mid-week apologetics booster (8-4-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Ambassador’s Creed: https://www.str.org/ambassadors-creed
  2. Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus Argued Reductio Ad Absurdum: http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-argued-reductio-ad-absurdum.html
  3. Jehovah’s Witness Role Play – YouTube – Mike Felker role plays as a Jehovah’s Witness to a college apologetics group. Most of the students had no idea that I was actually a Christian until I revealed my identity at about 40 minutes into it. Thanks to Brett Kunkle for inspiring me to do this. It was my first time and I’d love to do more of this.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNqBRpv2Bk
  4. Jesus and Logical Fallacies: The False Dilemma | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: https://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/01/jesus-and-logical-fallacies-false.html
  5. You Have to Come Out As A Christian Before You Can Step Out As An Apologist | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/you-have-to-come-out-as-a-christian-before-you-can-step-out-as-an-apologist/
  6. Above All the Earth | The Institute for Creation Research – Few can say they’ve left planet Earth. Jeff Williams has done it three times. After a lengthy military career, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams was chosen from among a handful of candidates to become an astronaut for NASA and work on the International Space Station (ISS). He has been a longtime supporter of ICR and recently visited our headquarters for the first time, graciously allowing us an interview.: https://www.icr.org/article/8635
  7. String theory has come to be seen as faith, not reason? Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/string-theory-has-come-to-be-seen-as-faith-not-reason/
  8. Apologetics for Kids: Free Resources for Parents | Beyond Teachable Moments: https://beyondtm.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/apologetics-for-kids-free-resources-for-parents/
  9. How the Body Works: Intelligent Design in Action | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/how_the_body_wo/
  10. New Testament Bible Reliability by Daniel Wallace, PhD – YouTube – If you encounter someone who questions or doubts the accuracy and reliability of our New Testament, such as a Mormon, the information Dr. Daniel Wallace provides in this presentation at Heights Baptist Church in 2013 will address those issues directly. Mormon apologists must admit that the staggering majority of the textual variants are merely minor in nature. Dr. R. L. Anderson, a Mormon scholar and authority in the LDS Church on Biblical manuscripts, recognizes that the variations in the New Testament manuscripts are essentially insignificant. Dr. Anderson notes the overwhelming agreement between the thousands of manuscripts; he explains that : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs
  11. Lecture – Dr. Peter Williams – Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBVBUeHXZ4
  12. The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points | Saints and Sceptics: http://www.saintsandsceptics.org/the-argument-from-consciousness-in-seven-quick-points/
  13. Inspired or Not? What Does Paul Mean by What He Says in 1 Corinthians 7:6, 7:12, and 7:25? Did Paul fill his letters with opinion?: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/contradictions-in-the-bible/inspired-or-not-1-corinthians-7/
  14. Can Evolution Explain the Appearance of Design in Biology? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-evolution-explain-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology/
  15. Why the Appearance of Design in Biology Is a Problem for Atheistic Naturalism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-the-appearance-of-design-in-biology-is-a-problem-for-atheistic-naturalism/theistic-naturalism/
  16. Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community | Christian Research Institute: https://www.equip.org/articles/life-in-the-big-tent/
  17. Evangelical Elites Can’t Let Go Of Beefs Against Conservatives: https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/02/russell-moore-and-evangelical-elites-cant-let-go-of-their-jeremiad-against-conservative-evangelicals/
  18. Scientists Are Undermining Our Trust in Science | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2022/07/scientists-are-undermining-our-trust-in-science/

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-30-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sex abnormalities and transgender – creation.com – Abnormal sexual development has nothing to do with choosing which gender you would like to be.https://creation.com/sex-abnormalities-v-transgender
  2. How to Make the Case against Abortion in Less Than a Minutehttps://www.str.org/w/how-to-make-the-case-against-abortion-in-less-than-a-minute
  3. Make the Pro-Life Case in 60 Seconds – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, Pro-lifers just want to force their religious views on everyone else. They don’t really have a good reason to oppose abortion. What would you say? Dismissing opposition to abortion as religious ideology is intellectually lazy. There are rational arguments against abortion, and those who oppose abortion make them often. So, when abortion advocates dismiss arguments against abortion, remember these three steps: First, formally state the case against abortion. Second, defend the case against abortion by clearly stating the reasons for your pro-life position. Third, establish ground rules for further discussion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEnokKiwtkA
  4. Is Hell Real? – YouTube – You’re in a conversation and someone says, I don’t believe a loving God would send anyone to Hell. He wouldn’t even allow a place like that to exist. What would you say? It’s easier to believe in things like Heaven, redemption, and eternal joy with God you know, the things we want to be true — than those things that are hard to imaging and even stomach, like eternal punishment. Hell is a hard thing to talk about, but the next time it comes up in conversation, here are three things to remember: First, God doesn’t force anyone into Hell, but He doesn’t force anyone to love Him or be with Him either. Second, Jesus taught that Hell is real, and talks about it more than anyone else in the New Testament. Third, Hell does not diminish Gods love; it displays it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucC8O471qyE
  5. How to Have a Conversation: When Under Pressure – YouTube – you’re in a conversation and suddenly an assertion is leveled against your view and you don’t know how to answer it. Now maybe you’ve forgotten the reasoning or evidence, or maybe haven’t done your research in the first place. What would you say? The What Would You Say videos are a great way to ground yourself in the basic arguments for Christian values and convictions, but the pressure of the moment, you may not be able to recall the details. For those situations, you need a game plan. The next time you’re in over your head, here are three things to remember: First, don’t try to answer the challenge immediately. If you do, you’re giving them a free ride. Second, don’t be taken in by their, I can explain that response and Third, ask for specific reasons why their ideas should be taken seriously https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhyMclem04A
  6. The Heart of the Abortion Issue – In this clip from To the Point LIVE, Jon Noyes asks how a civil society should treat innocent human beings who challenge our current way of life and reminds us not to be distracted away from the most important question in the abortion debate: What is the unborn?https://www.str.org/w/the-heart-of-the-abortion-issue
  7. What Is the General Theory of Evolution Unable to Explain? – YouTube – Dr. Craig answers a question about certain limits within the theory of evolution, common ancestry, random mutation, natural selection, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpuog3h_tb0
  8. Must You Remain Silent on Abortion Unless You Adopt a Baby? If you’ve never adopted a child, does this disqualify you from speaking out against abortion? Alan offers five reasons why this challenge is mistaken.https://www.str.org/w/must-you-remain-silent-on-abortion-unless-you-adopt-a-baby-1
  9. What does the Bible say about abortion? | GotQuestions.orghttps://www.gotquestions.org/abortion-Bible.html
  10. Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption Link | Politics Newshttps://www.christianpost.com/news/values-voter-summit-highlights-abortion-adoption-link.html
  11. When Christians Have a Contagious Faith – The Stream – While it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of sharing Jesus with others, Marks approach emphasizes the different gifts and skills within the body of Christ.https://stream.org/when-christians-have-a-contagious-faith/
  12. The Significance of the Overturning of Roe – The Streamhttps://stream.org/the-significance-of-the-overturning-of-roe/
  13. Barr: Public Schools Are So Hostile To Christians, They’re Unconstitutional – That’s because there are only two ways to restrain people from following disordered passions, Barr said: internal restraints, which are largely provided by ones beliefs; and external restraints, which are typically provided by government. So in order to have a limited government, Barr noted in an explicit echo of the American Founders, citizens must practice self-restraint.https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/27/barr-public-schools-are-now-so-hostile-to-christians-theyre-unconstitutional/

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. Acts 19:23-41

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-24-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is a human being, no justification for abortion is adequate. – Gregory Koukl Founder, Stand To Reason

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Canaanite Golden Calf Discovered Creation Moments – However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:29: https://creationmoments.com/sermons/canaanite-golden-calf-discovered-2/
  2. How am I expected to make a 100% commitment to Christianity when I don’t have 100% certainty? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/02/19/how-am-i-expected-to-make-a-100-commitment-to-christianity-when-i-dont-have-100-certainty/
  3. What are the pseudepigrapha? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/pseudepigrapha.html
  4. What is the Gospel of Thomas? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/gospel-of-Thomas.html
  5. What is the House of Yahweh? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/House-of-Yahweh.html
  6. How big is heaven? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/how-big-is-heaven.html
  7. Why The Bible Ought To Be More Important To Police Officers Than Politics: http://www.thethinbluelife.com/articles/engaging-culture/why-making-a-case-for-the-bible-is-more-important-than-arguing-about-politics/
  8. Responding To: “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Want To Force My Religion On Others”: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/responding-to-im-a-christian-but-i-dont-want-to-force-my-religion-on-others/
  9. The Problem With Answering The Problem Of Evil: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-problem-with-answering-the-problem-of-evil/
  10. Everyone Needs to Change, Including LGBT People: https://www.str.org/w/everyone-needs-to-change-including-lgbt-people
  11. Defending without Becoming Defensive: https://www.str.org/w/defending-without-becoming-defensive

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (2-10-2022)

Good morning friends,

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

What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS [Hitler’s zealous inner circle of soldiers] did not believe was that God was watching. – David Berlinski, a secular Jew

