we already have these promises (that he’d been talking about in the prior chapters – especially chapter 5). So, we are not avoiding sexual sin in order to get saved, but rather, now that we are saved (we have these promises), we are to live in a holy manner. Why? “Out of reverence for God”.

Brothers and sisters, I pray that you are convicted and cut to the heart like I am and that you would memorize each one of these passages so that you might be led away from sin when you’re at the moment of temptation. Remember God always provides a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13) if we are willing to take it. He is faithful and will protect you from the evil one:

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Appendix

Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Psalms 141:4

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

Psalms 86:11

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalms 119:37

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalms 23:3

he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Titus 1:15-16

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Galatians 5:19-21

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars –their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Titus 3:3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

John 8:31-32

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Acts 3:19

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Romans 7:18-19, 7:24-25a,

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doingWretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 12:14

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ambassador’s Creed: https://www.str.org/ambassadors-creed
  2. Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus Argued Reductio Ad Absurdum: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-argued-reductio-ad-absurdum.html
  3. Jehovah’s Witness Role Play – YouTube – Mike Felker role plays as a Jehovah’s Witness to a college apologetics group. Most of the students had no idea that I was actually a Christian until I revealed my identity at about 40 minutes into it. Thanks to Brett Kunkle for inspiring me to do this. It was my first time and I’d love to do more of this.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNqBRpv2Bk
  4. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: The False Dilemma | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-false.html
  5. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  6. Above All the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research – Few can say they’ve left planet Earth. Jeff Williams has done it three times. After a lengthy military career, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams was chosen from among a handful of candidates to become an astronaut for NASA and work on the International Space Station (ISS). He has been a longtime supporter of ICR and recently visited our headquarters for the first time, graciously allowing us an interview.: https://www.icr.org/article/8635
  7. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/string-theory-has-come-to-be-seen-as-faith-not-reason/
  8. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/apologetics-for-kids-free-resources-for-parents/
  9. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/how_the_body_wo/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Daniel Wallace, PhD – YouTube – If you encounter someone who questions or doubts the accuracy and reliability of our New Testament, such as a Mormon, the information Dr. Daniel Wallace provides in this presentation at Heights Baptist Church in 2013 will address those issues directly. Mormon apologists must admit that the staggering majority of the textual variants are merely minor in nature. Dr. R. L. Anderson, a Mormon scholar and authority in the LDS Church on Biblical manuscripts, recognizes that the variations in the New Testament manuscripts are essentially insignificant. Dr. Anderson notes the overwhelming agreement between the thousands of manuscripts; he explains that : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  12. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-argument-from-consciousness-in-seven-quick-points/
  13. Inspired or Not? What Does Paul Mean by What He Says in 1 Corinthians 7:6, 7:12, and 7:25? Did Paul fill his letters with opinion?: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/contradictions-in-the-bible/inspired-or-not-1-corinthians-7/
  14. Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-evolution-explain-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  15. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/theistic-naturalism/
  16. Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/life-in-the-big-tent/
  17. Evangelical Elites Can’t Let Go Of Beefs Against Conservatives: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/02/russell-moore-and-evangelical-elites-cant-let-go-of-their-jeremiad-against-conservative-evangelicals/
  18. Scientists Are Undermining Our Trust in Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/07/scientists-are-undermining-our-trust-in-science/

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-28-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Thou hast attended to our happiness more than we can do; Though we are fallen creatures thou hast not neglected us. In love and pity thou hast provided us a Saviour; Apply his redemption to our hearts, by justifying our persons, and sanctifying our natures. – Valley of Vision

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Social Media, Identity, and the Church – I don’t see social media going away, either, because it has enormous benefits, too. It is also deeply embedded in the psyches especially of the young. So Christians can’t ignore it, and most of all we need to begin to understand it. (Note – I find especially helpful in the article the section with the title “Hacking the social media platform” pg. 6): https://mcusercontent.com/a03a982fbbfe3cacb8520b8d6/files/7ffdcf4b-ee1b-3cb0-93c9-9df4f95a0064/Social_Media_Identity_and_the_Church.pdf
  2. Empower Your Kids to Defend Their Faith With This Free Video Series with Natasha Crain : https://www.focusonthefamily.com/raising-your-kids-to-defend-their-faith-binge-sign-up-form/
  3. Examining the Case for the Christian Faith (Sean McDowell interviews Doug Groothuis) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/RY9ggdGGrjw
  4. Greg Introduces Robby Lashua (one of the newest speakers) and the Upcoming STR Outposts: https://www.str.org/w/greg-introduces-robby-lashua-and-the-upcoming-str-outposts
  5. Robby Lashua speaking at Mission Grove Church in Phoenix this Sunday on topics “Has God Preserved His Word?” “How can we trust the Bible?”: https://www.str.org/robby-lashua
  6. Thoughts from Greg and Amy on Having Meaningful Spiritual Conversations: https://www.str.org/w/thoughts-from-greg-and-amy-on-having-meaningful-spiritual-conversations
  7. An Example of the Helpfulness of Tactics – Stand to Reason: https://subspla.sh/xzht84p

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-21-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

The Church has been more obsessed with the youthful spirit than the Holy Spirit. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why do we need to rethink the dating of the New Testament texts? | Psephizohttps://www.psephizo.com/reviews/why-do-we-need-to-rethink-the-dating-of-the-new-testament-texts/
  2. Was religion invented to control people? | carm.orghttps://carm.org/questions/was-religion-invented-to-control-people/
  3. How Science Stopped Backing Atheists and Started Pointing Back to God | Discovery Institutehttps://www.discovery.org/a/how-science-stopped-backing-atheists-and-started-pointing-back-to-god/
  4. Who Created the Universe? – What is the Big Bang theory? Does it align with a biblical worldview? How do design and fine-tuning offer better answers? In this episode of The Creation Podcast, join host Ivana Semidey and ICR physicist Dr. Jake Hebert as they talk about the Big Bang theory. They’ll also cover red shift, an expanding universe, the origin of stars, and other topics.https://www.icr.org/article/creation-podcast-episode-27/
  5. Three Reasons Why The Dangers of Illegal Abortions Argument Is Misleading, Deceptive, And Sexist | Life Training Institutehttps://prolifetraining.com/three-reasons-why-the-dangers-of-illegal-abortions-argument-is-misleading-deceptive-and-sexist/
  6. Evolutions Failed Predictions and Unfalsifiability | Penses – The history of modern biological studies is filled with surprising and unexpected findings that were not at all predicted by evolutionary theory, in fact, in some cases, quite the opposite was predicted. And yet, unlike other theories that face counter-intuitive evidence, this theory continues to remain fundamentally unquestioned as a matter of scientific orthodoxy. Curiously, these findings only seem to increase the faith in the mysterious power of evolution to solve problems, even if we cannot work out how it has done so.https://pspruett.wordpress.com/2022/07/05/evolutions-failed-predictions-and-unfalsifiability/
  7. With So Many Religions Out There, How Do You Know ONLY Christianity Is True? The Think Institutehttps://thethink.institute/articles/with-so-many-religions-out-there-how-do-you-know-only-christianity-is-true
  8. Why Even Evolutionists Are Questioning Evolution – Breakpointhttps://breakpoint.org/why-even-evolutionists-are-questioning-evolution/
  9. Is Christianity True? Is Christianity True? Click on images or texts below to explore a four step process of discovering if Christianity is true. The four main features of Christianity include 1) the existence of God 2) the reliability of the Bible 3) the divine claims of Jesus and 4) the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Each section contains articles, videos, and podcasts to assist in the exploration of the truth of Christianity.https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/is-christianity-true/

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Luke 12:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-7-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

If you find it hard to believe in God, I strongly advise you to begin your search not with philosophical questions, but with Jesus of Nazareth. – John Stott

To view more of these quotes, visit:
http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Caused You to Start Investigating Christianity? – YouTube – Why did J. Warner start to investigate Christianity at the age of 35? What led him to investigate the New Testament? In this Q and A session, J. Warner begins to answer a question about Jewish believers and turns to a more significant issue related to Jesus and the existence of God.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NBAnADy10Y
  2. The New Testament Canon – Ligonier Ministrieshttps://subspla.sh/8vtym6b
  3. 10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon: #4: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/459/
  4. Jurassic coast dry valleys: Periglaciation or Noah’s Flood? – creation.comhttps://creation.com/jurassic-coast-dry-valleys
  5. Are suicide rates lower for sexual minorities in LGBT-affirming countries? | WINTERY KNIGHThttps://winteryknight.com/2022/07/01/are-suicide-rates-lower-for-sexual-minorities-in-lgbt-affirming-countries/
  6. The benefits of Christianity | George’s Journal – The media generally presents a negative picture of Christianity. But what does history tell us?https://georgesjournal.net/2022/07/02/the-benefits-of-christianity/
  7. Why Does the Apostles Creed Say That Jesus Descended into Hell? | Crossway Articleshttps://www.crossway.org/articles/why-does-the-apostles-creed-say-that-jesus-descended-into-hell/
  8. @RatioChristiOrg interviews Dr. Tour on hot button science and faith issues: Origin of life, Intelligent design or evolution? And much more! – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic4GP87gSoY
  9. Unloving Christians in the Wake of Roe – The Stream – In the aftermath of Roes glorious demise, I’ve seen many so-called Christians reacting exactly as I would expect. As cowards.https://stream.org/unloving-christians-in-the-wake-of-roe/
  10. Surviving a Near-Deconstruction Experiencehttps://www.carmenschober.com/post/surviving-a-near-deconstruction-experience

