mid-week apologetics booster (10-21-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The main responsibility that parents have is to teach their children. It’s not the church; it’s not the school, it’s the parents. If you have a child at home, you are still as a parent, the most influential human being in that person’s life, even if you don’t think so. – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Puzzling over evolution of language – From an evolutionary perspective, our speech and language development remains one of the longest-standing puzzles of science.1 Fossils are no help, as language and linguistic signals do not fossilize. So, working on the presumption that certain creatures are evolutionarily closer-related to us than others, evolutionists have long hunted for clues of language evolution in our closest relatives, the great apes.: https://creation.com/puzzling-evolution-language
  2. Answering Sixteen Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/10/14/answering-sixteen-objections-to-the-resurrection-of-jesus-2/
  3. Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/atheism-is-inconsistent-with-the-scientific-method-prizewinning-physicist-says
  4. The Case for the Eyewitness Status of the Gospel Authors | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-case-for-the-eyewitness-status-of-the-gospel-authors/
  5. Person of Interest J Warner Wallace Reasoned Cases For Christ: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2021/10/19/person-of-interest-j-warner-wallace/
  6. 15 Christian Apologetic Books You Should Read: https://justdisciple.com/apologetic-book/
  7. Horrifying New Sex Ed Standards Mean You Need to Get Your Kids Out of Public School Now: https://www.westernjournal.com/horrifying-new-sex-ed-standards-mean-need-get-kids-public-school-now/

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Revelation 10:8-11

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

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

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

1 Chronicles 29:17a

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

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

Luke 9:23

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

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

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

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

Psalms 119:11

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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

This passage tells me that I am not my own. I can’t just do whatever I want with my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. He is living in me and sees everything I do. Which leads me to the next verse:

Hebrews 4:13

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

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

Ecclesiastes 12:14

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

Romans 14:12

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 22:22

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

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

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

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

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

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

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

Job 31:1

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

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

Job 31:9-11

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

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

Daniel 1:8-9

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

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

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

Psalms 101:3

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

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

Romans 12:2

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

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

Romans 13:14

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

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

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

Ephesians 6:12

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

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

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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

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

Luke 23:40

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

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

Proverbs 9:10

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

And:

Isaiah 8:13

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

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

Luke 12:4-5

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

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

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

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

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

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

Isaiah 59:1-2

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

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

2 Chronicles 7:14

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

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

Acts 17:30

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

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

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

2 Timothy 2:26

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

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

Colossians 2:8

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

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

Proverbs 4:26

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

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

Proverbs 27:12

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

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

Philippians 4:8

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

And:

Colossians 3:2

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

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

2 Timothy 2:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 10:26-27

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

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

2 Corinthians 13:5a

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

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

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

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

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

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

1 Corinthians 9:27

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

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

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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

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

1 Peter 5:8

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 5:3-6

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

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

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

Romans 6:12-14

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

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

Luke 16:13

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

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

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

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

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

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

Here’s a good one from Proverbs

Proverbs 14:2

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

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

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

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

1 John 2:15-17

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

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

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

1 Peter 1:14

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

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

1 Peter 4:1-5

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

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

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

1 Kings 18:21

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

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

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

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

Matthew 22:36-40

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

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

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

Romans 1:25

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

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

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

Matthew 4:10

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

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

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3:3

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

Appendix

Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

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

Psalms 141:4

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

Psalms 86:11

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

Psalms 119:37

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

Psalms 23:3

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

Psalms 19:14

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

Titus 1:15-16

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

2 Timothy 1:7

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

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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

Galatians 5:19-21

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

Revelation 21:8

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

Titus 3:3-7

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

John 8:31-32

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

Acts 3:19

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

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

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

Hebrews 4:15-16

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

1 Peter 2:24

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

Philippians 2:3-4

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

Hebrews 2:18

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

Hebrews 12:14

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

mid-week apologetics booster (10-14-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2100) from Nuggets:

It is a mistake to ask, “what caused God?” Because, by definition, God is uncaused. God could not be “caused”, and still be God. Asking what caused God is essentially a nonsense question, namely “what caused the uncaused Creator of the universe?” – Evidence That Demands a Verdict

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Wintery Knight interviewed for the Apologetics 315 podcast | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/10/07/wintery-knight-interviewed-for-the-apologetics-315-podcast-2/
  2. For I Know the Plans I Have For You – Meaning of Jeremiah 29:11 and Context: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/the-beautiful-context-of-jeremiah-29-11-for-i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you.html
  3. How Should We Respond to People Who Resist the Gospel? – YouTube – What can we do when we encounter people who seem immovably resistant to the message of the Gospel? What approach can we take with people who initially resist our efforts to share the truth? J. Warner Wallace answers these questions in a Q and A with Craig Etheredge at First Colleyville Church in Colleyville, Texas.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_j2dXPk0IQ
  4. Why Every Spiritual Seeker Should Start with Jesus – YouTube – Is there something unique about Jesus when compared to other alleged gods? Why do so many other world religions acknowledge Jesus in some way? Should people who are interested in the existence of God start with an investigation of Jesus? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcOaM5huv8
  5. Why Rely on Religion in an Age of Science and Knowledge? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-rely-on-religion-in-an-age-of-science-and-knowledge/
  6. Reaching Gen Z – Brett Kunkle, Founder & President of MAVEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH1vuWgzDb4
  7. The Historical Adam Part 1: an Introduction – Analyzing William Lane Craig on Genesis | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/apologetics/the-historical-adam-part-1-an-introduction/
  8. The Historical Adam by William Lane Craig | First Things: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2021/10/the-historical-adam
  9. What Can Parents Do to Ensure Their Children Continue in the Faith? (#STR Ask Podcast – Greg Koukl and Amy Hall): https://subspla.sh/3g4bgn2
  10. Atheism: Why I converted to Christianity – YouTube – Robert Melnichuk interviews J. Warner Wallace. A former homicide detective and author of Cold Case Christianity.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtVP7N8mAQw
  11. If The Bible Is The Source Of Morality Why So Many Different Views Are held By Christians? – YouTube – at a Q&A, a person asks a great question about the moral doctrines found in the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S255oUyqXSE
  12. Memory and the Gospels – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter – Critical scholars usually date Mark roughly forty years after Jesus’s public ministry. But some of the more skeptical scholars write as if very little would be remembered about Jesus after forty years.: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/memory-and-the-gospels
  13. How radiometric dating works – Media Center – creation.com – A layman’s explanation on how radiometric dating works, and where potential inaccuracies originate. Watch the full episode at: https://creation.com/cml7-15: https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-radiometric-dating-works
  14. New Smart Doorbell Will Argue With Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS Missionaries For You | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/new-smart-doorbell-will-argue-with-jehovahs-witnesses-for-you

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief !” Mark 9:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-7-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel, but thy cross has brought me near, has softened my heart, has made me thy Fathers child, has admitted me to thy family, has made me joint-heir with thyself. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What If We Lost Every Copy of the New Testament? An Invitation to Consider the Evidence… | Tim Challies: https://www.challies.com/sponsored/what-if-we-lost-every-copy-of-the-new-testament-an-invitation-to-consider-the-evidence/
  2. Do We See Complex Design in Mosquito Eggs? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/do-we-see-complex-design-in-mosquito-eggs/
  3. I went on a date with a Christian woman who couldn’t defend the pro-life view | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/30/i-went-on-a-date-with-a-christian-woman-who-couldnt-defend-the-pro-life-view/
  4. Trans patient claims discrimination after hospital requires pregnancy test before surgery: https://www.christianpost.com/news/patient-claims-discrimination-over-hospital-pregnancy-test-policy.html
  5. Insect Wings Validate Engineering Models | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/10/studies-on-insect-wings-validate-engineering-models-for-adaptation/
  6. Ancient Shopping Lists Confirm Gods Word | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/ancient-shopping-lists-confirm-gods-word/?utm_source=twitter-aig&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=twitter-aig
  7. What does it mean that it is appointed unto men once to die (Hebrews 9:27)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/appointed-unto-men-once-to-die.html
  8. 9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way) | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/9-wrong-ways-to-read-the-bible-and-one-better-way/

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psalms 31:14-15

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-30-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Rejoice then, believer, in this: thou art accepted “in the beloved.” Thou lookest within, and thou sayest, “There is nothing acceptable here!” But look at Christ, and see if there is not everything acceptable there. Thy sins trouble thee; but God has cast thy sins behind his back, and thou art accepted in the Righteous One. Thou hast to fight with corruption, and to wrestle with temptation, but thou art already accepted in him who has overcome the powers of evil. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Facing COVID-19 Without Fear | Grace Community Church – A statement from John MacArthur and the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/2254
  2. The Apostolic Fathers and the Deity of Christ | carm.org: https://carm.org/doctrine-and-theology/the-apostolic-fathers-and-the-deity-of-christ/
  3. Why Do We Call It Evil in the First Place? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-do-we-call-it-evil-in-the-first-place-2/
  4. 240K students switch to charter schools during pandemic: study: https://www.christianpost.com/news/240k-students-switch-to-charter-schools-during-pandemic-study.html
  5. Did Jesus claim to be God? Seeing Jesus’ divine self-identity in the gospels: https://carm.org/islam/did-jesus-actually-say-he-is-god/
  6. Evidence for Jesus from Non-canonical Gospels – by Chris Reese – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/evidence-for-jesus-from-noncanonical
  7. Heroes and villains | George’s Journal. Graham Staines was an Australian Christian missionary in India. In 1999 he and his two sons were burnt to death by Hindu fundamentalists alleging forced conversions. A mob of about 50 people, armed with axes and other implements, attacked a jeep while Staines and his sons were asleep inside, and set it alight, trapping them inside and burning them to death. A few days later, Grahams wife, Gladys, made a public statement forgiving the killers.: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/27/heroes-and-villains/
  8. Saturn’s Moons Continue to Challenge Secular Theorists | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/saturns-moons-continue-to-challenge/
  9. The KJV, modern Bibles, and what to do when words change in meaning: https://carm.org/king-james-onlyism/the-king-james-version-and-the-changing-use-of-words/
  10. An Afghan Christian on Suffering – Suffering sanctifies the church and separates the true believers from the false. Facing suffering, people with wrong intentions and motives will often run away. In the emerging Afghan church when persecution and hardship came, many thieves, spies, and liars left. Under persecution and hardship, some people stopped coming to the church.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/afghan-christian-suffering/

