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Postby mikeedwards » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:20 am

Hello FaithWriters,

We want to thank everyone who entered this important contest. There were some excellent entries and judging was not easy. These posts will remain on the internet for years drawing people to the evidence. Everyone is a winner in this contest. Especially the kids your post will ultimately impact. :thankssign

1st Place, $100 cash prize and posting on 100 Christian Blogs.

A Christian Parent's Worst Nightmare

by Linda Berg

"Mom, I have something to tell you." I was in the kitchen doing dishes after dinner. Our sophomore daughter was home for college for the weekend and her dad, brother and I, had just enjoyed our first meal together in months.

She had pulled up the counter stool, was sitting on it, visiting with me as I stood at the sink washing dishes. Something in her tone indicated this was going to be serious. An alarm went off in my head.

I quickly grabbed a towel to dry my hands and said, "Let's move over to the sofa so we can talk." The casual carefree way she chatted with us during dinner had disappeared in a matter of minutes.

We sat down and she began, "Mom, umm... I don't know how to say this. I'm sorry. I know this will upset you and dad, but, umm...I don't believe in God anymore.”

Incredulously I looked at her and said, "What? Did I hear you right? You said you don't believe in God?”

The tears began to roll down her cheeks.

I continued, my panic unrestrained. "How can this be? You are at a Christian College?"

Honestly, I'm not sure I heard her initial reply. This was all too unbelievable.

Since her birth, she had never missed Sunday school, Sunday worship, Wednesday Bible study. She had made a decision for Christ at 14. She cared about others, especially the lost. All through High School she had shared Christ with her friends. She was once crushed when a friend did not accept her beliefs about Christianity for himself. Her grandfather was a preacher. Us, her parents, were missionaries in Mexico. All of these thoughts swirled in my head for some time before I was even aware…. she was sitting there, turmoil all over her face, trying to explain it to me.

It’s not an uncommon story. The statistics are grim. Three out of four children raised in the church, when they go away to college, will walk away from church and their faith.

There are a myriad of reasons:
· The church is often guilty of entertaining our children and youth into Christianity.

· They don’t see the same Christianity they are taught lived out in their parent’s lives.

· We have not taught them truth with its scientific and historical evidence.

· They are sent out into the world and universities where religious belief among intellectual educators is Atheism.

I Timothy 4:16, “Watch your doctrine and your life closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

As parents and church leaders, we have not prepared our youth to defend their doctrine or to have the will to do so by helping them understand their identity in Christ.

Youth leader request a speaker: http://www.crossexamined.org/
Parents pass on this info: http://www.god-evidence-truth.com/

Our daughter? She is faithfully loving and serving God after three years of turmoil in her search for truth.

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by iRoswell » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:57 pm
Are You Prepared To Lose Your Kids?

Around the country, teens are drifting away from the church at an alarming rate. In fact, over seventy-five percent leave the church as soon as they leave the home!

So what's the issue, why are teens abandoning their faith?

In today's culture, the Church is under assault. The schools and media are fighting against the Church from all fronts and we are sending our kids into battle unarmed and unprepared. We've been asking them to believe, but not giving them a reason to believe. They are assaulted with arguments and lies, which can easily be disputed, but because they're not equipped, they're easy prey to their attacks.
Well, I say, enough's enough! The enemy has put our youth in their crosshairs and I don't want to stand idly by and watch it happen.

The time's come to equip them for battle!

1 Peter 3:15 tells us to, "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you."(NKJV)

The Bible shows us that we are to be equipped to defend our faith. It also tells us to, "Train up a child in the way he should go..." Proverbs 22:6a (ESV)

The evidence for the existence of God is out there.

Our youth have real and honest questions that need to be answered. Too many times, we give them the run around because we ourselves don't know the answers. The most common mistake is telling someone with doubt, "you just have to have faith." While it's true, faith is the way to salvation, blind faith is choosing to remain ignorant of the evidence that exists. God is the great architect of the universe and He has placed His signature all over it. Psalms 19:1 says, "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship." (NLT)

So where do we find this evidence?

CrossExamined has set up a program geared specifically for equipping our youth. This program answers questions like;
1. Does Truth Exist?
2. Does God Exist?
3. Are Miracles Possible?
4. Is The New Testament True?
They are turning the tides on atheism and giving our youth what they want most; solid answers to Biblical objections.

Present the evidence at my church. You will not be disappointed.
To learn more, visit CrossExamined at http://www.crossexamined.org/

Be sure to also check out this great book called Gravity - True For You But Not For Me. Read the facts for free and pass them on. http://share.snacktools.com/58EEC9D9E8C/fznszl89


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Fact or Fairy Tale?
by Paula Titus

“[The God of the Old Testament] is a vindictive bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic racist, an infanticidal, genocidal, capriciously malevolent bully.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins - professor, scientist, author, atheist, and avid Christian mocker. Unlike the average atheist who condemns Christianity privately, Dawkins’ goal is to rid the world of religion using any form of communication available. Dawkins has been teaching young adults since 1967 as well as writing books with the purpose of persuading youth to leave their faith. In 2008 Dawkins retired and announced plans to “write a book aimed at youngsters in whom he will warn them against believing in 'anti-scientific' fairy-tales.”

Dawkins is just one of thousands of the intellectual elite who believe anyone who has faith in something which can’t be “proven,” is nothing more than “delusional.” As a matter of fact, Dawkins may be best known for his 2006 book, The God Delusion, which sold over 2 million copies and is still being devoured by young people everywhere.

