mid-week apologetics booster (1-16-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Materialism, a belief that asserts that all things that exist are made up of matter and energy, is itself not material or energy, but a nonmaterial concept. This means materialism cannot exist within materialism. Thus, materialism is self-defeating and refuted.  – Bodie Hodge

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Chick-Fil-A Articles:
    1. Chick-Fil-A Finally Responds to Salvation Army-FCA Funding Flap, and It May Just Calm Some Tensions | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/january/chick-fil-a-finally-responds-to-salvation-army-fca-funding-flap-and-it-may-just-calm-some-tensions
    2. AFA President Thanks Chick-fil-A’s Cathy: ‘He Did Admit They Made a Mistake’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/january/american-family-association-president-thanks-chick-fil-as-cathy-he-did-admit-that-they-had-made-a-mistake
    3. Chick-fil-A CEO muddies waters on LGBT controversy, now calls Salvation Army outstanding | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chick-fil-a-says-it-inadvertently-discredited-several-outstanding-organizations-by-axing-donations
    4. Chick-fil-A CEO Regrets ‘Inadvertently’ Discrediting Salvation Army: https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/chick-fil-a-ceo-regrets-inadvertently-discrediting-oustanding-groups-like-the-salvation-army/
  2. The Bible Is All Scripture Really God-Breathed? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkLRXMyFot0&feature=youtu.be
  3. The Amazing Unity of Scripture : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1605-amazing-unity-of-scripture-the
  4. William Lane Craig: Christians are idling in intellectual neutral | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/01/11/william-lane-craig-christians-are-idling-in-intellectual-neutral-3/
  5. A Look at the Objection: Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/a-look-at-the-objection-why-jews-dont-believe-in-jesus-3/
  6. What About the Similarity Between Human and Chimp DNA? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/genetics/dna-similarities/what-about-the-similarity-between-human-and-chimp-dna/
  7. Dinosaurs Buried More Rapidly Than Thought | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/dinosaurs-buried-more-rapidly-than-thought/
  8. If Jesus Is God, Why Was It a Secret? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/if-jesus-is-god-why-was-it-a-secret/
  9. Get on the Right Side of History or Die: An Open Challenge to Christian Higher Education – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2019/12/09/get-on-the-right-side-of-history-or-die-an-open-challenge-to-christian-higher-education
  10. Talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Start Here | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/talking-jehovahs-witnesses-start-here#.Xh0dB1NlAzQ
  11. When (and Why) Feminism Is Anti-Feminine | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/when-and-why-feminism-is-anti-feminine#.Xh0eQVNlAzQ
  12. Answering Your Kids’ Tough Faith Questions: My Focus on the Family Interview Airs Today!: http://christianmomthoughts.com/answering-your-kids-tough-faith-questions-my-focus-on-the-family-interview-airs-today/
  13. The Flagellums Hook Connects to the Case for a Creator: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2020/01/08/the-flagellum-s-hook-connects-to-the-case-for-a-creator

