Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15
I began an interest in apologetics, making a reasoned defense of biblical doctrines, when my husband challenged an agnostic friend of his to write down the questions he had about the Bible. He did so, and I began answering those questions. It seems the friend had no interest in the answers once given, but I discovered that knowing there are answers strengthened my faith. If you are looking for answers to difficult questions about the Bible, God and Christianity, check out the Apologetics Q&A section.
A couple decades ago I was also introduced to the concept of Scientific Creationism. Until then, evolution was just assumed to be true and scientifically accurate. I soon learned that there were many flaws with the theory (for that's all it is, an unproven theory) and with the tests that supposedly indicated the earth is millions of years old. When I began studying the scientific evidence, I discovered there was ample evidence for a recent Creation, a world-wide Flood and much to disprove the theory of evolution. For more info about what I found and why it matters, check out the Scientific Creationism section.
My interest in Messianic Prophecy was piqued when I was told there were 100 prophecies in Matthew that were fulfilled by Jesus. As we studied it that year, I kept track of all the prophecies I found. I found there were over 200. Most were fulfilled by His birth, ministry, death and resurrection. I have since created a Bible study to go through all the prophecies and how they were fulfilled. If you want to examine Jesus' credentials for being the Messiah, check out the Messianic Prophecies section.
I have also been interested in he End Times since high school. I set about studying the End Times and finding a system that incorporated all the prophecy as a unified whole and did not leave out any biblical prophecies of what is to come. To see what I discovered, check out the End Times section.
I believe God created everything in 6 days about 6,000 years ago. I believe there was a world-wide Flood about 4,000 years ago followed by an Ice Age. I know there is good scientific evidence that the earth is young and the billions of dead things buried in rock layers all over the earth that testify to the Flood. I believe this is important to my faith because not believing in these biblical truths undermines the foundation of our faith and destroys biblical authority. Without biblical authority, there is no standard of right and wrong and man is free to believe whatever and behave however he wants, because man, not God, makes the rules. If the Bible is true, then it must be true from the first verse to the last, and there is a moral standard set by God. I believe God created the physical laws by which the universe operates. He created our minds & expects us to use them to discover truth. I believe true science does not contradict Scripture. When Scripture talks about the physical world, it gives accurate info.
Since the Bible is true, it will not contradict itself, all prophecies it makes have or will come true. The test of a true prophet was if his prophecies were 100% accurate, if not then he was considered a false prophet. I believe Jesus is the Messiah because He fulfilled all the prophecies regarding His First Coming. Because He did that, I believe He will also literally fulfill all the prophecies regarding His Second Coming. I believe in a Pre-Wrath Rapture and 1,000 year reign of Christ on a renovated earth that has been restored to Edenic perfection following the Day of the Lord judgment.
I. "You shall have no other gods before me.” (Ex. 20:1-3) -– There is only one God, The LORD. Love and serve Him only. (Dt. 6:4-6; Mt. 4:10; 22:37-38)
II. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Ex. 20:4-6) -- Nothing in heaven or on earth is like God. (Ps. 89:6-8; Isa. 40:18-26) Jesus is the image of the invisible God. (Jn. 1:14; 14:7-12; Col. 1:15-20: Heb. 1:3)
III. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” (Ex. 20:7) -– Keep your promises. Act and speak to bring glory and honor to God. (Nu. 30:2; Mt. 5:33-37; 23:16-22; Heb. 6:16) Recognize that Jesus is God. (Jn. 5:18; 8:24, 28, 58; 10:30-39; 1Jn. 2:22-23; 4:15)
IV. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.” (Ex. 20:8-11) – Rest; take time off. Do not slavishly work 24/7. Jesus gives rest. (Isa. 58:13-14; Mt. 6:25-34; 11:28-30; Heb. 4:1-11)
V. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Ex. 20:12) -- Do not abuse or neglect your Parents, but care for, listen to and obey them. (Pr. 1:8-9; 23:22-25; Mt. 15:4-6; Eph. 6:1-3; 1Ti. 5:4)
