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In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (8th Edition)   by Dr. Walter T. Brown Jr.I personally met Dr. Brown and even spoke to him on the phone in college after listening to a few of his lectures on Creation vs. Evolution and a debate with the head of the Biology Department at Arizona State University in the late 80s. The most important concept I learned from him was the difference between micro-evolution (natural selection) and the theory of macro-evolution (the notion that life evolved from primordial sludge into living cells into swimming creatures into land animals into apes into humans). Natural selection is a fact, but that only proves micro-evolution. There is ZERO scientific evidence for macro-evolution. Evolutionists use examples of micro-evolution in a vain attempt to try to prove macro-evolution. Know the difference between the two. Dr. Brown uses nothing but hard science. He got his PhD from MIT and is a scientist not a religionist. This is the best book you will find on the subject!

           

Among other questions this book will answer is: The water of Noahs’ Flood: Where did it come from? Where did it go?

 

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Beyond Death’s Door by Maurice Rawlings, M.D. – Written by a reknown cardiologist from Tennesee, he offers accounts of people he resuscitated from the operating table after they had been pronounced dead. Many of the stories people tell him after they first come back are about a place of torment, which is obviously hell or a place on the way there. This book offers the other side to the coin of the many new-age type books that present the idea that death will be pleasant for everyone and the majority of people will go to heaven. Particularly chilling was the account of one man who said, “I remember more clearly than any other thing that has ever happened to me in my lifetime every detail of every moment, what I saw and what happened during that hour that I was gone from this world. I was standing some distance from this burning, turbulent, rolling mass of blue fire. As far as my eyes could see it was just the same. A lake of fire and brimstone. There was nobody in it. I saw other people whom I had known that had died when I was thirteen…We recognized each other, even though we did not speak. They too, were looking and seemed to be perplexed and in deep thought, as though they could not believe what they saw. Their expressions were those of bewilderment and confussion. The scene was so awesome that words simply fail. There is no way to describe it except to say we were eye witness now to the final judgment. There is no way to escape, no way out. You don’t even look for one. This is the prison out of which no one can escape except by Divine intervention. I said to myself in an audible voice, ‘If I had known about this I would have done anything that was required of me to escape a place like this.’ But I had not known.”

 

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Nobody Left Behind: Insight into "End-Time" Prophecies  by David Vaughn Elliott - "Nobody Left Behind" examines modern-day theories of end-time prophecies in the light of clear Bible teaching. It helps the reader distinguish truth from theory by looking at Bible verses in context. While "Nobody Left Behind" is partly a reaction to the popular "Left Behind" novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, it is much more than that. It offers a detailed study of the historical fulfillment of some of the most exciting prophecies in Scripture: the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in A.D. 70, the rise of the Antichrist, and the arrival of God's kingdom on earth, among others. To the extent that "Nobody Left Behind" is a critique of the popular "Left Behind" novels, it is based on several sources. Mr. Elliott has examined the colorful fold-out chart, "A Visual Guide to the Left Behind Series," which gives LaHaye and Jenkins' brief outline of Revelation, showing where each novel of the series fits in. More importantly, Mr. Elliott carefully considered Tim LaHaye’s newest Revelation commentary, "Revelation Unveiled." This updated edition of LaHaye's commentary appeared in 1999, and it was offered, as expressed on the back cover, as "The biblical foundation for the best-selling Left Behind series." In addition, Mr. Elliott digested novel #1 of the series, "Left Behind, A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days," which introduces most of the leading characters and issues. He has also read #2 of the series, "Tribulation Force." Reading the remaining novels is unnecessary. Tim LaHaye’s Revelation commentary is a more important source for critiquing the novels than the novels themselves.

"Nobody Left Behind" respectfully examines the claimed biblical foundation for the "Left Behind" series. This "foundation" is a view of Bible prophecy called futurism, a view which teaches that the great bulk of Bible prophecies have not yet been fulfilled but rather are awaiting fulfillment any day now. Mr. Elliott's critique is thus not just an examination of one set of novels but rather an examination of the entire view of Bible prophecy that underlies those novels.

"Nobody Left Behind" offers 334 pages of compelling biblical and historical evidence that various "end-time" prophecies have actually already been wonderfully fulfilled. This alternative view, commonly called the historical view or historicism, was the most popular view among Bible believers for several centuries before the twentieth century. However, times have changed, and many Bible believers today are not even aware that the views set forth in the "Left Behind" series are relatively new.

If you desire a greater understanding of God's prophetic Word, "Nobody Left Behind" is for you. If you are looking for prophecy studies that are in depth yet easy to understand, "Nobody Left Behind" is your book of choice. If you want to find out if the "Left Behind" novels are true to the Bible, "Nobody Left Behind" will offer you the facts for making your decision. If you are seeking a book on Bible prophecy that will open your eyes to historical reality all the while enriching your faith, "Nobody Left Behind: Insight into 'End-Time' Prophecies" is the book you should read.

