mid-week apologetics booster (12-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

The “problem of evil” is irrefutable evidence that the people who raise the problem of evil deeply believe in objective morality. – Greg Koukl


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2018/was-the-virgin-conception-borrowed-from-prior-mythologies/
  2. 4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/160290-benjer_mcveigh_4_myths_about_teaching_apologetics_in_youth_ministry.html
  3. Three Reasons the Story of Jesus Was Not Borrowed From Pagan Mystery Religions – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/three-reasons-story-jesus-not-borrowed-pagan-mystery-religions/
  4. Design Without a Designer | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/charles-darwin/design-without-designer/
  5. Answering an Objection to Apologetics: Doesn’t Faith Come from Hearing the Word of God? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/answering-an-objection-to-apologetics-doesnt-faith-come-from-hearing-the-word-of-god-3/
  6. Has God Given Enough Evidence for a Rational Faith? | The Stream: https://stream.org/evidence-rational-faith/
  7. Chances of a functional protein by chance – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5p4T8MD7aA
  8. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books? Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/the-heresy-of-orthodoxy-when-was-the-earliest-complete-list-of-new-testament-books/
  9. 7 Differences Between the Bible and the Qur’an – Hope’s Reason: http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/11/30/7-differences-bible-quran/#.WiAQ6EqnGUk
  10. Why Did God Create People if He Knew So Many Would Go to Hell? | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-did-god-create-people-if-he-knew-so-many-would-go-hell
  11. The Importance of Defining Terms: https://crossexamined.org/importance-defining-terms/
  12. The Circular Reasoning of Atheists: https://reasonsforgod.org/the-circular-reasoning-of-atheists/
  13. 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead of Experience Junkies – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies
  14. Saved by Faith or Works? by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwR7zT9NtZM
  15. God, Unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – God Evidence Does God Exist?: http://godevidence.com/2018/12/god-and-modern-science/
  16. Who was Rahab in the Bible? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Rahab.html
  17. William Lane Craig answers: how can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/28/william-lane-craig-answers-how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-3/
  18. Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 4): https://crossexamined.org/confronting-homosexuality-in-a-culture-of-identity-part-4/
  19. How did Judas die? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Judas-die.html
  20. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/30/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-5/
  21. David French wants Christians who accept Jesus definition of marriage to be persecuted | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/29/david-french-wants-christians-who-accept-jesus-definition-of-marriage-to-be-persecuted/

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors. – George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation – 1789

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Pilgrim Thanksgiving “God be Praised we had a Good Increase … Our Harvest being gotten in” -Pilgrim Edward Winslow:  https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/pilgrim-thanksgiving-god-be-praised-we-had-a-good-increase-our-harvest-being-gotten-in-american-minute-with-bill-federer
  2. 5 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving That Don’t Involve A Food Coma: https://thefederalist.com/2022/11/17/dont-just-eat-your-way-through-thanksgiving-practice-these-5-things-instead/
  3. Is the Bibles definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/11/20/is-the-bibles-definition-of-faith-opposed-to-logic-and-evidence-19/
  4. Is Critical Theory Biblical? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/DAABuCC96tI
  5. Why Believe? – Cross Examined. Dr. Frank Turek interviews Dr. Neil Shenvi: https://subspla.sh/vy65zbr
  6. Does Dr. Craig Have an Inconsistency When He refers to Nothing? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/bzejD3B1kA8
  7. The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD – YouTube: https://youtu.be/ChWiZ3iXWwM
  8. The Lost Book of Abraham – YouTube: https://youtu.be/hcyzkd_m6KE
  9. How Undesigned Coincidences Enhance The Reliability Of The Bible?: http://rajkumarrichard.blogspot.com/2022/06/how-undesigned-coincidences-enhances.html

Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? Habakkuk 2:13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-6-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

When someone asks if you’re going to heaven, saying “I hope so” isn’t humble, it’s arrogantly believing that your salvation is resting on your works. But if you respond, “Yes, I’m certain,” isn’t arrogance, it’s humble assurance because you’re resting on the works of Christ. – Burk Parsons

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of the mind? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/renewing-the-mind.html
  2. An Open Letter (from John MacArthur) to Governor Gavin Newsom | Grace Community Church: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/3592
  3. Was Queen Elizabeth II a true Christian? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2022/10/01/was-queen-elizabeth-ii-a-true-christian/
  4. Why did Dan Barker leave Christianity for atheism? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/06/23/why-did-dan-barker-leave-christianity-for-atheism-2/
  5. Chinas religion problem: Why the Chinese Communist Party views religious belief as a threat Asia Dialogue: https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/10/17/chinas-religion-problem-why-the-chinese-communist-party-views-religious-belief-as-a-threat/
  6. The Fossil Record on Vimeo – Do fossils really show that creatures gradually evolved from simple to complex? The late fossil expert and evolution-defender Stephen Gould recognized they didn’t. He said the fossil record shows two clear features 1) Sudden appearance, and 2) Stasis.: https://vimeo.com/290548930
  7. Is Hell Real? | Crossway Articles – Ortlund – Scripture teaches us these five truths and more about hell: https://www.crossway.org/articles/is-hell-real/
  8. 7 Things We Know about Jesus and His Followers from Non-Biblical Sources | Cloud of Witnesses: https://greatcloud.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/7-things-we-know-about-jesus-and-his-followers-from-non-biblical-sources/
  9. Ancient Dinosaur Depictions | Genesis Park – The purpose of Genesis Park is to showcase the evidence that dinosaurs and man were created together and have co-existed throughout history (there is a lot of archeological evidence listed on this page): https://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/
  10. The shocking Beliefs of John Calvin: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankviola/shockingbeliefsofjohncalvin/
  11. 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/
  12. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? | carm.org: https://carm.org/atheism/why-believe-in-christianity-over-all-other-religions/
  13. William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/william-murray-son-of-the-founder-of-american-atheists-converts-to-christianity/
  14. Evidence For Resurrection Turns Josh McDowell From Skeptic To Christian Apologist | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/evidence-for-resurrection-turns-josh-mcdowell-from-skeptic-to-christian-apologist/
  15. Dr. Gary R. Habermas (free on-line book) – The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ Among the Major World Religions – Jesus claimed to be Deity, but does this make him unique? Dig into this easy-to-read examination of this serious topic with Dr. Gary Habermas to see just how unusual this claim really is. Then realize that there’s even more to consider than this! Jesus said that he was the path to salvation. Very early sources tell us that he performed supernatural miracles. Jesus and his followers said that his death served the purpose of saving others, dying in their place. Jesus’ death affirms and explains the reality of suffering and death in the world. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus is unique in rising from the dead bodily. When these ideas are all combined, especially the powerful combination of the Resurrection and the Gospel, Jesus stands dramatically apart as unique in a way that surpasses all others!: http://www.garyhabermas.com/Evidence2/
  16. If we can’t see God, how can we know he exists? | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/if-we-cant-see-god-how-can-we-know-he-exists-/
  17. Why Are There So Many Atheists on College Campuses? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/why-are-there-so-many-atheists-on-college-campuses-3/
  18. A Christians Rebuttal to Why I Am Not A Christian By Bertrand Russell Christian Apologist: https://christian-apologist.com/2017/04/13/a-christians-rebuttal-to-why-i-am-not-a-christian-by-bertrand-russell/
  19. When Someone You Love Says, I’m Gay – As homosexuality becomes more broadly accepted within the culture, it’s no surprise that more Christian families are hearing a loved one say, I’m gay; I’ve accepted it; I intend to live it out. Aside from the obvious emotions raised, a number of questions come up as well: Can I say anything to change his mind? How do I handle it if she gets into a relationship with another woman? What about my gay teen? What if he marries another man? These concerns spring from a real-life crisis many Christian homes are facing today. Two primary questions arise as well: What about us? and What about God? Both questions are relevant to the discussion families will have when addressing the issue, and believers need to frame them wisely. When responding to a family member coming out, a Christian should first clarify his own feelings in response, then stress the importance of the relationship and clarify mutual expectations as well. A broader discussion about worldview, the claims of Christ, and what created intent there may be for the human sexual experience should follow. While we cannot override someone else’s free will, we can and should seek to engage them, thereby being part of the work God is seeking to do in their lives.: https://www.equip.org/articles/someone-love-says-im-gay/
  20. 5 Ways Christian Parents Fail to Prepare Their Kids to Engage with Questions of Faith and Science: https://natashacrain.com/5-ways-christian-parents-fail-to-prepare-their-kids-to-engage-with-questions-of-faith-and-science/
  21. The Book of Mormon problems with reliability and consistency | carm.org: https://carm.org/mormonism/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon/
  22. 7 Tips For Apologetics Judo Intelligent Christian Faith – Apologetics can be modeled after any number of other helpful analogies, for example (1) Cultivating an Intellectual Garden, (2) Worldview Surgery, (3) Theological Housecleaning, or (4) Ideological Homebuilding, etc. etc.: https://intelligentchristianfaith.com/2015/06/14/philosophical-judo-apologetics-as-a-martial-art/
  23. How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-geographic-separation-affirms-the-reliability-of-the-new-testament/
  24. Should We Expose Students to Arguments Against | Sean McDowell – Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the faith.: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/should-students-be-exposed-to-evidence-against-christianity
  25. The Ambassador Model – Here’s the model we use at Stand to Reason to help us fulfill Paul’s admonition to be ambassadors for Christ: https://www.str.org/w/the-ambassador-model
  26. 5 Things Christian Parents Must Do to Raise Godly Children in a Secular World: https://crossexamined.org/5-things-christian-parents-must-do-to-raise-godly-children-in-a-secular-world/
  27. The Relationship Between Arguments and Persuasion THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/the-relationship-between-arguments-and-persuasion/
  28. Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller
  29. The Story of Reality – YouTube – Every religion, every worldview is telling a story. They’re trying to take the things we know about the world and fit them together into a big picture. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxU0UNlnnOA
  30. Is The Bible Relevant Today? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-bible-relevant-today/
  31. If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create him? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/if-God-knew.html
  32. Should we trust the Bible? – creation.com – How should we answer those who claim that it’s been re-written so many times that we no longer have the original? And even if we do, was it written long after the events it claimed to report? Also, does archaeology disprove the Bible? Finally, even if it is true, what’s the point? https://creation.com/trust-the-bible
  33. A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMANS MISQUOTING JESUS – this is a 60 page PDF containing a point by point response to Ehrman’s book: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Howe-AResponseToBartEhrman.pdf
  34. Where are the Kantian Agnostics? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2011/11/07/where-are-the-kantian-agnostics/
  35. Who was J. C. Ryle? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/J-C-Ryle.html
  36. Eve and the definition of a woman – creation.com: https://creation.com/eve-defining-woman

Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:4

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-29-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Sanctification thus begins with justification (declaring the sinner just before God by graciously imputing Christ’s righteousness to him, Phil. 3:9), and continues as a process of purification that goes on until glorification, when the Christian sees Jesus face to face. – John MacArthur (MacArthur Study Bible commentary on 1 Peter 1:2)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Real Friendship Between Queen Elizabeth and Billy Graham | Time: https://time.com/5168217/queen-billy-graham-friendship/
  2. Does Islam teach salvation by our works? | carm.org: https://carm.org/islam/does-islam-teach-salvation-by-works/
  3. TOP Atheists BEST Arguments Against God. How Bad Are They? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/c159bJUL0t0
  4. What are the Earliest Creeds in Christian History? With Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://youtu.be/dEzLTtXeqs4
  5. William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/25/william-lane-craig-debates-atheist-lawrence-krauss-does-god-exist-6/
  6. The Pro-Life Two-Step at Central Michigan University: https://www.str.org/w/the-pro-life-two-step-at-central-michigan-university
  7. Why I Think Calvinism Is Unbiblical – YouTube – I present this in Christian brotherhood to my fellow believers. Expand this description for TIME STAMPS for the video… I am not intending to attack or misrepresent Calvinism but to offer an honest biblical critique of what I see as one of the major pillars in Calvinism. I welcome responses and encourage them to stay on topic and to focus on clear exegesis.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxakEl8BYBE
  8. Students Don’t Have to Be Intimidated by Evolution – Brett Kunkle: https://www.str.org/w/students-don-t-have-to-be-intimidated-by-evolution
  9. What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-died-for-our-sins.html
  10. 5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make — ASAP: https://natashacrain.com/5-changes-elementary-sunday-schools-need-to-makeasap/
  11. Properly Understanding Properly Basic Beliefs | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/properly-understanding-properly-basic-beliefs
  12. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2013/02/03/minimal-facts-argument-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ/
  13. The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/the-f-e-a-t-that-demonstrates-the-fact-of-resurrection/
  14. Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars? Brett Kunkle: https://www.str.org/w/is-religion-the-cause-of-most-wars-
  15. Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?: http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/bib-docu.html
  16. How the Moon Supports the Privileged Planet Hypothesis | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2013/12/our_moon_still/
  17. How do we know what we have in our Bibles today is the same as the originals? Truth, Faith and Reason: http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-how-do-we-know-what-we-have-in-our-bibles-today-is-the-same-as-the-originals/
  18. Part 3 Answering pro-abortion objections | Biblical Worldview Academy: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/defending-the-life-of-the-unborn-part-3/
  19. Defending life of unborn | Biblical Worldview Academy – this is a 22 part series on how to defend the pro-life position: https://biblicalworldviewacademy.org/3-defending-life-of-unborn/
  20. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  21. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God?: https://crossexamined.org/do-your-kids-know-why-they-need-god/
  22. The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas: https://servantsofgrace.org/christians-public-square-necessity-apologetics-marketplace-ideas/
  23. Why Apologetics is Applicable to all of Life and a Calling for all Believers – Servants of Grace: https://servantsofgrace.org/why-apologetics-is-applicable-to-all-of-life-and-a-calling-for-all-believers/
  24. Apologetics in the Local Church – Focus on the Family – Apologetics is a discipline often looked over in the local church. Seasoned apologist and philosopher Douglas Groothuis helps us think through the implications of a church that does not engage in the cultural topics of our day.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/church/apologetics-in-the-local-church/
  25. Volitional Resistance to Christianity Often Masquerades as Rational Opposition | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/volitional-resistance-to-christianity-often-masquerades-as-rational-opposition/
  26. DNA repair mechanisms shout creation – creation.com – Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering DNA repair mechanisms. As the BBC article says, In the 1970s, scientists had thought that DNA was a stable molecule, but Prof. Lindahl demonstrated that it decays at a surprisingly fast rate. This led him and then the others to look for repair mechanisms, and the researchers found several (hence the three recipients of the prize).: https://creation.com/dna-repair-mechanisms-shout-creation
  27. Secularist Intolerance Against Scientific Paper | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/creator-god/secularist-intolerance-against-scientific-paper-briefly-mentions-creator/
  28. Are Christian High School Students Really Ready for College? We have sent this year’s graduating seniors off to college hoping that we as parents and teachers have prepared them for the challenges of college life. We gave them the best education we could, prodded them when they wanted to goof off instead of study, made college visits, wrote recommendations, and helped them write admissions essays. But have we prepared them for the most serious confrontations to their faith that they will face on the university campus?: https://crossexamined.org/are-christian-high-school-seniors-really-ready-for-college/
  29. Dr. David Menton: Lucy–She’s No Lady — Clip – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RfIEVO6YQ
  30. Darwin’s God: Gene Regulation Not Enough in Human Evolution: http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2014/01/gene-regulation-not-enough-in-human.html
  31. Bill Nye Epitomizes The Left’s Authority Complex: https://thefederalist.com/2016/04/19/bill-nye-epitomizes-the-lefts-authority-complex/
  32. The Ungodly Surveillance of Anti-Porn Shameware Apps | WIRED – this is definitely not a Christian article, but interesting that this type of technology exists, however the article says Google banned apps from their play store, so you may not be able to take advantage of this technology even if you wanted to : https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/story/covenant-eyes-anti-porn-accountability-monitoring-apps/amp
  33. Human chimp DNA similarity – creation.com – Evidence for evolutionary relationship? The idea that human beings and chimps have close to 100% similarity in their DNA seems to be common knowledge. The figures quoted vary: 97%, 98%, or even 99%, depending on just who is telling the story. What is the basis for these claims and do the data mean there really is not much difference between chimps and people? Are we just highly evolved apes?: https://creation.com/human-chimp-dna-similarity
  34. William Lane Craig explains the faith enterprise in an 8-minute video | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/27/william-lane-craig-explains-the-faith-enterprise-in-an-8-minute-video-3/
  35. Origin of the First Self-Replicating Molecules | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/09/origin-of-the-first-self-replicating-molecules/
  36. Why are Christians pro-life when it comes to abortion while at the same time in favor of the death penalty and supportive of war? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pro-life-war-death.html