“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now–and never to be equaled again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ !’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. “But in those days, following that distress, ” ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ Mark 13:14-25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-30-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex abnormalities and transgender – creation.com – Abnormal sexual development has nothing to do with choosing which gender you would like to be.https://creation.com/sex-abnormalities-v-transgender
  2. How to Make the Case against Abortion in Less Than a Minutehttps://www.str.org/w/how-to-make-the-case-against-abortion-in-less-than-a-minute
  3. Make the Pro-Life Case in 60 Seconds – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, Pro-lifers just want to force their religious views on everyone else. They don’t really have a good reason to oppose abortion. What would you say? Dismissing opposition to abortion as religious ideology is intellectually lazy. There are rational arguments against abortion, and those who oppose abortion make them often. So, when abortion advocates dismiss arguments against abortion, remember these three steps: First, formally state the case against abortion. Second, defend the case against abortion by clearly stating the reasons for your pro-life position. Third, establish ground rules for further discussion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEnokKiwtkA
  4. Is Hell Real? – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, I don’t believe a loving God would send anyone to Hell. He wouldn’t even allow a place like that to exist. What would you say? It’s easier to believe in things like Heaven, redemption, and eternal joy with God you know, the things we want to be true — than those things that are hard to imaging and even stomach, like eternal punishment. Hell is a hard thing to talk about, but the next time it comes up in conversation, here are three things to remember: First, God doesn’t force anyone into Hell, but He doesn’t force anyone to love Him or be with Him either. Second, Jesus taught that Hell is real, and talks about it more than anyone else in the New Testament. Third, Hell does not diminish Gods love; it displays it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucC8O471qyE
  5. How to Have a Conversation: When Under Pressure – YouTube – you’re in a conversation and suddenly an assertion is leveled against your view and you don’t know how to answer it. Now maybe you’ve forgotten the reasoning or evidence, or maybe haven’t done your research in the first place. What would you say? The What Would You Say videos are a great way to ground yourself in the basic arguments for Christian values and convictions, but the pressure of the moment, you may not be able to recall the details. For those situations, you need a game plan. The next time you’re in over your head, here are three things to remember: First, don’t try to answer the challenge immediately. If you do, you’re giving them a free ride. Second, don’t be taken in by their, I can explain that response and Third, ask for specific reasons why their ideas should be taken seriously https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhyMclem04A
  6. The Heart of the Abortion Issue – In this clip from To the Point LIVE, Jon Noyes asks how a civil society should treat innocent human beings who challenge our current way of life and reminds us not to be distracted away from the most important question in the abortion debate: What is the unborn?https://www.str.org/w/the-heart-of-the-abortion-issue
  7. What Is the General Theory of Evolution Unable to Explain? – YouTube – Dr. Craig answers a question about certain limits within the theory of evolution, common ancestry, random mutation, natural selection, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpuog3h_tb0
  8. Must You Remain Silent on Abortion Unless You Adopt a Baby? If you’ve never adopted a child, does this disqualify you from speaking out against abortion? Alan offers five reasons why this challenge is mistaken.https://www.str.org/w/must-you-remain-silent-on-abortion-unless-you-adopt-a-baby-1
  9. What does the Bible say about abortion? | GotQuestions.orghttps://www.gotquestions.org/abortion-Bible.html
  10. Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption Link | Politics Newshttps://www.christianpost.com/news/values-voter-summit-highlights-abortion-adoption-link.html
  11. When Christians Have a Contagious Faith – The Stream – While it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of sharing Jesus with others, Marks approach emphasizes the different gifts and skills within the body of Christ.https://stream.org/when-christians-have-a-contagious-faith/
  12. The Significance of the Overturning of Roe – The Streamhttps://stream.org/the-significance-of-the-overturning-of-roe/
  13. Barr: Public Schools Are So Hostile To Christians, They’re Unconstitutional – That’s because there are only two ways to restrain people from following disordered passions, Barr said: internal restraints, which are largely provided by ones beliefs; and external restraints, which are typically provided by government. So in order to have a limited government, Barr noted in an explicit echo of the American Founders, citizens must practice self-restraint.https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/27/barr-public-schools-are-now-so-hostile-to-christians-theyre-unconstitutional/

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. Acts 19:23-41

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-23-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

We can hate our sin without hating ourselves because we who have committed our lives to Christ stand in His righteousness and not our own. Our real identity is not in the sin we battle, but in the Savior we embrace. – Rosaria Butterfield

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Should Morality Be Legislated?https://ryanpauly.org/2022/05/07/should-morality-be-legislated/
  2. College Life and Apologetics Part 1 Biblical Worldview Academyhttps://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/college-life-and-apologetics-part-1/
  3. College Life and Apologetics: Part 2 Biblical Worldview Academyhttps://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/college-life-and-apologetics-part-2/
  4. Neanderthals becoming more modern with time – creation.com – Neanderthals did not need a major step toward humanity; they were already fully human.https://creation.com/neanderthals-modern
  5. Margaret Sanger Christianity Today – creation.com – Sanger believed that American society faced a rising number of human weeds as a result of the wrong sort of person having too many offspring. And a major reason she promoted contraception was to try to convince these people to stop reproducing.https://creation.com/margaret-sanger-christianity-today
  6. The 5 points that led me to leave Calvinism SOTERIOLOGY 101https://soteriology101.com/2014/12/08/the-5-points-that-lead-me-out-of-calvinism/
  7. A biblical and scientific approach to climate change – creation.comhttps://creation.com/climate-change
  8. Are We Morally Obligated to Have Fewer Children? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/6t64w36
  9. Responding to Pro-Choice Memes – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/kfkzfdw

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. Psalms 102:1-2

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-16-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between my receivings and my deservings, between the state I am now in and my past gracelessness, between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Three Realities Chance Can’t Explain That ID Can | Evolution Newshttps://evolutionnews.org/2022/06/three-realities-chance-cant-explain-that-intelligent-design-can/
  2. Why The Bible Is Reliable – Dr. Frank Turek – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/3f5Flb6LY4I
  3. The Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion Quickly Explained and Refuted – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Kox1QCcaAsc
  4. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Av3GycE9rms
  5. William Lane Craig and James White debate Calvinism vs Molinism | WINTERY KNIGHThttps://winteryknight.com/2022/06/11/william-lane-craig-and-james-white-debate-calvinism-vs-molinism-2/
  6. New Discoveries on Shroud of Turin Directly Contradict 1988 Carbon Dating, Put It Roughly Around Judea Some 2,000 Years Agohttps://www.westernjournal.com/new-discoveries-shroud-turin-directly-contradict-1988-carbon-dating-puts-roughly-around-judea-2000-years-ago/
  7. In the Morally Relevant Sense, it is Not a Woman’s Body – The Good Book Blog – Biola Universityhttps://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2022/in-the-morally-relevant-sense-it-is-not-a-woman-s-body
  8. Prepare to Stand – In October 2016, pastor Andrew Brunson was falsely accused of terrorism and held for two years in Turkish prisons. Following a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the U.S. government, he was released in October 2018. Since then, Andrew has felt an urgency for Christians in the West to prepare for a coming wave of hostility.https://frc.org/preparetostand
  9. A Christian Reacts to the Nupur Sharma Controversy – Former BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) spokesperson Nupur Sharma was suspended for saying (during a televised debate) that Muhammad married a young girl (Aisha). As protestors demand Sharma’s arrest or execution, and her defenders insist that she did nothing wrong, the controversy is escalating rapidly. What does an American Christian think about the Nupur Sharma controversy? David Wood discusses the issue.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6hDxPKyIYY
  10. Smart slime – creation.com – the headaches it causes evolutionary scientists are less well publicized. Existing at the crossroads between the kingdoms of animals, plants and fungi,1 it has long defied evolutionists attempts to categorize it and the other slime moulds. In some ways its life cycle resembles that of a fungus, but partially also that of certain bacteria. Adding to the complication, Physarum makes its own cellulose, like plants do. Mostly, though, Physarum lives and feeds like a one-celled animal.https://creation.com/smart-slime

Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” John 8:19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-9-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful”. – Charles Spurgeon


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Tips for Discussing Abortion Onlinehttps://www.str.org/w/tips-for-discussing-abortion-online
  2. Clarks woodpecker – Amazing birds help trees with staggering feats of rememberinghttps://creation.com/clarks-woodpecker
  3. Questions on Universal Salvation, Molinism, and the Burial of Jesus – Reasonable Faith Apphttps://subspla.sh/rs4mksb
  4. Aren’t Some Unbelievers Sincerely Seeking Truth? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/gq6spcf
  5. Since God Values Humility, Is He Against Certainty? – Stand to Reasonhttps://subspla.sh/pgrk69q
  6. The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible – Cross Examinedhttps://subspla.sh/mvjpsm9
  7. Christian Student Files Federal Lawsuit after Illinois University Punishes Her for Sharing Her Beliefs with Classmates – Milton Quintanillahttps://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/christian-student-files-federal-lawsuit-after-illinois-university-punishes-her-for-sharing-her-beliefs-with-classmates.html
  8. Three Realities Chance Can’t Explain That Intelligent Design Can: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/06/three-realities-chance-cant-explain-that-intelligent-design-can/

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Psalms 103:6

Blessings to you all

Teaching on John 8:31-59

I delivered the following teaching to a group of about 15 men on Tuesday May 10th at our weekly Bible study at Mimi’s Café:

John 8:31-59

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."

39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God." 48 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."

