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Purposeful Apologetics

#Apologetics #CreationScience

Beloved, do you know what apologetics means? When I first heard someone claiming to be an Apologetic I thought it meant they were apologizing for Christianity. The word actually comes from the Greek word apologia which means “speaking in defense.” All Christians should consider themselves Apologists if they have ever spoken in defense of the hope they have.

Unfortunately, some Christians do not defend the faith purposefully, and without meaning to can do more harm than good. I’ve found the same to be true in many roles in life, such as parenting. If we are not being purposeful parents, thinking clearly and laying out standards and boundaries for our children, they can become confused. When we found out I was pregnant my husband and I set about deciding how we wanted to parent. That purposeful parenting has helped ensure we’re both on the same page and has given our daughter stability and confidence.



I am also a purposeful wife, and like Proverbs 31 depicts so elegantly, I am purposeful in how I run our household. My husband is a Respiratory Therapist, he is purposeful in everything he does at work, with that he is also a full-time student and is able to better balance his school work with his home life and work life. When we fellowship with members of the body of Christ we are purposeful to edify and not tear down. The same needs to be said when we evangelize the lost, our apologetics must be like a well thought out essay.

Today is a day of 144 characters, short, pithy social media posts, written to a generation who typically only reads the title of articles rather than the article itself. How do we give good apologetics to a hashtag crowd? We do it with purpose, we do it in love, with kindness, and mercy towards the lost. There is so much more to apologetics than who’s right and who’s wrong. Christianity is the religion of freedom, for the opening spiritually blind eyes. When Christ told the Jews in John 8:31-33 that if they continued in truth the truth would set them free they were confused. They answered that they were not enslaved to anyone.


This is the attitude of the world, they do not know they are enslaved to sin, they do not know where the depression, anxiety, self-hatred, anger, and fear of death come from. When we tell others about God’s law and about Christ’s sacrifice, we need to remember these two important factors;

  1. Only the Holy Spirit can draw someone to repentance and He blows where He wishes.
  2. Christianity is not on the line, right and wrong is not on the line, the souls of the lost are on the line.

A purposeful Apologetic is a loving, thought-provoking, instructive, kind message given from a prayerful believer to a non-believer in all meekness and humbleness at heart. I encourage you, brethren, do not hide behind a lack of knowledge or experience, equip yourselves, for the warfare is not flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places. As always friends be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Rare Second Post – EXIT

#EXIT #LivingWaters #RayComfort

Hello beloved, I’m doing the rare second post today to share this amazing video from LivingWaters with Ray Comfort. It’s extremely powerful, if you’ve suffered from depression or if you have friends or family members that do, please watch and share!

Book Review – On the Incarnation by Athanasuis

#Athanasius #BookReview


I love this book, Athanasius (A fourth-century church father) is explaining Christ was fully man, yet fully God, and he begins where every good apologist begins, the creation. I have been so blessed by the Historical Theology lectures I wrote about here, not just by the lectures but also by the reading material suggested. Books, and believers, I’ve never even heard of, like Athanasius of Alexandria.

In this book, he is essentially addressing the atheist, agnostic, and heretic of his day. The shocking thing is to realize not much has changed in those areas. As Solomon wisely noted, there is nothing new under the sun. The attack of the enemy on the truth of Gods Word is the same, it merely gets renamed from generation to generation.

It’s fascinating as well to see how the early church viewed Christ’s deity. I recommend this book for anyone studying church history, church fathers, or Christ’s deity. This book is in the public domain, which means you can find a copy of it online or you can purchase a relatively low-cost Kindle version, and it’s also available in audio book for free. Be blessed beloved, and as always, be good Bereans studying to show yourselves approved!

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.i.html

Wednesday- Jesus Teaches

#John8:1-2 #JesusTeaches

I’m going to take a break for a few weeks from our usual Wednesday testimony to encourage the brethren in a different way. Here recently I stumbled into a conflict within the church that was being handled very poorly by some. As a young believer I was greatly discouraged to see men, old enough to know better, treating elders in the church shamefully, and on social media, for all to see. It sent me where discouragement always sends me, to prayer and study.

God once again encouraged me through His Word, and in my times of praying for these men, I was reminded that they are just that…men. Fallible men will discourage where an infallible God will encourage. And so today I want to talk about a verse that particularly encouraged me during my study. John 8: 1-2


Can you imagine what it must have been like to sit and listen to Him teach? And yet, His earthly ministry was short, eternity is everlasting. This verse encouraged me by reminding me that the things of this world are passing away, the discouragement will come to an end, and eternity will be spent in His glorious majesty. I wonder if we’ll have the chance to sit and hear Him teach? Until then let us hang on every word that was written, for in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh!