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-1-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. – Charles Spurgeon


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Greg Koukl – Solid Ground): https://www.str.org/w/contend-earnestly-for-the-faith
  2. The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/crucifixion-and-old-testament-prophecy
  3. 47 Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus: https://www.learnreligions.com/prophecies-of-jesus-fulfilled-700159
  4. God, the universe, tolerance and suffering – creation.com: https://creation.com/god-the-universe-tolerance-and-suffering
  5. What are historical facts of Jesus and crucifixion- Nabeel Qureshi – YouTube: https://youtu.be/9JNbdt2mZ5E
  6. Claim Being Made that Biden Student Loan Payoff is Christ-like, Is This Correct? Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjestersblog.com/2022/08/28/dems-claim-biden-student-loan-payoff-is-christ-like-are-you-kidding-me/
  7. Are We Really Full of Junk DNA? | The Creation Podcast: Episode 30 – YouTube – Is it really true that less than 2% of genes are functional? Is the other 98% just “junk?” In episode 30 of The Creation Podcast, host Lauren Pennington and ICR geneticist Dr. Jeff Tomkins debunk misconceptions about the usefulness of genes. This episode will reveal some surprising facts about RNA production, regulatory functions of genes, and more!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0dPntyyCpU
  8. I’m Sorry! But the Church Needs Apologetics Faith Beyond Belief: https://www.faithbeyondbelief.ca/blog/2015/09/03/im-sorry-but-the-church-needs-apologetics
  9. Is the Christian Faith Evidentially Reasonable? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-christian-faith-evidentially-reasonable/
  10. I don’t see God. Therefore, God doesn’t exist: https://think-well.org/2015/09/05/i-dont-see-god-therefore-god-doesnt-exist/
  11. Vital Function Found for Whale ‘Leg’ Bones | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/vital-function-found-for-whale-leg/
  12. A Concise Summary of the Corporate View of Election and Predestination: http://evangelicalarminians.org/a-concise-summary-of-the-corporate-view-of-election-and-predestination/
  13. I Came to Faith Through Apologetics | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/i-came-to-faith-through-apologetics/
  14. If God Created The Universe, Who Created God?: https://crossexamined.org/if-god-created-the-universe-who-created-god/
  15. Why Claiming Belief is a Psychological Crutch Backfires | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/09/why-claiming-belief-is-psychological.html
  16. Portrait of a Fanatic – A top physicists embarrassing tirade – Professor Lawrence M. Krauss (Atheist professor at Arizona State University) | National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/09/lawrence-krauss-physicist-fanatic/
  17. What Ought We Make of the Word Proof? | Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.: https://douglasgroothuis.com/2015/04/02/what-ought-we-make-of-the-word-proof/
  18. Cleverly designed camel – creation.com – The camel – a drought-defying marvel of design. A wonderful water-conserving mammal: https://creation.com/cleverly-designed-camel
  19. Think the Church’s Precarious Cultural Situation is Unique? Think Again – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/think-the-churchs-precarious-cultural-situation-is-unique-think-again/
  20. Following Kitzmiller v. Dover, an Excellent Decade for Intelligent Design | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/09/following_dover/
  21. Apologetics and Your Kids (4) Inculcating the Right Worldview DR. RELUCTANT: https://drreluctant.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/apologetics-and-your-kids-4-inculcating-the-right-worldview/
  22. I Just Want To Know The Truth: The Absurdity Of Life Without God: https://blogabouttruth.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god.html
  23. Isn’t the Bible Full of Contradictions? | Answers in Genesis – For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing.: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/isnt-the-bible-full-of-contradictions/
  24. Nine Tips for Public Speaking | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/tips-for-public-speaking
  25. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/when-someone-says-the-bible-cant-be-trusted/
  26. Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/eight-steps-to-investigating-the-case-for-christianity/
  27. The Tree of Life as a Challenge to Darwinism Denton on the Distinctness of Types | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/03/the_tree_of_lif/
  28. Why Is It Wrong to Have Surgery to Alter Your Sex? – Stand to Reason (#STRAsk podcast): https://subspla.sh/g9czztd
  29. Families Don’t Need Disney Anymore. Does Disney Need Them?: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/31/faith-centered-families-dont-need-disney-anymore-but-does-disney-need-them/
  30. Rhetoric: This is a full text-book (not a Christian book, but useful to anyone trying to persuade by speaking or writing), designed for use in schools and colleges, and for private study : Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/rhetorictextbook00haverich/page/vi/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater

because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Hebrews 12:6

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-14-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Training is essential in law enforcement because officers deploy on a regular basis. If we could handle every call over the phone without leaving the station, none of us would need to exercise or train tactically. You don’t have to train if you have no intention of deploying. The same is true for us as Christians. Think about that for a minute. Most of us see our church buildings as places to gather on Sunday; seldom do we think of them as places to train in preparation for deployment.  – J. Warner Wallace

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Four Reasons Why the Resurrection Matters to Christians (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S8E11) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/podcasts/four-reasons-why-the-resurrection-matters-to-christians-cold-case-christianity-broadcast-s8e11/
  2. Information Enigma: 21-minute video explains intelligent design | WINTERY KNIGHT – from the blog author: “I have read and listened and watched a lot of material on intelligent design, but I have never seen so much value packed into such a short lecture. I really hope you’ll watch this and that its helpful to you.”: https://winteryknight.com/2022/04/09/information-enigma-21-minute-video-explains-intelligent-design-8/
  3. Casey Luskin with Hank Hanegraff on the Existence of Adam and Eve | Discovery Institute: https://www.discovery.org/v/casey-luskin-with-hank-hanegraff-on-the-existence-of-adam-and-eve/
  4. 25 Suggested Readings on the Resurrection of Jesus THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/04/13/25-suggested-readings-on-the-resurrection-of-jesus/
  5. Cultural Christianity Isn’t the Problem, Casual Church Membership Is – No one becomes a Christian by cultural osmosis. The church is designed, by God, to be a body of professing, regenerate believers, who have repented of their sins and been baptized upon their profession of faith. It’s not a country club — you don’t get “in” by paying membership dues. You get in by believing that you could never pay what was due for your sin — for the wages of sin are death — and by accepting the free gift of life in Jesus Christ: https://www.standingforfreedom.com/2022/04/cultural-christianity-isnt-the-problem-casual-church-membership-is/

At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” John 10:19-21

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

People’s opinions about the afterlife

In the past week, since my father passed away, obviously I have talked to many people who knew him. Everyone seems to have their own opinions about the afterlife. Of course, all of them believe that he is in heaven. As I said in a prior post, I also believe that it is likely that he’s in heaven. And I do praise God for his grace.

However, I would like to address the topic of people’s opinions about the afterlife. Outside of my close circle of friends, my Bible study group and whatever people from my local church I’ve interacted with, everyone else seems to have opinions about the afterlife that are not formed based on the Bible. For example, yesterday, one of the neighbors of my dad, who is a Roman Catholic, said that priest told her that when people die, their souls don’t leave immediately but stay around. She also believes that she can talk to her deceased husband in heaven and that he will hear her, and that he is watching over her. Regarding the souls not departed immediately, the one thing I told her is that the Bible says that when a believer is absent from the body, they are present with the Lord. So, according to the Bible, which we share in common, it is not true that departed souls hang around on earth after the body dies. I didn’t talk to her about the issue of talking to people in heaven. However I don’t believe that people in heaven can hear us. The only passage that I’m aware of that would indicate anything similar to this, is Hebrews 12:1 which talks about the great cloud of witnesses. I recently heard a sermon that talked about scholars who do believe that that may be a reference to saints that are now in heaven, and that they may be able to observe some of the events on earth, and even cheer us on. That’s a controversial view. It may possibly be true, but these saints are not omniscient and certainly are not able to hear everybody at once if they were able to hear anything at all going on on earth.

