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The Wednesday Word: An Important Two Letter Word

I want to talk about a very weighty little word, though, if taken by itself, it has scarcely any significance. It’s the word ‘No’.

Let us look briefly at a few of the times this little word is used in Scripture.

First, let me draw your attention to the book of Psalms where we read, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 53:1). The words “there is” are in italics. That means they are not in the text but have been provided by the translators. The verse simply then reads, “The fool, has said in his heart, no God.”

NO God! That’s the language of the fool!

But the God whom the fool says does not exist knows the fool’s heart. Nothing is hidden from Him. To say “No God” is something akin to madness yet there are many clever, well educated people who are, by this standard, fools.

It’s foolish that people should want to get rid of the God who seeks and saves us for His own glory.

To say, “No God,” is to shut Him out.

To say, “No God,” is to love death.

But perhaps you are not so foolish as to say, “No God.” Perhaps you acknowledge Him. You attend church meetings, you are upright and respected. However, your own righteousness cannot be the ground of your hope for the future.

To explain this, let me introduce you to another “no.” “There is none righteous, no not one.” God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel (Romans 1:18), and He will have none of ours. We must submit to His. But where will we find this righteousness? The answer is, in Christ alone.

The only truly righteous people before God are those who have trusted Christ. He says, ” I, even I, am the Lord: and beside me there is no saviour ” (Isaiah 43:11) … there’s that word again …’NO’. It’s frightening to think of how many people are trusting in something other than Christ!

How many are adding a little to Christ? However, what could be plainer? There is “no.” saviour but Christ. Think of it; God says, “Beside me there is no saviour. That means works cannot save. That means our contributions to salvation are non-existent.

Why is there no saviour but Jesus? It’s because, to put away our sins, the Saviour had to die (see 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:18-22).

That is why He gave Himself a ransom ” (1 Timothy 2:6).

That’s why He laid down His life (1 John 3:16).

That’s why His precious blood was shed (1 Peter 1:18-19).

He was the only one qualified to die as our substitute. And now He lives again, the risen and exalted Christ on the throne of God. This is He who is declared to be a Prince and a Saviour (Acts 5:31). There is no Saviour beside Him, and no remission of sins but through His precious blood.

But it is not enough to know that He is the Saviour, or that His blood was shed, we must believe on Him. We must rely, trust cling to and rest on Him. Whosoever believes (trusts, clings) on Him is saved (Acts 10:43; Romans 4:25).

The entire judgment of God fell upon Christ … and what is the result? The result is that there is now therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Christ Himself has taken our place on the cross and borne our judgment once and for all.

What an important word is this little word ‘NO.’

“There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:

No, not one! no, not one!

None else could heal all our souls’ diseases:

No, not one! no, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles;

He will guide ’til the day is done:

There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:

No, not one! no, not one!”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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Studies in The Baptist Catechism: Section One – Authority, Revelation, and Scripture (Q.2)

William F. Leonhart III

Q.2: Ought everyone to believe there is a God?

A. Everyone ought to believe there is a God;1 and it is their great sin and folly who do not.2

1Hebrews 11:6

2Psalm 14:1

The world is full of art critics. Everywhere we go, we see people standing in awe of great art. They study it, they marvel at it, and they even try to duplicate it. What they will not do, however, is recognize the existence of the great Artist who gave it birth. This great art of which I speak is the art of creation, and the great Artist, of course, is the Creator. God is not merely an Artist, though. He wears many hats. Like the great Leonardo di Vinci, God assumes the titles of Artist, Engineer, Innovator, Inventor, and a great many others. However, unlike Leonardo, God is the Chief among all others in these fields. He far surpasses all His creatures, as we noted in the previous section.

One great difference between God and all others is that His art, His engineering, His innovation and inventiveness pervades all of His creation. Painters place their signatures in the corners of their paintings. The signature of the Divine is pervasive throughout the vast scope of creation and notable in every detail of every element and atom. God is at once immensely God and intimately God. He is both the God of the stars and the planets (Job 38:31-33; Ps. 8:3; 136:7-9) and the God of our grief and our joy (Mt. 6:25-34).

 

 

 

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An April Fool or any Day of the Year Fool

An April Fool or any day of the year Fool, is one who denies God’s existence.