On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-9-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to his side, his hands, his feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom he represents.  – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Harvester or Gardener? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/SolidGroundJan2020-harvester-or-gardener
  2. Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-read-Bible.html
  3. Christian and Atheist Fairyology – Randal Rauser: https://randalrauser.com/2020/01/christian-and-atheist-fairyology/
  4. Abortion Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2019: https://decisionmagazine.com/abortion-leading-cause-death-worldwide-2019/
  5. Tips for Presenting the Evidence for Christianity – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ska93jAeGaM&t=114s
  6. Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez lectures on intelligent design and habitability | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/01/05/astronomer-guillermo-gonzalez-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-habitability-6/
  7. Where Does it Say the Messiah Would Rise On the Third Day in the Jewish Scriptures? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/where-does-it-say-the-messiah-would-rise-on-the-third-day-in-the-jewish-scriptures-2/
  8. How to Your Turn Golden Years into Revival Years | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-to-your-turn-golden-years-into-revival-years/
  9. 4 People Influencing Your Kids You’ve Never Heard of | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/11/14/4-people-influencing-your-kids-youve-never-heard-of/
  10. Are You Practicing Jesusanity or Christianity? – Jonathan Morrow: https://www.jonathanmorrow.org/are-you-practicing-jesusanity-or-christianity/
  11. Chinese govt demands Christians use religion to spread Communist Party principles | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-govt-demands-christians-use-religion-to-spread-communist-party-principles
  12. Top three reasons people reject Christianity – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/top-three-reasons-people-reject-christianity.html
  13. Why I bought your coffee (evangelism approach): https://youtu.be/FvL87vkfEPg
  14. What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-the-bible-say-about-purgatory/
  15. What is the naturalistic Darwinian story? Sean describes the worldview in 3 steps (:32 second video): https://twitter.com/Sean_McDowell/status/1214692330583650304?s=09

For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Give me power to live as Thy child in all my actions, and to exercise sonship by conquering self. Preserve me from the intoxication that comes of prosperity; Sober me when I am glad with a joy that comes not from Thee. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. China to Rewrite Quran, Bible to Fit Socialist Values | Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2019/12/27/china-to-rewrite-quran-bible-to-fit-socialist-values/
  2. Gen Z is spiritually illiterate and abandoning church: How did we get here? | Kentucky Today: http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/gen-z-is-spiritually-illiterate-and-abandoning-the-church-how-did-we-get-here,23397
  3. The Use and Abuse of Christian Apologetics | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2019/11/06/the-use-and-abuse-of-christian-apologetics/
  4. The Prophecy of Isaiah was Clearly Fulfilled by Jesus Christ: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-prophecy-of-isaiah-was-clearly-fulfilled-by-jesus-christ/
  5. Stalin’s and Khrushchev’s Anti-Religious Campaigns Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/08/03/stalins-and-khrushchevs-anti-religious-campaigns
  6. Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ Calls Religious Believers ‘Stupid People,’ ‘Idiots’: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/elise-ehrhard/2019/11/03/family-guy-calls-religious-believers-idiots
  7. Stop Calling Neanderthals Not-Quite-Human Creatures! | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/stop-calling-neanderthals-not-quite-human-creatures/
  8. Communicating the truth of creation with grace – creation.com: https://creation.com/truth-grace
  9. The Plague of the Prosperity Gospel – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Page: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2019/12/30/the-plague-of-the-prosperity-gospel/
  10. How to Study Your Bible in 2020: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-study-bible/
  11. What about those who have never heard the Gospel? | CARM.org: http://carm.org/what-about-those-who-have-never-heard-gospel
  12. Quick Shot: There is no such thing as sin: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-there-is-no-such-thing-as-sin/
  13. Sanctifying Our Hearts with Apologetics | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11647/
  14. Humor – An Untapped Christian Apologetic – Christian Worldview: https://christianworldview.net/2018/09/05/humor/
  15. Pro-Trump & No-Trump Christians Can They Be United in 2020? – Shane Idleman: https://shaneidleman.com/2019/12/31/pro-trump-no-trump-christians-can-they-be-united-in-2020/
  16. How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/christians-politics-belief.html
  17. Ben Shapiro interview of Kirk Cameron: https://youtu.be/g62DeqCPOSI

The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes. Proverbs 12:12

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-26-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