VI. “You shall not murder.” (Ex. 20:13) –- Rescue and Protect life. Love your neighbor as yourself with actions. Pray for your enemies. (Lev. 19:16-18; Pr. 24:11-12; Mt. 5:21-24, 38-48; Ro. 13:9-10; 1Jn. 3:16-19)
VII. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Ex. 20:14) -- Be faithful and committed to your spouse. (Ecc. 9:9; Mal 2:13-16; Pr. 5:18-20; Mt. 5:27-32; 1Co. 7:1-16; Heb. 13:4)
VIII. “You shall not steal.” (Ex. 20:15) -- Be honest, hard working, and generous. (Pr. 11:1; Lk. 16:10-12; Eph. 4:28; Ac. 20:34-35; 1Th. 4:11-12; 2Th. 3:6-9)
IX. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Ex. 20:16) -– See that justice is done. Be truthful. (Ex. 23:6-7; Ps. 15:2-5; 51:6; Pr. 11:13; Jas. 4:11-12)
X. “You shall not covet . . . anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Ex. 20:17) -- Be content with what you have and trust God to provide. (Ecc. 5:10-20; Lk. 12:15-34; 1Ti. 6:6-10; Heb. 13:5-6; Php. 4:11-13)
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village where He worked in a carpenter's shop until He was thirty. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He did not go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where He was born.
He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.
He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
While He was dying His executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property He had on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He remains the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind's progress.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this planet so much as that one solitary life.
--James Allen Francis, 1864-1928
Admonitions to pass on our God stories dot the Scriptures: Dt. 4:9 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Ps. 78:4 “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” Here are 52 ideas to help you remember your God stories and times when your faith has grown or you learned a spiritual truth.
Engraved Rock: Job 19:24 During his testing, Job stated that he wanted his words to be recorded, engraved on a rock forever. Then he made one of the greatest statements of faith that he knew his Redeemer lives and that even after his flesh was destroyed he would still see God in the flesh. What words of yours would you like preserved forever for future generations to read and emulate?
Provision Stone: Gen. 28:18 Fleeing Esau, Jacob used a rock for a pillow and dreamed of a stairway to heaven. He renamed the location Bethel, “house of God,” for God’s promise to provide for him. When has God provided for you in a memorable way?
Peace Stone: Gen. 31:45 When Jacob fled from Laban and was caught, they made a truce over a stone heap they call Mizpah, “Watchtower.” Are there relationships in your life that need restoration? Are willing to take the first step? When will you do so?
Proclaimed Stones: Dt. 5:22 Before He wrote the commandments on the stone tablets, God proclaimed them to the whole Israelite community on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and deep darkness. What has God told you to do that He has also confirmed in His written Word?
Tablets of Stone: Ex. 24:12; 31:18; 32:15-16 The Lord inscribed on tablets of stone with His own finger the Law and commandments that Moses would be able to teach the people. Are you studying the Word of God so that you know His commands? To whom can teach them?
Plastered Stones: Dt. 27:2-8 The Lord commanded Israel to set up stones on Mt. Ebal, coat them with plaster and write on them very clearly all the words of the Law. What do you do to remind yourself of God’s righteous requirements?
Rock at Horeb: Ex. 17:6; Num. 20:8 Moses was told to strike the Rock and water will come out of it for the people to drink. Years later, Moses was told to speak to the same rock and it would pour out water, but this time he took some of the credit and in anger at the rebellious people, he struck the rock twice with his staff. As a result the Lord told him he would not be allowed to enter the Promised Land. What sinful habit do you have that you need God’s help defeating?
Spiritual Rock: 1 Co. 10:4 They all drank from the same spiritual Rock that accompanied them, and that Rock was Christ. Yet these same people rebelled and were killed. Just a reminder it isn’t enough to just go to church and learn about God, you need a relationship with Him. If you think you are standing firm, be careful lest you fall into temptation (1 Co. 10:12-13). When temptation comes, are you looking for the way out God has provided?