When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? Job 21:6-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Grant that I may always weep to the praise of mercy found, and tell to others as long as I live, that thou art a sin-pardoning God, taking up the blasphemer and the ungodly, and washing them from their deepest stain. – Valley of Vision  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/18/stephen-c-meyer-lectures-on-intelligent-design-and-the-origin-of-life-10/
  2. Who wrote the Gospels and when?  Justin Brierley (Unbelievable) moderates a sit-down debate/conversation between Bart Ehrman vs Peter J Williams – YouTube – you can also watch the full debate at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuZPPGvF_2I  it is ~ 1½ hours long, but this clip is 6 minutes long and gives you an idea of what the full debate has in store for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzU6EvEpc5g
  3. Were The Gospels Written By The Disciples Originally In Greek? – YouTube – The questioner can’t name the scholars and just started looking at the topic in question but he’s absolutely sure that the evidence falsifies what Frank is saying… : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOvl0SYh6Tw
  4. If God Knows Everything, How Did Moses Change God’s Mind? – YouTube – A student struggling with his beliefs questions why in the Bible, God appears to have an emotional reaction such as anger for the bad things he already knew people were going to do since He’s all-knowing? A student struggling with his beliefs questions why in the Bible, God appears to have an emotional reaction such as anger for the bad things he already knew people were going to do since He’s all-knowing?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601ibFVlo08
  5. The Ontological Argument – YouTube – Animated video by Dr. Craig’s organization Reasonable Faith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBmAKCvWl74
  6. Was JESUS’ TOMB EMPTY? – YouTube. Mike Licona provides 3 primary evidences that Jesus’s tomb was empty: (1) The Jerusalem Factor; (2) the empty tomb is indirectly attested to by Jesus’s enemies; (3) the primary witnesses of the empty tomb are women, which is an unlikely invention given their status in the first century Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxdvbswIy78
  7. Dr. Walter Bradley lectures on scientific evidence the creation and design of the universe | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/20/dr-walter-bradley-lectures-on-scientific-evidence-the-creation-and-design-of-the-universe-3/
  8. The Importance Of The Bible – Dr. David Jeremiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJnk28-T1w
  9. Why did Lot offer up his daughters to be gang raped? Why did God allow Lots daughters to later have sex with their father? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Lots-daughters.html

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Luke 18:18-23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-16-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. – Brennan Manning

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The gospel in one Bible verse | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/09/the-gospel-in-one-bible-verse/
  2. What does the Bible say about Christians getting vaccinations? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/09/11/what-does-the-bible-say-about-christians-getting-vaccinations/
  3. Who are the “Disciples of Christ”, and what do they believe? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Disciples-of-Christ.html
  4. Harder and Harder to Dismiss ID | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/09/the-federalist-on-stephen-meyers-latest-harder-and-harder-to-dismiss-intelligent-design/
  5. Science Can No Longer Ignore These 3 Discoveries That Point To God: https://thefederalist.com/2021/09/02/return-of-the-god-hypothesis-explains-why-science-can-no-longer-ignore-intelligent-design/
  6. 2021 Apologetics Awareness Top Books (69 books): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/166979.2021_Apologetics_Awareness_Top_Books
  7. Jewish Feasts and Festivals Chart Listing | carm.org: https://carm.org/christianity/jewish-feasts-and-festivals/
  8. How to Christian-Celebrity Proof Your Kids – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/how-to-christian-celebrity-proof-your-kids/
  9. Archaeological Evidences Supporting the Resurrection: https://crossexamined.org/resurrection-defense-series-archaeological-evidences-supporting-the-resurrection/
  10. Why Christians Need to Stop Treating Their Faith Like A Matter of Opinion (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/why-christians-need-to-stop-treating-their-faith-like-a-matter-of-opinion-video/
  11. Am I a Christian Simply Because I Was Raised in a Christian Culture? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/am-i-a-christian-simply-because-i-was-raised-in-a-christian-culture/
  12. How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-be-a-one-dollar-apologist-in-the-second-half-of-life/
  13. The More Science, the More Reasonable the Pro-Life Position | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-more-science-the-more-reasonable-the-pro-life-position/

You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. Psalms 69:19-20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-9-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Unselfish people are a Perpetual Delight! They make amazing friends. – The Love Dare

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Antibiotic resistance and bacterial evolution, what’s the real story?: https://youtu.be/jlmgFFBBopM
  2. The New Covenant by Keith Mathison: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/new-covenant
  3. What is the New Covenant? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html
  4. What was the Old Covenant? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/old-covenant.html
  5. Old covenant vs new covenant-what are the differences? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/old-covenant-vs-new-covenant.html
  6. What was the Old Testament way of salvation? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Old-Testament-salvation.html
  7. Does the Bible Limit Gender to Just Male and Female?: https://www.str.org/w/does-the-bible-limit-gender-to-just-male-and-female-
  8. How should parents respond to teachers pressuring children to transition? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/04/how-should-parents-respond-to-teachers-pressuring-children-to-transition-3/
  9. President Joe Biden says he doesn’t believe life begins at conception, contradicting past statements: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248878/president-joe-biden-says-he-doesnt-believe-life-begins-at-conception-contradicting-past-statements
  10. Game development company fires CEO for being pro-life | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/09/07/game-development-company-fires-ceo-for-being-pro-life/
  11. 4 Ways To Help Your Kids Fight Assimilation Into Cultural Leftism: https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/13/4-ways-to-help-your-kids-fight-assimilation-into-cultural-leftism/

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:40-46

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

What is the “fear of God”? Fear is the attitude of heart that seeks a right relationship to the fear source… If I fear the future, I save and prepare. If I fear the dentist, I brush and floss. If I fear God, I submit! – James MacDonald

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New study: nearly half of millennials reject monogamy | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/08/28/new-study-nearly-half-of-millenials-reject-monogamy-3/
  2. Information Enigma: Where does information come from? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA-FcnLsF1g
  3. Be Grateful for the Intelligent Design of Your Eyes – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kboUBQnMP8w
  4. The Forbidden Chapter: Isaiah 53 in the Hebrew Bible – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGz9BVJ_k6s
  5. Water, Ultimate Giver of Life, Points to Intelligent Design – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2i0g1sL-X4
  6. Errors in the Bible? Frank Turek Q&A – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB18or8bJ10
  7. How Do We Understand and Reach Gen Zers? A Conversation with Jonathan Morrow – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xHX6Rz_oe8
  8. Reasons to Believe — Craig Evans — Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence — Aug 11, 2019 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpedNxgtJRU
  9. Behe & Meyer Destroy Challenge to Flagellum Motor – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uJ6y5Y29g
  10. Author Douglas Axe presents his book “Undeniable” – A remarkable thing about evolutionary theory is the way it demands that we deny our intuition at almost every step. Evolutionists then assure us that the science is all figured out, so we needn’t trouble our silly heads about the relevant biology. In his new book, Douglas Axe of Biologic Institute turns this standard assurance on its head. In Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed (HarperOne 2016), Dr. Axe restores the place of intuition alongside intellect in considering the question of life’s origins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC9Hx3WpsCk
  11. The Kalam Cosmological Argument – Part 2: Philosophical – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vybNvc6mxMo
  12. What is the Most Common Objection to Christianity? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oCSTZOUWKg

Revive us, and we will call on your name. Psalms 80:18b

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-26-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So says Carl Sagan. And I would add evidence that can be observed and repeated in experiments. Claims by Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian evolutionists are extraordinary claims; claims that organisms and systems that are so vastly complex – much more complex than anything man has ever been able to design and build – could arise via random means (e.g. via natural selection acting on random information gaining mutations).

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Got into Apologetics (And How You Can Too!) – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/how-i-got-into-apologetics-and-how-you-can-too/
  2. What is a human being? | WORLD – Matthew Connally: https://wng.org/roundups/what-is-a-human-being-1618613523
  3. Who is the Author of scientific truth? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/who-is-the-author-of-scientific-truth-1624108585
  4. What is infinity? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/materialism-101-what-is-infinity-1628946910
  5. Faster than Light? – Did the V838 Monocerotis explode faster than light? creation.com: https://creation.com/faster-than-light
  6. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  7. Do Killer Whales Destroy Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution? A Biologist Answers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=591IqiNMd1k
  8. Progressive & Conservative Christianity: Different Faiths? A Discussion between Dr. Sean McDowell & Dr. George Yancey – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoTim3-j7d8
  9. The basic building blocks in the origin of life: https://youtu.be/MFtnwriQRi8
  10. What does Colossians 3:23 mean?: https://www.bibleref.com/Colossians/3/Colossians-3-23.html
  11. Debunking Flat-Earth Claims Part 3 | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/refuting-the-critics/debunking-flat-earth-claims-part-3/
  12. Jordan B. Peterson’s YouTube account locked during biblical lecture series: ‘No explanation’ – Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/1/jordan-b-petersons-youtube-account-locked-during-b/

We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 1 Corinthians 4:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-19-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

In times of persecution by ungodly men we are peculiarly liable to speak hastily, or evasively, and therefore we should be specially anxious to be preserved in that direction from every form of sin. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why would God have to die to save people from Himself? | carm.org: https://carm.org/evidence-and-answers/why-would-god-have-to-die-to-save-people-from-himself/
  2. Are Atheists Smarter or Simply More Self-Reliant and Self-Indulgent? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/are-atheists-smarter-or-simply-more-self-reliant-and-self-indulgent/
  3. What do Buddhists believe about morality? | carm.org: https://carm.org/buddhism/morality-in-buddhism-buddhists/?highlight=buddha
  4. William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/08/14/william-lane-craig-debates-atheist-lawrence-krauss-does-god-exist-5/
  5. The Books that Shaped Us (Part 1) – by Chris Reese – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/the-books-that-shaped-us-part-1
  6. Eternal Life By Works: The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Salvation: https://carm.org/roman-catholicism/the-ccc-paragraphs-2010-2027-2068-and-gaining-eternal-life-by-works/
  7. Is it wrong for a Christian to be depressed? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-depressed.html
  8. Why Did Israel Split into Two Kingdoms? | Bible Study Ministry: https://biblestudyministry.com/israel-split-kingdoms/
  9. Dialogue, Discussion, Debate Many of us know, but might not actualize, the fact that discussion, dialogue, and debate are three different modes of communication (not apologetics, but interesting distinction none-the-less): https://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/diversity-equity-and-inclusion__trashed/dialoguediscussiondebate/

I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. Psalms 119:146

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-12-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that “no man speaks as this man speaks.” If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn’t enter into it, then why don’t we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation– polemic, argumentation–at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Deity of Christ A Legendary Development? – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/was-the-deity-of-christ-a-legendary-development/
  2. Students Love Answers More Than the Church Loves Answers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/students-love-answers-more-than-the-church-loves-answers/
  3. Janet Parshall Interviews Stephen Meyer about Return of the God Hypothesis | Stephen C. Meyer: https://stephencmeyer.org/2021/04/28/janet-parshall-interviews-stephen-meyer-about-return-of-the-god-hypothesis/
  4. 7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/7-legit-reasons-why-so-many-kids-are-bored-by-church/
  5. Unbelievable? Is Luke’s Description of Quirinius Historically Inaccurate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/unbelievable-is-lukes-description-of-quirinius-historically-inaccurate/
  6. The Historical Facts Argument for the Resurrection – Dr. Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8fKZ9QyHH4
  7. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7mEYNGfIk
  8. How Can We Help People Who Don’t Trust the Reliability of the New Testament? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_z423WR7IE
  9. Why Would A Loving God Create A Place Like Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-would-a-loving-god-create-a-place-like-hell/
  10. Mark Zuckerberg Is Planting The First Church Of The Metaverse: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/06/mark-zuckerberg-is-planting-the-first-church-of-the-metaverse/#.YRLAGjiNjaw.twitter
  11. Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/did-the-apostles-lie-so-they-could-die-as-martyrs-repost/
  12. The Unexpected Apologist Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-unexpected-apologist/
  13. Physics professor: Chance of life originating on its own by natural processes is zero | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/physics-professor-chance-of-life-originating-on-its-own-by-natural-processes-is-zero/

Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4

Blessings to you all

Bible Teaching on Luke 12:33-50

The following teaching was given on Tuesday July 13th 2021 to a group of about 15 men while eating lunch at Mimi’s Café

We will be reading from J.C. Ryle’s commentary on Luke chapter 12.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

35 Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36 Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. 

