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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How did Moses get water out of the rock?

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

By smiting it.

5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us, or not?”” (Exodus 17:5-7)

By talking to it.

and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink.”)” (Numbers 20:7-8)

By using the Umim and Thumim.

Of Levi he said, “Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to Your godly man, Whom You proved at Massah, With whom You contended at the waters of Meribah” (Deuteronomy 33:8)

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

 

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

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Yesterday I had a lot of crazy conversations in campus evangelism.  The people we talked to happened to be really extreme and they were really, really off.  I have always suspected that most of these guys don’t have much going on in their life and don’t know what its like living in the “real world” where you have to work and not get supported by one’s parents over an extended amount of time.

And then I saw this news report.

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.

Ken Ham and Cindy Malott. Answers Book for Kids Volume 5: Space and Astronomy.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, September 27th 2013. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a book on space for young kids that’s written from a Christian worldview? This volume in the Answers Book for Kids series by Ken Ham is on the topic of space and astronomy!  My kids really liked this and when I asked them to describe the book in one word they said “Cool,” “Fun” and “Awesome.”  One of my daughters enjoyed the discussion about the Black Hole which was new to them while another said they enjoyed the illustration.

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How is your personal time of reading God’s Word daily?

Next month is soon going to be upon us.   Consider making it a habit to read His Word and read it in a way that you are trying to grow in your love of God.

But you don’t have a devotional?  And money is tight for you to buy one?

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In light of Memorial Day.

Jocko Willink.  Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, October 20th 2015. 320 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How well do you own up to your own fault and flaws?  Do you often blame other people and your circumstance when you should be admitting your own fault?  This was a good book on leadership by a combat leader in the Navy SEALS.  It wasn’t only just a good book on leadership; it was also a good book of how to be under leaders as well.  The title of the book captures the subject of the material well; it is a book on taking personal responsibility of what you do.  Taking responsibility is a big important mark of a good leader versus a bad leader.

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At a church retreat right now and teaching on the Beatitudes.

Since last month I wrote a post titled “”  I want to write this as a follow up post since I believe the sign of someone truly thirsting for God is someone thirsting for righteousness.

This is a study outline based upon Matthew 5:6

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This is a lecture by James Anderson.  James Anderson is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy with Reformed Theological Seminary.  He’s also written on apologetics, philosophy and the Christian worldview in academic circles and also books for a popular audience.

Here is a lecture he delivered in 2018.

Here’s the video below:

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