Verses to memorize for help combatting sexual temptation

Whenever, Christian, you have achieved a victory over your lusts–whenever after hard struggling, you have laid a temptation dead at your feet–you have in that hour a foretaste of the joy that awaits you when the Lord shall shortly tread Satan under your feet, and you shall find yourself more than conqueror through him who has loved you. – Charles Spurgeon (modernized language)

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

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

1 Chronicles 29:17a

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

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

Luke 9:23

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

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

John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

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

Psalms 119:11

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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

Let me provide a very simple definition of sexual immorality:

Any sexual gratification one gets from a source other than your spouse (in a biblical marriage consisting of one man and one woman).

Therefore, sexual immorality may include, among other things, pornography (or even feature films that portray sex between people on screen), masturbation, roving eyes / looking with lust at those in your eyesight, adultery, pre-marital sex (A.K.A. fornication), co-habitation which includes pre-marital sex, homosexuality, impure thoughts, flirting, fantasizing about the possibility of sex with someone other than your spouse, etc.

So, the passage above (1 Corinthians 6:18-20) tells me that I am not my own. I can’t just do whatever I want with my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. He is living in me and sees everything I do. Which leads me to the next verse:

Hebrews 4:13

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

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

Ecclesiastes 12:14

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

Romans 14:12

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 22:22

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

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

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

Jesus is seeking obedience from those that call Him Lord:

Luke 6:46

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

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

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

Job 31:1

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

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

Job 31:9-11

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

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

Daniel 1:8-9

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

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

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

Psalms 101:3

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

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

Romans 12:2

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

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

Romans 13:14

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

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

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

Ephesians 6:12

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

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

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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

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

Luke 23:40

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

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

Proverbs 9:10

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


Isaiah 8:13

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

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

Luke 12:4-5

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

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

Scripture also states that sin will hinder your prayers:

Psalms 66:18

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

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

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

Isaiah 59:1-2

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

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

2 Chronicles 7:14

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

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

Acts 17:30

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

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

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

2 Timothy 2:26

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

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

Colossians 2:8

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

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

Proverbs 4:26

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

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

Proverbs 27:12

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

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

Philippians 4:8

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


Colossians 3:2

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

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

2 Timothy 2:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 10:26-27

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

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

2 Corinthians 13:5a

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

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

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

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

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

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

1 Corinthians 9:27

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

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

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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

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

1 Peter 5:8

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 5:3-6

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

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

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

Romans 6:12-14

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

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

Luke 16:13

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

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

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

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25)

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

But that way of thinking really leads to death.

The following verse from Proverbs teaches that our behavior is a visible manifestation of our relationship with (and thoughts about) the LORD:

Proverbs 14:2

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a good one from Paul:

Titus 2:11-13

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

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

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

1 John 2:15-17

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

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

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

1 Peter 1:14

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

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

1 Peter 4:1-5

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

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

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

1 Kings 18:21

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

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

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

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

Matthew 22:36-40

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

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

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

Romans 1:25

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

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

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

Matthew 4:10

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

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

There is a favorite verse of many people that says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3:3

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


Additional Verses

Psalms 119:9

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

Psalms 141:4

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

Psalms 86:11

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

Psalms 119:37

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

Psalms 23:3

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

Psalms 19:14

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

Titus 1:15-16

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

2 Timothy 1:7

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

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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

Galatians 5:19-21

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

Revelation 21:8

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

Titus 3:3-7

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

John 8:31-32

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

Acts 3:19

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

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

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

Hebrews 4:15-16

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

1 Peter 2:24

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

Philippians 2:3-4

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

Hebrews 2:18

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

Hebrews 12:14

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

mid-week apologetics booster (11-3-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

So many young Christians are ill prepared to face the moral, intellectual, relational, and spiritual challenges that confront them daily. They don’t have an anchor to help ground them amid the cultural chaos, and as a result, many find their faith shipwrecked on the shores of our increasingly secular culture. Here is a stark reality: if we do not consciously equip young Christians with a biblical worldview, they will unconsciously absorb the ideas of today’s culture.  – Sean McDowell  and J. Warner Wallace (from book “So the Next Generation Will Know”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Maggie DeJong | Alliance Defending Freedom – In the United States, colleges and universities have traditionally been bastions of free speech. People with diverse religious, political, and philosophical beliefs have been able to come together for a free and robust debate in the marketplace of ideas in university classrooms, lecture halls, quads, and dorms. But universities such as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have grown more hostile toward religious, political, and philosophical beliefs that university officials or students disfavor. Such is the case with Maggie DeJong.:
  2. Breaking Down the Importance of Apologetics Welcome to Rob
  3. Search for Habitable Planets as Design Detection | Evolution News:
  4. Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time | Cold Case Christianity:
  5. How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God : Strange Notions:
  6. Answering the Galileo Myth:
  7. Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name | Sean McDowell:
  8. Don’t Be Harvey Weinstein. Or Tim Murphy. Or Karl Barth – The Stream:
  9. 50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted | The Domain for Truth:
  10. Starting God-Conversations: Take the Class-Photo Approach:
  11. Developing An Apologetic That Works Faith & Self Defense:
  12. Can death be abolished?:
  13. The Jesus Blog: The Five Most Common Fallacies about the Life of Jesus:
  14. What Really Happened At The Council Of Nicaea | Reasons for Jesus:
  15. The Intellectual Persecution of the Church Credo House Ministries:
  16. Handling an Objection: We Can’t Trust Eyewitness Testimony! THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
  17. Why talking to strangers can make us smarter – BBC Future – though this is not apologetics related, it discusses subjects that are relevant to apologetics and evangelism. Here is a snippet: What I learned was this: we miss a lot by being afraid of strangers. Talking to strangers under the right conditions is good for us, good for our neighborhoods, our towns and cities, our nations, and our world. Talking to strangers can teach you things, deepen you, make you a better citizen, a better thinker, and a better person. It’s a good way to live.:
  18. The worst mistake you can make when defending the Christian worldview | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  19. Why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? |

