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Necessary Being

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Our world cannot exist by its own power. The laws of nature demand a self-existent, eternal being from whom and by whom all things come into existence. Today, R.C. Sproul reveals the necessity of God’s being.

Maker of Heaven and Earth – Keller podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/maker-of-heaven-and-earth/id352660924?i=1000443096865

How God Limits Satan’s Power

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2019/05/27/how-god-limits-satans-power/

The Attempt to Find Purpose Without God

This  past year we had a family member suffer a stroke. As this 83 year old elderly person lost their ability to fully walk and do the things they once did, it caused me to ponder the issue of purpose. I even asked the family member what they think their purpose is in life. I even asked them what their purpose was before the stroke. Like most people, they said their purpose was to be a good wife or good mother. Their family was the main purpose in life. Now they also admitted they are just existing now. Thus, because they can’t go out and drive and go to places and do what they once did, they are not really ‘living’ anymore. What I notice in this situation and in  many situations is that people need a function. Thus, people seem to really struggle without a specific ‘function’ or ‘purpose’ in life. It should be noted that the ‘functional” and ‘essentialist’ view of humans is what is at the center of the abortion debate as well.  Anyway,  I asked the family member the following: perhaps you have been missing your overall purpose in life which is to know God (John 17: 4)?

Continue at: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/the-attempt-to-find-purpose-without-god/

Fear or Boldness: How Should We Approach God?

There are certain moments that seem to capture the essence of fatherhood, and these memories are the ones I’m sure I’ll cherish long after my children are grown. One such moment is when daddy comes home after work. As I walk through the door, the first thing I see is a table surrounded by hungry children. Their faces turn and immediately brighten upon seeing me. Almost in unison, they scream “daddy’s home,” and run toward me. A few latch on to my legs, while another one grabs my hand to pull me close and tell me something about her day. Bear hugs and wrestling commences and dinner is temporarily neglected. The sheer excitement in their voice often makes me wonder what I’ve done to receive such love.

This morning, I read Revelation 1 and was struck by the power and majesty of Christ that John witnessed. How can we, as children, approach our Lord who is so majestic and holy? Consider John’s account in Rev. 1:13-18:

Then…in the midst of the lamp stands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

read more: https://growingingrace.blog/2019/06/17/fear-or-boldness-how-should-we-approach-god/

Responding to “You Can’t ‘Prove’ or ‘Disprove’ God’s Existence”

Over the years I have heard hundreds of objections to the Christian faith on a major college campus. One of the most common objections I hear is that there is no way to ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ God’s existence. Sadly, this can allow a person to punt to some form of lazy agnosticism. Thus, they are off the hook and can ignore the God question. When this comes up, I now ask students what they mean by ‘prove’ and then I ask them if they know the difference between deductive, inductive or abductive proof. Unless they have taken an intro to logic course, in most cases, they don’t know any of these terms. I don’t bring this up to be snarky. Nor do I do it to try to show them how smart I am.  Nor am I trying to use confusing terminology. I am simply trying to get them to think through what they mean by the word ‘proof.’ See our chart here.

Read more at: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/responding-to-you-cant-prove-or-disprove-gods-existence-2/