Daily Archives: June 20, 2019

June 20 Fear or Faith?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–34

Key Verse: Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

When faced with a serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation with fear in your heart, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith.

He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power knowing that He is with us and He is in control.

He provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems to be impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s wicked plots and schemes. You never have a reason to feel fearful, because you are God’s beloved, and He will fight for you.

Matthew 14 relates a story where the disciples had to face their greatest fear—loss of control on an open, storm-driven sea. Scripture tells us that Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him across the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:22).

The Lord did not make a suggestion to His disciples; He told them to go. Jesus knew His disciples would encounter a great storm and their faith would be tried. When He came to them walking on a storm-tossed sea, they thought He was a ghost.

Don’t allow fearful thoughts to keep you from seeing the Savior. Whenever there is danger or a threat of any kind, He always makes His presence known.

Dear heavenly Father, help me reject fear and embrace faith. I thank You that in every situation, You make Your presence known.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 20 Enduring Hope

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3–7

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

In only his second start since returning to the San Francisco Giants following cancer surgery on his left arm, Dave Dravecky crumpled to the mound in the early innings. The cancer-weakened bone in his arm had snapped. Further surgery was required, and baseball became his pastime.

His faith in Christ sustained him through the countless trips for treatment and the uncertainty of his future and health. He autographed each baseball picture featuring his long stride and cocked arm with Paul’s statement of confidence to the Corinthians.

“My wife and I have committed these verses to memory,” he said. “We realize that our life on earth is temporary and our circumstances and afflictions, however severe, are still light and fleeting when viewed from the perspective of eternity.”

You need not lose heart in your heartaches. God is working through your trials in a mysterious but productive manner. As you place your focus on His eternal presence, you will have sure and sturdy hope.

Dave Dravecky has enduring hope. You, too, can be encouraged, knowing that God is in control of your life, both here and hereafter. His hand is loving, steady, and able.

Lord, give me an enduring hope that knows You are in control of my circumstances, now and in the future. You are loving, steady, and able to guide my life. I relinquish control to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think! — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In 2000, I made the difficult decision to step away from my faith. I entered into what I call theistic-leaning agnosticism, one step removed from pantheism. I believed that some kind of God could possibly exist. However, I didn’t know that a person could know if that God really did exist and most certainly could not know anything about the historical Jesus of Nazareth. These doubts were brought on the claims of the Jesus Seminar who held that less than 14% of the sayings attributed to Jesus were actually his own. The Seminar claimed that the rest of the sayings were inventions from the apostles. Couple the Seminar with PBS’s show From Jesus to Christ which claimed that the Christ of faith evolved over time from the Jesus of history, then one could see why I needed some serious answers. When I asked Christian leaders about how I could know if Jesus was accurately portrayed in the Gospels, I was met with scorn and hostility. Add to that the nepotistic hypocrisy I often saw, then stepping away from the faith was pretty easy.

However, everything changed in 2005. I was introduced to the writings of Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, and Gary Habermas. This past week, my journey came full circle…

Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think!

via Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think! — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

June 20 The Reality of Sin

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1–7

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Malcolm Muggeridge, the late British author who converted to Christianity, once said that the evening news was proof enough for the reality of sin.

Entering the human race through Adam’s rebellion in the Garden, sin pervades our planet, expressing itself most vividly in the twisted, tainted actions of men.

We sin because we are sinners. Every man and woman conceived on planet earth is born with a sin nature—a bent away from God that seeks to live independently of Him, either passively or actively rejecting Him.

If you trace your human heritage, you would ultimately arrive at Adam and Eve, the fountainhead of the human race. When they sinned, we all were dragged down with them, for our humanity was bound up in them.

The evidence that we are sinners is, as Muggeridge attested, quite obvious. Crime, drugs, war, greed, and corruption of every sort are the staple of our media diet. But the greater problem is that we as individuals experience the ravages of sin. After all, a society’s problems are but the culmination of individual ills. Its cure can be found only in Christ.

Dear Lord, I recognize that my basic nature is sinful. Only through Your provision for redemption am I set free from sin. Help me walk in this freedom instead of being a slave to sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Everyone knows the Gospels are chock-full of Jesus’ miracles. Making the lame walk, causing the blind to see, and even raising the dead were no problem for him.

Christians heartily embrace Jesus’ miracles. After all, if Jesus is fully God, he created the universe. And if he’s capable of creating the universe, certainly he could give someone his sight back.

Skeptics, however, disagree. Not only do they deny Jesus’ deity, they deny that Jesus performed any miracles at all. Sure, he might have been a wise man who said some good things, but performing miracles is out of the question.

But why come to that conclusion? The Gospels make no bones about Jesus’ miraculous powers. Why not trust these sources?

It’s because they think the Gospels are biased. In other words, since the Gospel writers were obviously Christians, they embellished the stories about Jesus with the hopes of winning many over to their cause. In the end, they can’t trust that the Gospels report the facts objectively.

While I disagree with that logic (sometimes the most committed people to a cause are in the best position to tell the world about it), I believe we can still demonstrate that Jesus was a miracle-worker without using the Bible…

Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible

via Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network