I deserve, I expect, I want, are appetizers we use to feed our own selfishness. -The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Apologetics needs a System Upgrade for Emerging Adults – Articles – BioLogos: https://biologos.org/articles/apologetics-need-a-system-upgrade-for-emerging-adults/
  2. Confidence in Christmas: Why the Nativity story is true: https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2019/December-2019/Confidence-in-Christmas-Why-the-Nativity-story-is-true
  3. Lesbian Ads On The Hallmark Channel Are Just The Beginning: https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/19/for-the-lgbt-mob-lesbian-ads-on-the-hallmark-channel-are-just-the-beginning/
  4. Rapid Limestone Deposits Match Flood Account | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/limestone-deposits-match-flood-account
  5. Dawkins’s Doubts – There are no atheists. But wait, you say, don’t people like Richard Dawkins and many of his followers claim they are atheists? Don’t we call the new breed of activist atheists The New Atheists? Aren’t atheists people who don’t believe in God? Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/dawkins-doubts/
  6. When God Created Space, Where Did He Put It? (You’ll Be Surprised How Practical That Question Can Be) | Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2019/11/god-created-space-where-put-it/
  7. A Christmas Meditation on Christ as ‘The Prophet’: https://townhall.com/columnists/jerrynewcombe/2019/12/22/a-christmas-meditation-on-christ-as-the-prophet-n2558241
  8. Three Simple Strategies to Help You Become A Better Christian Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-simple-strategies-to-help-you-become-a-better-christian-case-maker/
  9. The Jesus Evidence that Turns Atheists into Followers of Christ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/december/you-may-believe-in-the-baby-jesus-but-how-about-god-the-father-son-and-holy-spirit
  10. The Reason for the Season – At Christmas, people all over the world pause to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This celebration has occurred despite difficulties or circumstances facing us throughout history. Many of Americas presidents have reminded us at Christmastime that Jesus birth has continued to impact the world. – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/the-reason-for-the-season/
  11. Ready to Give an Answer | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/ready-to-give-an-answer/
  12. Engineered Adaptability: The Need for Biblical Clarity | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/need-for-biblical-clarity
  13. Billy Graham – Christmas Message 1953 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/VAjqktkJQZk?t=154

Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-19-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

If you invite Jesus into your home, one day He will welcome you into His. – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What about climate change? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2019/12/16/what-about-climate-change/
  2. Five Steps For Getting Unstuck With Difficult Bible Passages: https://www.theolatte.com/2019/10/five-steps-for-getting-unstuck-with-difficult-bible-passages/
  3. Christians, Don’t Read the Bible for the Year 2020 | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/christians-dont-read-the-bible-for-the-year-2020
  4. Biblical Faith: Trusting What Can’t Be Seen on the Basis of What Can: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/biblical-faith-trusting-what-cant-be-seen-on-the-basis-of-what-can/
  5. Christians are dumping Netflix over blasphemous gay Jesus comedy | LifeSite: https://www.lifesitenews.com/mobile/news/christians-are-dumping-netflix-over-blasphemous-gay-jesus-comedy
  6. What Caused Space time and Matter?: https://youtu.be/NFzokmX6who
  7. Why did evangelicals vote for Trump? Frank Turek references a rolling stone article: https://subspla.sh/ynwkwwt
  8. Naturalism of the Gaps Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/12/17/naturalism-of-the-gaps/
  9. What Is the Best Argument for the Existence of God? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-god-real/what-is-the-best-argument-for-the-existence-of-god/

The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. Psalms 89:5-7

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn. I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn. I came to Him longing for something I did not have. I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade. I came to Him as a stranger. I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships. I came to Him unsure about the future. I remain with Him certain about my destiny. I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities. I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Bart Ehrman’s Blunders in His Debate with Mike Licona Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/10/26/bart-ehrmans-blunders-in-his-debate-with-mike-licona/
  2. Imposter Syndrome, Evangelism, and Apologetics | Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2019/10/imposter-syndrome-evangelism-and-apologetics/
  3. Many, Many Misconceptions -I recently came across a post on Facebook entitled 28 Christian Errors that Don’t Appear Anywhere in the Holy Bible. | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/theology/many-many-misconceptions/
  4. But Jesus never said, I am God. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/but-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-4/
  5. A Reasonable Faith in Science?: http://www.jaymedenwaldt.com/2019/09/a-reasonable-faith-in-science.html
  6. What Does Hell Say About God? The Truth Many Cannot Bear to Hear | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-hell-say-about-god
  7. Are the Synoptics in Conflict with John on Jesus Crucifixion Timing? No! Sorry Bart Ehrman Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/10/27/are-the-synoptics-in-conflict-with-john-on-jesus-crucifixion-timing-no-sorry-bart-ehrman/

