Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Enter to Win "Comfort Food"! Plus Read About 8 Reasons Why I'd Rather READ "Comfort Food" Than EAT a Hot Fudge Sundae!

I'm giving away my only copy of "Comfort Food--Delectable Devotions To Satisfy the Soul" by Ray Comfort.

Doesn't that ice cream look delicious! The picture that you see on the cover was taken when we went to 13 Countries in 13 Days to film 13 episodes for The Way of the Master Season 4.

Our team decided to a take a quick lunch break at a little quaint cafe directly in front of the Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech.

I sat across from Carol (the only other lady on our team) and we spotted a desert on the menu that sounded delicious. So we placed our order but I was craving the dessert, so I ordered the hot fudge sundae for Carol and I to split. Our eyes were as big as golf balls when the server gently set the sundae down on our table--I could tell that Ray Comfort and the rest of the film crew wished that they would have ordered one for themselves. Carol snapped a shot of the ice cream and it made it to the cover of Ray's book "Comfort Food".

This book is packed with, easy-to-digest meals of wisdom, joy, love, and comfort that have been prepared in the “kitchen” of well-known “chef” Ray Comfort. These tidbits of truth will delight and satisfy the hungry soul and provide strength and nourishment for every day.

8 Reasons Why I'd Rather READ "Comfort Food" Than EAT a Hot Fudge Sundae!

1. It’s more filling
2. Doesn’t leave you feeling guilty
3. You can be a glutton on it without the bad side effects
4. It has eternal benefits
5. You gain wisdom
6. It's less expensive than a sundae in Prague :-)
7. Won’t gain weight
8. Doesn’t leave you with a bad after taste

***Contest Rules:

1) Comment here and some way for me to contact you if you win--email or blog link is fine (as long as there's an email address attached to the blog link).

2) Get an additional entry for blogging about this contest or putting it on your website, facebook, twitter, or any other networking site you have. Then make sure you tell me where you've posted it.

Note: You do not have to leave a comment to win. Winning isn't based on what you say. One winner will be drawn randomly...so, it's fine to simply leave your name and email.

If you're not the winner, you'll be happy to know that you can pick up a copy of "Comfort Food" at LivingWaters.com.

* No duplicate comments please.

* Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.

* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

***If you are not able to post a comment, please send your entry to email [at] fishwithtrish.com. Comments will be opened through April 16, 2009 and I will announce the winner on the comment section of this blog on Mother's Day, May 1oth 2009.

Open to U.S. residents only.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Questions from an atheist

Logic Lad said, "Is there any chance that someone on this site could try and address an issue without simply saying 'it's in the bible'"

Thank you for asking, Logic. But Sorry. This is impossible for any
biblical Christian to do. As Christian's, the bible is our ultimate reference point. It's how we know God. It's how we come to understand good and evil. It's where we find our answers for life and death. It's where we obtain information to defend our faith, etc.

So, we can't just set the bible aside for debate. We don't have the authority to do so as Christians. God hasn't given us the authority to so this. And I don't think
any particular individual on this site has said simply "it's in the bible" and that’s it. But they are using the bible to defend what they believe and in doing so their cases are reasonable and biblical. But with that said, they are not reasonable for you because you have suppressed the truth in unrighteousness and you love darkness rather than light (Rom 1).

It may not make sense to you, and you may not believe it, but we are still compelled and commanded to preach that all men everywhere “repent and believe upon Jesus Christ”. I know this seems absurd to you, but we are only being consistent with our worldview, at least we're tying to. And we care about you and the others on this site. I pray for you and others daily, that you will repent and trust in Christ. I’m praying that God will break in on your hardened heart. He did for me. I was the hardest of all until he used the scriptures to break me down and then I saw His grace—His amazing grace.

Please be patience with us, Logic, and think with me for a moment. The only consistent and logical thing for a Christ follower to do, is to quote the One they follow. A Christian is one who believes that the bible is God-breathed. They follow Christ. The One that the bible talks about. We can do no other thing. So that's why all you get is bible, bible, and more bible from us. :-)

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

Logic Lad said, "the atheists posting here do not recognise that book as the ultimate source of all truth so it is little pointless to keep quoting obscure bits of it in the hope it will support an argument."

It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in it. The truth is that you do! You simply have suppressed the truth through wicked works (Romans 1). You know that God exists. You know that He will judge the living and the dead. You know that He is the Creator, yet you have suppressed the truth. To you, this may sound like I'm being rude or arrogant but your issue is with the bible, not with me. I'm only staying consistent with the biblical worldview and the bible says that you have darkened your thinking through wicked works (Romans 1).

