mid-week apologetics booster (6-29-2017)

Good morning friends,

Here are your weekly links:

  1. How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?: https://www.gotquestions.org/victory-over-sin.html
  2. Tips for Studying the Bible – Cross Examined: http://crossexamined.org/tips-studying-bible/
  3. The Scary World of Truth | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/07/the-scary-world-of-truth.html
  4. Why You Should Listen to Millennials in Your Church: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-you-should-listen-to-millennials-in-your-church
  5. Do Your Kids Know Why They Should WANT God to Exist?: http://christianmomthoughts.com/do-your-kids-know-why-they-should-want-god-to-exist/
  6. Revealing the One True God to the Polytheistic Shinto Culture | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/revealing-one-true-god-to-polytheistic-shinto-culture/
  7. Where did Cain find his wife? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lucbO0AYH0k&feature=youtu.be
  8. Nabeel Qureshi update – Vlog 35 – Bravery, Love, and Faith – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-asmXx0OfA
  9. True Islam (by William Federer) – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQI1ljlqk8
  10. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSb2ae_mPaE
  11. Believing the Gospels Is Different Than Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2017/believing-the-gospels-is-different-than-trusting-the-gospel/
  12. Why Does Anyone Become a Christian? Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-does-anyone-become-a-christian/
  13. The Attitude of Apologetics: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/attitude-apologetics/
  14. Elizabeth Warren – Pro-Life Just Means You Hate Women: http://www.lifenews.com/2017/06/23/elizabeth-warren-pro-life-just-means-you-hate-women/
  15. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/06/16/is-the-probability-of-getting-a-universe-that-supports-complex-life-100/
  16. The Birth of Jesus – Why was Jesus sent into the world as a baby? Today, R.C. Sproul considers the birth of Jesus as he continues his study of the New Testament: http://renewingyourmind.org/2017/06/26/the-birth-of-jesus
  17. The Big Bang Is Broken | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/the-big-bang-is-broken
  18. The Challenge of Islam: Does Early Testimony Matter to Muslims? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/the-challenge-of-islam-does-early-testimony-matter-to-muslims-2/

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Hebrews 11:35

Blessings to you all

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Great Scriptures to Pray

There are some great verses of Scripture that you can use directly in your prayers.  Of course, the ability to use these in your prayers is greatly enhanced if you have them memorized, so I give you the suggestion to not only use these in prayers, but to first memorize them.  Here are the ones that are most effective in opening my heart to God and my conscience to the conviction of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Psalms 141:3-4 – Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  2. Psalms 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  3. Psalms 119:36-37 – Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
  4. Psalms 86:11 – Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
  5. James 1:5-7 – If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord
  6. Matthew 23:24-28 – You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

This last one (Matt. 23:24-28) is most effective for me as a Christian Teacher and Ministry Leader.  Whenever I become aware of a hypocritical attitude or a sinful pattern of thought that I cannot seem to get rid of, I will hear Jesus saying this to me.  I’m not a Pharisee, but I am a teacher and I really do want the inside of my cup to be as clean as the outside.  I don’t want to be like a white-washed tomb, appearing to people as righteous on the outside, but on this inside full of hypocrisy, wickedness, greed and self-indulgence.  Thank you Lord for these words of Jesus which are so convicting to me!  Praise His Holy Name!

mid-week apologetics booster (4-13-2017)

Good morning beloved of God,

I hope you have a blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, contemplating the marvelous sacrifice and vindicating resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Here are your weekly links:

  1. Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection, because Secular Media Does Not: http://christianmomthoughts.com/your-kids-need-to-think-critically-about-the-resurrection-because-secular-media-does-not/
  2. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-to-t-r-a-i-n-christian-students-rather-than-teach-them/
  3. Does the Bible Have Contradictions? Quick Response. – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/does-the-bible-have-contradictions-quick-response
  4. Why Some Arminians and Calvinists Need to Calm Down – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/why-some-arminians-and-calvinists-need-to-calm-down/
  5. Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead? – Discover: https://cccdiscover.com/why-should-i-believe-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead/
  6. 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/
  7. Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/five.atheists.who.lost.faith.in.atheism/61784.htm
  8. 7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ – Thinking Christian: https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2017/04/7-reasons-youll-glad-saw-case-christ/
  9. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/a-brief-overview-of-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  10. God’s Word vs. Roman Catholic Tradition | HOME: http://www.reformingamericaministries.com/single-post/2017/04/03/God%25E2%2580%2599s-Word-vs-Roman-Catholic-Tradition
  11. 5 Signs You Glorify Self: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-signs-you-glorify-self
  12. How To Avoid Being A Hack As A Christian Apologist: http://thereforegodexists.com/avoid-hack-christian-apologist/
  13. GREG KOUKL EXPLAINS THE RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE AN ANGRY, AGGRESSIVE ATHEIST: https://winteryknight.com/2015/09/18/greg-koukl-expains-the-right-way-to-handle-an-angry-aggressive-atheist-2/
  14. Apologetics and Your Kids: Part 2 – Authenticity & Worldview: http://sharperiron.org/article/apologetics-and-your-kids-part-2-authenticity-worldview
  15. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/how-to-raise-your-kids-so-they-will-remain-in-the-faith/
  16. “Debunking Christianity” Writer Becomes Christian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus: http://reasonsforjesus.com/debunking-christianity-writer-becomes-christian-evidence/
  17. Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question – Sean McDowell: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/critical-tactic-surfacing-the-question-beneath-the-question
  18. What the Fallen Governor of Alabama Can Teach Us – No amount of privilege or power can shield us from temptation: https://stream.org/fallen-governor-alabama-can-teach-us/

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’ “ The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “ The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:1-13

Have a blessed week!

mid-week apologetics booster (3-16-2017)

Good morning friends,

I was reminded again last night of the importance of heeding the words of 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3, Colossians 4:5-6 & 2 Timothy 24-26 – being ready to give an answer.  Our AWANA Truth & Training leader gave our 3rd to 6th grade clubbers a chance to ask questions about the Bible and their faith last night during counsel time.  What a great session it was.  Once we got them started, the questions were non-stop and we had to cut it off at the end due to running out of time.  Here were some of the questions asked by these young, precious ones:

  1. Who made God?  How could He just always be there?
  2. Why did God make hell?
  3. Why did God create the first people if He knew they were going to sin?
  4. Why did God put the tree in the garden if He knew they were going to eat from it?
  5. Why did God make Satan?
  6. Why doesn’t God (Jesus) come back to earth to prove to everyone that He exists?
  7. How do we know Angels and Devils exist?
  8. (the answer to the prior question prompted this one) How do we know the Bible is true?
  9. Why did God love Satan more than any other angel?
  10. Why did God make people if He knew they were going to be evil and bad like stealing things and killing?

It was a 20 minute session and, wow, were the clubbers engaged and loving it… Unfortunately, I don’t have the time (or the memory) to remember all the answers the leaders gave, but it was a great session – they asked tough questions – deep questions.  We even had one of the 4th grade clubbers answering one of the questions and she was right on target!

I pray to God that this session was meaningful for these clubbers.  It is so important that kids at this age know that they are welcome to ask questions and that it is OK to have questions and even some doubts.  And it is extremely important that we adults have done what Peter has stated (as a command for all believers) “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you”.  That means you can’t be “winging it” at the time you’re asked.  That command implies that you have (already) been preparing yourself through study prior to the child asking the question.  I truly believe that the parents are the number 1 apologists in our culture.  We need to be ready when the question is asked.  Being ready can consist of having answer ready “off the top of your head” or knowing about a resource that you can get to that explains the answer.

Because this is such an important command, I continue to bombard you with these articles and videos each week.  I pray that you find something useful here, coming just at the right time!

