Billy Graham on Sermons & Sermon Prep
“I asked, ‘John what was wrong tonight?’…He said, “Billy, you didn’t preach the cross. If you don’t preach the cross and the resurrection, you’ve got no gospel’… There are certain things that go into every evangelistic sermon…The cross and the resurrection have to be there. The fact that God loves them has to be there. The fact of sin has to be there; there has to be conviction of sin and righteousness and judgment…. The evangelist is using a rifle; the pastor can use a shotgun. The evangelist is accused of preaching the same sermon over and over—and that’s exactly what you ought to be doing. Not the same text and the same illustrations. But the sermon ought to be the same because the gospel is the same—if you’re doing the work of an evangelist. You’re preaching the gospel because there’s only one gospel.”
Breathing new life into dying churches
Even though the legacy church plant is not an easy road, we are seeing more and more successes with this model. Wornall Road Baptist Church in Kansas City is healthy, growing and has become a vital part of its community after pastor John Mark Clifton arrived to restart a decades-old congregation that dwindled to only a handful of weekly attenders. In New Orleans, a dozen church members in their 70s partnered with church planter James Welch to birth Harbor Community Church from the ashes of their dying church. First Baptist Church in Odessa, Fla., had not seen a baptism in years. They turned to Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., for help and now their baptismal waters are stirring on a regular basis once again.
It's Time to Leave the Presbyterian Church (USA)
If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination, or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave, now is the time to make your exit.
I have lived in chronic, debilitating pain for the majority of my adult years and am almost 60. R.C.has provided a clearer picture of what God has prepared for us. I am certain that to have Him wipe my tears away will be wonderful indeed. What a tender and compassionate Father we have. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelations 21:4
My God’s Not Dead! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
What Are the "All Things" Philippians 4:13 Says We Can Do? - Stand to Reason Blog
Yesterday I found out that my bank account was very low, and I knew that God has plans to prosper me (Jer. 29:11). So I began to pray over and over again, because I know that if I ask God often enough he'll grudgingly give me what I ask for (Luke 18:1-8). Then after prayer, I sat and waited to hear the still small voice of God to reveal how he would provide for me monetarily (1King 19:11-13). I fell asleep and had a dream, but I'll assume it was a vision from God given the circumstances, that I was a professional basketball player. So I went to the gym today to begin training for my future career in which I will point to the sky after every basket and thank God during every interview as if he ordained the victor of the game in favor of the team with the most faithful players. Anyway, I wasn't making many jump shots, or free throws. So it became apparent that God intend me to make my mark by dunking the ball. Now, at 52 years of age, and 5'10", dunking the ball is very unlikely, but I claimed Phil 4:13 and then dribbled as fast as I could toward the basket, took off just past the foul line and now I'm awaiting surgery to reattach the achillies tendon on my left foot.
WORLD | PCUSA redefines marriage | Andrew Branch | June 20, 2014
Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 371-238 to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages wherever legal, and 429-175 to amend the definition of marriage in its constitution.
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One-ton shark headed to Texas coast
(CNN) -- At 14 feet long and 2,300 pounds, it's only fitting that Katharine is heading for the land where everything is bigger.
White House Learned of Lerner's Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress
(CNSNews.com) - In sworn testimony Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that the IRS told the Obama administration about Lois Lerner's missing emails in April, six weeks before telling Congress, even though Congress had subpoenaed Lerner's emails as part of its investigation into the alleged muzzling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2010 election.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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Five Questions for Christians Who Believe the Bible Supports Gay Marriage
in regards to the slavery being spoken of in earlier comments, it was common in those days for those who owed a debt that they could sell themselves in to indentured servitude, this is what was being addressed. As far as why homosexuality is such a hot bed issue even thought it’s listed with other sins, it’s the movement to make it “okay” or “legal”…. if it’s like any other sin then when will murder, theft, pedophilia etc…. also become legal or tolerated, based on the argument “born that way” or they can’t help it? Of coarse the argument is the other sins actually hurt other people, (that is not the only basis for what God calls sin though), but only time will tell what the repercussions will be for the gay lifestyle/marriage. We are born into a sin nature, it’s my nature when someone cuts me off in traffic to want to rear end them… but do I ? no. Jesus was clear to have salvation we need to accept Him, repent of the sinful nature and follow him, which he says is to take up your cross daily… which is to die to yourself daily….
