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Thursday, January 30, 2014

FREE Ken Ham & Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Debate

It has been publicized that there will be FREE viewing online of the Ken Ham & Bill Nye debate at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, on February 4, 2014 at 7 PM ET and 4 PM PT. 
It  is to be available at the following link:
http://debatelive.org/
Creation Today has announced they will have commentary starting at 6:30 PM before the debate:
http://www.creationtoday.org/bill-nye-and-ken-ham-debate-live-commentary/

As a pre-suppositional apologetics proponent, I'm interested to hear how this debate will go.
My desire is for God to receive glory, and I'm sure I will learn some things. 
I do not know if I will be getting frustrated by what is said or not said, but it should be worth listening to and comparing it to my newfound convictions.

So many of us learned that in arguing for creation that we should use evidence with unbelievers as though we could argue them into believing by letting them be the judge of God.
Pre-suppositional apologetics seeks to honor God by not accepting people having any right to judge God's existence.  This is demonstrated best by pointing out that the unbeliever not only knows that God exists, but that they have to use what God has given them and a Christian worldview to argue against Him.

The Bible lets us know that God has made Himself and His invisible attributes evident to people especially in Romans 1. 
The theory of evolution is a man made myth that can never prove out just like every other theory that seeks to deny God and His Word. 

I highly recommend the site Proof That God Exists developed by Sye Ten Bruggencate. 
He also has an excellent DVD and study guide course "How To Answer The Fool" that brings pre-suppositional apologetics down to the level of the average person.
Please visit:
http://proofthatGodexists.org
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Babies Are Murdered Here Review

The "Babies Are Murdered Here" documentary came out last week and already has more than 29,000 views on YouTube.   The primary audience is Christians.  I have some links for non-Christians at the end of this blog post for those of you who want to know what I believe and would long for you to understand as well.

The "Babies Are Murdered Here" documentary is a well-produced film narrated by R.C. Sproul, Jr., produced by Crown Rights, and it even has clips of Tony Miano whom I have mentioned quite a bit on this blog in recent times.

The church needs to get more involved in evangelizing at abortion clinics and not just shrug thinking that we cannot do much to stop the slaughter of human lives.
I only wish that I was able to go somewhere to hold up signs, but I too frequently feel like I am going to pass out being up. 
I can pray and encourage and give to others a little bit at least.

While there may be some differences about how certain passages are used in this film or in eschatological viewpoints, I think we all can agree that Christians have responsibility to speak  the truth, certainly to proclaim the Gospel, and that abortion usually involves idolatry of self or someone else even if not in the OT way of sacrifices to idols.

The film has some controversial points to it, and some people might not see that there is tough but genuine love involved here for all involved.
 While some may not know all of the background behind this video, the people in the film are all about giving the Gospel and they do have a love for the people in wanting them to hear the Gospel and be saved as well as caring about the babies who may not live to hear and understand the Gospel.

Because of the misunderstandings of some people who have already viewed the documentary, I want to also share some other videos following the actual "Babies Are Murdered Here" film that may make people realize that we should not shy away from calling something what it truly is....in this case it's about murder.  Forgiveness is available for all repentant sinners no matter what we have done.
All Christians are forgiven sinners, but we shouldn't callously commit sin and say that God will just forgive us.

BABIES ARE MURDERED HERE Documentary


WHO WILL STAND with John Barros


Tony Miano: Forgiveness for Mothers Who Murder Their Children
(I have heard Tony online pleading with women, so please do not judge him as uncaring or unloving.)


If you are an unbeliever, please view one of the following two links:

http://crossencountersmin.com/message/

http://proofthatGodexists.org

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Vanderbilt University - Roaches & Tracts

I waited for about four months to see a dysautonomia neurologist at Vanderbilt University.
There are not a lot of places that have someone so specialized, and I am not covered outside of Tennessee anyway.
I was finally able to go this past week for testing and a doctor appointment.  The only part of the testing I refused was another tilt table test.  The last one was like a nightmare.  I did a part of the test, but tried to stand on my own and felt faint too quickly.  The other testing went fairly well.

