Thursday Book Review – The Rescue

The past few weeks Kayliegh and I have been reading through the six-part book series The Truth Chronicles. I’ve been reading ahead, as I usually do, as I’ve found there are parts of any book that a 7-year-old is not ready for. This week I finished the third book, titled The Rescue. I’ve found that this book series just gets better and better, filled with excitement, adventure, science, apologetics, and evangelism.

In the third book, the friends make a daring rescue and bring a fifth person along with them on their next trip back in time. A third member of the four-person teen team comes to faith in Christ, leaving one lone friend still holding out. This book brings apologetics face to face with evangelism, while bringing the flood of Noah into the mix. There’s also more discussion of astronomy, which is yet another scientific field where Creationists have made some pretty fantastic points against evolutionism.

With a surprise ending that warms the heart, this is my favorite book so far in the book series. I’m so thankful that the writers put the Gospel into each book, while also answers more and more of the questions and refutations against the Bible. It’s as if they took the Answers Book series and turned it into a grand adventure! I can imagine no better way for young people to be encouraged to share their faith, educated about Creation, and equipped to answer evolutionists. I highly recommend this book to all youth groups, young people, or adults who work with children. This would be a great summer read for teens and preteens, or mature younger children. I haven’t had this much fun reading since my first time through Pilgrims Progress. You can find book three here, and the full set here. I pray these books are a blessing to you, beloved! As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Wednesday Testimony – Frank Jenner

Below, dear ones, is a short video detailing the amazing life and impact of Frank Jenner the George Street Evangelist. Often times we can become discouraged, and grow weary of doing good. If you’re anything like me, it can be particularly frustrating with lost family and friends. Most of the time, and for good reason, we’re not shown the fruit of our labors. First, and foremost, everything we do is to glorify God and make Him known. So He receives glory whether we see the fruit or not, like Mr. Jenner. Secondly, how easily tempted are we by pride when we often see the difference made by our obedience? Beloved, success is not numbers, success is obedience to God.

I pray this testimony is a blessing to you all! If you listened to Frank Jenner’s story and realized that you are ‘playing the hypocrite’ like one of the men Jenner witnesses to, please repent of your sins and ask God for forgiveness. Put your faith in Christ alone, who lived a sinless life and was crucified in our place, bearing the wrath we deserved, paying the sin debt owed.

As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Defense Against Twisting Scripture

Beloved every Tuesday we talk about a verse in the Bible that’s been twisted, taken out of context, or misused in one way or another. How do we determine what the context is of a verse? Why can’t we all just interpret like the pragmatists do, like the liberal theologians suggest, reading out of the Bible whatever we want? The greatest defense against twisting scripture is good hermeneutics.

Hermeneutics is how we interpret the Bible, and it is sadly missing from many churches. I would love to see churches gathering together any day of the week to study how to interpret the Bible accurately. Until that day comes, here is a 15 part lecture series by Dr. Rosscup at The Masters Seminary covering hermeneutics.

There are few things as important as this, God has spoken and millions are using His Words to justify their own belief rather than bending their belief to Gods Word. We need to continue to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, as I encourage you all daily, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part IV

Today, dear ones, we’re going to continue our series through the flood of Noah. Last week we talked about the legends found all over the world that reference a global deluge. Today we’re going to discuss the layers of rocks that were laid down by the flood. Like with our previous series on the molecular machines, I hope this information glorifies God in His majesty, while encouraging you all to have confidence in the inerrant Word of God.

This clip summarizes everything I was going to type out in this article. It’s well said, and with a much cooler accent than my Texas twang!

We see rock layers laid down all over the world, with two clashing world views disputing how they got there. Both groups of scientists, secular and creation, are looking at the same information but coming to vastly different conclusions. A secularist looks at rock layers and repeats what was suggested a couple hundred years ago, that the layers take deep time to build up to what we see today. Creation scientists suggest that these layers we see today were laid down by a global flood. Now, for full disclosure, many secular geologists have come to the conclusion that rock layers do not need deep time, while some Old Earth Creationists still suggest they do. This is not a black and white issue, but it’s very encouraging to see so many scientists across the board re-examining all the evidence, particularly in light of Mt. Saint Helens. While it’s clear, and obvious, that many of these layers which span continents were laid down by water based on their makeup, old beliefs die hard. Many who are not geologists, but we’re taught rock layers take long periods of time in school, continue to hold to their faulty belief simply for lack of research into the subject.

We need to remember that science is always changing, but Gods Word never will. When we lean on the truth of God’s Word, we know that we have built our house on the rock. We often forget how many times secular scientists have set themselves up against the Bible, and been wrong. From astronomy to geology, and even archeology, Gods Word stand the test of time. If you’re reading this and it’s the first time you’ve heard that science has not proven Gods Word wrong, then please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Understand, friend, that Gods Word is inerrant, and it tells each and everyone of us that we’ve sinned against a very real God. You should know that God counts lust as adultery, and hatred as murder. Liars will have their place in the lake of fire, and no idolator will inherit the kingdom of God. God was not willing that any should parish, so He condescended to become man. God the Creator entered His creation, sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. After living a sinless life He went to the cross of Calvary, and had the wrath of God stored up from our sins poured out on Him. Now, if we will humble ourselves, repent of our sins turning away from them, ask God to forgive us for those sins, put our faith in Jesus Christ, then God will input Christ’s righteousness, from His sinless life, to us. That means when we face God on Judgment Day He can declare the sin debt we owe ‘Paid In Full’. This truly is Good News, and Amazing Grace!