Christians must ask themselves why people like Dawkins are making tremendous advancements in converting the minds of youth. Is it because we, as parents, teachers, church leaders have not equipped them to be able to answer tough theological questions? Not every Christian need be a scholar, and no Christian can understand everything about the “hows and whys” of God, but every Christian ought to be able to follow the Apostle Peter’s instruction:

“always [in every situation] being ready [prepared] to make a defense [argument, explanation] to everyone who asks you to give an account [reason, report] for the hope [sure and confidant expectation] that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15 nasb).

The point is not to equip our children with the useless ability to win an argument. By proving that a biblical worldview is the only logical worldview, their faith will be strengthened. Youth will discover why Christianity is not a belief in “fairy-tales”, but a cogent, legitimate certainty with rational and relevant truth and they will be confidant in sharing that truth with others. We must instruct, encourage, and prepare youth for the moment they come face to face with people like Dawkins, who asks questions like this:

“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Our youth are being bombarded with rabid skepticism and immoral illustrations on every side- television, movies, books, internet, and universities. If we become diligent in our efforts to instruct our children how to effectively communicate their beliefs, they won’t have to stutter and stammer when faced with questions like the one above. They will be able to say, “I am not obedient to my Father because of what He might do to me, I am obedient because of what He has already done for me.”

Check out more facts here: http://www.crossexamined.org/ and here: http://share.snacktools.com/58EEC9D9E8C/fznszl89

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The Agenda
by Vince Martella



It was an auspicious meeting, consisting of the brightest and best in their fields. They had come to assess their progress and hammer out their objectives for another year. The meeting, chaired by Dr Cosmos came to order.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is wonderful to see you all. I’m thrilled you were all able to make it. Before we begin, let us take reports from our various departments on our progress this past year.”

Dr Charles Xavier was the first to speak.

“I am happy to report that we have had great success this year through our independent thinking initiative. We have been able to suppress truth in favour of free thinking across nearly all campuses across the nation. These students may come in with their outdated moral beliefs, but they leave with our ideology, proud of their newfound ‘critical thinking’.”

“Well, I’d like to think we had a hand in that,” said Dr Pridemore, professor of philosophy.

“Of course,” said Dr Xavier with a humble nod.

A hand shot up on the right.

“The chair recognizes Professor Theorem.”

“Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve gone to great lengths to elevate science and technology in our curriculums. Our students have embraced these with religious fervour. Our students finally realize that the answers to all the world’s problems are truly within their own grasp.”

“If I may….Professor Fraude, department of Psychology. We have worked tirelessly this year to instil upon our students that life and light are resident within every human mind, and with the proper application of knowledge, every human being can express their divine spark. We have no need for god. Mankind is god.”

“Thank you, doctor,” said the chairman, gesturing to his left.

“Reverend Sanctum, head of Contemporary Religion. With all due respect, Dr Fraude, not every student is able to accept such radical views. Many students who attend our schools still need to connect with a higher power, and we allow them to do so with a deity that is much more widely accepted…”

He was cut off by Miss Tolerance Goodbody, Director of Diversity.

“Yes, well, let’s not forget that our department paved the way for that. Since we’ve launched our ‘Diverse Lifestyles and Acceptable Practices‘campaign, you guys have had it easy. We have all but erased the term sin from modern society.”

The room began to erupt with simultaneous discussion.

“Here, Here,” shouted chairman Cosmos, as he banged his gavel to return order.

“You have all done an outstanding job this year; however let’s not lose focus. There is much more work to be done.”

“Let’s get down to business………..”



While the above story is fictitious, there’s no arguing with the facts: the ideological agenda of education seems bent on undermining traditional Christianity. And the fact is American teenagers are not properly equipped to defend their faith – 75% leave the church after high school.

We’ve got to reverse that trend.

Crossexamined is committed to equipping young Christians to defend their faith.

Youth leader request a speaker: http://www.crossexamined.org/problem.asp
Parents pass on this info: http://www.god-evidence-truth.com/


Original Contest below this point.


We are going to do a bit of testing with this article/blog contest. We need to improve our number of entrants and our effect we have on the traffic of our sponsors. We are keeping it close to home so we are able to accurately track responses to your links in this contest. We will be making a few changes in future contests. Here are a couple starting now.

1. We will be changing the title from blog contest to a monthly article/blog writing contest. In essence it is the same thing but we are finding that many of our older members are unfamiliar with the term blog.

2. We are going to keep the instructions brief and simple starting with this contest.

Februarys Contest - Why this promotion?

1 Peter 3:15 - but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Equip our kids while improving these contests.

Seventy five percent of the kids that go off to college walk away from the faith. This is because they are talked out of it in college. They want to fit in and not appear odd and they honestly do not have a clue about the evidence. Many simply keep their belief quiet. Seventy five percent leave the faith. Gods existence and the Bible and Jesus being the truth, are the most reasonable belief anyone can hold based on the facts. The problem is very few Christians know the facts. They often turn away from the faith because of personal feelings and emotions that have no bearing on the truth of Christianity.

Christianity has always been based on actual events that took place. It has never been based on feelings. Paul correctly states that if the resurrection did not happen our faith is in vain.That is because all of the faith in the world cannot change history. Either the facts say Jesus rose and it is true, or they do not. If Jesus had not risen, our faith would not change this fact.

Here is a short video from Dr. Frank Turek a friend of mine. Frank speaks at major colleges across the country presenting the evidence for our faith. He also wrote the book "I do not have enough Faith to be and Atheist" with Dr. Norman Geisler, a renowned defender of the faith. It is an excellent book.

http://www.crossexamined.org/problem.asp

The video tells you the problem. This contest will be promoting this specific aspect of his ministry, the solution. Equip the kids.