The outcome of my appointments was that although I do have a problem with my autonomic system that the doctor didn't believe that was the primary cause of some of my symptoms.  She recommended some medicine adjustment (trying a lower dose of something I tried before that may help low blood volume), but basically she's sending me back to the local doctors to keep searching for the primary cause of my misery.  I may end up seeing a general neurologist again. 

Something very unusual happened to me at Vanderbilt.  
A doctor (probably an internist) asked questions and did some minor testing while I was waiting to see the main specializing neurologist.
Suddenly a family member in with me exclaimed and jumped up.  Why?  There was a large full-sized ROACH in the exam room!
The doctor asked if it was alright if he did away with it.  Of course it was!  He moved a trash can and managed to kill and dispose of the intruder.
I imagine most doctors would not consider that part of their job description, but we appreciated it.
I was hoping that we wouldn't end up bringing some baby roaches home with us!
It's pretty funny thinking about a doctor calmly moving a trash can and killing a roach like that!

The trip was difficult for me and my family with how I am doing and the stress of the drive during the times when it was snowing.  We stayed at some pretty nice hotels and enjoyed some good food, and yes, Gospel tracts did get left by us here and there during the trip.  One was thrown away for sure, but another seemed likely to be read by the lady who did my testing. 
Another family member also had appointments during our time there and had more of a substantial outcome.

I appreciate the prayers of Christians out there for me and my family. 
I realize we aren't the only family suffering with physical issues.  I have wondered how others could endure some of the horrible things going on with them, and I have now had a taste of what it can be like. 
Even as a Christian, it is no picnic.  I have to fight to trust God no matter if I never get cured until Heaven.  When my head is screeching and my body feels awful like I could pass out any moment or I feel nauseated, sometimes my prayer is limited to "God, help me!"  I do get panicked. 
I need God to help me to trust Him more, because He is trustworthy no matter if He doesn't say yes to my prayers for Him to heal me.  It is possible I have something rare. 
Although I go to doctors to try to discover what is the underlying cause I know that God is ultimately in control of my health.  My fibromyalgia pains, my P.O.T.S. and or NCS, & all of the things going on have a purpose.  I want God to be glorified in and through me, and I want to not waste my trials.
I desire to shine for Christ in whatever way I can no matter how awful my body feels.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Street Preacher Tony Miano's Testimony, Apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate's Testimony, Babies Are Murdered Here Film Release January 22

Tony Miano's Testimony

Tony Miano has been arrested twice while street preaching in the United Kingdom - once in England and the most recent time in Scotland.  (See my post about the most recent time Here.)
Both times it was unfair, but this time in 2014 he actually was charged and is scheduled to appear in court in Scotland in April.
 Some of you may know little about Tony Miano, so I decided to share his testimony with you.



Sye Ten Bruggencate's Testimony

Sye Ten Bruggencate is another one of my favorite people I met online.
He is best known for being a presuppositional apologist &
his website http://proofthatGodexists.org & now there is a Spanish translation.
He is also known for a DVD & Study guide course "HOW TO ANSWER THE FOOL: A PRESUPPOSITIONAL DEFENSE OF THE FAITH" available on Vimeo Here and on One Million Tracts Here.
Sye's testimony might seem unusual, although I have heard of others who did not know a specific time they first believed since for them it was more gradual. (See Russell Moore's take on this. .)
Although I point to a certain time for myself, perhaps I could say that my understanding of my faith and acknowledgment of sin was a gradual process as well.  I think the acknowledgment of sin is a key issue.  You can see spiritual growth over time in all true believers.



Babies Are Murdered Here Documentary To Be Released to the Public

Babies Are Murdered Here is a seemingly controversial film that has been long awaited and is finally scheduled for release on January 22, 2014 (the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade).
There will be free viewing on YouTube and there will be downloads from Vimeo & I believe DVDs available.
It seems that this documentary will also have a focus on the Church's role in responding or not responding to the pre-born's plight in the U.S.
I have seen a review by Tony Miano on the rough edit of the film, and I look forward to screening it myself. I've been nervous with some things said in advance of the release, but I have seen the preview and am hoping that this will be a good resource for pastors and the church to encourage able-bodied people to get beyond mere lip service to being pro-life.  Non-Christians are encouraged to watch as well!

