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The need of decision for the truth Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon. The Need of Decision for the Truth. Scriptura Press, December 11th 2015. 23 pp.

This was originally a chapter in Charles Spurgeon’s classic, Lectures to My Students.  Although it was originally preached and written in the 1800s the content of The Need of Decision for the Truth is relevant even for the twentieth-first century.  In the beginning of the book Spurgeon talks about how people in his “present age” seem to think “Some things are either true or false, according to the point of view from which you look at them.  Black is white, and white is black according to circumstances; and it does not particularly matter which you call it.”  I was amazed to read these words in the book’s opening paragraph for that describes our time so accurately as well!  It reminded me that the attack on truth is nothing new, and truly the Bible is right when Ecclesiastes says that there is nothing new under the sun.  The rest of the book is focused on the importance of truth and the manner of Christian truth-bearing.

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It has been over two years that the Islamic State has been around.

News about what’s going on down on the ground is hard to come back.  Which is what makes these three documentaries produced by Vice Documentary on ISIS quite amazing.  I think they are quite insightful.

As a Christian it has led me to pray for the people under ISIS control and for the Christians and the various minorities in the area of Syria and Iraq.  My prayers are also for the Sunnis and Shiites too.  Including for them to come to know the Lord and Jesus’ saving power.

Here’s the three documentary in chronological order.

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Seventeen Sessions on the Trinity Audios and Notes

Is the Trinity Biblical and does it have any implications for the Christian life?

Here’s a series on the Trinity! The series has 17 sessions.  Audios and PDF notes are available.

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thief

A Muslim from Nigeria tried to add me on facebook the other day.  He has been going around online as a troll attacking Christianity.  One of his charge against Jesus is that the Bible taught Jesus and His Disciples were thieves.  That is, Jesus and disciples stole things from people.  In a post titled “CAN WE CALL THIS AUTHORITY STEALING OR WHAT” this is what the individual wrote:

Mathew 12:1- King James Bible
At that time Jesus went on the
sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

Jesus was reported to also enter a farm that belongs to someone on a Sabbath day to take corn without the knowledge of the owner.

.Bible says that when Jesus was caught plucking corn, he said, have they not read it how David went into the Synagogue on a Sabbath day to eat what does not belongs to him.

My position is that Matthew 12:1 in CONTEXT does not teach Jesus and His disciples were stealing.  Here’s my reply (note: while the Muslim troll quoted from the KJV, I’ll be using the NASB):

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between August 15-21st, 2016.

1.) Calvin’s Starting Point

2.) A Reply To Steven Hoyt – Using The Bible To Justify The Bible

3.) Which Flavor or Ice Cream Do Atheists Prefer?

4.) “Ten Problems with Presuppositionalism”

5.) Apologetic Methodology: Google Hangout with the Jude 3 Project

6.) VIDEO: How to Understand Greg Bahnsen

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

ambasssador of Christ image series

I completed our Sunday series on the “Characteristics of an Ambassador of Christ.”  I hope you were blessed with the Bible study outlines.

Here’s the table of contents from this series:

Characteristics of an Ambassador of Christ Part 4: An ambassador is one who is willing to suffer

too-big-to-fail

I begin first with an analogy from the physical realm.  There’s a business idea out there that some businesses out there are “too big to fail.”  There’s even an investopedia definition of this economic term:

Too big to fail” is the idea that specific businesses, such as the biggest banks, are so vital to the U.S. economy that it would be disastrous if they went bankrupt. The government would provide bailouts to protect creditors against losses and enable managers to retain their high wages and bonuses.

Of course the idea of “too big to fail” is a dangerous mentality for those in the leadership of these big businesses, because there is less incentive for them to do the right thing and more incentive to take irrational risks because there’s always a safety net of the American tax payer.  In the end we pay for these business mistakes instead of the businesses and the business leaders.

This leads to a corollary that there are some people who are “too big to jail.”  For instance, recently Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein have pointed out how Hillary was ‘too big to jail’ in email case.  This isn’t just with Hillary Clinton, its been true with other federal government bureaucrats too.

I believe many Christians believe there’s something wrong with the mentality of “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” in the examples mentioned.  But when it comes to the spiritual realm of Christians, some have adopted the very mentality that they reject in other sphere.

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