37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38 Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 

39 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 40 You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” 

Let us mark—what a striking exhortation these verses contain to seek treasure in Heaven.Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.” But this is not all. A mighty, heart-searching principle is laid down to enforce the exhortation. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The language of this charge is doubtless somewhat figurative. Yet the meaning of it is clear and unmistakable. We are to sell—to give up anything, and deny ourselves anything—which stands in the way of our soul’s salvation. We are to give—to show charity and kindness to everyone—and to be more ready to spend our money in relieving others, than to hoard it for our own selfish purposes. We are to provide ourselves treasures in Heaven—to make sure that our names are in the book of life—to lay hold of eternal life.

This is true wisdom. This is real prudence. The man who does well for himself—is the man who gives up everything for Christ’s sake. “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). He makes the best of bargains. He carries his cross for a few years in this world—and in the world to come, has everlasting life. He obtains the best of possessions. He carries his riches with him beyond the grave. He is rich in grace here—and he is rich in glory hereafter. And, best of all, what he obtains by faith in Christ—he never loses. It is “that good part which can never be taken away.” (Luke 10:42)

Let us see whether we have treasure in Heaven—or whether all our good things are here upon earth. Would we like to know what our treasure is? Then let us ask ourselves—what we love the most. This is the true test of character. This is the pulse of our religion. Though what we say and profess is important (Matthew 12:36-37), what we most love reveals the true condition of our hearts (Matthew 12:34)? What are our affections set on? These are the great questions. “Where our treasure is—there will our hearts be also.

Q:  Is saving for retirement a violation of the principal (keeping our treasure in heaven) given by our Lord?

Let us mark—what an instructive picture these verses contain of the frame of mind which the true Christian should endeavor to keep up. Our Lord tells us that we ought to be “like men who wait for their Master.” We ought to live like servants who expect their Master’s return—fulfilling our duties, and doing nothing which we would not like to be found doing when Christ comes again.

The standard of life which our Lord has set up here, is an exceedingly high one—so high, indeed, that many Christians are apt to flinch from it, and feel cast down. Yet there is nothing here which ought to make a believer afraid. Readiness for the return of Christ to this world, implies nothing which is impossible and unattainable. It requires no angelic perfection. It does not require a man to forsake his family, or retire into solitude. It requires nothing more than a life of repentance, faith and holiness.

The man who is living a life of faith in the Son of God—is the man whose “loins are girded,” and whose “light is burning.” Such a man may have the care of kingdoms on him, like Daniel—or be a servant in a Nero’s household, like some in Paul’s time. All this matters nothing. If he lives looking unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)—then he is a servant who can “immediately open the door to Him.” Surely it is not too much to ask Christians to be men of this kind. Surely there was a reason why our Lord said, “You must be ready—because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him!

Are we ourselves living as if we were ready for the second coming of Christ? It would be well if this question were put to our consciences more frequently. It might keep us back from many a false step in our daily life. It might prevent many a backsliding. The true Christian should not only believe in Christ, and love Christ—he should also look and long for Christ’s second coming. If he cannot say from his heart, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)—then there must be something wrong about his soul.

Q:  How do we “live as if we were ready for the second coming of Christ”?

41 Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” 42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 

44 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; 46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 

47 And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. 

We learn firstly from these verses—the importance of doing, in our Christianity. Our Lord is speaking of His own second coming. He is comparing His disciples to servants waiting for their master’s return, who have each their own work to do during His absence. “Blessed,” He says, “is that slave [Doulos] whom his master finds so doing when he comes.

The warning has doubtless a primary reference to ministers of the Gospel. They are the stewards of God’s mysteries, who are specially bound to be found “doing” when Christ comes again. But the words contain a further lesson which all Christians would do well to consider. That lesson is the immense importance of a working, practical, diligent, useful religion. 

The lesson is one which is greatly needed in the churches of Christ. We hear a great deal about people’s intentions, and hopes, and wishes, and feelings, and professions. It would be better if we could hear more about people’s practice. It is not the servant who is found wishing and professing—but the servant who is found “doing” whom Jesus calls “blessed.

The lesson is one which many, unhappily, shrink from giving—and many more shrink from receiving. We are gravely told that to talk of “working,” and “doing,” is ‘legalistic’, and brings Christians into bondage! However, the passage is not about justification—but about sanctification; not about saving faith—but about holiness of life. The point is not what a man should do to be saved—but what a saved man ought to do! A saved man ought to be “careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3:8) The desire of a true Christian ought to be to be found “doing.

If we love life—then let us resolve by God’s help, to be “doing” Christians. This is to be like Christ—He “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38.) This is to be like the apostles—they were men of deeds even more than of words. This is to glorify God, “Herein is my Father glorified—that you bear much fruit.” (John 15:8.) This is to be useful to the world, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16.).

Q:  It has been said that some Christians are “so heavenly minded”, they are of “no earthly good”. How do we balance “setting our minds on things above” (Col. 3:2) with being “doing” Christians, who are “careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8)?

We learn, secondly, from these verses—the dreadful danger of those who neglect the duties of their calling. Of such our Lord declares, that they shall be “cut in pieces, and their portion appointed with the unbelievers.” These words no doubt apply especially to the ministers and teachers of the Gospel. Yet we must not flatter ourselves that they are confined to them only. They are probably meant to convey a lesson to all who fill offices of high responsibility. It is a striking fact that when Peter says at the beginning of the passage, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?“—our Lord gives him no answer. Whoever occupies a position of trust, and neglects his duties—would do well to ponder this passage, and learn wisdom.

The language which our Lord Jesus uses about slothful and unfaithful servants, is particularly severe. Few places in the Gospels contain such strong expressions as this. The same loving Savior who holds out mercy to the penitent and believing—never shrinks from holding up the judgments of God against those who despise His counsel.

Let no man deceive us on this subject. There is a Hell for one who continues on in his wickedness—no less than a Heaven for the true believer in Jesus. There is such a thing as “the wrath of the Lamb!” (Revelation 6:16.)

Let us strive to live so that whenever the heavenly Master comes, we may be found ready to receive Him. Let us watch our hearts with a godly jealousy (Proverbs 4:23), and beware of the least symptom of unreadiness for the Lord’s appearing. Especially let us beware of any rising disposition to lower our standard of Christian holiness—to dislike people who are more spiritually-minded than ourselves—and to conform to the world (Romans 12:2). The moment we detect such a disposition in our hearts—we may be sure that our souls are in great peril! The professing Christian who begins to persecute God’s people, and to take pleasure in worldly society—is on the high road to eternal ruin!

Q:  In what tangible ways can we live so that whenever Christ returns, “we may be found ready to receive Him”?

We learn, lastly, from these verses—that the greater a man’s religious light is, the greater is his guilt if he is not converted. The servant which “knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes” and  “from everyone who has been given much, much will be required“.

The lesson of these words is one of wide application. It demands the attention of many classes. It should come home to the conscience of every professing Christian (keep in mind that not all professing Christians are actually Christians). His judgment shall be far more strict, than that of the heathen who never saw the Bible.

It should come home to every hearer of the Gospel. If he remains unconverted—then he is far more guilty than the inhabitant of some dark land, who never hears any teaching but a sort of semi-heathen morality.

It should come home to every child in Christian families. All such are far more blameworthy, in God’s sight—than those who live in houses where there is no honor paid to the Word of God and prayer. Let these things never be forgotten. Our judgment at the last day—will be according to our light and opportunities.

John MacArthur comments on this passage: “The degree of punishment is commensurate with the extent to which the unfaithful behavior was willful.  Note that ignorance is, nonetheless, no excuse.  That there will be varying degrees of punishment in hell is clearly taught” in the following:

Matt 10:15 – Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

Matt 11 – 22 Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.” 

Hebrews 10:29 – How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

What are we doing with our religious knowledge? Are we using it wisely, and turning it to good account? Or are we content with secretly flattering ourselves that the mere knowledge of our Lord’s will makes us better than others (while that will is not done)?

Let us beware of eternal mistakes! The day will come, when unused knowledge will be found the most perilous of possessions. Thousands will awake to find that they are in a lower place in Hell, than the most ignorant and idolatrous heathen. Their knowledge not used, and their light not followed—will only add to their condemnation.

49 I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

We learn for one thing from these verses—how thoroughly the heart of Christ was set on finishing the work which He came into the world to do. He says, “I have a baptism to undergo“—a baptism of suffering, of wounds, of agony, of blood, and of death! Yet none of these things stopped Him. He adds, “How distressed I am until it is accomplished!” The prospect of coming trouble, did not deter Him for a moment.

He was ready and willing to endure all things—in order to provide eternal redemption for His people. Zeal for the cause He had taken in hand—was like a burning fire within Him. To advance His Father’s glory, to open the door of life to a lost world, to provide a fountain for all sin and impurity by the sacrifice of Himself—were continually the uppermost thoughts of His mind. He was distressed in spirit—until this mighty work was finished.

Forever let us bear in mind that all Christ’s sufferings on our behalf—were endured willingly, voluntarily, and of His own free choice. They were not submitted to patiently merely because He could not avoid them. He lived a sinless life for thirty-three years—simply because He loved to do His Father’s will (John 4:32-34; 6:38).