At Ligonier, we know that the work in the church is crucial to advancing God’s work in this world. Godly leaders are on the frontline of ministry. Pastoral responsibilities to clearly and effectively teach the gospel, lead the next generation, …
‘Feed my sheep’: A shepherd’s call to war
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17, ESV)
Old Idea About Ecology Questioned by New Findings
"The hypothesis is so intuitive that it was hard for us to give it up, but we are becoming more and more convinced that he wasn't right about the organisms we've been studying," Cardinale says. "It doesn't mean the hypothesis won't hold for other organisms, but it's enough that we want to get biologists to rethink the generality of Darwin's hypothesis."
Abdication has a price
Which is what made his failure to do so in Iraq so disastrous. His excuse was his inability to get immunity for U.S. soldiers. Nonsense. Bush had worked out a compromise in his 2008 SOFA, as we have done with allies everywhere. The real problem was Obama’s determination to “end the war.” He had three years to negotiate a deal and didn’t even begin talks until a few months before the deadline period.
Grace to You
What are some specific situations in your own daily experience where the wisdom of this statement really comes into play? What should you watch for in others to see whether they’re perhaps becoming receptive to Christ and His Word? Until then, what’s the best way to stay true to your faith in their presence?
What You Don't Know About Refugees
Refugees are, by definition, people who are fleeing violence or persecution. They are often traumatized and in need of the most basic care. On World Refugee Day—and whenever you see refugees in the news—take a minute to ask what you can do. Contact the organizations mentioned here or check with your local church. Pray and ask God to open your heart to the refugees of the world—and then act. In the words of the One who was born a refugee: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Top UK judge: 'Law may discriminate against Christians'
The UK's most senior female judge has admitted that the law may be discriminatory against Christians, highlighting the case of the Christian B&B owners who were condemned for turning away a gay couple – a case she herself ruled on.
Unfortunately, in today’s Christian environment the whole idea of thinking has become suspect. It’s as if using our natural abilities of intellect—particularly in areas of career— somehow represents a lack of faith. The concept is that we’re supposed to entrust our career and our vocation to God, and God will do the thinking for us; God will show us through some kind of miraculous sign what he wants us to do.
The Deep Joy of Self-Denial
Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means to live under his lordship.
The Border Patrol Finally Showed Reporters How Detained Child Migrants Are Living
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed and argue that their job is to catch, not care for, migrants. “Catching illegal aliens is part of the job,” Art Del Cueto, president of the Tucson chapter of the union for Border Patrol agents, said in an interview. “Processing is part of the job. But babysitting is not part of the job, and that’s what a lot of the agents have been doing.” There, at least, people agree: the people who capture migrants shouldn't be tasked with caring for them. But unless the influx of children slows, agents will continue to be unable to process and hand over children to the Department of Health and Human Services shelters in the mandated three-day window.
Five Apologetics Topics Youth Workers Need to Be Able to Address - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I believe that one of the ways that youth workers can equip teenagers in a meaningful way is to help them understand that faith in Jesus is not a blind faith that goes against all reason, but rather a logical response to evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible and the fact that Jesus really is who the Bible claims him to be. While we can't expect to have all the answers to questions teenagers ask us about faith--"I don't know" is an honest and commendable answer when we really don't have an answer--we should at least have a good handle on some of the most common questions teenagers ask about Jesus and the Bible. Teenagers can be very smart, and if you can't address some of the apologetics topics that often come up in youth ministry, they may think that there are no good responses to common objections to faith in Jesus.