52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. NASB

Verse by Verse

I want us to read a few verses back to get the context of Jesus’ words in v31-32:

28 So Jesus said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. 31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  

The focus in the passage is upon those who were exercising the beginnings of faith in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.  Jesus desired them to move on in their faith.  Saving faith is not fickle but firm and settled.  Such maturity expresses itself in full commitment to the truth in Jesus Christ resulting in genuine freedom. 

The 1st step in the progress toward true discipleship is belief in Jesus Christ as Messiah and Son of God.  The 2nd step is Perseverance in obedience to Scripture, which is the fruit or evidence of genuine faith:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The word “continue” in v31 means to habitually abide in Jesus’ words.  A genuine believer holds fast, obeys, and practices Jesus’ teaching.  The one who continues in His teaching has both the Father and the Son (2 John 9; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:26):

2 John 1:9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end

Revelation 2:26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS

Real disciples are both learners (the basic meaning of the word) and faithful followers.

The word “truth” in v32 has reference not only to the facts surrounding Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God but also to the teaching that He brought.  A genuinely saved and obedient follower of the Lord Jesus will both know divine truth and experience freedom from sin.  The divine truth comes not merely by intellectual assent (1 Cor 2:14) but saving commitment to Christ (Titus 1:1-2).

Salvation is not just a one-time decision, but a life-long commitment to continue in His word (not perfectly, but increasingly).  However, there is a surviving “free grace movement” (FG) within the evangelical church today which contends that the reformation teaching of justification by faith alone precludes the need for repentance by the believer (repentance being understood as “remorse for sin and an internal resolve to forsake it”). FG believes requiring repentance from new believers is “adding works to faith”.  FG employs a kind of fallacious mathematical reasoning when it asks, “How many good works does one have to do in order to be assured of salvation?”, as though such things could be quantified. The biblical answer is, “Some”.[1]  The reformers repeatedly and unanimously insisted that justification is by faith alone, but the faith that justifies is never alone – it is always accompanied by good works.

Q: Is a “carnal Christian” really a Christian?

Note the sequence of what Jesus is saying in v31-32 – it is obedience, then knowledge (similar to a statement in the last chapter):

John 7:17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own.

In the Jewish way of thinking, obedience is the means of spiritual knowledge.

We should also remember the great commission delivered by Jesus at the end of Matthew’s gospel:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

In the Great Commission, Jesus directs the 11 disciples (and by implication all future followers) to make disciples, not just believers and to teach them to observe (obey, follow) all that He taught.

33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"

In reality, the nation of Israel were slaves of the Egyptians:

Exodus 1:11 - So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Of course they were also made subject to Nebuchadnezzar in the Babylonian captivity:

2 Chronicles 36:15-17,20 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans [Nebuchadnezzar] …; He gave them all into his hand. … Those who had escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia

Regarding their being Abraham’s descendants, John the Baptist had addressed this topic with them:

Matthew 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.”

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

The ultimate bondage is not political or economic enslavement but spiritual bondage to sin and rebellion against God.  

The idea of “commits sin” (v34) means to practice sin habitually.  The apostle John also references the topic in his 1st epistle:

1 John 3:4-9

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Although genuine Christians have a sin disposition, and do commit and need to confess sin, that is not the unbroken pattern of their lives.  A genuinely born again believer has a built-in check or guard against habitual sinning due to a new nature (“born of God”).  Since Christ died on the cross to transform sinners, those truly born again have replaced the habit of sin with the habit of righteous living.  Consider the following quote:

Religion says, “I obey, therefore I am accepted.” Christianity says, “I am accepted, therefore I obey.” – Alistair Begg

35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

While the Jews thought of themselves only as free sons of Abraham, in reality, they were slaves of sin.  Those whom Jesus Christ liberates from the tyranny of sin and the bondage of legalism are really free.  Paul expounds extensively on these topics in his epistles, here is a sampling:

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

Jesus was denying that mere physical lineage was sufficient for salvation.  The Apostle Paul echoed that sentiment in recounting his own lineage and lofty attainments as a Jew:

Philippians 3:4-9 Although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

Paul’s lineage and attainments were greater than those his opponents (the Judaizers) could claim, but were of no benefit for salvation.

38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father." 39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.

Jesus calls on them to do the deeds of Abraham.  This could be a reference to the events of Genesis 18, where the LORD appeared to Abraham at his tent near the oaks of Mamre.  Abraham welcomed the Messenger who came from heaven, but these Jews were not welcoming Jesus, the Messenger from heaven.  When the LORD took Abraham outside to look up and said his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, he believed Him (Genesis 15:6), but the Jews did not believe Jesus, God who came down from heaven, when He spoke.

40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."

The Jews may well have been referring to the controversy surrounding Jesus’ birth.  The Jews knew the story about Mary’s betrothal and that Joseph was not Jesus’ real father; thus they implied that Jesus’ birth was illegitimate (see Mt 1:18-25; Lk 1:26-38):

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

According to John MacArthur sermon (False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47)), here’s the way to diagnose a child of the devil:

Doesn’t believe the truth, doesn’t love Christ.

Here’s the way to diagnose a child of God:

Loves the truth, loves Christ and loves others!

45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

Jesus challenges them to convict Him of sin.  They certainly were looking for any reason to condemn Him and would’ve presented it if they had any evidence of Him committing sin.  Yet, they were presented no evidence – just baseless ad-hominem attacks (“you are a Samaritan”, “you have a demon”).

47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

These “believers” were not true believers – they were not His sheep and therefore could not hear Him:

John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

They continued with baseless, unfounded, ad-hominem attacks:

48 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?"

They had no substance, so they just resorted to name-calling.  The same is going on in the modern day!

49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."

This is a staggering statement (“if anyone keeps My word he will never see death”).  C.S. Lewis comments on Jesus “talking as if He was God” in Mere Christianity:

Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips.

Imagine your neighbor making these kinds of claims: I am the first and the last—the self-existing One. Do you need your sins forgiven? I can do it. Do you want to know how to live? I am the light of the world—whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Do you want to know whom you can trust? All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Do you have any worries or requests? Pray in my name. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Do you need access to God the Father? No one comes to the Father except through me. The Father and I are one.

What would you think about your neighbor if he seriously said those things? You certainly wouldn’t say, “Gee, I think he’s a great moral teacher!” No, you’d say this guy is nuts, because he’s definitely claiming to be God.  Since Jesus claimed to be God, one of only three possibilities could be true: he was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord (refer to famous C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity).

52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

Here Jesus declared Himself to be Yahweh, i.e. the Lord of the OT.  Some of the most powerful affirmations of Jesus’ deity are a chain of expressions in John’s gospel known as the “I am” statements.  Each of these phrases employs the name God revealed to Moses at the burning bush – “I AM” (Ex. 3:14).  Jesus applied that name to Himself in a series of prominent declarations: “I am the bread of life” (6:35).  “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven” (6:51). “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5).  “I am the door of the sheep” (10:7).  “I am the good shepherd” (10:11).  “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25).  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (14:6).  And the stunning, inescapable affirmation of deity, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (8:58).  Jesus’ stature as the great I AM of the OT was essential to His role as Savior.  Those who refuse to acknowledge Him for who He is cannot be saved: “Unless you believe that I am, you shall die in your sins” (8:24).  This set up an extremely difficult barrier for Pharisees.  They understood that He was claiming authority over their greatest patriarchs and prophets (8:53).  Indeed He was claiming equality with God and the ramifications of that they could not accept.  Therefore Jesus warned them, they would die in their sins (8:24).

Q: What statement or act of Jesus is the most explicit declaration of His Deity?

59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

The Jews understood Jesus’ claim and were ready to punish Jesus for blasphemy:

Leviticus 24:16 Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)
  2. MacArthur sermons:
    1. The Freedom of True Discipleship (John 8:31-36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM5x0_Bvzzo
    2. False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBLkSJVfg1Q https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/43-47/false-assurance-of-the-religious
    3. Jesus Provokes His Enemies (John 8:48-59): http://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/43-48
  3. How “Free Grace” Theology Diminishes the Gospel: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/free-grace-theology/
  4. “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel (by Wayne Grudem): https://www.amazon.com/Free-Grace-Theology-Diminishes-Gospel/dp/1433551144/
  5. Salvation without Repentance from Sin? A Critique of the “Free Grace” Gospel – Nov. 21, 2014: ETS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California – Wayne Grudem’s notes (http://www.waynegrudem.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Salvation-w-o-repentance-ETS-paper-11-21-14.docx)
  6. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist (Norman Geisler and Frank Turek)
  7. The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith (John MacArthur)

[1] Adapted from the Gospel Coalition review of Wayne Grudem’s book “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel

mid-week apologetics booster (6-2-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

There is a difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. – O. S. Hawkins

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Navigating the (New?) Negative World: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/navigating-negative-world/
  2. What is the Strongest Case for Pro Life? Interview with Stephanie Gray Connors – YouTube: https://youtu.be/FXIxryxlnI4
  3. Richard Dawkins FINALLY admits there’s evidence for God? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hHXXacBAm2A
  4. Uvalde and the Problem of Evil | FrontpageMag: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/uvalde-and-problem-evil-daniel-greenfield/

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile –the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:8-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-26-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is are 2 random quotes (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

1. But the works of our Saviour were always present, for they were genuine: those that were healed, and those that were raised from the dead, who were seen not only when they were healed and when they were raised, but were also always present; and not merely while the Saviour was on earth, but also after his death, they were alive for quite a while, so that some of them lived even to our day. – Quadatrus of Athens in 125 AD (early extrabiblical apologetics writing)

