Four Ways To Share Your Faith

Knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.   Philippians 1:17

Paul uses four different words in Philippians to describe the communication of the gospel.  He says we are to “speak” (Gk. lalelo) the gospel in our everyday conversation (v. 14).  We are to “herald” (Gk. kerussa) the gospel as a public crier would in the open air (v. 15).  We are to “preach” (Gk. kataggello) the gospel through formal preaching (v. 16).  Finally we are to verbally defend (Gk. apologia) the gospel through the use of apologetics (v. 17).  Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, let us not be ashamed of the gospel.  It alone can bring lasting change to a darkened mind.    -Sid Halsband

Lead me to some soul today, O teach me, Lord, just what to say; Melt my heart, and fill my life, give me one soul today.  -Will Houghton

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The Bible Reveals The Hydrologic Cycle Thousands Of Years In Advance Of Modern Science

The Bible and TRUE science have always been in total harmony.  Although the Bible is not solely a book on science per say, whenever scientific principles are brought up in the Bible, there is never a contradiction.  The only exception that I can think of, are the miracles that God has performed, whereas He breaks His own laws, such as Jesus walking on water, the parting of the Red Sea, the ax head floating, and a myriad of others.  Enjoy the following article which graphically describes the Biblical narrative of the earth’s hydrologic cycle, written thousands of years before scientists understood it.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

 

DAYS OF PRAISE DAYS OF PRAISE
The Rivers and the Sea
BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D. | MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2018

“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” (Ecclesiastes 1:7)

As the ancients observed the mighty Nile and Euphrates and other great rivers flowing into the ocean, they could not help but wonder why the sea level never rose. They knew that many of the waters in the rivers came from rainfall, especially during floods, but they had only quaint notions, at best, as to where the rains originated. Not until the days of modern science did men discover that rainfall actually comes from the oceans via evaporation and atmospheric transportation.

But the Bible writers somehow seemed to know about the true nature of the hydrologic cycle thousands of years in advance of modern science. The rivers come from the same place to which they return—that is, the sea.

But how do the waters of the sea ever rise into the sky? “He maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly” (Job 36:27-28). Water droplets are made very small by the process of evaporation so they can be carried aloft by the up-rushing air forces over warm waters; later they “distill upon man abundantly.”

There are other references in Scripture to different phases of this great hydrologic cycle, but one of the most significant is Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth. . . . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” The waters return to the skies only after doing their good work on the lands. Just so, the life-giving Word of God returns to Him, not void, but full of the spiritual fruit for which He sent it. HMM

“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” – The Book And The Film

Students taking the current course at the SouthWest Florida Bible Institute: “NT701 Two Tremendous Archaeological Discoveries,” will find the book, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” invaluable.  The book goes into much greater depth than the film, and is a tremendous tool in Bible history, apologetics and archaeology.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

The Book:

The Film:

Incredible 1,500-year-old Christian mosaic uncovered in Israel ~ November 27, 2017

Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a stunning 1,500-year-old Christian mosaic that was once the floor of a church or monastery.
Experts found the mosaic during an excavation in the ancient Mediterranean coastal city of Ashdod-Yam, now part of the modern city of Ashdod. The discovery, which was made in August, was announced Thursday by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
An inscription in Greek dedicated to the structure’s builders offered archaeologists a vital clue. The inscription mentions a date on the ancient Georgian calendar, enabling experts to date the building.

“[By the grace of God (or Christ)], this work was done from the foundation under Procopius, our most saintly and most holy bishop, in the month Dios of the 3rd indiction, year 292” it reads. The year 292 corresponds to 539 A.D. “This is the earliest appearance of the use of the Georgian calendar in the Land of Israel, many years before it was used in Georgia itself,” explained Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who deciphered the inscription, in a statement.
Experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Gottingen and Leipzig University in Germany also participated in the project.
Ashdod-Yam was an important city during the Byzantine period. Long hidden under sand dunes, the city is now revealing its secrets. “As far as we know, Ashdod is now home to the largest community of Jews of Georgian origin in the world,” said Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Balbina Bäbler of the University of Göttingen, and Sa’ar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in the statement. “Testimony to the presence of the actual Georgians in the Land of Israel as far back as the Byzantine period has been found dozens of kilometers from Ashdod – in Jerusalem and its surroundings. But this is the first time that a Georgian church or monastery has been discovered on the Israeli coast.”

