mid-week apologetics booster (4-2-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

One reason Christianity has failed to exert much influence on the major intellectual institutions of America is that too many Christians hold their beliefs in an uninformed and precarious fashion. Instead of pursuing answers to the toughest questions an unbelieving world can marshal, they attempt to preserve certainty through ignorance and isolation, relying on platitudes rather than arguments. – Douglas Groothuis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. An Easy Way to Explain the Role of Apologetics in a Christian’s Life THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/an-easy-way-to-explain-the-role-of-apologetics-in-a-christians-life-3/
  2. Origins of pathogenic microbes: part 1 – The vast majority of microbes do not inflict damage on their hosts. They are non-pathogenic. The majority of microbes inhabiting humans are classically harmless commensals (one organism benefits, the other is not harmed or benefited). Microbes are present in large numbers in and on the human body and ensure our survival. They aid digestion and provide nutrients necessary for our well-being.: https://creation.com/origins-of-pathogenic-microbes-1
  3. Illustra Media videos on intelligent design are FREE to watch for 2 months | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/03/26/illustra-media-videos-on-intelligent-design-are-free-to-watch-for-2-months/
  4. A Trillion First Responders | To keep us safe, our body coordinates with a vast network of foreign agents that have joined our side.: https://answersingenesis.org/human-body/trillion-first-responders/
  5. Pope: Confess sins directly to God if no priests available during virus pandemic – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-confess-sins-directly-to-god-if-no-priests-available-during-virus-pandemic.html
  6. Here’s why there’s more evidence for Christianity than you might think – J. Warner Wallace : https://youtu.be/UcqeQG5l3Yk
  7. Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/nearly-half-of-young-adults-with-ties-to-christianity-say-church-cant-answer-their-questions-survey.html
  8. COVID-19s Impact on AiG and a Biblical Response by Ken Ham | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/03/27/covid19s-impact-on-aig-and-biblical-response-by-ken-ham/
  9. The Ultimate Proof of Creation-Dr. Jason Lisle : https://youtu.be/-j9-cyRbFcs
  10. PDF – PREPARING Your CHURCH for Coronavirus (COVID-19) A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual: https://www.wheaton.edu/media/humanitarian-disaster-institute/Preparing-Your-Church-for-Coronavirus.pdf
  11. 5 Ways to Disciple Your Kids and Love Your Neighbor Through the Coronavirus Pandemic – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/coronavirus/
  12. Can Science Explain Everything? Book Review | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/can-science-explain-everything-book-review
  13. Majority of Americans praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic: Pew Research Center poll – Washington Times: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/31/majority-of-americans-praying-for-an-end-to-the-co/
  14. Bart Ehrman Has a Change of Heart (no, he’s not saying Christianity is true…): https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/bart_ehrman_has_a_change_of_heart
  15. You’re Probably Doing It Wrong: Tips for Speaking to a Camera | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/youre-probably-doing-it-wrong-tips-speaking-camera
  16. NYT Ignores The Evidence To Slander Christians As Coronavirus Deniers: https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/01/new-york-times-ignores-the-evidence-to-slander-christians-as-coronavirus-deniers/
  17. What is a Christian to do with Politics?: A Look at Politics and Worldview Integration (video) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/what-is-a-christian-to-do-with-politics-a-look-at-politics-and-worldview-integration/
  18. What Are the Most Powerful Arguments for the Existence of God? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/what-are-most-powerful-arguments-existence-god
  19. This Month’s Issue of Acts and Facts | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/aaf/index/
  20. Milking Roaches for All They’re Worth | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creepy-crawlies/insects/milking-roaches-all-theyre-worth-unlikely-reminder-gods-provision/

I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me. Micah 5:15

Blessings to you all

35 Passages You Can Pray Back to God

What follows is a list of 35 passages which you can either pray directly to God (word for word), or you can slightly modify the words to direct them as a prayer to Him:

  1. Psalm 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.
  2. Psalm 139:1-4 – O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
  3. Psalm 139:13-16 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
  4. Psalm 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  5. 1 Chronicles 29:17a – I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity
  6. Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
  7. Psalm 144:3-4 – O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.
  8. Psalm 69:5 – O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.
  9. Psalm 25:3a – No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame
  10. Psalm 140:6b – You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.
  11. Psalm 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.
  12. Psalm 79:9 – Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
  13. Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
  14. Psalm 27:4 – One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
  15. Psalm 141:3-4 – Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. 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.
  16. Psalm 119:36-37 – Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
  17. Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
  18. Psalm 119:61 – Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
  19. Psalm 51:1-17 – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.  Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.  Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.  You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
  20. Psalm 56:4 – O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
  21. Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  22. Proverbs 30:7-9 – Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
  23. Habakkuk 3:17-18 – Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
  24. Mark 9:24b – I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!
  25. Luke 22:42 – Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
  26. Luke 23:42b – Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
  27. Luke 18:13b – God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
  28. Luke 23:34 – Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
  29. John 17:17 – Sanctify them in the Truth; Your word is Truth
  30. John 20:28b – (to Jesus) “My Lord and My God”
  31. Romans 7:24-25a – Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
  32. 2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
  33. Hebrews 13:6b – The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
  34. Jude 24-25 – Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.
  35. Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