So no, I can't nor will I set aside the bible at any point in time. Other individuals might be inclined to do this, but a biblical Christian wont.

"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." Hebrews 4:12

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cute, laughable, absurd...

What Evolutionists would have you believe...

Monkdog (poor thing looks cold)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Evidence for Atheism

I watched The Privideged Planet tonight and was inspired to post this...

Look at all the evidence on the inside...

This can be used like a tract.
I've handed these to atheists and they tend to get a laugh out of it.
Then there's a gospel message on the back.

This is what is reads:
"It was G.K. Chesterton who rightly stated, "If there were no God, there would be no atheists." A thinking person will tell you that it's impossible to prove that God doesn't exist. Before someone can say, "There is no God," he or she needs to have all knowledge — because somewhere in the universe there may be evidence that God does exist. And there is, right under our noses. A building is proof there was a builder. A painting is proof there was a painter, and creation is absolute proof that there was and is a Creator. The question is, are you good enough to go to Heaven? Here's how to know: Have you ever lied (even once) or stolen (regardless of value)? Have you ever used God's name in vain, or had sexual thoughts about someone to whom you are not married? Have you ever hated someone? If you said yes to those questions, on Judgment Day God will see you as a lying thief, a blasphemer, an adulterer, and even a murderer. Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart," and Scripture also says that if you hate someone, you are a murderer. This is the Bible's warning — if God gives you justice on Judgment Day, you will end up in Hell. Forever. Not believing in something won't make it go away. You need to be forgiven before that day, and because God is rich in mercy He made a way for you to be clean in His sight: "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus suffered and died on the cross, taking the punishment for your sins. He paid your fine in His life's blood, so that you could leave the courtroom. Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Your death sentence can be commuted. Please, come to your senses— repent and trust in Jesus, and God will forgive you and grant you eternal life. Pray something like: "Dear God, please forgive my sins (name them). I turn from them and trust Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. In His name I pray. Amen." Then read the Bible daily and obey what you read (see John 14:21)." Visit LivingWaters.com

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pure Truth

As a Christian, I take much courage in the fact that when this earthly body of mine is destroyed I will have a new resurrected body. A body that will not sin, a body that will not age, a body that will be whole, and perfect. But above that, I will obtain everlasting salvation through the work of Christ on the Cross and see my Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face.

Most people when asked, "Where do you want to go when you die?" They respond, "Heaven...I want to go to Heaven when I die." But the problem with people today is that 9 out of 10 want to go to Heaven they just don't want the God of the Bible to be there when they arrive. They don't want to bow to Him now, so why would they want to spend all of eternity with Him? To the unbeliever, the cross is foolishness. They reject it. Just like they did 2000 years ago. The same thing is happening today. It is a fairytale to the unbelieving mind (Prov 14:1).

But as a Christian, that's the only reason why I desire to be in Heaven. I want to see my risen Savior. I want to know Him more. To know Him fully. To see the One that I have talked to for so many years--yet have not seen. And then to finally see Him face to face. Wow. What a glorious truth!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..." 1 Peter 1:3.

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." Matthew 28:1-10.

If you have never repented of your sins and trusted in Christ...please do so today. Don't wait another minute! Visit http://www.dontwasteyourdash.com/ for a good church in your area.

Happy Resurrection Weekend to the Body of Christ!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A good excuse NOT to take a tract

I was running errands tonight and walked into Wal-Mart for a few things. As I cleared the doorway, I noticed four gentlemen coming towards me. They were standing quite close to each other, almost like they were huddled together. I reached out my hand, to the man in the front, and said, "Did you get one of these?" He didn't even turn to me. He didn't look at me. In fact, he didn't seem to move to the right or the to the left. He had sunglasses on--which I thought was strange since it was after 8pm. He kept his hands behind his back and walked straight ahead. "How rude." I thought to myself. "Oh well...I'll just see if one of the other nice gentlemen will care to take a gospel tract."

So I reached out my hand towards the man in the back of the small group and said, "Did you get one of these?" He politely smiled and took it. I was thankful.

Then I saw a familiar face. The Wal-Mart Greeter at the door. Each week I try to give her a new tract. She turned to me shaking her head and said, "That man sure did need one of those gospel messages!"

"Really?" I inquired.

"Yes." She added. "He needed to read it because he was on his way to jail!"

"That's terrible!" I exclaimed.

"Yep...He just stole something!" She added. "And his hands were cuffed behind his back. So that's why he couldn't reach out to grab your million dollar bill. These poor kids just break my heart these days."