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Contra Bart Ehrman: Jesus Christ Claimed to be God
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all
things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the
church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things
He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the
fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the
blood of His cross (Colossian 1:15-20).
10 Bible Verses to Uplift and Encourage You When Stressed
It is in God's Word that we can find encouraging verses to uplift us and give us hope when we are down. For anyone who is feeling the "weight of the world" on their shoulders, cast your care upon the One up above whose shoulders are big enough to carry the burden for you.
Profile: Rick Warren – Premier Christianity
I had wondered how to sensitively broach the subject that I knew we must address – the suicide of Matthew, the youngest of his and Kay’s three children, one year ago. Their son’s battle with depression had been something only family friends knew about, but as his tragic death made headlines around the world, the Warrens’ personal grief would be lived out in the public spotlight. In the end, my questions took a back seat as Warren simply talked and talked, pouring out his heart as he recounted a year that has had a more profound effect upon him than any other.
Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’ve often heard it said that the New Testament is well referenced and attested by the Early Church Fathers of the 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd Century. As an example of this, some researchers have cited Sir David Dalrymple (1726 – 1792AD) a Scottish judge and historian who wrote three volumes on early Christian Church history called, “Remains of Christian Antiquity”. Dalrymple was an expert in the writings of the early Church. It’s alleged that after careful examination of the writings of the Fathers he wrote, “…as I possessed all the existing works of the Fathers of the second and third centuries, I commenced to search, and up to this time I have found the entire New Testament, except eleven verses.” That’s quite a claim if you stop and think about it. As I was preparing an article for PleaseConvinceMe.com on the transmission of the New Testamen t, I decided to investigate this statement to find its source. I simply wanted to cite Dalrymple properly. After purchasing Dalrymple’s books and manuscripts on this topic, I came to the conclusion that he has either been improperly referenced or inaccurately cited.
3 Treasure Principles
Whoever you are, and whatever your calling, your life will either be enhanced by or victimized by what you treasure. The scary thing is, you can’t avoid being a treasure hunter, so you need to ask yourself: what is it that I treasure, and how closely is my treasure associated with the Kingdom of God?
Fulfilled Prophecy as an Apologetic - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Oftentimes when quoting Scripture in witnessing situations, I’ve been challenged with the words: “Who says the Bible is true or accurate in the first place?” Although this objection often strikes terror in the heart of the average Christian, it is not really as difficult to deal with as one might think. I have found fulfilled prophecy to be an extremely effective resource in responding to this challenge. The prophetic evidences for the Bible’s trustworthiness are so overwhelming that anyone with a truly open mind will be compelled to consider the Bible’s central message: redemption in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Coalition - Hope for the Global Youth Culture
The thought of Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father, anxiously wringing his hands because the child of the future is trying to figure out how to do relationships in 140 characters on Twitter, in seven-second video clips on Vine, or in pictures posted on Instagram, seems preposterous to me. In the same manner, it would be preposterous (and disastrous) for the older generations not to give the child of the future the biblical grid to know how to navigate the potential hazards found in the ever-changing landscape of social media relationships. Instead of devaluing these new types and layers of relationships found within the GYC through social media, the child of the future needs adults who will help them know how to move the gospel into those relationships. Conversely, the adult of the future will need the child of the future to lead them into the GYC. Adults need help understanding the language, cultural nuances, and relational intricacies found in the GYC.
Where Do Millennials Attend Church?
In case you missed it, there is a hilarious Tumblr blog floating the web that depicts "Why Millennials Don't Go to Church" in LOLCat format. One picture featured twirling cats and the words, "We can haz liturgical dance to attract the youngz" and another showed a cat lounging on top of a guitar asking, "Maybe u would like a praise band?"
