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We have quite a stream of readers of our blog from Southern California and I thought it would be helpful to post this.

This is courtesy of Craig Huey of Election Forum (HT).

Christians must definitely be informed in how they vote where they vote not against their principles but as much as for it.  You might not think there’s much reason to vote concerning presidential candidates but there’s still other candidates for other offices where your vote counts even more.

(For the record I can’t bring myself to vote neither of the two party’s candidate for president)

Here’s the voter’s guide for Orange County:

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Anthony Carter. Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, January 22nd, 2013. 150 pp.

4 out of 5

This was a wonderful book on what the blood of Christ has accomplished for the believers.  It is amazing to see how much His blood accomplished and studying the blood of Christ beautifully capture the multi-faceted dimension of our salvation through the Gospel.  The book has thirteen chapters and covers areas such as propitiation, justification, redemption, sanctification, ransom and being brought near by the blood of Christ.

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I don’t understand why the media has downplayed the wikileaks and the emails of Hillary Clinton.  I’m not going to go over the media’s double standard with how they handle Hillary as opposed to Trump for this post but instead I want to focus on an important spiritual lesson that comes from Hillary’s emails being leaked.

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I think this Bible contradiction is easy to resolve.  But I don’t want to resolve it just because it’s easy.  I think this alleged Bible contradiction is a great opportunity to share the Gospel!

Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Can thieves go to heaven?”

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

Yes.

They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (Mark 15:27) Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
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And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. (Luke 23:32, 43)

No.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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The last few Sundays we have featured posts tackling the sin of the love of money.  I thought I share them all in one post as a table of contents.

The first post is important because if one doesn’t realize they have the love of money, they aren’t going to see the importance of how one combat one’s love of money.  The second and third posts deals with fighting against the love of money in terms of what to put off and what to put on instead, respectively.

Here are the posts:

How do you tell if you are a lover of money?

How do you combat the love of money? Part 1

How do you combat the love of money? Part 2

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There’s a lot of links this time around!  Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2016.

1.) Knowing Stuff

2.) Philosophers who Crucify Reason

3.) How to Completely Refute Atheism by Jeff Durbin

4.) Atheism, trust, and friendship

5.) As an atheist, can you trust your brain?

6.) Calvinist Cartoons: The Call

7.) Responding to The “Shellfish Objection”

8.) 5 Questions with Sye Ten Bruggencate

 

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

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Here’s Pastor Jeff Durbin teaching on “How to Completely Refute Atheism.”

This was Jeff Durbin’s teaching from a conference a few weeks ago called the READY conference.

Enjoy!

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What do you think of the evangelists who shares the Gospel with strangers?

There are some Christians who don’t like evangelists who go up to strangers to evangelize them.  Let me say up front I’m not for evangelizing in a manner that’s ungodly or unloving.  But to share to strangers…is that something to view negatively?

There’s a verse in Romans 10 on beautiful feet of those who do the work of evangelism.  I will quote Romans 10:13-15 for context:

13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [i]bring good news of good things!”

I’ve been thinking about this the last 24 hours.  You see I have a relative that’s passing away soon…

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David Limbaugh. The Emmaus Code: How Jesus Reveals Himself Through the Scriptures.  Washington D.C: Regnery Publishing, November 9th, 2015.  256 pp.

The subject of this book is on the Messianic prophecies found in the Jewish Scriptures and how it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.  This book truly surprised me.  The author is a conservative political commentator, author and the younger brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.  Maybe it is because I became somewhat skeptical of talk show hosts writing books on Jesus after my experience of reading Bill O’reilly’ book on “Killing Jesus” (it left a bitter taste in my mouth with how poor the theology was) but when I first picked this book up my expectation was really low.  Again this book surprised me in the sense that it was really well researched and written.  At first I didn’t know what to make of the book’s introduction in which David Limbaugh said he’s has been studying the Bible and its prediction of Jesus for over twenty years.  I wasn’t sure if I could believe him; but after finishing the book I do.  This book was really well done and of an amazing caliber considering that the author is a “layman.”  He write in a way that is informative and winsome.

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Want to go into the Bible deeper?  Or perhaps you want to have a better survey of the New Testament?

Professor Keith Essex has taught on the Bible for decades and taught for Grace Life London Summer Institute in 2014 a ten session series that surveys the New Testament.

The ten part videos follows below.

Bookmark this.  Share this.  Be edified by this.

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Joel Beeke. Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, June 24th, 2015. 141 pp.

5 out of 5

There is a lot of strange and unbiblical teachings on the devil out there.  Sometimes we see Christians can fall into two extreme: on the one hand there are those who obsessed and overly occupied with the demonic while on the other hand there are those live their lives as practical philosophical naturalists (I know, “practical philosophical naturalists” sounds rather awkward).  In light of the state of contemporary Christianity this book by Joel Beeke is refreshing.  The subtitle of the book tells us more of what the book is about: Knowing his weaknesses, strategies and defeat.  Beeke’s book is pastoral.  That is, this book is both biblical and practical.  I appreciated that he wrote a book of Satan without it being strange or sensational.

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Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Was Moses a good speaker?”

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

Yes, Moses “was mighty in words.”

Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. Acts 7:22

No

Moses was not an eloquent speaker. He was “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”

Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Exodus 4:10

Not even the Isrealites would listen to him. He had “uncircumcised lips.”

But Moses spoke before the Lord, saying, “Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled in speech?” Exodus 6:12

But Moses said before the Lord, “Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?” Exodus 6:30

So God made Aaron his spokesman instead of Moses.

Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16 Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. Exodus 4:14-16

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Today’s post I want to answer the question: “How do you combat the love of money?”

This is part two of looking at the Bible for answer.  See Part 1 here.  Whereas last week we focused on the means to “put off” the love of money here in part two will then look at what we “put on” instead in place of the love of money.

So here’s what we “put on” which is part of our repentance:

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We have quite a stream of readers of our blog from Southern California and I thought it would be helpful to post this.

This is courtesy of Craig Huey of Election Forum (HT).

Christians must definitely be informed in how they vote where they vote not against their principles but as much as for it.  You might not think there’s much reason to vote concerning presidential candidates but there’s still other candidates for other offices where your vote counts even more.

(For the record I can’t bring myself to vote neither of the two party’s candidate for president)

Here’s the voter’s guide for Los Angeles County:

Ratings:

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

Here is our new rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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Note: Picture credit for this round up goes to Brother Mike of Xercised.com.

There’s a lot of links this time around!  Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 1st-7th, 2016.

1.) Van Til on Romans 1

2.) Summary of Presuppositional Apologetic Method by Greg Bahnsen on Youtube

3.) Why Should I Believe Christianity?

4.) Debate: Does God Exist? Sye Ten Bruggencate vs Matthew Isaacs

5.) Sye Ten Bruggencate and Matthew Isaacs: Notes from Their Debate

6.) An open question to presuppositionalists

7.) James White: Jory Micah and El Shaddai; Spencer Toy and CrossExamined; Sola Scriptura Continued

8.) Humor: Vital Vinyl

9.) Prison of the mind

10.) The self-authenticating power of the Bible

11.) Thoughts on a Self-Authenticating Bible

 

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

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