The archaeologists note that, according to historical sources, the fifth-century Georgian Prince and Bishop Peter the Iberian lived in Ashdod-Yam.
Archaeologists are now working to raise additional funds to continue their excavation of the site.
The Ashdod-Yam mosaic floor is just the latest fascinating Christian archaeological find in Israel. An ancient Greek inscription, for example, was recently found on a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The inscription mentions the Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6th century A.D., and commemorates the building’s founding by a priest called Constantine.
In 2015 a 1,500-year-old church was discovered at a Byzantine-era rest stop between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In 2014 the remains of another church from the same period were uncovered in southern Israel.
Experts also believe they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.
Reported by: James Rogers – Fox News

By Prophecy in the News| November 27th, 2017|Tags: Archaeologists, Ashdod, Christ, Christian Mosaic, Christian News, Georgian Calendar, God, Greek, Israel, Prophecy News

 

 

Christ The Creationist

The Bible is full of affirmations for a recent creation, if one properly reads, exegetes, and believes in it!  Both Old and New Testaments confirm this fact to be true.  Jesus Christ also validates this often, and a couple more of His references are cited below, in the devotional “Days Of Praise” from the Institute For Creation Research.  This article was written by their founder, Dr. Henry M. Morris:

Christ the Creationist
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Oct. 5, 2017
“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” (Mark 13:19)
In predicting a future judgment on the unbelieving world, the Lord Jesus referred to “the beginning of the creation which God created,” thus affirming the biblical doctrine of supernatural, sudden creation. In the pagan world of His day, evolutionism was dominant almost everywhere. The Epicureans, for example, were atheistic evolutionists. The Stoics, Gnostics, Platonists, and others were pantheistic evolutionists. None of the extra-biblical philosophers of His day believed in a God who had created all things, including even the universe itself.
But Christ was a creationist, and the much-maligned “scientific creationists” of today are following His example and teaching. He even believed in recent creation, for He said (speaking of Adam and Eve) that “from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6). The pagans all believed in an eternal cosmos, but Jesus said it had a beginning and that man and woman were a part of that beginning creation, following which “the sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27).
He also believed that the “two accounts” of creation (Genesis 1 and 2) were complementary, not contradictory, for He quoted from both in the same context. “Have ye not read,” He said, “that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female [Genesis 1], And said For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? [Genesis 2]” (Matthew 19:4-6).
There may be some Christians who are evolutionists, but there is no such thing as “Christian evolution,” for Christ was a creationist! HMM

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 51

Jeff Swanson interviewed by Doug Hagmann and Joe Hagmann

Jeff Swanson has a website planbible.com It is his life work that produced a chronological Bible that is in order verse by verse.  It is the only one of its kind.

Where are we in the prophetical time line?  Jeff believes the signs at the end times will intensify and occur in rapid order within a relatively brief period of time.

Are we seeing prophecy fulfilled everyday in the headlines?  Yes.  They are not single events, but merging patterns and seasons.  The Middle East is falling together.  Nations are becoming antisemitic and standing against Israel.  Genesis 12:3  “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee.”  When the United States went against Israel, the Lord allowed us to be punished in the exact same amount through Hurricane Katrina.

There are 800 prophecies/verses that have been fulfilled in the Bible.  There are 2,500 prophecies/verses yet to be fulfilled.

Jeff Swanson’s studies of the Bible and his expertise in mathematics have enabled him to date key Biblical events.  Consider the following:

Using the Julian, Gregorian and Jewish calendars, Jeff Swanson completed 66 calculations and arrived at a creation date of 3960 B.C.  Jeff agreed with the famous Archbishop James Ussher (author of Annals of the World) on all but two calculations.  They arrived at creation dates only 44 years apart.  Ussher’s date of creation is 4004 B.C.