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Luke 4:38-40

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

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

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

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

– Bible Mesh

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

According to geneticist Michael Denton, even the smallest bacterial cell, which weighs less than a trillionth of a gram, is a veritable microminiaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of 100 thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world. – Is God Just a Human Invention and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Three Reasons Every Christian Should Attend A Christian Apologetics Conference Once A Year – SES: https://ses.edu/three-reasons-every-christian-should-attend-a-christian-apologetics-conference-once-a-year-2/
  2. Does Suffering Disprove the Existence of a Good God? – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2019/10/does-suffering-disprove-the-existence-of-a-good-god/
  3. Divine Guidance or a Bad Burrito: Rules of Decision Making – SES: https://ses.edu/divine-guidance-or-a-bad-burrito-rules-of-decision-making/
  4. Is Jesus God? – Good News Christian News: https://www.goodnewsfl.org/is-jesus-god/
  5. On Chick-Fil-A’s Donation Stance – Deeper Waters: https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/?p=12062
  6. American Minute With Bill Federer: Jefferson’s words are a forceful and explicit warning that to remove God from this country will destroy it: https://www.fggam.org/2019/11/american-minute-with-bill-federer-jeffersons-words-are-a-forceful-and-explicit-warning-that-to-remove-god-from-this-country-will-destroy-it/
  7. Intellectual Neutral – A challenge to Christians to intellectual engagement | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/apologetics/in-intellectual-neutral/
  8. Rich Sam and the Trouble with (the definition of) Faith – Tactical Faith: https://www.tacticalfaith.com/rich-sam-and-the-trouble-with-faith/
  9. Take Your Students To ReThink! – http://tentmakingchristianity.com/take-your-students-to-rethink/
  10. There’s No Good Reason to Deny the Early Dating of the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/theres-no-good-reason-to-deny-the-early-dating-of-the-gospels/
  11. Can we engineer consciousness into a robot? | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/can-we-engineer-consciousness-into-a-robot/
  12. Opinion: Sharing the Gospel is Only as Hard as You Want It to Be – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/opinion-sharing-the-gospel-is-only-as-hard-as-you-want-it-to-be/

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-14-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

You cannot have God’s favor on your terms, you can only have God’s favor on his terms! – James MacDonald