2. Heart murmurs are abnormal flow patterns due to faulty heart valves. Heart valves act as doors to prevent the backward flow of blood into the heart. Spiritual heart murmurs occur when believers engage in complaining, gossip, disputes, and contention. Believers are instructed many times to avoid grumbling, murmuring, and complaining (Exodus 16:3; John 6:43; Philippians 2:14). By engaging in these activities, believers shift their focus away from the plans, purposes, and past blessings of God to the things of the world. God sees this as a lack of faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Instead, Christians are instructed to strive for contentment in all things, trusting in God to provide what is needed in His good time (Hebrews 13:5).  – Got Questions (from the article “What does it mean to guard your heart?”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Eternally Miserable in Heaven — really? Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/eternally-miserable-in-heaven-really/
  2. Take Every Thought Captive – What 1 Corinthians 10:5 Means & How to Do It: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/take-your-thoughts-captive-509888.html
  3. The Argument from Reason to God | Paul Gould Paul Gould: http://www.paul-gould.com/2015/04/08/the-argument-from-reason-to-god/
  4. Evidence for design in living systems is changing the way scientists work | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/21/evidence-for-design-in-living-systems-is-changing-the-way-scientists-work/
  5. Fine-Tuning Parameters | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/i/fine-tuning-parameters/
  6. (Eph. 2:8) Is faith the gift of God or is grace the gift of God? | Evidence Unseen: https://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/nt-difficulties/1-2-thessalonians/eph-28-is-faith-the-gift-of-god-or-is-grace-the-gift-of-god/
  7. We Can Guess What Denomination You Are By How You Pray | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/how-you-say-grace-and-what-that-says-about-your-theology
  8. Distant starlight and the biblical timeframe | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/05/23/distant-starlight-and-the-biblical-timeframe/
  9. Patriarchs teeth – creation.com: https://creation.com/patriarchs-teeth
  10. Genesis Apologetics – Did Dinosaurs Walk With Man? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/tdC4Jub9oNM
  11. This Is About God! (Tucker Carlson) | WRETCHED RADIO – YouTube: https://youtu.be/StC8azGBa_c

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-19-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

One of the most insidious features of Darwin’s evolutionary speculation was that it sought to erase the fundamental differences between man and animals. – Dr. David Menton

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. CS Lewis And Dogs | Pastor Earl’s Blog – You will have noticed that most dogs cannot understand pointing. You point to a bit of food on the floor; the dog, instead of looking at the floor, sniffs at your finger. A finger is a finger to him, and that is all. His world is all fact and no meaning. C. S. Lewis.: https://revearl.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/cs-lewis-and-dogs/
  2. What is the origin of the doctrine of the Trinity? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-doctrine-Trinity.html
  3. The magnificent flying frog – creation.com: https://creation.com/flying-frog
  4. Science: The New God: https://wisedisciple.org/article/science-the-new-god
  5. Knowable Word – Bible study help – My fifth commandment for commentary usage is: You shall not spend more time reading commentaries than reading and listening to the Bible.: http://www.knowableword.com/
  6. The Facts Programming of Life: https://programmingoflife.com/the-facts/
  7. Are Mormons Christian? An Evangelical and Mormon In Conversation – YouTube: https://youtu.be/0wH15CAJFAU
  8. J. Warner Wallace: I am not a Christian because it works for me | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/17/j-warner-wallace-i-am-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me-8/
  9. What are undesigned coincidences, and how are they used in apologetics? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/18/what-are-undesigned-coincidences-and-how-are-they-used-in-apologetics-3/
  10. HIGHJACKING CHRISTIANITY: THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2022/05/18/highjacking-christianity-the-new-apostolic-reformation/
  11. The #1 reason evolution is impossible: There is one fatal flaw in the evolutionary worldview: the second law of thermodynamics. If everything over time gets worse, and not better, evolution is completely false. Ray Comfort expounds this and then talks with college students who believe in evolution and shares the gospel with them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db2DzHLUfwc

He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; and he sent a man before them– Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. Psalms 105:16-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-12-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

To be destitute in circumstances is bad, but to be destitute in soul is far worse; to be left of friends is a calamity, but to be left of God would be destruction. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Answering Objections to the Fine-Tuning Argument with Dr. Robin Collins and Dr. Josh Rasmussen – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Yi2vR7ps4
  2. How Can You Believe In A God Who’s Jealous? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Nnck-lmA2pM
  3. What is the Wailing Wall / Western Wall? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Wailing-Wall.html
  4. Triablogue: How did Nicodemus interpret John 3:5?: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2022/05/how-did-nicodemus-interpret-john-35.html
  5. What is the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture? Is the Bible perspicuous? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/perspicuity-of-Scripture.html
  6. HOW TO TROT OUT THE TODDLER – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ktPmgBX_FU
  7. Scott Klusendorf – Defending Your Pro-life Views – YouTube: https://youtu.be/h-iJQ92BwTU
  8. Prepare to defend innocent unborn children with these 10 points | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/09/prepare-to-defend-innocent-unborn-children-with-these-10-points/
  9. Science Speaks on When Human Life Begins: Quotes Compiled from Medical Textbooks and Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature: https://bdfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-Science-Quotes-on-When-Life-Begins.pdf
  10. When Bill Maher and Joe Rogan Make the Pro-Life Case: https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2022/05/08/when-bill-maher-and-joe-rogan-make-the-prolife-case-n2606919
  11. These Viral Pro-Choice Memes Miss the Point and Fail the Test of Logic | Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/these-viral-pro-choice-memes-miss-the-point-and-fail-the-test-of-logic/

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 Timothy 1:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-5-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Help my soul to breathe after holiness, after a constant devotedness to thee, after growth in grace more abundantly every day. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The worst mistake you can make when defending the Christian worldview | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/28/the-worst-mistake-you-can-make-when-defending-the-christian-worldview-5/
  2. Elon Musk accepts Jesus as his Saviour (not really, but “if Jesus is saving people”, he won’t stand in his way!)- Interview Babylon Bee – YouTube: https://youtu.be/YjV8r8yfEC0
  3. What is the Granville Sharp Rule? | GotQuestions.org – the Granville Sharp Rule says that when two singular common nouns are used to describe a person, and those two nouns are joined by an additive conjunction, and the definite article precedes the first noun but not the second, then both nouns refer to the same person. This principle of semantics holds true in all languages. This rule clarifies verses that concern Christ’s deity, such as Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1: https://www.gotquestions.org/Granville-Sharp-Rule.html
  4. The Truth About Transgenderism: https://www.drjamesdobson.org/newsletters/may-2022-newsletter
  5. What counts as evidence for God? (with J. Warner Wallace): https://ryanpauly.org/2022/05/02/what-counts-as-evidence-for-god-with-j-warner-wallace/
  6. Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller | a podcast by Tim Keller – On May 3rd, Gospel in Life will begin a new seven-part podcast series Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller for people who are interested in exploring Christianity. This series will help listeners work through tough questions like: Can there be moral absolutes? Does life have meaning beyond what I make of it? Can hope exist in the face of death? Each of the talks and Q&A sessions were given by Tim Keller in 2019 before a live gathering in New York City, made up primarily of attendees who did not identify as Christian.: https://qcpodcast.gospelinlife.com/
  7. If unborn babies don’t have consciousness or don’t feel pain, may we kill them? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/05/03/if-unborn-babies-dont-have-consciousness-or-dont-feel-pain-may-we-kill-them-6/

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? Proverbs 17:16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-28-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

As Christians, we accept one foundational truth – God – and everything else makes sense. An atheist denies God and has to accept incredible explanations for everything else. It takes more faith to deny God than to believe in Him. – John MacArthur

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/23/stephen-c-meyer-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-the-origin-of-life-11/
  2. Ask HN: If you were God, which problem would you remove from the world? | Hacker News – this is something I ran into that may be interesting to a Christian Apologist, certainly if you want to jump in and try to answer some of the comments listed there or at least think about how you would answer them: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=31167347

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-21-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

No scientist would be imagining undetectable universes if this one didn’t appear to be so incomprehensibly fine-tuned. – Paul Davies


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Calvary or Gethsemane? The Atonement According to Mormonism Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/gethsemane
  2. Why Good Friday offers ‘the best news ever’ for Easter and always | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/why-good-friday-best-news-easter
  3. Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/15/physicist-michael-strauss-discusses-christianity-and-science-at-stanford-university-14/
  4. William Lane Craig Q&A: If God Knows My Decisions How Do I Have Free Will? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7USxGUOefrg
  5. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  6. How Do We Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care
  7. 8 Ways that Anti-Intellectualism is Harming the Church PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/8-ways-that-anti-intellectualism-is-harming-the-church/
  8. Science and Blind Faith – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2014/11/science-and-blind-faith.html
  9. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/08/23/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-3/
  10. Truthbomb Apologetics: 7 Things Worth Knowing about Intelligent Design: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2011/04/7-things-worth-knowing-about.html
  11. Without God, How Can One Explain the Origin of Life? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/06/without-god-how-can-one-explain-origin.html
  12. Evangelizing in a World Drowning in Sexual Problems – Topical Studies: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/evangelizing-in-a-world-drowning-in-sexual-problems.html
  13. You Shoulda Put a Ring on It: Witnessing to Cohabiting Couples | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/article/you-shoulda-put-a-ring-on-it-witnessing-to-cohabiting-couples/
  14. 5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry | Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2014/04/16/5-ways-that-pastors-can-introduce-apologetics-into-their-ministry/
  15. Are we saved by faith alone, or do we need works, too? | carm.org: https://carm.org/roman-catholicism/are-we-saved-by-faith-alone-or-do-we-need-works-too/
  16. Why ‘Good Friday’ Is So Good: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA22D31&f=WU22D11
  17. What’s the biggest flaw with Calvinism? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/DTJFWbPEfQU
  18. Gender binary: coded into humans – creation.com – The Lord Jesus, the Master Designer and Programmer, ensured that the very definition of our sex is encoded onto every single one of our 30 trillion DNA-containing cells!: https://creation.com/gender-binary-coded
  19. Internal bleeding from severe shoulder injury caused death of Jesus Christ, says doctor-turned-priest – Catholic Herald: https://catholicherald.co.uk/internal-bleeding-from-severe-shoulder-injury-caused-death-of-jesus-says-doctor-turned-priest/
  20. Did Jesus really rise from the dead? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/7f36GWzieLs%20rise%20from%20the%20dead%3F

Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. Proverbs 28:14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-7-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Pastors will need to play a role in shoring up those they are called to shepherd. But there is another group that can help take some of the weight off our already overly burdened ministers: lay apologists. Lay apologists are Christians not already in full-time or paid ministry, but have the interest and equipping to carry out the task of apologetics. As a former lay apologist myself, I know how capable they are of carrying out this task. Unfortunately, too many of them are wasting their talents in endless debates with internet-based atheists. If you’re a lay apologist, I hope you’ll heed this call: This church needs your skills and training. – Joe Carter (from, New Age Beliefs Are Common in America and in Our Churches)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Jesus Is the Only Cure – People will go to hell not because they merely had a theological point wrong, but because they had a real disease (sin) and never got the only effective cure.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-is-the-only-cure
  2. Jesus: The Antidote – Jesus is an antidote to a deadly disease. Some people have the symptoms of the disease more obviously or in a greater manner than others. But everybody is sick.: https://www.str.org/w/jesus-the-antidote
  3. Are You Telling Me I’m Going to Hell Because I Don’t Believe in Jesus? | Thinking to Believe: https://thinkingtobelieve.com/2006/04/12/are-you-telling-me-im-going-to-hell-because-i-dont-believe-in-jesus/
  4. A Ten Minute Witness – bethinking.org – I had a conversation today that I wish you could have eavesdropped on. It was that precious. I was preparing for the show about an hour ago at my home and I heard a knock at the door.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/a-ten-minute-witness
  5. Persuasion the Centre Piece of Effective Evangelism – bethinking.org – Persuasion is a pivotal word in understanding evangelism, but it has for a long time been overlooked. I have been to countless training sessions and read numerous books on evangelism, where neither the word nor even the idea have been mentioned at all. Even a Dictionary of Apologetics and an Encyclopedia of Apologetics on my shelves do not have entries under the P word. Yet, if you take persuasion out of evangelism, you are left with unpersuasive evangelism.: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/persuasion-the-centre-piece-of-effective-evangelism
  6. New video series on intelligent design starts off discussing the Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/03/31/new-video-series-on-intelligent-design-starts-off-discussing-the-cambrian-explosion/
  7. What if your science class contradicts the Bible? – YouTube – What if something you learn in science class seems to totally contradict something you read in the Bible? Does that mean either your professor or pastor can’t be trusted? Or is it better to separate the scientific data from our Biblical beliefs? So many questions! In this video, Frank breaks it all down and explains how we can believe both science and the Bible to be true.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjcQeBYmbhY
  8. How Free Grace Theology Diminishes the Gospel – We can’t preach the full gospel without preaching repentance.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/free-grace-theology/
  9. What is the difference between a Christian and a disciple? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-disciple.html
  10. Disney Executives Admit: Of Course We’re Grooming Your Children: https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/30/disney-executives-admit-of-course-were-grooming-your-children/
  11. What should parents think about Disney’s position on grooming children for sex? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/03/what-should-parents-think-about-disneys-position-on-grooming-children-for-sex/
  12. What does it mean to take up your cross daily? Luke 9:23 commentary: https://activechristianity.org/what-does-it-mean-to-take-up-your-cross-daily
  13. When Debating Biblical Inspiration, Let God Do the Heavy Lifting. A woman I once spoke with expressed frustration with a friend who had dismissed the Bible as only written by men. Her insistence that the words were inspired by God was no help. Instead, it led to a fruitless cycle: The Bible is God’s Word.  But it was just written by men. But God inspired those men. But men make mistakes. Round and round they went, going nowhere. Maybe you’ve encountered this problem, too. Here’s one way you might respond: Give specific reasons why it’s reasonable to believe the Bible is a supernatural book of divine authorship and not merely the musings of men.: https://www.str.org/w/when-debating-biblical-inspiration-let-god-do-the-heavy-lifting
  14. Can We Trust the Bible? Brett Kunkle – Classically, Christians have defended their view of God not with mere appeals to subjective experience but from what they take to be Gods voice recorded in the Bible. Do Christians have good reason to think God has spoken through the Bible? Yes. Not only do we have overwhelming evidence the Bible has been reliably passed down for almost 2,000 years, but there is good reason to think it is covered with divine fingerprints.: https://www.str.org/w/can-we-trust-the-bible-
  15. Can a Person Be Saved through General Revelation? Greg and Amy consider examples of salvation from the Old Testament next to what Paul writes about general revelation and salvation in Romans. (clip from the #STRAsk podcast – 12 min): https://www.str.org/w/can-a-person-be-saved-through-general-revelation-1
  16. Has God Spoken? Evidence For The Bible pt1 – (Bible Thinker) – How could you prove that God has communicated to us? What would be a reasonable way to show that God has spoken? This video answers that question and deals with false prophecies in preparation for the next video in this series, where we will begin to look at fulfilled prophecy in the Bible as proof that God has spoken.: https://biblethinker.org/has-god-spoken-evidence-for-the-bible-pt1/
  17. Building A Solid Christian Worldview – Focus on the Family – Greg Koukl helps listeners discover, develop, and nurture a Christian worldview by examining the story of the Bible. Based on his book The Story of Reality , Greg Koukl offers believers a glimpse of the bigger picture, along with their role in the overarching Christian Story.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/building-a-solid-christian-worldview/
  18. Sing a Little Louder – Pro-life Version on Vimeo – This well-done, 10-minute video makes a powerful pro-life point.: https://vimeo.com/144427221?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=45362802&fbclid=IwAR3H83oV8Dgfb0LNairYM-m6iVx989oo1Aw6tbfzuvkFLwtus7OOZgDaOzA
  19. Kirk Cameron is joined by Greg Koukl and Allie Beth Stuckey to discuss the importance of discerning truth.: https://watch.tbn.org/videos/hd-kct0017?fbclid=IwAR10A5UVDgdThbMYp-UkCsO295nEIj9xKYxLxdUtlrZNulXSZIK1PeV2Xu4
  20. How to Have a Conversation: Engaging Controversial Topics – YouTube – You’re in a conversation with a coworker and they’re pretty vocal about a controversial topic. You want to say something, but you’re having a hard time gathering the confidence to respond. What would you say? Questions are a risk-free way to engage in a conversation, giving you latitude, liberty and effectiveness, without assuming too much responsibility. They can be used to engage a close friend or a complete stranger. The next time you’re in a conversation and don’t know how to proceed. Here are three things to remember: First, don’t immediately try to answer the challenge or run from it. Second, gather Intel about the challenge. Third, always ask for clarification with some form of this question: What do you mean by that?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJSG6BOWiEI
  21. How to Have a Conversation: Difficult Circumstances – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone keeps interrupting you or you’re in a conversation and someone complains it’s bigoted to think that Jesus is the only way to God or you’re in a conversation, and someone says, You’re a Christian because you live in America. If you lived in Iran, you’d be a Muslim. What would you say? Here’s some other tips to help you handle difficult circumstances you may run into as a follower of Christ. Number one: When someone keeps interrupting you, stop them gently and ask for equal time. Number two: When someone raises an issue that Jesus himself has spoken about, enlist him as your ally. Number three: When someone challenges Christianity based on something about you, ask So what? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64dZhJGmBgg
  22. Does Science Argue for or against God? – YouTube – Why are we here? Literally. The latest science says we shouldn’t be. It says that the chance life exists at all is less than zero. So, is science the greatest threat to the idea of Intelligent Design or is science its greatest advocate? Best-selling author and lecturer, Eric Metaxas, poses this intriguing question and comes up with a very unexpected and challenging answer.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjGPHF5A6Po
  23. Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments – YouTube – Science tells us that the universe came into being via The Big Bang. But how do you get from energy and matter to a self-aware human being? That takes three additional Big Bangs that science can’t explain. Noted theologian, Frank Pastore, unravels this compelling mystery and, in the process, poses the ultimate question that every thinking person must face.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIorXcloIac
  24. God and Suffering – YouTube – Isn’t human suffering proof that a just, all-powerful God must not exist? On the contrary, says Boston College Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft. How can “suffering” exist without an objective standard against which to judge it? Absent a standard, there is no justice. If there is no justice, there is no injustice. And if there is no injustice, there is no suffering. On the other hand, if justice exists, God exists. In five minutes, learn more.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNtz5wgnopQ
  25. Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64YJYBUFLM
  26. Why does God let people suffer? Why is there so much evil in the world? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/05/why-does-god-let-people-suffer-why-is-there-so-much-evil-in-the-world-7/
  27. How To Raise Kids When Leaving Public Schools Is Not An Easy Option: https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/06/how-to-raise-sane-kids-when-leaving-public-schools-is-not-an-easy-option/
  28. Cambrian Explosion: More Woes and Dodges | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/03/cambrian-explosion-more-woes-and-dodges/
  29. Monthly Report April 2022 – William Lane Craig: https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1787618/34807?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=READ%20MORE&utm_campaign=April%20MR%20-%202022