  1. When the emotions are gone, what’s left? Engaging the mind as well as the heart is vital: http://creation.com/emotion-gone
  2. Why would a loving God allow death and suffering? – This is a very good (and very long) article that gives comprehensive, Biblically based answers to this issue – excellent!  http://creation.com/why-death-suffering
  3. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-absence-of-papacy-in-early.html
  4. Indulgences – CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY (March 15th) – “My guess is that if Pope Leo X knew what he would set off by allowing the sales of indulgences on March 15, 1517, he’d re-think that one. The building of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican had gone way over budget (it would be almost 80 years until it would be completed) and the Pope’s financial adviser suggested the idea of buying an indulgence would help get a repentant sinner out of purgatory sooner and it was a “win-win”. Then a regional indulgences salesman stopped by the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and ran into a priest named Martin Luther who decided he’d read about the sale of indulgences in the Bible and found no basis for it. The rest, as we like to say, was history.
  5. Questioning Jesus’ Existence: http://breakpoint.org/2017/03/questioning-jesus-existence/
  6. Staying Outside The Shack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/movies/staying-outside-the-shack/
  7. Parents, Hollywood wants to brainwash your kids. Don’t let them: http://www.theblaze.com/podcasts/matt-walsh-parents-hollywood-wants-to-brainwash-your-kids-dont-let-them/
  8. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony? http://www.mrm.org/james-15-testimony
  9. Celebrating gender confusion: http://creation.com/celebrating-gender-confusion
  10. Convergent evolution of crocodile and dolphin skull shapes | Uncommon Descent: http://www.uncommondescent.com/news/convergent-evolution-of-crocodile-and-dolphin-skull-shapes/
  11. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Cosmos (with Dr. Luke Barnes) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/a-fortunate-universe-life-in-a-finely-tuned-cosmos-with-dr-luke-barnes/
  12. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith | Crossexamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/biblical-faith-vs-blind-faith/
  13. Every American Needs Know Qur’an (Bill Federer) | Video | C-SPAN.org: https://www.c-span.org/video/?314071-10/every-american-needs-know-quran
  14. Watch “How to Listen to the Lord (Mark 4:21-34)” on YouTube (this is a John MacArthur sermon I watched on Sunday since I couldn’t go to church because I was sick): https://youtu.be/RFzGD7S-w3g
  15. DOES GOD REALLY HATE ESAU? http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/05/25/does-god-really-hate-esau/
  16. Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place? https://www.josh.org/early-church-decide-indoctrinate-canon-new-testament-books-first-place/
  17. Will We Ever Colonize Mars? http://www.icr.org/article/9900
  18. Greg Koukl Stand to Reason podcast – at about 26:30 into the show, an atheist calls in (he calls himself the “Street Epistemologist”).  They are talking about the difference between mind and brain and whether there is a “non-physical realm”.  It is quite a long call (and very cordial, not adversarial at all): http://subspla.sh/0376859
  19. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims (Bill Federer): http://subspla.sh/7277698
  20. Watch “Wretched: Nothing made everything.” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sK2yNkTuJkY
  21. 3 Horrific Consequences When a Nation Rejects God — Charisma News: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/63453-3-horrific-consequences-when-a-nation-rejects-god
  22. Q&A with Sam Allberry: Same-Sex Attraction, Synod Remarks, and Why The Gospel Is Truly Good News For All | RZIM: http://rzim.org/global-blog/qa-with-sam-allberry-same-sex-attraction-synod-remarks/
  23. Planned Parenthood abortion quotas: https://m.facebook.com/video_redirect/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.fphx1-2.fna.fbcdn.net%2Fv%2Ft42.1790-4%2F16616327_245823025863146_1673784158666620928_n.mp4%3Fefg%3DeyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9%26oh%3D6e69f150dc01e34d1c5525689be4b732%26oe%3D58CABADF&source=misc&id=10154959592988728&refid=52&__tn__=F
  24. Here’s 5 things to say when discussing Planned Parenthood: http://www.liveactionnews.org/heres-5-things-to-say-when-discussing-planned-parenthood/
  25. Watch “Hollywood and God” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fohrk2jt0LA
  26. Watch “Mark Spence & Shaw the atheist” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dfsS3BB5C-I
  27. Book of Job: https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Job.html
  28. Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/09/cannabis-boosts-risk-stroke-heart-attack-independent-tobacco/

Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. ” Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear ; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see ; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. “Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”  2 Kings 19:14-19

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-17-2016)

Good morning friends,

Here are some links to help you to contend for the faith (Jude 3) and encourage you to “be prepared” (1 Peter 3:15):