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Dangerous Hart of Universalism: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/11/06/the-dangerous-hart-of-universalism/
  2. Why Did Paul Quote Pagan Philosophers?: http://rajkumarrichard.blogspot.com/2019/10/why-did-paul-quote-pagan-philosophers.html
  3. Slave Master – How Pornography & Drugs Changes Your Brain – by Donald L. Hilton, Jr. – Salvo Magazine: https://salvomag.com/article/salvo13/slave-master
  4. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO SIN? : https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/blog/how-should-we-respond-to-sin
  5. India’s Social Media Content Removal Order Is a Nail in the Coffin of the Internet As We Know it | Mind Matters: https://mindmatters.ai/2019/11/indias-social-media-content-removal-order-is-a-nail-in-the-coffin-of-the-internet-as-we-know-it/
  6. Atheism and critical thinking – Conservapedia: https://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_critical_thinking
  7. No Matter How Painful the Situation, Ending a Disabled Child’s Life Through Abortion Is Never Right – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries: https://www.epm.org/blog/2019/Nov/1/disabled-child-abortion
  8. Do The Moral Failings Of Christians Prove Christianity Is False? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/do-the-moral-failings-of-christians-prove-that-christianity-is-false/
  9. Is Religion on the Decline in America? | Proslogion: https://blog.drwile.com/is-religion-on-the-decline-in-america/
  10. Shoving Fossils Onto Darwin’s Timeline | CEH: https://crev.info/2019/11/shoving-fossils-onto-darwins-timeline/
  11. How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions? by R.C. Sproul Jr.: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/how-much-weight-should-our-opposition-abortion-carry-our-voting-decisions/
  12. Christians should vote: http://www.bpnews.net/47846/nov-8–christians-should-vote
  13. 15M Christians Aren’t Registered to Vote: Churches Across US Participating in ‘Voter Registration Sunday’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/september/15m-christians-arent-registered-to-vote-churches-across-us-participating-in-voter-registration-sunday
  14. School Passes Out Flyer To Seven-Year-Olds Discussing Implants, Pills, Condoms And More | The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/school-passes-out-flyer-to-seven-year-olds-discussing-implants-pills-condoms-and-more
  15. Brad Pitt no longer an Atheist – Delighted With Kanye!  https://www.livingwaters.com/brad-pitt-no-longer-atheist-delighted-with-kanye/
  16. Mike Licona and Richard Howe discuss what it means to say the Bible is inerrant. This dialogue/debate occurred at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, NC on October 11th, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLwnjx6-5dc

The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. Revelation 17:8

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library, whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different languages. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend but only dimly suspects.  That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. – Albert Einstein

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 7 Apologetics Podcasts Worth Giving a Listen Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2019/04/12/7-apologetics-podcasts-worth-giving-a-listen/
  2. How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions on Homosexuality? – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2018/05/15/how-does-christianity-differ-from-other-religions-on-homosexuality/
  3. Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ Calls Religious Believers ‘Stupid People,’ ‘Idiots’: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/elise-ehrhard/2019/11/03/family-guy-calls-religious-believers-idiots
  4. Why Bother Voting? Billy Graham’s Answer: https://billygraham.org/answer/im-sick-of-politicians-and-political-campaigns-and-ive-decided-im-not-going-to-vote-this-year/
  5. A Case for Biblical Inerrancy Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.com/2019/10/05/a-case-for-biblical-inerrancy/
  6. Is Jesus God?: https://www.exploregod.com/is-jesus-god
  7. Is Belief in God Mere Wish Fulfillment? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/is-belief-in-god-mere-wish-fulfillment
  8. Twelve Points that Prove Christianity is True: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2016/12/twelve-points-that-prove-christianity.html?m=1
  9. Did Jesus Identify Himself as God? – Lighthouse Trails Inc: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=19180
  10. How to Be a Successful Christian Blogger Theology in Motion: https://theologyinmotion.com/2018/07/30/how-to-be-a-successful-christian-blogger/
  11. No, it’s not wrong to argue for Gods existence.: https://crossexamined.org/no-its-not-wrong-to-argue-for-gods-existence/
  12. Is it Wrong for Christian Men Today to Have Long Hair? | John Ankerberg Show: https://www.jashow.org/articles/is-it-wrong-for-christian-men-today-to-have-long-hair/
  13. I stopped being a Christian; then God brought me back – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/i-stopped-being-a-christian-then-god-brought-me-back.html
  14. Self-Defeating Statements People (Unwittingly) Use Every day! https://adamlickey.com/2012/09/13/self-defeating-statements-people-unwittingly-use-everyday/

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-31-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

