The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


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Seven Apologetics Books Every Teen Should Read

By TIM BARNETT Published on May 25, 2020

I try not to dwell on disappointments. But there is one disappointment I think about a lot. In fact, it drives my motivation for ministry.

My great regret: I didn’t discover apologetics until I was in my early twenties.

My mission in ministry is to expose students to the rich intellectual resources Christianity has to offer.

I can’t change my past, but I can do my best to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. My mission in ministry is to expose students to the rich intellectual resources Christianity has to offer. Incidentally, there are a lot of really good apologetics works. My bookshelves are lined with them. Unfortunately, most of these works are not written for a younger audience.

I often get asked about which apologetics books I recommend for students. Here is the list I normally offer. Rather than overwhelm you with options, I’ve selected one book for each of the seven essential topics below.

1. Truth Book

One of the biggest challenges — in scope, not substance — facing young people is the challenge of relativism and religious pluralism. Students need to be able to identify and refute these flawed philosophies. That’s why I always recommend Paul Copan’s book True for You But Not for Me. Copan uses short, easy-to-follow chapters to answer over 30 objections to the Christian faith.

2. God Book

Many Christian students believe God exists but are unable to give good reasons why. This is where William Lane Craig’s On Guard comes to the rescue. Craig lays out three philosophical arguments for the existence of God in a manner accessible to students. He also addresses objections against each argument and tackles the problem of evil. An added benefit of this recommendation is that it exposes students to one of the greatest living Christian philosophers.

3. Bible Book

The church does a good job teaching stories from the Bible. But we haven’t done a good job showing why we should trust the Bible in the first place. If you want your students to understand why we should trust the Bible, I recommend J. Warner Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity. Wallace applies his sharp detective mind to the Gospels to show they can be trusted.

4. Resurrection Book

The bodily resurrection of Jesus is central to Christianity. If Jesus has not been raised, our faith is futile. But most students think this is something we have to take on blind faith. In reality, we have good reasons to believe Jesus rose from the dead. A great book for students on the resurrection is Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ.

5. Science Book

It never fails. In every Q&A session with students, someone asks a science-related question. Many young people are under the impression that science and faith are incompatible. That’s why we need to introduce students to Can Science Explain Everything? by John Lennox. In this short book, the Oxford mathematician dispels common misconceptions about science and Christianity and reveals how they work together.

6. Worldview Book

Everyone has a worldview — a set of ideas about the world. And these ideas have consequences for how we live and interact in the culture. Many students struggle to navigate contemporary challenges to their Christian faith and values. In A Student’s Guide to Culture, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle give students the tools to live differently and be a light in a culture that sometimes feels overwhelming.

7. Conversation Book

The most important book — besides the Bible — on my shelf is Tactics by Gregory Koukl. This book helps students take the content they have learned and move into the conversation with safety and confidence. Over and over, students tell me how the tactical game plan helped them share their convictions with friends and family.

So, there you have it. These are the seven books I believe will expose students to good apologetics from great apologists. Happy reading!

Tim Barnett has worked as a speaker for Stand to Reason since 2015, and serves on the pastoral staff of Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket, Ontario.

Originally published at Stand to Reason.  Reprinted with permission.


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History on the repeat

Will they ever learn from their historical failures? Will they ever be able to understand that their blind hate will cause them to bump into the wrath of an Almighty God who arises for the sake of His beloved people?

“Today, we celebrate the triumph of those IDF heroes & reaffirm our commitment to securing Jerusalem forevermore.“On this day in the Hebrew calendar, we celebrate the liberation of Jerusalem. The Old City—lost to the Jewish people for 2,000 years—was finally back in our hands.” IDF

Asaph he wrote his Psalm 83, a cry on the repeat with the same result time after time after time!

WILL THEY EVER LEARN?

“O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.

They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.

They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”

For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground.

Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.”

O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane!

Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O Lord.

Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.”