The contest will also be promoting a Free Online Video Linked Flip Book that address's the problem of equipping Christians to defend their faith. I have just converted an apologetics book that I wrote into a free video linked flip page ebook. Gravity True For You But Not For Me - can be emailed or embedded in a website for free. It is filled with supporting links to short videos from some of the best defenders of the faith. If gone through completely, including watching the short videos. Video linked Gravity is a basic apologetics course. It is like a tool chest for believers to aid them in defending their faith. It is great for teens, college age or anyone. Cross Examined and Impact Apologetics will be embedding the Gravity video book on their website as will other apologetics ministries. You can view the book here.

http://snack.to/fznszl89 I have found that the best way to read it and have the built in links function right is to set your zoom on your computer at 225%. There are many linked videos that support each subject at hand. They are indicated by START buttons. You must be online to view these short videos.

Your Assignment

Promote these tools for equipping our kids. Utilize scripture like 1 Peter 3:15.

Review Cross Examined .org and grasp Franks mission. http://www.crossexamined.org/problem.asp

View the video linked copy of Gravity http://snack.to/fznszl89 Watch several short video links in the book to get a feel for it. Reviews of the text only version may be of help here http://www.god-evidence-truth.com and on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-True-For-You-ebook/dp/B006XG0ID4

Next write an interesting 500 word or less promotional piece for the solution, equipping our kids and us. Write the piece from any angle God leads you too.

You do not need to embed links in your article. Just write an interesting article.

Within a few days, I will be listing a linked paragraph in this forum that you will add on to the end of your article. The 500 word limit does not include this additional paragraph so feel free to use the full 500 words if needed.

The article must have a title.

When complete you will post the article here in this forum, the regular articles and one other location.

Deadline is no earlier than 10 am 3-1-13. However the deadline will be extended beyond 3-1-13 if needed, until we have reached a minimum of 25 entries.

1st place $100 cash prize and posting on 100 Christian Blogs.

2nd place $75 cash prize.

3rd place $25 cash prize.

Best Silver - One year free Gold membership.

Now just write a 500 word or less article using your God given talent. Help us equip our kids and build your treasure in heaven where it will be waiting for you. :thumbs

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No Link Building is Required. Just add these two simple links or one banner to the bottom of your article. It is not necessary to add links in this forum.

You can use these two simple links at the bottom of your article in our regular articles and any post that takes html.

<a href="http://www.crossexamined.org/">Present the evidence at my church.</a>
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YOU DO NOT NEED TO ADD THE URL LINKS IN THIS FORUM. THEY WILL NOT WORK.


Please make sure your name, member number, level (Silver, Gold, Platinum) and the urls for your other postings are listed at the bottom of your forum post. :thankssign


Here is a sample of what you could do.


This is not a formal entry. This is an idea of what you could do.

Praying to an invisible man in the sky

“Come on Tommy, we’re going out for a party. Put that thing away in your bottom drawer. I’ll remind you to take it out when your mom visits.”

Tommy looked up from his Bible at his friend Ron, standing in the doorway. “I promised my parents I would take time to read it. You know my dad is a pastor and I grew up in the church. They believe this stuff is true.”

“What do they really know about truth? Truth is whatever you believe is true, right? So if they want to believe it, let them. But you don’t need to, just because they do. You have your own mind don’t you?

“Yeah…”

“Let me ask you a question.”

Tommy set the Bible down on his desk and looked at Ron. “Okay.”
“Why are you in college?”

“To learn the truth.”

“But if your parents know so much, why not just stay home instead of coming to Iowa State University?”

Tommy shrugged and leaned back in his chair. “Well…I didn’t say they know everything. But they are pretty smart.”

Ron's eyebrows arched. “Smarter than the head of the religious studies department at this very University?”

Tommy laughed. “Okay, maybe not that smart. I mean Professor Avalos must know a lot to be the head of the department.’

“Did you know he is a vocal atheist?”

“No way. This is solid Midwest ground, not California.” Tommy leaned forward, resting his arms on his knees.

Ron leaned against the door frame and crossed his arms. “Seriously. He really is a very vocal atheist, as many of the professors are—here at this University and many Colleges across the country. That’s why you see all of your church buddies ditching that religion stuff. It is a joke, Tom.”

Tommy’s brow creased. “No, I don’t think it’s a joke.”

Ron shook his head and sighed. “Okay, give me one shred of evidence that God does exist and I will leave you alone.”

Tommy thought for a moment, then shrugged. “Well, the Bible says so. That’s good enough for me.”

Ron rolled his eyes. “’The Bible says so and that is good enough for me.’ Sounds like they programmed you pretty good. Who wrote the Bible? Why is it filled with so many contradictions?”

“Well, people wrote the Bible, but God inspired their words. So basically, God wrote it. I just know it’s true in my heart.”

“That foreign exchange student, Mohammad, says the same thing about the Quran. So you’re right and he’s wrong?”

“I wouldn’t say he’s wrong.” Tommy leaned back in his chair and ran a hand through his hair. “I mean, I don’t know. He has his God, I have mine. We’re all okay, I guess.”

“What about me? I don’t claim a God at all anymore. I just believe in one less God than you.”

“That’s funny, Ron.”

“So do you honestly think I am going to hell when I die?”

Tommy laughed. “Okay, okay, maybe I don’t believe all of what the Bible teaches. I’m not that stupid, you know.”