So, I think in the future, with those I know more closely when they bring up all of these topics about heaven, the afterlife, hell, etc, I will probably inform them that the Christianity that I believe and practice is based 100% on the Bible. Any views on the afterlife, spiritual matters, salvation, and other such spiritual topics, I will take with a grain of salt and less the person espousing those views can point me to book, chapter, verse in the Bible to support their views. I don’t want to be rude to those bringing up this information, but I would like to find a nice way to let them know where I stand. The Bible is the only source that can speak authoritatively, as the word of God, on these matters. Everything else is human opinion, and I see no reason to believe that over what is revealed in the word of God.

mid-week apologetics booster (12-2-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Purgatory is a pernicious illusion of Satan which brings God’s mercy into awful disrepute, abolishes Christ’s cross, and scatters and undermines our faith.  – John Calvin

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does This Rock Refer to in Matthew 16:18?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-does-this-rock-refer-to-matthew-1618/
  2. Cultural Apologetics, by Paul M. Gould – Session 1: Paul at Mars Hill – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSPuQ3gnIUw
  3. Are All Religions True? What if I tell you that the “SIX BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT” parable actually shows the opposite of “Religious Pluralism.” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmG8A-SaO_w
  4. Answering the Atheists: Stephen Hawking (Part 1) – YouTube – Frank Turek responds to Stephen Hawking’s latest book: The Grand Design Part 1 of 2.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVO0-zYAvE
  5. How To Present The Gospel To A Muslim? – YouTube – Ravi Zacharias gives some advice on how to present the gospel to a Muslim.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZc9XZv1LvM
  6. Is it OK for a Christian to practice mindfulness? – YouTube – Of course, we want to be mindful of our behaviors, actions, and how we treat others. Melissa Dougherty is not addressing that type of mindfulness here. Mindfulness, often associated with Buddhism, is becoming popular in the mental health community. Mental health is important, and most of us need help during challenging seasons of life, but we need to be aware that mindfulness does not lead to mindlessness. See what Melissa has to say about mindfulness here.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi20ocQeoC8
  7. Evaluating William Lane Craig’s views on Genesis, Adam and Eve | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/28/evaluating-william-lane-craigs-views-on-genesis-adam-and-eve/
  8. Men of Faith Are Men Who Fight | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/men-of-faith-are-men-who-fight
  9. Spiders Have Built-In Algorithm to Construct Webs | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/hackled-orb-weaver-webs/
  10. In Finland, Christians face criminal charges for quoting the Bible | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/30/in-finland-christians-face-criminal-charges-for-quoting-the-bible/
  11. Man From Opium-Smoking Village Imprisoned Not For Drugs But For His Conversion To Christianity : World : Christianity Daily: https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/14090/20211129/man-from-opium-smoking-village-imprisoned-not-for-drugs-but-for-his-conversion-to-christianity.htm
  12. Bible vs. Qur’an One Reason the Bible Is More Trustworthy Than the Qur’an – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8qfkZe6NW4
  13. How Do We Show Someone The Bible Is Trustworthy? – YouTube – Bobby Conway asks Brett Kunkle to explain the trustworthiness of the Bible.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDxyiCBGI4
  14. How can you trust the New Testament when the original manuscripts are different? – YouTube – There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament when all the earliest copies disagree with each other? Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, explains why you can still trust the text of the New Testament despite it having so many textual variants.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NikVdhp0YFs
  15. What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions? | Illuminate Ep 3 – YouTube – Is Christianity the same as other religions? Not quite. Find out what makes Christianity unique in this insightful video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeFQtaybB8
  16. Cartoon Explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses – YouTube – This video is for the education of the saints. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not saved because they do not believe that Jesus rules in Heaven and still exists as the Son of God and not as a created archangel. Jesus Christ always existed and was not created because He and the Father are one and God is eternal (has no beginning and no end).: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVDPQq9EGtk
  17. Cartoon Explaining Mormonism – YouTube – This is a cartoon from the first film of “The Godmakers” that can be found on YouTube. None of this information is based on anything that can be backed up historically or archaeologically. Their doctrine also changes and is not as constant and powerful as God’s true word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgw-C_DTVo8
  18. Extra-biblical Evidence for the Veracity of the Gospel History – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/extrabiblical-evidence-for-the-veracity-of-the-gospel-history/
  19. What about those who never hear about Jesus? – YouTube – Frank talks about the subject of the salvation of those who never hear the Gospel.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc7nec1JOkE
  20. Elaborate [Extra Biblical] Testimony (Undesigned Coincidences): Part 3 – YouTube – Our Last Interlocking Puzzle Piece comes from the Old Testament, you don’t want to miss this. Make sure to watch the entire video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOuEis9L8os

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Willing to appear openly to those who seek him with all their heart, and to be hidden from those who flee from him with all their heart, God so regulates the knowledge of himself that he has given indications of himself, which are visible to those who seek him and not to those who do not seek him. There is enough light for those to see who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition. – Blaise Pascal


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Requirement #2: Deny Yourself and Take up the Cross: https://harvest.org/know-god-article/requirement-2-deny-yourself-and-take-up-the-cross/
  2. The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis | By Popular Demand Many Markets Now Extended Thru Nov. 18!: https://www.cslewismovie.com/
  3. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-to-t-r-a-i-n-christian-students-rather-than-teach-them/
  4. What does it mean that God speaks in a still small voice? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/still-small-voice.html
  5. What is wisdom? What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/wisdom-knowledge.html
  6. Parents Are Still the First Line of Defense | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/parents-are-still-the-first-line-of-defense/
  7. Four Ways to Come Alongside Your Kids to Strengthen Their Faith | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-ways-to-come-alongside-your-kids-to-strengthen-their-faith/
  8. How to Resist Indoctrination – Modern Reformation: https://modernreformation.org/resource-library/web-exclusive-articles/how-to-resist-indoctrination/

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was talking about them. Matthew 21:45

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

Conversation with a Skeptic on a Local Facebook Group Comments Thread

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

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

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

Her:  Who created you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did life originate?

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

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

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

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause

2. The universe began to exist

3. Therefore the universe has a cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

William Lane Craig

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-8-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

In His grace, God freely gives salvation to those who believe in Jesus. We cannot earn this gift, nor do we deserve it. Our Father does notice our good works, though. And He promises to reward us according to what we have done for Him. True service occurs when we allow the Lord to work through us for His glory and honor. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Important Questions for the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/some-important-questions-for-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  2. Blood Clotting Remains a Mousetrap for Darwin | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/12/blood-clotting-remains-a-mousetrap-for-darwin/
  3. James Tour: Molecules Don’t Care About Life | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/09/james-tour-molecules-dont-care-about-life/
  4. What about evidence from other religions? Q&A session with Dr. Frank Turek: https://youtu.be/mGxdBA3AAho
  5. MIT professor finds meaning of life in god, not science-the Veritas Forum: https://youtu.be/bYoAN6m1sec
  6. Is there proof outside the Bible that Jesus existed? Nabil Qureshi answers in a Q&A: https://youtu.be/xGQ_5rSBwIQ
  7. Where do morals come from? Living Waters: https://youtu.be/ANSPIz4TMhw
  8. John MacArthur questions Robby Zacharias’s salvation: https://youtu.be/L2tpwVrBEz0
  9. What is faith?: https://youtu.be/FLzBOnlvN4w
  10. The Bee Explains: Catholics Vs. Protestants | The Babylon Bee: https://babylonbee.com/news/the-bee-explains-catholics-vs-protestants
  11. Muslim converts to Christianity after realizing the Bible is true: https://youtu.be/Ry8K4sK3uDc
  12. An Introduction to Christian Ethics – In philosophical ethics (the world), the end goal in life is happiness. But in Christian ethics (the Church), the end goal is holiness. That distinction often determines which choice we make.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkac-R-C8MA
  13. If you get canceled, like paleontologist Gunter Bechly, where do you go? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/if-you-get-canceled-like-paleontologist-gunter-bechly-where-do-you-go/
  14. James Huntsman’s fraud suit is hardly the only one against the LDS Church. Can any of them win? Laura Gaddy, who grew up as a devout Latter-day Saint in North Carolina, says she felt her surety in church principles begin to unravel in 2015, when leaders pulled Joseph Smiths seer stone from a vault and showed it to the media. For her, according to court documents, the event signaled that the faiths founding prophet had not translated the Book of Mormon, the church’s signature scripture, directly from gold plates inscribed with reformed Egyptian characters, but instead had dictated the narrative from a stone with his head in a hat. Gaddy came to be deeply troubled by what she saw as similar dismaying misrepresentations, according to her lawsuit, over the church’s translated Book of Abraham and over Smiths own character, leading to a crisis in her faith. That crisis brought her to a Utah federal court in August 2019. Her initial lawsuit accused church leaders of misrepresenting its foundational facts and continuing conduct of concealing access to those facts as part of perpetuating an alleged fraud to ensure, among other things, that members tithing contributions would continue. Gaddy’s case also cites specific examples of church statements that appear to contradict reality. But while Huntsman’s pleadings pinpoint the church’s alleged business dealings versus how they were portrayed dating to 2003, Gaddy offers evidence reaching back nearly a century. New filings in her suit include a host of exhibits drawn from the church’s historical record, including purported evidence of Joseph Smith practicing polygamy and being labeled a disorderly person in 1826 in connection with a form of deception related to treasure hunting. These are facts that have been hidden from members, Burningham said. These are not beliefs. These are facts (Note – I have downloaded this content in case they take down the article): https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/04/04/james-huntsman-isnt-first/
  15. Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/09/28/scholars-turn-anew-an-old/
  16. William Lane Craig debates James Crossley on the resurrection of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/04/william-lane-craig-debates-james-crossley-on-the-resurrection-of-jesus-11/
  17. Distant Starlight Unlikely Solutions Part 2: ASC – Questions for Dr. Lisle Rational Faith: https://rationalfaith.com/2021/03/distant-starlight-unlikely-solutions-part-2-asc-questions-for-dr-lisle/
  18. The Theological Roots of Capitalism: A Conversation with Economist Benjamin M. Friedman – AlbertMohler.com: https://albertmohler.com/2021/03/24/benjamin-friedman
  19. Largest Canyons Were Formed by the Receding Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/largest-canyons-were-formed-by-the-receding-flood/
  20. The resurrection argument that changed a generation of scholars – Gary Habermas: https://youtu.be/ay_Db4RwZ_M
  21. China Is Detaining Christians In Secret Facilities Forcing Them To Renounce Their Faith Or Be Tortured: Report | The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/china-is-detaining-christians-in-secret-facilities-forcing-them-to-renounce-their-faith-or-be-tortured-report
  22. Origin of Life’s Purple Unicorn: Protocells | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/origin-of-lifes-purple-unicorn-protocells/
  23. Refutation of Atheist Paul Carlson’s 51 Bible Contradictions | Dave Armstrong: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2021/04/refutation-of-atheist-paul-carlsons-51-bible-contradictions.html
  24. God of Love? We now turn our attention to answering the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is not a God of love. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/hermeneutics/god-of-love/
  25. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/amp/

