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And He said to them, 'Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." - Jesus, (Matthew 17:20 NASB)

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Christian life and Christian apologetics blogs

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:3-9)

Christian apologetics/cultural blogs:

Benefits of Christianity upon a culture

Internet evangelism

Christianity articles

God's love

Audio Bibles

2014 Bible reading plan

Christian websites and blogs

Sermons and related material

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." - Genesis 1:1

Relying on God's strength:


Heaven and hell:


Heaven:


Hell:

The true Christian:

Other sermons and related material - Classics

John Wesley:

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst

Hudson Taylor:

John Knox:


Paul Washer:

Adrian Rogers:

James Orr:


Charles Spurgeon:

Various areas

Faith:

Motives/thinking before acting:

Overcoming:

God's Total Commitment

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Marriage and the Love of Christ

Pastor Tim Conway Preaching on the Love of Christ at a Wedding

Pride

Men Hate God and Suppress the Truth

Being God Fearing:

Anvil of God's Word:

Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.:


Self-Discipline

Self-discipline Other:

Good Habits:

Working and sharing:

Christian spiritual growth:

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Some Things I Have Learnt In 50 Years by Zac Poonen:

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Christian character:


Jacob/Joseph and his brothers:


Victory:

Pulling down strongholds:

Sin:

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.


Divine Hiddenness

Modal arguments for the existence of God:

Comfort zone:

Revivals

Fruits of the Spirit

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23

Love

"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-control

Believers life and position in Christ - Romans, Ephesians and other books of the Bible

Supernatural vs. naturalism

Contemporary Christianity history

Descent from the Cross, depicted by Rubens

Evangelical Protestants

American Christianity

American Roman Catholicism

Christianity and Global Christianity news

Christianity and the global south

African Christianity

Global Christianity stats

2015
Global Christianity vs. Global Islam

Religious demographics for the 21st century

Christianity, Islam, and Europe

Christian apologetics initiatives

Christian apologetics events

Christian apologetics books

Christian apologetics and atheism:

Christian apologetics organizations/websites

Christian apologetics related material

  • Alister McGrath: Is faith reasonable? What are the limitations of reason which revelation informs us about? For example, what is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Like coherent and reasonable things to believe based on Christianity having evidence in other areas, but which cannot be proven empirically. Believing in things due to the inference to best explanation (inductive inference and deductive inference). Christianity offers a big picture view of things that makes sense of the world. Atheism is an emaciated and bleak worldview.[1]
  • 'Why God Won't Go Away' by Alister McGrath (Discusses the background and triggers for the New Atheism, the New Atheism, the Christian response and the aftermath of peak period of the New Atheism)

Christian apologetics online articles

Historicity of the New Testament

Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Resurrection of Jesus Christ Videos

Defense of miracles - video

Leonhard Euler

Biblical creationism

Germany has one of the best organized and vocal creationist presence in Europe.[2]

Philosophical/cultural apologetics

Archaeology

Christian apologetics websites

Tyre Bible prophecy

Creation/ID apologetics

Video:

Bible inerrancy

Robert Dick Wilson

Quotes

"I have come to the conviction that no man knows enough to attack the veracity of the Old Testament. Every time when anyone has been able to get together enough documentary 'proofs' to undertake an investigation, the biblical facts in the original text have victoriously met the test" - Robert Dick Wilson, quoted in R. Pache, The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture).

"We may take the purely defensive line and endeavor to show that the general and particular attacks upon the truthfulness of the Old Testament narratives are unsupported by facts. Or, we may take the offensive and show that the Old Testament narratives are in harmony with all that is really known of the history of the world in the times described in the Old Testament records, and that these records themselves contain the ineffaceable evidence that the time and place of their origin agree with the facts recorded. The best method, perhaps, will be to make an offensive-defensive, showing not merely that the attacks are futile, but that the events recorded and the persons and things described are true to history,—that is, that they harmonize in general with what we learn from the contemporaneous documents of other nations.