“Come on, man. You just need get rid of that one God like me, and have some fun. The ladies don’t like guys who are members of the fun police. You do want a girlfriend one day, don’t you?”

“You know I do. And this college sure does have some pretty ladies.” Tommy stood. “Maybe you’re right. My pastor and my parents just told me it was true and to believe. They never showed me anything solid, never gave me any evidence. They always said I just needed faith.” He picked up the Bible. “Where did you say I should stash this?”

Ron smiled. “Now you’re talking, dude. Let’s go to that party.”

Christianity is really true, but that truth is based on facts. In our story, Tom did not know the facts, so he walked away. Do you know the facts? Can you defend your faith?

Request a speaker for your school or church. http://www.crossexamined.org

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Postby tomoral » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:42 pm

Against His Better Judgment


Skipper Bledsoe died horrendously in a motorcycle accident on April 1st, 1991. The saddest part was that Skipper didn't ride motorcycles. He didn't even like them. Still, on this particular sunny afternoon on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he was on the back of one traveling at such high speed on the winding campus road it was not seen by the driver of a car at a stop sign.

The young woman stopped at the sign and saw no traffic from either direction. She proceeded across the intersection and instantly collided with a motorcycle with two young college freshmen aboard. The cycle was moving in excess of 100 miles per hour. Skipper was not wearing a helmet and was killed instantly when he was thrown forward, and his head crashed into a nearby parked car.

The young man driving the motorcycle was wearing a helmet but suffered several broken bones. The driver of the car received no physical injuries.

Skipper lived an exemplary life in his nineteen years on earth. He was the son of an attorney and respected local politician. He was a Christian who attended church and was involved in the youth ministry. He read his bible, and was an honor student in high school.

His life began to change when he went away to college. He shortened his name to Skip in order to fit in. His roommate, Wesley Hamilton III, was quite the character. He was a little on the wild side and liked to party. The two of them had little in common but Wes was funny and likable, and he and Skip developed the friendly sort of bond college roommates often do.

Wes talked Skip into going to a few parties with him, but Skip found them to be loud and raucous. His Christian beliefs were often offended, although he didn't tell Wes that. He just said he wasn't the partying type and begged off more often than not. Wes teased him for being what he called a fuddy duddy.

On that fatal day, Wes came back to school over spring break with a brand new motorcycle. Skip had never ridden a motorcycle before and wasn't really interested in trying it now, but Wes kept insisting they go for a spin together.

“I don't even have a helmet.” Skip said.

“You don't need one. We'll just take it easy around campus. I just want you to feel the rush!”

Against his better judgment, a short time later Skip made the fatal decision to climb on the back of his rommmate's motorcycle. In less than two minutes he was dead.

When his father went up to the school to collect Skip's belongings he entered the room and immediately began to sob. In the middle of Skip's rumpled bed lay an open bible.


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*Although the names have been changed and some speculation has been done, this is a true story.

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Re: Equipped to Defend- Februarys Article/Blog Contest is Op

Postby writewithpurpose » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:18 pm

I Wonder

I opened the trunk of my car, unpacked my bags, stood in the parking lot and looked around at the massive campus that was now my home. I have my class schedule, but I have no idea where the building that houses the psychology department is located. I feel overwhelmed and a bit fearful, but excited at the same time. The sights and sounds of the metropolis assault my senses.

I make my way to my first class, and finally hook up with another new student, Ben. Ben lives thirty minutes from my home town. He too is majoring in psychology with plans to go on for his PhD. Since we’re both new on campus, we spend as much time as we can together, eating meals and studying in the evening.

One night when Ben stopped by my dorm room he saw me reading my Bible.

He asked, “Do you really believe that stuff in the Bible?”

“Well, yea, I do. Don’t you?” replied Jamie.

“No, I don’t.”

“What do you believe,” asked Jamie.

“I believe we have to depend on ourselves, and I don’t believe that Jesus is God as he claimed to be. Do you believe Jesus is God?”

“Yea, I do, Ben.”

“I don’t know how someone can believe Jesus is God when there’s no evidence to support his claim.”

Our conversation was diverted by roaring in the hallway in response to a football game on television. I thought, “Rescued by the football game. Thank God.”

I didn’t know how to respond to Ben. I don’t know why I believe that Jesus is God. It’s what I was taught, and I’ve never questioned it, but now I wonder. How do I know Jesus is God? What evidence is there to support the claim of Christ? I do believe he is the Son of God and he’s my Savior, but I wonder how to answer Ben.

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Re: Equipped to Defend- Februarys Article/Blog Contest is Op

Postby Arnost4Christ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:14 am

THE TWO PATHS

Deep in the woods - once forked
The bad patch - the good.
I chose to take the left-hand path.
I did not know - I had no map.

Knowing the road I traveled was dirty and battered.
It’s littered with dreams that are broken and tattered.
Paved with wrong doings and dotted with hearts.
These were taken from people and just torn apart.

Pain and regret are common here.
Wherever you turn, they’re always near.
Wanting to cross to the other path,
And leave behind this painful wrath

Thought I was forever doomed to walk.
(All the gates were tightly locked.)
But as I continued, a footbridge I could see.
A bridge of hope called out to me.

Slowly I crossed the path of good.
I once was wrong, but now I am right.
Before me glows a guiding light.

Altered by a little step (so close),
To falling into darkened depths.
To be finally pulled up to hope.
I found that footbridge and learned to cope.

My simple mistake, following the crowd,
Ignoring the heart that speaks so loud.
The choices you choose can change your life.
One will bring happiness, the other strife.