Psalm‬ ‭83:1-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬


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A Poem

They own your eyes,
they own your ears,
control your thoughts
and play your feelings.
Through all control
they make you think
it’s you
but don’t mistake
it’s them
that makes decisions.

You sold your brain
As they make sure
That all you see
And all you hear
Is mind controlled
Destruction!

Is not the What
but who has taken over.
What comes in mind
And what we see
Emotions out of sync
Your judgment
lost control
My God
Where have we gone

So what’s the plan
The strategy
your goal
to be set free
from all control?

It’s Him
His thoughts
His work of Sacrifice
His control
In total surrender
In total trust!

Not me but He
Not them but God
Take over Father
Holy Spirit

Remove the chains
the shackles
of destruction.
Just set us free
so total free
as we reveal
our longing
for surrender.

To you
and only you
our eyes belong
our ears
our thoughts and feelings.

A New Day!

Please may it be a

New Day!

 


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The UNBALANCE and the RESET

Yesterday (Easter Day) was a scary day as “unbalance” was the word that brought me to the hospital.

After waking up fresh and ready for the day to come and the happy moment with my loved ones, suddenly while watching a sermon at the Tomb Garden, the world started to rolling around like a merry-go-round! Scary as panic took over for my and I felt totally out of control. It was as if my body took over and decided to do its own thing with an uncontrollable reaction of throwing up! After an hour or so we decided to call the doctor and we were asked to come to the hospital.

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Silent Saturday

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Silent Saturday, names so significant defining the days in the history of our faith!

I try to understand the emotions and tension on the day of Jesus’ “death”.

The pain of His family, the despair of His followers, the struggle of His betrayer…

While death was the actual physical situation and silence was the result, the earth in real was trembling. As grieve and disappointment was the obvious situation, the battle, hidden for the most of them, actually started and hell broke loose as it had to let go its fiercely grip on mankind.

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Panic, Paralysis or Preparation!

Whatever the reason or hidden agenda is behind the worldwide paralyzing-panicking crisis, somehow I hope you understand that our Heavenly Father is not passive in this issue!

Many times, in the Old Testament when He is planning to address the Israelites because of disconnection or disobedience, the best way to get their attention was by a famine, in whatever form!

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Sowing Fear, Reaping Control

Author Mick Brennan

Fully aware of the serious situation the world is in, I still or maybe specifically want to forward this article that I found on Facebook by a for me unknown author! An interesting perspective with a Fictional approach!
Rob van’t Wout

What if

If I were the devil or the leader of the New World Order, what would I do when my power was being threatened by a lone man (!) and his 65 million followers?

I believe I would use fear to paralyze entire populations of people.
I would use a few in power to cripple the masses.
I may release fear of death from disease, lock them down to shelter inside.

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This would crash economies.

I would pay off the media to help spread my campaign of fear. When the weak minded cower, that will leave only half of the population to fight back. Continue reading


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What is Your Request? // How to Pray with Authority

How to Pray with Authority like Nehemiah and Esther

I want to invite you on a journey to look at the lives of Nehemiah and Esther as we learn how to pray with authority. The Lord brought about miraculous intervention and deliverance through these risk takers and history makers. Continue reading


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Included in the Calling

Among the many beautiful people I’ve met over the past years here in Sweden are the significant callings as the Lord appointed them to play a huge role in the spiritual shift that is ahead of us.

How do I know?

My biggest question to the Lord has always been to have the Elisabeth-Mary experience where what I “carry”, jumps up in recognition of what I meet!

“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:41-45‬ ‭ESV‬‬

These moments of first recognition were also marked with the reality of them being so destined but still so unprepared! As over the years even disconnection happend (mostly through disappointment), Continue reading


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The two faces of the same controlling spirit

Intimidation and manipulation

Have you ever tried to convince a lovely (manipulating) person with a sweet face from her/his error and during the conversation the person turns from nice to deeply uncontrollably mad and angry?