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day –and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-1-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one. Our instinct is to dwell on the situation at hand, searching for solutions or stewing over the pain and difficulty. As a result, troubles look scary and overwhelm us with a sense of defeat. However, fear and defeat cannot live long in a heart that trusts the Lord. I’m not saying you’ll forget what you’re going through, but you can choose to dwell on His provision and care instead. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Who’s Waiting for Your Kids? In a few short years, they will leave the safety of your home and church and head off to college. Who will they meet? What ideas will they encounter? What moral choices will they face? For most adults, it’s been quite a few years since they’ve set foot on a college campus. Let us bring you up-to-speed on who and what is waiting for your kids – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2012/10/whos-waiting-for-your-kids.html
  2. Who’s Waiting for You? When you leave the safety of a Christian home or youth group and head off to college and work, are you ready to meet people who are hostile to the Christian faith? Are you prepared to meet their challenges? – STR Quick-Reference App: https://subsplash.com/strquickreference/media/mi/+bd15cbe
  3. Deeper Teaching in Apologetics and Theology for Youth – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/10/deeper-teaching-in-apologetics-and-theology-for-youth.html
  4. Taking the Heat – According to Jesus, we should expect the world to be upset with us. Yes, even if Christians are the most loving people imaginable. Why? Because the world suppresses the truth in its sin. Unbelievers trip over Jesus because He is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.: https://www.str.org/w/taking-the-heat
  5. Four reasons to think that atheism is inconsistent with scientific progress | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/24/four-reasons-to-think-that-atheism-is-inconsistent-with-scientific-progress-2/
  6. A Case for Creation: Session 5, Part 2 Global Flood Evidence from the Grand Canyon and beyond Truth, Faith and Reason: https://truthfaithandreason.com/a-case-for-creation-session-5-part-2-global-flood-evidence-from-the-grand-canyon-and-beyond/
  7. The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah’s Witnesses | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 32 – YouTube: https://youtu.be/cnpl6gRjNOY
  8. Can People Get Out of Hell? https://youtu.be/CVQlAdG6Spw
  9. The Evidence Study Bible (Beige-Brown-Leather): http://store.livingwaters.com/the-evidence-bible-beige-brown.html
  10. Interview of Nancy Pearcey by Sean McDowell: https://youtu.be/8bIJ25Snz04
  11. What’s in an apologetics book? Let’s look at the table of contents of my favorite introduction to Christian apologetics, which is “Is God Just a Human Invention?” written by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow. In that book, you will find 18 topics… | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/27/whats-in-an-apologetics-book-2/
  12. Speaking Up or Keeping Silent in Science Class – Scripture clearly states that at certain times silence is a virtue. Yet at other times remaining silent is wrong, cowardly, and traitorous. How can we know when to keep silence and when to speak? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/public-school/religion-in-schools/speaking-up-or-keeping-silent-in-science-class/
  13. Surviving Secular College – In addition to the normal academic pressures faced by all students, the consistent Christian must learn to be discerning about the views and interpretations expressed by his or her professors. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/college/surviving-secular-college/
  14. Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses? Why and when was it done? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/divided-Bible-chapters-verses.html
  15. Are Faith and Reason Compatible? A lot of Christians think that faith and reason are at opposite ends of the spectrum; that reason is used to get knowledge on one side, and on the other side are the things that you don’t have good reasons for like faith. There is a sense that Christians in faith are leaping in the dark and believing ridiculous things because this is all that we have available to us. If we use reason and are thoughtful about our faith, somehow we are not doing what God wants. – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2011/12/are-faith.html
  16. Why I’m a Christian – I see myself as an evangelical (lower case) Christian (uppercase) apologist. I think every Christian is an apologist to some degree. No, not a professional apologist like Rob Bowman, William Lane Craig, or Mike Licona, but we all have formulated some degree of warrant or justification for our faith. Just like everyone is a theologian, everyone is also an apologist. However, this does not mean that we are good apologists! Credo House Ministries: https://credohouse.org/blog/why-im-a-christian
  17. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html
  18. ONE SOLITARY LIFE -JESUS CHRIST He was born in an obscure village: http://spreadjesus.org/1221-one-solitary-life-jesus-christ.html
  19. Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven? | Clay Jones: https://clayjones.net/2012/01/ehrman%e2%80%99s-problem-4-why-won%e2%80%99t-we-abuse-free-will-in-heaven/
  20. Early Christianity Overview: The Ante-Nicene Era and the Apostles’ Churches: https://www.christian-history.org/early-christianity-2.html
  21. Evolution: not a Theory | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/evolution-not-a-theory/
  22. 3 Attributes Critical for Effective Persuasion – Pastor Brian Chilton: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/3-attributes-critical-for-effective-persuasion/
  23. Tim Keller on evangelism in the 21st century – Tim Keller, founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, talks about evangelism and contextualising the gospel for the 21st century city.- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQBoLo31Ns&t=160s
  24. William Lane Craig Q&A: If God Knows My Decisions How Do I Have Free Will? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7USxGUOefrg
  25. The God Question(s): Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  26. Discovering God the Way Sherlock Holmes Would | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/08/discovering-god-way-sherlock-holmes.html
  27. The Christian Parent Manifesto – Kristen Welch: https://wearethatfamily.com/2015/07/the-christian-parent-manifesto/
  28. 30 Common New Testament Challenges By Skeptics Answered – This is a one-stop shopping list of common challenges with good responses by the author (Microsoft Word Document download). | Apologetics For Life: https://apologeticsforlife.org/30-common-new-testament-challenges-by-sceptics-answered/
  29. My Goal in Every Conversation with Mormons – Brett Kunkle – Stand to Reason Blog: https://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/09/my-goal-in-every-conversation-with-mormons.html
  30. Son, Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door: http://blogs.pjstar.com/ratedpg/2015/08/20/son-dont-check-your-brain-at-the-door/
  31. How Do We Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care
  32. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/08/23/correcting-four-myths-about-the-history-of-the-crusades-3/
  33. Evangelistic Apologetics as it is typically defined today.: https://www.solascripturatoday.org/index.php/17-evan-apol/40-evan-apol-2
  34. The Key to Successful Debating – I believe that preparation is the key to successful debating. My goal is to be so well prepared that I don’t have to think on my feet. This is accomplished by thinking in advance of all the objections to ones arguments that one’s opponent is likely to raise and then preparing answers to them. Whichever ones he brings up you are therefore prepared to meet. | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-key-to-successful-debating
  35. Evangelizing in a World Drowning in Sexual Problems. Evangelism today occurs in a world that is drowning in sexual problems, misunderstandings, and a hardening against the gospel as a result. – Randy Newman: https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/randy-newman/evangelizing-in-a-world-drowning-in-sexual-problems.html
  36. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  37. Are there Guidelines for doing Apologetics? Almost every discipline has a set of rules and guidelines that help a person perform better. In fact, guidelines could be produced for nearly any endeavor. Why should apologetics be any different? Following are some things I have found that are very helpful in developing apologetic skills. I am not saying that these are definitive or exhaustive in scope. Rather, these are simply the things that I have found that have helped me. I hope they help you. | carm.org: https://carm.org/defending-the-faith/are-there-guidelines-for-doing-apologetics/
  38. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/are-christians-intolerant-haters-the-charges-are-not-new/
  39. Practical Evangelism – Taking the Roof Off – creation.com: https://creation.com/practical-evangelism
  40. Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/christianity-promotes-rational-and-evidential-exploration/
  41. 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church: https://faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/
  42. 5 Reasons Christian Teens Need Apologetics – There are many reasons why providing Christian youth with apologetics training is vitally important. Before teaching students how to give reasons for why they believe Christianity to be true, we must first be ready to help them understand that Christianity is rational so that they are ready to engage the flood of ideologies they are encountering. | Real Life Apologetics: https://reallifeapologetics.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/5-reasons-christian-teens-need-apologetics/
  43. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God? A few months ago, my 6-year-old daughter asked a question that has had me thinking ever since: Mommy, why does God matter so much? It was the most fundamental of questions, really. Yet I was embarrassingly uncertain of how to answer it in a way that meaningfully encapsulates the full answer for her. I’ve thought about the question many times since she first asked it, and it’s always bothered me that I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on how best to reply.: https://natashacrain.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-need-god/
  44. NT Wright: Why we can trust that Jesus was really resurrected – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln6LWHe84SQ
  45. Lee Strobel Summarizes the Case for Jesus’ Resurrection – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXePic5PMM0
  46. Lee Strobel – The 4 E’s of the Resurrection – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Itcj8mhMcA
  47. Mike Licona – Is the story of JESUS’ RESURRECTION a LEGEND? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCPKKU-1FtY
  48. Case for the Resurrection – Animated Video (Sources: Craig, William Lane. Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection: Our Response to the Empty Tomb. ) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEPNjXmdseM
  49. Christ’s Resurrection: The Cornerstone of Christianity – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nI0el9vjWY
  50. Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist Greg Koukl Debate (12 min 39 sec video) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYHmFz33NE
  51. Forget the Myths, Ignore the Hype; Here’s What We Really Know About Jesus’ ‘Missing Years’ | The Stream: https://stream.org/forget-myths-what-we-know-jesus-missing-years/
  52. USA Today Looks to Bounce Oral Roberts University from NCAA – The small Tulsa college is evangelical, they announce, as if it’s news. That means they believe the Bible. And if they believe the Bible, an editor argues, there should be no place for them on the court — or anywhere else in polite society.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21C56&f=WU21C18
  53. How to Disagree – the article establishes a hierarchy of 0 – 6 of disagreement approaches (lowest being the worst, or most fallacious): http://paulgraham.com/disagree.html
  54. The Quran on the Inspiration of the Torah and Gospel and a Challenge to Islam Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy: https://jamesbishopblog.com/2020/12/08/the-quran-on-the-inspiration-of-the-torah-and-gospel-and-a-challenge-to-islam/
  55. Blog Post – The Case for Cessationism Stands: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B140505/the-case-for-cessationism-stands
  56. Mammoth DNA: The Oldest Ever Found? | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/mammoth-dna-oldest-ever-found/

