Evolution vs God

 

Comprehending the intricacies of the debate between evolution and God can seem like an overwhelming task for most.

 

Check out this short video that shines light on the simplicity of refuting the faith of evolutionists, and the false foundation upon which evolutionists have always built their arguments, in the name of science.

 

 

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Santa or Jesus?

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SANTA OR JESUS?
by John Piper
My question is this: How could we possibly even think of giving our children a bowl of bland, sugarless porridge when they are offered the greatest meal in the world? Why would we give them Santa Claus when they can have the incarnation of the Son of God? It is just mind-boggling to me that any Christian would even contemplate such a trade — that we would divert attention away from the incarnation of the God of the universe into this world to save us and our children. I scarcely have words for it that people would contemplate this. Not only is Santa Claus not true and Jesus is very truth himself, but compared to Jesus, Santa is simply pitiful and our kids should be helped to see this.
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1. Santa Claus offers only earthly things, nothing lasting, nothing eternal. Jesus offers eternal joy with the world thrown in. Yeah, the fire engine is thrown in.
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2. Santa Claus offers his ephemeral goodies only on the condition of good works. He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you are awake. He knows when you have been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake. That is a pure works-religion. And Jesus offers himself and all the gifts freely by grace through faith.
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3. Santa Claus is make-believe. Jesus is more real than the roof on your house.
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4. Santa Claus only shows up once a year. Jesus promises, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). You say to your kid every night: He is standing by your bed. He is with you when you get up in the morning. He is with you when you go to school today. If mommy and daddy die, he will be right there with you. Santa doesn’t hold a candle to this flame: Jesus.
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5. Santa Claus cannot solve our worst problem, and Jesus did solve our worst problem — our sin and our alienation from God. Santa Claus can put some icing on the cake of the good life, but he cannot take a shattered life and rebuild it with hope forever. And our kids need to know that about Christmas.
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6. Santa Claus is not relevant in many cultures of the world. And Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords and of all the peoples of the world.
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7. Santa Claus will be forgotten some day, and Jesus will be the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
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So there is no contest here. I cannot see why a parent — if they know and love Jesus, if they have found Jesus to be the greatest treasure in the world — why they would bring Jesus out of the celebration and Santa into the celebration at all. He is just irrelevant. He has nothing to do with it. He is zero.
My counsel is to give all your efforts to making your children as happy as they can possibly be with every kind of surprise that is rooted in the true meaning of Christmas.
Let your decorations point to Jesus.
Let your food point to Jesus.
Let your games point to Jesus.
Let your singing point to Jesus.
Out-rejoice the world.
Out-give the world.
Out-decorate the world,
and let it all point to Jesus.
And if being Jesus-focused is a killjoy for your Christmas, you don’t know him well.

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Was Jesus Crucified On A Cross – Islamic / Christian Key Point of Interest

Last Saturday, a brother and I attended the Reviving Islamic Spirit event.

We had only one question on our hearts for the person who invited us, but since he was unable to answer it, he referred my question to other Muslims to answer.

This is the question we asked…

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The major distinction and point of controversy between Christianity and Islam seems to be the death of Jesus, specifically, his death on the cross.

The Quran says:

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
— Qur’an, sura 4 (An-Nisa) ayat 157-158[8]

The important part of the verse is the “nor crucified him”

This verse completely denies Jesus was ever crucified on a cross altogether.

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Conversely,

Jewish historians of the 1st century document Jesus’s death on the cross (Flavious Josephus)

Greek historians of the 1st century document Jesus’s death on the cross (Lucian)

Roman historians of the 1st century record Jesus’s death on the cross (Tacitus 64 A.D)

Pagan historians record Jesus’s death on the cross (Babylonian Talmud)

And of course, we have the four Christian accounts in the Gospels of the historical Christ from the 1st century that state that Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John)

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If the Gospels were revealed in the 1st century by people who lived with, walk with, talked with, and then witnessed Jesus’s death on the cross, and this is historically corroborated by Roman, Greek, Jewish, and Pagan historians, upon what grounds should we believe that the Quran which was revealed through Muhammad just under 600 years later is truthful when it says that Jesus was not crucified on the cross?

Is the sort of “truth” that Allah asks of his followers in the Quran such that goes against previously clearly documented historical record and common sense?

Should not “real” truth be corroborated by historical record and common sense as it does in the Christian worldview and ideology of truth?

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Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.

But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true.He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”
John 19:28-37 (80 – 90 A.D) – New Testament

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That last bit in bold is a fulfillment of the prophecies given by King David (Approx 1000 B.C) and Zechariah (Approx 500 B.S ) concerning the Messiah:

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken
Psalm 34:19-20 Old Testament

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
Zechariah 12:10 Old Testament

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Broken Hearted Joy – Pastor’s Review

Guardian Publishing is proud to present:

“Broken Hearted Joy”

by Raymond Mowla

 

“Thank you so very, very much for this testimony, Broken Hearted Joy – by Raymond Mowla. I was thirty years old when I began to have all the experiences with the living God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit that Mr. Mowla experienced. I am now seventy-five years old, having lived with God all the years since my powerful encounter. 

Reading his testimony has brought back all the power of those early moments. Since then, I have gone to seminary, been a missionary to foreign countries, served as a pastor for twenty-five years, and taught many years in Christian schools where I was free to share the wonders of knowing God and His love with my students. Thank you for letting me relive those showers of blessings of the beginning.”

– Pastor Garnett

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Every journey to the cross is different, but we all gain valuable insights through our unique travels that are intended to be shared to teach and remind each new generation that there is a God of hope who is still powerfully and actively at work in the business of salvation and redemption!

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Broken Hearted Joy – Available Now!

