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I’m going to be honest: Ministering to Millennial lost boys have given me more gray hair than anything I’ve done (be it school, Iraq, cramming finished seminary with two masters in 3 years while working and doing ministry).  I’m talking about momma’s boys that don’t want to grow up to live up to their responsibilities; yet they are so narcissistic they think everything is beneath them, be it jobs, having a boss or they look down on other people.  It exhausts me more than preaching 70 times in two weeks or preparing a semester worth of teaching theology and the Bible in three weeks with several all-nighters.  It fatigue me more than my first three weeks of Iraq as a Marine where I worked literally 24/7 and grabbed naps in between things.  Lest people think I’m just looking down on Millennials I want to say I’m also a Millennial.  I’m also writing this since our ministry is heading towards a better place and I’m looking back at the difficult guys I’ve ministered to and left.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be Eager to Meet Church Members.

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Eugene H. Merrill, Mark Rooker and Michael A. Grisanti.  The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, June 15th 2011. 560 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How well do you know the Old Testament?  If you are like most Christians you can improve on your knowledge of the Old Testament.  In this book The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament three Old Testament scholars collaborated to write a helpful textbook on the Old Testament.  Together these scholars have a combined experience of decades if not even a century worth of research, teaching and writing on the subject of Old Testament.  Readers will greatly benefit from reading this title.

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Five S of why to Love God: Psalm 18 Part 1

Psalm 18:1-3

 

Passage:For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said, “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.” (v. 1-3)

 

Establish the Need: Do you love God?

 

Purpose: You need to see five motivation David had to love God so that we too would be motivated to love God.

  1. Reason 1: God is sovereign in history (subscript)
  2. Reason 2: God is David’s strength: “O Lord, my strength.” (v.1b)
  3. Reason 3: God is David’s stability: “The Lord is my rock” (v.2a) and “My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge” (v.2b)
  4. Reason 4: God is David’s security (v.2)
  5. Reason 5: God is David’s salvation (v.2-3)

 

Introductory matters

  • This is a long Psalm (50 verses!) and we won’t be able to look at every detail of the Psalm.
  • It is a praise for God’s deliverance from the David’s enemies.[1]
  • This Psalm also appear in 2 Samuel 22.
  • The Psalm’s double appearance shows it is important for God’s people.[2]
  • David may have edited Psalm 18 himself so it can be sung in Temple worship.[3]

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WordPress tells me that yesterday it was my 13th year anniversary of when I started blogging on WordPress.  It’s also been 516 straight days of back to back daily post!

I’ll be posting a book review a few hours from now.  Going to go to sleep!

 

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Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Pterosaurs.

 

Book(s) read:

Jennifer Zeiger’s Pterosaur.

Elaine Landau’s Pterosaurs.

 

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

Pictures of dinosaurs

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about Pterosaurs.
  2. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about Pterosaurs.
  3. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of Pterosaurs.

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Last week I wrote a post reflecting on the Marxist killing field in Cambodia.  You can read it here: .

I mentioned how this picture at a horror camp called S21 has left an impact thinking back of the horror of what an atheistic ideology is able to do.

It is one of most horrifying place I’ve ever visited.

I found a documentary on this camp. What fascinates me is the interview with those who worked in the camps murdering people and them being recounting what happened (there’s two survivors featured in this video).  The video is below. (more…)

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 37 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.12 – Some Brush Clearing

2.) Free Master’s Thesis: A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus

3.) Reforming Apologetics (Worldview)

4.) Hitch-22

5.) Bible Contradiction? To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

6.) A conversation on Derrida, Foucault, Hume, philosophy and thelogy. P&R Great Thinkers

7.) Space Aliens and Worldviews

8.) The Question Isn’t Moral Ability But Moral Foundations – Sober Skeptic

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend or here

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Send someone home from Church.

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A few weeks ago I wrote “

I’m currently preparing lessons to teach in Asia.  I’ve been asked to preach 30 sessions.  That’s lots of preparation I need to pour into it before I go.  That’s on top of my regular full time ministry of preaching, teaching and disciplining.

Pray for my lesson preparation, my studies and application of God’s truth that I will be teaching.

I’ll probably be updating my progress with my studies again on the blog as we get closer to my departure.

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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway.  Washington D.C.: Potomac Books, November 1st 2005. 612 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read one of the best book on the Battle of Midway?  I remember as a young kid reading about this battle and how it turned the tide of the war in Pacific in favor of the United States in which Japan suffered serious loss in this battle.  This work simply exceeded my expectation and I was thoroughly hooked from page to page, which might sound almost unbelievable concerning a military operational book but the two authors did a good job telling us the story of the Battle of Midway and throughout the book they also critically interact with previous presentation of the battle by historians and popular misconception and argue for their account of what happened in a way that is informative while displaying an attitude of being concern for truth of what really happened.

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RTS

Today I want to share a thesis that was completed for a Masters of Religion that was completed over at Reformed Theological Seminary.  It was completed last year in 2018.  It is titled “A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus” and written by R. Shane Hartley.  I have found Presuppositional apologetics when properly understood and properly employed to be a very helpful and powerful apologetic.  I am also involved with college campus evangelism in which I will start back again next Lord willing (pray for me!).  So this thesis obviously caught my attention.

What is this thesis specifically about?  In his introductory paragraph to his thesis Mr. Hartley wrote the following summary:

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I haven’t done our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” lately but here’s this week’s review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Geronimo Stilton Reporter #3: Stop Acting Around. New York, NY: Papercutz, October 8th 2019. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

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Looking for another adventure of the mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his family and friends?  This is the book book in the latest series on Geronimo Stilton called “Geronimo Stilton Reporter.”  I actually like Geronimo Stilton from the publisher Papercutz more than from Scholastic!

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Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Triceratops.

 

Book(s) read:

Daniel Nunn’s Triceratops.

Elaine Landau’s Triceratops.

 

 

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

Pictures of dinosaurs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about Triceratops.
  2. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about Triceratops.
  3. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of Triceratops.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

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

The two Marys

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.” (Matthew 28:1)

And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” (Matthew 28:9)

Mary Magdalene

Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.” (Mark 16:9)

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” (John 20:11-14)

Cleopas and another

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was [a]about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You [b]the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the [c]Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning [d]with Moses and [e]with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day [f]is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from [g]their sight.” (Luke 24:13-31)

Cephas

and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:4-5)

(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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