After studying the historical origins of the Christian faith, I came to these conclusions: that Jesus died on the cross is as certain as anything historical can be; that he rose from the dead is by far the best explanation of the events surrounding his death; and that Jesus claimed to be God is the best explanation for the immediate Christian proclamation of Jesus deity. Putting it all together: Jesus claimed to be God, and he proved it by rising from the dead. The case for Christianity is powerful. Despite my ardent desire to believe in Islam, I had to admit that history was in favor of Christian claims, and even more reluctantly, that it challenged Islamic teachings. – Nabeel Qureshi (former devout Muslim)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/tree-knowledge-good-evil.html
  2. Why does God allow evil? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-allow-evil.html
  3. Darwin’s Abominable Mystery and the Genesis Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/abominable-mystery-and-the-flood
  4. Catching Some Z’s – How Can the Church Reach the Most Connected and Distracted Generation Ever? | Facts & Trends: https://factsandtrends.net/2017/09/29/genz-single-page/
  5. If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/if-you-want-your-kids-own-their-faith-teach-them-think-critically-about-their-faith
  6. Reasonableness in an Age of Outrage: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/reasonableness-age-outrage/
  7. Non-Canonical Texts | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/category/writings/non-canonical-texts/
  8. Kanye West: From I Am a God to Jesus Is King: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/kanye-west-god-jesus-king/
  9. Denisovan DNA Shown to Be Human…Again | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/denisovan-dna-shown-human
  10. The importance of studying the Bible when practicing Apologetics – Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-studying-the-bible-when-practicing-apologetics/
  11. The power of Paul’s testimony: How investigating Paul’s conversion turned a skeptic into a Christian apologist Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/paul-liar-lunatic-dupe-or-genuine-eyewitness-of-the-resurrected-jesus/
  12. Tolerance on LGBTQ+ Issues BEARDED DISCIPLE: https://beardeddisciple.com/2019/10/22/tolerance-on-lgbtq-issues/
  13. Settling In as Christians to the New Normal of a Post-Christian Society Christianity 201: https://christianity201.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/settling-in-as-christians-to-the-new-normal-of-a-post-christian-society/amp/
  14. Is it a Problem That the Bible Does Not Give Arguments to Refute Modern-Day Atheism? – The Daily Apologist: https://thedailyapologist.com/is-it-a-problem-that-the-bible-does-not-give-arguments-to-refute-modern-day-atheism/
  15. Origin of Life Conundrums Require A Divine Designer | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/origin-of-life-conundrums-require-a-divine-designer/
  16. Here Are 5 Tips for Conversations in Our Tense Cultural Moment – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/here-are-5-tips-for-conversations-in-our-tense-cultural-moment/
  17. Is Polygamy Condoned In The Old Testament? –: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/is-polygamy-condoned-in-the-old-testament/
  18. Is God Real? The Bacterial Flagellum and the Divine Design Inference | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-god-real-the-bacterial-flagellum-and-the-divine-design-inference/
  19. 2020 3RD Annual WIA (Women in Apologetics) Conference | Women in Apologetics: https://www.womeninapologetics.com/2020-3rd-annual-wia-conference/
  20. Ten Reasons We Fail to Share Our Faith (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/ten-reasons-we-fail-to-share-our-faith-free-bible-insert/
  21. Will Your Kids Faith Survive YouTube? – Jonathan Morrow: https://www.jonathanmorrow.org/29-will-your-kids-faith-survive-youtube/
  22. Once Again: Who Designed the Designer? | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/09/once-again-who-designed-the-designer/

A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away. Proverbs 13:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-24-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

One cannot call Jesus Lord…and then impose limits on His Lordship. – T.S. Sinclair

