The Apologetics Study Bible (and other books)

Happy New Year!
Have you decided what your New Year’s resolutions will be?

You may be asking me, “Pete, are you crazy? It’s early October!”

I know that. But we are in the final quarter of 2017. Therefore, instead of posting this message on the last week in December this year, I want to allow you some extra time to perhaps buy a book or two such as the one you see on your right, The Apologetics Study Bible.

Why not? Why not order this book (or a similar book)
now, rather than order it near at the end of the year
when you are busy with families, short on time and
perhaps low on cash? Why not now prepare to start
on New Year’s Day studying apologetics as a devotional?
I believe the time used in planning and preparing for
your 2018 daily devotional study will bring forth many

What is apologetics? According to The Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, “apologetics is the formal defense of the Christian faith”. [1]

Theologians such as C.C. Lewis, Lee Strobel, Charles Colson and Ravi Zacharias, just to name a few, are apologists.

Apologists do not “apologize” for believing what they believe about Christ, God and the Bible. Quite the opposite is true. They defend against the fiery darts thrown at Christianity by atheists, agnostics, skeptics and others. Why do apologists exist? God wants that no believer lose his faith because of the craftiness of men and of Satan.

So, in 2018, I plan to read, study and digest on the
notes and articles found in the Apologetics Study Bible.
Please note: I am not going to read this Bible
verse -by-verse from beginning to  end. I plan to use
another source, the Our Daily Bread monthly devotional,
which is often advertised on Christian radio station,
WIHS 104.9 FM.

I have already ordered and received this study Bible
and was very impressed by the content as I skimmed
through the pages. According to the back cover of this
book, it says within it are:

  • Introductions and notes for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible that provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of of Scripture
  • twisted Scripture notes that address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrines contrary to historic Christian teaching
  • Over 130 articles written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions

Those 130+ articles are what caught my attention and is where I plan to concentrate my efforts in 2018. Here are some of the titles of these articles:

  1. What Is Apologetics? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kenneth D. Boa
  2. How Apologetics Changed My Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Strobel
  3. Christ: The Fulfillment of Prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D. James Kennedy
  4. Are the Days of Genesis to Be Interpreted Literally?. . . . . . . . . . . Ted Cabal
  5. Has Christianity Had a Bad Influence on History? . . . . . . . . . . .  . Alvin J. Schmidt
  6. Does the Bible Demean Women? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . Sharon James
  7. What About Those Who Have Never Heard About Christ? . . . . . Chad Owen Brand

These are some of the great articles I saw. I cannot wait to read them! [2]

Another book I plan to read, and this one is for every day, is the 5-Minute Apologetics For Today. (Click on title). It has 365 articles  concerning apologetics. Here are some of them:

Day 1 (January 1) – Absolute Truth

Day 2 (January) 2 – Be Reasonable

Day 3 (January 3) – Philosophy Can Be Helpful

Day 178 (June 27) – Jesus, the Son of God

Day 179 (June 28) – Jesus, the Son of Man

Day 305 (November 1) – The Tribulation

Day 359 (December 25) – The Many Benefits of Prayer

Still another book I have ordered and received is The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. It has 52 short chapters on how to defend your faith from the tough questions that are oftentimes thrown at us Christians by those who are against Jesus Christ. I plan to read one chapter of this book only on the weekends – either Saturday or Sunday depending on my schedule.

Being familiar with some, if not all of the key issues Christians have faced is important (although not necessary for salvation) for you to give an answer for the faith in Christ you have received (1 Peter 3:15). Any answer you give – let me greatly emphasize this to you – will be from the Holy Spirit as He wills. Any answer of faith you give to an unbeliever, to someone who is spiritually
lost, is valuable. The Holy Spirit may lead that person later
on and convict him or her about Jesus Christ and who He really
is. Therefore, wouldn’t it be nice for this Spirit to help you
recollect what you have read?

There is nothing we Christians can do in willing (forcing)
an unbeliever over to Jesus Christ. By that I mean, not by our
efforts, not by our strength, but on the strength of God’s
Spirit (Zechariah 4:6; Philippians 2:13) does witnessing
Christ lead someone to Him. It is all God’s work. All
Jesus  wants us to do is just to go out and make disciples
according to whom He is working with and calling.

I know I am redundant here but am I making any sense to you?

You may ask, How will I find the time to read all this? Well here are some things I have personally established …

  • I do not watch TV that much.
  • I used to be on Facebook a lot – not so much any more.
  • My wife has the smart phone. I do not. Therefore, I am not looking at a telephone screen all day.
  • I do not Twitter or use Instagram.
  • I make and find the time to get these things accomplished.
  • I take breaks and rest often – especially on the weekends.
  • I take a book, pen and paper in the car with me wherever I go. If my wife wants to shop at store for her personal needs, I gladly stay in the car and read.

It is by reading that I get many ideas for my blog posts which I write in draft form as early as possible. This alone causes me to manage my time to get things done.

God bless all of you who believe in Jesus Christ and continue desiring to understand His will and purpose in the course of human affairs..
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[1] Grenz, Stanley J., David Guretzki, and Cherith Fee. Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1999.

[2] Because I have other future blogs to put together and publish, I very likely will read more than one article per day from this book – Lord willing.

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