  1. Yes, You Do Have Time to Learn Apologetics | CrossExamined.org: http://crossexamined.org/yes-time-learn-apologetics/
  2. What Christian Parents Should Tell Their Kids About the Election: http://christianmomthoughts.com/what-christian-parents-should-tell-their-kids-about-the-election/
  3. Why Do So Many People Misunderstand the Word “Faith” – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/why-do-so-many-people-misunderstand-the-word-faith-2/
  4. A Christian view of economics: http://mbcpathway.com/2016/11/10/a-christian-view-of-economics/
  5. Why did Jesus tell people to “go and sin no more” if sinlessness is impossible? https://www.gotquestions.org/go-and-sin-no-more.html
  6. J.P. Moreland on Why God Won’t Force People Into Heaven: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2014/08/jp-moreland-on-why-god-wont-force.html
  7. OS Guinness, where is America headed: https://boxcast.tv/view/os-guinness-where-is-america-headed-274210
  8. How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It? http://crossexamined.org/christianity-prevail-ancient-rome-can-learn/
  9. Make Religious Freedom Great Again | Public Discourse: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/11/18221/
  10. Why we need to let Trump have a fresh start: http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-we-need-to-let-Trump-have-a-fresh-start
  11. Why I Voted for Donald Trump: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/why-i-voted-for-donald-trump/
  12. 5 Misconceptions about the Bible | Sean McDowell Ph.D.: http://crossexamined.org/5-misconceptions-about-the-bible/
  13. 4 Reasons We Know Humans Have a Soul – Jonathan Morrow: http://www.jonathanmorrow.org/4-reasons-know-humans-soul/
  14. 3 Facts in Genesis 1 which confirms the Biblical Creation: https://samzlogic.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/3-facts-in-genesis-1-which-confirms-the-biblical-creation/
  15. Why are the Gnostic Gospels non- Canonical ? https://samzlogic.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/why-are-the-gnostic-gospels-non-canonical/
  16. Truth Is Narrow and Exclusive for Everybody. This is a fun little video from Impact 360 on relativism, tolerance, and Christianity’s claim to be objectively true: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt8bJyiUAhY
  17. Five Apologetics Questions You Need to Think Through: http://www.str.org/blog/five-apologetics-questions-you-need-think-through
  18. Deceit and Lies We Have Been Told on Homosexuality – REALity – scientific evidence not supportive of homosexual myths: http://www.realwomenofcanada.ca/deceit-and-lies-we-have-been-told-on-homosexuality-reality/
  19. 7 Things You Should Know About Temptation ($0.99 on Kindle) – this is a REALLY good little book, filled with Scripture and practical advice: https://www.amazon.com/Things-Should-Know-About-Temptation-ebook/dp/B01FY45DVC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479312971&sr=8-1

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.  Romans 10:1-3

Blessings

Highly Esteemed Among Men, Detestable in God’s Sight

In Luke chapter 16, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees about money.  As usual, they were not happy – the text says they “were lovers of money” and that they were “scoffing at Him”.  And he replied with this stunning charge:

You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” (Luke 6:15)

Of course the whole counsel of Scripture shows that Jesus was right about the Pharisees – they were more about appearances and external compliance to the law, and they lacked the “truth in the inward parts” that King David spoke of in Psalm 51, his great psalm of repentance.

But as I read this account, I wonder about you and me…  Jesus could’ve been talking to us.  Do we justify ourselves in the sight of others?  Do we “highly esteem” that which is detestable in the sight of God?  Here are some thoughts on ways we justify ourselves in the sight of men and that we highly esteem that which God detests:

We justify ourselves by…

  1. When we say, “I’m a good person. I’ve never murdered anyone, I’ve never cheated on my wife, and I’ve never robbed anyone”.  Really?  Jesus clarified that external compliance to the law is not the only thing we’re accountable for.  He said that we’re also responsible for our thoughts about these things.
    1. So, you’ve never murdered anyone? Have you murdered them in your mind?  Have you hated them?  If you’ve hated another, the Bible says you’re a murderer (1 John 3:15).
    2. So you’ve never committed adultery? Have you ever lusted after another woman or man?  If so, according to Jesus, you’ve already committed adultery (Matthew 5:27-28).
    3. So, you’ve never robbed anyone? Have you ever given less than a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?  That’s robbing your employer.
  2. When we highlight and promote our good qualities and good deeds and gloss over or ignore the less flattering aspects of ourselves.
  3. When we are caught lying, we call it a white lie. We say that we didn’t want to cause a dispute or hurt the other person’s feelings.  We justify our lying.  We think it’s no big deal. (Proverbs 12:22)
  4. When we drive over the speed limit, roll through stop signs, make right turns on red when the sign says “No Right Turn on Red”, smoke in non-smoking areas, put more charitable contributions on our taxes than we gave and many other things and then say, “Well, everyone’s doing it”

We highly esteem what God detests when we…

  1. Idolize anything other than God. This can include, but it not limited to:
    1. Money / Material Possessions / Career (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
    2. Your happiness
    3. Sex, Food and other “appetites”
    4. Celebrities / Sports stars / Entertainment
    5. Personal Freedom (to behave however you want with no constraints) – Luke 9:23-26
    6. Your family (Luke 14:26)
    7. Your reputation (being loved by men) – Galatians 1:10
    8. Your sin – Romans 6:12-14
  2. Say that abortion grants a woman the “right to choose” what to do with “her own body”.
  3. Say that homosexuality is not a sin and that homosexuals are just being who they are and loving who they want.

Friends, let’s make sure that we’re not doing the very things Jesus is accusing the Pharisees of.  Let’s not be hypocrites (Matthew 23:24-28).  Let’s live for the Lord.  Let’s say with Paul, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)!

mid-week apologetics booster (6-23-2016)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you’re having a good week knowing and glorifying the Lord, enjoying Him, making Him known to others and defending the Christian worldview.  Here are some items to help equip you in those endeavors:

  1. 3 Biblical Principles for Worldview Conflict – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/04/15/3-biblical-principles-for-worldview-conflict/
  2. Christian Answers: http://christiananswers.net/directry.html
  3. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2016/06/22/no-original-documents-a-skeleton-in-gods-closet/
  4. The New Atheism and Five Arguments for God | Reasonable Faith: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-new-atheism-and-five-arguments-for-god
  5. 5 Steps To Save The Next Generation From Godlessness | Redeemed Royalty: http://redeemedroyalty.org/5-steps-to-save-the-next-generation-from-godlessness/
  6. Sing It Together Now: “My Booooooody” [Joy Behar]: http://lti-blog.blogspot.com/2016/05/sing-it-together-now-my-booooooody.html
  7. 30 Things You Can Do This Summer to Deepen Your Kids’ Faith: http://christianmomthoughts.com/30-things-you-can-do-this-summer-to-deepen-your-kids-faith/
  8. WHY I STOPPED WATCHING PORN: http://www.redeemedroyalty.org/real-talk-why-i-stopped-looking-at-porn/
  9. California legislature seeks to shut down Christian colleges and universities: https://winteryknight.com/2016/06/21/california-legislature-seeks-to-shut-down-christian-colleges-and-universities/
  10. What is Social Darwinism? – #4 Post of 2009Tough Questions Answered: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/12/26/what-is-social-darwinism/
  11. Doesn’t Bible Condone Killing One’s Rebellious Child? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/doesnt-bible-condone-killing-ones-rebellious-child/
  12. Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2016/newsletter20160620.htm#30

Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?” The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” John 7:31-36

Blessings to you all!

mid-week apologetics booster (6-16-2016)

Good morning all,

Here are some links for you to take a look at:

  1. 5 Things Christian Parents Must Do to Raise Godly Children in a Secular World – Raisingodlychildren: http://www.raisinggodlychildren.org/2016/06/5-things-christian-parents-must-do-to-raise-godly-children-in-a-secular-world.html
  2. 5 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Orlando Shooting: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-ways-christians-can-respond-to-the-orlando-shooting
  3. ACLU LAWYERS BLAME CHRISTIANS FOR ORLANDO ATTACK COMMITTED BY ISLAMIC TERRORIST: https://winteryknight.com/2016/06/13/aclu-lawyers-blame-christians-for-orlando-attack-committed-by-islamic-terrorist/
  4. Cooper’s Crusade Against Christ – The people of North Carolina and the alumni of N.C. State University deserve an apology. Administrators at the school have implemented a patently unconstitutional policy, which forces students to apply for a permit in order to share the gospel on a public university campus they fund with their hard earned tax dollars: http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2016/06/10/coopers-crusade-against-christ-n2176126
  5. What Really Happened at Nicea? http://crossexamined.org/what-really-happened-at-nicea/
  6. Why Didn’t Luke Include the Deaths of Paul, Peter and James in the Book of Acts? | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/why-didnt-luke-include-the-deaths-of-paul-peter-and-james-in-the-book-of-acts
  7. Girl in the Picture: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/girl-in-the-picture
  8. The Reliability of the New Testament Text (Dr. James White): https://youtu.be/LuiayuxWwuI
  9. What Community Demographics Should a Pastor Know: http://thomrainer.com/2016/06/community-demographics-pastor-know/
  10. The Bible vs. The Qur’an – Apologetics Canada: http://www.apologeticscanada.com/2016/05/20/bible-vs-quran/
  11. A Princeton Skeptic’s Journey | Apologetics – C.S. Lewis Society: http://www.apologetics.org/resources/articles/redemption-explained/
  12. Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah – Slaying the Giant of Temptation, Part 1 http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/listen/slaying-the-giant-of-temptation-part-1-534665.html
  13. Liver Function and Its Effects: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/06/liver_function102916.html
  14. Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/can-we-construct-the-entire-new-testament-from-the-writings-of-the-church-fathers/
  15. Does the Old Testament Law Apply To Us Today? http://truthfaithandreason.com/case-making-101-does-the-old-testament-law-apply-to-us-today/
  16. Why Growing Closer To God Is Such a Slow Process: http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2016/why-growing-closer-to-god-is-such-a-slow-process/
  17. What Did the Word ‘Christian’ Mean in the First Century? https://chab123.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/what-did-the-word-christian-mean-in-the-first-century/
  18. How to Deal with your Atheist Professor: A student at East Carolina University asked me recently how can he deal with an atheist Professor in class. This piece of advice can be used in and out the classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMui4GN4A_g
  19. Four Reasons We Don’t Share the Gospel: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/four-reasons-we-don-t-share-the-gospel
  20. 10 Things You Should Know about Apologetics: https://www.crossway.org/blog/2016/06/10-things-you-should-know-about-apologetics/
  21. Evangelism & Apologetics: Answering the Questioner – A Clear Lens: https://clearlens.org/2015/03/02/evangelism-apologetics-answering-the-questioner/
  22. Interview with Apologetics expert Sarah Malcangi | Lone Star Inspirations: https://lonestarinspirations.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/interview-with-apologetics-expert-sarah-malcangi/
  23. 4 Reasons We Should Accept the Gospels As Eyewitness Accounts | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/4-reasons-we-should-accept-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts/
  24. Jimmy Carter Visits Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter, Tells Reporters: ‘I Believe in Evolution’: http://christiannews.net/2016/06/14/jimmy-carter-visits-ken-hams-ark-encounter-tells-reporters-i-believe-in-evolution/
  25. Lab Grown diamonds (not apologetics related, just an interesting story): http://www.racked.com/2016/6/14/11872830/lab-grown-diamonds-synthetic

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  1 Peter 5:8-9

 

mid-week apologetics booster (4-8-2016)

Good afternoon friends,

It is Saturday morning here in Australia, and now that the work week is over, I’m finally sending you out your weekly apologetics related content.  Here they are:

  1. Is Nature the 67th Book of the Bible? https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/nature-67th-book-of-bible/
  2. If His name was Yeshua, why do we call Him Jesus? http://www.gotquestions.org/Yeshua-Jesus.html
  3. What If It’s All True! | SermonAudio.com (Alistair Begg examining the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus): http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=32916110021797
  4. Frank Turek deals with the questions of Truth, God, the Bible, and Jesus, establishing a reasonable foundation for Christianity (4 ½ minute video): https://youtu.be/rQ5s-kzT52M
  5. A Realistic Look at Global Warming: http://www.icr.org/article/9242
  6. How can I overcome sin in my Christian life? http://www.gotquestions.org/victory-over-sin.html
  7. Six Startling Contrasts Between the Bible and the Quran | PJ Media: https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/03/28/six-startling-contrasts-between-the-bible-and-the-quran/?singlepage=true
  8. Don’t Expect Your Kids To Care What The Bible Says Unless You’ve Given Them Reason To Believe It’s True: http://christianmomthoughts.com/dont-expect-your-kids-to-care-what-the-bible-says-unless-youve-given-them-reason-to-believe-its-true/
  9. What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment? https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/what-kind-of-god-would-condemn-people-to-eternal-torment/
  10. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions: https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/how-to-defeat-modern-day-atheism-with-three-easy-questions/
  11. Watch as Pro-Life Advocate Ben Shapiro Schools an Abortion Supporter During a Debate | LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/03/31/watch-as-pro-life-advocate-ben-shapiro-schools-an-abortion-supporter-during-a-debate/
  12. “Question the Answer” — in Every Field but Evolution – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/03/question_the_an102734.html
  13. Seven Basic Elements of the Christian Worldview: https://matgilbert.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/seven-basic-elements-of-the-christian-worldview/

To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. Rev. 3:1-3

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-25-2016)

Hi All,

Hope you’re having a blessed and fruitful week.  Here are a bunch of items I hope will equip you to make a defense for the hope that is in you:

  1. Tapestry of NT History – this is a great podcast (48 min) of Dr. Frank Turek interviewing Dr. Tim McGrew about “undesigned coincidences” in Scripture: http://player.subsplash.com/bcd99f4
  2. Are There Any Errors in the Bible? | NORMAN GEISLER: http://normangeisler.com/are-there-any-errors-in-the-bible/
  3. True for you, not true for me? https://youtu.be/Zsp-OyC9nAc
  4. Six Things Evolution Doesn’t Explain | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/six-things-evolution-doesnt-explain/
  5. Are Christian High School Students Really Ready for College? http://crossexamined.org/are-christian-high-school-seniors-really-ready-for-college/
  6. 14 Ways for Christian Parents to Teach Kids about Atheism: http://christianmomthoughts.com/14-ways-for-christian-parents-to-teach-kids-about-atheism/
  7. Students Don’t Have to Be Intimidated by Evolution: http://www.str.org/articles/students-don%E2%80%99t-have-to-be-intimidated-by-evolution#.Vs2bbvkrKUl
  8. Sexual Immorality and Five Other Reasons People Reject Christianity: http://donjohnsonministries.org/sexual-immorality-and-five-other-reasons-people-reject-christianity/
  9. Former Supermodel Who Left Glamour to Become Christian Apologist Shares Her Story: http://www.christianpost.com/news/former-supermodel-who-left-glamour-to-become-christian-apologist-shares-her-story-146229/
  10. Two Ways Apologetics are Good for the Believer? http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2013/two-ways-apologetics-are-good-for-the-believer/
  11. Douglas Ell: how an MIT atheist found God through math: http://www.examiner.com/article/douglas-ell-how-an-mit-atheist-found-god-through-math
  12. Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences: The Ring Of Truth – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry: http://crossexamined.org/undesigned-scriptural-coincidences-the-ring-of-truth/
  13. Undesigned Coincidences: Part 1: http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/09/01/undesigned-coincidences/
  14. Logic & Light | Undesigned Coincidences 8: Malchus Loses an Ear: http://www.logicandlight.org/undesigned-coincidences-8-malchus-loses-an-ear/#more-949
  15. Forgotten Arguments for Christianity: Undesigned Coincidences- The argument stated | J.W. Wartick -“Always Have a Reason”: http://jwwartick.com/2012/11/26/undesigned-coinc-1/
  16. Reasons To Believe : Hominids: http://www.reasons.org/rtb-101/hominids
  17. Neanderthals, Like Other Humans, Heated Water, and Organized | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/neanderthal/neanderthals-heated-water-organized-homes/
  18. What is the importance of the empty tomb? http://www.gotquestions.org/empty-tomb.html
  19. When Apologetics Was Evangelism: http://www.equip.org/articles/when-apologetics-was-evangelism/
  20. Was Adam a Real Person? http://www.str.org/articles/was-adam-a-real-person#.Vs2bafkrKUl
  21. Did Humans Really Evolve from Apelike Creatures? https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/ape-man/did-humans-really-evolve-from-apelike-creatures/
  22. Darwinism Refuted.com – origin of man: http://www.darwinismrefuted.com/origin_of_man_06.html
  23. Even Scientists Don’t Believe Darwin’s Theory, and neither Should You: https://heiscomingblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/even-scientists-dont-believe-darwins-theory-and-neither-should-you/
  24. Evolution frauds | Evolution is not science: https://evolutionisntscience.wordpress.com/evolution-frauds/
  25. The Missing Links Of Human Evolution Are More Than Missing – They Are Non-Existent! | Ancient Knowledge: https://sapientiaexanimo.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/the-missing-links-of-human-evolution-are-more-than-missing-they-are-non-existent/
  26. The Origin of Man: http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Books/592/darwinism-refuted/chapter/44
  27. Darwinists have Deceived the Whole World with Frauds: http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Books/152365/atlas-of-creation–/chapter/14299
  28. Evolutionists’ Confessions Regarding the So-Called Forebears of Man: http://www.harunyahya.com/en/Books/8063/confessions-of-the-evolutionists/chapter/4563
  29. Neanderthal | unifiedserenity: https://unifiedserenity.wordpress.com/tag/neanderthal/
  30. Evolution Hoaxes | New York Apologetics: http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/evolution-hoaxes/
  31. There are no Missing Links! – Kent Hovind: https://youtu.be/qA8imkOCpd8
  32. David Menton: Lucy–She’s No Lady — Clip: https://youtu.be/p6RfIEVO6YQ
  33. Human evolution: oh so clear? – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/human-evolution-stories
  34. Neither Human Evolution nor Theistic Evolution – Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/neither-human-evolution-nor-theistic-evolution-1/
  35. Smithsonian’s Traveling Human Origins Exhibit Overstates the Case for Human Evolution – Evolution News & Views: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/12/smithsonians_tr101351.html
  36. Must Human Evolution Contradict Genesis? http://godandscience.org/evolution/evolution_contradict_genesis.html
  37. Is the similarity in human/chimp DNA evidence for evolution? http://www.gotquestions.org/human-chimp-DNA.html
  38. Human evolution – Conservapedia: http://www.conservapedia.com/Human_evolution
  39. What is the definition of the theory of human evolution | John Ankerberg Article Archive: https://www.jashow.org/articles/guests-and-authors/dr-fuz-rana/what-is-the-definition-of-the-theory-of-human-evolution/
  40. Darwin’s God: Gene Regulation Not Enough in Human Evolution: http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2014/01/gene-regulation-not-enough-in-human.html
  41. Human/chimp DNA similarity – CMI Mobile: http://creation.mobi/human-chimp-dna-similarity
  42. A Scientific and Biblical Response to “Up from the Apes. Remarkable New Evidence Is Filling in the Story of How We Became Human”: http://www.godandscience.org/evolution/timeresponse.html
  43. Fossil missing link Fraud Lucy. Dr. David Menton (PhD in Biology): https://youtu.be/QDBPIq_Ihpo
  44. BREAKING: Live Action releases video showing a D&E abortion procedure: http://liveactionnews.org/breaking-live-action-releases-video-showing-a-de-abortion-procedure/
  45. Do Evolutionists Believe Darwin’s Ideas about Evolution? | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/do-evolutionists-believe-darwins-ideas-about-evolution/
  46. LGBT Activist Changes Mind, Supports Christian Bakers’ Rights – A Clear Lens: http://clearlens.org/2016/02/21/lgbt-activist-changes-mind-supports-christian-bakers-rights/

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.  2 Peter 1:16-18

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

It is a fact of life that most men battle against sexual temptation.  Here are some verses for you to memorize to help you resist this type of temptation:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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

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

Hebrews 4:13

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

The following verse tells me what to do when I encounter anything that stimulates lust – RUN!!!

2 Timothy 2:22

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

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

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

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

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

1 Corinthians 9:27

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

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

Romans 6:12-13

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