The Five Great Mysteries of the Christian Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
1. Creation out of nothing (ex nihilo): How did God create being out of non-being? Being transcendent in relation to the universe (above all time, space, and matter), the reason for God’s being is necessary (hence why we often call him the “necessary being”), so his existence does not require a cause-and-effect answer. Yet where did he get the “stuff” to create all that there is? It could not have come from himself, as that would place him in our universe of time, space, and matter. Then we would just be looking for the really real God. The same is true if the “stuff” was outside himself. All that there is must have come from nothing as a rational and philosophical necessity. All other options are formally absurd. While creation out of nothing is not formally absurd, it is a great mystery or paradox.
Dr. Holly Ordway: I thought faith was by definition irrational… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The difficulty was not a lack of opportunity to hear about God. The problem lay deeper: in my very concept of what faith was. I thought faith was by definition irrational, that it meant believing some assertion to be true for no reason. It had never occurred to me that there could be a path to faith through reason, that there were arguments for the existence of God, and evidence for the claims of Christianity. I thought you had to “just have faith”—and the very idea of faith baffled and horrified me.
When I Pointed Out the Absurdity an Evolution Professor Gave Me Pushback - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Perhaps the biggest myth in today’s origins debate is that evolution is the result of good, objective scientific research. And so anyone who would reject evolution’s mandate that the world arose spontaneously must be religious while those who, on the other side, insist on our modern-day Epicureanism are simply all about science. In order to prop up this myth we must tell ourselves that all those scientific arguments against evolution are nothing more than disingenuous ploys by those religious rascals, and that all those religious mandates for evolution also don’t matter because they are nothing more than helpful explanations offered up by the secular good guys. Both of these are false of course. The significant scientific problems with evolution are not contrived, they are real. And the religious mandates for evolution are not a sidebar, they underwrite evolutionary thought. Without them there would be no evolution. So maintaining this myth requires some effort. We must deny the obvious scientific problems while at the same time presenting evolution as good science. And we must deny any religious mandate while at the same time proclaiming our metaphysical certainties that require evolution.
The Gospel Coalition - Kingdom of Heaven 101: Jen Wilkin on the Sermon on the Mount
So thought Jen Wilkin when she first discovered Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7. Nor could she believe how little she’d understood the link between inward motive and outward obedience. As she began exploring the passage even more, she was blown away. “It’s like ‘kingdom of heaven’ in three chapters, a vital starting point for grasping what it means to walk in obedience as those who know and love the King of the kingdom.”
The apostle Paul declared that “what we preach” was “folly” in the eyes of many in his time (1 Cor. 1:21). Such is always the world’s response to the gospel. But in our day, it seems that the method behind Paul’s message—preaching—is itself an object of ridicule, even within the evangelical church. In an age of short attention spans and entertainment “consumers,” many churches are yielding to pressure to set aside preaching in their worship services in favor of more “relevant” methodologies.
Once Again, Why Intelligent Design Is Not a "God-of-the-Gaps" Argument - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This comparison fails on so many levels one barely knows where to begin. It is very difficult to envision how someone could offer an inferential design argument based on the occurrence of thunder and lightning. On the other hand, it is not at all difficult to imagine how one could offer such an argument based upon the digital information encoded in the DNA molecule and the intricate nanotechnology that is so abundant in living systems. Indeed, a key selling point of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was that it served as a
Facts are stubborn things - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictums of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
William Lane Craig on the Resurrection - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Gospels were written in such temporal and geographical proximity to the events they record that it would have been almost impossible to fabricate events. Anyone who cared to could have checked out the accuracy of what they reported. The fact that the disciples were able to proclaim the resurrection in Jerusalem in the face of their enemies a few weeks after the crucifixion shows that what they proclaimed was true, for they could never have proclaimed the resurrection under such circumstances had it not occurred.
Lecture and Small Group PowerPoints and Notes
The following attachments were lectures and lessons delivered in a small group setting (the PDF versions do not have citations or notes, for citations please see the PPT). Also, I trust anyone using this material will cite it appropriately as I have also cited my material as well.