Our Rock: Dt. 32:31; 1 Sam. 2:2 There is no Rock like our God, holy like the Lord; even our enemies concede their rock doesn’t measure up to ours. Are you trusting in the only True God or a false substitute god?
Cleft Rock: Ex. 33:21 When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God told him that he would not be able to see His face, but He would put him in a cleft in the rock and cover him while His glory passed by. Do you desire to see more of God?
Perfect Rock: Dt. 32:4 God is the Rock, His works are perfect, all His ways are just, a faithful God who does no wrong. This means God doesn’t make mistakes, act unfairly or with evil intent. Whatever He allows into your life is there for a purpose and for your ultimate good. Describe some “bad” thing that happened to you that afterwards you realized was for your good because of what God did through it.
Altar Stones: Ex. 20:25 The Israelites were told not to used dressed stones—stones that had been worked and shaped by man’s tools—when they built their altars lest they defile the altar. This was to show that nothing man could do would improve the sacrifice. Do you come to God as you are or are you still trying to somehow make yourself more acceptable?
Lifeless Stone: Hab. 2:19 Israel was told not to make idols, images, sacred or carved stones and bow down before them (Lev. 26:1), but to smash them (Ex. 34:13), “for they are not 'gods' but only wood and stone fashioned by human hands” (2 Ki. 19:18; Isa. 37:19) that “cannot see or hear or walk” (Rev. 9:20). These 'gods' of wood and stone have no life or breath, no power to save, protect, or guide unlike the Lord God, our Rock (Dt. 32:31). What “sacred stones” in your life have you smashed or need to smash? Tell of a time God gave you guidance.
Living Stone: 1 Pt. 2:4 In contrast to lifeless stone idols, Christ is called the Living Stone, in whom we can place our trust and never be put to shame. Tell of a time when you placed your trust in Christ and had your trust vindicated.
Living Stones: 1 Pt. 2:5 Christians are like Christ, the Living Stone, and are being built into a spiritual house. How are you using your gifts to build the Church?
Birth Stones: Ex. 28:10, 15-21 The names of the 12 sons of Israel were written on precious stones set in the Breastplate of the High Priest in the order of their births. This is believed to be the origin of birthstones. God showed that they were all different and yet all precious. How are you unique and precious to God?
Memorial Stones: Ex. 28:9-12 The shoulder pieces of the High Priest’s ephod were to be engraved with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel as a memorial before the Lord whenever the High Priest entered the Lord’s presence. Who do you need to lift up in prayer before the Lord?
Privilege Stone: Josh. 4:4-7, 21-24 As the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, they took 12 stones from the riverbed “to serve as a sign” and “be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” of the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River and the privilege of a new homeland. When has God given you a fresh start?
Promise Stone: Josh. 24:27 Just before dying Joshua had the Israelites renew their pledge to serve only God. He marked this occasion with a large stone under the oak at Shechem, the site of God’s earlier promise to Abraham. What earlier commitments to honor and serve God do you need to renew?
Boundary Stone: Dt. 19:14 The Israelites were given inheritances in the Promised Land, with God ordained boundaries marked by boundary stones. They were warned against moving those stones. What has God given you as an inheritance? Are you encroaching on someone else’s territory, trying to do their ministry in addition to your own?
Sling Stones: 1 Sam. 17:40 When David went out to fight Goliath, he took the weapon he was familiar with and trusted God for the outcome. Tell of a time you faced a fear and trusted God.
Protection Stone: 1 Sam. 7:12 With Philistines on the warpath, the Israelites confessed their sins and God delivered them. Samuel set up a stone, he called Ebenezer, “thus far the Lord has helped us.” In what trials or troubles has God been your helper?
Firm Rock: Ps. 40:2 David states that God lifted him out of the slimy pit of mud and mire and gave him firm rock on which to stand. When has God rescued you from something that was dragging you down and given you firm footing?
My Rock: 2 Sam. 22:2-3 When David was fleeing from Saul, he wrote, The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my Savior. Is God that personal to you? How have you seen God work in your life?