You may be able to think of many more, but this is a good start.  May this enhance and enrich your prayer life!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-26-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

God is more concerned with our character than our comfort. God is more concerned with our holiness than our happiness – Tim Barnett

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Quarantine Questionnaire: Reasons Why People Reject the Claims of Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quarantine-questionnaire-reasons-why-people-reject-the-claims-of-christianity/
  2. God’s absence – revisiting the divine hiddenness argument: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2020/01/gods-absence.html
  3. Is Something Evil Only If It Harms Others? https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/is-something-evil-only-if-it-harms-others
  4. What Would Jesus Say About the Corona Virus? | The Cripplegate: https://thecripplegate.com/what-would-jesus-say-about-the-coronavirus/
  5. How the Resurrection of Jesus Makes a Difference in Dealing with the COVID-19 Virus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/how-the-resurrection-of-jesus-makes-a-difference-in-dealing-with-the-covid-19-virus/
  6. Amid Plague, their Deeds Were on Everyone’s Lips: How Christianity Conquered Rome BibleMesh: https://biblemesh.com/blog/amid-plague-their-deeds-were-on-everyones-lips-how-christianity-conquered-rome/
  7. Quarantined Together: Can Your Marriage Take It? | Family Life: https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/life-issues/quarantined-from-covid-19-will-it-hurt-your-marriage/
  8. My Disagreements With The Virus Response | Thomistic Bent: https://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/my-disagreements-with-the-virus-response/
  9. Pandemics, Plagues, End Times, Disease: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-the-bible-talk-about-pandemics/
  10. Living in Plague Times – Philip Yancey: https://philipyancey.com/living-in-plague-times?fbclid=IwAR339ekQ44k4_0vGZ3HtcCo-14aKjUASkTPswQr7slvEgAbRgJt5e7T2Xj4

But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. Isaiah 7:16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-19-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still. But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness?  – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. My thoughts on the coronavirus: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/my-thoughts-on-coronavirus/
  2. Is it time to run and hide? Should you cut yourself off from other people because of the coronavirus? https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+stcbbhc
  3. Why Did God Make Viruses? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/biology/microbiology/why-did-god-make-viruses/
  4. What does the Bible say about pandemic diseases/sicknesses? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pandemic-diseases.html
  5. C. S. Lewis on the Coronavirus: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/cs-lewis-coronavirus/
  6. The way of the master episode with focus on evolution: https://youtu.be/TwaPidXWyAM
  7. God and Math – How God is the Ultimate Foundation for Mathematics | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/creation-science/taking-god-out-of-the-equation/
  8. Presuppositional Procedure (Greg Bahnsen) – Here then is how the presuppositional (transcendental) method of defending the faith would proceed once the preliminary discussions and clarifications have taken place with the unbeliever-and the two outlooks now come head to head | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/apologetics/presuppositional-procedure/
  9. Out of Africa theory problems are growing – The favoured story of evolution is now struggling: https://creation.com/out-of-africa-theory-wrong
  10. The Story of St. Patrick – Learn about Patrick the man. Not the man of legend, who supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland, but about the man of indomitable faith in Jesus Christ.: https://www.breakpoint.org/the-story-of-st-patrick/
  11. Getting Faith Right. Are faith and reason at odds? Is belief in Christianity a blind leap in the dark? In this weeks podcast, Tim explores the relationship between faith and reason, and shows how biblical faith is the exact opposite of so-called blind faith.: https://www.str.org/podcasts/clear-thinking-christianity/getting-faith-right#.XnAPZ1NlAzR
  12. Faith & Wishing – What makes the Christian’s faith any different from the Mormon’s wishing, or the Hindu’s wishing, or even the wishing of an atheist?: https://www.str.org/articles/faith-wishing#.XnBBoFNlAzR
  13. Apologetics for Children – How can we help our children understand evidence for the Christian faith?: https://crossexamined.org/apologetics-for-children/
  14. Talking with Your Kids about God – Christian parenting is hard work–and it’s getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith but fear that today’s increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed–uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face. Frank interviews author Natasha Crain about her new book a practical and timely resource that gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith.: https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+jh8bkv7
  15. A, B. C’s of the Gospel – Michael Licona: https://youtu.be/7Zc4Ye9GIVY4789307

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. – Psalms 55:22

Blessings to you all

Defense of Paul Washer and other preachers from an Apologist point of view

I have a friend with whom I discuss Apologetics as well as many other general Christian topics.  We were talking about Paul Washer during one of our discussions and afterward, he went on YouTube looking for a random Paul Washer video and watched it.  He sent me an email with his critique – here are some excerpts and quotes:

“it seemed like a lot of logical fallacies or preacher tactics.”

accusation:  do you know the attributes of God?    Are you learning the important things?
straw man:  we see the church as Six Flags over Jesus
Bifurcation:  Revival or Judgement
scare tactic:  I have great fear for you.
Generalization:  based not on scripture but on culture
irrelevant thesis: most of what I will say is scandalous
straw man:   God – you will not be able to avoid Him – no matter how hard you try
straw man:  God looks like Santa Claus today
” :  we so little knowledge of Scripture
Bifurcation:   God he is everything or He is nothing

Here was my response:

Regarding Paul Washer – he is definitely not an apologist, he’s a preacher.  Paul Washer’s main goal seems to be to get individuals to consider whether they are really saved, based on the way they’re living.