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.” And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:7-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-25-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/children-do-need-apologetics/
  2. 6 E’s of authenticity Frank Turek at Cross Examined teaches 6 evidences to consider that give us confidence in the authority of scripture, all starting with the letter E for easy remembering. J.R. Cooper Author: https://jrcooper.org/2017/01/24/6-es-of-authenticity/
  3. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  4. Joseph Smith and Early Mormon History, by J. Warner Wallace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfUOFQkv69k
  5. Does Proof of Jesus Other Than in the Bible Exist?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/does-proof-of-jesus-other-than-in-the-bible-exist.html
  6. Dr. Walt Russell explains how to read the Bible effectively | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/02/19/dr-walt-russell-explains-how-to-read-the-bible-effectively/
  7. Aren’t Christians Just Arrogant Know-It-Alls? – Canon Fodder: https://www.michaeljkruger.com/arent-christians-just-arrogant-know-it-alls/
  8. When Discomfort Is Definite Evidence | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/when-discomfort-is-definite-evidence/
  9. How do I know if I am saved?: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/qas/how-do-i-know-if-i-am-saved/
  10. Quick Shot: All religions lead to the same place | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/quick-shot-all-religions-lead-to-the-same-place/
  11. Pastor of Progressive Church Says the Bible Can’t Live Up to Impossible, Modern Standards | Kingsjester’s Blog: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2021/02/21/pastor-of-progressive-church-says-the-bible-cant-live-up-to-impossible-modern-standards/
  12. 15 Characteristics Of New Age Spirituality | Reasons for Jesus: https://reasonsforjesus.com/15-characteristics-of-new-age-spirituality/
  13. Is Jesus Real and How Can We Know? – My Humble Apology: https://myhumbleapology.com/2021/01/16/is-jesus-real-and-how-can-we-know/
  14. Apologetics as Dialogue, not Debate (Part 1) | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2021/01/apologetics-as-dialogue-part-1/
  15. Can We Trust the Bible If We Can’t Confirm Every Detail? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-we-trust-the-bible-if-we-cant-confirm-every-detail/
  16. Is the Bible Still Relevant Today? Christianity 201: https://christianity201.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/is-the-bible-still-relevant-today/amp/
  17. Jesus in the Old Testament: https://mbcpathway.com/2020/11/06/jesus-in-the-old-testament/
  18. Two kinds of people who have tried to shame me away from Christianity | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/02/24/two-kinds-of-people-who-have-tried-to-shame-me-away-from-christianity-4/

The LORD remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the LORD– small and great alike. Psalms 115:12-13

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-24-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Most people don’t reject the Bible because they think it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts the way they want to live.  – Todd Adkins

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. James Tour: Molecules Don’t Care About Life | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/09/james-tour-molecules-dont-care-about-life/
  2. Why Believe? Abdu Murray looks at common barriers to belief and how to address them within a Christian context. | RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/why-believe
  3. When Was Jesus Born? Christs birth is traditionally celebrated in the West on December 25th, but many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. Neither date is likely correct in light of several clues uncovered by historians and information in the Bible itself.: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/when-was-jesus-born.html
  4. What is the true meaning of Christmas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christmas-true-meaning.html
  5. Y-Chromosome Study Confirms Genesis Flood Timeline | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/y-chromosome-study-confirms-genesis-flood-timeline/
  6. Are There Contradictions In The Gospels? HillFaith: https://hillfaith.blog/2020/12/16/what-do-you-think-are-there-contradictions-in-the-gospels/
  7. Jesus, Our Substitute: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-our-substitute/
  8. Politics is becoming our new religion. God help us.: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/12/22/politics-becoming-our-new-religion-god-help-us-column/3926804001/
  9. Cretaceous Bird Beak Pecks Holes in Evolution | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/cretaceous-bird-beak-pecks-holes-in-evolution/
  10. Have They Found Jesus Childhood Home in Nazareth? | Ben Witherington: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/bibleandculture/2020/12/23/have-they-found-jesus-childhood-home-in-nazareth/
  11. The Virgin Shall Conceive: Why Isaiah 7:14 Confuses People-For many years, the prophecy that confused me most was Isaiah 7:14: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Every Christmas I heard pastors quote this, but none had ever explained its context. What confused me was that the next three verses say that the prophecy will be fulfilled within 14 years. If it was supposed to be fulfilled in the eighth century BC, how could it apply to Jesus?: https://www.jeanejones.net/2020/12/the-virgin-shall-conceive-why-isaiah-714-confuses-people/
  12. The Story Behind Handel’s Messiah – BreakPoint: https://breakpoint.org/the-story-behind-handels-messiah/
  13. Embracing Simplicity at Christmas: A Practical Guide | RELEVANT: https://www.relevantmagazine.com/life5/embracing-simplicity-at-christmas-a-practical-guide/
  14. Don’t Let Your Bible Keep You From the Bible: https://www.kevinhalloran.net/dont-let-your-bible-keep-you-from-the-bible/
  15. Why Does It Matter that Jesus Was Born of a Virgin?: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/why-does-it-matter-that-jesus-was-born-of-a-virgin/
  16. What Does the X in Xmas Mean?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.John 3:5