It’s the two faces of the same dark controlling spirit actually directly getting its power from witchcraft. Continue reading


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11:1, the proclamation of a new beginning

Bypassing the tree, from the roots again, a new growth, ignoring the conclusions of wild growth, pictured in the three times one!

As mankind messes with the generations, Adonai respects and honors the roots of origin by (re)starting afresh.

As the undefiled roots still hold the seed and full power of original fruitfulness, it’s the surprising moment where seemly dead and seemly old is reproducing a shoot!

Our God is into “to old” and very barren where the obvious proof of His doing is the only reliable source! The God of Abraham and Sarah, of Hannah and Samuel, of Isaiah 54:1 holding the promise of the conserved creation.

When the sinful intentions of mankind causes the plan of redemption to be blocked or sidetracked, THERE IS GOD and there are the NEW BEGINNINGS.

The fury of reactions, whether by religious legalism or today’s “democratic” rages, proves that the battle of Eden is still on but praise God the PLAN is stil undefiled and in full strength!

The longing, sometimes deep down and almost silent, for freedom and purpose in its Creator is what makes that Adonai is reaching out again and again and announcing His ONE ONE ONE loudly and certainly!

As we live in a whirlwind of evil and almost darkness where nations are collapsing under the weight of oppression and abuse of power, a FAITHFUL Father is arising for the sake of His children shouting, breathing His RUACH containing the redeeming ONE!

There are significant markings in HIStory (skillfully wickedly rewritten and often removed) that are worth revisiting, functioning as memory stones to “tell” the story of a God that steps in and without the doing of men’s hand changing and correcting the course of LIFE!

Go UK, go America, go Israel, go Sweden, go nations, go families, go parents, go YOU!

But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots. The Spirit of ADONAI will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fearing ADONAI — he will be inspired by fearing ADONAI. He will not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear, but he will judge the impoverished justly; he will decide fairly for the humble of the land. He will strike the land with a rod from his mouth and slay the wicked with a breath from his lips. Justice will be the belt around his waist, faithfulness the sash around his hips.” Isaiah 11:1-5


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Establishing PRAYER ALTARS this coming year

by Wanda Alger

Through our prayers we can shift the atmosphere over our homes, our cities, and our nation. Our corporate agreement in declaring God’s Word has power in the Spirit to change hearts, save lives, and establish Kingdom realities. But if we want our collective voice to have governing authority in the spirit, the Church must first establish itself as a house of prayer.

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. . . My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations . . . (Mark 11:17).

Though it may look different from “house” to “house,” our role as a priesthood of believers is to establish a place of God’s presence. In 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV), we are called “. . . a chosen generation, a royal priesthood . . . .” This is part of our function as representatives of His Kingdom on the earth—to be ministers in the house of the Lord. We become witnesses to His presence and power as we minister before Him where we’ve been planted. Continue reading


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REST – The ultimate weapon

By Clay Sikes

Is much chaos around you? Are you facing one challenge after another? Does hell seem to erupt against you in routine fashion? Do you see the world in greater levels of decay? The systems of men are dying; Babylon is falling and chaos spills over this planet is grand fashion. Could it be the chaos will get worse; the attacks against us more fierce? The answer is “absolutely!” Chaos is the new normal. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…” Again, chaos is the new normal, but His elect will stand up, stand strong, and stand out as lights in an ever darkening world. Masses will run to the light!!! Continue reading


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The Centrality of Jesus – A Christmas Reflection for Every Day

by J. Heinrich Arnold

Life needs a center, a core, an axis to revolve around and anchor our physical and philosophical existence. Whether we like it or not, we all center our lives around something – it might be family, career, money, or sex, or ego, or an addiction. There is some element that will drive our life path forward toward good or ill, whether we’re conscious of it or not. So Christmas is a time to consider what we want the center of our lives to be, and we want a center we can trust. Continue reading


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The power of local strategic prayer

By Eric Boerhout (Sverigebönen 24/7)

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15 

For the past 3 years my family and friends have organised a Christmas celebration for the people in our little village in the countryside and the surrounding villages. We call the celebration: ‘Jul i Fagerhult’. Everyone is invited through personal contact or an invitation that we put in their mailbox. Continue reading


Ignorance is killing us!