He uses hyperbole for sure (e.g. the “Six Flags over Jesus” comment), but Jesus did as well – I’m not sure we can label that as a straw man.  In fact Jesus used many of those tactics, for example:

  1. Hyperbole (straw man) – I don’t think Jesus really meant that we were to cut off our hands/feet or gouge out our eyes: Matt. 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.
  2. Scare Tactics – Jesus used scare tactics many times.  Like when talking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:33 – You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Or Luke 12:5 – 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.
  3. Bifurcation – I don’t think we could accuse Jesus of bifurcation in Matt. 12:30 – He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters or His brother – James 4:4 – You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
  4. Accusation – I don’t think we can accuse Jesus of illegitimate accusation during His conversation with Nicodemus: John 3:10-12 – “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?“.

I could go on…  But I give these responses to show that Paul Washer is using tactics that, on their face, may seem like fallacies or preacher tactics, but we can find many preachers, prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself in the Bible using these same “tactics”.

If we’re honest, I’m sure most preachers commit logical fallacies.  We could probably find logic errors in many of our favorite preachers (unfortunately) – even R.C. Sproul or John MacArthur.  However, I tolerate it because that’s not what I listen to them for.  I listen to them for better understanding/insights about the biblical text and for exhortation and bringing conviction of my heart (which Paul Washer, Steven J. Lawson and others do very well).  But they give good analogies and good stories that get right to the main point and make it clear.  Here is one of my favorite Paul Washer sermons, at the very end (59:26) he gives a pretty good analogy:

 

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Luke 18:9-14 – The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The following presentation is a message I plan to deliver to our youth group (middle school and high school) today at 10:30.  I pray that it would go well, and God would use this to impact them for their eternal benefit.

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Today we’re going to be looking at one of the most well-known parables of Jesus – the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  The title of the message is “Are you justified?” Open your Bibles to Luke chapter 18 and let’s read it:

First, I want you to notice who Jesus told the parable to: “some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else”.

What an indictment this description is!  This attitude is not the attitude of a Christian before a Holy God.

Based on what we know about Jesus’s interaction with the Pharisees, this passage may have been directed at them (as well as anyone else who would be confident in their own righteousness).

 

 

The Pharisees were the religious leaders in Jesus’ day.  They were trying to adhere to, not only the 613 commandments given to the Israelites in the Mosaic Law, but thousands of additional rules, regulations and traditions in “the Mishna”.

(The Mishna is an ongoing compilation of sermons and sayings by Jewish rabbis meant to interpret the original Mosaic Law. The original intent of these additions was to clarify the law, but it ended up adding many layers of complicated regulations.)

 

The Apostle Paul himself was trained as a Pharisee (by Gamaliel Acts 22:3; Phil. 3:6).  But, after his conversion to Christ, he viewed his former life as worthless – saying:

So, we as Christians should never be “confident in” our own righteousness…

Because of their zeal for the law, the general population would’ve considered the Pharisees to be about as righteous as one could be.  Jesus even referenced this during the Sermon on the Mount when He told the people:

Even though Jesus knew that the people regarded the Pharisees as righteous and holy, He also knew that they placed a heavy burden on the people because of their legalism.  When he delivered His great rebuke of the Pharisees in Matthew 23, He opens the chapter by describing them:

(phylacteries consisted of a black box, which contained a parchment with four passages from the Old Testament: Exodus 13:1-10, Exodus 13:11-16, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 11:13-21.

The Jewish men also wore an outer garment that had tassels on the four corners. This was a command by God through Moses in Numbers 15:37-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12. This garment became a prayer shawl and covered the head during prayer.)

Jesus went on in that chapter to call them out on their hypocrisy:

Matthew 23:27-28, “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”.

Let’s watch a little video clip depicting this scene:

 

Wow!  That was from a movie called “Jesus of Nazareth” from the 1970’s.

Jesus was not “Barney”!

This was only one incident – Jesus had many other challenging and direct interactions with the Pharisees.

So, with this knowledge of the Pharisees, let’s now learn a little about the other character in the parable – the Tax Collectors.

The Tax Collectors were widely regarded as great sinners in Jesus’ day.

Here are 4 reasons why the tax collectors had such a bad reputation.  First, no one likes to pay money to the government, especially when the government is an oppressive regime like the Roman Empire of the 1st century. Those who collected the taxes for such a government bore the brunt of much public displeasure.

Second, the tax collectors in the Bible were Jews who were working for the hated Romans. These individuals were seen as traitors to their own countrymen. Rather than fighting the Roman oppressors, the tax collectors were helping them.

Third, it was common knowledge that the tax collectors cheated the people they collected from. They would collect more than required and keep the extra for themselves. The tax collector Zacchaeus, in his confession to the Lord, mentioned his past dishonesty (Luke 19:8).

Fourth, the tax collectors were often rich. Many resented supporting the tax collectors’ lavish lifestyle. The tax collectors were ostracized from society and formed their own clique, further separating themselves from the rest of society.

