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Here’s a comment/question that a brother asked that others have recently asked me something similar so I thought I write a post so it help others too:

I realized I didn’t have a good understanding of this, but the physical act of church attendance isn’t exactly commanded but more so a manifestation/fruit of a believer, is that correct?  I’m referencing to Acts 2:42

The brother made a good observation.  Some further thoughts:


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Joel James. Help! I Can’t Handle All These Trials. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, September 26, 2014. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book concerning how to handle the trials of life?  This counseling “mini-books” is immensely helpful with this issue.  I have previously read four booklets from this series and this title is also another good one from this series.  I highly recommend this volume.


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Going to take a break from our Sunday Church series to write this post in light of everything going on in America with the issue of police, race and rioting.

Remember in the next few days you are going to see and hear a lot of things from others that can be better worded or nuanced.  We got to practice a lot of grace at this time.  You will very likely see wrongs and evil done from all sides of the political spectrum.  Yes you can call them out.

But be very careful of saying “All ___ are like that” or “Every ____ is _____.”

Please be very careful of this kind of thinking at this time.

Christians should be careful of such fallacious thinking in general.  Christians should especially be careful of this kind of fallacy at this time.

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Edit: If you like this book check out our review of volume 5!

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 #4: The Mummy With No Name. New York, NY: Papercutz, January 28th 2019. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for more fun with the mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his family and friends?  This is my favorite volume out of four thus far in the “Geronimo Stilton Reporter” series published by Papercutz.


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Wow I guest I accidentally scheduled two posts on the same day where one was suppose to be for today!  Back in the US, waiting in the airport.  It’s been a crazy 40 hours travel.  Basically fights were running late, planes were rescheduled and tickets stub didn’t match the terminal, etc.  I never had so many close calls where we were the last ones in our flights for some of our travel.

But the best part is the teaching.  And in that light we had it easier than some of those who came to the conference who literally risked their lives to travel to us.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by  Patrick of Cave to the Cross Apologetics. His site be found here.  It is a treasure trove of book discussions on sound biblical theology and apologetics.


That is the number of websites existed at the beginning of this year.

32.8 million.

That is the number of books you can buy from Amazon.

Today we are able to gorge ourselves in a feast of information that would have made the scholars in the Library of Alexandria faint from overload. We are more connected to different people. We are able to interact with different ideas and groups. We are able to access news from the other side of the world as it’s happening. We are able to access all that information while doing the most mundane activities from a small handheld device that would have been science fiction 30 years ago. We are gluttons for information.


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


Book(s) read:


Other tools:




Pictures of dinosaurs

Measuring tape


Learning Objectives:

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


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I left my laptop at church.  Realized how much I rely on it.  I’m talking about studying tools, all my sermon notes, lectures for overseas seminary and counseling outlines stored on the hardrive.


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Here is a collection of links on Presuppositional apologetics between May 8th-14th, 2019.

1.) Cross & Cross Radio: Atheists Know God Exists 2) Legal Weed? 3) FaceBook Purge

2.)Bible Contradiction? Who was Korah’s father?

3.) The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God



6.) “Everyone is an Atheist; We Just Deny One More God Than You…”

7.) Why I Believe in God: Objections Raised

8.) Francis Schaeffer died 35 years ago today (May 15, 1984) Here is one of my favorite posts inspired by him!!

9.) Review: Angry at God?


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend or that of another reblog here, still another reblog here, and a repost here.

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Reblogging as I’m on a time Crunch!

The Domain for Truth

We have completed our three part Sunday mini-series on Sunday questions concerning prayers for the church that is prompted from the Scripture in Colossians 1:9-12.

Here’s the table of contents from this series:

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics or links that those interested in Presuppositional apologetics would be interested in that have been gathered from September 1st-7th, 2018.

1.) Refuting Unguided Evolution

2.) Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Part 4: Chapter 2

3.) Former Youth Pastor turned Atheist gets a lesson on Objective Morality.

