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With so much going on in 2020 I thought it be good this afternoon I post a second post with something more devotional with focusing and loving Jesus.

Charles H. Spurgeon. Effective Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 24th 2015. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

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Are you in deep admiration of Jesus?  This booklet by Horatius Bonar is meant to warm our hearts to be at awe and worship of Jesus.  This pamphlet looks at John 21:25 which the beginning of the booklet quotes from the King James Version: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”  Bonar wants the readers to know that the works in Scripture we have are just “specimens” of what Christ has done; now Bonar avoid being speculative and saying things that are unbiblical since I know one can go off the deep end talking about things beyond Scripture; but Bonar’s point is that we should not miss the duty to marvel at Christ more knowing that there’s so much more He has done and accomplished during His earthly ministry.  To the end that the author wants one to love Jesus more and admire Him, I think this short work is worth its gold and packs its punch.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Rioters to Be Saved in Christ.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for people affected by Hurricanes.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Reach out to someone struggling with mental health.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray people don’t get sick with the virus at Church

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Enoch die?

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

Yes

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.’” (Hebrews 11:13)

 

No

Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 11:5)

 

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

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John Blanchard.  Ultimate Questions.  Webster, NY: Evangelical Press, June 1st 1992. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

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Looking for an evangelistic booklet that is simple for unbelievers to understand but also something more than a brief track?  You might consider this booklet written by British Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author name John Blanchard.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Why did God turn the sundial back ten degrees?

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

As a sign that he would heal Hezekiah’s boil

‘Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. 8 Now Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day?” 9 Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?” 10 So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.” 11 Isaiah the prophet cried to the Lord, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.” (2 Kings 20:7-11)

 

As a sign that he would defend the city against the Assyrians

“‘Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5 “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’ 7 “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He has spoken: 8 Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.’” (Isaiah 38:4-8)

 

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

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Share a Link to an nonbeliever to your church online service.

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

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Effective Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 24th 2015. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

How can you pray more biblically and powerfully?  This booklet is Spurgeon’s sermon on Job 23:3-4 on the topic of praying effectively.  Since 2016 I started reading a number of sermons by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and have desired to read more of his writings so here I am in 2020 still being edified by the content of his preaching.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When was the woman who touched Jesus’s robe cured?

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

She was cured the instant she touched Jesus’s robe.

‘A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” (Mark 5:25-29)

“‘And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.”” (Luke 8:43-45)

She was cured within an hour after touching Jesus’s robe.

“‘And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.’” (Matthew 9:20-22)

 

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Can God be found through reason alone?

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

Yes.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

No.

“‘Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?’” (Job 11:7)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Are those who obey the law cursed?

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

Those who follow the law are cursed.

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”” (Galatians 3:10)

Those who do not follow the law are cursed.

“‘Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’” (Deuteronomy 27:26)

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

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am busy today teaching class online for seminary students overseas.  This is by Robert Chamberlain.  His blog be found here, here and here!  Yes he blogs in three places!  Go check out his page and give his blogs a follow!

If I was to ask you what the gospel is, what would you say? It’s good news yes, but what is the good news of the gospel? If you say that to come to Jesus you will be healthy, wealthy and happy; that is not the Biblical gospel, it is a false teaching.

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RC Sproul. Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, January 17th 2017. 262 pp.

4 out of 5

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Evangelical Christians would say sinners can be saved by placing their faith in Christ apart from their own works yet is this doctrine biblical and also important?  The late Christian theologian and apologist RC Sproul answered these two questions and other related to it in his book Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification.  I received a copy of this book from Shepherd’s Conference for pastors, and then I saw a blogger friend shared a review of this book which prompted me to dig it up and read it.  I wasn’t disappointed; I was blessed to have read it!  What stood out to me is Sproul’s ability to handle with care what is Rome’s actual position and then accurately respond to its doctrines both biblically and theologically.  It is a good example of scholarship and also handling the opposition well.

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