Jeff Swanson’s other dates are:

Date of Christ’s birth: September 11, 3 B.C.  (Julian Calendar)

Christ’s Crucifixion:  April 3, 33 A.D.  (Julian Calendar

Christ’s Crucifixion:  April 1, 33 A.D.  (Gregorian Calendar)

Jeff Swanson advised Christians that the Lord has placed each of us within a particular sphere of influence.  We are to be faithful to the people who God has placed in our lives.  We are touching more people than we realize.  After we leave this earth, the Lord will use the legacy of our lives to continually touch people in a powerful way that we do not fully understand.  [This was one of the most profound statements that I ever heard in a prophecy conference.  The interviewers, Haggman and Hagmann were touched by it as well].

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Listen below to Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor interview Jeff Swanson about the same subjects discussed above:

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 48

Russ Breault    ~    Shroud Of Turin: Past, Present, Future

Russ Breault believes there is a 90% chance that the Shroud Of Turin is authentic.

RESURRECTION!  Apologetics

Apologetics is the branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.

A field of Christian theology which aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith.

Why do you believe what you believe.

The Shroud falls within the field of apologetics.

The resurrection is the centerpiece of the Christian faith.  “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”  I Corinthians 15:14

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”  I Corinthians 15:17

The resurrection is a settled historic fact:

  • The Shroud is not necessary for belief in the resurrection.
  • Not blind faith.
  • It is a matter of faith based on fact.
  • What are the proof points other than the Shroud?

The apostles referred to the resurrection as a factual event.  I Corinthians 15:3-6  There are about six post resurrection appearances.  The Jews never questioned the empty tomb!  They alleged the disciples stole the body.  How?  Pilate put soldiers to guard the tomb.  For what purpose?  All the apostles except John died as martyrs.  These apostles were all eye witnesses to these events.

Why Jerusalem?

  • Apostles were from Galilee.
  • Why didn’t they go home?
  • The Temple.
  • The Empty Tomb!
  • All the Romans or Jews needed to do was…
  • Produce the dead body of Jesus!
  • Resorted to persecution in AD 37.

Evidence of Transformation

  • Only 7 weeks after the resurrection, Peter with boldness stands in the Temple Court and challenges the very authorities who called for Christ’s crucifixion.
  • Not possible without complete assurance of the resurrection.  Acts 4:9-11

Martyrdom of the Apostles  –  All they had to do was deny the resurrection!

Are there non-biblical historical records that validate what the Scriptures claim?   There are over twenty non-Christian sources between 30 and 130 AD.  They all refer to Jesus as a historical figure.  Twelve mentioned his death by crucifixion.  Ten refer to His resurrection!

With or without the shroud, the resurrection is a historic fact.  The shroud can give us further insight.

Is the Shroud Proof?

  • No…not scientifically
  • The possibility is staggering
  • It could be the most important artifact on the planet!
  • The ultimate apologetic

The Shroud:  Past-Present-Future

Message through History

The image was rediscovered in Edessa, Turkey in the sixth century, described as the true likeness of Christ, not made with human hands.  The icon images all changed from this point on, imitating the shroud.  There are coins from this time with over 180 points of congruence with the shroud.

II Corinthians 4:4

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  Hebrews 1:3

To see Jesus is to see God.

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Early Context

  • Roman Emperor Caligula who reigned from 37-41 A.D.  was the first to demand worship.  All other emperors who followed, demanded the same.
  • Thousands of Christians would die as martyrs refusing to worship the emperor or his image.

The Image as Theology

  • Early images based on the “True Likeness” were used to confront paganism.
  • Later use was to combat heresy and Gnosticism.  I John 4:1-3

Message to the Church today

  • Remember your first love.   Revelation 2:4
  • You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  I Corinthians 6:19-20
  • The church of God, which he purchased with his own blood.  Acts 20:28

The shroud is a relic, a symbol, a mystery and an artifact.

A Prophetic Message To The Church

The resurrection had no eye witnesses.

What happened in the tomb?  The key to the future is the past.  Matthew 28:3  The Transfiguration  Matthew 17:2

Conversion of Saul  Acts 9:3-8

Has God reserved the shroud for us in the twentieth  century as proof of the resurrection?

We are looking for the glorious appearing.  The blessed hope.  Titus 2:11-14   I John 3:2-3

The power of the resurrection is the power of the Holy Spirit within you!  The shroud represents a future event- the coming of the Lord.  Hebrews 9:28

The next event on the church calendar is the rapture of the saints.

The message of the shroud is BELIEVE!