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do I Explain to My Kids Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween? – Halloween: https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/halloween/why-we-dont-celebrate-halloween.html
  2. Who Was Jesus? God? Man? Or Both?: https://crossexamined.org/who-was-jesus-god-man-or-both/
  3. Peppered Moths . . . Evidence for Evolution? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/peppered-moths/
  4. The Importance of Prayer in Apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-prayer-in-apologetics/
  5. Why Were Moses And Elijah On The Mount Of Transfiguration?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-were-moses-and-elijah-on-the-mount-of-transfiguration/
  6. Was the New Testament Canon Assembled Hundreds of Years After Jesus? RESPOND: https://respondblogs.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/was-the-new-testament-canon-assembled-hundreds-of-years-after-jesus/
  7. Attorney General William Barr speech on religious liberty: https://youtu.be/IM87WMsrCWM
  8. How to Share the Gospel Using 5 Questions The Think Institute: https://thethink.institute/articles/how-to-share-the-gospel-using-5-questions
  9. Lee Strobel: Is Your Church Safe for People Who Are Questioning?: https://churchleaders.com/podcast/364549-lee-strobel-is-your-church-safe-people-questioning.html
  10. Several Reasons Why I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/09/14/several-reasons-why-i-dont-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist/
  11. What Does It Mean to Believe in God? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/what-does-it-mean-believe-god
  12. Dr. Michael G Strauss: Challenge to Christianity: The Problem of Evil: https://www.michaelgstrauss.com/2019/09/challenge-to-christianity-problem-of.html
  13. 5 Tips for Engaging in Online Debate – Articles – BioLogos: https://biologos.org/articles/5-tips-for-engaging-in-online-debate
  14. Kirk Cameron Creates TV New Series Featuring Faith-Based Conversations with Celebrity Friends – Will Maule: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/will-maule/kirk-cameron-creates-new-tv-show-featuring-faith-based-conversations-with-celebrity-friends.html
  15. Atheism in America, and What One Atheistic Boston Law Professor Wishes People Understood About It | The Stream: https://stream.org/atheism-boston-law-professor-wishes-people-understood/

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-17-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel, for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith. Show me what sins hid thee from me and eclipse thy love; Help me to humble myself for past evils, to be resolved to walk with more care, for if I do not walk holily before thee, how can I be assured of my salvation? It is the meek and humble who are shown thy covenant, know thy will, are pardoned and healed, who by faith depend and rest upon grace, who are sanctified and quickened, who evidence thy love.

– The Valley of Vision (The Divine Will)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Does the Bible Answer Man’s Son Believe That He ‘Has Left the Christian Faith’?: https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-answer-mans-son-believe-that-he-has-left-the-christian-faith/
  2. The 4 A’s of the Use of Scripture | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/the-4-as-of-the-use-of-scripture/
  3. Eight Lessons on Being an A-Paul-ogist | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/eight-lessons-being-paul-ogist#.XaIGq1NlAzQ
  4. Do ‘Useless’ Organs Prove Humans Evolved? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-useless-organs-prove-humans-evolved
  5. Why should one believe in the validity of the Bible?: https://www.godcontention.org/christian/why-should-one-believe-in-the-validity-of-the-bible
  6. Plant Communication: How Plants Learned to Talk | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/biology/plants/how-did-plants-learn-to-communicate/
  7. Why the New Definition of Tolerance Is Dangerous | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/node/38513#.XaTSh1NlAzQ
  8. How Do I Manage My Staff with Humble Confidence?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/manage-staff-humble-confidence/
  9. Quick Shot: Believing in God is the same as believing in the Flying Spaghetti Monster’: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-believing-in-god-is-the-same-as-believing-in-the-flying-spaghetti-monster/
  10. 7 Theories of the Atonement Summarized – Stephen D Morrison: http://www.sdmorrison.org/7-theories-of-the-atonement-summarized/
  11. How Chinese Christians Worship in the Face of Persecution: https://bitterwinter.org/how-chinese-christians-worship-in-the-face-of-persecution/
  12. Is your church driving away guests? – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voice/is-your-church-driving-away-guests.html

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-31

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

“You clearly have a problem then.”

 

– John Lennox

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Men’s Bible Study Teaching on Psalm 35 and 36

Psalm 35

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

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

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

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies – A Psalm of David

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are 2 articles to look at regarding imprecatory Psalms:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Final questions or comments?

Sources:

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-15-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

This Week’s Conversations

Wednesday July 24th

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-18-2019)

Good morning friends,

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

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

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Follow-up conversation with a Hindu friend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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