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Cosmologist Luke Barnes answers 11 objections to the fine-tuning argument | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/02/03/cosmologist-luke-barnes-answers-11-objections-to-the-fine-tuning-argument-11/
  2. WHY CAN’T WE PREACH THE GOSPEL WITHOUT WORDS? – Bernard J Mauser: http://www.bernardjmauser.com/philosopher/why-cant-we-preach-the-gospel-without-words/
  3. Finland Puts the Bible on Trial – Yesterday, Europe’s biggest religious freedom case went to trial. A Finnish member of parliament, Pivi Rsnen, has been charged by the Finnish prosecutor general with three counts of “ethnic agitation,” a hate speech provision in Finland’s criminal code. Each count relates to Rsnen’s respectful expression of widely held Christian beliefs.: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20220125/finland-trial
  4. 9 Things That Science Will Never Explain – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LWNzC3jx9ls
  5. Mind Control: Entering Into the Mind of the Jehovah’s Witness – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kXKzxLoSneA
  6. Is believing in Jesus Christ the ONLY way to get to God? (You may need to know the answer to this or you are wondering yourself). The stats are in. 56% of all professing Christians believe there is another way to get to heaven other than Jesus.  I mean you have Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, JW’s Mormons to name a few. So how can Jesus and Christianity be the ONLY way? Today I want to share with you 4 things that totally set him apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlSqNzB_Ts
  7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)? Is Jesus the only way of salvation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTS1tMC38AQ

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  – Philippians 1:12-14

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-23-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Believe me, the day is fast coming when the soul will be the one thing men will think of, and the only question of importance will be this: Is my soul lost or saved? – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Is Christmas Pagan? Greg sets the record straight on some old rumors about the origin of Christmas and separates the concepts of the meaning of Christmas from the spirit of Christmas.: https://www.str.org/w/is-christmas-pagan-
  2. Celebrate Christmas with your kids they already believe in God – J. Warner Wallace: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/celebrate-christmas-kids-believe-god-j-warner-wallace
  3. Are Christmas Traditions Really Christian? | Cross Examined Podcast: https://crossexamined.org/are-christmas-traditions-really-christian/
  4. Christmas Evangelism Q&A: Did Jesus even exist? Is believing in Jesus just as naive as believing in Santa? Rebecca McLaughlin makes the case that Jesus did in fact walk the earth 2,000 years ago and explains how it’s actually naive not believe that he was a real person. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-PHYp9pxI
  5. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  6. What’s the best explanation for the origin of life for atheists? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/12/18/whats-the-best-naturalistic-explanation-for-the-origin-of-life-proposed-by-atheists-2/
  7. The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains how to rephrase the question that stops Christians in their tracks. – Greg Koukl (short video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOoUDpqtq-k
  8. How to Interpret Your Bible Course – YouTube – If Christianity is true, then the Bible provides true answers to those critically important questions. God gives us much of life’s instructions in the Bible. But unless you attend Seminary, you probably aren’t going to be taught how to properly interpret your Bible. In fact, even some seminaries do not teach proper Biblical interpretation!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l0QY9yGPpY
  9. Ethical treatment of animals. Applying biblical principles. God does not place moral obligations on animals or plants and Jesus did not die for them, even though they are affected by the curse of Adams sin. Jesus told the disciples to provide a donkey for him to ride upon (Matthew 21:27). To claim that using animal services is unethical is to claim that Jesus sinned. – creation.com: https://creation.com/ethical-treatment-of-animals
  10. Four Things We Won’t Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth) – As a Christian, I have a reasonable expectation of Heaven, based on the clear teaching of Scripture and the logical consequence of Gods nature. I also anticipate a particular experience in Heaven based on the teaching of the Old and New Testament. I’m looking forward to what each of us will become when we are united with God. At the same time, I recognize there are some earthly pursuits I will abandon in the next life. While many of our cravings and desires will be satisfied once we are reunited with the One who has created us in His Image, some needs will simply vanish once we leave this world.| Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-things-we-wont-need-in-heaven-but-ought-to-pursue-here-on-earth/

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (11-25-2021)

Good morning friends and Happy Thanksgiving,

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

O LORD OF GRACE… All thy lovingkindness is in thy Son, I bring him to thee in the arms of faith, I urge his saving Name as the One who died for me. I plead his blood to pay my debts of wrong. Accept his worthiness for my unworthiness, his sinlessness for my transgressions, his purity for my uncleanness, his sincerity for my guile, his truth for my deceits, his meekness for my pride, his constancy for my backslidings, his love for my enmity, his fullness for my emptiness, his faithfulness for my treachery, his obedience for my lawlessness, his glory for my shame, his devotedness for my waywardness, his holy life for my unchaste ways, his righteousness for my dead works, his death for my life. – Valley of Vision

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Sharing the Gospel With a Post-Christian World: Insights From Thessalonica: https://churchleaders.com/voices/exchange/408694-post-christian-thessalonica.html
  2. What You Can Learn From the Pilgrims – Frank Turek interviews Bill Federer about the very interesting history of the pilgrims: https://subspla.sh/7277698
  3. What’s the truth about the first Thanksgiving?: https://youtu.be/a33Fuz8wKDA
  4. Tapestry of New Testament History – Dr. Frank Turek interviews Dr. Timothy McGrew from Western Michigan University on the subject of “Undesigned Coincidences” (unintentional support) between the 4 Gospels and Josephus: https://subspla.sh/b919cec
  5. The Best Evidence-Based Presentations on the Existence of God: https://www.lifestyleofpeace.com/2021/11/the-best-evidence-based-presentations.html
  6. Eighty-Five Reports of Biological Remnants in Fossils | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/eighty-five-reports-biological-remnants-fossils/
  7. Run Or Resist? As persecution heats up, how are Christians to respond? What happens when Christians face hardcore opposition and persecution? If heavy resistance to the faith is under way, how should believers respond? Is there a one size fits all sort of response, or are there a number of options available to them? – Culture Watch: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/11/22/run-or-resist/
  8. Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science and the Bible: Does Jesus Devastate An Old Earth?: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/does-jesus-devastate-old-earth.html
  9. Logic & Light – The Nativity: Take Another Look – Logic & Light: http://www.logicandlight.org/the-nativity-take-another-look/
  10. Arches National Park: Sculptures from the Flood | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/arches-national-park-sculptures-from-the-flood/
  11. U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria – When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn’t show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. It wasn’t like the 55-year-old leader of the Evangelical Church Winning All to be late. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search — each one praying that his disappearance wasn’t what they all feared. In Nigeria, they knew, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence — one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21K42&f=WU21K12

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

He (Jesus) was a willing Sufferer in order to procure redemption for a lost and ruined soul. He had undertaken to give His own life as a ransom, that we might live forever, and He laid it down on the cross with all the desire of His heart. He did not bleed and suffer and die because He was vanquished by superior force, and could not help Himself, but because He loved us, and rejoiced to give Himself for us as our Substitute. – J.C. Ryle

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. But I only believe in things I can see: Why Everyone Uses Inferential Reasoning THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/but-i-only-believe-in-things-i-can-see-why-everyone-uses-inferential-reasoning/
  2. What are the Top Books to Give a Non-Christian? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/what-are-the-top-books-to-give-a-non-christian
  3. J. Warner Wallace: Conversations with High School Students – YouTube – In September 2020, The King’s Academy had the privilege of hosting former LAPD cold crime detective and atheist-turned-apologist J. Warner Wallace, founder of Cold-Case Christianity, at its RUSH spiritual empahsis week. Det. Wallace spoke to King’s students and, in this video, also was interviewed by some of the school’s high school students.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n97x00V5aws
  4. Lessons for Sharing Your Faith and Engaging Culture (Acts 17) – YouTube – What are some practical steps for engaging people in spiritual conversation? What lessons can we learn from Paul in his presentation of the gospel in Athens? In this video, which is a sermon at my home church, I discuss Acts 17 and what practical lessons we can learn for engaging others thoughtfully.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWrop6Y509k
  5. Preparing to Give an Answer – bethinking.org – No doubt youve faced tough questions from your friends too. In fact, in our increasingly non-Christian society, this will happen more and more. If were not careful, well find ourselves frustrated, discouraged and doubting. This is why the Bible says, Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).: https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/preparing-to-answer
  6. WHAT KIND OF EVANGELISM IS GEN Z LOOKING FOR? | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog: https://www.leadertreks.org/evangelism-is-gen-z-looking-for/
  7. How can the four gospels be independent sources? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/11/07/how-can-the-four-gospels-be-independent-sources-2/
  8. How Can There Be Just One True Religion? Kingdom Grace Media: https://kingdomgracemedia.com/how-can-there-be-just-one-true-religion/
  9. The Three Most Important Trajectory Decisions Every University Student Must Make | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-three-most-important-trajectory-decisions-every-university-student-must-make/
  10. Rapid Crystal Growth Supports Flood Model | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/rapid-crystal-growth-supports-flood-model/
  11. Is the New Testament Reliable? – YouTube – Is today’s new testament the same as the original that was written two-thousand years ago, or has the original been hopelessly lost? After all, not one of the original manuscripts still exists. If we can’t trust the New Testament, then we can’t trust what we think we know about Jesus of Nazareth.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCeOjLQ61vo
  12. Is The Bible Trustworthy? – YouTube – How do we know that the Bible is reliable and that the words contained in todays Bibles convey the same message as the original documents?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yiTTJVaqg
  13. The Bible Explored: Can I trust the Bible? – YouTube – No other book in the world is as widely available, as frequently read, or translated into as many languages as the Bible. Nevertheless, for many people it remains a book that is misunderstood or even unknown. Many opinions about the Bible are not accurate: it is said to be no different than other historical books, difficult to read or understand, to teach harmful things, or to be so heavily altered by history that we can no longer trust it.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPaeo19sQXw

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. James 1:1

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-26-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So says Carl Sagan. And I would add evidence that can be observed and repeated in experiments. Claims by Darwinian and Neo-Darwinian evolutionists are extraordinary claims; claims that organisms and systems that are so vastly complex – much more complex than anything man has ever been able to design and build – could arise via random means (e.g. via natural selection acting on random information gaining mutations).