This is true of the very earliest narratives of the Old Testament... From this time downward there is no good reason for doubting that the Biblical narrative is derived from written sources based on contemporaneous documents." - Robert Dick Wilson

“It is the purpose of the present volume to show that intelligent Christians have a reasonable ground forconcluding that the text of the Old Testament which we have is substantially correct, and that, in its true and obvious meaning, it has a right to be considered a part of the ‘infallible rule of faith and practice’ that we have in the Holy Scriptures.” - Robert Dick Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament (1926)

External links

Bible

Bible exegesis

Scripture memorization

Benefits of memorizing Scripture

"Scripture Memorization Works:

Every time we think a thought, including when we memorize and meditate on scripture, our brains are changed. Dr. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist and psychiatrist and author of Making a Good Brain Great, says, “Every time you have a thought your brain releases chemicals. ... Your thoughts ... positive or negative ... make you feel good or they make you feel bad.” What you read and what you say to yourself, changes ever so slightly the neuropathways of your brain and that, in turn, influences your attitudes, behaviors, and emotions. Scripture memorization allows you to choose words and images that shape your mind and heart. It works in us even when we are not conscious of its doing so." For more information please see: SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION by By Pastor Jerry Truex

Bible memorization books based on the phonetic system of mnemonics

How to memorize entire books of the Bible

University studies on Bible memorization

Creating new behaviors to replace habitual thinking

"A saying among scientists who study the human brain is “Use it before you lose it.” We have the power to help keep our brain fit and working well. Dr. Lawrence Katz, a neurologist at Duke University, urges people to perform daily mental exercises such as brushing your teeth with the non-dominant hand or taking a new route to work to help stimulate the brain and keep it healthy. The goal is to replace unthinking routine with fresh awareness and new focus.

There’s a lesson here for us as followers of Jesus Christ. Even the most valuable spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and prayer can become so habitual that our minds are not fully engaged.

To avoid slipping into a spiritual rut, why not add Scripture memory to your daily devotional time? It’s a mental effort designed to produce spiritual change. The psalmist wrote, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Ro 12:2-note).

It’s more than a brain game to memorize and meditate on the powerful Word of God. —David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)" Source: MEMORIZING AND MEDITATING ON THE WORD OF GOD: INTRODUCTION

Benefits of learning biblical Greek/Hebrew

Learning Koine Greek

Application of the Bible in our lives

Bible versions

Proverbs: Chapters 1 to 4

Interesting Facts about the Bible

Christian Inspirational videos and testimonies

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone

Christian Video Sharing Websites and channels

Christianity stats

Africa, fertility rates and growth of Christianity in Africa

Christianity


Historical:

Christian apologetics:

Church leadership

American religious landscape

Religious polarization in America?

"Indeed. According to Pew, “the percentage of adults … who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years. And the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular,’ has jumped more than six points.

And on the other hand, we’re seeing an increase of those who are serious about their faith when it comes to spiritual disciplines and activities: higher levels of at least weekly Bible reading, participating in weekly prayer or Bible study groups, sharing faith with others at least weekly. So, as Christianity Today reported, “The rich in faith get richer while the poor get poorer.”[7]

Yet, it may be partly due to bad survey design problems related to Pew and others: Baylor University researchers: American Christianity is not on the decline.

Global resurgence of religion

Effects on politics

Evangelism

Missionary organizations

India and Christian evangelism

Related essays

Child evangelism movement/Ministries to children

Evangelism opportunities related to Western immigrants

Christian leadership

Asia

Christian website stats

Israel

Christian relief organizations and charities

Church internet evangelism

Religious belief and internet usage


Church Growth modeling and How a church body becomes more liberal in the West

Christian music

Bach:

Protestant vs. Catholicism

Protestant work ethic

Also, this 2011 Telegraph article said: "Either way, not a single Protestant or Germanic EU country has so far needed a bailout."[8]

"Woodberry already had historical proof that missionaries had educated women and the poor, promoted widespread printing, led nationalist movements that empowered ordinary citizens, and fueled other key elements of democracy. Now the statistics were backing it up: Missionaries weren't just part of the picture. They were central to it...

Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.

In short: Want a blossoming democracy today? The solution is simple—if you have a time machine: Send a 19th-century missionary."- Christianity Today, Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries, January 8, 2014

Protestantism vs. Catholicism and political corruption

Religion statistics

Francis Schaefer

"Every man has built a roof over his head to shield himself at the point of tension...The Christian lovingly, must remove the shelter and allow the truth of the external world and of what man is to beat upon him. When the roof is off, each man must stand naked and wounded before the truth of what is...He must come to know that his roof is a false protection from the storm of what is." - Francis Schaeffer

Quotes relating to the Bible

"I have come to the conviction that no man knows enough to attack the veracity of the Old Testament. Every time when anyone has been able to get together enough documentary 'proofs' to undertake an investigation, the biblical facts in the original text have victoriously met the test" - Robert Dick Wilson (quoted in R. Pache, The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture).