He died an agonizing death—with a willing and a ready mind. Both in life and death, He was carrying out the eternal counsel—whereby God was to be glorified and sinners were to be saved. He carried it out with all His heart—as mighty as the struggle was, which it entailed upon His flesh and blood. He delighted to do God’s will. He was distressed until it was accomplished.

Let us not doubt that (now in Heaven) the heart of Christ is the same that it was when He was upon earth. He feels as deep an interest now about the salvation of sinners as He did formerly about dying in their stead. Jesus never changes. He is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Heb. 13:8).

There is in Him—an infinite willingness to receive, pardon, justify, and deliver the souls of men from the wrath of God and from Hell. Let us strive to realize that willingness, and learn to believe it without doubting, and rest in His grace. It is a certain fact, if men would only believe it—that Christ is far more willing to save us, than we are to be saved.

Let the zeal of our Lord and Master, be an example to all His people. Let the recollection of His burning readiness to die for us—be like a glowing coal in our memories, and constrain us to live to Him, and not to ourselves (Luke 9:23-24). Surely the thought of it should awaken our sleeping hearts, and warm our cold affections, and make us anxious to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16), and do something for His glory. A zealous Savior—ought to have zealous disciples!

Revelation 3:19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Q:  What does a “zealous” Christian life look like?

References

This teaching was taken from https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l12.htm  which is J.C. Ryle’s (19th century) free on-line commentary on Luke.

Also, some commentary was taken from the MacArthur study Bible notes.

mid-week apologetics booster (8-5-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no. – Omar L. Hamada

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. John Lennox against the tide in history | George’s Journal – This post is based on the documentary movie Against the tide by Pensmore Films, in which the actor Kevin Sorbo interviews Professor John Lennox to test belief in God.: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/07/29/john-lennox-against-the-tide-in-history/
  2. Do the Non-Canonical Gospels Challenge or Invalidate the New Testament? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E20) Cold Case Christianity Truth2Freedom’s Blog: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/do-the-non-canonical-gospels-challenge-or-invalidate-the-new-testament-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s7e20-cold-case-christianity/amp/
  3. Why Are You a Christian Believer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-are-you-a-christian-believer/
  4. What’s Next for the Intelligent Design Movement? Stephen Meyer Explains. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQeTJVTBuw
  5. Unbiblical stuff the Catholic Church teaches: Mary, Indulgences, Eucharist, Priests, 7 Sacraments – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1xZTPY98Oc
  6. Atheism: An Irrational Worldview – By embracing materialism, the atheist has destroyed the possibility of knowledge, as well as science and technology.: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/atheism/atheism-an-irrational-worldview/
  7. Why Some People Simply Will Not Be Convinced | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-some-people-simply-will-not-be-convinced/
  8. Three Steps to Becoming a Lifelong Learner | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-steps-to-becoming-a-lifelong-learner/
  9. Are We Brainwashing Our Children? Have you ever been told that your children are Christians only because you brainwashed them? Have you been accused of keeping your children from understanding real science by brainwashing them with the Bible?: https://answersingenesis.org/apologetics/critical-thinking/are-we-brainwashing-our-children/
  10. Jesus, the Bible, the Quran, and the Law of Non-Contradiction In Islam, the Quran mentions Jesus more than any other Prophet. It states He was born of a virgin (Surah 19), had disciples (5:111-115), ascended into heaven (4:158), and will return as a sign of the end times (43:61). However, unlike the Bible, the Quran states that Jesus did not die…But wait, the Quran makes a couple other very important claims. God sent the Gospels: https://theologetics.org/2015/11/12/jesus-the-bible-the-quran-and-the-law-of-non-contradiction/
  11. SDA Doctrine and the Clear Word Bible: Sample texts- The Clear Word Bible is a Seventh-day Adventist paraphrase of the Bible that alters numerous verses to bring them in line with SDA doctrine. Here is a list of different verses that are not under any particular theme.: https://carm.org/seventh-day-adventism/the-clear-word-bible-and-miscellaneous-verses/
  12. In Marriage as in Life, Weak Is Strong – humblebrag: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/weakens-us-show-his-strength/
  13. Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/two-signs-from-your-opposition-your-argument-is-sound/
  14. RNA Ties and Unties Itself | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rna-ties-and-unties-itself/
  15. America’s new religion: Fake Christianity – Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/25/americas-new-religion-fake-christianity/
  16. The Fossils Still Say No: The Fins-to-Feet Transition | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-fossils-still-say-no-fins-to-feet-transition/
  17. Why I’m no longer a young earth creationist – Luke Barnes | Premier Christianity: https://www.premierchristianity.com/features/why-im-no-longer-a-young-earth-creationist/5288.article

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalms 14:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-29-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) 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. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETyzqrM3tB8
  2. Responding to Catholic Apologists on Purgatory – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzVzn8h7jnM
  3. The Resurrection Witness of Half-Frantic Women: The Significance of the Women Witnesses Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2021/04/15/the-resurrection-witness-of-half-frantic-women-the-significance-of-the-women-witnesses/
  4. Using the Kalaam Argument Correctly | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/using-the-kalaam-argument-correctly/
  5. The Jellyfish with a Broad Reach Creation Moments: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/the-jellyfish-with-a-broad-reach-2/?mc_cid=423df30e6b&mc_eid=29f98ca00d
  6. Are Christians the New Extremists? Yes, and That’s Okay.: https://natashacrain.com/are-christians-the-new-extremists-yes-and-thats-okay/

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:34-36

Blessings to you all

Conversation with an Atheist on a Local Facebook Post Comments Thread

Someone posed the following question on a local Facebook group for our community:

“If you could ask God any one question and you knew He’d give you an answer right now, what would you ask?“

What follows is one of many conversations that occurred in the comments for this post:

Him:  You know you were created in man’s own image, don’t you?

Me:  There are people who “create” a god of their own liking in their mind – so in that sense, some do what you’re saying, but that is idolatry. God has indeed revealed who He is – we didn’t “create” him in our image. He created all that we see and there is good evidence for His existence. If you’ve not heard of any of this evidence, I can share it with you.

Him:   No thank you. I have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. If you want to change my mind, pray over an amputee to regrow a limb. If it grows back, you win.

Me:  Hi <his name>, I appreciate that you have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. Your comment about God healing amputees is certainly a difficult one. I can’t get inside the mind of God. However I can evaluate evidence that he exists and designed life. If you’re interested in some additional evidence, and maybe a different perspective, you may want to check out this book which I and other former skeptics have found useful. https://www.amazon.com/…/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc… (Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists)

Him:  My investigation into the matter is closed, save for the amputee or equivalent scenario playing out. Fun fact: It was the world religion classes I took at a Catholic University that exposed the fallacy of the worship of deities and the irrationality of selection, which usually a matter of indoctrination than evaluation. If the illusion provides you comfort and fellowship, I understand that element of faith but the premise can only be accepted through faith, not proof.

Me:  in my case, it wasn’t indoctrination. I was a skeptic for most of my life, I didn’t grow up in the church, I am an adult convert, and entered with my eyes wide open. I am convinced that Christianity is true (beyond a reasonable doubt), by reason of several lines of evidence and philosophical arguments (not blind faith). My reading when I was a skeptic consisted of Sigmund Freud, Frederick Nietzsche, BF Skinner and other philosophers and psychologists. I’m familiar with the arguments of the new atheists, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Bart Ehrman and others. What I hear you saying is that you have your mind made up, and you’re unwilling to consider any additional evidence. You seem to be stuck by the question of, if there is a loving God who’s all powerful and all knowing, why wouldn’t he heal amputees. I’m not claiming to have a good answer for that However, if Christianity is true, and God created the universe and everything in it, then he is extremely powerful and intelligent and has a vast amount more knowledge and context than I possess. Therefore, I would not consider myself qualified to question his judgment on matters where I don’t have all of the information necessary to make a proper decision. I know that answer won’t be satisfying to you, however the amputee issue does not make all of the other lines of evidence that God does exist disappear. I hope you’re not basing your final decision on information you heard at a world religions class in a Catholic University. None of the best minds in Christianity that I know of teach a world religions class at a Catholic University. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a Catholic University or a world religions class. I’m simply saying that before dismissing a worldview held by billions of people, it may be a good approach to take an assessment of the best proponents of that worldview, people such as, William Lane Craig, JP Moreland, Steven C. Meyer, and others. Ultimately, it is your choice of course, but if you haven’t considered any of the aforementioned names, then I would contend that you haven’t heard the best arguments in favor of Christian theism. If you are willing, you could start with one of the many YouTube debates involving William Lane Craig. Have a great day <his name>!

Him:  It’s not important enough to me explore it further. As an atheist, I have everything to live for and nothing to die for. I’m too busy enjoying life to concern myself with the greatest manipulative tool mankind ever created: the promise of an afterlife IF and only IF you follow a particular, and ever-evolving set of rules. Thanks for the chat, that’s my last comment on the subject.

Me:   ok, nice chatting with you!

mid-week apologetics booster (7-22-2021)

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered at least 17 men and boys. His murders included gruesome acts and he was sentenced to a lifetime in prison. But during his sentence something changed, and before his death, Dahmer went on MSNBC with his father. When asked what contributed to his new accountability, he told his father, Thanks to you for sending that creation science material.” In the interview Dahmer acknowledges that he once believed in the evolution theory which “cheapens life”. He went on to testify to the Lord Jesus Christ being the true Creator and accepting Him as his Savior… Like Dahmer, many today are being influenced by the cheapening of life promoted by the evolution theory. Racism, communism, Nazism and anarchy are all effects of this dangerous theory. Even the killers in the Columbine school massacre wore shirts that blared, ‘Natural Selection.’ Evolution is a perilous religion with fatal societal consequences. – Creation Science Evangelism, ‘Creation Science’ Makes a Difference

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. More extra-biblical evidence of Jesus | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/07/15/more-extra-biblical-evidence-of-jesus/
  2. Scott Klusendorf defends the pro-life view on the Unbelievable radio show | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/07/14/scott-klusendorf-defends-the-pro-life-view-on-the-unbelievable-radio-show-8/
  3. Peppered Moth Color Changes Are Engineered | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/peppered-moth-changes-engineered/
  4. List And Profile Of Famous Atheists Who Converted To Christianity | Believers Portal: https://believersportal.com/list-and-profile-of-famous-atheists-who-converted-to-christianity/
  5. Journalist Finds a Cover-Up by the Bronx Zoo | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/07/journalist-finds-a-cover-up-by-the-bronx-zoo-2/
  6. Extrabiblical evidence of 83 people in the Bible | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2021/07/17/extrabiblical-evidence-of-83-people-in-the-bible/
  7. LGBT activist calls for hardball fight to empty the church pews of Christians – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/lgbt-activist-calls-for-hardball-fight-to-empty-the-church-pews-of-christians/

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval. John 6:27

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a Skeptic on a Local Facebook Group Comments Thread

Someone posed the following question on a local Facebook group for our community:

If you could ask God any one question and you knew He’d give you an answer right now, what would you ask?