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-31-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

We live between two great days: The day Christ hung before men and the day all men will kneel before Christ. – Paul Washer

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Darwin’s Nightmare (Basics of Intelligent Design Biology, Ep. 1) – YouTube – When Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was painstakingly aware of the fact that the fossil record diametrically opposed his theory. Ever since Darwin’s time, paleontologists have put their finger on the Cambrian explosion, where most of the major animal phyla appear abruptly in the fossil record suddenly and without any evidence of intermediate forms preceding them in Precambrian strata. This video is part of “Basics of Intelligent Design Biology,” a video series reviewing scientific problems with the Darwinian (and neo-Darwinian) evolution of animal life. The first four episodes (season 1) will review the basics of the Cambrian explosion and failed evolutionary attempts to explain it using Precambrian fossils, punctuated equilibrium, and the tree of life. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3B8KkSZp_E
  2. This 1 Thing Stops Ben Shapiro From Becoming a Christian – YouTube – Many Christians look up to Ben Shapiro for good reasons, but unfortunately he has yet to embrace Jesus as his Savior. Why could this be? Ray Comfort looks deeper into Ben Shapiro’s life and beliefs, discusses the big sin issue that prevents him from becoming a Christian, and then shows an evangelism encounter that he recently had with a Jewish man.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX3qcAWn9Pc
  3. Saved by Faith or Works? by Mark Spence – The Protestant Reformation was huge, and it all began in 1517 on a Roman Catholic Church’s door when a German monk, named Martin Luther, nailed 95 complaints against the church. The Protestant Reformation really revolved around two words: imputed vs. infused, and this was the mother, the real mother, of all battles. The Roman Catholic Church taught that when a man becomes a Christian through baptism, a part of Jesus righteousness is infused or injected, if you will, into the person, and if he didn’t commit any gross sins, continued to take the sacraments, grew in holiness, and died with the last rites, then he could go to Heaven. In other words, he received a little of Jesus righteousness, but had to work his way toward perfection. But then, Martin Luther, reading Romans 1:17, understood the just shall live by faith, and he grasped imputed, not infused, but imputed, righteousness. Imputed righteousness is when God takes our filth and our sins, and He lays them on Jesus Christ at the cross and in exchange, we receive Jesus righteousness. We don’t become perfect, but God sees us as perfect through the blood of Jesus Christ. All of our sins, past, present, and future, are forgiven. No working toward perfection; were seen as perfect, so when we stand before a holy God on Judgment Day, well go to Heaven not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus has done. Ray Comfort on Works Now some people might hear that and think, Great! Since Jesus paid the price for our sin, we can sin all we want, right? If we don’t get to Heaven based on good works, why be good at all? And this is exactly what Paul addresses in Romans chapter 6 when he asks, Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? His answer: Certainly not! So how are we to understand the relationship between faith and works? Fortunately, God summed it up in Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you are saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Then the very next verse he explains where works come in: For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. Were saved for good works; not because of good works. Good works aren’t the way to salvation; they’re the result of it. If you claim to be a Christian but have no good works to show for it, or worse yet, your life is marked by sin, then you might not be a Christian at all. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  4. WHAT’S YOUR WORLDVIEW? What is a Worldview? Does God Exist? How Did Everything Begin? Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Happens After I Die? Cabbages and puppies don’t think about this stuff, but people do. Reflecting on the big questions in life is part of what makes us human. Everyone Has A Worldview-What’s Yours? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXnSE0uvwzM
  5. What is the meaning of an upside-down / inverted cross? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/upside-down-cross.html
  6. What is the Eastern Star organization, and are they related to the Free Masons? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Eastern-Star.html
  7. The Hidden Unchristian Belief of TOP Progressive Christian Influencers – YouTube: https://youtu.be/nYuWlxnqa4o
  8. Salvation was by grace through faith in Old Testament: https://www.lewistownsentinel.com/news/religion/2020/01/salvation-was-by-grace-through-faith-in-old-testament/
  9. What is Pelagianism? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Pelagianism.html
  10. The charge is made by some that Christians are evil.  Is it true? Resolving Doubts. Renewing Purpose. Reasons for God: https://reasonsforgod.org/are-christians-evil/
  11. New study: more than half of all female-to-male transgender teens attempt suicide | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/03/28/new-study-more-than-half-of-all-female-to-male-transgender-teens-attempt-suicide-3/
  12. How Should The Church Engage Those With Same-Sex Attraction Or Gender Dysphoria? | Cross Examined Official Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/how-should-the-church-engage-those-with-same-sex-attraction-or-gender-dysphoria/
  13. Is There Ever Enough Evidence for the Hyper-Skeptic? #7 Post of 2012 | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2012/12/17/is-there-ever-enough-evidence-for-the-hyper-skeptic/
  14. What is sola scriptura? | GotQuestions.org – Sola scriptura was the rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation. For centuries the Roman Catholic Church had made its traditions superior in authority to the Bible. This resulted in many practices that were in fact contradictory to the Bible. Some examples are prayer to saints and/or Mary, the immaculate conception, transubstantiation, infant baptism, indulgences, and papal authority. Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran Church and father of the Protestant Reformation, was publicly rebuking the Catholic Church for its unbiblical teachings. The Catholic Church threatened Martin Luther with excommunication (and death) if he did not recant. Martin Luther’s reply was, Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, or by the clearest reasoning, unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted, and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the Word of God, I cannot and will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me! Amen!: https://www.gotquestions.org/sola-scriptura.html
  15. (from 2007) What happens to the babies who used to be in limbo? The Vatican announced on Friday the results of a papal investigation of the concept of limbo. Church doctrine now states that unbaptized babies can go to heaven instead of getting stuck somewhere between heaven and hell. If limbo doesn’t exist, what happened to everyone who was supposed to have been there already?: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2007/04/what-happens-to-the-babies-who-used-to-be-in-limbo.html
  16. James White vs The Omni Argument | Free Thinking Ministries: https://freethinkingministries.com/james-white-vs-the-omni-argument/
  17. Olbers’ paradox – Wikipedia – In astrophysics and physical cosmology, Olbers’ paradox, named after the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers, also known as the “dark night sky paradox”, is the argument that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal static universe.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olbers%27_paradox
  18. UNDERSTANDING Mormon Disbelief – Why do some Mormons lose their testimony, and what happens to them when they do?: http://www.whymormonsquestion.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Survey-Results_Understanding-Mormon-Disbelief-Mar20121.pdf
  19. Just war principles | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/03/30/just-war-principles/

Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise. Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. Your compassion is great, O LORD; preserve my life according to your laws. Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. Psalms 119:153-157

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

High thoughts of Christ will enable us to act consistently with our relations towards him. The more loftily we see Christ enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards him. Our Lord Jesus desires us to think well of him, that we may submit cheerfully to his authority. High thoughts of him increase our love. Love and esteem go together. Therefore, believer, think much of your Master’s excellencies. Study him in his primeval glory, before he took upon himself your nature! Think of the mighty love which drew him from his throne to die upon the cross! Admire him as he conquers all the powers of hell! See him risen, crowned, glorified! Bow before him as the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty God, for only thus will your love to him be what it should. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Respond to: Why would God punish Jesus for what I did? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus/how-to-respond-to-why-would-god-punish-jesus-for-what-i-did/
  2. What is middle knowledge? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/middle-knowledge.html
  3. The existence of God can be clearly seen in nature. I do not need to open the Bible to learn that. It is enough that I open my eyes and turn them on that great book of nature, where it stands legibly written, distinctly revealed in every page. Grace Gems: https://gracegems.org/2020/09/I%20had%20fallen%20into%20the%20company%20of%20a%20raving%20madman.html
  4. Animation Demonstrates Design in Topoisomerase | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/03/new-animation-on-topoisomerase-demonstrates-irrationality-of-denying-design-evidence-in-biology/
  5. Does the Bible say that abandonment is a valid reason for divorce and remarriage? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-abandonment.html
  6. What to do when your Christian friends and churches aren’t interested in apologetics THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/03/21/what-to-do-when-your-christian-friends-and-churches-arent-interested-in-apologetics/

Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home – Proverbs 27:8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-17-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

While I hope for pardon through the blood of the cross, I pray to be clothed with humility, to be quickened in thy way, to be more devoted to thee, to keep the end of my life in view, to be cured of the folly of delay and indecision, to know how frail I am, to number my days and apply my heart unto wisdom. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Saint Patrick & the times he live in — How he “…found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian!” – American Minute with Bill Federer: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/saint-patrick-found-ireland-all-heathen-and-left-it-all-christian-american-minute-with-bill-federer
  2. Who was St. Patrick? Christian History Made Easy – Did St. Patrick really drive all the snakes out of Ireland? Was he even a saint? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Ahgnpf3G4
  3. Did thousands of women die in back alley abortions before Roe v. Wade? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/03/11/did-thousands-of-women-die-in-back-alley-abortions-before-roe-v-wade-4/
  4. IRAQ Maria, 20, killed in Erbil by relatives for converting to Christianity: https://www.asianews.it/news-en/Maria,-20,-killed-in-Erbil-by-relatives-for-converting-to-Christianity-55319.html
  5. ‘Where Did God Come From’ by Dr. Kent Hovind – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3kWO3qeKKs
  6. Are Christians the New Extremists? Yes, and That’s Okay. – God is the ultimate guess: https://natashacrain.com/are-christians-the-new-extremists-yes-and-thats-okay/
  7. Renewing Your Mind | Law of Causality | Mar 12, 2022: http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/law-of-causality-march-2022/
  8. Should Christians stockpile food/supplies in preparation for a possible future disaster? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-stockpiling.html
  9. The De-conversion of American “Christians”: https://godcangodcares.com/the-deconversion-of-american-christians-2/
  10. Common Objections to Christianity from Skeptics by Steve Hays: https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/qa_steve_hays.html
  11. Primacy of Peter – Wikipedia – not that I agree with everything in this article, but it does present the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant views: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primacy_of_Peter