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.  – John 7:1-9

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:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Real Friendship Between Queen Elizabeth and Billy Graham | Time:
  2. Does Islam teach salvation by our works? |
  3. TOP Atheists BEST Arguments Against God. How Bad Are They? – YouTube:
  4. What are the Earliest Creeds in Christian History? With Gary Habermas – YouTube:
  5. William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist? | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  6. 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.:
  8. Students Don’t Have to Be Intimidated by Evolution – Brett Kunkle:
  9. What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins? |
  10. 5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make — ASAP:
  11. Properly Understanding Properly Basic Beliefs | Reasonable Faith:
  12. Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | Worldview of Jesus:
  13. The F-E-A-T that Demonstrates the FACT of Resurrection | Christian Research Institute:
  14. Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars? Brett Kunkle:
  15. Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?:
  16. How the Moon Supports the Privileged Planet Hypothesis | Evolution News:
  17. How do we know what we have in our Bibles today is the same as the originals? Truth, Faith and Reason:
  18. Part 3 Answering pro-abortion objections | Biblical Worldview Academy:
  19. Defending life of unborn | Biblical Worldview Academy – this is a 22 part series on how to defend the pro-life position:
  20. When Someone says the Bible can’t be Trusted. – New York Apologetics:
  21. Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God?:
  22. The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas:
  23. Why Apologetics is Applicable to all of Life and a Calling for all Believers – Servants of Grace:
  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.:
  25. Volitional Resistance to Christianity Often Masquerades as Rational Opposition | Cold Case Christianity:
  26. DNA repair mechanisms shout creation – – 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).:
  27. Secularist Intolerance Against Scientific Paper | Answers in Genesis:
  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?:
  29. Dr. David Menton: Lucy–She’s No Lady — Clip – YouTube:
  30. Darwin’s God: Gene Regulation Not Enough in Human Evolution:
  31. Bill Nye Epitomizes The Left’s 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 :
  33. Human chimp DNA similarity – – 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?:
  34. William Lane Craig explains the faith enterprise in an 8-minute video | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  35. Origin of the First Self-Replicating Molecules | Evolution News:
  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? |

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (9-15-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

We are to live on our guard like men in an enemy’s country. We are to remember that evil is about us, and near us, and in us – that we have to contend daily with a treacherous heart, an ensnaring world, and a busy devil! Remembering this, we must put on the whole armor of God, and beware of spiritual drowsiness. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The King Follett Discourse | Times & Seasons – I’m including this in the apologetics booster not because it answers any objection to orthodox Christianity, but rather that it explicitly shows the heretical doctrines that the founder of the Mormons taught, and this material can be used to education LDS believers about what their founder really taught:
  2. 6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith – If we raise our kids with an oversimplified faith, were building a ramp to eventual shame when difficult questions arise.:
  3. Why Spiritual but not religious won’t solve your problems – YouTube:
  4. Who was Desiderius Erasmus? |
  5. One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs – Canon Fodder:
  6. Is Jesus Christ a Copy of Pagan Religions? Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy – As Dan Brown in his book The Da Vinci Code (2003) writes, Nothing in Christianity is original. In recent times a number of people are claiming that the historical Jesus is simply a rehash of older pagan secretive religions, and of the religions of dying and rising gods. This is a view expressed in media such as Zeitgeist, The Da Vinci Code, and Irreligious which attempt to be factual and convincing. But how factually based are these claims? This article argues, in reference to reputable scholars, that these claims are false and, on many occasions, deliberately deceitful in their fabrications. :
  7. Start teaching kids apologetics as early as possible, Young Defenders author says | Church & Ministries News:
  8. An 11-Day Study On Challenges To Biblical Authority – We want to know God and meet Him in His Word. But why is Scripture so confusing at times? In this 11-day Bible reading plan, you’ll walk through some of the most challenging aspects in Scripture, find a new confidence in the Bible and a deeper trust in God.:
  9. What Is a Biblical Worldview? with George Barna | Natasha Crain:
  10. Take a Tip from Lt. Columbo – Have you ever taken a verbal beating when trying to talk about Jesus? If so, I’ve got a tip for you. It’s the simplest tactic imaginable to help stop a challenger in his tracks, turn the tables, and put you back in the driver’s seat. And it can be done almost effortlessly.:
  11. The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions – Sometimes we apologists can forget that human beings are more than intellectual machines. That’s why it’s important to ask tactful questions that go beyond the surface of intellectual arguments. Three of Jesus questions in particular can be easily adapted to use in apologetic and evangelistic conversations. :
  12. How Media Consumption Threatens the Future of Christianity (It’s Not What You Think) | Cold Case Christianity:
  13. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – YouTube – Dr. David Menton from Creation Ministries international presents a stunning lecture on how babies are conceived in their mother’s womb. This presentation will leave you marveling at the awesome design of God in the mother’s womb.:
  14. Abiogenesis – – Fantastic claims highlight the scientific absurdity of this recycled philosophy of spontaneous generation:
  15. DNA and An Argument for God The DNA molecule (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a coiled ladder, two chains of sugar and phosphate running in opposite directions. And on the DNA base pairs, the rungs of this ladder, are segments of biological code called genes. This code is used in our cells for the production of proteins, the essentials components of life.:
  16. Jay Richards answers the objection Who Designed the Designer? | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  17. Beyond Adaptation: The Human Brain Is Something New | Evolution News – Who or what are we? The materialist viewpoint is that we are matter in motion governed by our brains, a wetware operating system of three pounds of grey and white matter. Our identity is packed into our brains and if they die, so do we. There is no soul, and consciousness is an illusion. Is that what we are? From the materialist point of view our human brains are the product of evolution an ape-like brain grown larger and more sophisticated. Physically a human brain is three times the size of a chimpanzee brain, and uses considerably more energy. Our brain represents 2 percent of our body weight but uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe:
  18. The Four Miracles of Atheism | – Richard Dawkins stated that Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. However, even naturalistic worldviews also take some things on faith. For the purposes of this discussion, we will define a miracle as an event which occurs outside of the natural order and cannot be repeated or explained by the scientific process.:
  19. How can a Christian overcome the fear of witnessing? |
  20. Contradictions In The Life of a Christian – The Christian Church is no stranger to hypocrisy. The Church is comprised of sinners who do not always practice what they preach, and sometimes such practice is in stark contradiction to what we preach. Some of the most heinous acts have been committed by Christians while they speak truth. It seems that sexual misconduct within the Church is always on the radar. :
  21. Dr. Michael G Strauss: An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning:
  22. 3 More Logical Fallacies to Avoid (and How to Tell When Someone Else is Committing Them) Apologetics for the Church:
  23. Does having an extra forearm artery prove evolution? –
  24. How does fetal blood circulation differ from circulation after birth? –
  25. Here are the companies that will cover costs for employees seeking abortion services:
  26. America After 9/11: Is Religion Evil? – Dr. Mikel Del Rosario | Apologetics Guy:
  27. The Three Faces of Evil and a Christian Response Welcome to Rob
  28. The Next Stage in Evangelism and Apologetics: | Sean McDowell – What is the next stage in evangelism and apologetics? I recently caught up with Lee Strobel to ask him about his new center for evangelism and apologetics. Check out the brief interview below for some insight as to how he, along with Mark Mittelberg, plan to equip people in the church to naturally share and defend their faith::
  29. EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM – this is a page full of links to other pages containing evidences for the resurrection:
  30. If a person’s best efforts to believe the Bible fail, do they still deserve to burn in hell?:
  31. Is There a God? 6 Reasons Point to God’s Existence – Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there. Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists. But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.1 On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”2 Before you look at the facts surrounding his existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him?:
  32. Index fossils – – For example, if dinosaur fossils are found in a rock layer, the rocks are assumed to be at least 65 million years old. So if a radiometric dating result indicates an age of 40 million years, it is interpreted as representing, not the age of the rock, but a later geological process, such as disturbance, reworking or contamination. The fossils always trump the supposedly objective radiometric dating!:
  33. San Francisco Decriminalizes Psychedelics | DoubleBlind Mag – all I can say is, wow:
  34. Stealing From God – If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Dr. Frank Turek shows how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God trying to make their case for atheism. Sound contradictory? It is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. Stealing from God exposes intellectual crimes atheists commit, then provides powerful reasons why Christianity is true.:

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:5-10

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:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Tips for Discussing Abortion Online
  2. Clarks woodpecker – Amazing birds help trees with staggering feats of remembering
  3. Questions on Universal Salvation, Molinism, and the Burial of Jesus – Reasonable Faith App
  4. Aren’t Some Unbelievers Sincerely Seeking Truth? – Stand to Reason
  5. Since God Values Humility, Is He Against Certainty? – Stand to Reason
  6. The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible – Cross Examined
  7. Christian Student Files Federal Lawsuit after Illinois University Punishes Her for Sharing Her Beliefs with Classmates – Milton Quintanilla
  8. Three Realities Chance Can’t 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:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Eternally Miserable in Heaven — really? Think Divinely:
  2. Take Every Thought Captive – What 1 Corinthians 10:5 Means & How to Do It:
  3. The Argument from Reason to God | Paul Gould Paul Gould:
  4. Evidence for design in living systems is changing the way scientists work | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  5. Fine-Tuning Parameters | Evolution News:
  6. (Eph. 2:8) Is faith the gift of God or is grace the gift of God? | Evidence Unseen:
  7. We Can Guess What Denomination You Are By How You Pray | The Babylon Bee:
  8. Distant starlight and the biblical timeframe | George’s Journal:
  9. Patriarchs teeth –
  10. Genesis Apologetics – Did Dinosaurs Walk With Man? – YouTube:
  11. This Is About God! (Tucker Carlson) | WRETCHED RADIO – YouTube:

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (10-28-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

I’m not a Christian today because I was raised that way or because it satisfies some need or accomplishes some goal. I’m simply a Christian because its evidentially true. – J. Warner Wallace

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Moral Evidence for God – J. Warner Wallace – This is an excellent lecture with a great perspective on the “problem of evil” – Detective J. Warner Wallace shows that the evidence for an objective moral law leads us to infer that there’s a moral lawgiver responsible for the undeniable fact of moral obligations.:
  2. The Fast But Quiet Creeping of Everyday Cancel Culture | Natasha Crain – People are losing jobs for publicly sharing views that differ from what’s been deemed acceptable by secular culture.:
  3. Pets in Heaven?: A Eulogy | Reasonable Faith:
  4. Why do so many atheist historians think that 1 Corinthians 15 is reliable history? | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  5. Four Things I’ve Learned from My Conversations with Atheists – YouTube – In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner provides four observations from his youth ministry trips to UC Berkeley. These simple observations may help you improve the quality of your discussions with non-believers and help you better understand the underlying issues in some of these conversations. J. Warner also answers viewer email related to the disagreements between Christian denominations and the need for personal research.:
  6. J. Warner Wallace: Tampering with Evidence – 2018 Xenos Summer Institute – YouTube – The universe in which we live appears to be incredibly fine-tuned for the existence of life like ours. What could explain this fine-tuning? Is it an accident? Do the laws of physics demand such fine-tuning? J. Warner Wallace describes the incredible fine-tuning of the universe and demonstrate that the best explanation is the creative work of God.:
  7. A New Movie on the Conversion of C. S. Lewis:
  8. Geological and Historical Evidence for Jesus Crucifixion Account Christian Apologist:
  9. Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel of Nicodemus or The Acts of Pilate? | Cold Case Christianity:
  10. Gaia and Selectionism’s Nature Worship | The Institute for Creation Research:
  11. What is the cost of discipleship? | Outline Notes on the Cost of Discipleship:
  12. Draw the Lines – We keep things around that are weaknesses for us, and then were shocked when they come back to bring us down in a moment of vulnerability. That’s why we need to get rid of the things were tempted to return to.:
  13. Preparing to Give an Answer: God’s Defense Recipe in 1 Peter 3:15 – Apologetics Press:

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:13-14

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:

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:
  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:
  3. Deeper Teaching in Apologetics and Theology for Youth – Stand to Reason Blog:
  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.:
  5. Four reasons to think that atheism is inconsistent with scientific progress | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  6. A Case for Creation: Session 5, Part 2 Global Flood Evidence from the Grand Canyon and beyond Truth, Faith and Reason:
  7. The Shocking Truth Behind Jehovah’s Witnesses | Way of the Master: Season 3, Ep. 32 – YouTube:
  8. Can People Get Out of Hell?
  9. The Evidence Study Bible (Beige-Brown-Leather):
  10. Interview of Nancy Pearcey by Sean McDowell:
  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:
  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:
  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:
  14. Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses? Why and when was it done? |
  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:
  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:
  17. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? |
  18. ONE SOLITARY LIFE -JESUS CHRIST He was born in an obscure village:
  19. Ehrman’s Problem 4: Why Won’t We Abuse Free Will in Heaven? | Clay Jones:
  20. Early Christianity Overview: The Ante-Nicene Era and the Apostles’ Churches:
  21. Evolution: not a Theory | Biblical Science Institute:
  22. 3 Attributes Critical for Effective Persuasion – Pastor Brian Chilton:
  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:
  24. William Lane Craig Q&A: If God Knows My Decisions How Do I Have Free Will? – YouTube:
  25. The God Question(s): Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?:
  26. Discovering God the Way Sherlock Holmes Would | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes:
  27. The Christian Parent Manifesto – Kristen Welch:
  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:
  29. My Goal in Every Conversation with Mormons – Brett Kunkle – Stand to Reason Blog:
  30. Son, Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door:
  31. How Do We Motivate Students Who Don’t Seem to Care? | Sean McDowell:
  32. Correcting four myths about the history of the Crusades | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  33. Evangelistic Apologetics as it is typically defined today.:
  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:
  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:
  36. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light:
  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. |
  38. Are Christians Intolerant Haters? The Charges are Not New:
  39. Practical Evangelism – Taking the Roof Off –
  40. Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration | Cold Case Christianity:
  41. 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t 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:
  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.:
  44. NT Wright: Why we can trust that Jesus was really resurrected – YouTube:
  45. Lee Strobel Summarizes the Case for Jesus’ Resurrection – YouTube:
  46. Lee Strobel – The 4 E’s of the Resurrection – YouTube:
  47. Mike Licona – Is the story of JESUS’ RESURRECTION a LEGEND? – YouTube:
  48. Case for the Resurrection – Animated Video (Sources: Craig, William Lane. Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection: Our Response to the Empty Tomb. ) – YouTube:
  49. Christ’s Resurrection: The Cornerstone of Christianity – YouTube:
  50. Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist Greg Koukl Debate (12 min 39 sec video) – YouTube:
  51. Forget the Myths, Ignore the Hype; Here’s What We Really Know About Jesus’ ‘Missing Years’ | The Stream:
  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.:
  53. How to Disagree – the article establishes a hierarchy of 0 – 6 of disagreement approaches (lowest being the worst, or most fallacious):
  54. The Quran on the Inspiration of the Torah and Gospel and a Challenge to Islam Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy:
  55. Blog Post – The Case for Cessationism Stands:
  56. Mammoth DNA: The Oldest Ever Found? | The Institute for Creation Research:

“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 (3-25-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Let us strive to live like men who believe in a resurrection and a life to come – and desire to be always ready for the eternal world. So living, we shall look forward to death with calmness.  – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Great Commission Must Be Our Guide in These Polarizing Times. During these polarizing times where battles for political power or division from cultural struggles are crippling the influence of the Christian church, we need to refocus our attention and commitment to fulfilling the great commission. – Life in the Gospel:
  2. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively |
  3. Sharing Your Faith 101 – Maybe you’re afraid to share your faith because you don’t know what to say. Or maybe you’re sharing the Gospel but nothing is happening; people aren’t committing their lives to Christ. Are you doing something wrong?:
  4. Talking With Non-Christian Friends:
  5. Human High-Altitude Habitation Reveals Adaptive Design | The Institute for Creation Research:
  6. How do I respond more effectively when someone questions my faith? Westminster:
  7. Jeff Hester Debates William Lane Craig On The Topic Is Belief In God Rational In A Scientific Age?:
  8. How Was Jesus God Incarnate?:
  9. Crushing the Myth that Christianity Crushes Diversity Think Divinely:
  10. Ancient Man. the original Ark must have been an amazing structure. How could Noah, who lived thousands of years ago, build such a complex vessel that survived the Genesis Flood? | Answers in Genesis:
  11. New Discoveries in the Dead Sea Wilderness from Dr. Craig Evans:
  12. What Objections Have Been Made to the Resurrection?:
  13. De-conversion Is Not as Countercultural as You Think:
  14. Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament? | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy:
  15. The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean Its True | Cold Case Christianity:
  17. Religious Pluralism: What About Those That Have Never Heard the Gospel? | Is Christianity True?:
  18. Should Christians Use the Argument from Martyrdom? A Reply to Bart Ehrman:
  19. The Hidden Consequences of Sexual Sin – As with all sexual sin, there is absolutely no excuse, no rationalization, and no justification for it. In Ravi’s case, there are hundreds of women who are victims of his unwanted and inappropriate advances. Ravi abused his influence, his power, and his reputation as a man of God in order to abuse these women. None of these cases were simply two consenting adults engaging in a relationship. When there is a power imbalance like this, the relationship is never consenting. These were like an employer/employee relationship, one that is never fully consensual as a true loving relationship. One party is always holding power over the other in some form or fashion. Sadly, these women aren’t even the only victims here. He has betrayed his wife and the vows he made to her before family, friends, and God to love and cherish her until death separates them.:
  20. 6 Reasons Why (Church) Membership Matters – I like this quote: Many bowling leagues require more of their members than our churches. Where this is true, the church is a sad reflection of its culture.:
  21. Counting the Stars | Answers in Genesis:
  22. The Universe Confirms the Bible | Answers in Genesis:
  23. Does Knowledge Require Certainty? | Reasonable Faith:
  24. How to Read More Books Every Year – Sarah Geringer:
  25. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas):
  26. Lament as Apologetic for Christianity – Modern Reformation:
  27. Ex-New Ager Melissa Dougherty joins me to discuss certain New Age ideas that are being marketed to the church as “Christian.” What are the buzzwords, catch phrases, and teachings that are coming to a church near you? Alisa Childers I Blog:
  28. No, The Growth of Progressive Christian Politicians is Not a Good Thing for America [A Response to the New York Times Opinion Piece by Nicholas Kristof]:

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. Mark 15:21

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-18-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Temptation is not a sin; it is simply Satan’s attempt to make us fall. – Charles Stanley

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Plant Diversity and Computer Programming | Evolution News:
  2. Has the Message of the Bible Changed? | Cold Case Christianity:
  3. Catch Countless Logical Fallacies with One Critical Thinking Hack | Answers in Genesis:
  4. Grounds for Belief in Biblical Inspiration | Reasonable Faith:
  5. Christ’s deity in the New Testament – Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists often argue, Jesus never claimed to be God. They assert that Christians have corrupted or misinterpreted the New Testament, or they reject the Bible outright. But for those willing to consider the eyewitness testimony of the New Testament writers, and the convincing evidence that their words are accurately preserved, we may point our unbelieving friends to seven ways that Jesus does, in fact, claim deity:
  6. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – YouTube:
  7. How did we get the Bible? –
  8. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable:
  9. What Are The Best Questions For Spiritual Conversation? – YouTube:
  10. Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain – This View Of Life:
  11. Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse | Christianity Today:

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-28-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

The Christian message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity – hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory – because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.