 

 

Hungary/Romania 2017 Mission Trip ~ Part 5

Crusade Evangelism In Oradea

Open Doors Baptist Church

Our team of preachers spoke twice at the same church on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  I preached at Open Doors Baptist Church, and went with my evangelistic standby message “The Lamb Of God,” Revelation 13:8b.

Since I was to speak again in the evening, and because a large funeral would occur in the church facility in the afternoon, I stayed with the host pastor, his wife and their friends.  We shared a meal together and rested.

The funeral was packed with people.  A person passed on who lived only a few doors down from the church.  Many more came to the funeral than came to church!  Boy, that will make you think.  It reminds me of the old joke – “Make sure the next time you come to church is not when six strong men carry you there.”  I would guess there were well over two hundred people attending the funeral, filling the upper balcony as well.  Bobby Herrell spoke to the people and emphasized the resurrection from the dead.  The good folks all wore black and the atmosphere was one of mourning the loss of a loved one.  Bobby’s message cut right through the darkness as we heard great joy in his voice, expounding on Jesus rising from the dead.  Bobby kept looking at me as I sat on the front row, and I later asked him why.  He said it was because of my positive reaction to the message.  He did not see it elsewhere.  It shows the importance for you and me to let our light shine in a world of darkness all around us.

In the evening service, I preached from Acts 1:3, “Many Infallible Proofs.”  Some of the evidences of the reality of our faith are people’s testimonies of salvation, the boldness of the Apostles, the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecies, and the spread of Christianity around the world.  This doctrine is called apologetics, and often resonates with young people.  Our preaching was well received.  As mentioned, Romanian Christians will turn out to hear the Word of God, the way Americans turn out to hear a Christian music group or artist.

The Evangelistic Crusades were a great success.  The services were anointed, the people attended in great numbers, and sixty one souls made professions of faith in Oradea.  As the president of PIMI, Elijah Morar told us as we prepared to leave on our tour bus, only eternity will reveal the hearts that were touched during the last week.  Well said.  We hated to leave.  I enjoy working in a vineyard where people are responding to the Gospel and not Gospel hardened like in America.  You have to go to these places in order to understand what I just wrote.

In His Service, Pastor Steve

True Science Is In Perfect Harmony With The Bible / Apologetics

Below are a few of the countless proofs of the inspiration of the Bible.  The Lord knows all about His creation, so the very limited scientific understanding of man was already known by God in eternity past:

FASCINATING BIBLE FACTS!
The Bible is filled with scientific facts, written thousands of years before man discovered them. 
Did you know…
At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth’s free float in space. Job 26: 7 reads… “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Science didn’t discover that the earth hangs upon nothing until 1650.
Did you know…
The Scriptures tell us that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 reads… “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,…” The word translated “circle” here is the Hebrew wordchuwg, which is also translated “circuit” or “compass” (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something spherical, rounded, or arched – not something that is flat or square. The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 B.C. This is at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested, in his book “On the Heavens,” that the earth might be a sphere. It was another 2,000 years later (at a time when science believed that the earth was flat) that the Scriptures inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. 
Did you know…
Science can only speculate why dinosaurs disappeared. However, the answer may be in Job 40: 15-24. In this passage, God Himself speaks of a great creature called “behemoth.” Some Bible commentators think this is a reference to the hippopotamus. However, one of the characteristics of this massive animal is that it had a tail the size of a large tree. The Hippo’s tail isn’t like a tree; it’s more like a small twig.
Here are all the given characteristics of this huge animal: It was the largest of all the creatures God made; was plant-eating (herbivorous); had its strength in its hips, and a tail like a large tree. It had very strong bones, lived among the trees, drank massive amounts of water, and was not disturbed by a raging river. He appears impervious to attack because his nose could pierce through snares, but Scripture says in verse 19, “He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.” In other words, God caused this, the largest of all the creatures He had made, to become extinct. 
Did you know…
Modern deep-sea-diving cameras have discovered amazing hot-water vents on the floor of the oceans – “the springs of the sea.” Job 38:16 reads… “Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?” These thermal vents release huge amounts of mineral-rich, super-heated water – springs in the darkness.
For thousands of years, all the answers to puzzling questions can be found within the precious pages of the Bible. A wise man knows where to go to find the answers!