mid-week apologetics booster (12-27-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 750) from Nuggets:

The man of science is a poor philosopher. – Albert Einstein

To view more of these quotes, visit:


Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What Does the X in Xmas Mean?: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/
  2. Collection of 50 Apologetics Illustrations | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/collection-of-50-apologetics-illustrations/
  3. The Spiritual and Moral Bankruptcy of Progressive Christianity | The Stream: https://stream.org/spiritual-moral-bankruptcy-progressive-christianity/
  4. Quick Challenge Answer: How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men? How Can We Trust the Bible If It Was Written By Men?: http://tentmakingchristianity.com/how-can-we-trust-the-bible-if-it-was-written-by-men/
  5. The Top Ten Ways to Advance the Gospel at Holiday Dinners: https://crossexamined.org/the-top-ten-ways-to-advance-the-gospel-at-holiday-dinners/
  6. Christianity, Religious Disagreement, and Equal Weight Theory – Capturing Christianity: http://capturingchristianity.com/christianity-religious-disagreement-and-equal-weight-theory/
  7. Josephus on John the Baptist, Jesus, Scourging, Crucifixion, and James the Brother of Jesus Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/josephus-on-john-the-baptist-jesus-scourging-crucifixion-and-james-the-brother-of-jesus/
  8. The Founders And Public Religious Expressions – WallBuilders: https://wallbuilders.com/founders-public-religious-expressions/
  9. Constitution of Delaware; 1776 includes this requirement for any person holding public office: ” I, _______ do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/de02.asp
  10. 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer: Christmas Edition – Alisa Childers: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/5-apologetics-questions-every-christian-should-learn-how-to-answer-christmas-edition
  11. If God Entered Human History, How Would We Know? – Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/if-god-entered-human-history-how-would-we-know
  12. Evangelical Christians and the Quandary of Politics | The Stream: https://stream.org/evangelical-christians-quandry-politics/
  13. 5 Questions to Ask a Non-Believer Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/21/5-questions-to-ask-a-non-believer/
  14. Witnessing Tools Theologetics.org: https://theologetics.org/witnessing-tools/
  15. Why Science Does Not Disprove Miracles | Stand to Reason: https://www.str.org/blog/why-science-does-not-disprove-miracles#.XCI101xKiUl
  16. Gods Crime Scene for Kids Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway | Worldview of Jesus: https://worldviewofjesus.com/2017/08/28/gods-crime-scene-for-kids-mystery-investigation-kit-giveaway/
  17. Rhetoric and CS Lewis Part 1 Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2018/12/14/rhetoric-and-cs-lewis-part-1/
  18. How Christianity Changed The World Through Human Sanctification, Women’s rights, Slavery, and Science How to Religion: https://howtoreligion.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/how-christianity-changed-the-world-through-human-sanctification-womens-rights-slavery-and-science/
  19. How Does Christianity Differ from Other Religions on Homosexuality? – Christian Apologetics Alliance: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2018/05/15/how-does-christianity-differ-from-other-religions-on-homosexuality/
  20. Prophecy Fulfilled: 4 Prophecies that Jesus did that No One Else Could Have. Adherent Apologetics: https://adherentapologetics.home.blog/2018/12/25/prophecy-fulfilled-4-prophecies-that-jesus-did-that-no-one-else-could-have/
  21. Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True? Reflections: https://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/is-it-intolerant-to-claim-christianity-alone-is-true/
  22. The Importance Of The Bible – Dr. David Jeremiah – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJnk28-T1w&feature=youtu.be

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalms 57:1

Blessings to you all


mid-week apologetics booster (6-14-2018)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. 10 Predictive Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/10-predictive-prophecies-fulfilled-in-jesus
  2. Debunking 4 Myths About Religious Freedom: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/debunking-4-myths-about-religious-freedom/
  3. How Should a Christian View Israel? Part One THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/how-should-a-christian-view-israel-part-one/
  4. James Warner Wallace on Is Your Transformational Religious Experience Evidence Enough? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/james-warner-wallace-on-is-your-transformational-religious-experience-evidence-enough/
  5. The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/the-difference-between-speaking-the-gospel-and-sharing-the-gospel/
  6. Why Suicide Rates May Rise as Christianity Wanes – J. Warner Wallace: https://townhall.com/columnists/jwarnerwallace/2018/06/12/why-suicide-rates-may-rise-as-christianity-wanes-n2489946
  7. Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible: https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/todays-new-reason-to-believe/2018/06/04/five-best-scientific-evidences-for-the-god-of-the-bible?
  8. If You Want to Share Your Faith Effectively, Do This First – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/want-share-faith-effectively-first/
  9. The origin of life cannot be explained as the result of natural processes.: http://godevidence.com/2017/09/origin-of-life/
  10. Seven Tips for Pastors on Facebook – Rainer on Leadership #439: https://thomrainer.com/2018/06/seven-tips-pastors-facebook/
  11. Engineered Adaptability: Adaptability via Nature or Design? What Evolutionists Say: http://www.icr.org/article/engineered-adaptability-adaptability

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Blessings to you all

Apologetics Class 3/25/2018

Yesterday in my apologetics class, with it being Palm Sunday, we watched a video lecture on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the Old Testament prophecy He fulfilled in doing that.  Here is the video:


Here is the note-taking form I passed out before the video, with discussion questions we covered afterward:

Daniel’s Prophecy of Palm Sunday (Andrew Russell) 3/25/2018

John 12:12-19; Daniel 9:24-27 (the “backbone” of biblical prophecy)