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How I Got into Apologetics (And How You Can Too!) – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/how-i-got-into-apologetics-and-how-you-can-too/
  2. What is a human being? | WORLD – Matthew Connally: https://wng.org/roundups/what-is-a-human-being-1618613523
  3. Who is the Author of scientific truth? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/who-is-the-author-of-scientific-truth-1624108585
  4. What is infinity? | WORLD: https://wng.org/roundups/materialism-101-what-is-infinity-1628946910
  5. Faster than Light? – Did the V838 Monocerotis explode faster than light? creation.com: https://creation.com/faster-than-light
  6. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  7. Do Killer Whales Destroy Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution? A Biologist Answers – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=591IqiNMd1k
  8. Progressive & Conservative Christianity: Different Faiths? A Discussion between Dr. Sean McDowell & Dr. George Yancey – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoTim3-j7d8
  9. The basic building blocks in the origin of life: https://youtu.be/MFtnwriQRi8
  10. What does Colossians 3:23 mean?: https://www.bibleref.com/Colossians/3/Colossians-3-23.html
  11. Debunking Flat-Earth Claims Part 3 | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/refuting-the-critics/debunking-flat-earth-claims-part-3/
  12. Jordan B. Peterson’s YouTube account locked during biblical lecture series: ‘No explanation’ – Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/1/jordan-b-petersons-youtube-account-locked-during-b/

We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 1 Corinthians 4:10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (8-12-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that “no man speaks as this man speaks.” If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn’t enter into it, then why don’t we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation– polemic, argumentation–at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself. – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Was the Deity of Christ A Legendary Development? – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/was-the-deity-of-christ-a-legendary-development/
  2. Students Love Answers More Than the Church Loves Answers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/students-love-answers-more-than-the-church-loves-answers/
  3. Janet Parshall Interviews Stephen Meyer about Return of the God Hypothesis | Stephen C. Meyer: https://stephencmeyer.org/2021/04/28/janet-parshall-interviews-stephen-meyer-about-return-of-the-god-hypothesis/
  4. 7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/7-legit-reasons-why-so-many-kids-are-bored-by-church/
  5. Unbelievable? Is Luke’s Description of Quirinius Historically Inaccurate? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/unbelievable-is-lukes-description-of-quirinius-historically-inaccurate/
  6. The Historical Facts Argument for the Resurrection – Dr. Gary Habermas – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8fKZ9QyHH4
  7. Atheist Changes Mind With THIS Info – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7mEYNGfIk
  8. How Can We Help People Who Don’t Trust the Reliability of the New Testament? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_z423WR7IE
  9. Why Would A Loving God Create A Place Like Hell? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-would-a-loving-god-create-a-place-like-hell/
  10. Mark Zuckerberg Is Planting The First Church Of The Metaverse: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/06/mark-zuckerberg-is-planting-the-first-church-of-the-metaverse/#.YRLAGjiNjaw.twitter
  11. Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/did-the-apostles-lie-so-they-could-die-as-martyrs-repost/
  12. The Unexpected Apologist Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-unexpected-apologist/
  13. Physics professor: Chance of life originating on its own by natural processes is zero | The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/physics-professor-chance-of-life-originating-on-its-own-by-natural-processes-is-zero/

Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4

Blessings to you all

Conversation with an Atheist on a Local Facebook Post Comments Thread

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

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

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

Him:  You know you were created in man’s own image, don’t you?

Me:  There are people who “create” a god of their own liking in their mind – so in that sense, some do what you’re saying, but that is idolatry. God has indeed revealed who He is – we didn’t “create” him in our image. He created all that we see and there is good evidence for His existence. If you’ve not heard of any of this evidence, I can share it with you.

Him:   No thank you. I have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. If you want to change my mind, pray over an amputee to regrow a limb. If it grows back, you win.

Me:  Hi <his name>, I appreciate that you have thoughtfully weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion. Your comment about God healing amputees is certainly a difficult one. I can’t get inside the mind of God. However I can evaluate evidence that he exists and designed life. If you’re interested in some additional evidence, and maybe a different perspective, you may want to check out this book which I and other former skeptics have found useful. https://www.amazon.com/…/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc… (Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists)

Him:  My investigation into the matter is closed, save for the amputee or equivalent scenario playing out. Fun fact: It was the world religion classes I took at a Catholic University that exposed the fallacy of the worship of deities and the irrationality of selection, which usually a matter of indoctrination than evaluation. If the illusion provides you comfort and fellowship, I understand that element of faith but the premise can only be accepted through faith, not proof.

Me:  in my case, it wasn’t indoctrination. I was a skeptic for most of my life, I didn’t grow up in the church, I am an adult convert, and entered with my eyes wide open. I am convinced that Christianity is true (beyond a reasonable doubt), by reason of several lines of evidence and philosophical arguments (not blind faith). My reading when I was a skeptic consisted of Sigmund Freud, Frederick Nietzsche, BF Skinner and other philosophers and psychologists. I’m familiar with the arguments of the new atheists, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Bart Ehrman and others. What I hear you saying is that you have your mind made up, and you’re unwilling to consider any additional evidence. You seem to be stuck by the question of, if there is a loving God who’s all powerful and all knowing, why wouldn’t he heal amputees. I’m not claiming to have a good answer for that However, if Christianity is true, and God created the universe and everything in it, then he is extremely powerful and intelligent and has a vast amount more knowledge and context than I possess. Therefore, I would not consider myself qualified to question his judgment on matters where I don’t have all of the information necessary to make a proper decision. I know that answer won’t be satisfying to you, however the amputee issue does not make all of the other lines of evidence that God does exist disappear. I hope you’re not basing your final decision on information you heard at a world religions class in a Catholic University. None of the best minds in Christianity that I know of teach a world religions class at a Catholic University. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a Catholic University or a world religions class. I’m simply saying that before dismissing a worldview held by billions of people, it may be a good approach to take an assessment of the best proponents of that worldview, people such as, William Lane Craig, JP Moreland, Steven C. Meyer, and others. Ultimately, it is your choice of course, but if you haven’t considered any of the aforementioned names, then I would contend that you haven’t heard the best arguments in favor of Christian theism. If you are willing, you could start with one of the many YouTube debates involving William Lane Craig. Have a great day <his name>!

Him:  It’s not important enough to me explore it further. As an atheist, I have everything to live for and nothing to die for. I’m too busy enjoying life to concern myself with the greatest manipulative tool mankind ever created: the promise of an afterlife IF and only IF you follow a particular, and ever-evolving set of rules. Thanks for the chat, that’s my last comment on the subject.

Me:   ok, nice chatting with you!

Conversation with a Skeptic on a Local Facebook Group Comments Thread

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

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

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

Her:  Who created you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did life originate?

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

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

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

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause

2. The universe began to exist

3. Therefore the universe has a cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conversation with Muslim on a local Facebook group comments thread

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

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

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

Her:  Where and how, did racial supremacy and arrogance start?

Me:  It’s called sin. God allows this now, but will be dealt with at Judgment Day…

Her:  my question though, is not whether God allows it or not. He certainly DOES NOT APPROVE OF IT. There is NOTHING godly about it at all! When you make that statement, it sounds a bit irresponsible. Also my question, is what are the origins of it?

Me:  the origins of it are evil and sin in the human heart. The Bible says, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9. All have sinned in fall short of the glory of God. Each one has different types of sins that they commit, for some it’s lying, for some its selfishness, for some it’s racism, arrogance, etc. However God will judge all sin, no matter what type.

Her:  I can get you plenty of Holy Quran verses, which say that it started when Iblis or who the Christians call Lucifer, refused to bow in greeting to Adam. The reason being that this entity, was one of the jinn, made of fire, according to Muslims and according to the Christians he is a fallen angel made of light. Either way, he thought he was superior to Adam, who was made of clay or earth. But now I would like the specific human instance where racial supremacy first started.

Me:   Well, I don’t know if it’s the first instance, but the Pharaoh of Egypt enslaved millions of Hebrews (under Moses – Read the first part of the book of Exodus) and treated them very harshly. He only finally let them go after God brought the series of plagues and other disasters upon him and his people. But it is said that Pharaoh “hardened his heart”. I believe that what was going on there was a form of racism or ethnic persecution. I will say this, the Bible does speak about all races and classes of people being equal. Galatians 3:28 says “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. So, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Additionally, yes, I do agree that Satan was the instigator of the initial sin that came into the world, when he caused Eve to question God’s Word and His goodness. It is said of Satan in Isaiah chapter 14 that his sin was pride and that he wanted to be higher than God, which is why God cast him down and he took with him a third of all the angels, which you called “Jin”. I had many conversations over a period of about a year with a Muslim friend of mine who is a Sunni Muslim. It was a really good time and we sparred back and forth about the various aspects of the Quran, and the Bible, and Jesus, etc. He gave me a copy of the Quran, which I already had in Kindle on my phone, and I gave him a study Bible. Neither one of us convinced the other one, but it was always an enjoyable, respectful and invigorating conversation. I continue to pray that he would see the biblical Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior of his life. I truly believe that all religions can have productive dialogue without hatred violence or discord.

