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The Mystery of God

The Mystery of God

What do we really mean by “God”?

Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great.

How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God?

In this new six-part film series and study program, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into our rich intellectual tradition to teach us how. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, he uncovers a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God”.

Who is God? And why does he matter? Watch this series and you’ll not only learn the answers yourself, but you’ll discover how to share them with others – especially those who no longer believe.

Lesson 1 – Atheism and What We Mean by “God”

Lesson 2 – St. Thomas Aquinas and the Paths to God

Lesson 3 – The Divine Attributes

LESSON 4 – Providence and the Problem of Evil

Lesson 5 – Exploring the Trinity

Lesson 6 – The God Who is Love

The Mystery of God

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An interesting presentation of the mystery of God and who God is. I watched this during a series of nights after work while drinking tea, before bed.While I do not necessarily agree with the doctrines of the Catholic Church, I believe they do have understandings of God that many have lost sight of; I believe that many of the numerous denominations have a piece, or several pieces, of the puzzle to the understanding of God.

Godspeed & Veritable Views!

Doc Murf

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Evidence for God by William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona

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There have always been challenges to belief in God as he is revealed in the Bible and each new year seems to add more questions to the doubter’s arsenal. In Evidence for God, leading apologists provide compelling arguments that address the most pressing questions of the day about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more, including

Is Intelligent Design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world?
Did Jesus really exist?
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
What about those who have never heard the gospel?
Is the Bible today what was originally written?
What about recently publicized gospels that aren’t in the Bible?
and much more…

*****

An intriguing compilation of essays on the evidence for God.All are great in their own right, most are easy to read, some a bit difficult, but all together they make a great argument for the existence of God. Well worth the time to read and better understand the apologetic side of Christianity!

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Doc Murf

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God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World by Patrick Glynn

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In the modern age science has been winning its centuries–old battle with religion for the mind of man. The evidence has long seemed incontrovertible: Life was merely a product of blind chance–a cosmic roll of an infinite number of dice across an eternity of time. Slowly, methodically, scientists supplied answers to mysteries insufficiently explained by theologians. Reason pushed faith off into the shadows of mythology and superstition, while atheism became a badge of wisdom. Our culture, freed from moral obligation, explored the frontiers of secularism. God was dead.

“Glynn’s arguments for the existence of God put the burden of disproof on those intellectuals who think that the question has long since been settled.” — Andrew M. Greeley

But now, in the twilight of the twentieth century, a startling transformation is taking place in Western scientific and intellectual thought. At its heart is the dawning realization that the universe, far from being a sea of chaos, appears instead to be an intricately tuned mechanism whose every molecule, whose every physical law, seems to have been design from the very first nanosecond of the big bang toward a single end–the creation of life. This intellectually and spiritually riveting book asks a provocative question: Is science, the long-time nemesis of the Deity, uncovering the face of God?

Patrick Glynn lays out the astonishing new evidence that caused him to turn away from the atheism he acquired as a student at Harvard and Cambridge. The facts are fascinating: Physicists are discovering an unexplainable order to the cosmos; medical researchers are reporting the extraordinary healing powers of prayer and are documenting credible accounts of near-death experiences; psychologists, who once considered belief in God to be a sign of neurosis, are finding instead that religious faith is a powerful elixir for mental health; and sociologists are now acknowledging the destructive consequences of a value-free society.

God: The Evidence argues that faith today is not grounded in ignorance. It is where reason has been leading us all along.

*****

There are many arguments, there are many avenues of discussion and debate, there are many topics to glean truth from and to apply…the fact is that those of us that do believe that God exists, that Jesus is real, and that the Holy Spirit touches our lives and guides us. The fact remains is this…that whether you believe our our arguments, our positions, our factual or circumstantial points or evidences is truly irrelevant. Our belief in God is based upon reason, logic and faith!

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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace

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Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.

Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity. A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

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This was a great insight from a man who was an atheist who used his own skills of detective work against himself. He proved to himself the fact that Jesus was real and was the Son of the Most High God…through his own system of determining guilt or innocence from others. Excellent insight and great detective work!

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The Ultimate Commentary On Jonah: A Collective Wisdom On The Bible by Albert Barnes, John Calvin , Adam Clarke , Matthew Henry , Charles Haddon Spurgeon , John Wesley

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THE ULTIMATE COMMENTARY ON JONAH

Too often we forget the wisdom of the past. We are fortunate to be left a great legacy of Bible study. The past, both recent and distant, had many great students of God’s Word, the Bible.

This publication, The Ultimate Commentary, brings you 7 different insights into Jonah.

ALBERT BARNES

Albert Barnes (1798-1870) was a distinguished theologian from New York State, USA. In addition to his studies he was an ordained Presbyterian Minister and pastored Churches in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

JOHN CALVIN

One of the father’s of the Reformation, John Calvin, has been given a prominent place in today’s theology. Indeed his very name has been lent to a system of theology – Calvanism.

ADAM CLARKE

After John Wesley, Adam Clarke is probably the best known Methodist theologian

Clarke’s greatest contribution to Christians all over the world is his commentary on the Bible, a work that took 40 years to complete. This commentary was the main resource for Methodists for over two hundred years!

MATTHEW HENRY

Matthew Henry (18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) is renowned for his commentary 300 years after his death.