Foundation Stone: 1 Ki. 5:17 Quality stone was used to build foundations of Solomon’s Temple; Rev. 21:19 God used precious stones as foundations of the Heavenly Temple. Are you building with quality materials?
Precious Stones: 1 Chr. 29:8-9 Any who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the Temple of the Lord. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. Are you a good example of generosity to others? Where is God asking you to give now?
Costly Stones: 1 Co. 3:12-14 If you build on the foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or stubble your work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. Fire will test the quality of each man’s work. Are you giving your best work to the Lord?
Tested Stone: Isa. 28:16 God promised to “lay in Zion a tested stone for a sure foundation” and that “anyone who trusts in it will not be dismayed.” Tell of a time when you tested God and discovered the truth of this promise.
Rejected Stone: Ps. 118:22; Mt. 21:42 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. Are you overlooking someone in whom God sees great potential—a diamond in the rough? If so, how can you encourage them regarding how God can use them?
Chief Cornerstone: Eph. 2:19-22 Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of the foundation of apostles and prophets on which the Church is built and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. Are you aligning yourself with Christ? How is God building you up to be a fit dwelling for His Spirit?
Stumbling Stone: Isa. 8:14 The Messiah is called a “stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall” meaning He is a firm and solid rock that men break themselves upon when they attempt to resist Him, as we say today, it’s like banging your head against a wall. Recall a time when you tried to resist God. What happened?
Piles of Stone: Isa. 37:26 After defeating Egypt and turning their cities into “piles of stone,” Sennacherib, King of Assyria, pridefully came with his armies to attack Judah and blasphemed God, the One Who had brought about Egypt’s downfall. King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord and trusted in Him for deliverance. God protected Judah by putting to death 185,000 troops in the Assyrian army—defeating them without Judah lifting a finger. Tell of a time God rebuked you for your pride or delivered you from a bully/enemy because you trusted in Him.
Stone Faced: Jer. 5:3 Jeremiah was told to search throughout Jerusalem for one honest and truthful person, if he could find just one God would forgive the city. In his search, he discovered that despite all of God’s previous attempts to rebuke and correct them, the people refused to repent and made their faces “harder than stone.” How do you respond when God rebukes and corrects you?
Hardest Stone: Ezek. 3:6-9 Ezekiel was told to go speak God’s warning to the house of Israel even though they would not be willing to listen. Despite this God told Ezekiel He would make him tough enough to withstand their hardness—that his forehead would be “like the hardest stone.” What has God asked you to do and given you the strength to withstand obstacles while doing it?
Heart of Stone: Ezek. 11:19; 36:26 Twice God promises that He will give us a new heart in place of our hearts of stone, hearts of flesh in which His Spirit lives and moves to follow Him and keep His laws. Has your heart been transformed from stone to flesh? What evidence do you have? Toward whom or what to does God want to soften your heart?
Tablets of Stone: 2 Co. 3:3 Paul said the Corinthians were his letter of recommendation, a letter from Christ, written with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone like the Law of Moses, but on human hearts as promised in Ezekiel. When people look at you do they read a love letter from God?
Stone Children: Mt. 3:9 Speaking to Jews who thought their salvation was secure because they were Abraham’s descendants, Jesus said God could raise up children for Abraham out of stones. Are you trusting in your family’s religious background or in a personal faith in Jesus to save you?
Contextual Stone: Ps. 91:11-12; Mt. 4:6 God promises to send His angels to guard in all their ways those who take refuge in Him, lifting them up so they don’t strike their foot against a stone. During Christ’s temptation, Satan twisted the true meaning from God’s protection in normal life events to meaning that God is obliged to keep His people safe from striking stones even if they willfully put themselves in danger by jumping off a building. When you read God’s promises, do you pay attention to the context so that you discern the correct meaning? Tell of a time God protected you from danger.
Bread Stone: Lk. 4:3-4 When Satan tempted Jesus to use His divine power to turn a stone into bread Jesus resisted the temptation by quoting scripture. What Scripture has God written that will help you resist Satan in a temptation you are currently facing?
