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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for those who lost someone in their family this year.

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Fatherhood

Various Authors. Fatherhood.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 20, 2014. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

What does the Bible have to say about fatherhood and also what are the insights of various historic Protestant preachers and pastors have from the Bible on fatherhood?  This booklet is a great resource for that.  It was originally an issue from the Free Grace Broadcaster from 2014 but the truth found in its pages is timeless.  There’s various compiled writings from John Calvin, A.W Pink, Richard Baxter, William Gurnall and Thomas Watson.  This is my second Free Grace Broadcaster I read.  The earlier one I read was on Messianic Prophecies.  Like the first one this particular booklet too was a spiritual delight!

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did God command the Israelites to make him burnt offerings?

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

Christians should not pray in public.

“5 “And when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But as for you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5-6)

Christians should pray in public.

“So they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 But I knew that You always hear Me; nevertheless, because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”” (John 11:41-42)

“Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and dispute.” (1 Timothy 2:8)

(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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For this week’s “Wee-kids” Wednesdays here’s a review of a Christian children’s book.

I Belong Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer One for Children

Joyce Holstege.  I Belong: Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer One for Children.  Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, October 4th, 2022. 46 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Reformed Free Publishing Association

Are you looking for a children’s picture book that goes over biblical truths for children to learn about God, Jesus and the Bible especially from a biblical perspective?  If so this book is for you.  It is a devotional explanation of the Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer 1 which raises the question “What is Thy Only comfort in Life and Death?”  It is meant for ages four to eight to be read by the parents or older children.  I appreciate that the publishers Reformed Free Publishing Association printed a resource for families such as this title.  I enjoyed this so much I do wish the author, illustrator and publisher would consider publishing other books like this one on other Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answers.

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Establish the need: Does Genesis 22 point us towards Christ?

Purpose: We will consider how Genesis 22 anticipates the Messiah is Jesus.

  • The threat to the Messianic line teaches us to have faith in God’s promises
  • There are messianic typologies
  • To appreciate how this chapter is a type pointing to Christ

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As I mentioned in a previous post some weeks ago I have been excited to travel once again overseas to teach the Bible.

I just Completed the Outlines for my upcoming Overseas Trip Teaching on Biblical Parenting.

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Quick note before I get to my book reviews: WordPress notified me that I’ve been blogging on here for 16 years!

Two book reviews below: I found the first one to minister more to the heart than the second; but the second was helpful with making readers consider many other issues related to single parents.

help im a single mom

Carol Trahan.  Help! I’m a Single Mom.  Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, March 15, 2011. 60 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

While researching to teach a session on single parents I picked up this biblical counseling booklet to read and I found it very helpful.  The author is a biblical counselor and teacher for women’s conference.  She’s also a single mother and her story in the beginning of the booklet was sad and moving and would lead readers to appreciate her insight with her loss and tragedy.  As a pastor I thought this booklet went more for the heart rather than being practical about actions per se but this is very good and I as a pastor have several copies on hand ready to give out.  These biblical counseling booklets from Shepherds Press are such precious gold and their insights are very helpful and its wonderful that so much can be jammed packed in a small booklet of under sixty pages.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray any pastoral counseling today would be used by God.

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Revealed Apologetics

Recently Revealed Apologetics had a discussion on “Presuppositional Apologetics, Van Til, & Trinitarian Theology.”

The interview is with Dr. Lane Tipton.  He use to be a professor at Westminister Theological Seminary, was a student of the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen and is involved presently with teaching at Reformed Forum.  He has really specialized in the Trinity, Van Til, Theology Proper and apologetics.  I was blessed by his approach that hold to historic orthodox view and also all things Presuppositional Apologetics.  There’s some things that I probably come back to listen to again here.  So I’m having this on the blog for future reference for myself and others!

The video is below:

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What have you been reading lately?

Saul conversion

George Whitefield. Saul’s Conversion. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 11, 2020. 24 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

Can God use the persecution of Christians for the good of bringing nonbelievers to Christ?  Christians would know the right answer is yes yet many would not to be persecuted if they don’t have to be.  In this booklet famous preacher and evangelist George Whitefield wrote us something encouraging and edifying with a look at Saul and how God changed this man that persecuted the church to become an Apostle and incredible Gospel preacher name Paul.  While George Whitefield delivered us his words hundreds of years ago (he lived from 1714 to 1770) I think what he has to say is relevant for 21st Century believers as the world gets more secular and persecutions of Christians is on the rise worldwide.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ No One Is Neutral, No Not One – Ep.194 – Against All Opposition – Unbelievers Are Not Neutral And Christians Shouldn’t Be – Part 1

2.) Theonomoney Interview: Presuppositional Parenting

3.) Episode 8 – A Case for Presuppositional Apologetics (Part 4)

4.) Bible contradiction? Did God command the Israelites to make him burnt offerings?

5.) Apologetics: What and Why | Apologist Answers

6.) The Geographical Details of Old Testament’s Messianic Prophecies

7.) Always Ready: Chap. 16 Worldviews In Collision

8.) Genesis 49:8-12 is Messianic Prophecy

9.) Animals Minus Traits Equals Evolution?

Missed the last round up?  Check out the last post

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Establish the need: Did you know that within Genesis 49:8-12 there is a prediction of the coming Messiah?

Purpose: We will consider how Genesis 49:8-12 anticipates the Messiah is Jesus.

  1. Clues from context of Pentateuch
  2. Clues from within Genesis 49:8-12
  3. Clues from the Aramaic Targum
  4. Clues from the Rabbis

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did God command the Israelites to make him burnt offerings?

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

God commanded the Israelites to make him burnt offerings.

“We must go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God, just as He commands us.”” (Exodus 8:27)

“But Moses said, “You must also [a]let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, so that we may [b]sacrifice them to the Lord our God.” (Exodus 10:25)

“You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.” (Exodus 20:24)

“and you shall slaughter the ram and take its blood and sprinkle it around on the altar. 17 Then you shall cut the ram into its pieces, and wash its entrails and its legs, and put them with its pieces and its head. 18 And you shall offer up in smoke the whole ram on the altar; it is a burnt offering to the Lord: it is a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord.” (Exodus 29:16-18)

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“This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel says: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh. 22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them on the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Jeremiah 7:21-22)

(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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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray any pastoral counseling today would be used by God.

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Purpose: This session we will cover four points concerning the subject of bullies and dealing with bullies.

  • Realize your child will face bullies
  • What parents must do
  • Wrong responses of a child to bullying
  • Right responses of a child to bullying

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