Born in Wales, Henry grew up to study theology and law. In 1687 he became a Presbyterian minister in Chester where he founded a school.

His six volumes, Exposition Of The Old & New Testaments, were completed in 1710 and are a treasure trove of Scriptural insight and assistance.

CHARLES H. SPURGEON

The Prince of Preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon (19th June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was not only a wonderful orator but also magnificent with his pen. The sermons he preached touched the lives of thousands. His writings still continue to reach those who read them to this very day. In addition to his commentaries we have included each sermon he preached through this book.

Reading Spurgeon today may be secondary to the impossibility of hearing him but there is no doubt that his words still carry the weight of Biblical truth.

JOHN WESLEY

John Wesley (along with his brother Charles) is widely began the Methodist movement. There is no doubt that his contribution to the Christian world is marked and enduring. He is quoted as having rode 250,000 miles on horseback, preached 40,00 sermons and given away £30,000. Not many Christian preachers or pastors have such an opportunity to make an impact.

As well as this contribution in the form of financial giving and the spoken word, Wesley, made an impact through the written word. One of his most renowned works is his “Commentary On The Bible”. This is a commentary on the each book in the Bible.

This easy to use Kindle book helps you build up your collection of commentaries for use in home Bible studies, preaching engagements and investigations into God’s Word.

The version we present to you is easily navigable both backwards and forwards. It provides a clear, concise layout that brings to life the words these great scholars penned all those years ago.

As part of this publication there is an extensive study guide designed to help you in your quest to better study the Bible. This guide opens a trusted approach to Bible study.

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Each of these great fathers of the church and reformation have very good insights to pass on to us about this great Book of Jonah. We can learn, and perhaps see, the lessons of Jonah with a much different perspective than if we just “winged it” ourselves. In many aspects of the Bible we can glean information through our own understanding of the text, but there are certain portions of the scriptures that we must seek the perspective of another.

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Seasons of Gray

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Hated and betrayed by his brothers, Brady Gray is forced off the family ranch and must start a new life in Dallas. With a good job and a promising romance, better days seem to lay ahead until Brady is framed for a crime he doesn’t commit.

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A good rendition of the Story of Joseph, in today’s terms. With families at each other’s throats because of the closeness of a parent to one child, for whatever the reason. This was a close, while not exactly the same, to the biblical story as you could get! Well worth watching for the entire family.
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Confessions of a Prodigal Son (2015)

Confessions of a Prodigal Son is a coming-of-age tale following Sean (Nathan Clarkson) as he rebels and leaves his home, family and father (Kevin Sorbo) to figure out life on his own. Two years later–while still on the journey to find life’s answers–Sean suddenly finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew as he is confronted by a professor (Darwin Harris) who challenges Sean to see his life as a story; a best friend (Azel James) walking a dangerous path; and a strong and beautiful young woman (Rachael Lee) who is on her own journey to answers. Each one of these elements causes Sean to greater examine the choices he is making. The story is one of drama, laughter, relationships, faith, and redemption, ultimately asking the question “Can broken stories have happy endings?”.

*****

An interesting twist on the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. Not exactly the same, but so very close to it and in today’s story line that it can help others better understand it’s meaning. A good variation of the meaning. Well worth the time to watch with the whole family.

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Billy Graham TV Classics

Billy Graham TV Classics

A collection of Billy Graham Television Classic shows and Evangelistic events. While I was not much of a Billy Graham viewer as a child, I have come to appreciate his old programs. As of lately, I have been watching these shows, whether on YouTube or on his Billy Graham TV Classics web site. It is quite intriguing to see what he had to say, and either research what he said, or use it on my blogs. He was truly a man of God who taught many of us about the path of God.

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The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Charles Pollock

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The drama of a novel meets scholarship in leading Christian biographer John Pollock’s classic work about one of the most transforming persons in history: the apostle Paul.

The Apostle masterfully combines careful adherence to biblical text, detailed research, and a storyteller’s gift to create a book equally relevant for both casual readers fascinated by Paul’s life and serious biblical scholars. Pollock begins his fast-movig narrative with Stephen’s death and follows Paul through his conversion, missionary journeys, and eventual execution. Many will enjoy it simply as a satisfying and insightful true-life story, although maps and a study guide allow for deeper exploration. The Apostle was originally published in 1969, and this new edition marks the first significant revision in many years.

*****

This was an excellent read. It was a help in tying the epistles together and aiding me in the chronology of Paul’s trek. From about the time of Paul’s leading the stoning of Stephan to his beheading. An excellent read which was well worth the time!

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Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans As a Point of Departure (Romans #1-4) by Donald Grey Barnhouse

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A series of expositional studies in which Barnhouse examines the Epistle of Romans phrase by phrase, not only in its immediate context but also in the larger context of the entire teaching of Scripture. Scripture is thus interpreted by Scripture, bringing all the correlated truths of the Word to bear on each line and word of the epistle. Available in sets only.

*****

An excellent exposition on the book of Romans by Paul. Painstakingly, taking each line, of each chapter, and expanding upon it’s meaning. It’s meaning within context of the Apostle Paul’s life and real life context, as well. It is a tough read, but well worth it for the understanding of this foundational book of the bible. I say foundational because it is the foundation to understanding salvation and how we should act with one another.

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