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

I thank thee for personal mercies, a measure of health, preservation of body, comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food and clothing, continuance of mental powers, my family, their mutual help and support, the delights of domestic harmony and peace, the seats now filled that might have been vacant, my country, church, Bible, faith. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Creation Answers Book Chapter 1 – Is there objective evidence that God exists? What are the consequences of atheism? Where did God come from? Can we know God personally?: https://creation.com/god-existence-cab-1
  2. What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Moralistic-Therapeutic-Deism.html
  3. Questions about Heaven, Hell, and Eternity (All) | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/questions_eternity.html
  4. Indifference to God, Jesus and the Bible Drives Millennials Faith – Arizona Christian University: https://www.arizonachristian.edu/2021/12/07/indifference-to-god-jesus-and-the-bible-drives-millennials-faith/
  5. Tribute to renowned creation scientist Dr. Kevin Anderson – creation.com – I never actually encountered anything resembling the acid of Darwinism which theistic evolutionist and physicist Karl Giberson claims he encountered in his college years, that ate away his fundamentalist understanding of Adam, Eden, and creation. I have always wondered what classes he took, because as a microbiology major, I never encountered such strong acid. It might have had a big impact on my creation views if I had, but of course I never came across anything nearly as persuasive and challenging as claimed by Giberson.: https://creation.com/kevin-anderson-creation-scientist
  6. Review: ‘The Demon in the Machine’ – creation.com – Chemistry alone, however complex, can never produce the genetic code or contextual instructions. Asking chemistry to explain coded information is like expecting computer hardware to write its own software: https://creation.com/review-the-demon-in-the-machine-paul-davies
  7. Problems with the Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2020/06/06/problems-with-the-neo-darwinian-theory-of-evolution/
  8. Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – bethinking.org: https://www.bethinking.org/jesus/ancient-evidence-for-jesus-from-non-christian-sources
  9. Why is the cleansing of the temple by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry in John but at the end in the synoptic gospels? Evidence for Christianity: https://evidenceforchristianity.org/why-is-the-cleansing-of-the-temply-by-jesus-at-the-beginning-of-his-ministry-in-john-but-at-the-end-in-the-synoptic-gospels/
  10. What Does Vladimir Putin Believe About God? The Religious Backstory in the Shadows of the Ukraine-Russia Battle: https://www.faithwire.com/2022/03/02/what-does-vladimir-putin-believe-about-god-the-religious-backstory-in-the-shadows-of-the-ukraine-russian-battle/

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ “But they paid no attention and went off–one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:2-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human being, no justification for abortion is adequate. – Gregory Koukl Founder, Stand To Reason

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Canaanite Golden Calf Discovered Creation Moments – However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:29: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/canaanite-golden-calf-discovered-2/
  2. How am I expected to make a 100% commitment to Christianity when I don’t have 100% certainty? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/how-am-i-expected-to-make-a-100-commitment-to-christianity-when-i-dont-have-100-certainty/
  3. What are the pseudepigrapha? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  4. What is the Gospel of Thomas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-of-Thomas.html
  5. What is the House of Yahweh? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/House-of-Yahweh.html
  6. How big is heaven? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/how-big-is-heaven.html
  7. Why The Bible Ought To Be More Important To Police Officers Than Politics: http://www.thethinbluelife.com/articles/engaging-culture/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  8. Responding To: “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Want To Force My Religion On Others”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/responding-to-im-a-christian-but-i-dont-want-to-force-my-religion-on-others/
  9. The Problem With Answering The Problem Of Evil: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  10. Everyone Needs to Change, Including LGBT People: https://www.str.org/w/everyone-needs-to-change-including-lgbt-people
  11. Defending without Becoming Defensive: https://www.str.org/w/defending-without-becoming-defensive

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-17-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Sorrow and sickness, and poverty, and persecution, can never touch them (servants of Christ in every age), unless God sees fit. They may boldly say to every cross “You could have no power against me, except it were given you from above.” – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. NASB 2020 – evangelicalbible.com – After completion in 1971, the NASB was updated in 1977, 1995, and most recently in 2020, according to the best scholarship available at the time. The purposes of the updates have been to increase accuracy, clarity, and readability. Every aspect of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and meaning was carefully reviewed during each update. The result is an accurate translation that clearly communicates the Word of God in contemporary English.: https://evangelicalbible.com/nasb2020/
  2. Review of apologetics book by pastor shows where church needs to improve | WINTERY KNIGHT – Whenever I talk to Christians, I find that they hold one of two views about what faith is. The first view of faith is the Biblical view of faith as active trust in propositions we know to be true, because we have reasons and evidence to believe those propositions. This view is not only rooted in the Bible, but it extends through Augustine and Aquinas to the present day. I have written about this view of faith before, and quoted many theologians in support of it. In the Bible, people use miracles as a sign in order to convince skeptics. For example, Peter appeals to the resurrection in Acts 2. The Bible teaches that faith is active trusting based on evidence. The second view is blind faith. This view is nowhere in the Bible, and this view asserts that becoming a Christian is a leap-of-faith in the dark against all the evidence. This view not only minimizes evidence, but it actually opposes presenting evidence to unbelievers and skeptics in the way that the Bible teaches. This view is nowhere in the Bible, and it was not the method used by Jesus or his followers. It is an unBiblical way of viewing faith, but it is very popular in some circles of Christianity. It is also popular among atheists, because this is what many Christian leaders and pastors tell them that faith is.: https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/10/review-of-apologetics-book-by-pastor-shows-where-church-needs-to-improve/
  3. Where Are All the Human Fossils? – Media Center – creation.com – Have we found any pre-Flood human fossils? And why don’t we find human and dinosaur fossils together?: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/ct-human-fossils
  4. Amphibians and Mount St Helens – creation.com – Amphibian responses to the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens implications for Noahic Flood recovery: https://creation.com/amphibians-mount-st-helens
  5. Artificial intelligence and evolution – creation.com – Software does what it is made for what it is instructed to do and only that. Information science, software engineering and AI research are a part of the God-given dominion mandate we have over the creation.: https://creation.com/artificial-intelligence-and-evolution
  6. Fireflies Creation Moments: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/fireflies/
  7. Gods Design for Bioluminescence | Answers in Genesis – With the coming of night in Brazils Coconut Forest, bioluminescent mushrooms dial up their green glow. They attract insects that can carry spores far and wide under the nearly windless canopy. Until recently many scientists thought their dim glow was a random byproduct of mushroom metabolism, related perhaps to the digestion of decaying wood. Circadian Control Sheds Light on Fungal Bioluminescence published in Current Biology, however, offers the first solid evidence that mushroom bioluminescence is regulated and purposeful.: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/design-in-nature/gods-design-for-bioluminescence/
  8. Top Scientific Problems with Evolution: Natural Selection – Jonathan Wells – This is the fifth entry in the series, excerpted from the new book The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith: Exploring the Ultimate Questions About Life and the Cosmos. | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/02/top-scientific-problems-with-evolution-natural-selection/

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.  Proverbs 22:17-18

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-10-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS [Hitler’s zealous inner circle of soldiers] did not believe was that God was watching. – David Berlinski, a secular Jew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/03/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-11/
  2. WHY CAN’T WE PREACH THE GOSPEL WITHOUT WORDS? – Bernard J Mauser: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/why-cant-we-preach-the-gospel-without-words/
  3. Finland Puts the Bible on Trial – Yesterday, Europe’s biggest religious freedom case went to trial. A Finnish member of parliament, Pivi Rsnen, has been charged by the Finnish prosecutor general with three counts of “ethnic agitation,” a hate speech provision in Finland’s criminal code. Each count relates to Rsnen’s respectful expression of widely held Christian beliefs.: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20220125/finland-trial
  4. 9 Things That Science Will Never Explain – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LWNzC3jx9ls
  5. Mind Control: Entering Into the Mind of the Jehovah’s Witness – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kXKzxLoSneA
  6. Is believing in Jesus Christ the ONLY way to get to God? (You may need to know the answer to this or you are wondering yourself). The stats are in. 56% of all professing Christians believe there is another way to get to heaven other than Jesus.  I mean you have Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, JW’s Mormons to name a few. So how can Jesus and Christianity be the ONLY way? Today I want to share with you 4 things that totally set him apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlSqNzB_Ts
  7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)? Is Jesus the only way of salvation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTS1tMC38AQ

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  – Philippians 1:12-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . .  – Thomas Jefferson, 1781

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. A Case for Christianity: The importance of understanding faith vs. doubt when practicing Christian Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-understanding-faith-vs-doubt-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  2. The Multiverse Theory Contradicts Occam’s Razor: https://logosherald.com/the-multiverse-theory-contradicts-occams-razor/
  3. Who was Paul in the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Paul.html
  4. WHY DOESN’T GOD MAKE HIS EXISTENCE MORE OBVIOUS TO PEOPLE? https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/01/why-doesnt-god-make-his-existence-more-obvious-to-people-6/