4.) It’s Impossible for Islam to be True: A Preuppositional Apologetics’ Examination

5.) Free E-Book: Lectures on Calvinism By Abraham Kuyper

6.) Part 3 of my D.Min. Proposal: Ministry Model


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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We at The Domain for Truth would like to express our sincerest gratitude to you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do an interview with us.  It was not too long ago that SLIMJIM and myself fellowshipped briefly together at the Shepherds’ Conference with Pastor Costi.  Lord willing we will meet you one day Pastor Anthony.

For those of you who may not know, Pastor Costi and Anthony’s ministry does not comprise mainly on the WOF and NAR movements.  Both men spend a considerable amount of their lives devoted to expository preaching and shepherding a local church.  To find out more about their church you can visit: https://missionbible.org/

If the Lord leads, I encourage you to surf their site and pray for them.  They are one of the many good ministries out there that are aggressively and actively trying to reach folks enslaved to the WOF and NAR movement with the Gospel of grace.

Well, let us begin.

1) In essence, what is the WOF and NAR Movement?  How vast of a presence do they have in the world?

The abbreviations stand for “Word of Faith” and “New Apostolic Reformation.” The WOF and NAR movements are similar in some ways and very distinct in others. They are similar in that many of the NAR leaders employ WOF theology in their teaching. A very basic summary of WOF theology is that you can use the power of “confession” to control your reality. In other words, just like you can confess your sins and confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9), you can also use the power of confession to confess a job promotion, perfect health, or a Bentley. Ultimately, WOF theology teaches that you are in control. This is where the NAR employs it. The NAR is a movement that teaches the office of “Apostle” is back and bigger than ever. They teach that modern day apostles are going to be running the modern day church. They teach that modern day apostles are “taking dominion” (much like WOF) over the earth and able to restore peace and prosperity through their authority and special gifts. The NAR believes that its adherents should be receiving direct revelation from God, performing miracles like raising the dead and growing people’s limbs, and doing these things and more on a daily basis at will. Even though it is clear in Scripture that the Holy Spirit is the only one who gives people the gifts “of the Spirit,” the NAR charges tuition and promises to teach people how to do signs and wonders. They also offer people the chance to pay money to become an “apostle.” These movements have a vast influence across the globe because people are desperate for the two things they falsely promise: peace and prosperity. Only Jesus can fulfill the deepest needs of the human heart. They trample on His Gospel.

2) Is there any particular leaders from these two camps that are most concerning to you?  I ask this because usually false teachers are charismatic and are good with mixing some unsound views with sound views.  J.C. Ryle once said, “Beware of supposing that a teacher of religion is to be trusted, because although he holds some unsound views, he yet ‘teaches a great deal of truth.’ Such a teacher is precisely the man to do you harm: poison is always most dangerous when it is given in small doses and mixed with wholesome food.”

Bill Johnson, Lou Engle, Todd White, Kris Valloton, Che Ahn, Heidi Baker, Kenneth Copeland, Michael Koulianos, Daniel Kolenda, Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, and numerous others are the headliners. The music that the NAR has developed is topping #1 charts in Christian music as well. Bethel Music and Jesus Culture were both “birthed” out of Bethel Church and mentored by Bill Johnson. Hillsong is right in the same theological mix as these teachers and has historical roots in Word of Faith theology. The fact that this movement has infiltrated the most mainstream avenues of Christianity should be deeply concerning to any Christian who cares about the Gospel.

3) Do both these camps distort the Gospel?  If so, how?  It is a legalistic message?  Do they deny penal substitution or any core doctrines of Christianity?

The best way to sum it up is by using Bill Johnson’s own words. On page 29 of his book, When Heaven Invades Earth, he writes, ““He (Jesus) performed miracles, wonders, and signs, as a man in right relationship to God . . .not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us.” Further on in his book (pages 87-88) he writes that, “He [Jesus] laid His divinity aside (see Phil 2:5–7) as He sought to fulfill the assignment given to Him by the Father.” This is outright heresy and is rooted in Kenotic Theory. No biblical theologian would ever sign off on these as orthodox, Christian beliefs. This flies in the face of what the Bible teaches about Jesus and His divinity. That being said, the NAR has to teach this or else they could not promote their supernatural schools or make money on people who believe they can become apostles. This belief system also lays the perfect foundation for their false claims that they are raising the dead, doing daily miracles, and living exactly as Jesus did.