Her:  I really like your comment here, but if I have to be completely honest, this idea of Eve being the one to be blamed for the original sin is simply NOT in Islam. My personal belief is that it is erroneous, because it is not written in the Holy Quran like this AT ALL. It is both who sinned. This belief has caused A LOT of misogyny in the world and even in Western nations, I see this cruel misogyny that rivals or even tops the most uneducated nations. It has caused a lot of sadness and heartache. I simply do not believe it, which is why ,I simply cannot accept Christianity….and why only Christianity , I also can’t accept Judaism . But of course to each their own 

Me:   to be clear, in Christianity, Eve is not the one blamed for original sin. Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world through one man, and that man was Adam. It doesn’t say that sin entered the world through Eve. Eve was the first one to eat the fruit which God commanded not to eat, but Adam participated with her. It was a joint error. Therefore, it is not a valid reason to reject Christianity. Christianity stands or falls on three things: The deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. If those three things are true, Christianity is true if any of them can be proved false, then Christianity falls apart.

Her:  I would need to read the Bible. But I have many reasons for not accepting the Judeo -Christian tradition. That is certainly my choice. I am not obligated to accept this tradition at all. I have friends from both faiths though.  Whatever you are telling me here, about who ate the apple first, sounds …not quite right to me. Anyway, if you believe it, then this is your choice.

Me:   sure, it would be good for you to read the Bible, Sura 5:47 even says “let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allaah has revealed therein”. Yes, it is certainly your choice what to believe. Christians attempt to persuade others Christianity is true, but we don’t force people. And thankfully, our country was founded with freedom of religion. Good to hear you have friends of both faiths

Her:  great, have a good day!

Me:  thanks! You too! Nice talking to you.

Another person chiming in: thank you both for having an open and respectful dialogue. Either which way… you guys both rock!!

Her: awww, thank you You are so sweet. (my name) seems like a gentleman, I think I am too blunt, I apologize if I have hurt anyone. Also, I would like to let (my name) know that the place my parents came from, India, also has almost every religion, it was founded on freedom of religion, so even though it is majority Hindu, there are plenty of Muslims and also Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and even Jews …also many Muslim nations too, like Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Iran do have freedom of religion! There are plenty of happy Christians living in those places as well as other faiths and Iran has THE highest Jewish population in the Middle East, aside from Israel and they are VERY happy living there! But the media often paints another very sad picture. Iraq too, used to be like this, but then first Saddam Hussain, then our invasion of the place and then the formation of ISIS/ISIL (due to a variety of sinister factors) really messed things up and that terror spread into Syria as well. It is very sad and if I talk about it too much it could get controversial, as this is a local group. Anyway, love and prayer for you both

Me:   don’t worry, I don’t get hurt over things like this. Nothing you said was offensive or hurtful – I promise you. I’m told in the Bible to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3), but yet leave the results to God (1 Corinthians 3:6). Most of my adult life in college and work, I have spent with people from India, Iran, China, Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many other places and many other faiths, so in a sense, at my place of employment, I’ve been a minority for many years – the only native born American and only Christian in my department. I appreciate hearing about the cultures and ways of life from all these different locations, and I continue to share my faith with them all. Again, I would like to thank you for the respectful conversation and would also like to mention that you’re free to come join us at Bridgeway Community Church (24th Street & Liberty Lane), I’m sure you will find all the people there friendly. By the way, thank you for the kind words. Additionally, (to the other person), thanks for chiming in to give your 2 cents! Have a great father’s day with any fathers in your lives!

mid-week apologetics booster (6-17-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Think about Genesis 18 again, where God appeared to Abraham. This clearly teaches that God can come to earth in human form for a period of time if he wants to. If he could do this for a few hours, in a temporary human form, could he do it for a few years, in permanent human form? Of course. This is called the incarnation – God coming down to earth in the person of his Son. When we recognize the Son as the exact representation of God, yet God himself, then we can explain how God remained the Lord in heaven while also appearing as the Lord on earth in Genesis 18. – Dr. Michael Brown (quoted in “The Case for the Real Jesus”)

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Atheisms Burden of Proof – Atheists claim they have nothing to prove. They simply lack a belief in God, which means they don’t shoulder a burden of proof. After all, no one needs to prove why they don’t believe in Santa Claus. Only the person who posits that Santa Claus (or some other being) exists is responsible for giving evidence for their view. Atheists, allegedly, can sit back and watch Christians and other theists struggle to defend their belief….: https://www.str.org/w/atheism-s-burden-of-proof
  2. Cruella – Being bad has rarely looked so good. Therein lies this Disney reboots charm and its problems. Though it stays well within its PG-13 rating fence and doesn’t have that many overt content issues, Cruella is all style, little substance – all glam, no mass. Fitting it should revolve around the world of fashion, given that the film itself is sequin deep. Plugged In: https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/cruella-2021/
  3. Rapid Response: God Is Not Needed to Explain the Fine-Tuning of the Universe | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-god-is-not-needed-to-explain-the-fine-tuning-of-the-universe/
  4. Lava Flows Disqualify Lake Spillover Canyon Theory | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/lava-flows-disqualify-lake-spillover-canyon-theory/
  5. The World’s Most Amazing Camera: Part 6 Variations on a Theme | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/the-worlds-most-amazing-camera-part-6-variations-on-a-theme/
  6. Am I unloving for not affirming same sex behavior (Frank Turkek Q&A)? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438wl_11aJ0
  7. Dr. William Lane Craig – Do Different Atonement Motifs Complement One Another? – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzlfJWnUJ-g
  8. No Free Lunch for Evolution – Molecular biologist Douglas Axe explains how there is “no free lunch” when it comes to explaining the development of life. This talk is from Axe’s online course, “Douglas Axe Investigates Molecular Biology and Intelligent Design” – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0VJkQHC7zA
  9. What About Other Religions? | Nabeel Quareshi – REBOOT //London 2015 – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzByh4ix_K4
  10. Evolution’s Divide Is Creation’s Opportunity | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/evolution-divide-creation-opportunity/
  11. The Two Paths of Life (the narrow way and the broad way) Dr. Charles Stanley – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RXPIV21gH8
  12. Fooling the Prophet with the Kinderhook Plates – According to the account, Wiley and others, found a skeleton about six feet from the surface of the earth, which must have stood nine feet high. The plates were found on the breast of the skeleton and were covered on both sides with ancient characters. The plates were then given to Joseph Smith to translate. Though he was described as a respectable merchant (p. 374), Smith was unaware that Wiley was part of a conspiracy to expose Smith as a fraud. The ruse was a success. Mormonism Research Ministry: https://www.mrm.org/kinderhook-plates
  13. The Culpability of Unbelief – So, as you say, Jon, the question is, is Christianity a communication from God? Is it the real thing? I have given abundant evidence in my published work that it is and have defended this claim in public debates with Christianity’s most celebrated detractors. If, indeed, Christianity is from God, then we should give heed to Jesus when he says, If any mans will is to do Gods will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-culpability-of-unbelief/
  14. Tacitus Ancient Roman Historian Reports on Jesus – Cross Examined: https://crossexamined.org/tacitus-ancient-roman-historian-reports-on-jesus/
  15. Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-the-church-a-cruise-ship-or-a-rescue-boat/
  16. Did Noah need oxygen above the mountains – creation.com: https://creation.com/did-noah-need-oxygen-above-the-mountains
  17. Can Christians Disagree About the Creation Account in Genesis? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/can-christians-disagree-about-the-creation-account-in-genesis/
  18. Jesus Specifically Said, I am God | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/jesus-specifically-said-i-am-god/
  19. Did John Really Write John?: https://crossexamined.org/did-john-really-write-john/
  20. My Woke Employees Tried to Cancel Me. Here’s How I Fought Back.: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/07/my-woke-employees-tried-to-cancel-me-heres-how-i-fought-back-and-saved-my-nonprofit

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Psalms 103:15-16

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (6-3-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

There is no growth without challenge. As students grow up in the church they need real world tests that challenge their faith while in a safe community of other committed Christians who care about them and can equip them. The “just believe harder/blind faith” approach is not working. More importantly, it’s deeply unbiblical. Students need a grown-up worldview that explains their experiences and makes sense of the world around them. At some point, they need to transfer ownership from the church or their parents to themselves. They need to come to a point where they are convinced Christianity is true. Building a lasting faith means knowing what you believe, why you believe it and how to live it out.  – Jonathan Morrow (from, 3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School)