What follows is one of many conversations that occurred in the comments for this post:

Her:  Who created you?

Me: https://www.gotquestions.org/who-created-God.html

Her:  how many angels fit on the head of a pin?

Me:  I doubt this hypothetical question is of sincere interest to you, so, I will leave it alone

Her:   yes, philosophy and religion are extremely interesting and collide in all kinds of pithy ways. Religion has many positive social structures and fills some peoples’ needs for making order out of what they perceive as disorder. It’s all interesting to discuss if you can move beyond the trite.

Me:   Yes, Christianity has contributed greatly to many essential areas of society (e.g. origin of hospitals, many Christian scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Pasteur, institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford had Christian beginnings and many other things). I agree that following Christian teachings has benefits for people in terms of stable families and moral behavior. But that’s not the main point. As C.S. Lewis stated, “Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So, if it is not true, I might as well be golfing on Sunday mornings   And yes, I strive to “move beyond the trite”. I like to concern myself with things that matter (eternally), and think that we all should do likewise. I think many (including my pre-conversion self) are more concerned about planning the next vacation or retirement than thinking about what will happen when they die. I’m open to a dialogue on these topics that really matter. Have a great day!

Her:   why be concerned about what will happen when you die? If you’re a believer, you should have no concern at all about what happens. Plan that vacation and go play golf on Sunday. 

Me:   I personally am not concerned (or “worried”) about what will happen when I die. That issue was settled for me when I became a Christian, so yes you’re right – I have no concern, I’m confident about my eternal destination. Rather, what I was referring to were those people who have not yet made that decision. I, myself, am an adult convert. I didn’t grow up in the church, but became a Christian well into adulthood, being married with children. So, I was relying on my own experience, describing what my priorities were “pre-conversion”. I was there at one point in my life and am not claiming any superiority of those who’ve not made that decision yet. I’m just one beggar trying to tell another beggar where I’ve found food!

Her:  people will always question and challenge the things they can’t see and know. That’s a part of both religion and philosophy, and all good.

Then, on another question in the same FB thread, the same person replied to my answer to this question:

How did life originate?

Me:  The evidence suggests that abiogenesis (the theory that life originated from non-living material [non-life]) is highly improbable. According to Stephen Meyer, the odds of getting a functional protein of 150 amino acids by chance is no better than 1 in 10 to the 164th power. Now consider that there are 10 to the 80th power elementary particles in the entire universe. So, life could not have originated “on it’s own”. Life shows many evidences of design, therefore the most reasonable conclusion is that life was originated by an intelligent designer, who we call God.

Her:  well, the odds of life being created by ‘god’ are even less! I’d like to see your statistics about that for comparison.

Me:   Design requires a designer. Life is obviously designed. DNA is more sophisticated than any programming language that human beings have created. Creation requires a creator:

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause

2. The universe began to exist

3. Therefore the universe has a cause.

This syllogism is known as the Kalam Cosmological argument for God’s existence.

The universe didn’t “pop out of nothing”. The effect (the universe) tells us something about the cause.

The bottom line is this: Since there was an absolute beginning to space, time and matter, it’s reasonable to conclude that the cause of the universe must be spaceless, timeless and immaterial. This cause must also be personal in order to choose to create, intelligent to create such a fine-tuned universe, and powerful to create out of nothing. A spaceless, timeless, immaterial, personal, intelligent, powerful Being is exactly what theists call “God”.

Her:   keep thinking! We know very little and eventually you can find calm in that

Me:  sorry, but I will have to respectfully disagree. We know many things, according to the same standard of proof in our legal system, “beyond a reasonable doubt”. I don’t find calm in not knowing, but rather in trusting in God who I have good reasons to believe exists. Again, I will quote C.S. Lewis, who I believe is very helpful here: “Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants everyone to use what sense they have. “. Have a great day and I urge you to think deeply about the things I’ve said in our interactions in this excellent thread!

Her:  excellent! Yes, I hope you find peace and comfort in the unknown. Scientifically and intellectually speaking, we ‘know’ virtually nothing at all. That makes life exciting! And full of experiences of all kinds. You don’t even know what your brain is going to be thinking about 20 minutes from now. Life is a grand adventure.

Me:  you say “Scientifically and intellectually speaking, we know virtually nothing at all”. I would like to respectfully point out something about it by asking you a question… Is that something you claim to “know”?

Her:  yes, I definitely know that I know almost nothing, compared to what there is to learn and ‘know.’ And, what is known by others is vast, but almost nothing compared to what we would like to know.

Me:  so, you must be aware that your statement is what is called a “self-refuting statement”. It is a statement that doesn’t live up to its own standard. It would be like saying I can’t speak a single word in the English language, yet using English to communicate that idea. Self-refuting statements cannot possibly be true.

Her:   lol, keep thinking! You are a reader and learn from others, and adopt others’ ideas that ring true to you. That’s super interesting. We use what we ‘know’ to try to understand what we don’t ‘know.’ Makes sense to us within the confines of so little knowledge.

Conversation with Muslim on a local Facebook group comments thread

Someone posed the following question on a local Facebook group for our community:

If you could ask God any one question and you knew He’d give you an answer right now, what would you ask?

What follows is one of many conversations that occurred in the comments for this post:

Her:  Where and how, did racial supremacy and arrogance start?

Me:  It’s called sin. God allows this now, but will be dealt with at Judgment Day…

Her:  my question though, is not whether God allows it or not. He certainly DOES NOT APPROVE OF IT. There is NOTHING godly about it at all! When you make that statement, it sounds a bit irresponsible. Also my question, is what are the origins of it?

Me:  the origins of it are evil and sin in the human heart. The Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9. All have sinned in fall short of the glory of God. Each one has different types of sins that they commit, for some it’s lying, for some its selfishness, for some it’s racism, arrogance, etc. However God will judge all sin, no matter what type.

Her:  I can get you plenty of Holy Quran verses, which say that it started when Iblis or who the Christians call Lucifer, refused to bow in greeting to Adam. The reason being that this entity, was one of the jinn, made of fire, according to Muslims and according to the Christians he is a fallen angel made of light. Either way, he thought he was superior to Adam, who was made of clay or earth. But now I would like the specific human instance where racial supremacy first started.

Me:   Well, I don’t know if it’s the first instance, but the Pharaoh of Egypt enslaved millions of Hebrews (under Moses – Read the first part of the book of Exodus) and treated them very harshly. He only finally let them go after God brought the series of plagues and other disasters upon him and his people. But it is said that Pharaoh “hardened his heart”. I believe that what was going on there was a form of racism or ethnic persecution. I will say this, the Bible does speak about all races and classes of people being equal. Galatians 3:28 says “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. So, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Additionally, yes, I do agree that Satan was the instigator of the initial sin that came into the world, when he caused Eve to question God’s Word and His goodness. It is said of Satan in Isaiah chapter 14 that his sin was pride and that he wanted to be higher than God, which is why God cast him down and he took with him a third of all the angels, which you called “Jin”. I had many conversations over a period of about a year with a Muslim friend of mine who is a Sunni Muslim. It was a really good time and we sparred back and forth about the various aspects of the Quran, and the Bible, and Jesus, etc. He gave me a copy of the Quran, which I already had in Kindle on my phone, and I gave him a study Bible. Neither one of us convinced the other one, but it was always an enjoyable, respectful and invigorating conversation. I continue to pray that he would see the biblical Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior of his life. I truly believe that all religions can have productive dialogue without hatred violence or discord.

Her:  I really like your comment here, but if I have to be completely honest, this idea of Eve being the one to be blamed for the original sin is simply NOT in Islam. My personal belief is that it is erroneous, because it is not written in the Holy Quran like this AT ALL. It is both who sinned. This belief has caused A LOT of misogyny in the world and even in Western nations, I see this cruel misogyny that rivals or even tops the most uneducated nations. It has caused a lot of sadness and heartache. I simply do not believe it, which is why ,I simply cannot accept Christianity….and why only Christianity , I also can’t accept Judaism . But of course to each their own 

Me:   to be clear, in Christianity, Eve is not the one blamed for original sin. Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world through one man, and that man was Adam. It doesn’t say that sin entered the world through Eve. Eve was the first one to eat the fruit which God commanded not to eat, but Adam participated with her. It was a joint error. Therefore, it is not a valid reason to reject Christianity. Christianity stands or falls on three things: The deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. If those three things are true, Christianity is true if any of them can be proved false, then Christianity falls apart.

Her:  I would need to read the Bible. But I have many reasons for not accepting the Judeo -Christian tradition. That is certainly my choice. I am not obligated to accept this tradition at all. I have friends from both faiths though.  Whatever you are telling me here, about who ate the apple first, sounds …not quite right to me. Anyway, if you believe it, then this is your choice.

Me:   sure, it would be good for you to read the Bible, Sura 5:47 even says “let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allaah has revealed therein”. Yes, it is certainly your choice what to believe. Christians attempt to persuade others Christianity is true, but we don’t force people. And thankfully, our country was founded with freedom of religion. Good to hear you have friends of both faiths

Her:  great, have a good day!

Me:  thanks! You too! Nice talking to you.

Another person chiming in: thank you both for having an open and respectful dialogue. Either which way… you guys both rock!!