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Postby ECSmith » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:40 pm

Preparing Our Christian Soldiers

A young man is recruited to fight for a righteous cause. He answers the call to arms with enthusiasm and vigor, ready to step foot onto the battlefield to defend the new truths he has come to believe in. He understands the dangers, but follows the newfound passion within his heart none the less. As he enters the conflict zone, the enemy immediately sets an agent of destruction straight at our young hero. Fearlessly, the young valiant rushes toward the agent. Mere seconds from the collision, reality sets in: our hero bares no armor, no sword, no shield, no faith. He has entered the battle ill equipped to defend himself or his beliefs.

This is the plight facing many young Christians today. Too many teens fall victim to the charismatic influences of the world outside the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, because they are ill equipped to defend Christianity. Many teens do not understand the principles behind apologetics, and often times buckle under pressure when confronted by agnosticism. Unable to respond to the doubts of the world’s value system, three in four teens (graduating from high school) end up leaving the faith; the world effectively assimilating them.

I Peter 3:15 (NIV) states, “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”.

2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV) says this: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”

The bible teaches that Christians should be on guard to defend the truth of the gospel at a moment’s notice. As such, the body of Christ is responsible for teaching the youth not simply to believe in Christ by blind faith, but to also show tangible evidence of the truths of God’s inspired word throughout the history of mankind. Young Christians need a sound understanding of the truths contained in the word of God. They need to know how to and where to look for the evidence to support these biblical truths.

In this digital age, many resources are available to aid in preparing our young Christian soldiers-in-training to do battle for their beliefs. Web tools such as, “Crossexamined.org” and the internet flipbook, “Gravity. True for you, but Not for Me” are excellent resources. Such tools are designed to educate young Christians on the importance of apologetics and provide historical and modern proven evidence of the God’s truth.

With 75% of young Christians leaving the faith after high school, we must ensure that the next generation is aptly equipped to defend the faith at will. We cannot afford to lose our young soldiers due to inadequate training. They must be properly equipped to take the battle to Satan, and to defend the faith with honor and intelligence.

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Postby gracelikerain » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:14 pm

“No way Christianity is anything but a big joke. Just a bunch of hypocrites judging everyone else and talking to the air like there's someone listening. Seriously, no one but an idiot could really buy into that nonsense.” The tone was derisive and Josh's heart immediately started pounding.

He was fresh out of college, the new guy, sitting in the break room eating his lunch and trying to make friends. Somehow today's lunchtime chat session had turned from last night's big game to the cosmic battle of good vs. evil.

He continued eating his sandwich, although it had become like dust in his mouth. What was he supposed to say? One part of him said, “You could start an argument. Then where would the love be?” while another part said, “You can't let them talk like that without standing up for your faith,” while another said, “If you don't argue it's not like you're agreeing with them. You're just not making a big deal out of it.”

<i>Speak the truth in love, Josh.</i> Hardly able to hear himself over his own heartbeat, the words tumbled out before he could lose his courage. “Many really intelligent people have been Christians throughout the centuries. I think maybe you've never heard anyone communicate the Gospel effectively before.”

Suddenly the laughter and chatter stopped. Everyone stared.

“Are you saying I don't know what I'm talking about? You must be one of those wackos who believes all that hocus-pocus stuff.” The voice was belligerent and defensive.

Josh swallowed another bite and looked Kyle square in the eye, now feeling more confident. “It's not hocus-pocus, it's not nonsense and yes, I do believe in it. Christianity is the Truth. I'd be happy to talk with you about it sometime.”

“That'll be the day. Don't try to shove your so-called Truth down my throat. Just be tolerant of other people's beliefs, okay? Let's go, guys.” Kyle and his cronies moved out of the break room, laughing and shoving at each other. Not exactly a glowing evangelistic encounter, Josh thought, but probably not the worst either.

One man left at the table leaned over. “You handled that pretty well. I'm never really sure what to say. What are you, some kind of preacher's kid or something?”

Josh just laughed. “No. I grew up in a Christian home but when I got to college I started looking around, listening to the world's views on things from my friends and professors. I kind of walked away from the faith. Then I found CrossExamined.org. I took a reasoned look at Christianity and chose it as my own faith, not my parents'. I also vowed then that I would be ready to stand up for myself and my faith. If I speak with love and use the Sword of the Spirit, I can't really go wrong. Check out the resources. You'll gain confidence and courage. And you need to. It's that important!”

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Postby mnjue » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:25 am

REGRET

The night held promise of an exciting time for all the students that would be attending the dinner dance that day. It had been a tough first semester for the first year campus students and this was a welcome distraction for them. Most of the afternoon was spent in preparation for the evening.

Joy sat in her campus room wondering if she should go. All her classmates would be at the dance and had kept urging her to join them. Someone had even gone ahead and offered her an outrageously skimpy skirt for the evening.

She wrestled with thoughts of remaining locked up in her room but could not imagine being the laughing stock of her class as everyone would be discussing the event the following day. She could however not forget the talk that she had had with her youth pastor on guarding her faith while at campus.

When the Clock struck seven she was all set to go. She decided that she would not be left behind but would go to the dance. Donning a pair of formal pants and a t-shirt she made her way to the hall where everyone was rocking to the music already. She opted to sit farthest from the dance floor and sat there sipping a cold soda as she watched. She could not help but notice how some of her seemingly gullible classmates seemed to have let their guard down and were going at the party full force. Most of them were drunk and went out of their way to identify by trying out different antics on the floor.

