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Friday, June 19, 2015

God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty

Dear friends,

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God's Not Dead Book

God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty
By: Rice Broocks

"Faith in God is rising, yet so is skepticism. The evidence for the existence of God must be grasped and clearly articulated to answer this challenge," says author Rice Broocks. "The success of the atheistic agenda is mostly due to the fact that the theistic responses to atheists' claims have not been widely circulated." It's time to change that!

As a Christian and a pastor, I strongly believe that God exists, and I also believe along with the author of this book that philosophy, science, history and theology all form strong arguments for God's existence and His presence in our lives. Over the past couple of years, I have seen (and even read) some of the different atheistic books that have been written specifically with the purpose of trying to erode people's faith in God, such as Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I have also read many great Christian apologetic books that have defended the faith and the existence of God, from CS Lewis' Mere Christianity and Josh McDowell's Evidence that Demands a Verdict, to Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ.

I can honestly say that this is currently my favourite book on apologetics for the twenty-first century. As David Aikman, former senior correspondent for Time magazine wrote, "This is quite simply the most concise, punchiest, and wide-ranging argument for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity that has been written in recent years." He deals with everything from scientific evidences for God and creation (over and against the false theories of evolution and the Big Bang Theory) to the veracity of the Bible, and proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In my humble opinion, this book is a must-read for all believers who want to be strengthened in their faith in God!

What follows are some of my favourite quotes from this book. May they encourage and inspire you today with the truth that God's Not Dead!

"Christianity has been successfully attacked and marginalized... because those who professed belief were unable to defend the faith from attack, even though its attackers' arguments were deeply flawed." (William Wilberforce, Real Christianity).

"Make no mistake; the atheists present their case with great fervor. They assert there is no rational proof for the existence of God, the Bible is a book of fairy tales and contradictions, and religion in general is a bad thing."

"The arguments atheists use against God quickly disappear like a mirage when they are answered by learned believers such as CS Lewis."

"The pretense of many atheists is that somehow they don't really possess any presuppositions. They project this air of objectivity, arguing with Socrates, "Scientists follow the evidence wherever it leads." Unless, of course, it leads to God."

"Real faith is not blind. It is evidence-based and requires all our efforts in pursuit of the truth. God requires that we not bury our heads in the sand but open our eyes to behold the evidence of Him all around us. He calls us to use our reason and intellect (Isaiah 1:18; Matt. 22:37) as we develop a faith that is credible."

"The existence of evil is not evidence of God's absence in the universe but evidence of His absence from our lives." > my favourite quote in the book!

"The opening statement in the Bible, recorded over thirty-five hundred years ago, makes a scientifically accurate claim that there was a beginning to everything. Cosmologists (physicists who study the structure and origins of the universe) came to agree that there was an initial moment where everything, including space and time, came into being."

"One of the most astonishing pieces of evidence for the existence of God is called the fine-tuning of the universe. This refers to the incredible calibration of the vast number of variables that had to have precise values to allow for a life-permitting universe such as our own. Only if a Designer had specifically created our universe with the intention of supporting life would we exist."

"The name anthropic principle stems from the Greek word for human beings, male or female, anthropos... The principle in essence states the universe was designed for conscious life to emerge..."

"In order to dismiss the evidence for fine-tuning, a large number of atheists appeal to the concept of a multiverse. The multiverse is the hypothesis that our universe is one of a virtually infinite number of universes. Atheists argue that in such a multiverse it is mathematically possible, by chance alone, that one of the universes would exhibit all the just-right features for life, including humans. This idea shows how desperate many are to embrace any alternative to the overwhelming implications of the fine-tuned universe. The multiverse theory is not testable or observable; it must simply be assumed without any evidence of it."

"Discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an instruction manual for operating any living thing... The probability it could have happened by chance is staggering...  The most accurate statement about us as humans is, we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).

"Evolution is certainly observable within a species or genus... This type of evolution is called microevolution... The theory that this process could eventually cause one species to evolve into another significantly different one (like a fish becoming an amphibian) is macroevolution. The former has been clearly observed; however, the latter has no experimental or observational support... Contrary to the current tenets of evolutionary dogma that pervade modern science, no conclusive evidence has been presented that all of life arose from a common ancestor by an unguided natural process."

"A last assault on design is the argument from imperfection... However, such examples, even if genuine, do not challenge the notion of design any more than rust on a car indicates that the entire car was the product of the blind forces of nature. A car can be designed and built by intelligence, but a multitude of factors can lead to its breakdown or malfunctioning. This breakdown due to human error or environmental impact does not prove it was not a product of intelligence."

"The fact that certain functions of life are irreducibly complex, meaning that they can't function without all the parts present at once, points to the presence of an Intelligent Designer."

"When you tell people there is no God, that they are just animals that have evolved from lower life forms and are the product of random chance, you offer them little hope for deriving any sort of ultimate meaning out of that philosophy."

"Remember, science itself rose out of the Christian worldview that the world was rationally understandable and could be investigated and understood because God existed."

"If Darwinian evolution is really the true story of our origins and we were not designed or intended as anything special, then we must also jettison any notion of having any special place in the universe."

There's a great section at the end of the book that talks about The Grace Effect - some of the many practical benefits of religion (Christianity) on the world, including: the dignity of life, protection of children, elevation of women, abolition of slavery, education, charity, care for the sick, ethnic unity, liberty and freedom, and the strong serving the weak, to name a few.