– J.I. Packer

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Thoughts on Pre-Marital Sex; Elisha McFarland:
  2. What is the Fine Tuning Argument? 12 Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics:
  3. The universe is finely tuned for life – Strong evidence for a Designer comes from the fine-tuning of the universal constants and the solar system:
  4. Biblical Judgment in a “Don’t Judge Me” World:
  5. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and the Origin of the Universe | Answers in Genesis:
  6. Have Researchers Developed a Computer Algorithm that Explains the Origin of Life?:
  7. Christian Nationalism and Christian Hope – Christians must not abandon the public square just because people say mean things about us. Our God-given call to be faithful to Him above our nation also means He’s called us to be faithful to Him in our nation, at this time and in this place.:
  8. How Relativism Leads to Intolerance and Rage:
  9. Does Oddball Platypus Genome Reveal Its Origins? | The Institute for Creation Research:
  10. How to Teach Your Kids to Spot a False Gospel (Risen Motherhood):
  11. The Evidentially Diverse Resurrection Appearances of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity:
  12. Self-Discipline Is the Gateway to Christian Maturity – Redeeming Productivity:
  13. The Case for the Historicity and Deity of Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity:
  14. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity:
  15. Christian Worldview: What Does It Mean to Be In the World but Not Of the World? | Cold Case Christianity:
  16. The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God | Cold Case Christianity:

You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. “Selah” Psalms 85:2

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (1-21-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. – Old Hymn

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus? | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  2. The Florissant redwood trees, Colorado, USA –
  3. Is God Good? (< 2 minute animated video) – YouTube:
  4. Are There Any Good Reasons to Believe in God? – YouTube:
  5. 3 Ways Christian Parenting is Like Being a Personal Trainer | Josh Daffern:
  6. Five Ways to Prepare for the Days ahead:
  7. More Than Sexual Purity: Five Ambitions for Christian Men | Desiring God:
  8. Let’s Study Together – Reformation 21 – Effective Bible studies don’t just happen; they are the Spirit-blessed product of persistent application of basic principles. The following are seven principles for fruitful group study. :
  9. How To Have A Challenging Conversation With Someone You Love:
  10. Why Didn’t Luke Include the Deaths of Paul, Peter and James in the Book of Acts? | Cold Case Christianity:
  11. On the Death of Nero ~ Classical and Early Christian Perspectives:
  12. Excerpt The Infinite Complexity of Cells | Evolution News:
  13. How to Prepare for the Next Cultural Revolution:

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

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:

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:
  2. 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.:
  4. Central Command: The Brains Role in Maintaining Balance | Evolution News:
  5. An Overview of the Body’s Amazing, Irreducibly Complex Systems | Evolution News:
  6. William Borden: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.(short biography of a millionaire missionary):
  7. What does the Bible say about animal/pet euthanasia? |
  8. Would a Loving God Send People to Hell? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity:
  9. Resource guide helps parents combat liberal agenda at schools – The Christian Post:
  10. Video, audio and summary of intelligent design discussion, with Ben Shapiro and Stephen C. Meyer | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  11. Where Will Cancel Culture End? Meet Dorian Abbot | Evolution News:
  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:
  13. Michael Egnor: The Evidence against Materialism – YouTube:
  14. What does it mean to contend for the faith? |
  15. Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements – Mama Bear Apologetics:
  16. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists?: The Classic Collection with R.C. Sproul – YouTube:
  17. What does it mean that the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)? |

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-23-2020)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1700) from Nuggets:

And here’s something fascinating: there’s a rabbinic tradition preserved in the Talmud that says on the Day of Atonement there were three different signs that the animal sacrifices the high priest offered had been accepted by God and atonement given to the nation. 41 In the years when the signs would come up negative, the people would be ashamed and mourn, because God had not accepted their sacrifice. Then it says that during the last forty years before the second temple was destroyed, all three signs were negative each and every time. 42 Think about that: Jesus probably was crucified in AD 30, and the temple was destroyed in AD 70. So from the time of his death to the time of the destruction of the temple – a period of forty years – God signaled that he no longer accepted the sacrifices and offerings of the Jewish people. Why?His answer was emphatic: Because final atonement had been made through Yeshua, just as he had prophesied. – The Case for the Real Jesus

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The World Needs More Faithful Men – Faithfulness is also hard work. Many days come when faithful men would prefer a different course than the one in front of them when they would rather take a break from killing their sin, pursuing their wives, disciplining their children, laboring at their job…faithfulness is often thankless. By its very nature, it goes largely unnoticed: rarely showy, ever steady, a faithful man is as valuable and yet as inconspicuous as a beating heart. That he can be taken for granted is, in a sense, his glory. Yet despite the difficulties that attend true faithfulness, the world desperately needs such faithful men. Men whose word means something more than maybe. | Desiring God:
  2. Authentic Christianity: Counting the Cost (Part 1 of 2). Bible teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan shares inspirational lessons that can be learned from the Apostle Paul about living an authentic Christian life, changing the culture and serving the broken world around us. – Focus on the Family:
  3. The Supreme Court’s Ruling In Bostock Signals Difficult Days Ahead:
  4. 400+ Protestant Venues Destroyed or Closed in Shangrao City:
  5. Don’t believe the Bible is true? Wait till you see this – YouTube:
  6. Was the Bible updated? –
  7. Is the Bible Really from God? 4 lines of evidence are presented to make the case that the Bible really is from God:
  8. William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  9. We are told: The recipe for the origin of life has been revised Uncommon Descent:
  10. The Historical Jesus vs. the Historical Buddha | Sean McDowell:
  11. Message from the Molecules They Say Intelligent Design | Evolution News:
  12. 7 Essential Questions to Ask When You Study the Bible | Josh Daffern:
  13. No, God And The Flying Spaghetti Monster Are Not The Same | HillFaith:
  14. 3 Times Jesus Responded to Doubt – With Evidence:
  15. Staying calm on social media with disagreements The Domain for Truth:
  16. John Grigg: Astronomer and Christian –
  17. Why Every Christian Needs to Be A Sheepdog | Cold Case Christianity:
  18. Do Atheists Believe in Just One Less God Than Christians? | Cold Case Christianity:

Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. The LORD Almighty has declared in my hearing: “Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants. Isaiah 5:8-9

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-11-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

“That you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8) This must be the dominating motive and object. God’s Word is to be appropriated and masticated–fed and meditated upon–not for the purpose of understanding its prophecies, or obtaining an insight into its mysteries–but in order to learn God’s will for myself, and having learned it–to conform thereunto. God’s Word is given to us chiefly–not to gratify curiosity or to entertain our imagination–but as “a lamp to our feet–and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105) in this dark world. It is a Rule for us to walk by–it is a heavenly standard for the regulation of all our conduct. It points out the things to be avoided–the things which would harm us. It tells of the things to be followed and practiced–the things which are for our good and our peace. It contains not only good advice–but is clothed with Divine authority, commanding implicit and unqualified obedience. – Arthur Pink

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. New Resurrection Book: Dr. Andrew Loke: Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A New Transdisciplinary Approach (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies).  At the present time, this book is FREE on Kindle. THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
  2. The Problem of the Unevangelized Once More | Reasonable Faith:
  3. Your Students Are Willing to Delay Gratification, If You Are | Cold Case Christianity:
  4. Is It Reasonable to Believe in Minds Even If We Can’t Explain How They Interact with Brains? | Cold Case Christianity:
  5. How Can You Trust Christianity Is True When There Are So Many Unanswered Questions? | Cold Case Christianity:
  6. Human Zoos How Science Fueled the Racial Fire | Evolution News:
  7. A Brief Defense of the Pro-Life Position:
  8. How to Be ‘Salt of the Earth’ Kind of People:
  9. Why is the human brain so efficient? Over the past decades, engineers have taken inspiration from the brain to improve computer design.:
  10. Can we believe in God in the scientific age? | Is there a God?:

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

Blessings to you all

Verses to memorize for sexual temptation

Good reminders… I have updated this post with many more verses and commentary!

1 Peter 4:12-16

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

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

1 Chronicles 29:17a

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

So, to help us along in our quest for holiness, I have listed some verses for you to memorize to help you resist this type of sexual temptation. I have memorized each of these passages myself and have found them to be of great benefit:

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…

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mid-week apologetics booster (4-16-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

Impress on my mind the shortness of time, the work to be engaged in, the account to be rendered, the nearness of eternity. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. C. S. Lewis Advice To Students During A Pandemic Will Do Us Good:
  2. Placing the Cross in History – Can we know the exact date of Christs death? The Bibles firsthand accounts give us plenty of historical details that narrow down when it fell within the Roman Empires tumultuous early days. | Answers in Genesis:
  3. One of the Greatest Gifts to Give Your Kids This Easter is a Sense of Hopelessness:
  4. Letter to An Aspiring Christian Apologist | Cold Case Christianity:
  5. How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life | Cold Case Christianity:
  6. Why I Believe in Jesus Resurrection – The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry:
  7. Are Ghosts Real? Many people claim to have experiences with what are commonly known as ghosts. There are many TV shows and movies that encourage these ideas. The standard view is that these are the deceased spirits of real people. But is this the case? – YouTube:
  8. “The most influential life in history.” This is from the I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist podcast (Frank Turek):
  9. Joe Average – design of life | Living Waters:
  10. 4 Tips for Slaying Pornzilla. “It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it.” – Ignatius | Living Waters:
  11. A Look at the Cognitive Dissonance Objection THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death. Proverbs 11:18-19

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

 – Greg Koukl (Tactics)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why Young People Leave the Church:
  2. Ten Biblical Truths About Life Beyond the Grave:
  3. Justin Bieber Said He’s Obeying Jesus Now! | Living Waters:
  4. Five Questions Every Student Needs You to Answer – Growing Leaders:
  5. Talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Start Here | Stand to Reason:
  6. William Lane Craig debates Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: evil, suffering and God | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  7. Hermeneutical Series: STOP Using Matthew 7:1 Out of Context! The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry:
  8. Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials:
  9. Fighting The Porn Industry Must Begin Within The Church:
  10. Facts Are Not Enough – A Clear Lens:
  11. The Amazing Unity of Scripture : Christian Courier:
  12. If Human Eugenics Wouldn’t Work, Human Evolution Has a Big Problem | Evolution News:
  13. Psychologist affirms creation (Nathan Marinau):
  14. John MacArthur Warned Moody Years Ago About James MacDonald, Emails Reveal | Julie Roys:
  15. UK NHS government-run healthcare only available for people who agree with the government | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  16. Ray Comfort shares his views about Bernie Sanders :
  17. California Pastor Says Trump’s Border Wall is Biblical | Todd Starnes:

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Dangerous Hart of Universalism:
  2. Why Did Paul Quote Pagan Philosophers?:
  3. Slave Master – How Pornography & Drugs Changes Your Brain – by Donald L. Hilton, Jr. – Salvo Magazine:
  5. India’s Social Media Content Removal Order Is a Nail in the Coffin of the Internet As We Know it | Mind Matters:
  6. Atheism and critical thinking – Conservapedia:
  7. No Matter How Painful the Situation, Ending a Disabled Child’s Life Through Abortion Is Never Right – Blog – Eternal Perspective Ministries:
  8. Do The Moral Failings Of Christians Prove Christianity Is False? –:
  9. Is Religion on the Decline in America? | Proslogion:
  10. Shoving Fossils Onto Darwin’s Timeline | CEH:
  11. How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions? by R.C. Sproul Jr.:
  12. Christians should vote:–christians-should-vote
  13. 15M Christians Aren’t Registered to Vote: Churches Across US Participating in ‘Voter Registration Sunday’ | CBN News:
  14. School Passes Out Flyer To Seven-Year-Olds Discussing Implants, Pills, Condoms And More | The Daily Wire:
  15. Brad Pitt no longer an Atheist – Delighted With Kanye!
  16. Mike Licona and Richard Howe discuss what it means to say the Bible is inerrant. This dialogue/debate occurred at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, NC on October 11th, 2019:

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-22-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1300) from Nuggets:

What we need is not a religion that is right where we are right, but one that is right where we are wrong. – Ravi Zacharias

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. PBS Eons Teaches Nonsense about Evolution | In the summer of 2018, PBS Eons published Episode 46 of Season 1, When Fish First Breathed Air:
  2. The American Minute: The FIRST PRAYER in Congress! | For God’s Glory Alone Ministries:
  3. Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian? – Dr. D. James Kennedy – YouTube:
  4. Have you lost your mind? The Christian mind. The difference between the mind and the Brain – RC Sproul:
  5. Explaining The No True Scotsman Fallacy Lucas’ Theological Novelties and Apologetics:
  6. Five Bad Reasons to Reject Christianity – The Daily Apologist:
  7. Pro-Life Converts: Dr. Bernard Nathanson:
  8. Apologetics Resources for Alabama Baptist – Tactical Faith:
  9. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace:
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Dan Wallace PhD:
  11. Should Christians Be Against Christian Nationalism? Free Thinking Ministries:
  12. If Mormonism Is Not True | Mormons in Transition:
  13. The Good of Politics | Matthew D. Wright:
  14. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins – Seeing God’s Breath:
  15. Physicist: Multiverse Is Religion, Not Science | Evolution News:
  16. Three Things Materialists Can’t Do Without | Evolution News:
  17. Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage | Family Life:
  18. Vestigial Organs: Leftovers Again? | Living Waters:
  19. Did Darwin Promote Racism? | Answers in Genesis:
  20. One Birthday, Two Legacies (Abraham Lincoln vs. Charles Darwin) | The Institute for Creation Research:
  21. What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin:
  22. Who Are The Jehovah’s Witnesses? –:
  23. Was Jesus a god? Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses: John 1:1 | god from the machine:
  24. Do Muslims call Allah Father? How can we come to God as Father? |
  25. Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek’s House of God Lady Apologist:
  26. Lizard discovery confirms biblical creation –

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (7-25-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1200) from Nuggets:

Jesus implicitly claimed deity in at least twelve ways. He claimed three divine rights: (1) to judge mankind, (2) to forgive sins, and (3) to grant eternal life. He declared that (4) his presence was God’s presence as well as the presence of God’s kingdom and that (5) the attitude people took toward him would determine their eternal destiny. He (6) identified his actions with Gods actions, (7) taught the truth on his own authority, and (8) performed miracles on his own authority. He (9) appeared to receive worship or obeisance. He (10) assumed that his life was a pattern for others, a divinely authoritative form of life. He (11) applied to himself OT texts that describe God and (12) in several parables indirectly identified himself with a father or king who represents God. — NET Bible comments on Matthew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheism and communism – Conservapedia:
  2. China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist President – Christianity Today:
  3. Visions of God even communists won’t erase – WND:
  4. YouTube and Twitch star Ninja shares how doctors wanted him aborted :
  6. TrueU #1: Does God Exist? – (Short Video promo – 2 min):
  7. When An Atheists Says, WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE IN JESUS?:
  8. Four Benefits Apologetics Provides the Believer – Rob Lundberg’s Online Ministry Page:
  9. A Look at Messianic Prophecy: Who is the Prophet of Deuteronomy18:15-18 THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
  10. An Open Letter to Those Debilitated by Their Sexual Sin:
  11. Can Evangelicals Vote for Trump? A Hard Yet Easy Decision | The Stream:
  12. How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ? – Thomas Nelson Bibles:
  13. Does it matter that Buddha came long before Jesus? |
  14. The Basic Argument for the Deity of Christ – Warren Christian Apologetics Center:
  15. THE APOLOGETICS REPORT The official apologetics aggregate of The Daily Apologist:
  16. Evolutionist Clarence Darrow v. William Jennings Bryan, Creationist – American Minute:
  17. Deconstructing Darwin: Darwin’s real message –
  18. This is a library of free online books of the most famous authors in Christian history from the Church fathers onward:
  19. American Minute with Bill Federer First Prayer in Congress “It was enough” says Mr. Adams, “to melt a heart of stone.” :–It-was-enough–says-Mr–Adams–to-melt-a-heart-of-stone–.html?soid=1108762609255&aid=fqzfemft9wk

For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Peter 4:6

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-16-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 1000) from Nuggets:

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. – Samuel Smiles

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

    1. Debunking the myth of ‘back-alley’ abortions:
    2. But Paul Never Met Jesus And Other Bad Arguments About Paul On The Internet THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
    3. Motherhood: More Important than Rocket Science (according to Cathryn Buse!) – Mama Bear Apologetics:
    4. Christianity Inflicting ‘Enormous Harm’ on China, Warns Communist Party:
    5. David Limbaugh: Kudos to Chris Pratt:
    6. Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today:
    7. How to Recover When You Stumble in Your Christian Walk:
    8. Tardigrades too tough for evolution – The toughest animals on Earth are the tardigradesaka moss piglets, bear animalcules or water bears. Mostly less than 1 mm (1/25 inch) long, they can survive conditions far worse than any they would ever experience on Earth:
    9. Belgian Blue Cows — evidence of ‘de-volution’ – YouTube:
    10. Does God cause Down syndrome? –
    11. William Lane Craig being interviewed on the Ben Shapiro show:
    12. Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38 – Jesus’ Genealogy – different approaches to resolving the apparent discrepancies in Matthew and Luke’s genealogies:
    13. Assessing the Craig/Shapiro dialogue – the author of this article makes some excellent points in his critique of Craig’s response to Shapiro’s challenge about Jesus’ messiaship:
    14. DID PETER GO TO ROME IN AD 42? JOHN WENHAM (Tyndale Bulletin):
    15. Common Objections to Christianity from Skeptics (with answers) by Steve Hays:
    16. Kids Walking Away from the Faith? Why Public School isn’t the Problem – Salt and Grace:
  1. A Lifestyle of Peace: Street Evangelism is Powerful: The Majesty of Carrying the Gospel:

The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man ; it searches out his inmost being. Proverbs 20:27

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-21-2019)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 900) from Nuggets:

It is by perseverance that the snail reached the ark. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. The Neo-Liberal Stealth Offensive – The gospels most dangerous earthly adversaries are not raving atheists who stand outside the door shouting threats and insults. They are church leaders who cultivate a gentle, friendly, pious demeanor but hack away at the foundations of faith under the guise of keeping in step with a changing world. : 9Marks:
  2. Polycarp…… | Christian History | Christianity Today:
  3. When Does God Identify You as You? Your identity, according to science and the Bible, began the moment you were conceived.:
  4. What If Christians Were ‘Unsilenced’?:
  5. Don’t Forget Why We Do What We Do | Stand to Reason:
  6. Does God Exist – Six Reasons to Believe that God is Really There – Is There a God:
  7. Prince of ISIS accepts Christ through Leading The Ways Arabic Broadcasts – Assist News:
  8. Why Apologetics? | Confident Christianity:
  9. Reconciling a God of Love with the Problem of Evil:
  10. How to Overcome and Prevent Sexual Sins Seeing God’s Breath:
  11. Let your kids ask ANY question they have:

“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ Proverbs 30:15-16

Blessings to you all

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?:
  2. Tips for Studying the Bible – Cross Examined:
  3. The Scary World of Truth | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes:
  4. Why You Should Listen to Millennials in Your Church:
  5. 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:
  7. Where did Cain find his wife? – YouTube:
  8. Nabeel Qureshi update – Vlog 35 – Bravery, Love, and Faith – YouTube:
  9. True Islam (by William Federer) – YouTube:
  10. So Many Religions–What Do We Do? – Tim Barnett – YouTube:
  11. Believing the Gospels Is Different Than Trusting the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity:
  12. Why Does Anyone Become a Christian? Discover:
  13. The Attitude of Apologetics:
  14. Elizabeth Warren – Pro-Life Just Means You Hate Women:
  15. Is the probability of getting a universe that supports complex life 100%? | WINTERY KNIGHT:
  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:
  17. The Big Bang Is Broken | The Institute for Creation Research:
  18. The Challenge of Islam: Does Early Testimony Matter to Muslims? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:

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

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:
  2. How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity:
  3. Does the Bible Have Contradictions? Quick Response. – Sean McDowell:
  4. Why Some Arminians and Calvinists Need to Calm Down – A Clear Lens:
  5. Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead? – Discover:
  6. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions | Shadow To Light:
  7. Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today:
  8. 7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ – Thinking Christian:
  9. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity:
  10. God’s Word vs. Roman Catholic Tradition | HOME:
  11. 5 Signs You Glorify Self:
  12. How To Avoid Being A Hack As A Christian Apologist:
  14. Apologetics and Your Kids: Part 2 – Authenticity & Worldview:
  15. How to Raise Your Kids So They Will Remain in the Faith | Cold Case Christianity:
  16. “Debunking Christianity” Writer Becomes Christian Because Of Evidence | Reasons for Jesus:
  17. Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question – Sean McDowell:
  18. What the Fallen Governor of Alabama Can Teach Us – No amount of privilege or power can shield us from temptation:

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:
  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!
  3. The Absence Of A Papacy In Early Responses To Christianity:
  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:
  6. Staying Outside The Shack | Answers in Genesis:
  7. Parents, Hollywood wants to brainwash your kids. Don’t let them:
  8. Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony?
  9. Celebrating gender confusion:
  10. Convergent evolution of crocodile and dolphin skull shapes | Uncommon Descent:
  11. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Cosmos (with Dr. Luke Barnes) – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
  12. Biblical Faith VS. Blind Faith |
  13. Every American Needs Know Qur’an (Bill Federer) | Video |
  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):
  16. Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place?
  17. Will We Ever Colonize Mars?
  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):
  19. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims (Bill Federer):
  20. Watch “Wretched: Nothing made everything.” on YouTube:
  21. 3 Horrific Consequences When a Nation Rejects God — Charisma News:
  22. Q&A with Sam Allberry: Same-Sex Attraction, Synod Remarks, and Why The Gospel Is Truly Good News For All | RZIM:
  23. Planned Parenthood abortion quotas:
  24. Here’s 5 things to say when discussing Planned Parenthood:
  25. Watch “Hollywood and God” on YouTube:
  26. Watch “Mark Spence & Shaw the atheist” on YouTube:
  27. Book of Job:
  28. Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds:

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 |
  2. What Christian Parents Should Tell Their Kids About the Election:
  3. Why Do So Many People Misunderstand the Word “Faith” – THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
  4. A Christian view of economics:
  5. Why did Jesus tell people to “go and sin no more” if sinlessness is impossible?
  6. J.P. Moreland on Why God Won’t Force People Into Heaven:
  7. OS Guinness, where is America headed:
  8. How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?
  9. Make Religious Freedom Great Again | Public Discourse:
  10. Why we need to let Trump have a fresh start:
  11. Why I Voted for Donald Trump:
  12. 5 Misconceptions about the Bible | Sean McDowell Ph.D.:
  13. 4 Reasons We Know Humans Have a Soul – Jonathan Morrow:
  14. 3 Facts in Genesis 1 which confirms the Biblical Creation:
  15. 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:
  17. Five Apologetics Questions You Need to Think Through:
  18. Deceit and Lies We Have Been Told on Homosexuality – REALity – scientific evidence not supportive of homosexual myths:
  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:

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


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:
  2. Christian Answers:
  3. No Original Documents: A Skeleton in God’s Closet? – A Clear Lens:
  4. The New Atheism and Five Arguments for God | Reasonable Faith:
  5. 5 Steps To Save The Next Generation From Godlessness | Redeemed Royalty:
  6. Sing It Together Now: “My Booooooody” [Joy Behar]:
  7. 30 Things You Can Do This Summer to Deepen Your Kids’ Faith:
  9. California legislature seeks to shut down Christian colleges and universities:
  10. What is Social Darwinism? – #4 Post of 2009Tough Questions Answered:
  11. Doesn’t Bible Condone Killing One’s Rebellious Child? | Answers in Genesis:
  12. Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings:

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

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