Saturday, December 12, 2009

a gift from wonderful max mclean

I was so happy to receive a flyer from Max's ministry today. Besides various audio Bibles and classics of the faith, once again he is making The Gift of God, HIS CHRISTMAS STORY available as a free download. If you don't already have this beautiful, Scriptural telling of the Christmas story, or if you have never heard Max read or see him act, you really should grab this download. There are no strings attached. No one will bombard you with emails or anything else. I have had a CD of this for some years. One of our audio Bibles came with it as a free extra. I have the entire audio Bible on my BlackBerry, for on-demand listening, but I didn't think of putting this file on it. With 13 days until Christmas, I think I will.

Here's the description of the MP3, from Max's web site: When we hear the Christmas story what do we feel? Is it just a nice story? Well, yes. But it is also telling us that a huge event has just taken place; an event so big that it changes everything. Why? Because the infinite, eternal being who created all things decided to pay us a visit, knock on our front door, get to know us and find out about our hurts and our pains.

Feel the weight of this extraordinary event in this new 25-minute scripture CD that explores the size and magnitude of Christmas. Make this a part of your holiday celebrations.

Friday, August 14, 2009

you can lead an athiest to evidence but you can't make him think

This is the inaugural book review on this blog. From time to time, I will briefly review books I have read. (With my schedule, it will be infrequently.) I have read through Ray Comfort's book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think, twice. It's a small, short book of 133 pages, published by WND Books. I have to admit, from the outset, that I like Ray Comfort and admire his testimony and how he lives his faith daily. I frequently listen to him on the Internet and have downloaded several of his mp3s. That said, I can't claim to be completely impartial, but I can review the book.

The 7 chapters of this book all contain posts by atheists to Ray's blog, Atheist Central and his replies, sorted by topic. If you are familiar with Ray's Kiwi accent, you can just hear him saying, the blogged replies to skeptics' comments. Ray has a beautiful spirit and a great sense of humor, so the material is extremely readable, always sage and a bit entertaining.

I picked up the book because I am always eager to have defenses for what I believe. (But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14 - 16)

More and more, evolution (which goes counter to the rules of physics and thermodynamics) is being touted as truth, rather than the contrivance of a miserable, racist. More and more, the people I encounter are embracing mystical false religions. More and more youth I teach have been told Jesus of Nazareth is like Zeus or Aphrodite, just another myth, not a historical Man who walked the dusty roads of Israel 2000 years ago.

Creation screams that there is a Creator. Take a look at a spider in its web, or a giraffe bending down to drink with a valve in its head that prevents all the blood from rushing down and causing it to pass out, or a bumble bee that shouldn't be able to fly. Or, if that's too much effort, think about the complexity of the information in your DNA. Information needs a Creator of information.

Ray's scholarly scientific knowledge, intimate familiarity with the Bible and eloquence are comprised in an informative and delightful read for anyone who witnesses.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Testament seal Scriptures

• Matthew 27:66
So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

• John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

• Romans 4:11
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

• 1 Corinthians 9:2
Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

• 2 Corinthians 1:21 - 22
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come

• Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

• Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

• 2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

• Revelation 5:1
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

• Revelation 5:2
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"

• Revelation 5:5
Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."

• Revelation 5:9
And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

• Revelation 6:1
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!"

• Revelation 6:3
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"

• Revelation 6:5
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

• Revelation 6:7
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!"

• Revelation 6:9
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

• Revelation 6:12
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,

• Revelation 7:1 - 5
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000,

• Revelation 8:1
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

• Revelation 9:4
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

• Revelation 10:4
And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down."

• Revelation 20:3
He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

• Revelation 22:10
Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.
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