"Science rose out of a Christian worldview, and so did education, hospitals, charity, and the concept of individual liberty... The living proof of God's existence is the continued testimony of His working in the lives of people around the world." Amen!




Thursday, June 19, 2014

Friendship with God - New Post at the New Life Blog!

Dear friends,

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(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

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Friend of God

What are some of the most important things in your world? I am sure that most of you would say it is your friendships. Have you ever pondered what it means that we have the opportunity to become friends with God, the Creator of the Universe? We’re going to look at that today.

THE BIG IDEA: Everyone has the choice to either be friends with God or friends with the world. In this passage, James gives us seven characteristics of the person who is a friend of God.

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:1-4, NKJV).
  • Sometimes we pray and God doesn’t answer our prayers because are asking wrong.
  • How do you know if you’re a friend of the world? Lust, murder, coveting, proud.
  • Here people are looking to find pleasure in the world, and not in God.
  • However, they don’t find satisfaction because they’re not looking for it from God.
  • Adultery = when you are unfaithful to your spouse. Also, unfaithfulness to God.
“Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:5-6).
  • God resists the proud! Resist = to range in battle against. Do you want God fighting against you? But He gives His grace… to the humble.
1.  Therefore SUBMIT TO GOD. (v.7a).
  • A friend of God is someone who submits to Him and His authority: Who reads and obeys the Bible, obeys what God speaks in prayer, and follows godly leaders.
  • If God says to honour your parents, you honour your parents. If He says to love your enemies, you love your enemies. You submit to whatever He says!
2.  RESIST THE DEVIL and he will flee from you. (v.7b).
  • The devil is the enemy of God, and will try to get you to rebel against God.
  • Resist his temptations when he tries to get you to sin! See God’s Promise:
  • “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13).
3.  DRAW NEAR TO GOD and He will draw near to you. (v.8a).
  • How close to God do you want to be? You determine your friendship with Him!
  • “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13).
  • TESTIMONY: Discuss seasons of soaking and seeking – experienced powerful presence of God. But also describe recent seasons of neglecting seeking God, and how I got dry and cracked and felt distant from God and found it easier to give into temptation.
  • A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
4.  CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, you sinners; and PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, you double-minded. (v.8b).
  • “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” (Psalm 24:3-4a).
  • When we play with dirt, our hands get dirty. We need to be washed clean. How do we do that? Through prayer, repentance and confession: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
  • See King David’s prayer of repentance: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10).
5.  LAMENT AND MOURN AND WEEP! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (v.9).
  • Translation: Repent (turn from) your sin with godly sorrow!
  • Yes, there is joy in the Kingdom of God, but there are also seasons of mourning over sin.
6.  HUMBLE YOURSELVES in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (v.10).
  • Humble defined = not proud or arrogant; to lower in condition, importance or dignity.
  • Humility = to be open, honest, vulnerable and transparent.
  • Admit you’re not perfect! Confess your sins! Ask for help when you need it!
7.  DO NOT SPEAK EVIL OF ONE ANOTHER, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? (v.11-12).
  • When you slander someone, you make yourself out to be greater than God.
  • It is said that the Sioux Indians used to make this prayer, “Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked two weeks in his moccasins.”
  • Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5).
“Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17).
CHALLENGE: Do you want to be friends with the world, or friends with God?
The choice is yours! To be a friend with God:
  1. Submit to God
  2. Resist the Devil
  3. Draw near to God
  4. Cleanse your hands and purify your heart
  5. Lament and mourn and weep over your sin
  6. Humble yourself
  7. And don’t speak evil of someone else.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Triumphant Joy: The Pursuit of Happiness

Time Magazine Cover - Pursuit of Happiness
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Two Sundays ago, I started a new series at our church in the Book of Philippians called Triumphant Joy: The Pursuit of Happiness. We started studying this book of the Bible, discovering how we can experience abundant joy in our lives.

Today, I picked up the latest Time magazine and did a double take as I looked at the by-line on the cover: 'The Pursuit of Happiness: Why Americans are wired to be happy - and what that's doing to us."

Here's a quote from the main article:
"All human beings may come equipped with the pursuit-of-happiness impulse--the  urge to find lusher land just over the hill, fatter buffalo in the next  valley--but it's Americans who have codified the idea, written it into the  Declaration of Independence and made it a central mandate of the national  character. American happiness would never be about savor-the-moment contentment.  That way lay the reflective cafĂ© culture of the Old World--fine for Europe, not  for Jamestown. Our happiness would be bred, instead, of an almost adolescent  restlessness, an itch to do the Next Big Thing.
The terms of the deal the  founders offered are not easy: there's no guarantee that we'll actually achieve  happiness, but we can go after it in almost any way we choose. All by itself,  that freedom ought to bring us joy, but the more cramped, distracted,  maddeningly kinetic nature of the modern world has made it harder than ever.  Somehow there must be a way to thread that needle, to reconcile the  contradictions between our pioneer impulses and our contemporary selves."

This article confirmed to me the pursuit of happiness is definitely something that is on people's mind's today! Are you looking to be happy, joyful, fulfilled and satisfied? True and lasting joy is found in JESUS.

To check out our current series of devotionals about The Pursuit of Happiness at The Beausejour Pulpit blog, click HERE.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Another New Blog: The Beausejour Pulpit!

Dear friends,

To celebrate the release of my new book, The Beausejour Pulpit, I’m launching a new blog. Each day over the next month, I will be posting chapters from my book for you to enjoy.

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You can download a sample of the first 10 pages of the book HERE.

Pastor Chris Jordan

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