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Can your children trust the Bible?

Posted on February 9th, 2018 · Posted in Apologetics, Teenagers

As parents, many of us frequently say, “do this because the Bible says you should.” Then one day, your teenager asks, “why?” How do you respond? Let’s start with what the Bible teaches about how it was written (see 2 Peter 1:3-4; 16-21 Hebrews 4:12-13 John 16:12-15 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Ephesians 2:20): God gave his word through prophets and apostles to mankind through the direction, inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The writers of Scripture then expressed these words accurately and authoritatively, in their own voice, under the supervision of the.. read more

The myth of independence, the trap of dependence

Posted on February 7th, 2018 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Culture

Independence is a myth. Dependence is a trap. Can both of these statements be true? Not only are they both true, but failing to acknowledge these truths will result in struggles throughout life. Let’s see why. Independence is a myth. From the beginning people were created to be in a dependent relationship with God. This is part of the DNA of the soul of every human. Adam and Eve were dependent upon God to sustain life. God planted the garden for them. God placed the garden near rivers to allow.. read more

God is not in need of man’s approval

Posted on January 20th, 2018 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Culture

The character of God, the wonder of God, the holiness of God is not dependent upon the recognition of man. Just because people may dismiss the Person of God and the truth of Scripture does not in any way the detract from the greatness of both! Joshua Bell, world class violinist, played for 43 minutes at the Washington DC subway. During that time over 1,000 people passed by where he was playing. 7 people paused to listen, 7! Does this mean that Bell is not a great violinist? The fact.. read more

God or Random

Posted on January 19th, 2018 · Posted in Apologetics, Worldview

A conversation between a mom and her 12-year-old daughter. “Hey, Mom.” “Yes, Erin.” “You have a minute?” “Sure, what’s up?’ “I watched another program on the Science Channel that was talking about how life began on earth. I’m good with what you and dad have told me, but I just want to make sure I have it down. Can you help me by going over things again?” “No problem, glad you asked! You remember that there are really only a few ways that modern science thinks how life could have.. read more

Is it stupid to be pure? part 2

Posted on July 21st, 2017 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Communication, Parenting, Teenagers

Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Or asked another way, if I do stay pure, where is the fun in that? These questions are daggers pointed at the hearts of your kids. It is foolish to ignore them. It is equally foolish to answer these questions by simply enforcing rules and being angry at wrong behavior. Let me explain. Following God by living a life of purity is a path that marks teenagers as social misfits in our culture. As a parent, you have to get this! Psalm.. read more

Why your kids are followers

Posted on July 12th, 2017 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, World View

God designed people to be followers, specifically followers of him. So, by design, being a follower is a good thing. But, when Adam fell, man’s good inclination to be a follower became a dangerous human trait. Instead of being exclusively locked on to trusting and following God, people became open to following what seemed most attractive to them. This means that your children, even the strong-willed ones, are born followers. But instead of naturally following God, their hearts are programed to follow anything but God. (Ephesians 2:1-3) Said another way,.. read more

Is God Silent?

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 · Posted in Apologetics

Is the weather personal? But before you answer that here are some more basic questions. Is your everyday world controlled by a personal God who has a purpose for all that you encounter? Or is life on earth just a matter of random chance? Or is your life governed by impersonal forces that take no account of the moral decisions that you make each day? If you decide for either random chance or an impersonal force then you must conclude that God is silent. But, if you understand that both.. read more

Breaking News: God is in charge!

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Current Events

Just because politicians, the press, educators, and world leaders believe that God is subject to their laws, opinions and op ed articles does not change reality. The reality is that the Living God of the Bible, the Lord of the heavens and earth is in charge of the affairs of men. The idea of Jesus Christ being the only Savior of people is repugnant to many. The truth that God rules over man and has commanded how he should live and marry is even more outrageous in our progressive world… read more

Can your teenager trust the Bible?

Posted on January 31st, 2016 · Posted in Apologetics

Here is what the Bible teaches about how it was written: 1. God gave man his words through the direction, inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 2. Man then expressed these words accurately, in his own voice, under the supervision of the Holy Spirit. 3.The Holy Spirit oversaw the collection of these inspired writings so that they became the Bible we have now. This, in short form, is what the Bible teaches about how it was inspired, written, and complied. However, this makes no sense if your teenager doesn’t believe the.. read more

How did life begin?

Posted on January 6th, 2016 · Posted in Apologetics

A conversation between a mom and her 12 year old daughter. “Hey, Mom.” “Yes, Erin.” “You have a minute?” “Sure, what’s up?’ “I watched another program on the Science Channel that was talking about how life began on earth. I’m good with what you and dad have told me, but I just want to make sure I have it down. Can you help me by going over things again?” “No problem, glad you asked! You remember that there are really only a few ways that modern science thinks how life.. read more

So you want proof?