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-10-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

Now of course we must agree with Hume that if there is absolutely ‘uniform experience’ against miracles, if in other words they have never happened, why then they never have. Unfortunately we know the experience against them to be uniform only if we know that all the reports of them are false. And we can know all the reports to be false only if we know already that miracles have never occurred. In fact, we are arguing in a circle.  – C.S. Lewis

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Where Did Cain Get His Wife? One of the most-asked questions about the Bible is Where’d Cain get his wife? Skeptics have found that many Christians are easily stumped by this query, but the answer isn’t as hard as you might think. | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/cain/creation-basics/
  2. How to Talk with Your Teens about Sex and Love from a Biblical Worldview: Interview with Sean McDowell: https://natashacrain.com/how-to-talk-with-your-teens-about-sex-and-love-from-a-biblical-worldview-interview-with-sean-mcdowell/
  3. Image Processing in the Eye: Like Magic – The amount of image processing going on in the eyeball is astounding. Did you know that the signal from your retina splits into some 20 channels that analyze the image before it reaches the brain? ..similar to movie compression algorithms. There’s no need to keep sending unchanged parts of an image; the brain already has that information. By subtracting two sequential images, the visual cortex can forward just the parts that change.: https://evolutionnews.org/2014/01/image_processin/
  4. Central Command: The Brains Role in Maintaining Balance | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/09/central_command/
  5. An Overview of the Body’s Amazing, Irreducibly Complex Systems | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2016/09/in_conclusion_a/
  6. William Borden: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.(short biography of a millionaire missionary): http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/regret.htm
  7. What does the Bible say about animal/pet euthanasia? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/animal-pet-euthanasia.html
  8. Would a Loving God Send People to Hell? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/videos/would-a-loving-god-send-people-to-hell-video/
  9. Resource guide helps parents combat liberal agenda at schools – The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/resource-guide-helps-parents-combat-liberal-agenda-at-schools.html
  10. Video, audio and summary of intelligent design discussion, with Ben Shapiro and Stephen C. Meyer | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/12/06/video-audio-and-summary-of-intelligent-design-discussion-with-ben-shapiro-and-stephen-c-meyer-3/
  11. Where Will Cancel Culture End? Meet Dorian Abbot | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/12/where-will-cancel-culture-end-meet-dorian-abbot/
  12. Investing in the next generation – Building a robust Christian worldview. Children and young people are the next generation. They live in an ungodly skeptical world that will challenge their faith in Jesus. We want them to have a robust and resilient faith that can withstand enemy attacks. But how is this possible when many young people stop attending church on a regular basis after they turn 18? And the pandemic may cause more to abandon Christianity or churchgoing. Many of these young people are leaving because the culture around them has impacted them deeply and caused them to question the truth claims of Christianity. What can we do about it? | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/12/07/investing-in-the-next-generation/
  13. Michael Egnor: The Evidence against Materialism – YouTube: https://youtu.be/BqHrpBPdtSI
  14. What does it mean to contend for the faith? | OnceDelivered.net: https://oncedelivered.net/2020/12/01/what-does-it-mean-to-contend-for-the-faith-2/
  15. Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements – Mama Bear Apologetics: https://mamabearapologetics.com/empty-message-unity/
  16. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?: The Classic Collection with R.C. Sproul – YouTube: https://youtu.be/D1Vg-WvJ8uM
  17. What does it mean that the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/righteous-will-live-by-faith.html

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

JC Ryle – The Great Separation!

What a powerful piece this is…

The Great Separation!

J.C. Ryle, 1878

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Matthew 3:12

Wheat or chaff? You see my question — for whom do you think it is meant? Is it for corn merchants and farmers only, and for none else? If you think so, then you are much mistaken. It is meant for every man, woman, and child in the world. And among others, it is meant for you.

The question is drawn from the verse of Scripture which is now before your eyes. The words of that verse were spoken by John the Baptist. They are a prophecy about our Lord Jesus Christ, and a prophecy which has not yet been fulfilled. They are a prophecy which we shall all see fulfilled one day, and God alone knows how soon.

Reader, I invite you this day to consider the great truths which this verse contains. I invite you to listen to me, while I unfold them and set them before you in order. Who knows but this text may prove a word in season to your soul! Who knows but my question may help to make this day the happiest day in your life! Listen, before you begin once more your appointed path of duty. Listen, before you start once more on some round of business. Listen, before you plunge once more into some course of useless idleness and folly. Listen to one who loves your soul, and would sincerely help to save it, or draw it nearer to Christ. Who knows what a day may bring forth! Who can tell whether you will live to see tomorrow! Be still, and listen to me a few minutes, while I show you something out of the Word of God.

I. Let me show you in the first place, the two great classes into which the world may be divided.

There are only two classes of people in the world, in the sight of God — and both are mentioned in the text which begins this tract. There are those who are called the wheat — and there are those who are called the chaff.

Viewed with the eye of man, the earth contains many different sorts of inhabitants. Viewed with the eye of God, it only contains two. Man’s eye looks at the outward appearance — this is all he thinks of. The eye of God looks at the heart — this is the only part of which He takes any account. And tried by the state of their hearts, there are but two classes into which people can be divided — either they are wheat, or they are chaff.

Reader, who are the WHEAT in the world? Listen to me, and I will tell you.

The wheat means all men and women who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ — all who are led by the Holy Spirit — all who have felt themselves sinners, and fled for refuge to the salvation offered in the Gospel — all who love the Lord Jesus, and live to the Lord Jesus, and serve the Lord Jesus — all who have taken Christ for their only confidence, and the Bible for their only guide, and regard sin as their deadliest enemy, and look to Heaven as their only home. All such, of every church, name, nation, people, and tongue — of every rank, station, condition, and degree — all such are God’s wheat!

Show me men of this kind of people anywhere, and I know what they are. I know that they and I may not agree in all particulars — but I see in them the handiwork of the King of kings, and I ask no more. I know not whence they came, and where they found their religion — but I know where they are going, and that is enough for me. They are the children of my Father in Heaven. They are part of His wheat.

All such, though sinful, and vile, and unworthy in their own eyes — are the precious part of mankind. They are the sons and daughters of God the Father. They are the delight of God the Son. They are the habitation of God the Spirit. The Father beholds no iniquity in them — they are the members of His dear Son’s body — in Him He sees them — and is well pleased. The Lord Jesus discerns in them, the fruit of His own travail and work upon the cross — and is well satisfied. The Holy Spirit regards them as spiritual temples which He Himself has raised — and rejoices over them. In a word, they are the wheat of the earth — God’s wheat.

Reader, who are the CHAFF in the world? Listen to me once more, and I will tell you this also.

The chaff means all men and women who have no saving faith in Christ, and no sanctification of the Spirit — whoever they may be. Some of them perhaps are infidels — and some are formal Christians. Some are sneering Sadducees — and some self-righteous Pharisees. Some of them make a point of keeping up a kind of ‘Sunday religion’ — and others are utterly careless of everything except their own pleasure and the world. But all alike, who have the two great marks already mentioned — no faith and no sanctification — all such are chaff. From the atheists Paine and Voltaire — to the formal churchman who can think of nothing but outward ceremonies — to the unconverted admirer of sermons in the present day — all, all are standing in one rank before God all, all are chaff!

They bring no glory to God the Father. They honor not the Son, and so do not honor the Father who sent Him. They neglect that mighty salvation, which countless millions of angels admire. They disobey that Word which was graciously written for their learning. They listen not to the voice of Him who condescended to leave Heaven and die for their sins. They pay no tribute of service and affection to Him who gave them life, and breath, and all things. And therefore God takes no pleasure in them. He pities them — but He reckons them no better than chaff!

