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

A Godly Leader motivate others

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Establish the need: Do you motivate others to do what needs to be done?

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be intentionally decisive as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of motivating others
  • The examples of motivating others
  • How to cultivate the skill in motivating others

Quick Comments about meaning of motivation:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “enthusiasm for doing something:”[1]
  • The dictionary’s other definition: “the need or reason for doing something.”[2]
  • From the dictionary of motivation my definition of “motivate others” is the ability to encourage others to do what needs to be done, with the emphasis of the word “encourage” as opposed to force, threats, etc.

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This is part 1 of our new series on Biblical Economics and we begin with “Goodness of Material World.”  Besides economics this topic as a study is relevant for other areas such as a positive Christian view of our body, health and finance, or negatively against Gnostics worldview, cults, or a wrong kind of escapism, irresponsibility of Christian stewardship, etc.

Goodness of Material World

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Establish the need: Have you yourself said or ever heard anyone say: “The World is evil and bad, so we shouldn’t care about it and why care about learning how the world works? (Economics, History, Politics, Science, etc)”

 

Purpose: Today we will see that the Bible does not see the physical world is all bad and that it can be good so that we would desire to study and be good steward of what we are given and the responsibility we have in our own lives.

  • When God Created the Physical World it was good
  • Worship of God acknowledges the physical is good
  • Jesus is Physical

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H.B. Charles Jr. The Difference Jesus Makes: Trusting Him in Every Situation.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing, September 1st 2014. 144 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book that makes you love Jesus more and trust in Him in your life? You will be edified and love Jesus more as a result of reading this book.  The author H.B. Charles is a preacher that I have enjoyed hearing him before in the past during the Shepherd’s Conference.  It turns out I enjoy his book also!

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Share a Bible verse with someone that God is in control.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did Jotham reign?

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

At least 20 years.

And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him and put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.” (2 Kings 15:30)

16 years.

In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah became king. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.” (2 Kings15:32-33)

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

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I think one of the best Christian apologist of the last half of the last Century was Greg Bahnsen.  He was a skilled debater and lecturer on Presuppositional Apologetics and a student of Cornelius Van Til, the father of Presuppositonal apologetics.  He’s my favorite apologist and has shaped me in so many ways.  He’s one of my role models with his example of scholarship, intellect, boldness to defend the faith, his desire to be biblical and also his pastoral heart.  And everything he did was so intense.

We have shared many resources from Greg Bahnsen on our blog over the last 14  years.  All you have to do is type in his name under search.

Well there’s a big news I want to share: Now all his audio MP3s are now all available online for free at Covenant Media Foundation:

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These are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2020.  Enjoy!

1.) Does Math Require God? I Cover William Lane Craig’s Work & Add My Own Proof for God from Mathematics

3.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 93 – Tactics – Just The Facts, Ma’am

4.) Why is the Doctrine of the Trinity Important?

5.) Video: Refuting “Why I am not a Christian”

6.) Presuppositional Apologetics’ books coming soon

7.) Free PDF and Review: Engaging Critical Theory and the Social Justice Movement (Not Pesuppositionalism per se but of interests to  Presuppositionalists)

8.) Looking for a Lay-Level Class on the Origins of the NT Canon? Here’s my 6-Part Video Series with @Ligonier

 

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

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

 

A Godly Leader Is Decisive

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Establish the need: Are you a person that is known by others for being decisive?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be intentionally decisive as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of being decisive
  • The example of beings decisive
  • How to cultivate decisiveness

 

Quick Comments about meaning of decisive:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “able to make decisions quickly and confidently, or showing this quality.”[1]
  • The dictionary’s other definition: “making choices quickly and surely, without having any doubts.”[2]
  • From the dictionary my definition of decisive is the ability to execute actions when the time of action is required and the action is pursued with determination despite any possible obstacles such as fears, doubts, concerns and other difficulties.

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The election is right around the corner!  We have quite a stream of readers of our blog from Southern California and I thought it would be helpful to post this.

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.

Here’s the voter’s guide for San Bernardino County:

Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our 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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Have anyone ever stopped you and asked if you are a Christian?  And I don’t mean they did that to evangelize you.

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Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer. Engaging Critical Theory and the Social Justice Movement. Ratio Christi, 2019.  240 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Click here

As a Christian are you looking for a summary of Critical Race Theory and a brief response from a biblical perspective?  Two Christian apologists, Dr. Neil Shenvi and Dr. Pat Sawyer, have written this booklet explaining what is Critical Theory and also offer an evaluation of it.  This was a lot more balanced than I thought and include nuances.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  Last week for this series I posted “.”  It has generated a lot of discussion.  This springs from last week’s post I thought it would be right for this week to do the following to balance last week’s post: Pray for the Health and Salvation of the Presidential Candidate.

 

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Yesterday Apologetics Central. a South Africa ministry posted this video refuting a famous (or shall I say infamous) essay titled “Why I am not a Christian.”  This essay was originally a speech delivered by atheist Bertrand Russell and the speech was turned into a pamphlets that has gone through various printings.

Since this essay’s arguments is seen so often among those who object to Christianity a response to the essay might be helpful.  Furthermore it is a good opportunity to see a critique from a Presuppositional Apologetics’ perspective.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long was the Babylonian Captivity?

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

70 years

For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:10)

Seven generations

And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.” (Baruch 6:2; quoted from Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2020!

1.) Does Math Require God?

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?

3.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 92 – Tactics – Rhodes Scholar

4.) Christians Must Stop Being Defensive

5.) Dead Pig Brains Brought Back to Life and Do Men Have Souls?

6.) What To Ask When So-Called “Experts” Makes A Claim

7.) Review: Social Justice and the Christian Church by Ronald Nash, an apologist influenced by Gordon Clark

 

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

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