Her: awww, thank you You are so sweet. (my name) seems like a gentleman, I think I am too blunt, I apologize if I have hurt anyone. Also, I would like to let (my name) know that the place my parents came from, India, also has almost every religion, it was founded on freedom of religion, so even though it is majority Hindu, there are plenty of Muslims and also Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and even Jews …also many Muslim nations too, like Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Iran do have freedom of religion! There are plenty of happy Christians living in those places as well as other faiths and Iran has THE highest Jewish population in the Middle East, aside from Israel and they are VERY happy living there! But the media often paints another very sad picture. Iraq too, used to be like this, but then first Saddam Hussain, then our invasion of the place and then the formation of ISIS/ISIL (due to a variety of sinister factors) really messed things up and that terror spread into Syria as well. It is very sad and if I talk about it too much it could get controversial, as this is a local group. Anyway, love and prayer for you both

Me:   don’t worry, I don’t get hurt over things like this. Nothing you said was offensive or hurtful – I promise you. I’m told in the Bible to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3), but yet leave the results to God (1 Corinthians 3:6). Most of my adult life in college and work, I have spent with people from India, Iran, China, Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many other places and many other faiths, so in a sense, at my place of employment, I’ve been a minority for many years – the only native born American and only Christian in my department. I appreciate hearing about the cultures and ways of life from all these different locations, and I continue to share my faith with them all. Again, I would like to thank you for the respectful conversation and would also like to mention that you’re free to come join us at Bridgeway Community Church (24th Street & Liberty Lane), I’m sure you will find all the people there friendly. By the way, thank you for the kind words. Additionally, (to the other person), thanks for chiming in to give your 2 cents! Have a great father’s day with any fathers in your lives!

mid-week apologetics booster (7-15-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

If there were no Trinity, there could be no Incarnation, no objective Redemption, and therefore no salvation; for there would be no one capable of acting as mediator between God and man. – Unnamed Theologian quoted in “2002 Surprising Things About God and the Bible”

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Mathematical Challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution – YouTube – Based on new evidence and knowledge that functioning proteins are extremely rare, should Darwin’s theory of evolution be dismissed, dissected, developed or replaced with a theory of intelligent design? Has Darwinism really failed? Peter Robinson discusses it with David Berlinski, David Gelernter, and Stephen Meyer, who have raised doubts about Darwin’s theory in their two books and essay, respectively The Deniable Darwin, Darwin’s Doubt, and Giving Up Darwin (published in the Claremont Review of Books).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noj4phMT9OE
  2. Inoculating the Masses: What in the world is Critical Race Theory? Women in Apologetics: https://womeninapologetics.com/inoculating-the-masses-what-in-the-world-is-critical-race-theory/
  3. Render to God – It’s time to make a shift. Blending into the world around us is no longer an option for the church. The culture rejects the Christian worldview and won’t be appeased by anything short of total ideological surrender, so it’s time for us to get counter-cultural.: https://www.str.org/w/render-to-god
  4. Religious Faith Is Not Inherently Blind Bread & Fish: https://breadnfishcom.wordpress.com/2021/06/22/no-blind-faith-here/
  5. How An Atheist Scholar Misleads Millions Of People – YouTube – (I think everyone should listen to this) Bart Ehrman has convinced more people to reject the Christian faith than almost anyone alive today. But he has done so largely through being very misleading. I’m going to provide some solid examples of this as it relates to the crucifixion of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark because I think there is a lot of benefit in dealing with misleading claims about the Bible. I’m doing a lot of apologetics related stuff here at the end of this series on the Gospel of Mark and I hope you find it faith building and inspiring!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2ne3ndnVQk
  6. What does the Bible say about saving for retirement? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/saving-for-retirement.html
  7. How are we to live our lives in light of Christs return? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/live-lives-Christ-return.html
  8. Here’s the question: Does faith save you? To help you think carefully about the answer, let me suggest an illustration. Pretend for a moment that you are a diabetic on the verge of diabetic coma. Pretend also that I present you with a hypodermic syringe and a small vial that I said was insulin. Would you trust me to give you an injection to save your life? I think you already see the thrust of illustration. my First, you know (or at least have heard) that the Bible teaches salvation by faith. Second, the illustration shows a clear contrast between mere belief and active trust the point I’ve just been making). You already believe that insulin can give you relief. But you remain in danger until you take a step of faith and actively entrust yourself to my care. So I suspect you would take me up on my offer. If you did, however, you would be dead. Here’s why: All the sincerity of your childlike trust could not change the fact that the vial in my illustration does not really contain insulin, only saline. You had genuine faith, to be sure- fiducia, trust, belief in action. But you would be dead, nonetheless.: https://www.str.org/w/truth-is-a-strange-sort-of-fiction-the-postmodern-turn-part-2
  9. Centuries after Christ: Was the New Testament written long after Jesus?: https://carm.org/the-bible/was-the-new-testament-written-hundreds-of-years-after-christ/

“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: ” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today–yes, tonight–before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. – Mark 14:27-31

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-8-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The wrong tomb theory assumes that the all of the Jews (and the Romans) had a permanent kind of “collective amnesia” about what they had done with the body of Jesus. – William Lane Craig

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Biblical Reasons Jesus Is God | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/jesus/jesus-is-god/10-biblical-reasons-jesus-is-god/
  2. Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible – Reasons to Believe – Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/five-best-scientific-evidences-for-the-god-of-the-bible
  3. How Do We Know that the Bible Is True? A number of Christians have tried to answer this question. Unfortunately, not all of those answers have been as cogent as we might hope. Some answers make very little sense at all. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/how-do-we-know-that-the-bible-is-true/
  4. How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels in the New Testament? Open your Bible to the table of contents and take a look at the list of books in the New Testament. There, you’ll find the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John leading the list. But were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John really the ones who wrote the Gospels? If so, how do we know? Your first reply might be, Of course, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote the Gospels; their names are right there on the books! and you would be correct. These four names have appeared on the manuscripts of these four Gospels for well over a thousand years. And yet, these names may not have been present on the earliest manuscripts of the Gospels. In fact, when it comes to the question of who wrote the Gospels, some scholars are quite convinced that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John couldn’t possibly have been the authors of these four books (e.g. Bart Ehrman).: https://www.timothypauljones.com/apologetics-how-do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-2/
  5. Skeptics say we don’t know who wrote the gospels, but it wasn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They’re using a double standard. | by Erik Manning | Medium: https://eriknmanning.medium.com/skeptics-say-we-dont-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-but-it-wasn-t-matthew-mark-luke-or-john-c710546d003
  6. Do we know who wrote the Gospels? – The claim: We don’t know who wrote the gospels. This post responds: https://connect.rzim.org/t/do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels/28709
  7. Can I Trust the Bible? Open Forum with Amy Orr-Ewing – YouTube. Lots of people imagine that the Bible is fantasy, fairy tale or stories that have evolved over time but is this what the evidence supports? Are there good reasons to believe that the Bible is historically reliable and may have something really meaningful to say to us today?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2lnouLeQzg
  8. Who Wrote the Gospels? | CrossExamined.org | Apologetics: https://crossexamined.org/wrote-gospels-2/
  9. Species were designed to change, part 1 – creation.com: https://creation.com/species-designed-to-change-part-1
  10. Mike Licona explains the As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Es of New Testament reliability | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/07/01/mike-licona-explains-the-as-bs-cs-ds-and-es-of-new-testament-reliability-7/
  11. Andy Bannister and Michael Ruse discuss how atheists find meaning in life | WINTERY KNIGHT – Nietzsche’s statement that if there is no God, there is no meaning in life: https://winteryknight.com/2021/06/30/andy-bannister-and-michael-ruse-discuss-how-atheists-find-meaning-in-life-4/
  12. If There Is No God -Then Everything Is Permitted – Fyodor Dostoevsky’s faith: https://www.pravmir.com/article_678.html
  13. Is God Real? – God Evidence – lot of talking this article about quantum physics and the idea of a mind being the primary reality: https://godevidence.com/2020/10/is-god-real/
  14. 23 Minutes in Hell – Bill Wiese is the Man Who Went to Hell – I realize that this may be controversial, but I have the book of the same title and it is a good book not containing heresy That’s why I’m including it here: https://notashamedofthegospel.com/video/bill-wiese-23-minutes-in-hell/
  15. Muslim Father in Uganda Beats, Poisons Daughter for Turning to Christ – Christian News Headlines: https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/muslim-father-in-uganda-beats-poisons-daughter-for-turning-to-christ.html
  16. The Injustice of Social Justice. Why Woke Social Justice Is Antibiblical | iApologia – iApologia: http://iapologia.com/the-injustice-of-social-justice-why-woke-social-justice-is-antibiblical-iapologia/
  17. Who Wrote The Gospel Of Luke & Acts? | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/who-wrote-the-gospel-of-luke-acts/
  18. Archaeological Evidence for Jesus’s Resurrection Seeing God’s Breath: https://godsbreath.net/2021/05/02/archaeological-evidence-for-jesuss-resurrection/
  19. Are Fine-Tuning Arguments for God (or the Multiverse) Circular? | Strange Notions: https://strangenotions.com/are-fine-tuning-arguments-for-god-or-the-multiverse-circular/
  20. Why New Testament Miracles Shouldn’t Disqualify the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-new-testament-miracles-shouldnt-disqualify-the-gospels/
  21. Stop Using the Term Fetus | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/stop-using-the-term-fetus/
  22. Work toward having unshakable faith – Media Center – creation.com: https://youtu.be/0wfJ00bJdIA
  23. Change, Yes; Evolution, No, Darwin and Biologic Change | Answers in Genesis – Dr. Gary Parker: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/change-yes-evolution-no/
  24. 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/
  25. Yes, America Had a Christian Founding | The Stream: https://stream.org/should-we-just-write-america-off-as-a-botched-godless-experiment/
  26. How Can the Bible Be Inerrant If It Contains Variants – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl41qMLjHeY
  27. Evidence, Dr. Frank Turek looks at science and if it confirms or denies belief in God. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbrY2orqhm0
  28. The Solar System Declares the Glory of God – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaROq87mnWM
  29. Jeff Foxworthy on the Bible, An interview with Jeff Foxworthy for a promo leading up to the hosting of the Bible Challenge game show. He talks about one of his favorite stories of the bible and real life experience. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxFqVQFvhvw

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:1-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-1-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

In high school and college Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted with every manner of non-Christian worldview coupled with an overwhelming relativism. If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth. It’s no longer enough to teach our children simply Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics. It’s hard to understand how people today can risk parenthood without having studied apologetics.