4) What primary sources can believers go to in order to inspect their beliefs?  For orthodox believers we have confessions and statement of faiths.  Do they have something liken to that?

That’s precisely the problem. There beliefs are listed in ways that align with some historical orthodox beliefs so it can be difficult to spot. They do their damage through their books and sermons. Even orthodox creeds and confessions get used because the NAR will say they believe on those confessions too. For example, www.icaleaders.com is a site where people can become members of the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders. On their “beliefs” page, they affirm Nicene Creed, Apostles Creed, and Lausanne Covenant. While this is an example of NAR material, there is no one statement and website that governs all of their beliefs and activities. There are numerous subgroups that have nuanced differences. It’s a perfect example of 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 in that they claim to be truth speakers but they are deceivers. Paul writes, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”

5) Do you recommend any books or resources that can help people defend the faith from these dangerous movements?

We wrote a book called, Defining Deception, in an effort to coalesce material and save people time. We read well over a dozen books (nearly half of those were by Bill Johnson and Kris Valloton from Bethel). We listened to countless hours of heretical sermons. We spoke with numerous followers of the NAR and some of their “up and comers” who told us we were “touching the Lord’s anointed” by writing the book. Defining Deception was written for the average Christian who does not have a master’s in theology but wants to grow and be challenged in theological discernment. Other books would most certainly include: A New Apostolic Reformation by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec and Strange Fire by John MacArthur.

6) What is the goal of the NAR Movement?  How can the church best prepare for them?

To usher in the kingdom of God by using their “apostolic authority” to heal, restore, and bring peace and prosperity on the earth. They see themselves infiltrating the highest places of society – including government. The church can best prepare by admitting there is an issue, then getting educated on the issue, and studying the Scriptures in order to know the truth.

7) Do they need to be evangelized?

Yes. We should always evangelize lost people. God is control of awakening their dead hearts, but we are in control of obeying! You never know who God will save through your evangelistic efforts.

8) Is it wrong for influential Christian leaders to be associating with them in conferences/events (e.g. IHOP, 110th anniversary of Pentecostal Azuza revival) together? 

In short, it’s not ok. No matter what the intention of influential Christian leaders, it confuses people who are weaker in their understanding and faith. Unless an influential leader is going to speak at a conference and call out sin and call the conference to repentance, it’s not a good idea to be mixing in with false teachers. We provided some in depth answers to this question in Defining Deception. The chapter is called, “The Shady World of Stage Sharing.”

9) Pastor Costi, recently your uncle: Benny Hinn, broadcasted from FB live (https://www.facebook.com/BennyHinnMinistries/videos/10156198529666450/).  Apparently he apologizes for teaching the prosperity message.  What are your thoughts on that?

Remorse isn’t repentance. The Scriptures are clear on that. Judas was remorseful when the implications of his horrendous betrayal hit him. Zacchaeus was repentant when he became aware of his sin. He went back and tried to make things right – paying back people and doing what he could to own up to his deception and exploitation of people. I hope my uncle will do the latter and blow us all away at how God can change anyone.

10) Why are you men passionate about rescuing people from these movements?

Because it’s what Christians do and what pastors are commanded to do! 2 Timothy 4:1-5. We actually believe what we are preaching and that impacts the way we live. There is no other purpose – or greater purpose – than living for the glory of Christ. This includes contending for the faith (Jude 3). Right now, the church must stand up for the truth like it always has when wolves seek to slaughter the sheep.