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. “  – Psalms 92:12-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-27-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself: your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned, it is through his blood; if you are justified, it is through his righteousness; if you are sanctified, it is because he is made of God unto you sanctification; if you shall be kept from falling, it will be because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and if you are perfected at the last, it will be because you are complete in him. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. J. Warner Wallace: In the Beginning 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube: https://youtu.be/h9bt2SKBSJI
  2. Did the Resurrection Really Happen? | William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/oAxPHWF8aec
  3. Intelligent Design and Evolution – YouTube- Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/EpRPTYVi5nY
  4. Answering the Atheists: Stephen Hawking (Part 1) – YouTube – Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/1tVO0-zYAvE
  5. Why did Jesus say it would be better if Judas had not been born? – YouTube – Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/N37cwWsaXhE

Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ. Luke 4:41

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-20-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

The question whether the fire of hell is a material fire, is of no importance; for if I feel a pang of misery at any moment, it matters nothing whether it is produced by a material or immaterial, by a privative or positive cause. – Archibald Alexander

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. John Lennox – God Of The Gaps? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOr5SM1f0pw
  2. What About God of the Gaps? | CrossExamined.org – If you present the cosmological or design arguments to skeptics at least a few times, it’s extremely likely that you’ll hear the words That’s a God of the gaps argument. This objection is rooted in the idea that because a number of things throughout human history have been wrongly attributed to the supernatural activity of God or gods, we can now safely dismiss God as a cause behind anything else we observe.: https://crossexamined.org/what-about-god-of-the-gaps/
  3. Who Really Commits the GOD OF THE GAPS fallacy? The God-of-the-Gaps fallacy occurs when someone falsely believes that God caused the event when it really was caused by undiscovered natural phenomena. For example, people used to believe that lightning was caused directly by God. There was a gap in our knowledge of nature, so we attributed the effect to God. Darwinists assert that theists are doing the same thing by claiming that God created the universe and life. Are they correct? No, for a number of reasons.: https://crossexamined.org/who-really-commits-the-god-of-the-gaps-fallacy/
  4. Stephen Meyer Debunks the God of the Gaps Objection – YouTube – A vacuous yet often heard objection to intelligent design decries ID as a God of the gaps argument. Here, Stephen Meyer requires less than three minutes to show that the complaint rests on a failure to understand a basic feature of the theory of ID. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGqzCA1mnyM&t=8s
  5. Once Again, Why Intelligent Design Is Not a God-of-the-Gaps Argument | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/01/why_intelligent/
  6. Should we read books that are not part of the Bible? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/v_PFnjCvZrk
  7. EP21: What every Christian should know about Islam w/ Dr. David Wood – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_bCdsaV0vY
  8. Resurrection historian unearths historic platinum! | @Mike Licona – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6wX9ireIsmY
  9. God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life | Way of the Master: Season 2, Ep. 14 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/7faz_22lRaI
  10. The Questions Most Christians Hope Skeptics Won’t Ask – YouTube: https://youtu.be/a7TMfOt4dtk
  11. The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/14/the-importance-of-having-a-narrative-when-confronting-the-assumption-of-naturalism-4/
  12. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist with Frank Turek – YouTube: https://youtu.be/NKp4sLXcOK8
  13. The Top Ten Questions to Ask Skeptical Friends – Cross Examined: https://subspla.sh/fmnc59y
  14. Correcting Carlin’s Caricature of God – YouTube. William Lane Craig: https://youtu.be/57E9JMksQO8
  15. Science Confirms the Bible – YouTube – I’m normally not a huge fan of Ken Ham, but this video is pretty good and I really like the animated sections in there as well: https://youtu.be/CFYswvGoaPU
  16. God of Wonders (2008) | Full Movie | John Whitcomb | Dan Sheedy | Don B. DeYoung – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6NIB_n8Y66o
  17. The God Who Speaks (2018) | Full Movie | Alistair Begg | Darrell Bock | D.A. Carson – YouTube: https://youtu.be/MmJrRx663hg
  18. There Is No Truth (this concept is debunked in this video) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/8FNby3bDmsA
  19. Debunked Videos: https://getdebunked.org/videos
  20. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?: The Classic Collection with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://youtu.be/D1Vg-WvJ8uM
  21. Credo The Story Of Reality – YouTube – Greg Koukl: https://youtu.be/wm4Z8A2Co3A
  22. Lesbian Women’s Studies Professor Comes to Christ: Rosaria Butterfield – The Becket Cook Show Ep. 55 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/dQ_49Qx6KLE
  23. Dr. Frank Turek answers questions from students at The Ohio State University – YouTube: https://youtu.be/SWinRoVDbpU
  24. Are Churches Open to Apologetics? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5qxji30ocww
  25. Why I Think Calvinism Is Unbiblical – YouTube, Pastor Mike Winger. In this talk he focuses on refuting the idea that faith is a work and is meritorious, which he gives examples of Calvinists making claims like this: https://youtu.be/oxakEl8BYBE

The proud and arrogant man–“Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. Proverbs 21:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-13-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

O MERCIFUL GOD, I come to thee in my distress and make lamentable complaint; Teach me how to take reproofs from friends, even though I think I do not deserve them. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The ONE Apologetics Book EVERY CHRISTIAN Should Read in 2022 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDRW0It-7zY
  2. Does the Bible teach that all judging of other people is wrong? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/05/does-the-bible-teach-that-all-judging-of-other-people-is-wrong-4/
  3. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjrTSra0pQ
  4. Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, PhD talks about the Case for Intelligent Design: https://youtu.be/vl802lHAk5Y?t=542
  5. Hugh Ross vs. Jason Lisle – The Age of the Universe – YouTube: https://youtu.be/z045s1rLLIc
  6. The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  7. Doing Apologetics in an Anti-Apologetics Age – YouTube – Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean at African Christian University’s Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia discusses apologetics and its importance in everyday life.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t91z67hvFvw
  8. Christianity in a World of Religions – YouTube – Director of Biola’s Christian Apologetics Program, Craig Hazen, speaks about what makes Christianity unique amongst all the world’s religions and belief systems.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDkFrPrPWj4
  9. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? YouTube – Dr. Daniel Wallace explains the copying of the New Testament books and shows the reliability of the scribal processes. Video from the Sacred Words History of the Bible Conference, February 2122, 2020. Hosted by the Text & Canon Institute.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHP9aNDXDTw
  10. God and Climate Change | Movie (HD) – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/CvaNsnzpUE8
  11. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon – Official Documentary – YouTube: https://youtu.be/4a6R96XhPaA
  12. Puritan Reformation – YouTube – unfortunately, at the very end of this video, there’s a snippet of Kenneth Copeland who I do not endorse at all..: https://youtu.be/Me1Yw_9BfGA
  13. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube – Living Waters: https://youtu.be/AU7mEYNGfIk
  14. Richard Dawkins asks John Lennox “who created God?” INSTANTLY REGRETS IT! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kPVfyNwZams
  15. ARE YOU TOLERANT? Does truth exist & can you know it? Is truth relative? How tolerant are you? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rt8bJyiUAhY
  16. D James Kennedy Sermons Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtJoWLPGZtE
  17. Professor John Lennox | God DOES exist – YouTube: https://youtu.be/otrqzITuSqE
  18. Gunter Bechly Explains What The Fossil Evidence Really Says – YouTube: https://youtu.be/V15sjy7gtVM
  19. AFRAID to Speak Up! J Warner Wallace (Person Of Interest) and Dr. James Tour on Christianity/The Evidence – YouTube: https://youtu.be/bb2K_DDjj-Q
  20. Dr. James Tour (his testimony) from being a Jewish boy in New York to a lover and follower of Jesus – Genius Inventor Discovers His Messiah! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zPjtvFoCR38
  21. The BIGGEST Problem With Todays Preachers! | Way of the Master: Season 2, Ep. 22 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/71aSBINBbqo

Now if we are children, then we are heirs –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-6-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2200) from Nuggets:

If conversion makes no improvements in a man’s outward actions then I think his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary. – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Can You Stand for Truth without Being Offensive?: https://www.str.org/w/can-you-stand-for-truth-without-being-offensive-
  2. Did David rape Bathsheba? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/did-David-rape-Bathsheba.html
  3. Is Homology Evidence for Evolution? | Long Story Short – YouTube – Is homology due to common descent or common design? Is descent with modification overwhelmingly obvious? The standard definition of homology is the similarity of the structure, physiology, or development of different species of organisms based upon their descent from a common evolutionary ancestor- the structural identity of parts in distinct species such as the human hand, the wing of a bird, and the flipper of a seal. But is this really the case? The answer: Homology can’t be used as evidence for evolution because it assumes the very thing it’s trying to prove. In other words, Homology therefore evolution, evolution therefore homology. And when biologists try to fix this by pointing to DNA or other areas it only further undermines the case.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1gDk1wGhQ
  4. How Do We Know the Bible is True? – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/how-do-we-know-the-bible-is-true-2/
  5. Most Americans think cohabitation leads to a stable marriage, but what does the data say? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/01/most-americans-think-cohabitation-leads-to-a-stable-marriage-but-what-does-the-data-say-2/
  6. The Lords Supper is a memorial, not a transubstantiation | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/01/04/the-lords-supper-is-a-memorial-not-a-transubstantiation/
  7. Do people who sing songs about Christianity know whether these things are true? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/01/03/do-people-who-sing-songs-about-christianity-know-whether-these-things-are-true/
  8. Racism countered by biblical creation – creation.com – The issue of race has become extremely contentious in the last few years. Unfortunately, many proposed solutions ignore the real history of humanity, so will just exacerbate the problems. However, the answer is straightforward returning to the Bible’s history starting in Genesis.: https://creation.com/racism-vs-biblical-creation

May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. Psalms 129:5

Blessings to you all