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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be ready to give Gospel Tracts to a Non-Believer.

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I think I really have a preacher’s mouth; I can go on and on and on about God’s Word, God’s truth and the Bible and theology and apologetics.
I always felt I can work on being a better facilitator of questions for Bible based discussion for things like youth group, Bible study, etc.
Still I see even with these settings it is important to teach the Word of God rather than go around and people just giving their opinion and worst, opinions that are unbiblical are disseminated and confusion sown.
After decades of being in small group or youth group I realize I can work on still asking good thoughtful questions.  Below are my questions I ask but I also want to hear what questions do you normally ask with small group discussions to facilitate Godly conversations based upon the Bible.

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

Trembling at the Word of the Lord Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon. Trembling at the Word of the Lord.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 4, 2021. 16 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

How do you react to the Word of God?  We are living in an age where there’s irreverence to the Word of God.  This past week of dealing with those who attack God’s Word made me want to read this booklet to nourish my soul.  A few page into this Spurgeon’s word leaped out at me when he said  “Oh, it is ill with a man’s soul, be sure of that, when he can treat the Word of the Lord with lightness, and regard it as no more than the word of Shakespeare or Spencer.”  How much even more so is the ill of a man’s soul that openly mock and slander God’s Word!  This booklet is based upon a sermon on Isaiah 66:2 that Spurgeon preached in 1889.  Even though it is over a hundred years old nevertheless the message about trembling and respecting God’s Word is relevant even for the Twenty first century.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Which flying creeping things may we eat?

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

All are unclean and may not be eaten.

“And all the swarming insects with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten. (Deuteronomy 14:19)

Some may be eaten.

“Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects that walk on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to jump on the earth. 22 These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, the devastating locust in its kinds, the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds. 23 But all other winged insects which are four-footed are detestable to you.” (Leviticus 11:21-23)

(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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Psalm 22:17 (in Hebrew it is Psalm 22:16) is a fascinating passage that I think, with all pun intended “nailed” the argument that Jesus is the predicted suffering Messiah with a prophecy that the Messiah would be pierced:

For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

The prophecy “They pierced my hands and my feet” is translated by non-Messianic Jews as “Like a lion, my hands and my feet” and there are questions of Textual Criticism.

So which reading should one take?

This video that Alex Kruse shared was so fascinating and takes on this issue from a fresh way by considering not just Textual Criticism but the structure of Psalm 22 itself.

You got to watch it:

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For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics.  Unit 1 are lessons on Worldview is done and currently I’m going over Unit 2 on historical apologetics.

I thought I put together in a table of content the first unit.

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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Introduction to Logic Jason Lisle

Jason Lisle. Introduction to Logic.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, December 10, 2018. 192 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to improve your reasoning ability as a Christian?  Christian apologist Jason Lisle has written for us an introduction to the laws of logic.  Some who read this review might be thinking: Christian and logic?  Yes the two are compatible.  Jason Lisle’s book on logic follow a long tradition of Christian works on logic such as hymn writer Isaac Watts in 1725 with his Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry after Truth, Methodist founder John Wesley’s A Compendium Of Logic, and Gordon Clark’s textbook on logic, etc.  Jason Lisle himself is an astrophysicist who is involved with Creation ministries and previously I enjoyed his book titled Ultimate Proof that give a detailed introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics.  Seeing how good Dr Lisle writes I was looking for a book that I can introduced my daughters to the laws of logic and critical thinking and this book exceeded my expectation!

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Get good tracts for the evangelists in your church.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Does God dwell in temples?

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

God dwells in temples.

“I have truly built You a lofty house, A place for Your dwelling forever.”” (1 Kings 8:13)

“Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.” (2 Chronicles 7:12)

“For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there always.” (2 Chronicles 7:16)

God does not dwell in temples.

“However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:” (Acts 7:48)

“The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by hands;” (Acts 17:24)

(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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Here are the links related to Presuppositonal Apologetics gathered from July 15th-21st, 2022.

1.)  Cave to the Cross’ Where Everyone Starts Thinking – Ep.185 – Against All Opposition – It’s Impossible To Think Without Presuppositions – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? When did Ahaziah begin to reign?

3.) Christian Worldview Episode 1 – Let’s Get Started

4.) Thoughts on questions on Exodus 21:7-11

5.) Paul Washer on Presuppositional Apologetic

6.) Monkeying Around with the Evolution of Morality

8.) Is reality ultimately personal or impersonal? The problem of the one and the many

9.) Scoping Dishonest Questions

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

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Cave To The Cross Apologetics

Many readers of this blog might know about Cave to the Cross Apologetics.  Their current episodes is going over Greg Bahnsen’s book Against All Opposition which is a work I highly recommend.  The book teaches readers how to engage unbelievers with Presuppositional Apologetics.

There’s an excerpt from the show that I thought its worth listening to:

Here’s my further thoughts:

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Southern Poverty Law Center is no friends of conservatives.  Yet I found their recent findings disturbing:  Young male Democrat approves of political assassination above any other demographics such as Republican men and women.

There’s a lot of discussion on the news associating violence with conservatives.  But I’m disturbed that some of these news sources can selectively cite sources to fit a narrative while omitting key details like what I just stated of the finding from SPLC. And there’s news sources that omit the fact that in general people are willing to approve of political violence than before among the younger generation, and statistically its not exclusively a conservative phenomenon.

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Contagious Disciple Making

David Watson and Paul Watson. Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, December 1, 2014.  256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What would be a worthwhile book to read concerning discipleship, mentoring and ministry and missions in a cross-cultural context?  While I don’t agree with everything in this book I think this book is worthwhile to read for food for thought and the parts I think that are good are very helpful.  The co-authors are father and son who have done missions overseas in Asia and are also consultants for ministry in other areas including the West and Africa.

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A later post than usual! This took some time to research and plus I fell asleep on the keyboards after a long weekend of ministry! So here it is.

Last week I wrote a post on Exodus 21:1-6 concerning the passage as a way of addressing questions people might have.  It was quite well received I thought I have another post on the next passage: Exodus 21:7-11.

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Here’s the passage:

Now if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. 8 If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people, because of his unfairness to her. 9 And if he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10 If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights. 11 But if he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go free for nothing, without payment of money.

Why are there female servants?  Why would someone sell their daughters?  Why is it the female servants can’t be freed as male slaves?  Why are there all these rules?
Here’s my thoughts:

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Get Ice Cream with Someone.

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