To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Yes, Bart Ehrman, Jesus is Yahweh – Bart Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is well known for his best-selling popular-level books that are critical of the core tenets of evangelical Christianity and in particular the reliability of the New Testament sources. Frequent readers of my articles will already know that Ehrman is not the most careful scholar when it comes to his utilization of ancient sources. A few days ago, Ehrman published two blog posts on his website, claiming that the idea that Jesus is Himself Yahweh is a recent doctrinal innovation, completely foreign to the New Testament and the ancient church. Ehrman even goes so far as to say that this is the view of only some conservative evangelical Christians and that I’ve never even heard the claim (let alone a discussion of it) until very recently. : https://crossexamined.org/yes-bart-ehrman-jesus-is-yahweh/
  2. If you could rescue EITHER embryos OR a 5-year-old, what would you do? | WINTERY KNIGHT – Embryo: A Defense of Human Life: https://winteryknight.com/2021/05/28/if-you-could-rescue-either-embryos-or-a-5-year-old-what-would-you-do-2/
  3. Frank Turek looks at Scientism of the gaps Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/philosophy/frank-turek-looks-at-scientism-of-the-gaps/
  4. Evangelize the Lost : 9Marks How should we interact with our non-Christian friends, co-workers, and classmates around us in order that they might hear and believe in the gospel? Here are five lessons to remember.: https://www.9marks.org/article/evangelize-the-lost/
  5. Is Mormon Salvation Possible? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-mormon-salvation-possible/
  6. Even Unbelievers Are True Believers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/even-unbelievers-are-true-believers/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  7. Nurturing Christian Students As They Engage the Challenges of Atheism | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/nurturing-christian-students-as-they-engage-the-challenges-of-atheism/
  8. Book Review: Another Gospel? By author Alisa Childers: https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/book-review-another-gospel.html

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:16-18

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (5-13-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

You don’t labor to get into a right relationship with God. You labor because you’re in a right relationship with God. – John Piper

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Greg Koukl: Relativism Discussion Starters | Educate For Life: https://educateforlife.org/greg-koukl-relativism-discussion-starters/
  2. How Do I Share What I Believe? Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-do-i-share-what-i-believe-ten-common-christian-expressions-requiring-translation/
  3. The Difference Between Christian Grace and Mormon Grace | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-difference-between-christian-grace-and-mormon-grace/
  4. The Paradigm Project: Intelligent Design – Meet some of the world’s most dangerous mind scientists who are daring to claim that nature provides compelling evidence of intelligent design. In this new video, join host Kutter Callaway as he investigates recent developments about the origin and evolution of life and what these developments may mean for humanity’s age-old search for faith and purpose. The video features interviews with philosopher of science Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, Darwin’s Doubt, and The Return of the God Hypothesis; molecular biologist Douglas Axe of Biola University, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life Is Designed; and molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells, author of The Myth of Junk DNA, Icons of Evolution, and Zombie Science. – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxaF36arB4
  5. The Universal Offense: Jesus is THE only way Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/the-universal-offense-jesus-is-the-only-way/
  6. Why Its Futile to Look for the Perfect Argument for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-futile-to-look-for-the-perfect-argument-for-christianity/
  7. Scientists Conclude: Human Origins Research Is a Big Mess | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/05/scientists-conclude-human-origins-research-is-a-big-mess/
  8. Act Like Men of God: Six Marks of Uncommon Conduct | Desiring God: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/act-like-men-of-god
  9. Lessons from Mount St Helens – How its eruption backs biblical history. creation.com: https://creation.com/lessons-from-mount-st-helens
  10. Sean Responds to His “Atheist Encounter” at A Christian School – In this video, I answer seven questions that I received while role-playing an atheist at a Christian High school. This video includes my REAL thoughts on the existence of Jesus, the multiverse, prophecy, and more. It is from the recent video titled “A Christian Role-Plays an Atheist to a Group of Christians.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOSMkNH8fNE
  11. The Struggle Between Presenting Arguments and Being Argumentative | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-struggle-between-presenting-arguments-and-being-argumentative/
  12. Can we trust the New Testament as a historical document? | carm.org: https://carm.org/about-the-bible/can-we-trust-the-new-testament-as-a-historical-document/
  13. The Cosmic Chaos of Pantheism The Virtual Office of Rob Lundberg: https://roblundberg.org/2021/04/30/the-cosmic-chaos-of-pantheism/

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21-22

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (4-22-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

Imagine you were at a table about to eat dinner and you have two bowls of white powder in front of you. Do you put them on your food? After all, they look pretty similar. But what if I told you that one was ordinary table salt and the other was cyanide? The differences matter far more than the similarities! So it is with religion and its path for your eternal future. – Jonathan Morrow

 To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Why My Favorite Question for College Students is Does God Exist? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/why-my-favorite-question-for-college-students-is-does-god-exist/
  2. Is Jesus the only way to Heaven? | GotQuestions.org: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-only-way.html
  3. Reconstructing faith a “de-convert” returns to Christianity | Ruth Jackson: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/unbelievable/2021/01/reconstructing-faith-a-deconvert-returns-to-christianity/
  4. How the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation falsified atheism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/17/how-the-discovery-of-the-cosmic-microwave-background-radiation-falsified-atheism-10/
  5. What is truth? The classic collection with RC Sproul: https://youtu.be/dCl66uRHmFI
  6. Rapid Response: The Gospels Are Unreliable | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/rapid-response-the-gospels-are-unreliable/
  7. Ten Reasons Why Birds Are Not Living Dinosaurs | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/ten-reasons-why-birds-are-not-living-dinosaurs/
  8. Top 50 most difficult/dangerous places to be a follower of Jesus – World Watch List – Open Doors USA – Open Doors USA: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/
  9. 3 Reasons the Bible is Divine Rather than Simply Human in Origin 1 Peter 4:12-16: https://1peter41216.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/3-reasons-the-bible-is-divine-rather-than-simply-human-in-origin/amp/
  10. Hearing Gods Voice: https://www.str.org/w/hearing-god-s-voice
  11. Human Genome 20th Anniversary-Junk DNA Hits the Trash | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/Human-Genome-20th-Anniversary/
  12. Should we use doctors, or just have faith that God will heal? | carm.org: https://carm.org/other-questions/should-we-use-doctors-or-just-have-faith-that-god-will-heal/
  13. A Layman’s Guide To False Preachers and Teachers Part 6 Faith & Self Defense: https://faithandselfdefense.com/2021/04/21/a-laymans-guide-to-false-preachers-and-teachers-part-6/
  14. Four Reasons the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/four-reasons-the-new-testament-gospels-are-reliable/
  15. God: Fact or Fiction? John Lennox explores at UNC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0xyapiZ2pM

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant –not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 2 Corinthians 3:6-10

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster 4-15-2021

Good morning friends,

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

It’s not the amount of your faith that saves you; it’s the object of your faith that saves you, – Greg Koukl

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels in the New Testament?: https://www.timothypauljones.com/apologetics-how-do-we-know-who-wrote-the-gospels-2/
  2. Here is why we can expect Christian persecution to grow worse this year, and yes, even in America.: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-we-can-expect-persecution-to-grow-worse-this-year/
  3. Why Aren’t Christians More Confident to Share Their Faith? | Jonathan Morrow – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JKX8DHOeqA
  4. Wise Disciple: How Can I Share the Gospel with a Hindu? https://aclearlens.libsyn.com/how-can-i-share-the-gospel-with-a-hindu?tdest_id=1746821
  5. Is Wokeness the Greatest Threat to the Gospel? https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/is-wokeness-the-greatest-threat-to-the-gospel/
  6. Genetic entropy and the gospel – creation.com: https://creation.com/genetic-entropy-gospel
  7. Can The Gospels Be Trusted? C.S. Lewis argued that if the gospel is true (if Jesus was the Son of God come in flesh, if He lived a perfect life, performed miracles, died for our sins, was physically raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and reigns at present as the living Lord), it is of infinite importance. If it is not true, it is of no importance, except as a cultural phenomenon. But it cannot be of moderate importance. The events mentioned above either happened, or they did not. In other words, our faith is rooted in history. Paul Johnson says, Christianity is essentially a historical religion. It bases its claims on the historical facts it asserts. If these are demolished it is nothing. | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Can_The_Gospels_Be_Trusted_FullArticle
  8. Is the Content of the Biblical Manuscripts Reliable? | C.S. Lewis Institute: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Is_the_Content_of_the_Biblical_Manuscripts_Reliable_page1
  9. The Fear of Phobic – There are a lot of terms that end with phobic: homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and transphobic. If someone expresses disagreement with the mainstream narrative on homosexuality, Islam, foreigners, or transgender people, they’ll be slapped with a phobic label. Although a phobia has been historically understood to be a fear of something (e.g., arachnophobia is a fear of spiders), adding the suffix today is intended to signal that you hold a bigoted view on that subject and that’s bad. You’re supposed to be so afraid of being labeled phobic that you’ll change your position or, at least, never express it again in public. If you do, prepare to be canceled, – Alan Shlemon: https://www.str.org/w/the-fear-of-phobic-
  10. How to Receive Critical Feedback: https://www.str.org/w/how-to-receive-critical-feedback
  11. Irreducible Complexity | Biblical Science Institute: https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/origins/irreducible-complexity/
  12. A Pastor’s Reflection on the April 2021 LDS General Conference – WitnessInLove.org: https://witnessinlove.org/a-pastors-reflection-on-the-lds-general-conference-april-2021/?fbclid=IwAR080x7-ZIuoBynKC3F-jMNGC9iG_Hj_bn6YfLwC3AT9WmudAN_HmWsMyRQ
  13. In polygamy, should a man divorce his wives after becoming a Christian?: https://carm.org/about-marriage/polygamy-should-men-divorce-wives-after-becoming-christian/
  14. Why, After 10 Years of Talking with Atheists, I Still Believe in Christianity: An Interview with Justin Brierley – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2021/04/why-after-10-years-of-talking-with-atheists-i-still-believe-in-christianity-an-interview-with-justin-brierley/
  15. The Cambrian Explosion Has Just Gone Nuclear | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/04/the-cambrian-explosion-has-just-gone-nuclear/
  16. Resurrection Defense Series (Part Six): Transformation of Eyewitnesses PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com: https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/resurrection-defense-series-part-six-transformation-of-eyewitnesses/
  17. Why Romans 7:18 Needs a Translation Update – The Good Book Blog – Biola University: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2021/why-romans-7-18-needs-a-translation-update
  18. Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight (podcast interview): https://www.spreaker.com/user/veracityhill/016-christianity-in-the-public-square-wi
  19. Is It Arrogant To Claim That Jesus Is The Only Way? https://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-it-arrogant-to-claim-that-jesus-is.html
  20. How are Christians treated in communist, atheist China? | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/04/13/how-are-christians-treated-in-communist-atheist-china/
  21. Ratio Christi at Arizona State University – Thursday Summer Forum – Join us as we explore a friendly and thoughtful debate between atheist scholar, Dr. Michael Shermer, and Christian scholar, Dr. Frank Turek. In this great debate, they deftly discuss the evidence for and against the existence of God. We plan to watch a segment of the debate each week, then, when we meet online each Thursday at 5pm, we can all openly and respectfully question both positions. Message us to join the discussion. | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/463153898280840/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_calendar_create%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1618399128374117&notif_t=event_calendar_create&ref=notif
  22. Renewing Your Mind | Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? | Apr 13, 2021: https://renewingyourmind.org/2021/04/13/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god
  23. Mormons & The Church of Latter-day Saints – 10 Things You Should Know About their Beliefs: https://www.christianity.com/church/denominations/are-mormons-christians-10-things-to-know-about-the-church-of-latter-day-saints.html
  24. Why Is The Supreme Court Important To Christians? (Cross Examined June 2018) : https://subsplash.com/crossexamined/lb/mi/+szgc7mp
  25. Building a Culture of Evangelism Takes Time, So Be Patient and Get to Work: https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/building-a-culture-of-evangelism-takes-time-so-be-patient-and-get-to-work/

