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Happy Thanksgiving (2020)

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

It has been a crazy year.  Sometimes it seems our life is a little microsm of things going on in 2020 with the news.  Ministry has been crazy (in a good way).  But we have many reasons to be thankful to God!  Grateful fo God’s grace to our family.  Something I’m especially thankful is our salvation made possible through the Father’s Plan, the Son’s sacrifice and the Spirit’s conviction and regeneration!

Note: This is the tenth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader raises leaders

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Establish the need: Have you thought about raising up leaders?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian leader we would raise up other leaders

  • The importance of raising up leaders
  • The examples of raising up leaders
  • How to cultivate raising up leaders

 

What I mean by “raising leaders”

  • Originally I was trying to make this lesson on delegating responsibility but I thought there is a deeper principle in how we delegate responsibility as a leader: We want to delegate in such a way that the person we are delegating responsibility we are hoping that they become leader.
  • Raising leaders mean not just raising the next person to be in charge of everything or someone replacing your position but also for them to be a leader in doing what they are good at.
    • For example: A pastor raising someone to be a deacon or a church treasurer, etc.
  • Also raising someone as a leader doesn’t mean always they are doing new things but also that the person is a leader in what they do in the sense of what we saw the definition of leader is: influencing others in a good way.
    • For example: Someone at church is good at evangelism.  Now the pastor raises him to be able to teach others to evangelize also as well, so the evangelist is leading and influencing others to do the work of God.

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James N. Anderson. David Hume.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a 1999 poll conducted by the British based Sunday Times the person voted as the “Greatest Scot of the Millennium” was the philosopher David Hume.  Unfortunately Hume’s philosophy wasn’t just unbiblical but many times Hume was deliberately anti-Christian.  Over the decades of evangelism, engaging in apologetics and taking courses in philosophy and religion I’ve heard people cite Hume or use argument for naturalism that came from Hume.  So who was Hume, what did he teach and what does a Christian philosophical critique of Hume looks like?  This book does an incredibly good job answering these questions.  The author James Anderson is an excellent example of a Christian scholar who engages in philosophy, theology and apologetics and here in this book he delivers the good.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the four volumes I have read (this work and the ones on Aquinas, Marx and Richard Dawkins) currently this one is my favorite one.

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I saw this news story with the headline “Pet parrot saves man from house fire in Australia.”  Thought it was fascinating.

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from November 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics Ep. 98 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Preface

2.) Bible Contradiction? How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?

3.) Misotheists Dehumanizing Christians and Creationists

4.) Free PDF Apologetics’ Dissertation: Carl F. H. Henry’s Presuppositional Theology and its Implications within Educational Settings

5.0 P&R Publishing’s 3 NEW NOVEMBER RELEASES! (Include works on Presuppositional Apologetics!)

6.) ‘Atheist atrocities fallacy’?

7.) Jay Adams (Van Til’s student), Pioneer of Nouthetic Counselling, Dies at 91

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the repost

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a 2020 edition with all the unique things during this year.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Share a Short Video of What you are Thankful for.

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A weekend reading review!  A break from heavy theological reading and politics!  Because Pastors need a break also!

 

Steven Johnson.  Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, October 5th 2010. 326 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What kind of environment and circumstances best breed innovation?  This book is a fascinating read on technological development, progress and the conditions that foster innovation.  I read this book after earlier reading the author Steven Johnson’s  How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World.  While I enjoyed the first book I read more this one still was quite gratifying to read.

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “Carl F. H. Henry’s Presuppositional Theology and its Implications within Educational Settings.”  This is a treat for those into apologetics!  Carl Henry was the President of Southern Seminary and he was influenced in his apologetics by Cornelius Van Til and Gordon Clark.  The dissertation was written by Adam L. Lickey and was completed on April 2019.  Its neat to see his dissertation is available online for free.

Here’s an abstract:

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Here’s a comment/question that a brother asked that others have recently asked me something similar so I thought I write a post so it help others too:

I realized I didn’t have a good understanding of this, but the physical act of church attendance isn’t exactly commanded but more so a manifestation/fruit of a believer, is that correct?  I’m referencing to Acts 2:42

The brother made a good observation.  Some further thoughts:

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These book reviews and recommendations is from my wife!  We are a week away from Thanksgiving thought this was appropriate to review books on the subject of American Thanksgiving.  If any books interests you to purchase, the pictures and titles of the book are linked to Amazon.

 

Recommendation 5 out of 5

The Pilgrims Before the Mayflower

Written by Susan Whitehurst

Did you ever wonder what life was like for the Pilgrims before coming to America? Why were they called Pilgrims and why were they called Separatists before their pilgrimage? This book is a wonderful resource to teach second and third graders about the history of some of the first Christians who came to America.

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Note: This is the ninth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

A Godly Leader is Self-Discipline

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Establish the need: Do you struggle with self-discipline?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be self-disciplined both as a Christian and also as a godly leader.

  1. The importance of self-discipline
  2. The example of self-discipline
  3. How to cultivate self-discipline

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

One Day

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4)

Six Days: Genesis 1:3-2:3

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Little Sins.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 4, 2017. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Is there the danger of some sins in your life that are flying under the radar undetected by you since you don’t think the sin is that serious?  This booklet might be for you for your own sanctification and edifying read.  It is by Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite dead preacher from the past that I like to read and in this particular title his words of exhortation and encouragement is still powerfully felt in my own life.  This was originally a sermon on Genesis 19:20 that Spurgeon preached on April 17th, 1859.  Though it is over 161 years after the sermon was delivered when I read this I find what he has to say is still applicable for Christians today!

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 8th-14, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 97 – Greg Koukl Interview

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was Jesus a ransom for many or a ransom for all?

3.) Discerning Fake Science

4.) Reformed Forum on Youtube

5.) Follow the Evidence?

6.) Baby Yoda Eating Eggs and the State of our Society

7.) Van Til Group #2 — The Doctrine of God

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the repost or another repost here

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for believers whose church ended this year.

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