Posted on March 18th, 2015 · Posted in Apologetics, Gospel

An atheist wrote in with a question about a recent post: I have posted the question here along with a request to engage her about her beliefs as an atheist. I thought that our readers would be interested as well. I will keep you up to date. Please pray that God will use this opportunity to bring honor to his name. “Can you prove that we’re all going to stand face to face with Jesus Christ one day? (And the Bible doesn’t count as proof, since you can’t prove that.. read more

God created man: he created them male and female

Posted on February 27th, 2015 · Posted in Apologetics, Worldview

God created man: he created them male and female. This truth is the foundation for understanding what it means to be human. This is seen in at least three ways: First: Man is a created being. Humans did not emerge or evolve. Humans were created. At one moment we were not and then we were. Second: God created man for his own purpose, plan and pleasure. Third: Man was created, in the image of God, male and female, as a morally responsible creature under God. Any attempt to understand who.. read more

Are you entitled to tomorrow?

Posted on January 12th, 2015 · Posted in Apologetics, Wisdom, World View

Many in western culture are obsessed with tomorrow. People assume that tomorrow will come. There is a comfort that comes from thinking that tomorrow is another day. The problem is that there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come for you, for your children, for your country, for your planet. Your well-being for today and the arrival of tomorrow is connected to the purpose and plan of God. Here is what Jesus says: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this.. read more

Why is God Good?

Posted on January 9th, 2015 · Posted in Apologetics, Worldview

You often say that God is good. You often hear that he is good. For these statements to have meaning, especially for your children, you must know why he is good. It is a dangerous thought to believe God is good based upon your interpretation of the circumstances of your life. God is good because he is good, regardless of what you or I or any other person may think. God was good before the world began. He will be good after this world is gone. His goodness is determined.. read more

Did Mothers Evolve?

Posted on May 10th, 2014 · Posted in Apologetics, Worldview

Is Mother’s Day a tribute to random evolutionary process? Think about it. Why are there mothers and why are they special? In a universe without purpose or plan motherhood is just part of an ongoing impersonal process.  If you love your mother you can thank natural selection.  Sometimes, the most compelling reasons to believe in God’s creation of the Universe and human life are the ones that can’t be measured by scientific theory. Mothers are the creation of God. This truth simply is, just as God simply is. The proof.. read more

The New Cosmos – an animated rant against God

Posted on March 21st, 2014 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events, Worldview

Fox and National Geographic Channels have combined to create a remake of the old Carl Sagan TV series, “Cosmos.” This new series is anything but fair and balanced. The writers of the new Cosmos make it clear they believe there is no explanation, other than evolution and random chance, for the origins of life and the universe. They are certainly free to think that way. However, the new Cosmos is not just promoting a particular view of science. The show is actively targeting and mocking Christians and any belief other than.. read more

No Place in NY for those who are pro-life – Bible believers next?

Posted on January 21st, 2014 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Gospel

Several news sources report that during a radio interview last Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said there is no place in New York State for extreme conservatives who are “right-to-life.” The reason: “that’s not who New Yorkers are.”   Depending in which poll you follow, the governor is saying there is no place for 55% to 40% of the people who currently live in his state. That is a significant number of people to tell that they are not welcome anymore!   I realize no state law has been.. read more

How did life begin?

Posted on January 15th, 2014 · Posted in Apologetics

A conversation between a mom and her 12 year old daughter.   “Hey, Mom.”   “Yes, Erin.”   “You have a minute?”   “Sure, what’s up?’   “I watched another program on the Science Channel that was talking about how life began on earth. I’m good with what you and dad have told me, but I just want to make sure I have it down. Can you help me by going over things again?”   “No problem, glad you asked! You remember that there are really only a few ways.. read more

Talking to Your Children about Ducks

Posted on December 20th, 2013 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Worldview

America is in the midst of a raging culture war. It may appear that this war is about the beliefs of a family that makes duck calls for a living. However, there is a larger issue at stake. The real issue is about America’s disregard for God and his Word. As a country, we have attempted to recast God into our image. This is what you must discuss with your children. Here are three foundational principles that your children need if they are to survive the rapidly growing cultural conflict… read more

The wonders of his love

Posted on December 4th, 2013 · Posted in Apologetics, Holidays, Worldview

Verse four of “Joy to the World” completes the biblical worldview contained in this Christmas hymn. This last verse is a dynamic testimony to the power of the gospel. The King who was anticipated in the first verse, celebrated for his rule in the second verse, and viewed as the Savior of this sin-cursed world in third, now is proclaimed as the One who will bring a just judgment to this broken world.  Are you discouraged by the corruption in the world? You need not despair at the apparent inequities.. read more