Gift Stone: Mt. 7:9 Jesus asked the crowds if their son asked for bread would they give him a stone. He stated in the same way God the Father will give good gifts to His children who ask Him. Tell of a time you asked God for something and He gave it to you, or gave even better than what you asked.
Rocky Soil: Lk. 8:6 In the parable of the soils, Jesus mentioned rocky soil where the seed quickly sprouts, but which soon die for lack of water. They are the ones who receive the Word with joy, but because they have no root, their faith fades when they are tested. Are you shallow or can the Word penetrate your heart and get to the water of the Spirit?
Dropped Stones: Jn. 8:7 When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus, He told them that if anyone is without sin then he could throw the first stone. At this they began to drop their stones and go away. Is there a sin in your life you need to drop like a rock?
Build on Rock: Mt. 7:24-25 In the parable of two houses, Jesus stresses the importance of building on a solid foundation if you want your house to remain standing. Are your beliefs built on the solid Rock or are you attempting to build on the sinking sand of man’s empty philosophies?
Peter’s Rock: Mt. 16:18 When asked, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus renamed him Peter and said that “on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” Are you boldly confessing Jesus as the Christ and Son of God?
Praising Stones: Lk. 19:40 When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the religious leaders told Him to rebuke His disciples for singing His praises. Jesus said that if they kept quiet the stones would cry out. What have you never told God that you appreciate about Him?
Prophetic Stones: Mk. 13:1-2 As He was leaving the Temple, the Disciples remarked on the massive stones and impressive buildings, but Jesus stated that “not one stone here will be left on another; every stone will be thrown down.” The destruction of the Temple during the Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was a literal fulfillment of this prophecy. It also is a confirmation of Jesus’ role as a prophet like Moses and of the predicted judgment to come. Do you take seriously the prophetic warnings in Scripture? What prophetic events have you seen or heard fulfilled? Are you ready for His 2nd Coming?
Stone Pavement: Jn. 19:13 Pilate sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement and against his better judgment made his final decision to hand Jesus over to be crucified. Tell of a time when you had to make an unpopular decision between right and wrong. What choice did you make and what was the outcome?
Sealed Stone: Dan. 6:17; Mt. 27:62-66 When Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den a stone was placed over the mouth of the den and sealed with the king’s signet ring so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. When Jesus was buried the Chief Priests and Pharisees went to Pilate and had him seal the tomb and post a guard so that Jesus’ body couldn’t be stolen from the tomb and the disciples proclaim a false resurrection. Are you trying to keep the Lord shut up? Tell of a time someone tried to prevent God’s work but instead only managed to bring greater glory to God.
Rolling Stone: Mt. 28:2 An angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone from the tomb so that the women, His disciples and the guards could see that Jesus was risen and no longer in the tomb. Tell of a time when God moved something so that you could see His work.
Faith Stone: Rom. 9:30-32 Paul contrasts the stumbling stone of works righteousness versus righteousness by faith. Are you trying to earn your salvation by being good enough or are you trusting in Jesus for your righteousness?
Martyr’s Stone: Ac. 7:59 When brought before the Sanhedrin, Stephen boldly testified that Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham, Moses and the prophets, but that they (the Sanhedrin) had betrayed and murdered Him. For this testimony Stephen was executed by stoning. Tell of a time you spoke up for Jesus and trusted God no matter what the consequences for your life, reputation, job or a friendship.
White Stone: Rev. 2:17 The Spirit promised overcomers that they would be given a white stone with a new name written on it. The white stone was given to those acquitted in a trial. A name is representative of a person’s character, thus a new name is indicative that they have permanently changed from their former character. A new family name is given to those who have been adopted into a family. This stone would be evidence of both sonship and inheritance. What are you hoping your new name will say about you?
Personal Stone: Choose a large stone and place it in your yard as a reminder of a spiritual lesson in your life. Record that lesson in your journal or Bible.