So, in the parable, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector go up to the Temple to pray.  The Pharisee starts first.  According to the text he stands up and prays “about himself”.  Well that’s an accurate statement – in 2 short verses, he uses the word “I” 4 times!

His “prayer” hardly deserves to be called a prayer.  He starts off addressing God, but after that, all we hear about is:

  1. His morality
  2. His religiosity
  3. How the Tax Collector was just the opposite.

His Morality

He talks about how he’s morally superior to other men – he’s not

  1. a robber,
  2. an evil doer or
  3. an adulterer

His Religiosity

How he performs “religious acts”:

  1. fasts twice a week
  2. gives a tithe (1/10 of his income)

It’s almost as if the Pharisee is explaining to God how good and worthy he is and how lucky God is to have him on His team!

It reminds me of a quote from a video interview of Michael Bloomberg on April 21st, 2017, where he says this:

This is a stunningly arrogant statement…  Anyone with an attitude like that – thinking that they deserve heaven – is going to be very surprised when they are standing before a Holy God on judgement day (if their attitude doesn’t change).

Contrast the prayer of the Pharisee with the Tax Collector.  Even his posture before God in prayer is different.  The text says “he stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast…”

The Tax Collector’s prayer is very simple and “to the point” – “God have mercy on me, a sinner”.

The prayer contains a straight forward admission of his own guilt and a request to God for mercy.

There’s none of this in the Pharisee’s prayer.  The Pharisee doesn’t:

  1. Acknowledge his sins
  2. Ask for forgiveness
  3. Ask for mercy

It is not even clear that the Pharisee realizes his need for forgiveness and mercy!  Rather, it sounds like he is promoting himself and touting his achievements.  Yes, he does give thanks to God, but it is thanks for his AMAZING self!

The Jews during Jesus’ time, went up to the Temple once or twice a day to worship – 9AM and 3PM (Acts 3:1).  At those times also, there was the offering of the morning sacrifice and the evening sacrifice (Exodus 29:38-42; Numbers 28:1-8) which came to be called the Tamid Sacrifice.

All of those offerings pointed to Christ Jesus – who made a sacrifice once for all (Hebrews 7:27, 9:22-28, 10:5-14; 1 Peter 3:18).  Every sacrifice that died on a Jewish altar pointed to the Lamb of God (John 1:29).

So, these men went up to the Temple at the very time the sacrifice was being offered.  And there’s the Pharisee – he has no regard for the blood sacrifice.  He has no regard for “substitution” – he has no regard for Divine satisfaction of God’s justice.

All he’s interested in is for God to pay attention to who he is and all of his worthiness, greatness and righteousness!  It’s like he’s saying, “On the basis of all that I am – bless me!”

But the Tax Collector sees that same offering being offered to God – he sees the blood and he beats his breast and says “God, have mercy upon me, a sinner”.

I want to explain some detail here so that you know the significance of that word “mercy” in what the Tax Collector said.  It will make you see why sometimes you can get more insight if you look into the original language of the Bible.

Our English word “mercy” is used 54 times in the New Testament.  But it is not always translated from the same word in the original Greek language.  For example, in the 18th chapter of Luke, “mercy” is used 3 times – once in verse 13 in our passage and also in verses 38 and 39 where a blind man calls out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

But the root word in the Greek in v38 Eleeo (el-eh-eh’-o) means to have pity or compassion on someone – to help “the afflicted”, which the blind man was.

However, in verse 13, when the Tax Collector says “God, have mercy upon me, a sinner”, it’s a different Greek word:  Hilaskomai (hil-as’-kom-ahee) which means to become “propitious”.

 

This is the verb form of the word “propitiation” (Hilasterion), which some of you may’ve heard of.

It is the word which is used when talking of Jesus’ atoning death for our sins.  I will read one small passage where propitiation is used – you will certainly have heard at least the beginning of this, from Romans 3 (NASB):

Let me read that in another translation (NIV):

And yet another (NLT):

So, in effect the Tax Collector was asking God, “Let your rightful anger with me be satisfied on the basis of the blood shed upon the altar!” – and that’s the Gospel!  It was like he was saying “Jesus died for my sins”.

Even our weeping and our repentance and our faith – that’s not going to satisfy God’s justice.  “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20) – God demands death for sins!  “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23a) – The Savior and His death – that’s what satisfied God’s justice!

The Tax Collector’s prayer reminds me of that old hymn of the faith Rock of Ages:

Now let’s look at Jesus’s assessment of the 2 prayers…

Jesus says “I tell you that this man (the Tax Collector), rather than the other (the Pharisee), went home justified before God.”

It would’ve been stunning to people to hear that this rotten, sinful Tax Collector was justified with God, but the Pharisee, as righteous as he appeared, was not justified before God.

What does it mean to be “justified” before God?  It means that Christ’s righteousness is credited to us and that our guilt is credited to Jesus on the cross.

I’ve heard it said that justified means “Just as if I’d never sinned

The Bible says that God “has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)

And if you are justified before God, you are “saved” and will go to heaven one day.  So, I ask you – are you justified?

The Bible says that most people will proclaim their own goodness (Proverbs 20:6).