Alumni Academy | Summer
Jesus’ final words to his first-century disciples were “go, make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28.18-20). Twenty-first century churches carry the same mission, sent as Jesus was sent to be a witness to the gospel among billions around the globe. How, though, can a local church and individual believers fully embrace the Great Commission call to intercultural evangelism, discipleship, and church planting? How can we do missions well?
The God Gene, Neuroscience, And the Soul - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We are living in the biotech century and genetic information has taken center stage. Humanity will benefit from mapping the human genome (completed in 2003), and we should applaud that progress.[i] But the focus on genetics has some unfortunate by-products. One example is The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes by Dean Hamer. In this book Hamer explores the impact of genetics on belief in God. The specific gene in question, that everyone has some version of, is VMAT 2 . Hamer claims that this gene accounts for the spirituality that emerges in some people but not others.
J. Warner Wallace: I never took the time to examine the evidence... - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have to admit that I never took the time to examine the evidence for the Christian Worldview without the bias and presupposition of naturalism. I never gave the case for Christianity a fair shake. When I finally examined the evidence fairly using the tools I learned as a detective, I found it difficult to deny, especially if I hoped to retain my respect for the way evidence is utilized to determine truth. I found the evidence for Christianity to as convincing as any cold-case I'd ever investigated. - J. Warner Wallace (Cold case homicide detective and author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels)
Bible Genealogy and Jesus: Why We Should Love the Genealogies of the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
While we can’t peek into the mind of God to know the exact reasons, there are several reasons that coming across a bible genealogy in your daily reading should encourage you greatly.
Illuminati Theorist Warns of Satanic Church's Child Sacrifice Tradition During Summer Solstice Rituals (VIDEOS)
Rumors are circulating that tonight, June 20 through tomorrow, an Illuminati human sacrifice will take place in Denver, Colorado. Evidence for this claim is derived from the attempted kidnapping of a toddler last year, and various reports about the weekend's events.
Renewing Your Mind | Man's Radical Fallenness | June 20, 2014
Given in ordinary language, these verses from Scripture speak clearly to the mind about man's moral condition in God's sight. For many, such words are a threat of undeserved punishment and thus become offensive. For others, verses like these are not accepted as factually true, and, thus, labeled as meaningless. But, in any case, it cannot be denied that the language of the Bible is understood, or else no reaction could take place at all. Even the positivist has to understand the claim of these verses in order to make a meaningful judgment that the words are meaningless. More commonly in religious circles, men such as Paul Tillich will seek an understanding of such words in terms of a correlation with a "real" existential situation. Now, while it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between a "real" and an "inauthentic" situation, without being informed by a third party, which in the best sense would be God, the problem is even more intense once it is judged that a situation is authentically existential. Since any authentic situation is unique and individual, no relation to the Bible's statements can be made.
Authority of the Bible - A Strong Argument for Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are many books today that claim to be the Word of God. The Koran, the Bhagavad Gita , The Book of Mormon, and other religious works all claim to be divinely inspired. The Bible claims to be the only book that is divinely inspired and that all other claims of inspiration from other works should be ruled out. Does the Bible confirm its exclusive claim to be the Word of God? The totality of evidences presents a strong case for the divine inspiration of the Bible.
How Can the Gospels Be Eyewitness Accounts If They Include Things the Writers Didn't See? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
My journey toward Christianity began when I examined the gospels in order to uncover the words of Jesus. I was interested in Jesus as nothing more than a source of ancient wisdom and my curiosity about him caused me to begin sifting through the New Testament gospels. I was immediately struck by the appearance of what I call “unintentional eyewitness” support; a feature I often see in multiple accounts from eyewitnesses at crime scenes. This caused me to examine the accounts in much more detail and I eventually applied principles of Forensic Statement Analysis to the gospel of Mark. I wrote Cold-Case Christianity from the perspective of a cold-case detective examining the claims of the gospel writers and testing them for eyewitness reliability.