Well, this is the wrap-up of this very important meeting with these dear brothers. We thank you, Pastor Anthony and Costi for standing up for the truth in a day where compromise seems to be the norm.  May we pray for more godly saints to rise up and proclaim the Gospel in a dark and confusing world.  Sola scriptura! 


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This is a must listen to podcast from my brother Darrell  B. Harrison.  You can listen to it here: JT 23 ‘MLK 50 Conference’ – Just Thinking Podcast.

Here are some notes I took down that maybe of help:

  • The conference was condescending and divisive.
  • Liberation theology, critical race theory, and cultural Marxism are driving the narrative for racial reconciliation.  These terms need to be defined because discernment is lacking.
  • Folks are treating MLK Jr. as someone who died in Golgotha rather than in the hotel.  Not trying to be facetious but folks are treating him as the moral figure to be looked upon for morality.  The concerning degree we are seeing is that folks are emphasizing the priority of moralism rather regeneration.
  • Language without context is gibberish.  Terms need to be defined.
  • White guilt trip needs to stop.  What more do you want these white pastors to say that Jesus has not already said? Sin by proxy is what we are seeing with this white guilt narrative.  Whites are being accused for sins that they did not commit or condoned.  But since you look like them we are going to impart their sin to you by proxy.  So now you are a transgressor by skin color.
  • Someone can use the same word but not mean the same thing.  So the use of justice differs from others.  For example, Surah 16:90 from the Koran uses justice too.  If justice is what maters then why not follow the Koran equally to what the Bible says?  You can’t have a concept of justice apart from objective and absolute standard.  Biblical justice not only deals with outward manifestation of equity and fairness but a fruit of heart regeneration, or to put it succinctly: salvation.  For the Koran, justice is moralism that is apart from salvation.  Psalm 89:14, ” Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”
  • There are folks out there expecting people to practice this righteousness all the time which they can’t.
  • Behavioral eisegesis or soteriological eisegesis is arrogant.  My sins were nailed to the cross but yours were not is what is being seen here.
  • There is a double-standard when it comes to sin of racism being played out as the narrative from MLK50.
  • So many people preaching freedom from white man’s oppression, structural oppression, institutional oppression, social injustices, rather than from the kingdom of darkness.



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From two years ago; thinking through training pastors overseas

The Domain for Truth

Lord willing this week I want to write several posts on training pastors and leaders for the churches overseas especially in areas that are considered frontiers missions field.  For those interested you might also want to read my post from last year titled “Thoughts on Teaching Systematic Theology Overseas in A Missions Context.”

green berets illustration missions theological education

I appreciate blogger Dan Cartwright, a former Green Beret and career soldier.  I’m using an illustration from his world that I think is helpful in describing the need and means of bringing theological education to local national pastors in the context of frontiers missions.

US Special Forces (Green Berets) must not be confused with Special Operation Forces.  Here’s how Wikipedia describe the missions of US Special Forces (Green Beret):

The primary mission of the Army Special Forces is to train and lead unconventional warfare (UW) forces, or a clandestine guerrilla force in an occupied nation

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The focus of this post is not for the purpose of debating the salvation of Billy Graham or the success he garnered, but a post to bring another perspective concerning the dangerous pitfalls of ecumenism (*[for this context] “an ideology that desires unity among all Christian (and those who claim to be “Christian”) churches or denominations with opposing views) that flew under Biblical scrutiny. The meandering/liberal seductions have caused evangelicals to undermine the authority of Christian belief and practice. The problem is that Graham was charitable to Roman Catholicism (*RCC believes justification by works, sacraments, the idolatry of Mary, mass, purgatory) and liberal (*did not believe all Scripture to be the authoritative Word of God, denied penal, substitutionary atonement) Protestant churches. Let me be clear, it is different when you invite unbelievers to attend the crusade with the intention of being saved. But it is a different story when you accept others as believers when they hold onto heterodox beliefs (i.e. justification by works, inclusivism, wider-mercy). And to collaborate with religious leaders that oppose the essentials of Christianity is not only hazardous but sinful because the Bible warns about being unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14).


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