Other religion

Online biblical training

Online biblical training - UK organizations

Theological education trends

English speaking theological seminaries outside of US, Canada, UK and NZ

Philippines:

Free theological degree

Christianity and the rule of law

Christian apologetic ministries in the news

Christianity to do list

Religious essays

Various Christian websites

Prosperity gospel mega churches with high overhead expenses and building debt

"The depression had a devastating effect on the Churches as well as on the nation. In the optimistic flush of the 1920's many congregations had built new edifices far too large and expensive. When the depression hit, they found themselves unable to pay. Most carried their huge debts; a few rejected their obligation, thus bringing shame on the Christian Church. Colleges and publishing houses, missionary enterprises, and the social work of the Churches were all hard hit by the depression. Many an institution of the Church lost its endowment in the financial crash and had to close or had to drastically cut back its activities."[9]

"Is your church in deep debt and strapped with high overhead related to staff and other expenses? How will this affect some of the megachurches that have such high operating costs? Will churches have to lay ministers off and/or default on construction loans if offerings dip? While the Bible says that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church, it doesn't mean that individual churches do not get into financial trouble and have to contract their ministries if they were not wise in the past."[10]

Research on Christianity

Research on Christianity videos

Religious demography projections research

Collapse of liberal Christianity

Benedict option

"Are we Rome?... Bureaucratic decay, massive public debt, an overstretched military, a political system seemingly incapable of responding to challenges—the late Roman empire suffered these maladies, and so, some fear, does contemporary America...

Rising hedonism.. ongoing break-up of the family, and a general loss of cultural coherence—to traditionalists, these are signs of a possible Dark Age ahead....

Rome’s collapse meant staggering loss. People forgot how to read, how to farm, how to govern themselves, how to build houses, how to trade, and even what it had once meant to be a human being. Behind monastery walls, though, in their chapels, scriptoriums, and refectories, Benedict’s monks built lives of peace, order, and learning and spread their network throughout Western Europe.

They did not keep the fruits of their labors to themselves. Benedictines taught the peasants who gathered around their monasteries the Christian faith, as well as practical skills, like farming."[11]

Related Scriptures

"Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." - 1 Thessalonians 4: 9-12

"No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him." - 1 Timothy 2:4

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12: 9-21

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." - Philippians 4:4-8

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)

Avoid needless contention with fools

"A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly." - Proverbs 17: 10,12

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes." - Proverbs 26: 4-5

"The ministry of apologetics is difficult for many reasons. One such reason is that, by its very nature, apologetics requires us to present answers to people who don’t believe the gospel and who may have strong feelings or opinions against what we are saying. This aspect of apologetics discourages many people from doing it...

In my experience some unbelievers are open to reason and evidence, often because they are in a process of moving from belief to unbelief (though it’s impossible for us to “peg” such people infallibly)...

The book of Proverbs gives us very clear guidance to help us recognize when we are dealing with a fool.

Three characteristics stand out.

1. Fools always think they are right in such a way that they are unwilling to learn from others (Proverbs 12:15; 18:2). Thinking you’re right doesn’t make you a fool; speaking as though no one can possibly teach you anything does make you a fool.

2. Fools are not merely those who don’t understand, but rather are those who are unable to understand because of their distaste for wisdom (Proverbs 23:9). Not all who are ignorant are fools. Ignorance can be cured by imparting knowledge; foolishness cannot. The fool doesn’t merely disagree with the truth?he expresses an inability to understand even elementary truths.

3. Fools respond with hostility and anger or with laughter and ridicule (Proverbs 29:9). When people react emotionally to the truth, either angrily or scornfully, they are fools. A merely ignorant person expresses puzzlement or confusion; the fool, even after misunderstandings have been clearly addressed, continues to mock, scorn, or attack the truth as something he considers stupid or evil or both." - Don't fool with fools by Tracy Bach

Biblical statements concerning atheism

The psalmist David wrote: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'"

The writers of the Bible considered the existence of God to be self-evident and Moses simply wrote: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1).[1]

Accordingly, the psalmist David declared:

"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." — Psalms 14:1 (KJV)

The psalmist David also wrote "The heavens declare the glory of God..." — Psalms 19:1

In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul declared:

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse..." — Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)

Bible difficulties

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"Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart." - Solomon, (Proverbs 3:3, NASB)
"The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him." - Solomon, (Proverbs 18:17 NASB)
"How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast." - Solomon, (Proverbs 3:13-18 NASB)
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  1. Harr, Ken and Lisle, Dr. Jason (August 9, 2007). "Chapter 1: Is there really a God?" The New Answers Book. Answers in Genesis.