Someone offered to dance with Joy but she declined feigning a headache. She knew that she must not compromise her faith and was only here for show. It was not a wasted evening for Joy however. Sitting there at her little corner, she realized the need for her to represent Christ on campus. Watching many students give in to pressure from their colleagues, Joy got an even better understanding of her role in representing her faith to her fellow students.

It was a sober joy that went back to her room that night. Her resolve had been strengthened from her experience that evening. She felt proud of holding strong to her faith and was more determined than ever to stay strong. What Joy did not realize was that she was had just stepped into her ministry on campus. She would try and fill the gap for the missing link while at campus. She did not know yet was the number of students who had watched her quiet composure that evening and could not wait to find out her source of strength to defy pressure.

The following morning was a maze of misery for some students on realizing just how much they had compromised their values that previous evening. Drunkenness and loss of moral values was top on the list of what Joy would be dealing with on campus. Not to mention the guilt.


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Postby silmarillion57 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:48 pm

Building a Faithful Generation

Never before and never since have I felt so utterly alone as I did on that cold January day. As I sat in the light blue Planned Parenthood waiting room, my soul broke. There were other people there; couples, young women with their mothers. But it seemed like they were a thousand miles away. For me, there was no one. The clinical smell of the doctor’s office and the professional demeanor of the technicians led me to believe in that moment that what I was doing was justified. It went against everything I had ever been taught, but these medical professionals had to know better, right? This wouldn’t be legal if it was wrong, right? Medically, what I felt in the depths of my abdomen was not considered a baby, right?

Wrong. That one decision tore my life apart. But it was precipitated by so many other bad decisions. The only question I had left to ask was, How did I get to this point? I was raised in a Christian home. I participated in Sunday School and church plays. I served as an acolyte. I had even taken a purity pledge in high school. There was a time in my young life when I was on fire for Christ.

Then I went away to college. For the first year, I stayed on the straight and narrow path I had laid out for myself. I went to church and spent time with other Christians. It wasn’t until I turned 21 that the immoral culture of college sucked me in. It had a magnetic quality. Was it fun? I’m not entirely sure. I spent many nights crying; many nights vomiting; many nights just wishing the room would stop spinning. I always felt an emptiness that nothing seemed to fill. Fun, really?

Through what I can only imagine was my parents’ fervent prayers on my behalf, God still clung to me. I turned away, but He called me back and started working on healing those scars in my heart. He has taught this broken soul the true meaning of grace and given me such a deep appreciation for mercy and compassion. But I know that the road I chose carries with it a pain I would never wish on anyone else. I know I will do anything in my parental power to keep my own daughter from experiencing that pain. When I look in her bright blue eyes, I see so much of myself. Is she destined to take the same path?

Not if I have anything to say about it. If we commit to breaking this cycle of youth exodus from the faith and, through programs like CrossExamined, start equipping our children with the concrete truth behind the Gospel of Jesus, we CAN make a difference in our children’s futures.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come..” 1 Timothy 4:8

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Postby Paula22466 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:06 pm

Fact or Fairy Tale?

“[The God of the Old Testament] is a vindictive bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic racist, an infanticidal, genocidal, capriciously malevolent bully.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins - professor, scientist, author, atheist, and avid Christian mocker. Unlike the average atheist who condemns Christianity privately, Dawkins’ goal is to rid the world of religion using any form of communication available. Dawkins has been teaching young adults since 1967 as well as writing books with the purpose of persuading youth to leave their faith. In 2008 Dawkins retired and announced plans to “write a book aimed at youngsters in whom he will warn them against believing in 'anti-scientific' fairy-tales.”

Dawkins is just one of thousands of the intellectual elite who believe anyone who has faith in something which can’t be “proven,” is nothing more than “delusional.” As a matter of fact, Dawkins may be best known for his 2006 book, The God Delusion, which sold over 2 million copies and is still being devoured by young people everywhere.

Christians must ask themselves why people like Dawkins are making tremendous advancements in converting the minds of youth. Is it because we, as parents, teachers, church leaders have not equipped them to be able to answer tough theological questions? Not every Christian need be a scholar, and no Christian can understand everything about the “hows and whys” of God, but every Christian ought to be able to follow the Apostle Peter’s instruction:

“always [in every situation] being ready [prepared] to make a defense [argument, explanation] to everyone who asks you to give an account [reason, report] for the hope [sure and confidant expectation] that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15 nasb).

The point is not to equip our children with the useless ability to win an argument. By proving that a biblical worldview is the only logical worldview, their faith will be strengthened. Youth will discover why Christianity is not a belief in “fairy-tales”, but a cogent, legitimate certainty with rational and relevant truth and they will be confidant in sharing that truth with others. We must instruct, encourage, and prepare youth for the moment they come face to face with people like Dawkins, who asks questions like this:

“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Our youth are being bombarded with rabid skepticism and immoral illustrations on every side- television, movies, books, internet, and universities. If we become diligent in our efforts to instruct our children how to effectively communicate their beliefs, they won’t have to stutter and stammer when faced with questions like the one above. They will be able to say, “I am not obedient to my Father because of what He might do to me, I am obedient because of what He has already done for me.”

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Postby jwhuckstep » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:15 am

A Moral Question


Professor Curry had a reputation for humiliating every Christian student that had the nerve to stand up and claim their faith. He greeted each new class with these words.

“I hope we don’t have any Christian’s in this classroom and if there are will you please stand.”

Most Christian student’s remained seated. Terry was different.

Professor Curry pounded his desk when Terry stood up and yelled, “You're one of those Christian haters?”

“I don’t hate anyone Professor.”