You can go to the person on the street, start a conversation and ask, “Are you going to go to heaven when you die? And if so, why?”  The answer will most likely be, “Yes, because I’m a good person.”   Then if you follow up to ask why they think they’re good enough to go to heaven, the answer will likely be, “I don’t kill, hurt or steal, I’m kind, I help others when I can.”  The average person thinks that “good people” go to heaven and “bad people” go to hell.  The problem is that they don’t understand what God’s standard is.  How good would you have to be to make it?

In Matthew 5:48, Jesus told us what God’s standard is:

That’s the standard – perfection – That is an impossible standard!  But thank God for the Gospel – that we can be “freely justified by grace”, through faith in Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says:

A famous Pastor, Greg Laurie commented that:

So, I hope you can answer the question “are you justified?” in the affirmative and say the words of Romans 5:9

 

 

mid-week apologetics booster (3-5-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Instead of ‘Walking in the Spirit’, many Christians are sleepwalking. It’s time to wake up! Jesus is coming! – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 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/
  2. Top three reasons people reject Christianity – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/voices/top-three-reasons-people-reject-christianity.html
  3. The Problem of the Unevangelized Once More | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-problem-of-the-unevangelized-once-more/
  4. Testing the Gospels From John to Hippolytus – “The Chain of Custody” | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/testing-the-gospels-from-john-to-hippolytus/
  5. 10 FREE Bible Study Tools Bible.org Blogs: https://blogs.bible.org/10-free-bible-study-tools/
  6. Leading Youth to Spiritual Maturity and a Strong Biblical Faith: https://stevenkozak.com/2020/03/02/leading-youth-to-spiritual-maturity-and-a-strong-biblical-faith/
  7. Secular Scientists Admit Dinosaurs Appeared Abruptly | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/dinosaurs-appeared-abruptly
  8. Praying Mantis has 3-D sight (vision) – this confounds evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/10511
  9. Stephen C. Meyer and Marcus Ross lecture on the Cambrian explosion | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/03/01/stephen-c-meyer-and-marcus-ross-lecture-on-the-cambrian-explosion-5/
  10. Greg Koukl Stand To Reason podcast – there are a number of topics talked about, but I want to direct your attention to a caller that starts 44 minutes into the podcast and asks a question about the mind/soul vs. the brain. I think Greg gives a good answer to the caller: https://subspla.sh/wpdn8xd
  11. An Acronym for Apologetics The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/03/02/an-acronym-for-apologetics/
  12. A Brief Defense of the Pro-Life Position: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-brief-defense-of-pro-life-position.html?m=1
  13. What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Humans? Five Honest Realities | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-does-christianity-say-about-the-nature-of-humans/
  14. Debating Skeptics (1 of 5): https://pleaseconvinceme.blogspot.com/2016/12/debating-skeptics-1-of-5.html
  15. Pro-Lifers’ Social Media Bans Are Too Numerous To Not Be Censorship: https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/02/pro-lifers-social-media-bans-are-too-numerous-to-not-be-censorship/
  16. Cincinnati church wipes out $46.5 million in medical debt for 45,000 families | Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/cincinnati-church-wipes-out-46-5-million-in-medical-debt-largest-amount-for-nonprofit
  17. Evolutionist Admits Darwin’s Connection to Racism | CEH: https://crev.info/2020/02/evolutionist-admits-darwins-connection-to-racism/
  18. ‘Sometimes I Just Want to Scream So that Other Parents Understand’ – She was 12 when a school counselor told Rob’s daughter she was transgender. They picked out a new name and started treating her like a boy at school — without ever calling home.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20B42&f=WU20B06
  19. New Jersey Public Schools To Teach LGBT Ideology In Every Subject: https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/27/new-jersey-public-schools-to-teach-lgbt-ideology-in-every-subject/
  20. Pence Doesn’t Believe in Science?: https://townhall.com/columnists/jerrynewcombe/2020/03/04/pence-doesnt-believe-in-science-n2563207

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:21-24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-27-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

If you are placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, or judgmental, use Columbo to turn the tables. When someone asks for your personal views about a controversial issue, preface your remarks with a question that sets the stage — in your favor — for your response. Say, “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking. I don’t mind answering, but before I do, I want to know if it’s safe to offer my views. So let me ask you a question: Do you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person on issues like this? Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view? Do you respect diverse points of view, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from your own?” Now when you give your point of view, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too. This line of questioning trades on an important bit of knowledge: There is no neutral ground when it comes to the tolerance question. Everybody has a point of view she thinks is right, and everybody passes judgment at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeonholed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too, even people who consider themselves relativists. I call this the passive-aggressive tolerance trick. The key to understanding this trick is knowing that everyone thinks his own beliefs are correct. If people didn’t think their beliefs were true, they wouldn’t believe them. They’d believe something else and think that was true.