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (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:

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

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: https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/the-great-commission-must-be-our-guide-in-these-polarizing-times/
  2. How to share the gospel to Hindus effectively | carm.org: https://carm.org/hinduism/how-to-share-the-gospel-to-hindus/
  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?: https://billygraham.org/story/sharing-your-faith-101/
  4. Talking With Non-Christian Friends: https://castingnetsministries.com/resources/articles/41-talking-with-non-christian-friends-by-dr-j-budziszewski
  5. Human High-Altitude Habitation Reveals Adaptive Design | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/human-high-altitude-habitation-adaptive-design/
  6. How do I respond more effectively when someone questions my faith? Westminster: https://westminsterpc.ca/how-do-i-respond-more-effectively-when-someone-questions-my-faith/
  7. Jeff Hester Debates William Lane Craig On The Topic Is Belief In God Rational In A Scientific Age?: https://crossexamined.org/jeff-hester-debates-william-lane-craig-on-the-topic-is-belief-in-god-rational-in-a-scientific-age/
  8. How Was Jesus God Incarnate?: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/holidays/how-was-jesus-god-incarnate.html
  9. Crushing the Myth that Christianity Crushes Diversity Think Divinely: https://thinkdivinely.com/crushing-the-myth-that-christianity-crushes-diversity/
  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: https://answersingenesis.org/noahs-ark/thinking-outside-the-box/ancient-man/
  11. New Discoveries in the Dead Sea Wilderness from Dr. Craig Evans: https://christianthinkerssociety.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/d/E817F31064B381702540EF23F30FEDED/38F8D14E3E6CF359C5EC08CADFFC107B
  12. What Objections Have Been Made to the Resurrection?: https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_1351.cfm
  13. De-conversion Is Not as Countercultural as You Think: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/deconversion-not-countercultural/
  14. Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament? | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2015/01/new-testament-texual-variants/
  15. The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean Its True | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-fact-the-other-side-can-make-a-case-doesnt-mean-its-true/
  16. HOW SKEPTICS TURNED G.K. CHESTERTON TO CHRIST: http://2besure.blogspot.com/2019/09/how-skeptics-turned-gk-chesterton-to.html
  17. Religious Pluralism: What About Those That Have Never Heard the Gospel? | Is Christianity True?: https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/religious-pluralism-what-about-those-that-have-never-heard-the-gospel/
  18. Should Christians Use the Argument from Martyrdom? A Reply to Bart Ehrman: https://crossexamined.org/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.: https://www.defendthefaithministry.com/2021/02/the-hidden-consequences-of-sexual-sin/
  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.: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/6-reasons-why-membership-matters/
  21. Counting the Stars | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/stars/counting-the-stars/
  22. The Universe Confirms the Bible | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/the-universe-confirms-the-bible/
  23. Does Knowledge Require Certainty? | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/does-knowledge-require-certainty
  24. How to Read More Books Every Year – Sarah Geringer: https://www.sarahgeringer.com/read-more-books/
  25. A Historian Explains the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (Dr. Gary Habermas): https://youtu.be/kWSG5okmUr8
  26. Lament as Apologetic for Christianity – Modern Reformation: https://modernreformation.org/resource-library/web-exclusive-articles/lament-as-apologetic-for-christianity/
  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: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/is-your-church-teaching-new-age-ideas-with-melissa-dougherty-the-alisa-childers-podcast-87
  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]: https://natashacrain.com/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

Bible Teaching on Luke 5:1-16

This coming Tuesday, I plan to give the following teaching to a group of about 15 men. The first part of it draws heavily on concepts and content from the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” (chapters 8 & 9)

Luke 5:1-16

1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; 2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.

11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. 12 While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.15 But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. NASB

The Plausibility of Miracles

Luke 5:1-16 gives the account of 2 miraculous signs performed by Jesus in the presence of His disciples and many other witnesses.  The miraculous catch of fish (v4-10) and the healing of the leper (v12-15). 

Atheism / Naturalism

The atheistic worldview asserts that only the natural, material world exists. According to atheists, miracles are impossible because there is no supernatural realm. According to them, to believe otherwise is to believe in fairy tales.  However, if God exists and created the universe (inferred from many lines of evidence), it is reasonable to believe that He can intervene in the natural world He created. With regard to the Bible, if Genesis 1:1 is true – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (we have good evidence to believe it is) – then every other miracle in the Bible is easy to believe. Can a God who created the entire universe out of nothing part the Red Sea? Bring fire down from heaven? Keep a man safe in a great fish for three days? Accurately predict future events? Turn water into wine? Heal diseases instantaneously? Raise the dead? Of course. All of those miraculous events are simple tasks for an infinitely powerful Being who created the universe in the first place.

As C. S. Lewis put it, “If we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain.”

David Hume’s Argument against Miracles

David Hume was a famous and influential skeptic who lived in the 1700s.  His argument against miracles is one of the pillars of the so-called Enlightenment. Here is Hume’s argument against miracles:

  • Premise 1: Natural law is by definition a description of a regular occurrence.
  • Premise 2: A miracle is by definition a rare occurrence.
  • Premise 3: The evidence for the regular is always greater than that for the rare.
  • Premise 4: A wise man always bases his belief on the greater evidence.
  • Conclusion: Therefore, a wise man should never believe in miracles.

If those four premises are true, then the conclusion necessarily follows – the wise man should never believe in miracles. Unfortunately for Hume, the argument has a false premise—premise 3 is not necessarily true. The evidence for the “regular” is not always greater than that for the “rare”.  Here are some examples:

  1. A hole-in-one: A hole-in-one is a rare event, but when we witness one we have no trouble believing it.  We don’t say to the golfer, “Since the evidence for the regular is always greater than that for the rare, I’m not going to believe your shot unless you can tee it up and do it five times in a row!
  2. Winning the Lottery: A winning lottery ticket provides evidence that a certain person (improbably) won the lottery no matter how regularly that person had failed to win in the past.
  3. The birth of every person: Each person is only born once (physically), which is a rare occurrence.

So, the 3rd premise of Hume’s argument against miracles must be disregarded.  If Hume really believed in that premise, he would not have believed in his own birth! Hume rules out belief in miracles in advance because he believes there is uniform experience against them.

C.S. Lewis again is insightful here as he comments on Hume:

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.” from Miracles (1972), pg. 105

So, Hume is committing the fallacy of begging the question – assuming what he’s trying to prove.

Thomas Jefferson

In 1820, Thomas Jefferson used a razor and glue to cut and paste (literally) selected verses from a 1794 bilingual Latin/Greek version of the Bible.  He called it “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”.  Jesus’s miracles and most supernatural events are not included in Jefferson’s heavily edited compilation.

Categories of unusual events

As we consider Luke 5:1-16, let’s keep in mind the different types of unusual events that can occur:

Take note that there is a difference between the last 2: Providence and Miracles.  An example of providence may’ve been the fog at Normandy during the Allied invasion June 6th 1944 (D-Day): 

It could be an example of providence because it helped conceal the Allied attack against the evil Nazi regime. It was not necessarily a miracle, because it could be explained by natural laws, however God may’ve providentially acted through weather conditions to accomplish His will (similar to Jesus’s death – see Acts 2:22-24). By contrast, a miracle would be something like bullets bouncing off the chests of soldiers as they assaulted the beach, which could not be explained by any natural laws (of physics).