<To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.>

Psa 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Psa 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Psa 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psa 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars?

February 24, 2016 Leave a comment

By Brett Kunkle

On Sunday, I returned home from another Berkeley Mission trip, where I intentionally exposed high school students to some of my atheist friends in the Bay Area. For the last six months, we’ve taught apologetics to these high schoolers from Upland Christian Academy. Now it was time for them to “get off the sidelines and into the game” and engage non-Christians with the truth. Of course, my atheist friends are more than happy to oblige, so they meet with our missions teams, challenge them with a short lecture, and then dive into some rigorous dialogue.

Without fail, a couple of our atheist guests will contend, “Religion is the cause of most wars.” This cultural mantra has been uttered so often….

 

 

 

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“You’ve Ruined My Life, Professor Craig!!”

February 9, 2015 1 comment

Dear Professor Craig,

My name is Adam. I am an atheist, and have been one ever since I can remember. I was brought up in the Roman Catholic church, but could never really say that I held any theistic beliefs with any sincerity. For instance, one time, when I was around eight or nine years old, I asked a nun at my church where I “was” before I was born. She responded: “You were with God.” I was still curious, so I asked her how long I was with God, before my being born, and she proclaimed: “For an eternity!” I then asked her why I could not remember “existing with God” for an eternity of time (is an eternity of time even a coherent concept?). She had enough with that question and proceeded to shew me away to play with the other children. Looking back, I am proud of my skeptical disposition.

Let’s skip ahead a little bit. I found philosophy and I fell in love with it. I transferred schools in order to obtain my BA. Almost all of the papers I wrote as an undergrad were about atheism or God. I was on a mission to be as rational as I could with regards to my atheistic beliefs. Moreover, I was practically an “evangelical” atheist, proclaiming the good word of rationality! My beliefs were strident at best, and intolerant at worst. I thought I had the “God question” all figured out. It was a settled issue for me: God did not exist. The philosophy of religion was my initial and main draw to philosophy, but I soon found myself wanting to explore philosophy in all its glory. Philosophy, as a whole, was too interesting to just “stop”, then move on to some “real job”. I decided to apply to an MA program in philosophy at CSULA, and got accepted. Philosophy was something that I took very seriously. So much so, that I drove from NY to CA with no job and no place to live in order to continue my studies. I actually wrote a response to your paper The Absurdity of Life Without God and used it as my writing sample in order to get in to CSULA. I stayed up for months writing and polishing my responses to your claims of the inconsistency of atheism in its response to meaning, value, and purpose in life. I had too. You were telling me my life, as a direct result of my worldview, was worthless in every possible way. Well, as an ambitious philosophy student, I could not simply let you get away this. Your objections to atheism needed answers. And after wrestling with your paper for some time, I actually felt pretty good about the end product and presumed to have “answered” your objections to atheism in a satisfactory way. I could now move on, live my life with the excitement, consistency, and appreciation that I had before reading your essay.

 

 

 

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What Led You To Become An Atheist? Some Surprising Answers

November 4, 2014 3 comments

by David Murray

 

“What leads people away from religion and into atheism? That’s the question that fascinated Larry Taunton so much that he launched a nationwide series of interviews with hundreds of college-age atheists.

His question was simple: “What led you to become an atheist?”

The answers were surprising, creating a completely unexpected composite sketch of American college-aged atheists. Here’s a summary from his article, Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for A Stronger Christianity.”

 

 
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The Bible and Apologetics (Part 5)-Defending Your Faith Pt 30

November 3, 2014 1 comment

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The Bible and Apologetics (Part 4)-Defending Your Faith Pt 29

October 27, 2014 1 comment

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The Bible and Apologetics (Part 3)-Defending Your Faith Pt 28

October 20, 2014 1 comment

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Why Philosophy Matters for Christians

October 20, 2014 3 comments

This is a guest post by Vern Poythress, professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions.

 

Answering the Big Questions

To many people, the mention of “philosophy” brings up an image of gray-haired intellectuals endlessly debating irrelevancies. There is some truth in this image, especially the part about the endless debate.

But philosophy matters for Christians because many of the debates are about the “big questions” of human existence.

•Does God exist?
•If he does, what kind of God is he?
•What kind of world do we live in? Is the universe nothing but….

 

 

 

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