William Lane Craig

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. A Reply to Bart Ehrman’s Defense of Jesus, Interrupted on the MythVision Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/a-reply-to-bart-ehrmans-defense-of-jesus-interrupted-on-the-mythvision-podcast/
  2. The Fossils Still Say No: Global Flood Solves Permian Perplexities | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-fossils-still-say-no-global-flood-permian/
  3. The First Question to Ask of an Ancient Holy Book: Is It Ancient? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-first-question-to-ask-of-an-ancient-holy-book-is-it-ancient/
  4. The Scientific Kalam Cosmological Argument | Popular Writings | Reasonable Faith In this lecture at Georgia Tech Dr. Craig focuses on the scientific evidence for the premises of the Kalam cosmological argument for a Personal Creator of the universe. The source of this argument is from al-Ghazali, a medieval Muslim theologian from the 12th century who lived in Persia, or modern day Iran: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/science-theology/the-scientific-kalam-cosmological-argument/
  5. Why is there Something Rather Than Nothing? – The first question that should rightly be asked is, Why is there something rather than nothing?’: https://reasonabletheology.org/why-is-there-something-rather-than-nothing-leibniz-contingency-argument/
  6. The Gilgamesh Epic – A problem for the flood? Rational Faith: https://rationalfaith.com/2021/06/the-gilgamesh-epic-a-problem-for-the-flood/
  7. On the Origin of Articles | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/apologetics/on-the-origin-of-articles/
  8. Did Josephus Write About Jesus, Or Was It Entirely A Forgery?: https://thereforegodexists.com/did-josephus-write-about-jesus-or-was-it-entirely-a-forgery/
  9. Science Confirms Biblical Creation – Dr. Jason Lisle – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjrTSra0pQ
  10. Is the Jesus Story Stupid and the Resurrection Totally Mythical? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h58RvduPnac
  11. Where is God in the midst of suffering? Frank Turek – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u8L3VSnsTk
  12. How do we help kids who doubt their faith? Let’s ask a skeptic! – Dr. Sean McDowell YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2_m0YX21YI
  13. Did James, the Brother of Jesus, Die as a Martyr? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/did-james-the-brother-of-jesus-die-as-a-martyr
  14. Does Secular Historian Josephus Give Historical Corroboration to the New Testament? | Thomistic Bent – 20.9.1: https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/does-secular-historian-josephus-give-historical-corroboration-to-the-new-testament/
  15. Why It’s Important to Inoculate (Rather Than Isolate) Our Young People | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-important-to-inoculate-rather-than-isolate-our-young-people/
  16. Really Interesting Theological Discussion Ruined By Someone Pulling Out A Bible Verse | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/really-interesting-theological-discussion-ruined-by-someone-pulling-out-a-bible-verse
  17. Atheist Myths and Scientism Probe Ministries: https://probe.org/atheist-myths-and-scientism/
  18. Johns Gospel May Have Been Last, But It Wasn’t Late | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/johns-gospel-may-have-been-last-but-it-wasnt-late/

When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family. ” So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold. 1 Samuel 24:16-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-17-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

Think about Genesis 18 again, where God appeared to Abraham. This clearly teaches that God can come to earth in human form for a period of time if he wants to. If he could do this for a few hours, in a temporary human form, could he do it for a few years, in permanent human form? Of course. This is called the incarnation – God coming down to earth in the person of his Son. When we recognize the Son as the exact representation of God, yet God himself, then we can explain how God remained the Lord in heaven while also appearing as the Lord on earth in Genesis 18. – Dr. Michael Brown (quoted in “The Case for the Real Jesus”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheisms Burden of Proof – Atheists claim they have nothing to prove. They simply lack a belief in God, which means they don’t shoulder a burden of proof. After all, no one needs to prove why they don’t believe in Santa Claus. Only the person who posits that Santa Claus (or some other being) exists is responsible for giving evidence for their view. Atheists, allegedly, can sit back and watch Christians and other theists struggle to defend their belief….: https://www.str.org/w/atheism-s-burden-of-proof
  2. Cruella – Being bad has rarely looked so good. Therein lies this Disney reboots charm and its problems. Though it stays well within its PG-13 rating fence and doesn’t have that many overt content issues, Cruella is all style, little substance – all glam, no mass. Fitting it should revolve around the world of fashion, given that the film itself is sequin deep. Plugged In: https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/cruella-2021/
  3. Rapid Response: God Is Not Needed to Explain the Fine-Tuning of the Universe | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-god-is-not-needed-to-explain-the-fine-tuning-of-the-universe/
  4. Lava Flows Disqualify Lake Spillover Canyon Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/lava-flows-disqualify-lake-spillover-canyon-theory/
  5. The World’s Most Amazing Camera: Part 6 Variations on a Theme | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/the-worlds-most-amazing-camera-part-6-variations-on-a-theme/
  6. Am I unloving for not affirming same sex behavior (Frank Turkek Q&A)? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438wl_11aJ0
  7. Dr. William Lane Craig – Do Different Atonement Motifs Complement One Another? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzlfJWnUJ-g
  8. No Free Lunch for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains how there is “no free lunch” when it comes to explaining the development of life. This talk is from Axe’s online course, “Douglas Axe Investigates Molecular Biology and Intelligent Design” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0VJkQHC7zA
  9. What About Other Religions? | Nabeel Quareshi – REBOOT //London 2015 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzByh4ix_K4
  10. Evolution’s Divide Is Creation’s Opportunity | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/evolution-divide-creation-opportunity/
  11. The Two Paths of Life (the narrow way and the broad way) Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RXPIV21gH8
  12. Fooling the Prophet with the Kinderhook Plates – According to the account, Wiley and others, found a skeleton about six feet from the surface of the earth, which must have stood nine feet high. The plates were found on the breast of the skeleton and were covered on both sides with ancient characters. The plates were then given to Joseph Smith to translate. Though he was described as a respectable merchant (p. 374), Smith was unaware that Wiley was part of a conspiracy to expose Smith as a fraud. The ruse was a success. Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/kinderhook-plates
  13. The Culpability of Unbelief – So, as you say, Jon, the question is, is Christianity a communication from God? Is it the real thing? I have given abundant evidence in my published work that it is and have defended this claim in public debates with Christianity’s most celebrated detractors. If, indeed, Christianity is from God, then we should give heed to Jesus when he says, If any mans will is to do Gods will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-culpability-of-unbelief/
  14. Tacitus Ancient Roman Historian Reports on Jesus – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/tacitus-ancient-roman-historian-reports-on-jesus/
  15. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  16. Did Noah need oxygen above the mountains – creation.com: https://creation.com/did-noah-need-oxygen-above-the-mountains
  17. Can Christians Disagree About the Creation Account in Genesis? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-christians-disagree-about-the-creation-account-in-genesis/
  18. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  19. Did John Really Write John?: https://crossexamined.org/did-john-really-write-john/
  20. My Woke Employees Tried to Cancel Me. Here’s How I Fought Back.: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/07/my-woke-employees-tried-to-cancel-me-heres-how-i-fought-back-and-saved-my-nonprofit

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Psalms 103:15-16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-10-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

We sing about God because we believe in Him. We are not trying to offend anybody, but the evidence that we have seen of Him in our small little lives trumps your opinion about whether or not He exists. – Jeff Foxworthy


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/blasphemy-Holy-Spirit.html
  2. The Destruction of Jerusalem: The Last Days According to Jesus (coverage of Josesphus included) with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUKtA0HLPrI
  3. God On Trial Conference – Q&A: John Lennox, Mark Mittelberg, Paul Copan, & Bobby Conway – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkxZg4bflg
  4. A Challenge to the Modern Church: Invest in Christian Education! – American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/06/a_challenge_to_the_modern_church_invest_in_christian_education.html
  5. Quick Shot: It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-its-narrow-minded-to-think-jesus-is-the-only-way-to-god/
  6. Why Doesn’t God Reveal Himself to Everyone? Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/why-doesnt-god-reveal-himself-to-everyone/
  7. Does Oddball Platypus Genome Reveal Its Origins? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/does-oddball-platypus-genome-reveal-its-origins/
  8. What is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Moralistic-Therapeutic-Deism.html
  9. The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Pew Research Center: https://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalms 57:9-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-3-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

There is no growth without challenge. As students grow up in the church they need real world tests that challenge their faith while in a safe community of other committed Christians who care about them and can equip them. The “just believe harder/blind faith” approach is not working. More importantly, it’s deeply unbiblical. Students need a grown-up worldview that explains their experiences and makes sense of the world around them. At some point, they need to transfer ownership from the church or their parents to themselves. They need to come to a point where they are convinced Christianity is true. Building a lasting faith means knowing what you believe, why you believe it and how to live it out.  – Jonathan Morrow (from, 3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Yes, Bart Ehrman, Jesus is Yahweh – Bart Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is well known for his best-selling popular-level books that are critical of the core tenets of evangelical Christianity and in particular the reliability of the New Testament sources. Frequent readers of my articles will already know that Ehrman is not the most careful scholar when it comes to his utilization of ancient sources. A few days ago, Ehrman published two blog posts on his website, claiming that the idea that Jesus is Himself Yahweh is a recent doctrinal innovation, completely foreign to the New Testament and the ancient church. Ehrman even goes so far as to say that this is the view of only some conservative evangelical Christians and that I’ve never even heard the claim (let alone a discussion of it) until very recently. : https://crossexamined.org/yes-bart-ehrman-jesus-is-yahweh/
  2. If you could rescue EITHER embryos OR a 5-year-old, what would you do? | WINTERY KNIGHT – Embryo: A Defense of Human Life: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/28/if-you-could-rescue-either-embryos-or-a-5-year-old-what-would-you-do-2/
  3. Frank Turek looks at Scientism of the gaps Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/philosophy/frank-turek-looks-at-scientism-of-the-gaps/
  4. Evangelize the Lost : 9Marks How should we interact with our non-Christian friends, co-workers, and classmates around us in order that they might hear and believe in the gospel? Here are five lessons to remember.: https://www.9marks.org/article/evangelize-the-lost/
  5. Is Mormon Salvation Possible? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-mormon-salvation-possible/
  6. Even Unbelievers Are True Believers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/even-unbelievers-are-true-believers/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  7. Nurturing Christian Students As They Engage the Challenges of Atheism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/nurturing-christian-students-as-they-engage-the-challenges-of-atheism/
  8. Book Review: Another Gospel? By author Alisa Childers: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/book-review-another-gospel.html

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:16-18

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-27-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

There are thousands in the present day just as blind in their way as the Jews. They shut their eyes against the plainest facts and doctrines of Christianity. They pretend to say that they do not understand, and cannot therefore believe the things that we press on their attention, as needful to salvation. But, alas! in nineteen cases out of twenty it is a willful ignorance. They do not believe what they do not like to believe. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Can Christian Case Makers Avoid Getting Too Big for Their Britches? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/how-can-christian-case-makers-avoid-getting-too-big-for-their-britches-video/
  2. Church Wins Injunction Plus $1.35 Million in Settlement of California COVID Restrictions Case – Daily Citizen: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/church-wins-injunction-plus-1-35-million-in-settlement-of-california-covid-restrictions-case/
  3. Does Hebrews 10:26 mean that a believer can lose salvation? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Hebrews-10-26.html
  4. Afraid to Die? You’re Probably Not a Christian | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/afraid-to-die-youre-probably-not-a-christian/
  5. New survey: 43% of millennials don’t know, don’t believe God exists | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/21/new-survey-43-of-millennials-dont-know-dont-believe-god-exists/
  6. Ep. 2 | Jesus at Work Among the Unreached – JA Show: https://jashow.org/podcast_episode/ep-2-jesus-at-work-among-the-unreached/
  7. A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design: The Study Guide | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/05/a-summary-of-the-evidence-for-intelligent-design-the-study-guide/
  8. 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project – long, long article (book review), but well worth the read, not strictly apologetics, but important to understand this issue as it is being taught to children in some places in the country: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/1620-critical-response-1619-project-danusha-v-goska/
  9. What’s the Christian Debate Over the Age of the Earth? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/whats-the-christian-debate-over-the-age-of-the-earth/