 – Greg Koukl (Tactics)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Young People Leave the Church: http://colsoncenter.libsyn.com/why-young-people-leave-the-church
  2. Ten Biblical Truths About Life Beyond the Grave: https://oncedelivered.net/2020/01/07/ten-biblical-truths-about-life-beyond-the-grave/
  3. Justin Bieber Said He’s Obeying Jesus Now! | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/justin-bieber-said-hes-obeying-jesus-now/
  4. Five Questions Every Student Needs You to Answer – Growing Leaders: https://growingleaders.com/blog/five-questions-every-student-needs-you-to-answer/
  5. Talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Start Here | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/talking-jehovahs-witnesses-start-here
  6. William Lane Craig debates Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: evil, suffering and God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/20/william-lane-craig-debates-walter-sinnott-armstrong-evil-suffering-and-god-6/
  7. Hermeneutical Series: STOP Using Matthew 7:1 Out of Context! The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry: https://roblundbergapologetics.com/2020/02/22/hermeneutical-series-stop-using-matthew-71-out-of-context/
  8. Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials: https://www.barna.com/research/three-spiritual-journeys-of-millennials/
  9. Fighting The Porn Industry Must Begin Within The Church: https://howtoreligion.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/fighting-the-porn-industry-must-begin-within-the-church-2/
  10. Facts Are Not Enough – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/facts-are-not-enough/
  11. The Amazing Unity of Scripture : Christian Courier: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1605-amazing-unity-of-scripture-the
  12. If Human Eugenics Wouldn’t Work, Human Evolution Has a Big Problem | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/02/if-human-eugenics-wouldnt-work-human-evolution-has-a-big-problem/
  13. Psychologist affirms creation (Nathan Marinau): https://creation.com/nathan-marinau-interview
  14. John MacArthur Warned Moody Years Ago About James MacDonald, Emails Reveal | Julie Roys: https://julieroys.com/john-macarthur-warned-moody-years-ago-about-james-macdonald-emails-reveal/
  15. UK NHS government-run healthcare only available for people who agree with the government | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/19/uk-nhs-government-run-healthcare-only-available-for-people-who-agree-with-the-government/
  16. Ray Comfort shares his views about Bernie Sanders : https://youtu.be/EgyTfXJuMEY
  17. California Pastor Says Trump’s Border Wall is Biblical | Todd Starnes: https://www.toddstarnes.com/politics/california-pastor-says-trumps-border-wall-is-biblical/

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-20-20)

Good morning friends,

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

It is not feeling the Spirit that proves my saved state but the truth of what Christ did perfectly for me. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Five Ways to Help Your Kids Grow in Their Christian Confidence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/five-ways-to-help-your-kids-grow-in-their-christian-confidence/
  2. Three Ways to Ignite Your Teenager’s Passion for God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/three-ways-to-ignite-your-teenagers-passion-for-god/
  3. Politics Will Not Save Us | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/politics-will-not-save-us
  4. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/02/12/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-9/
  5. The Founders As Christians, their quotes – Wall Builders: https://wallbuilders.com/the-founders-as-christians/
  6. David Wood And Bobby: If Bart Ehrman Is Right, Islam Is False. – One Minute Apologist: https://oneminuteapologist.com/david-wood-and-bobby-if-bart-ehrman-is-right-islam-is-false/
  7. Five atheist miracles (Creation Magazine LIVE! 7-20) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzlz8OFBSVc
  8. A review of The Myth of Junk DNA by Jonathan Wells – creation.com: https://creation.com/review-wells-junk-dna
  9. The Three Kinds of Doubt and How to Address Them (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast): https://subspla.sh/52qfhwr
  10. Lord of the Rings Star Defends Faith, Argues That Christianity Has ‘Made the World a Better Place’ | CBN News: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2020/february/lord-of-the-rings-star-defends-faith-argues-that-christianity-has-made-the-world-a-better-place
  11. Way of the Master episode in Switzerland – this episode contains a lot of Apologetics conversations (~30 minute video): https://youtu.be/_id_l_0BQy0
  12. Why did Jesus Say the Father is Greater than I in John 14:28? | Berean Perspective Apologetics & Evangelism Ministry: https://rootedinchrist.org/2019/12/28/why-did-jesus-say-the-father-is-greater-than-i-in-john-1428/
  13. Push To Legalize Polygamy Uses Same Arguments As Same-Sex Marriage: https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/17/push-to-legalize-polygamy-uses-same-arguments-as-same-sex-marriage/
  14. Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/371115-rhett-link-youtubers-ear-biscuits-popular-with-youth-deconstruct-their-faith.html
  15. Does Oxytocin Cause Spiritual Experiences?: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2016/10/12/does-oxytocin-cause-spiritual-experiences
  16. Deity of Christ: Case Closed – this article contains a good strategy for discussing the deity of Christ with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/publications/deity-of-christ-case-closed
  17. Interview: John Dyer From the Garden to the City – (Brett Kunkle hosts the Stand to Reason podcast, where they discuss the results of Christian use of various forms of technology): https://subspla.sh/yvzrjk7
  18. Free PDF Apologetics Dissertation: How Language, Beauty, and Literature Point Toward the Existence of God The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/free-pdf-apologetics-dissertation-how-language-beauty-and-literature-point-toward-the-existence-of-god/
  19. Does the Cumulative Case for Design Point to a Divine Designer? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/does-the-cumulative-case-for-design-point-to-a-divine-designer/
  20. Family Ministry: Who Is Responsible for the Discipleship of Your Children? – Timothy Paul Jones: https://www.timothypauljones.com/family-ministry-who-is-responsible-for-discipling-your-children/
  21. The New Age Jesus Versus the Biblical Jesus – CultureWatch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/12/31/the-new-age-jesus-versus-the-biblical-jesus/
  22. Atheists and Evidence 2020. Some things never change. Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/atheists-and-evidence-2020-some-things-never-change