The professor glared at Terry and said, “I’m a homosexual, your bible says I should be stoned, what do you say? Am I going to heaven or hell? And don’t answer me with one of your Christian clichés
like---“The Lord hates the sin but loves the sinner!”

The whole classroom turned and starred at Terry in anticipation.

Terry had no idea how to respond to such a penetrating question. He certainly didn’t want to be labeled a homophobic so he said, “I’m taking the fifth on this one.” Then he sat down to the laughter and smirks of his classmates.

College students like Terry are bombarded with tough questions like these routinely. They go off to college ill prepared to enter the cultural war of the elites.

Peter said, “And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." 1Peter 3:14-15.

It’s no longer enough to send our students into battle armed with only children’s bible stories when they are confronted with moral questions on abortion, homosexuality, humanism, and relativism.

If Terry had been trained to defend his Christian faith using a moral argument he would have been ready to give Professor Curry an answer based on Gods existence----If God doesn’t exist there can be no standards to base a right and wrong decision on.

Way too many of our Christian students have given up their faith due to the overwhelming influence of hostile ungodly professor’s and non-believing friends.

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Postby coachlindaberg » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:21 am

A Christian Parent's Worst Nightmare

"Mom, I have something to tell you." I was in the kitchen doing dishes after dinner. Our sophomore daughter was home for college for the weekend and her dad, brother and I, had just enjoyed our first meal together in months.

She had pulled up the counter stool, was sitting on it, visiting with me as I stood at the sink washing dishes. Something in her tone indicated this was going to be serious. An alarm went off in my head.

I quickly grabbed a towel to dry my hands and said, "Let's move over to the sofa so we can talk." The casual carefree way she chatted with us during dinner had disappeared in a matter of minutes.

We sat down and she began, "Mom, umm... I don't know how to say this. I'm sorry. I know this will upset you and dad, but, umm...I don't believe in God anymore.”

Incredulously I looked at her and said, "What? Did I hear you right? You said you don't believe in God?”

The tears began to roll down her cheeks.

I continued, my panic unrestrained. "How can this be? You are at a Christian College?"

Honestly, I'm not sure I heard her initial reply. This was all too unbelievable.

Since her birth, she had never missed Sunday school, Sunday worship, Wednesday Bible study. She had made a decision for Christ at 14. She cared about others, especially the lost. All through High School she had shared Christ with her friends. She was once crushed when a friend did not accept her beliefs about Christianity for himself. Her grandfather was a preacher. Us, her parents, were missionaries in Mexico. All of these thoughts swirled in my head for some time before I was even aware…. she was sitting there, turmoil all over her face, trying to explain it to me.

It’s not an uncommon story. The statistics are grim. Three out of four children raised in the church, when they go away to college, will walk away from church and their faith.

There are a myriad of reasons:
· The church is often guilty of entertaining our children and youth into Christianity.

· They don’t see the same Christianity they are taught lived out in their parent’s lives.

· We have not taught them truth with its scientific and historical evidence.

· They are sent out into the world and universities where religious belief among intellectual educators is Atheism.

I Timothy 4:16, “Watch your doctrine and your life closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

As parents and church leaders, we have not prepared our youth to defend their doctrine or to have the will to do so by helping them understand their identity in Christ.

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Our daughter? She is faithfully loving and serving God after three years of turmoil in her search for truth.

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Postby Frustrated » Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:51 pm

WHO IS JESUS?

Three out of four young adults walk away from the Christian faith upon leaving home. Why is this happening? Are they only attending church by force without truly engaging their hearts and minds? Are they not personally meeting Jesus Christ at church? Are we not effectively equipping them for the onslaught of the world’s questions and doubts? There is such a wealth of evidence for Holy Scripture. Do our young people not know God’s word? Do they not trust it?

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said…?’ The devil’s job is to deceive people who are lost and to discourage Christians. Why do we cooperate with him? Why do we engage in discussions of faith and doctrine from the vantage point of his lies instead of God’s truth? This is a huge tactical error. We Christians waste too much energy dancing around our “opponents” refuting ludicrous fallacies. As long as the devil can keep us occupied with deflecting his premises and rebutting his latest assertions, he effectively shifts our momentum and focus away from God’s truth. Wait, didn’t he also shift Eve’s focus?

God charges us to be ready to give an answer for our faith in gentleness. Be ready He said. Be prepared. This is crucial. Our young people cower before the “intellectuals” because we have not prepared them well. They have not hidden God’s word in their hearts with conviction. Did Jesus ever lose a point with the Pharisees or the Sadducees? No. He didn’t and neither should we.

This is why I find the ministry Crossexamined so refreshing. Frank Turek has put together a wonderful team of informed and effective communicators. In a respectful but bold and unapologetic manner, the believers at Crossexamined explain the reasons for the hope that lies within. This website provides intellectual and scientific proof for God’s word. Here too, genuine seekers can find Jesus. There’s a wealth of resources available including links to interviews with leading apologists.

The battle for truth is the Lord’s. Crossexamined provides factual, well-reasoned apologetics so we can engage lost seekers on the front lines and win them to Christ. We Christians have got to boldly charge the gates of Hell to capture the souls, minds and hearts of our children. We must make the enemy yield the ground he has stolen with his slithering question- “Has God indeed said….?”

The experts at Crossexamined flip some of the most common objections people raise back on them while proving the integrity of God’s word. They deliver more than enough evidence for its validity and relevance. Turek and others reason convincingly that it takes much more faith to be an atheist.

This website gives people the opportunity to meet Christ. Once a person encounters Jesus, He will take it from there by asking them, “Who do you say that I am?”