Monday, January 13, 2014

12 Year Old Girl Dies Leaving Notes To Her Older Self

I don't know these people or the church they are affiliated with, but this news story really stood out to me when I watched it on TV this past week.

Although it is very sad for this family that this girl died at 12 years old unexpectedly, they are focused on God's will and purpose in their loss.

I remember when I was a teenager I wrote something in case I died young (which didn't happen), so in that I found this girl's idea of writing  to her older self quite interesting (although on earth for her that never came to be).

WJHL-TV: News: Weather, and Sports for Johnson City, TN

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tony Miano Arrested for The Gospel Again & Proof That God Exists Goes Espanol!

American Christian Arrested In Scotland

American street preacher Tony Miano formerly a L.A. Deputy sheriff who has authored the recent book "Should She Preach - Biblical Evangelism for Women" & hosts an online radio program Cross Encounters Radio has again been arrested in the U.K. while preaching the Bible - this time in Dundee, Scotland.  He has two formal charges against him and is due in court January 9, 2014 (which  is this morning in the U.K.)
Pastor Josh Williamson of Perth, Scotland formerly from Australia has been involved in evangelizing in Scotland and has before been arrested himself while evangelizing in Scotland.

The charges against Tony Miano are breach of the peace and "homophobia."
Josh reported on his Josh Williamson Ministry page on Facebook that the crowd become violent and the police were called.  He reports that (Tony Miano's) "sermon didn't focus on homosexuality".

Christian Concern is a group that helps in cases of religious freedom in the U.K. and will be releasing a statement on January 9.  Meanwhile, please Christians pray for Tony & his family.  Please pray that God will be glorified, the Gospel proclaimed, and that Tony will quickly be released.
UPDATE: Tony has been granted bail and can return to the U.S.  They have a trial scheduled for April 22, 2014.  Please continue praying for the Mianos.
To hear Cross Encounters Radio on Sunday nights at 4 PM Pacific/ 7 PM Eastern / & 12 AM in the U.K. go to:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cross-encounters

Christians in America - Are you ready to face opposition for the sake of those who are chosen by God?

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:10


for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.
2 Timothy 2:9 NASB

Now for some great news.  Proof That God Exists now has a Spanish version of the website. 

Pre-suppositional apologist Sye TenBruggencate who recently was in a film entitled "How To Answer The Fool: A Presuppositional Defense of The Faith " has an excellent website to share with non-Christians who refuse to acknowledge a belief in God.
Whether they call themselves agnostics or atheists, we need to realize that we don't need to prove God's existence (see Romans 1). 
Yes, some people are not open and will make fun of it (even may call it silly), but if they are intellectually honest and the Spirit is at work in their hearts it can be a great tool.
 
Here is the link to the Spanish version:
www.laprueba.org

Just one more thing about Tony.  If you are a non-Christian, this would be his message on his ministry site for you:
http://crossencountersmin.com/message/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Talented Young Singers, Gospel For Catholics, David Platt Goes Biblical

I'm starting out the year sharing three distinctly different videos for my viewers.

The first is a new song by a group named "Dave's Highway" published on December 30, 2013, the second is directed to Roman Catholics about the mass, the last is amazing and especially great if you have the time to listen.  I suggest bookmarking it for later if need be! 
 

Here is a lively new song to start out the new year:


 

The Gospel for Catholics:


 

David Platt gave a great message on Missions at the recent Cross Conference (the focus of the conference being unreached peoples).

What made it especially great was that he seemed to be quoting the book of Romans in a way that made things stand out differently bringing the glory of God to the forefront. It may be hard for you to follow...especially more so if you are not familiar with Romans or English is not your primary language.


CROSS 2013: Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission (Session X) from CROSS on Vimeo.