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.John 12:49-50

Blessings to you all

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

Psalm 71 & 72

Psalms 71

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Themes that I found occurring in this Psalm:

Taking shelter & refuge in God (v1,7)

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

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

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

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

Psalms 55:22

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

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

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

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

God is worthy of praise:

Psalms 149:2-3

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

 

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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

Habakkuk 3:17-18

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

Revelation 4:11

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

Meditating on God’s Attributes

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

Righteousness (v15,19,24)

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

Faithfulness (v6,17)

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

Strength (v16-18)

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

Uniqueness (v19b)

19b O God, who is like You?

Comforting (v21)

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

Sovereignty (v6,17,20)

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

Holiness (v22)

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

God allowing trouble in David’s life (v20)

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

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

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

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

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

Imprecatory prayers (v13,24)

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

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

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

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

Growing old (v9,18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources used:

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

Conversation at with a homeless man (2-8-2020)

This past Saturday our church was serving the homeless as we do every 2nd Saturday of the month.  My job was working garbage and taking dishes from our clients and rinsing them in the soap water.  Then the dishwasher would come over and pick up the plates to bring them back to the kitchen and wash them.  The dishwasher was a volunteer who is also a homeless person, who revealed to me that he’d been living out of his car. I will call him “Carl”.  Carl was a great guy – very funny, energetic and a VERY hard worker – like the energizer bunny. We had been talking about various things and joking around during most of the shift. He was acting and speaking like he was Mexican – joking that people call him a “wet-back”, but there’s no water around here!  However, he later revealed to me that he is actually a Native American from one of the local reservations here. During the conversation, he said he was trying to “rile up” his people on the reservation to go protest the government, but all they want to do is sit around and drink alcohol. He said they’re lazy and not motivated.

Later during the shift, I said to him, “Carl, your people don’t need the government, they need Jesus!” He replied that his people have a different culture. I told him that this is not about culture this is about you’re going to die one day and you need Jesus because you’ll be standing before God. He brought up the problem of pain and suffering in this world. He talked about how he’s seen babies born with mangled limbs. How could there be a God it is all this bad stuff happening?  I explained that it wasn’t always like this.  In the beginning, there was no suffering, but then sin came into the world and along with it, suffering, death and disease.  One day, when this is all over, there will be no more death, suffering or pain (Revelation 21:3-7).  I also admonished him not to make excuses. I warned him that he’s going to die one day and he’s going to have to give account for his sins to a holy God.  Carl commented that went he died (made a gesture like going to sleep), he would be good enough to go to heaven. I explained that God demands perfection and that he can’t make it be just “being a good person” or “doing good works”.  I explained the gospel to him that Jesus died for his sins and that he needs to receive Jesus. He listened – he didn’t either affirm or deny. I told him that I would talk to him next month when I’m there.

Pray for “Carl” that he would contemplate his eternal destination and would receive Christ as his Lord and Savior!

mid-week apologetics booster (2-13-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

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. – Frank Turek

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Dr. Tony Evans being interviewed about is opposition to same sex marriage: https://youtu.be/d1gUnFPWwJM
  2. If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?: https://crossexamined.org/if-christianity-is-true-why-do-so-many-kids-have-doubts-today/
  3. How Do You Witness to Those in Cults and Other Religions? | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/how-do-you-witness-to-those-in-cults-and-other-religions/
  4. Is Bart Ehrman Right When He Says Half of Paul’s Letters are Forgeries? – Is Jesus Alive?: https://isjesusalive.com/is-bart-ehrman-right-when-he-says-half-of-pauls-letters-are-forgeries/
  5. Ben Shapiro on the impossibility of the incarnation of the Messiah within Jewish thought THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/ben-shapiro-on-the-impossibility-of-the-incarnation-of-the-messiah-within-jewish-thought/
  6. Follower Of Joseph Smith Urges Nation To Reject Morally Flawed Leaders | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/follower-of-joseph-smith-urges-nation-to-reject-morally-flawed-leaders
  7. Calling All Christians-When it comes to knowing Gods will, the best place to start is to pick up the manual: https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/calling-all-christians/
  8. Objections to the Harvester vs. Gardener Approach (Greg Koukl STR Podcast with Tim Barnett): https://subspla.sh/vkq5sxb
  9. Jesus: The Greater Moses – He is the prophet Moses wrote about in Deuteronomy 18: https://jesusisnotfakenews.com/jesus-the-greater-moses/
  10. Brainwashed For Your Own Good – the processes described in this article are excellent evidence of design!: https://evolutionnews.org/2019/12/brainwashed-for-your-own-good/
  11. Quick Shot: Atheists believe in just one less God than Christians: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-atheists-believe-in-just-one-less-god-than-christians/
  12. A Case for Christianity: The importance of understanding objective truth, versus preference, when practicing Christian apologetics Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-christianity-the-importance-of-understanding-objective-truth-versus-preference-when-practicing-christian-apologetics/
  13. The Hiddenness of God: An Objection to God’s Existence – A Clay Jar: https://aclayjar.net/2019/12/hiddenness-of-god/