Objection: No Miracles Happening Today?

Some people object, “If there are no public miracles happening today, then why should we think they happened in the past?”  There’s a common misconception behind this question. It’s the belief that the Bible is filled with miracles that occur continually throughout biblical history. That’s only partially true. It is true that the Bible is filled with miracles (about 250 occasions of them). But many of those miracles occur during the lifetimes of Moses, Elijah and Elisha, and Jesus and the apostles. Why then? Because those were the times when God was confirming new truth (revelation) and new messengers with that truth.  This is not to say that God cannot do miracles today, or that He never does. As the sovereign Creator and sustainer of the universe, He can do a miracle anytime He wants.  In fact, there is a 2 volume book “Miracles” by Craig Keener that documents numerous modern reports of miracles.

Q: As you share your faith with those around you, does the “implausibility” of miracles ever come up?

Verse 1

1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret

As happened many times in the early ministry of Jesus crowds were around him, and the Word of God was being preached to these crowds.

Verses 2-3

2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

Simon was a fisherman and owned a boat, which Christ used to separate Himself from the crowd so that He could teach them.  Christ undoubtedly was a wise teacher and many religions acknowledge that (e.g. Judaism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, Bahá’í, Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age Movement).  However, only Biblical Christianity understands Christ in His true nature.  He was and is:

  1. Uncreated (John 1:1-3; 8:58; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 1:8)
  2. God in human flesh (John 1:14; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:16)
  3. King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16)
  4. Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5-7; 12-15; 17; 19; 21; 22)
  5. The Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
  6. The Messiah/the Christ (John 4:25-26; 17:3; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 24:13-27)
  7. The one and only Son of God (Matt. 16:16; 26:63-64)
  8. The Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14; Mark 14:62; Luke 9:26)
  9. Highly exalted and worthy of worship (Philippians 2:9; Revelation 1:12-18; 5:12)
  10. 2nd Person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; Mark 1:9-11)
  11. Will return a 2nd time and judge the living and the dead (2 Tim 4:1)
  12. The Creator (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3)
  13. The Savior (Luke 2:11; John 4:42; Acts 5:31; 2 Timothy 1:10)
  14. Fully human (John 1:14; 4:6; 11:35; 20:25-27; 1 John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:20)
  15. Teacher/rabbi (Matt 23:10; 26:18; John 1:38; 3:2)
  16. Miracle worker (John 3:2; Acts 2:22)
  17. Exorcist and healer (Matt 4:24; 8:16; Luke 11:14-20)
  18. Died on a Roman cross for our sins, was buried and rose bodily after 3 days and appeared to witnesses (1 Cor. 15:3-8; Colossians 1:20; Acts 2:23-24)
  19. Ascended to heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9)
  20. Is at the right hand of the Father (Mark 14:62; Acts 7:55; Hebrews 1:3)

See article from J. Warner Wallace in resources for a list of extra-biblical references to Jesus.  In the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” (the section in chapter 9 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NON-CHRISTIANS), extra biblical references of Jesus paint the following picture of Him:

Verses 4-5

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”

Jesus asked Simon, an experienced fisherman, to do something that seemed nonsensical – after failing to catch anything in an all-night fishing expedition, and Jesus said to do it again.  Simon could’ve told Him to “pound sand” – that He doesn’t know what He’s talking about…  But he obeyed Jesus – he did what Jesus said, despite it not making sense to him.

In another Gospel, it is recorded:

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.

Again, later in Luke, He says:

Luke 6:46-49 – ” Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.

It has been said that the Jews believed that you “do first, understand later”.  This is based on the phrase recorded in the Exodus 24:7: “We will do and hear everything the Lord has said.”

Q: Is there any area of your life where you’ve not obeyed Jesus because it didn’t make sense to you?

Verses 6-10a

6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Jesus enables a miraculous catch of fish here.  We don’t know whether it was providential (Jesus, in His omniscience, simply knew where the fish were [i.e. in the “deep water”]) or a miracle of creation, where He produced (or multiplied) the fish “on demand” (like in the feeding of the 5,000).  In either case, Peter, an experienced fisherman, realized a miraculous sign had been performed by Jesus.  Take note that Simon Peter’s first reaction was to worship Jesus, knowing he was in the presence of deity, and confess his own sinfulness. 

J.C. Ryle says – “When men are brought close contact with God, the sight of divine greatness and holiness should make them feel strongly their own littleness and sinfulness. Like Adam after the fall – his first thought is to hide himself. Like Israel at Sinai, ‘Do not let God speak with us, lest we die.’ (Exodus 20:19).

There are other places in Scripture, where encounters with the miraculous or divine lead to similar actions – here’s one:

Isaiah 6:1-5 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”

Verses 10b-11

10 And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”  11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

After reassuring Simon (“do not fear”), Jesus reveals to him what the rest of his life will be about – evangelizing the world.  He says “you will be catching men”.  Simon, being a fisherman, was familiar with catching fish.  In order to catch the fish, you couldn’t just wait for them to come to you, you had to go to where they were. After being filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, Peter’s post-conversation life would be testifying of Jesus, his Master, to the world.  Peter travelled throughout Israel:

Acts 9:32 – Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda

History records that he went as far as Rome, where he was crucified (legend has it “upside down”) for holding to his confession.    Let’s read an incident in the early church describing Peter “fishing for men”:

Acts 2:14-36 – Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: … ” Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This Man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. … God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. … Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Q: In what ways have you been able to interact with non-believers and do some “fishing” for men?

Verses 12-16

12 While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.15 But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

This was clearly a miracle rather than providence.  If you remember back to our table on page 3, a miracle never fails and is immediate, whereas providence has a natural explanation.

People diagnosed with or suspected of leprosy were excluded from the community (Lev 13:45–46, Num 5:2–3). Contact with lepers had to be avoided and lepers had to warn others not to come close to them:

Leviticus 13:45-46 – “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’  He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.”

What a horrible life for the leper…  Therefore this makes Jesus’ touching of the man (v13) significant.

J.C. Ryle says “We have in this wonderful history – a lively emblem of Christ’s power to heal our souls. What are we all, but spiritual lepers in the sight of God? Sin is the deadly leprosy by which we are all affected. It has eaten into our vitals. It has infected all our faculties…We are in one sense dead – long before we are laid in the grave. Our bodies may be healthy and active – but our souls are by nature dead in trespasses and sins! Who shall deliver us from this body of death? Let us thank God that Jesus Christ can! He is that divine Physician, who can make old things pass away, and all things become new. In Him is life. He can wash us thoroughly in His own blood – from all the defilement of sin. Let this truth sink down deeply into our hearts. There is only one medicine to heal our sin-sick souls … However corrupt our hearts, and however wicked our past lives – there is hope for us in the Gospel. There is no case of spiritual leprosy too hard for Christ!”  Hallelujah!

Resources Used in Preparing this Teaching

  1. Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? By J. Warner Wallace: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/who-is-jesus-according-to-other-religions/
  2. The Fallacy of Begging the Question: https://answersingenesis.org/logic/the-fallacy-of-begging-the-question/
  3. J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Luke 5: https://gracegems.org/Ryle/l05.htm
  4. Do First, Understand Later: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/do-first-understand-later/
  5. We will do and we will hear (Mishpatim 5780), by Rabbi Sacks: https://rabbisacks.org/mishpatim-5780/
  6. https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/
  7. The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection, by J. Warner Wallace: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-commitment-of-the-apostles-confirms-the-truth-of-the-resurrection/
  8. Jesus healing the leper and the Purity Law in the Gospel of Matthew: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/269974647_Jesus_healing_the_leper_and_the_Purity_Law_in_the_Gospel_of_Matthew
  9. https://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-is-the-evidence-that-peter-was-crucified-upside-down-in-rome/  
  10. WAS PETER CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN? By Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-peter-crucified-upside-down
  11. How did the Apostle Peter die? https://www.gotquestions.org/apostle-Peter-die.html
  12. Jefferson Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible
  13. Foxe’s Christian Martyrs of the World (pg. 9)
  14. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (by Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek)

mid-week apologetics booster (3-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

The belief that all religions are harmful to society because some are is akin to believing that I shouldn’t eat any fruits because some are poisonous. – Forest Antemesaris