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. – Ezekiel 36:25-28

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-20-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is the definition of atheism a lack of belief in God? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/12/is-the-definition-of-atheism-a-lack-of-belief-in-god-13/
  2. Is the Bibles definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/13/is-the-bibles-definition-of-faith-opposed-to-logic-and-evidence-17/
  3. The Challenge of Complex Adaptation for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains the challenging problem of complex adaptation for evolution. According to Axe, complex adaptation is a problem because “you have to get lots of things together, none of which on its own would be beneficial, in order to get some new thing.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_OTy4fYSwY
  4. In this interview, astrophysicist Bijan Nemati engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the rarity of the Earth, the search for extra-terrestrial life, fine-tuning, the Big Bang, and lots more. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3YpOWCrc4
  5. Can Jesus Story Still Surprise You?: https://crossexamined.org/can-jesus-story-still-surprise-you/
  6. Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls / spirits? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html
  7. I’m Not A Christian Because It Works for Me | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/im-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  8. How Evolutionary Naturalism Undermines Environmentalism Thinking Matters: https://thinkingmatters.org.nz/2021/04/how-evolution-undermines-environmentalism/
  9. Why would Jesus be the only way to God?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2020/09/why-would-jesus-be-only-way-to-god.html
  10. Islam: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Know About it Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/islam-3-reasons-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/
  11. Exclusive: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries
  12. Were called to help our brothers and sisters (Matt 25:35-36), but what’s the difference between helping someone and enabling them to depend on you?: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/whats-the-difference-between-helping-someone-and-enabling-someone/
  13. Why were Michael and Satan disputing over the body of Moses (Jude 9)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Michael-Satan-Moses.html

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-13-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

You don’t labor to get into a right relationship with God. You labor because you’re in a right relationship with God. – John Piper

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Greg Koukl: Relativism Discussion Starters | Educate For Life: https://educateforlife.org/greg-koukl-relativism-discussion-starters/
  2. How Do I Share What I Believe? Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-ten-common-christian-expressions-requiring-translation/
  3. The Difference Between Christian Grace and Mormon Grace | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-difference-between-christian-grace-and-mormon-grace/
  4. The Paradigm Project: Intelligent Design – Meet some of the world’s most dangerous mind scientists who are daring to claim that nature provides compelling evidence of intelligent design. In this new video, join host Kutter Callaway as he investigates recent developments about the origin and evolution of life and what these developments may mean for humanity’s age-old search for faith and purpose. The video features interviews with philosopher of science Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, Darwin’s Doubt, and The Return of the God Hypothesis; molecular biologist Douglas Axe of Biola University, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life Is Designed; and molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells, author of The Myth of Junk DNA, Icons of Evolution, and Zombie Science. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxaF36arB4
  5. The Universal Offense: Jesus is THE only way Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-universal-offense-jesus-is-the-only-way/
  6. Why Its Futile to Look for the Perfect Argument for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-futile-to-look-for-the-perfect-argument-for-christianity/
  7. Scientists Conclude: Human Origins Research Is a Big Mess | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/05/scientists-conclude-human-origins-research-is-a-big-mess/
  8. Act Like Men of God: Six Marks of Uncommon Conduct | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/act-like-men-of-god
  9. Lessons from Mount St Helens – How its eruption backs biblical history. creation.com: https://creation.com/lessons-from-mount-st-helens
  10. Sean Responds to His “Atheist Encounter” at A Christian School – In this video, I answer seven questions that I received while role-playing an atheist at a Christian High school. This video includes my REAL thoughts on the existence of Jesus, the multiverse, prophecy, and more. It is from the recent video titled “A Christian Role-Plays an Atheist to a Group of Christians.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOSMkNH8fNE
  11. The Struggle Between Presenting Arguments and Being Argumentative | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-struggle-between-presenting-arguments-and-being-argumentative/
  12. Can we trust the New Testament as a historical document? | carm.org: https://carm.org/about-the-bible/can-we-trust-the-new-testament-as-a-historical-document/
  13. The Cosmic Chaos of Pantheism The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2021/04/30/the-cosmic-chaos-of-pantheism/

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-6-2021)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2000) from Nuggets:

The love of Jesus, the matchless lover of souls. His love was indeed stronger than the most terrible death, for it endured the trial of the cross triumphantly. It was a lingering death, but love survived the torment; a shameful death, but love despised the shame; a penal death, but love bore our iniquities; a forsaken, lonely death, from which the eternal Father hid his face, but love endured the curse, and gloried over all. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Don’t Take My Word For It! – You Must Test Your Leaders: https://www.mbcglobe.org/post/don-t-take-my-word-for-it
  2. Marks Relationship With Peter Was the Foundation for His Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/marks-relationship-with-peter-was-the-foundation-for-his-gospel/
  3. When Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber Doesn’t Stop Polarization: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/why-breaking-out-of-the-echo-chamber-doesnt-stop-polarization/
  4. The Case for Jesus from a Well Prepared 15-Year-Old | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-case-for-jesus-from-a-well-prepared-15-year-old/
  5. I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness for the same reason I’m not a global warming alarmist | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/02/im-not-a-jehovahs-witness-for-the-same-reason-im-not-a-global-warming-alarmist-2/
  6. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? – Part Two: The Explanation – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SbJ4p6WiZE
  7. Heat to Light: Our Lost Moral High Ground, and How to Begin Reclaiming It | Tom Gilson: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2021/05/heat-to-light-lost-moral-high-ground-begin-reclaiming/
  8. Response to Matthew Hartke’s Five Reasons to Doubt the Resurrection – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/on-matthew-hartkes-five-reasons-to-doubt-the-resurrection/
  9. Christian MP faces 6 years in prison for tweeting Bible verses on marriage, sexuality – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/amp/christian-mp-faces-prison-for-tweeting-bible-verses-on-marriage.html
  10. Preparing Your Kids for the Teen Years – Form 2 – Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/preparing-your-kids-for-the-teen-years-form-2/
  11. The Claim about Homosexuality in the Film 1946 Is Irrelevant: https://www.str.org/w/the-claim-about-homosexuality-in-the-film-1946-is-irrelevant
  12. You Never Marry the Right Person | RELEVANT: https://www.relevantmagazine.com/life5/you-never-marry-the-right-person/
  13. Christians and Suicide Prevention – Loving Our Neighbors by Sharing Christs Abundant Life | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/sanctity-of-life/christians-and-suicide-prevention/
  14. Did Jesus Really Live? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/did-jesus-really-live/
  15. Why the Objective Truth Trumps My Subjective Feelings | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-objective-truth-trumps-my-subjective-feelings/
  16. What is apatheism? What is an apatheist? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/apatheism.html

You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings–what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 2 Timothy 3:10-11

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-29-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Go and look at the poor Hindu idolater, seeking peace in vain by afflicting his body; and, after fifty years of self-imposed suffering, unable to find it. Go and look at the benighted Romanist, giving money to his priest to pray for his soul—and yet dying without comfort. Go and look at rich men, spending thousands in search of happiness—and yet always discontented and unhappy. Then turn to Jesus, and think what He can do, and is daily doing for all who savingly trust Him.  – J.C. Ryle  

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 15 questions for evolutionists – creation.com: https://creation.com/15-questions-for-evolutionists
  2. Why Christians Need to Be Ready to Answer Their Kid’s Questions (short interview with J. Warner Wallace) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_np3sREu9ZY
  3. Imaginative Apologetics at Work – My wife works for a health care management company based just outside of a major city. Her irreligious coworkers find her Christian faith quaint or exotic but respect her enough to express interest… – The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter: https://worldviewbulletin.substack.com/p/imaginative-apologetics-at-work
  4. 4 Reasons Why Christianity is True (Frank Turek) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ata3XrCiGtY
  5. Don’t dismiss best practices for Christian living as legalism and denying grace | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/24/dont-dismiss-best-practices-for-christian-living-as-legalism-and-denying-grace-3/
  6. Answers to questions that skeptics ask about Christianity | carm.org: https://carm.org/questions-skeptics-ask
  7. Answering Skeptics Josh.org: https://www.josh.org/resources/apologetics/answering-skeptics/
  8. When Spiritual Heroes Fall: https://www.str.org/w/when-spiritual-heroes-fall
  9. The Christian View on Science & Faith | Explore God Article: https://www.exploregod.com/articles/a-deeper-look-at-the-christian-view-of-science-and-faith
  10. Do Christians Need to Choose Between Science and God? Onward in the Faith: https://onwardinthefaith.com/i-believe-in-science-not-god/
  11. What Are the Top 10 Problems People Have with the God of Christianity | Zondervan Academic: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/what-are-the-top-10-problems-people-have-with-god
  12. Where did God come from? – Best answer – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6AHcv19NIc
  13. Why does God allow cancer? …in 90 seconds! – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti-anhyVtOs
  14. Bacterial Proteins Use Quantum Mechanics | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/Bacterial-Proteins-Use-Quantum-Mechanics/
  15. Arches National Park: Sculptures from the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/arches-national-park-sculptures-from-the-flood/
  16. Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Mithras Mythology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-jesus-simply-a-retelling-of-the-mithras-mythology/
  17. Mann’s Word: SUICIDE AND SECULARISM: http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2021/04/suicide-and-secularism.html
  18. Study: 6% of Americans Follow a Biblical Worldview: https://decisionmagazine.com/study-6-of-americans-follow-a-biblical-worldview/
  19. The World’s Most Amazing Camera: Part 1 | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/biology/the-worlds-most-amazing-camera-part-1/
  20. Is God a moral monster? (Video lecture) – Paul Copan: https://youtu.be/1C3q3Zr_R8E
  21. Ray Comfort interviews young people regarding evolution, asking questions to make them reconsider their worldview: https://youtu.be/flwT5sJo4kA
  22. How should old Earth and young Earth Christians interact? Dr. William Lane Craig: https://youtu.be/Mf2cJdBz0Rs
  23. What are the historical arguments for the empty tomb narrative? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/25/what-are-the-historical-arguments-for-the-empty-tomb-narrative-5/
  24. Why the Information in Our DNA Points to the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-information-in-our-dna-points-to-the-existence-of-god/
  25. Book Review: Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism by Timothy Stratton | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2021/04/book-review-human-freedom-divine-knowledge-and-mere-molinism-by-timothy-stratton/
  26. Let Your Worldview Shape How You Do Your Work: https://www.str.org/w/let-your-worldview-shape-how-you-do-your-work
  27. Why the Puddle Analogy Fails against Fine-Tuning: https://www.str.org/w/why-the-puddle-analogy-fails-against-fine-tuning

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. – Isaiah 61:10-11

Blessings to you all