Yes — you may have rare intellectual gifts, and high mental attainments — you may sway kingdoms by your counsel, move millions by your pen, or keep crowds in breathless attention by your tongue — but if you have never submitted yourself to the yoke of Christ, and never honored His Gospel by heartfelt reception of it — then you are nothing but chaff in His sight. Natural gifts without saving grace, are like a row of ciphers without an unit before them; they look big — but they are of no value. The vilest insect that crawls in the filth — is a nobler being than you are! It fills its place in creation, and glorifies its Maker with all its power — and you do not. You do not honor God with heart, and will, and intellect, and members, which are all His. You invert His order and arrangement, and live as if time was of more importance than eternity, and body better than soul. You dare to neglect God’s greatest gift — His own incarnate Son. You are cold about that subject which fills all Heaven with hallelujahs. And so long as this is the case, you belong to the worthless part of mankind. You are the chaff of the earth.

Reader, let this thought be deeply engraved in your mind, whatever else you forget in this volume. Remember there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are wheat — and there are chaff.

There are many nations in Europe. Each differs from the rest. Each has its own language, its own laws, its own peculiar customs. But God’s eye divides Europe into two great parties — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many classes in England. There are nobles and commoners — farmers and shopkeepers — masters and servants — rich and poor. But God’s eye only takes account of two orders — the wheat and the chaff.

There are many and various minds in every congregation that meets for religious worship. There are some who attend for a mere form — and some who really desire to meet Christ; some who come there to please others — and some who come to please God; some who bring their hearts with them, and are not soon tired — and some who leave their hearts behind them, and reckon the whole service as weary work. But the eye of Jesus only sees two divisions in the congregation — the wheat and the chaff.

There were millions of visitors to the Great Exhibition of 1851. From Europe, Asia, Africa, and America — from North, and South, and East, and West — crowds came together to see what human skill and industry could do. Children of our first father Adam’s family, who had never seen each other before, for once met face to face under one roof. But the eye of the Lord only saw two companies thronging that large palace of glass — the wheat and the chaff.

Reader, I know well the world dislikes this way of dividing professing Christians. The world tries hard to fancy there are three sorts of people, and not two. To be very godly and very strict does not suit the world — they cannot, will not be holy. To have no religion at all does not suit the world — as that would not be respectable. “Thank God,” they will say, “we are not so bad as that!” But to have religion enough to be respectable — and yet not go into extremes, to be sufficiently good — and yet not be peculiar — to have a quiet, easy-going, moderate kind of Christianity, and go comfortably to Heaven after all — this is the world’s favorite idea! There is a third class, a safe middle class — the world imagines; and in this middle class — the majority of men persuade themselves they will be found.

Reader, I denounce this notion of a middle class as an immense and soul-ruining delusion! I warn you strongly not to be carried away by it. It is as vain an invention as the Pope’s purgatory. It is a refuge of lies, a castle in the air, a Russian ice-palace, a vast unreality, an empty dream! This middle class is a class of Christians no where spoken of in the Bible!

There were two classes in the day of Noah’s flood; those who were inside the ark — and those who were outside. There were two classes in the parable of the Gospel net; those who are called the good fish — and those who are called the bad. There were two classes in the parable of the ten virgins; those who are described as wise — and those who are described as foolish. There were two classes in the account of the judgment day; the sheep — and the goats. There were two sides of the throne; the right hand — and the left. There were two abodes when the last sentence has been passed; Heaven — and Hell.

And just so, there are only two classes in the world:
those who are in the state of nature — and those who are in the state of grace;
those who are in the narrow way — and those who are in the broad;
those who have faith — and those who have no faith;
those who have been converted — and those who have not been converted;
those who are with Christ — and those who are against Him;
those who gather with Him — and those who scatter abroad;
those who are wheat — and those who are chaff.
Into these two classes, the whole world may be divided. Beside these two classes, there is none.

Reader, dear reader, see now what cause there is for self-inquiry! Are you among the wheat — or among the chaff? Neutrality is impossible. Either you are in one class — or in the other. Which is it, of the two?

You attend church perhaps. You go to the Lord’s table. You like good people. You can distinguish between good preaching and bad. You think Popery false, and oppose it firmly. You think Protestantism true, and support it cordially. You subscribe to religious societies. You attend religious meetings. You sometimes read religious books. It is well — it is all very well. It is good — it is all very good. It is more than can be said of many. But still, this is not a straightforward answer to my question: Are you wheat — or are you chaff?

Have you been born again? Are you a new creature? Have you put off the old man, and put on the new? Have you ever felt your sins, and repented of them? Are you looking only to Christ for pardon and eternal life? Do you love Christ? Do you serve Christ? Do you loathe heart-sins, and fight against them? Do you long for perfect holiness, and follow hard after it? Have you come out from the world? Do you delight in the Bible? Do you wrestle in prayer? Do you love Christ’s people? Do you try to do good to the world? Are you vile in your own eyes, and willing to take the lowest place? Are you a Christian in business, and on week days, and by your own fireside? Oh, think, think, think on these things — and then perhaps you will be better able to tell the state of your soul!

Reader, I beseech you not to turn away from my question, however unpleasant it may be. Answer it, though it may prick your conscience, and cut you to the heart. Answer it, though it may prove you in the wrong, and expose your fearful danger. Rest not, rest not, until you know how it is between you and God! Better a thousand times find out that you are in an evil case, and repent in time — than live on in uncertainty, and be lost eternally!

Reader, remember my question. Begin to meditate on it this very day. Are you wheat — or chaff?

To read the rest, go to http://gracegems.org/Ryle/great_separation.htm

mid-week apologetics booster (11-19-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1800) from Nuggets:

Telescopes reveal comets in long orbits around the sun. These balls of ice follow orbits that every once in a while bring them close to the giant ball of fire. It would be like putting a snow cone half an inch from a space heater set on high. No wonder comets routinely fizzle in front of our eyes when they’re near the sun. They can’t last billions of years. – SCOTT ARLEDGE and BRIAN THOMAS, Ph.D. (Acts and Facts August 2020)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data: https://crossexamined.org/everything-is-connected/
  2. The Date of the Canon – Dr. Michael Kruger – Renewing Your Mind | Nov 12, 2020: https://renewingyourmind.org/2020/11/12/the-date-of-the-canon
  3. 400 Years Later, The Mayflower Compact Matters Now More Than Ever: https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/11/400-years-later-the-mayflower-compact-matters-now-more-than-ever/
  4. IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED pt.5 | Regaining Lost Ground with Pastor Shane Idleman, Nov 13, 2020: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/regaining-lost-ground/listen/if-the-foundations-are-destroyed-pastor-shane-idleman-853384.html
  5. Will God forgive me? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/will-God-forgive-me.html
  6. Stephen Meyer Interviews John Lennox about going; Against the Tide – YouTube: https://youtu.be/zD50_1kicw4
  7. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas) – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kWSG5okmUr8
  8. Biology doesn’t support the idea of biological evolution | George’s Journal: https://georgesjournal.net/2020/11/15/biology-doesnt-support-the-idea-of-biological-evolution/
  9. The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work – Cross Examined 11/07/20: https://subspla.sh/mn2txfg
  10. Apologetics Gift Ideas for the Holidays – My Humble Apology: https://myhumbleapology.com/2020/11/14/apologetics-gift-ideas-for-the-holidays/
  11. The Necessity of a Cosmic Mind: https://crossexamined.org/the-necessity-of-a-cosmic-mind/
  12. The Well-Churched Atheist | Women in Apologetics: https://womeninapologetics.com/the-well-churched-atheist/
  13. Why Jesus Cannot Be One Truth among Many | Crossway Articles: https://www.crossway.org/articles/why-jesus-cannot-be-one-truth-among-many/
  14. Ostrich – a reminder of creation and the Fall – creation.com: https://creation.com/ostrich
  15. Should You Use a Preferred Gender Pronoun? Quick Thoughts! – YouTube: https://youtu.be/B_Uz4BjGNqE
  16. Answering Objections to Gods Existence | Q&A with William Lane Craig: https://coffeehousequestions.com/2020/11/17/answering-objections-to-gods-existence-qa-with-william-lane-craig/
  17. How were people saved in the Old Testament? We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. But how were people reconciled to God before the coming of Christ? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson explains how the saints of the Old Testament were saved. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_DxxetguBE

Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. Acts 2:29-31

Blessings to you all