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire –may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-6-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. – Blaise Pascal

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Reason and the Christian Hope – Maybe you’ve been skeptical about the claims of Christianity. You’ve thought the glorious hope of the Christian is just built on wishful thinking. But for the time-being, shelve whatever objections you may have until you’ve carefully and fairly considered the evidence. | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/11742
  2. Change, Yes; Evolution, No | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/change-yes-evolution-no/
  3. Junk DNA ideas have hindered progress in medical science – creation.com: https://creation.com/junk-dna-science-stopper
  4. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist podcast – “Life is like football”.  In this podcast, Dr. Frank Turek analyzes and responds to a podcast by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and his girlfriend Danica Patrick, where they briefly mention their views on Christianity and religion: https://subspla.sh/c58bg53
  5. Here’s the Key to Ongoing Deep Faith Conversations with Your Kids: http://christianmomthoughts.com/the-key-to-ongoing-deep-faith-conversations-with-your-kids/
  6. Yosemite Valley – Colossal Ice Carving | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/geology/catastrophism/yosemite-valley-colossal-ice-carving/
  7. Prophecies of Jesus Birth and Genealogy Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2019/12/13/prophecies-of-jesus-birth-and-genealogy/
  8. 5 Questions Every Youth Leader and Parent Should be Ready to Answer: https://stevenkozak.com/2019/11/13/5-questions-every-youth-leader-and-parent-should-be-ready-to-answer/

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life..” John 5:24

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-30-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Contemporary people tend to examine the Bible, looking for things they can’t accept; but Christians should reverse that, allowing the Bible to examine us, looking for things God can’t accept. Then the sweet grace offered, the beauty of his love, will mean something to you.  – Tim Keller

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Mormonism’s Angel of Light | Living Waters: https://www.livingwaters.com/mormonisms-angel-of-light/
  2. Yes, Women Need Apologetics… But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women! – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/apologetics-needs-women/
  3. Nigerian pastor who praised God in ransom video beheaded after refusing to deny Christ – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/amp/nigerian-pastor-who-praised-god-in-ransom-video-beheaded-after-refusing-to-deny-christ.html?__twitter_impression=true
  4. A Fork in the Roe?: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA20A31&f=WU20A09
  5. Looking at a Biblical Definition of the Word Faith – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/looking-at-a-biblical-definition-of-the-word-faith/
  6. 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/
  7. 9 Reasons Why Christians Should Evangelize Atheists (Video link is broken, but good points and good links at the end of the article too) Berean Perspective Apologetics & Evangelism Ministry: https://rootedinchrist.org/2019/12/07/how-to-effectively-witness-to-atheists-a-response-to-christians-should-not-evangelize-atheists/
  8. Answering Atheism (2), Q&A: https://www.apologeticscentral.co.za/post/answering-atheism-2-q-a
  9. Alister McGrath: Both Science and Stories Declare Gods Glory | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/alister-mcgrath-science-and-stories-declare-gods-glory.html

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Revelation 8:8-9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-23-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How a Fifth-Century Church Father Saved My Faith: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/how-a-5th-century-church-father-saved-my-faith/
  2. As in the Days of Noah. Does our wicked generation have any precedent in biblical history? Comparisons with Noah’s day are hard to deny. Judgment is coming of that we can be sure. How should a believer react? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/culture/as-in-the-days-of-noah/
  3. Seven Ways Atheists Are Religious | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/seven-ways-atheists-are-religious/
  4. Don’t Mix Politics & Religion?? It would be absurd not to have ones worldview (religion) influence their politics.: https://crossexamined.org/dont-mix-politics-religion/
  5. Sex at Work? Why Frank Turek was fired from his corporate training position : https://crossexamined.org/sex-at-work/
  6. Doubting Evolution Is like Doubting Gravity. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/doubting-evolution-is-like-doubting-gravity/
  7. Is Bart Ehrman right when he says Ephesians and Colossians were Forged? https://isjesusalive.com/were-ephesians-and-colossians-forged/
  8. Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/nearly-half-of-young-adults-with-ties-to-christianity-say-church-cant-answer-their-questions-survey.html
  9. Can science explain everything? J Warner Wallace: https://youtu.be/gXepVUttfdA
  10. The Countries Where Its Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2020: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-countries-where-its-most-dangerous-to-be-a-christian-in-2020/
  11. Who Were The First Apologists? A Look At The Apostles – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/who-were-the-first-apologists-a-look-at-the-apostles-4/
  12. The mystery of the moon – Evolutionists claim that our moon was formed by natural processes without the need for a creator. This view, however, is not supported by science, as all the explanations they propose have major problems. – creation.com: https://creation.com/moon-mystery
  13. Apologetics Leads to a Resilient Faith | A Well-Designed Faith: http://welldesignedfaith.net/2019/05/21/apologetics-leads-to-a-resilient-faith/

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

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

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

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

– Bible Mesh

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

– The Valley of Vision (The Divine Will)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all