Reading: Matthew 24 and Isaiah 22

A warning, speaking out in preparation for “the news”!

I’m pretty sure that the evil that is covering the nations today like a tsunami can not be “voted” away!

For many years people thought democracy was about the vote of the people and the “strength” of a society, but these days we sadly know better! Continue reading


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The Secret of the Western Wall

“No site in Jerusalem affected me more than the western wall.”

– Edward Wilmot Blyden (1866, African American Author; – From West Africa to Palestine; 245)

The Western Wall, sometimes called “The Wailing Wall”, is known throughout the world as a Jewish place of prayer. Jews have been praying here for centuries, still weeping over the destruction of the Temple or reciting ancient prayers, looking for the Messiah. Many will write their prayers on paper and stuff them in the cracks of the wall to keep their prayers continually before God. Continue reading


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Since you asked…

I know, I know, this kind of post will probably not score as much as my Profile Update on Facebook recently… and definitely cause some worry to the readers. Thanks for your concern, but allow me to share my worries, knowing that I do not hold the truth. Please forgive me for at least giving you some insight from the guys that do know and do shout it out, the sources that you probably do not visit. Continue reading


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The Story of Life

By Eric Boerhout

Whoever wants to save his life should lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake should win it.” Matt 16:25

Each of us has its own unique life story. It begins completely beyond our own control and will. The start is written by other people’s actions and motives. Hopefully, your life begins with a loving dad and mom. Hopefully you were born in a loving home in a safe country full of opportunities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Your life may have started in an environment of struggle, strife and broken relationships. Maybe it was not so loving in your home, or your country was not so safe to live in. We all have a very different beginning to our life stories, depending on the circumstances that made their mark on it.

But no matter how the start has been, everyone eventually comes to a point where the pen becomes more and more your own. The moment when you yourself decide how the story will continue. Then it is your own thoughts, motives and actions that decide how the story should proceed. For me, this point came when I was 12 years old. I was born and raised in a loving family who gave me everything I needed. But, as many may recognize in themselves, I sought to take control of life to move in a different direction. I thought that if I could do what I wanted, freedom and happiness would be the result – my life was filled with drugs, parties and alcohol. Already at the age of 18 I became a father and had to be responsible for the consequences of my actions. I had taken control of my life story and what was written down was now a mess.

I had taken control of my life story and what was written down was now a mess.

I think we all get to that point in our lives when we have to look back and think about the history we have written. Of course, there are many things we couldn’t control – things that rushed right into our lives and caused a huge impact. Other people’s actions, illnesses and disasters that left large ink stains on the page. But we all have a choice how to react and respond in the middle of the storms. And then pick up the pen again and continue writing where the waves of life placed us.

And then pick up the pen again and continue writing where the waves of life placed us.

When I looked at the mess I left behind, I realized that I would not be able to arrange this on my own. This is where God came into my story. He turned out to be a loving father, a friend and savior who did not get angry when he looked at my past. He was neither shocked nor overwhelmed by the mess I put up with. Instead, He took me by the hand and asked me if we could continue to write the story together.

No matter what your life looks like today – or what you have written so far – you can choose to leave control of your life to God and continue to write the story with Him. The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 that God wants to bless your life.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ESV

Prayer requests:

– That the congregation in Sweden should hand over control to God and let Him lead.

– That many who do not believe should turn to God and find Him in the midst of the storms.

Eric Boerhout, Sverigebönen 24-7


The Apostolic Nature of the Church Has Been Hijacked

What a deep and confronting word by Stephen Struebing from Maranatha Global!