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy: http://apologeticsguy.com/2020/08/spiritual-conversations/
  2. Christians Must Care Less about Our Cultural Reputation| Natasha Crain: https://natashacrain.com/christians-must-care-less-about-our-cultural-reputation/
  3. Reasonable Faith – Who Really Cares? Dr. Craig examines an atheist’s contention that Christians act irresponsibly due to their view of end times.: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/end-times-paralysis/
  4. Claims of an Indian Guru | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/claims-of-an-indian-guru
  5. What is the evidence that Peter was crucified upside down in Rome? Evidence for Christianity: https://evidenceforchristianity.org/what-is-the-evidence-that-peter-was-crucified-upside-down-in-rome/
  6. Was Peter Crucified Upside Down? | Sean McDowell : https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-peter-crucified-upside-down
  7. William Lane Craig explains how Christianity explains evil and suffering | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2021/03/07/william-lane-craig-explains-how-christianity-explains-evil-and-suffering-4/
  8. When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-32) – video sermon by John MacArthur in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz8AA_Oa0EU
  9. Resolving 40 Bible Contradictions from Jesus Final Week to His Ascension | The Domain for Truth: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/resolving-40-bible-contradictions-from-jesus-final-week-to-his-ascension/
  10. If It’s a Human at a Crime Scene, It’s a Human in the Womb | Cold Case Christianity: http://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/if-its-a-human-at-a-crime-scene-its-a-human-in-the-womb/
  11. Quick Challenge Answer: Did Paul Hallucinate The Risen Jesus? –: https://tentmakingchristianity.com/did-paul-hallucinate-the-risen-jesus-2/
  12. The War on Christianity Returns as the House Passes The Equality Act | Kingsjester’s Blog – The wide-reaching Equality Act championed by Democrats would put the hiring practices of faith-based organizations in jeopardy and will create additional religious freedom concerns for Christian schools, churches and ministries, a prominent legal nonprofit argues: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/the-war-on-christianity-returns-as-the-house-passes-the-equality-act/
  13. A Singularly Christian View of the Transgender Problem – Daily Citizen: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/a-singularly-christian-view-of-the-transgender-problem/

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (3-4-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Christian woman finds a way to discuss her faith with non-Christians | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2020/11/08/christian-woman-finds-a-way-to-discuss-her-faith-with-non-christians-2/
  2. Why It’s Important to Inoculate (Rather Than Isolate) Our Young People | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/why-its-important-to-inoculate-rather-than-isolate-our-young-people/
  3. If You Want Your Apologetics to be Effective, Don’t Skip this Step!: https://wisedisciple.org/blogs/if-you-want-your-apologetics-to-be-effective-dont-skip-this-step
  4. A Brief Overview of the Jehovah’s Witness Worldview | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/a-brief-overview-of-the-jehovahs-witness-worldview/
  5. Why Jesus? Video by Cliffle Knechtle Give Me An Answer: https://givemeananswer.org/?p=3329
  6. Thinking About Evolution with Fuz Rana | Apologetics315: https://apologetics315.com/2021/02/apologetics-315-podcast-008-thinking-about-evolution-with-fuz-rana/
  7. Back to School – For Parents – A busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them – 124 page PDF book from Focus on the Family: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Back-To-School-For-Parents_Edition1.pdf
  8. The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection | Cold Case Christianity – Martyrdom doesn’t confirm the truth, especially when the martyrs don’t have first-hand access to the claim for which there dying. But this wasn’t the case for the disciples of Jesus. They were in a unique position: they knew if the claims about Jesus were true. They were present for the life, ministry, death and alleged resurrection of Jesus. If the claims about Jesus were a lie, the disciples would have known it (in fact they would have been the source of the lie). That’s why their commitment to their testimony was (and is) so compelling.: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-commitment-of-the-apostles-confirms-the-truth-of-the-resurrection/
  9. The Deity of Jesus is Not a Late Legend | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-deity-of-jesus-is-not-a-late-legend/
  10. What Ancestry DNA Kits Reveal About God, Our Past, and the Way Forward | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/what-ancestry-dna-kits-reveal-about-god-our-past-and-the-way-forward/
  11. There Are Good Reasons to Believe the Gospels Are True, Even if the Eyewitnesses Waited Years to Write Them | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/there-are-good-reasons-to-believe-the-gospels-are-true-even-if-the-eyewitnesses-waited-years-to-write-them/
  12. As Science Frauds Go, Haeckel Beats Piltdown Man | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2020/11/as-science-frauds-go-haeckel-beats-piltdown-man/
  13. Christians forced to eat pages of the Bible during horrific knife attack – I have not independently verified this, but it is a shocking story of persecution if true: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.forced.to.eat.pages.of.the.bible.during.horrific.knife.attack/136438.htm
  14. Big Faith Questions conference (Local AZ) | Compass Christian Church – How can we ever know what religious beliefs are actually true? Well, it turns out there are ways to test religious claims. Join us to get equipped with the tools for testing any religious claims: https://compassaz.church/event/big-faith-questions-3/
  15. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Not His Church – Cyber Penance: https://cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-christian-atheist-when-you-believe-in-god-but-not-his-church/amp/

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (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:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Plant Diversity and Computer Programming | Evolution News: https://evolutionnews.org/2021/01/plant-diversity-and-computer-programming/
  2. Has the Message of the Bible Changed? | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/has-the-message-of-the-bible-changed/
  3. Catch Countless Logical Fallacies with One Critical Thinking Hack | Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/patricia-engler/2020/07/15/catch-countless-logical-fallacies/
  4. Grounds for Belief in Biblical Inspiration | Reasonable Faith: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/grounds-for-belief-in-biblical-inspiration/
  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: https://mbcpathway.com/2020/12/26/christs-deity-in-the-new-testament/
  6. Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig – YouTube: https://youtu.be/reYBCz_kf1c
  7. How did we get the Bible? – creation.com: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
  8. History of the Bible – Who Wrote the Bible – Why It’s Reliable: https://www.everystudent.com/features/bible.html
  9. What Are The Best Questions For Spiritual Conversation? SeanMcDowell.org – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz6Lr4mwVrc
  10. Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain – This View Of Life: https://thisviewoflife.com/martin-luther-rewired-your-brain/
  11. Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse | Christianity Today: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/february/ravi-zacharias-rzim-investigation-sexual-abuse-sexting-rape.html

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 (2-11-2021)

Good morning friends,

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

If you’re following the Lord at a distance, you will end up in the miserable no-mans-land of compromise. And in that dismal place you will have too much of the Lord to be happy in the world, and too much of the world to be happy in the Lord. – Greg Laurie

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. How to Talk About Jesus Without Being Awkward: An Interview with Sam Chan – Bible Gateway Blog: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2020/10/how-to-talk-about-jesus-without-being-awkward-an-interview-with-sam-chan/
  2. How Christian Case Making Impacts the Convinced, the Opposed, and the Undecided: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/how-christian-case-making-impacts-the-convinced-the-opposed-and-the-undecided/
  3. A Beginners Guide to the Argument from Rationality | Solas: https://www.solas-cpc.org/a-beginners-guide-to-the-argument-from-rationality/
  4. The mammalian placenta features universal assembly instructions | Uncommon Descent: https://uncommondescent.com/evolution/the-mammalian-placenta-features-universal-assembly-instructions/
  5. The Importance of Knowing Worldviews | Lorinda’s Ponderings: https://lorindasponderings.com/2020/10/24/the-importance-of-knowing-worldviews/
  6. Pope Biden and the New Theocracy of the Christian Left | The Stream: https://stream.org/pope-biden-and-the-new-theocracy-of-the-christian-left/

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42

Blessings to you all

mid-week apologetics booster (12-31-2020)

Good morning friends,

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

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” (2 Cor. 13:5) Look well to your state; see whether you be in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when oneself is to be tried; but O, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous to yourself. Remember if it be not a rock on which you build, when the house shall fall, great will be the fall of it. – Charles Spurgeon

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid (esp. on Social Media) Confidence in Christ: https://confidenceinchrist.net/2020/12/13/5-common-logical-mistakes-to-avoid-esp-on-social-media/
  2. Learning To Talk Not Yell: 3 Ways to Talk to Progressive Christians TABLE THEOLOGY: https://tabletheology.com/2020/10/16/learning-to-talk-not-yell-3-ways-to-talk-to-progressive-christians/
  3. Jesus: Reformer of Judaism or Founder of Christianity? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/jesus-reformer-of-judaism-or-founder-of-christianity-4/
  4. Where did Paul get the idea that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15: 3? THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/where-did-paul-get-the-idea-that-the-messiah-died-for-our-sins-according-to-the-scriptures-in-1-corinthians-15-3/
  5. A Look at the Fine Tuning Argument THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/a-look-at-the-fine-tuning-argument/
  6. How do we know that Jesus actually said and did what is recorded about Him? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/5l_P2XT7xWU
  7. God the Son-John 1 clarifies the Son is actually the very agent of creation and the eternal God himself. What C. S. Lewis describes as the central event of human history: the Son took on humanity, a mortal body from the Virgin Mary & a soul untainted by Adams sin. – BreakPoint: https://breakpoint.org/god-the-son-4/
  8. Citing rise of ‘Christian nationalism,’ Secular Democrats unveil sweeping recommendations for Biden: https://religionnews.com/2020/11/30/secular-democrats-unveil-sweeping-recommendations-for-biden-administration/
  9. It’s Not Nancy Pelosi’s Job To Tell Christians What They May Believe: https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/24/its-not-nancy-pelosis-job-to-tell-christians-what-they-are-allowed-to-believe/
  10. Report: Bloodthirsty Jihadists Cover Christian in Gasoline, Try To Burn Him Three Times Until Miracle Happens: https://www.westernjournal.com/report-bloodthirsty-jihadists-cover-christian-gasoline-try-burn-three-times-miracle-happens/
  11. Christians, Don’t Read the Entire Bible in 2021 | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/christians-dont-read-the-bible-for-the-year-2020

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 1 John 2:19

Blessings to you all

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

Good morning friends,

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

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

To view more of these quotes, visit:

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

Now, here are your weekly links:

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

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

Blessings to you all