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Broken Hearted Joy

by Raymond Mowla

“On my pilgrimage to discover the truth about God, I never imagined that sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence to the point of attempted murder would ever be the means that God would use to bring this searching soul to seek a Savior!”

– Raymond Mowla

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Raymond Mowla was born in Mississauga Ontario; the middle child in a professing Muslim family of five. It is through this unique vantage point that he relates his personal struggles of life and religion that would bring him to profess his own faith in Jesus Christ as Lord just before the age of thirty.

Evangelist, Apologist, and Minister of the Gospel, now his life’s sole ambition is to see people come into a loving relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

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Depraved Indifference

Depraved indifference is a legal term used in United States law.

Suppose a man had a child who was playing near a pool filled with water as he polished his newly purchased leather shoes.

All of a sudden, without notice, the child falls into the pool.

If the man continued to polish his shoes without regard for the life of the child, this man would be charged and found guilty of a crime known as depraved indifference.

Depraved means ‘as low as you can get’
Indifference means ‘you couldn’t care less’

“have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
– Charles Spurgeon

When Jesus commission his disciples to go and preach the Gospel, this was not a command that was limited to only those “gifted in speech” or “blessed with a spirit of boldness” as some might erroneously think.

His command was to everyone who identified them self as his follower.

For to identify yourself as a disciple of Christ – a ‘Christ-ian’ – and neglect the duty to which you were called, would be essentially on the same level as taking the name of the Lord in vain.

As with all things in life, we aren’t expected to just ‘know’ how to share our faith perfectly as soon as we confess Christ as Lord

It takes practice, even error at first, but it also gets better with time.

Soon you find yourself able to do so as tactfully, boldly, confidently and above all, according to the Scriptures, as the Apostle Paul and the early church did in the book of Acts

Connecting with others who share a love for Scriptural evangelism is also a good way to develop in this area

I mention “scriptural evangelism” because a lot of what purports itself as preaching the Gospel today is so far from the message of the early church that it’s comical

Telling people that “God has a plan for you”, though it contains some truth, is not preaching the Gospel

Telling people “God loves you”, though this is also true, is not preaching the Gospel

Be sure that the methods being employed to share your faith accord with the example found in the Scriptures. I encourage you to read the book of Acts for yourselves.

It’s also a good idea to always go out in groups of two or three. Evangelism is a skill that is not meant to be developed on your own.

It’s good the have someone who can lend constructive criticism who will also encourage you.

It would be an awful thing for you to labor long and hard for years, only to find that you labored in vain on the day that you stand before the Lord Jesus, because you were unwilling to labor according to the model He set forth for us to follow.

This video is a good start in the right direction if you’d like to learn how to share your faith with others

How to Share the Gospel in 3 1/2 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaGvi_kGpY

Pray without ceasing and as with all things, commit every aspect of your evangelism to the Lord and allow His Spirit to direct you through it as you minister to others.

Above all things,

Trust JESUS!

 

 

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St Patrick, A Preacher of the Gospel to Ireland!

We know about the real St. Patrick (or Magnus Sucatus Patricius) because he wrote a record of his life called Confessions. As a young boy Patrick lived a comfortable life near an English coastal city where his father was a deacon in their church. But at the age of 16, his comfortable life unraveled. Irish pirates attacked his village, abducting Patrick and many of the household servants. After arriving in Ireland, Patrick was sold as a slave to a Druid tribal chieftain who forced Patrick to work with a herd of pigs.

In the midst of the squalor of pig filth, God began to transform Patrick’s heart. In his Confessions he wrote, “I was sixteen and knew not the true God, but in a strange land the Lord opened my unbelieving eyes, and I was converted.” Patrick became convinced that the kidnapping and homesickness were actually opportunities to know Christ better. “Anything that happens to me,” he wrote, “whether pleasant or distasteful, I ought to accept with [serenity] giving thanks to God … who never disappoints.” Knowing that this serenity didn’t come from his own strength, Patrick wrote, “Now I understand that it was the fervent Spirit praying within me.”

After serving as a slave for six years, Patrick escaped, boarded a boat, and found his way back home. At long last, he was on British soil, warmly embraced by his family and his community. In his own mind Patrick was done with Ireland for good. According to Patrick, “It is not in my nature to show divine mercy toward the very ones who once enslaved me.”

Once again, God would change Patrick’s heart. Partially through a dramatic dream, Patrick knew that God had called him to return to Ireland—not as a slave, but as a herald of the gospel. His family and friends were understandably horrified by his decision. “Many friends tried to stop my mission,” Patrick wrote. “They said, ‘Why does this fellow waste himself among dangerous enemies who don’t even know God?'”

Despite these objections, in A.D. 432 Patrick used his own money to purchase a boat and sail back to Ireland. Patrick spent the rest of his life preaching the gospel in Ireland, watching many people come to Christ. He also passionately defended the human rights of slaves. Besides hisConfession, his only other remaining written work is the Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus, a scathing protest sent to King Coroticus and his soldiers after they raided a village, slaughtering the men and selling the women into slavery.

For the rest of his life, Patrick would remain captivated by the grace of God. In his Confessionshe wrote:

And I am certain of this: I was a dumb stone lying squashed in the mud; the Mighty and Merciful God came, dug me out and set me on top of the wall. Therefore, I praise him and ought to render him something for his wonderful benefits to me both now and in eternity.

The shamrock was a teaching tool that St Patrick used to teach the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to Irish pagans.

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Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. So complete was his trust in God, and the importance of his mission, he feared nothing – not even death.

Here is a poem written by St Patrick entitled “The Breastplate,” that conveys his faith and trust in God:

“Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

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(the Christ!)

Special thanks to preachingtoday.com