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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 3:2.  Here is my translation:

“[καὶ] λέγων· Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικεν γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. ”
And saying Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is near

Here are some observations:


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As a Christian this might be an important question to think about: What is the difference between remorse and repentance?

Both repentance and remorse is associated with the emotions of sorrow. But there are differences between the two.  So what are those differences?


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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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This post is part of my intention to posts things on Sunday to call people back to the church who has left it and whom God might be working in their lives to draw them to Himself.  Today’s post is going to be quite frank.


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After You've Blown It


Order on Amazon: After You’ve Blown It: Reconnecting with God and Others (LifeChange Books)

Let’s face it: We all sin daily. So a book on sin, guilt, repentance and God’s grace will always be relevant for the spiritual man or woman. Erwin Lutzer writes this book with a pastoral heart. I appreciate the tone of the book and early in the book uses the parable of the two sons to drive the point about God’s grace. The book also has a helpful discussion about the need to confess our sins and rectifying for our sins even if it means it is difficult and costly in paying back for things we have done. Another helpful point I got from the book is also the wisdom in how we confess our sins such as sins that only occur in our thought might at times be better off confessed to God if it didn’t happen in action against another person, since certain sins such as that of lust might end up causing more sin rather than being helpful to the other person.

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I love apologetics.  But I love that we defend the faith gracefully, respectfully, truthfully and Biblically.

I think coarse speech, vulgarity and inaccuracies in one’s apologetics does not glorify God.  Being a celebrity in Pop apologetics circle does not mean one gets a free pass with God.

It is with a heavy heart that I blog about Ergun Caner, who at one time work at Liberty University and is currently the president of Brewton-Parker College.  The blogger TurretinFan has done us an excellent job documenting his constant exaggeration of his past, outright lies and misrepresentation against Islam and other Christians.

I understand Christian can sin; but a true Christian’s response to sin is repentance.  A mark of repentance is confession of sins.  It is not a reaction that is characterized by more lies and a cover-up.  A spirit of repentance means one is humbled rather than going after people exposing your sins.

Last year Ergun Caner sued the blogger behind the blog “Witness Unto Me” for “copyright infringement” since they loaded up a video of Caner lecturing the US Marines on Islam.  Legally any talks given to the military that is recorded is now government property and one can not claim it as their own under the basis for a copy right.  It is also legally available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.  The courts recently threw out Caner lawsuit since he lack any standing for his case.

Now both videos of Caner’s talks to the Marines are available online.

The video snippet of one of them is pretty sad:

I’m a Marine Combat Veteran myself and I don’t appreciate his vulgarity and lack of professionalism.  When he jokes profanely and say “Did you think I would talk like a professor?” a courageous Marine said outloud “Yes.”  If his speech is even too much for Marines and cussing sailors (Marine’s “medics” are from the Navy, and are not Marines) you know there’s a problem.

Everything he is recorded as saying is not helpful for Marines in Combat Zone, playing on Muslim and Middle Eastern sterotypes.  His prejudice does not help Marines in real world, real time operations in this age of modern warfare’s complexities with Civil affairs, hearts-and-minds operation and the “Three Block War.”

I also think his ignorance of Islam is shown with his discussion of the Hadiths in minute 3:15 onwards.  There are no such thing as “Hadiths volume 9” or “Hadiths Book 52.”

He claims all these debates with Muslim apologists that are non-existent.

He even claim to have debated Michael Moore.  Google reveals nothing except for Caner claiming this.

He goes around in this video calling people names and other personal attacks such as calling people “fat,” and making fun of liberals, Canadians and Muslims.

There are no notes, he’s just giving a cheerleading speech that’s misinformed with lies of how he was going to be a terrorists even though his biography researched by others show otherwise.

Muslims are using this to give Christians a bad name.

And he continues with these lies.  His followers have said he has repented but I’m afraid they might not remember what repentance is.

As I have posted four years ago, I will post again my call for Ergun Caner to repent:

Ergun Caner: Remorse and Repentance vs. Remorse and Penance

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