  1. Jesus’ tr____________ e_________ is mentioned in all 4 gospels – John’s account is the briefest.
  2. John 11:35 – Lazarus died – Jesus wept about this because:
    1. He was filled with grace, mercy and compassion – grieving for those who were hurting.
    2. Because of what sin has done to mankind and what He was going to do about it.
  3. The original creation was perfect: __________________________________________________
  4. The fall of man occurred in an instant. World is now g_________________ (Romans 8:22)
  5. God had a plan to r___________________ mankind which would take thousands of years.
  6. “The time has come” (Mark 1:15) – all history has been moving towards this moment.
  7. Christ makes it clear that the kingdom is not p_______________, but is within you (Luke 17:21).
  8. 2 things capture the “heart” of this thronged assembly:
    1. Christ has won the v_______________ – His will has been done.
    2. The wedding feast of the Lamb – we’re not just invited to wedding, we’re the b_______!
  9. The proclamation of the good news (Mark 1:15) includes a call to r__________________. Radical change in heart, resulting in a radical change in a person’s l___________.
  10. The coming of the King is the best news. Change is possible because the King has come.
  11. What to do when another believer acts in a discouraging or sinful way:
    1. Don’t allow a person/relationship to d__________ you from your relationship with God.
    2. Forgive them and refuse to harbor any r____________________ towards them
    3. Draw comfort from the H__________ S________________.
  12. We don’t offer people a “system”, we point them to the R________________. He is the hope!
  13. During Passover in Jesus’ time, there were 250,000 lambs slain in Jerusalem. During this time, the population swelled to about 2 million people in (not even) a square m___________.
  14. The 1st promise of Messiah was Genesis 3:15. Israel’s job was to w___________ for the Messiah
  15. God told the Jews that the Messiah would be:
    1. A J______ from the tribe of Judah
    2. From the lineage of King D___________
    3. Born of a v______________, conceived by the Holy Spirit
    4. A worker of s__________, wonders & miracles (sight to the blind, hearing for deaf, etc.)
    5. D______________ would be no match for Him
    6. Bring f________________ of sins and salvation to the world
  16. The above description narrows down the field of possible candidates for Messiah.
  17. God actually predicted the e__________ d______ that the Messiah would make Himself known.
  18. Zachariah 9:9 predicted that he would come on a donkey’s colt.
  19. Daniel 9 is the most i______________ piece of prophecy in the entire Old Testament
  20. Jesus says this is the key – Bible scholars say this is the b________________ of biblical prophecy.
  21. Daniel 9:24-27 – the “70 W___________ of Daniel” (given by angel Gabriel [v.21])
  22. This prophecy is talking about J__________ C___________ – the Messiah:
    1. To make an end for s________
    2. To make reconciliation for i_________________
    3. To bring everlasting r_________________
    4. To seal up the vision and the prophecy
    5. To a_______________ the most holy
  23. These 70 weeks refer to 70 “weeks” (7’s) of years – 70 weeks of years = _______ years
  24. God wanted Israel to know the exact day that the Messiah would come – wasn’t a mystery
  25. 69 weeks (_______ years) after this decree to restore/rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will come.
  26. From a book called “The Coming Prince” by Sir Robert Anderson
  27. Jewish calendar has 360 days in it (vs. 365 days in Gregorian calendar), so 173,880 days after the decree was the time the Messiah would come.
  28. The decree was given to restore/rebuild Jerusalem was given in Neh. 2:1-8 (March 14,444BC)
  29. 173,880 days later is April 6th, 32 A.D., which was P_____ S_________ (5 days before Passover)
  30. There are 116 days for leap years that have to be subtracted. So considering the leap year days, the prophecy is fulfilled exactly.
  31. In Daniel 9:26, there are 3 specific prophecies:
    1. The Messiah will be “c__________ o_________” (executed) for us
    2. The people of the prince – Rome to destroy the city of Jerusalem and the Temple (70AD)
    3. Jews s___________ to the 4 corners of the earth (until 1948, when Israel is established)
  32. The 70th week (Daniel 9:27). The gap of time between the 69th week and the 70th week is what is known as “The Church Age”. This will end with the r______ of the church before the tribulation.
  33. The 70th week of Daniel is the great t______________ – the start is the coming of the anti-Christ
  34. Israel, who rejected the t_____ Messiah, will buy in whole-heartedly to this f________ Messiah.
  35. The world will be “great” for 3½ years at which time the anti-Christ will stand up and proclaim himself to be G_____ and that is the abomination that Jesus was talking about (Matthew 24:15)
  36. After that, all hell breaks loose on earth which is described the judgments in Revelation.
  37. Picking up the palm branches is a symbol of victory. H______ means “save now” / “please save”
  38. Maccabean revolt – after Judas Maccabees defeated Greeks, they were waving palm branches
  39. The people were not looking for s______ deliverance, they were looking for political deliverance
  40. Jesus wept over the city – “…You did not know the time of your v______________” (Luke 19:44)
  41. Jesus says because they missed the day, there would be b__________. (Luke 19:42; Rom. 11:25)
  42. There is a day of visitation for each & every one of us – 2 options, a_______ or r_________
  43. “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not h______________ your hearts…” Hebrews 3:15
  44. He becomes Lord of all your life (your schedule). End times – are we ready for Him?

Discussion Questions

  1. In what way is Daniel’s prophecy (and Jesus’ fulfillment of it) evidence that the Bible is divinely inspired?
  2. What are some other important Old Testament prophecies of Messiah?
  3. What are your views about the rapture and end times? On what Scripture do you base these views?