One more thing, brethren, slander, and gossip are sins. I’m grieved to see it taken so lightly by so many, let that not be said of you and I. We are to seek peace where it is at all possible. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved!

Twisted Tuesday – The Vanity Fair Church

#TwistedTuesday #SeekerSensitive

Beloved, I’m going to discuss something that many others have addressed already. It needs to be repeated, then repeated again, until Christ comes back. The church does not meet on the Lords day to entertain the goats. The church does not meet any day of the week to entertain the goats. John 3:16 is the scripture being taken out of context, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.


What is happening in modern churches today is that shepherds are starving the sheep to feed the goats, believing they should bring the whole world in. Rather than expounding Gods Word, exhorting believers, edifying the body, and growing in grace and knowledge, they are busy being ‘relevant’. Why would the church ever feel the need to compete with the world, when friendship with the world is enmity with God? This stems from the desire to have the approval of man rather than the approval of God. It’s also the reason why the back door of these churches are as busy as the front door because the church can not out world the world.

We are supposed to be separate from the world, in it but not of it. The idea of ‘seeker sensitive’ churches needs to be deconstructed. Whom are the seekers? Christ said all those who seek Him will He in no ways cast out. He also said that His sheep hear His voice. Are goats the seekers then? Of course not, the unbelievers filling the churches would sue if they heard a sermon on sin. But Christ told people to go and sin no more, seekers are sheep that know His voice.


What then is the benefit of bringing a mass of unbelievers into a service and entertaining them? They never hear the gospel or repentance, thus they go without salvation. I see two benefits of running a church in this manner, praise for the pastor, and cash in the collection plate. We are called to neither of these ends. Are these ‘churches’ really just the blind leading the blind?

I have a family member who will not hear the gospel or step foot in a church because he believes they are all just businesses making money. This is the danger of setting aside the great commission, to sell our soul and gain the world. In the end, the world will reject them, the gospel is smeared, Gods name is blasphemed, and the sheep go unfed. Please brethren, encourage your pastor and elders to uphold the Word of God and reject the Vanity Fair Church.

As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

The Heavens Declare – Jupiter

#CreationScience #SolarSystem

Next in our series through the solar system is Jupiter, the king of the planets, and the first gas planet in our series.

Jupiter is five times further out from the sun! It’s the largest planet, and as such it’s only fitting that it has the biggest moon in our Solar System. Ganymede, one of Jupiters 69 known moons, is actually larger than Mercury. We could do a full series on just the moons of Jupiter, they are fascinating!


Jupiter is a gas planet and as such, theoretically, you could pass right through it without ever hitting land, although a minority of astronomers have suggested a rocky core. As big as it is, it still manages to spin rapidly, with a 10-hour rotation.


The clearest and most obvious fact about Jupiter that disputes the secular models for creation is its energy output. As I already mentioned, Jupiter is really far from the sun. However, it still puts out twice as much energy as it receives. If it were millions, or even billions of years old, it would be old, cold, and dead. It’s external heat, and energy output, make it impossible for Jupiter to be 4.5 billion years old. There is no model from evolutionism that can explain this enigma.


What was Gods purpose in creating Jupiter? I think we’ve been able to see in recent years that God’s sovereign purpose for creating this magnificent planet was for the protection of His people. Jupiter often catches comets in its orbit, as we’ve seen, effectively destroying objects that could be disastrous¬†for life on Earth. It also shows Gods majesty, His creativity, and His sovereignty as Jupiter is a bright part of the sky that’s for signs, seasons, and times.


I hope you are still enjoying our trip through the Solar System, and as always beloved friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymn

#Hymn

Breth-ren we have met to wor-ship and a-dore the Lord our God; Will you pray with all your pow-er, while we try to preach the Word? All is vain un-less the Spir-it of the Ho-ly One comes down; Breth-ren, pray, and ho-ly man-na will be show-ered all a-round.

Breth-ren, see poor sin-ners round you slum-bering on the brink of woe; Death is com-ing, hell is mov-ing–can you bear to let them go? See our fa-thers and our moth-ers and our chil-dren sink-ing down; Breth-ren, pray, and ho-ly man-na will be show-ered all a-round.

Sis-ters, will you join and help us? Mo-ses’ sis-ter aid-ed him; Will you help the trem-bling mourn-ers who are strug-gling hard with sin? Tell them all a-bout the Sav-ior– tell them that He will be found; Sis-ters, pray, and ho-ly man-na will be show-ered all a-round.

Let us love our God su-preme-ly, let us love each oth-er too; Let us love and pray for sin-ners till our God makes all things new. Then He’ll call us home to heav-en, at His ta-ble we’ll sit down;Christ will gird Him-self and serve us with sweet man-na all a-round. 

By: George Askins