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Postby cdtjesus » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:24 pm

Who are the Children of God?

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. KJV

As I was able to finally watch the movie “Jerusalem Countdown”, I was again reminded of how perplexing the true gospel of Jesus Christ is to those who are perishing. The movie is primarily about the end times as given to us by the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation. However, there is a married coupled portrayed in the movie and both were dead in trespasses and sins during a period of years of their marriage, but the wife heard the gospel message and was born again. She immediately began to pray for and witness to her still lost husband who just could not understand at all what happened to his wife. He knew and acknowledged to her that she had truly changed for the better, but he did not understand what happened. He spurned her witness continually often with vehement rebuke, disdain, and even contempt. But she had become a child of God and now knew the truth about his eternal condition without Christ.

In this scenario depicted in the movie, the husband finally sees himself as a sinner and cries out to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness, for help, for aid and he is born again and not much time afterwards the rapture takes place and he is caught up with his wife to be with the Lord Jesus Christ forever. In this scenario this man never ever entered a building called a Church, he never had the opportunity to witness his faith to one person, he never gave any money to charity or for the work of the gospel, he never ever deed any good deeds at all but he was taken up with the Lord. I am drawn instantly to the thief on the cross next to our Lord Jesus and unlike this movie scenario that scene was reality TV at its very best. The rapture of Christ invisible Church has yet to take place, but thousands of people die every day having been prayed for and witnessed to for years by family and others (who are born again and children of God) desiring to see them become a child of God but they either reject or resist the Lord Jesus Christ and at death their eternal torment begins to never end.

God is not the Father of all humanity. There is no such truth as the Universal Fatherhood of God. He is only the Father to those he adopts into His family by a spiritual birth John 3:3. It matters not what anyone has done, being baptized, Church membership, giving money to various causes, as Oprah said being loving, kind, and generous does not matter only what God has done for you through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what He has done to you by being born again.

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Postby iRoswell » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:57 pm

Are You Prepared To Lose Your Kids?

Around the country, teens are drifting away from the church at an alarming rate. In fact, over seventy-five percent leave the church as soon as they leave the home!

So what's the issue, why are teens abandoning their faith?

In today's culture, the Church is under assault. The schools and media are fighting against the Church from all fronts and we are sending our kids into battle unarmed and unprepared. We've been asking them to believe, but not giving them a reason to believe. They are assaulted with arguments and lies, which can easily be disputed, but because they're not equipped, they're easy prey to their attacks.
Well, I say, enough's enough! The enemy has put our youth in their crosshairs and I don't want to stand idly by and watch it happen.

The time's come to equip them for battle!

1 Peter 3:15 tells us to, "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you."(NKJV)

The Bible shows us that we are to be equipped to defend our faith. It also tells us to, "Train up a child in the way he should go..." Proverbs 22:6a (ESV)

The evidence for the existence of God is out there.

Our youth have real and honest questions that need to be answered. Too many times, we give them the run around because we ourselves don't know the answers. The most common mistake is telling someone with doubt, "you just have to have faith." While it's true, faith is the way to salvation, blind faith is choosing to remain ignorant of the evidence that exists. God is the great architect of the universe and He has placed His signature all over it. Psalms 19:1 says, "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship." (NLT)

So where do we find this evidence?

CrossExamined has set up a program geared specifically for equipping our youth. This program answers questions like;
1. Does Truth Exist?
2. Does God Exist?
3. Are Miracles Possible?
4. Is The New Testament True?
They are turning the tides on atheism and giving our youth what they want most; solid answers to Biblical objections.

Present the evidence at my church. You will not be disappointed.
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Re: Equipped to Defend- Februarys Article/Blog Contest is Op

Postby csinasac » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:44 pm

Where Else Would We Go?

In the gospels we see Jesus’ rising popularity, everywhere he went there was a crowd of adoring fans. But Jesus wasn’t impressed by the quantity of their response but rather the quality of their response. His call is to love Him for whom He is, not for who we think He should be and for what we can get from Him. I love the way Mr. Beaver says it from Narnia, “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” We will never have all the answers to all the questions and arguments against Jesus, but we can plead with God that each of us will have enough confidence in the goodness of God to run to Him to find answers and hope.

The statistics say that 75% of our current students attending our churches will fall away from the faith, and as I consider how to help prepare our students for university life and beyond where their faith will meet much opposition, a few key issues press upon my heart.

If it’s true that God’s kindness is what leads us to repentance, let’s show our students how far His kindness really does extend. Often when we see people asking for healing in the gospels, Jesus deals with their spiritual healing first. We are dead in our sin but Christ can make us alive. We deserve God’s full wrath because we have sinned against an infinite God; but because He is an infinite God we can receive unending love, forgiveness and mercy from Him. The more we see Jesus for He really is, His beauty and His worth, the more sin and the things of this world will become less attractive.

Let’s model for our students an ever-increasing dependence God’s word. His word isn’t just good morals, it is the truth and is what leads us to salvation. It is so important to provide our students with safe environments to ask the hard questions before they have to deal with them alone in tough environments. Apologetic ministries like crossexamined.org, can play an enormous part in preparing each one of us to be able to defend our faith with gentleness and respect. We were never meant to live out our faith alone, we need each other’s help to stay strong in what we believe.

Above everything else, let’s just point our students to Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. Following Jesus does not guarantee a safe and easy life. It’s quite the opposite, considering that 11 out of 12 disciples died for what they believed. Many people, then and now, leave Jesus in the midst of adversity. By God’s grace alone, may our confession and confidence be like Peter’s, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

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