If you want more technical details on this subject I recommend this Lecture. Next Monday we’ll talk about the fossils and what they mean for the flood. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns of the Past – A Broken Heart, my God, my King

I had sweet fellowship this morning with saints who stood together, with the lights on, and lifted up their voices together in praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s. I spent year after year having private moments of worship in darkened church pews, where I mostly tried to sing as loud as I could to get as much glory for myself as I could. Fog machines and laser shows can hold no torch next to the church coming together in unity to offer up a sweet hymn to the one we are all eternally grateful for. Oh friends, what a day it will be when we gather together, from every tribe, tongue, and nation, to praise the Lord our God! I pray this Hymn blesses you all, and please remember our brother Pastor Jim in your prayers as he has begun his missions trip! God bless you all, and as always, my beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A broken heart, my God, my King,

Is all the sacrifice I bring;

The God of grace will ne’er despise

A broken heart for sacrifice.

My soul lies humbled in the dust

And owns Thy dreadful sentence just;

Look down, O Lord, with pitying eye

And save the soul condemned to die.

Then will I teach the world Thy ways;

Sinner shall learn Thy sov’reign grace;

I’ll lead them to my Savior’s blood,

And they shall praise a pard’ning God.

O may Thy love inspire my tongue;

Salvation shall be all my song,

And all my pow’r shall join to bless

The Lord, my Strength and Righteousness.

– Isaac Watts

Series on Logic Part 7 – No True Scotsman

In continuing to work through logical fallacies, beloved, today we’re going to discuss the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy. We’ve been going through these fallacies, as you know if you’ve been keeping up with this series, to edify and encourage the body of Christ. There’s two ways I hope to do that. First, by showing you how nonbelievers will use illogical arguments when you share the Gospel with them. Second, that you understand what a logical fallacy is so that you don’t get caught using them. With this particular fallacy I regrettably admit that it’s often used by all sides of every debate, including Christians.

Last week a received a comment with the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy within it. In that comment I was told, to paraphrase, ‘real’ scientists don’t accept the evidence creationists accept. Another example of this fallacy goes something like this “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge”, one Scotsman says to another. His friend answers “Well, Hamish puts sugar in his porridge.” So instead of admitting he was wrong, the first man responds “oh, but no real Scotsman puts sugar in his porridge.” This is also known as the ‘Appeal to Purity’ fallacy, and you’ll often hear Christians put it like this, “no real Christian goes to that church.”

We need to be careful of anything arbitrary, friends. We should neither allow others we debate with, or allow ourselves, to make statements that can easily be turned around. I’ll just turn around the three examples I gave in the last paragraph to give you a better idea of what I mean. No real Scotsman eats his porridge without sugar. No real scientist ignores evidence of creation. No real Christian goes to any other type of church. We need to make meaningful statements, backed by scripture, as we have the hope for a dying world. No one hides a lamp under a basket! Don’t muddy the Good News with arbitrary claims. Gods Word is powerful, His Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

Dear ones, so long as we share our faith, we will come up against angry, aggressive, or worse, apathetic nonbelievers. Understanding logic, and the fallacies commonly issued, will help us not to lose courage. If you’ve heard your not a ‘real‘ something or other within a conversation, don’t feel so bad! Not only is that a fallacy, but it’s also the least of our concerns, remember we’re just passing through here. We’re sojourning, making our way to the Celestial City! To hear on that day ‘well done, good and faithful servant!’ So then, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Contest

Last week, dear ones, I reviewed a book series Kayliegh and I had started. We managed to finish the second book this week, they’re not very long. The Contest is the second book in the six book series ‘The Truth Chronicles’ written by AiG’s Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook. The book series centers around four teens, one of which is a creationist.

In book two one of the three unbelieving friends becomes a Christian, and I particularly liked how the fruit of their salvation was focused on. While the teen has now bowed the knee to Christ, they still aren’t sure about creationism. In this book the four teens come up with a contest that involves returning to the same time period in the past as they did in the first book. There they’ll review what they would expect to find if Evolution or Creation were true.

The book ends in a cliff hanger, and we’re very excited to start the third book. One thing that I commented about last week was the puppy love in the first book. There was next to none of that in the second book so there were no googalie-eyed paragraphs that needed to be skipped for Kayliegh’s sake. However, what was present in this second book was more apologetics, particularly in regards to Jax’s anger at God due to the death of his father. They also answer more questions often brought up by evolutionism. I highly recommend this book series to youth groups, or any young adult in your life. It has a high focus on science, integrity, hard work, and Christian Creationism. You can find the full series here or this book here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.