The book is well-documented, includes quotations from ancient Christian and Jewish writers, offers extensive Scripture and subject indexes, and contains attractive illustrations and detailed charts to aid the reader.

 

The Discipling Dilemma - A Study of the Discipling Movement Among Churches of Christ  by Flavil Yeakley - What was the discipling movement? How was its influence felt among churches of Christ? What methods did the discipling churches use to make converts and plant new churches? What's right and what's wrong about their approach? Why is it one of the most controversial issues in churches of Christ? This book gives balanced, fair answers to these questions. It traces the background of the discipling movement from its various sources, including the Crossroads Church of Christ, where the movement was introduced to churches of Christ. And then focusing on the acknowledged leader of the discipling movement among churches of Christ - the Boston Church of Christ. This book is a serious, documented study which analyzes the movement objectively, pointing out both strengths and weaknesses for careful consideration by leaders and members of other churches of Christ.

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Josephus: The Complete Works Encounter the world and traditions that Jesus knew. Illuminate your understanding of the New Testament. In The Complete Works you will discover what the New Testament writers knew about Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, and Solomon and examine an in-depth history of Herod and his infamous family.

Josephus left us the earliest independent accounts of the lives of Jesus, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus. Much of what we know about the beliefs of the Sadducees and Pharisees comes from Josephus. Without Josephus, we would know very little about the Essenes, the ancient Jewish group most frequently associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Features include:

The War of the Jews-an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem

The Antiquities of the Jews-a history of the Jews from Creation to the Roman occupation of Palestine

The Life of Flavius Josephus-the autobiography of Josephus, who fought against Rome and later served the empire

Against Apion-a defense of the origin of Judaism in the face of Greco-Roman slanders

Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades-a text Whiston attributed to Josephus

Index of parallels between Josephus's Antiquities and the Old Testament including the Apocrypha

About Flavius Josephus

Josephus was a first-century Pharisee, soldier, informant to the Romans, and writer. He left behind the most extensive writings on ancient Jewish history still in existence.

 

 

Original Commentary on Acts by J.W. McGarvey Much the greater part of Acts may be resolved into a detailed history of cases of conversion, and of unsuccessful attempts at the conversion of sinners. If we extract from it all cases of this kind, with the facts and incidents preparatory to each and immediately consequent upon it, we will have exhausted almost the entire contents of the narrative. All other matters are merely incidental. The events of the first chapter were designed to prepare the apostles for the work of converting men; the gift of the Holy Spirit to them and to others was to qualify them for it; the admission of the Gentiles was an incident connected with the conversion of Cornelius, and others after him; the conference, in the fifteenth chapter, grew out of these conversions; and the long account of Paul's imprisonment in Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Rome, with his sea-voyage and shipwreck, constitute but the connected history of his preaching to the mob in Jerusalem, to the Sanhedrin, to Felix, to Festus, to Agrippa, and to the Jews and Gentiles in Rome. The episode in the twelfth chapter, concerning the persecutions by Herod, and his death, is designed to show that, even under such circumstances, "the word of God grew and multiplied." All the remainder of the history consists, unmistakably, in detailed accounts of conversions. Such being the work performed by the author, we may readily determine his design by inquiring, Why should any cases of conversion be put upon the record? Evidently, it was that men might know how conversions were effected, and in what they consisted. The cases which are recorded represent all the different grades of human society; all the different degrees of intellectual and religious culture; all the common occupations in life, and all the different countries and languages of the then known world. The design of this variety is to show the adaptation of the one gospel scheme to the conversion of all classes of men. (Excerpted from the Introduction)

 

 

Fox's Book of Martyrs: A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Deaths of the Early Christian and Protestant Martyrs This is a book that will never die--one of the great Christian classics. Written with passion and tenderness, it tells the dramatic, true stories of men, women, and children who, in the face of indescribable persecution, gave their lives for the sake of Christ. Covering the broad sweep of church history from the early church to the beginning of American foreign missions in the early 1800s, Fox's Book of Martyrs continues to inspire and strengthen countless Christians with a vision of faith that, both in life and in death, commits itself utterly to the Lord of Life. Presented here in its most complete form, this book brings to life days when 'a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid . . . climbed the steep ascent of heaven amid peril, toil, and pain.'

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Traditions of Men Versus the Word of God by Alvin Jennings This book just gives simplle Bible fact and scripture rather than the many conflicting doctrines of mankind. You can't get any more simpler than this and more truth. If one seeks truth, then this book will help you seek it using only God's Word. But you must have an open mind and be willing to accept truth even if it desagrees with what you have been taught.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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