"No wonder he was acting so weird, Ma'am.... I guess he had a good excuse not to take the tract." I smiled.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Soulja Boy Takes a Million Dollar Bill Gospel Tract

After an eventful weekend at the Transformed Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, I was boarding my connecting flight from Atlanta back home to Dallas and I couldn't help but notice two young people in the very front first-class row. They were wearing large pieces of jewelry and big baggy bright clothing that stood out from everyone else on the plane. I quickly reached into my handbag and grabbed a wad full of celebrity million dollar bills with a gospel message on the back and said, "Did you get one of these?" They took it and one young man said, "Wow...I thought that was real". He smiled back at me.

Then minutes later I found my seat, sat down and said hello to the young girl sitting next to me. She told me her name was Chelsea and we chit chatted for a few minutes and she said, "You know who's on our plane don't you??"

"No. I have no idea. Who?" I answered.

"Soulja Boy" she said. "He's in the front row...he's a very famous rapper." She added.

"Wow...that's cool because I just gave him one of these, a gospel tract. Did you get one?"

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of “Evangelism in the New Testament...A Plea for Biblically Relevant Evangelism” (2 Winners Will Be Chosen)

My dear friend Jon Speed sent me a new booklet that he recently wrote. I began reading it on Monday night and couldn't put it down. It's called “Evangelism in the New Testament...A Plea for Biblically Relevant Evangelism”.

Listen to what Tony Miano has to say about it: "In just over 40 pages, Jon accomplishes what many books have not in hundreds of pages. He succinctly and biblically makes the case that confrontational evangelism is the predominant form of evangelism seen in the New Testament. While to a far lesser extent friendship/relationship evangelism is seen in Scripture, it does not look like the unbiblical forms all-too-often practiced today by Christians."

Mark Cahill promoted Jon's book in his most recent newsletter. Here's what Mark has to say: "One of the more fascinating quotes from the booklet is this: “By our reckoning, there are at least 89 instances of Christ and His associates doing evangelism in the four Gospels. Of these 89 instances, 77 happened in the context of confrontational evangelism.” Wow! When you look at those encounters, 87% of the witnessing encounters in the four gospels happened with a total stranger who was confronted with Biblical truth about sin, repentance, Jesus, the cross, and judgment to come. In the book of Acts, it was 83% of the evangelism happened with total strangers. "

Ray Comfort says, "Jon has done a wonderful job of showing exactly what it means to fulfill the Great Commission. "Evangelism in the New Testament" will be a great source of encouragement to those who want to do what Jesus commanded us to do--to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature."

Jon signed two copies for me to give-a-way to two of you. Two winners will be chosen for this drawing!

You will be happy to know that if you are not the winner you can Order the booklet, here!

***Contest Rules:

1) Comment here and some way for me to contact you if you win--email or blog link is fine (as long as there's an email address attached to the blog link).

2) Get an additional entry for blogging about this contest or putting it on your website, facebook, twitter, or any other networking site you have. Then make sure you tell me where you've posted it.

Note: You do not have to leave a comment to win. Winning isn't based on what you say. TWO winners will be drawn randomly...so, it's fine to simply leave your name and email.* No duplicate comments please.* Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

***If you are not able to post a comment, please send your entry to email [at] fishwithtrish.com. Comments will be opened through April 16, 2009 and I will announce the winner on the comment section of this blog on April 17, 2009. Open to U.S. residents only.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Interesting Comments

Taxandrian said, “I don't need to know whether it's 'OK' for God to kill babies (obviously it is, otherwise He wouldn't have done it).”

Then why did you ask the question in your earlier post? You are contradicting yourself here. This is the first question you asked. You said, “is it OK if God kills babies?” So that is the question I answered.

My answer is simple--I will repeat what I wrote:

Yes. God hardened Pharaoh's heart, yet Pharaoh also hardened his own heart.

Yes. God did send a plague that would kill all the firstborn in Egypt.

Yes. It is "OK" for God to kill babies if that is according to His will.

Taxandrian said, “No, what I would like to know is whether YOU think it's ok that God kills babies.”

My answer: Yes. God can do what ever He wants. "The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up." 1 Sam 2:6. That’s what it means to be God and He answers to no man. He can even offend our minds. There are several verses in the bible that at one point offended my mind but that’s why I’m not God and He is. Yes. It is okay for God to do whatever He pleases. He makes the rules, I don’t. He made the universe and He is all wise. He is the Creator, I’m not. “For they (the wicked) exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:25 (parenthesis added).

It seems to me that you are offended by what the scriptures teach. The scriptures have offended your mind and you’re not willing to submit to them. You have made a God in your own image to suit yourself. And this, one seemingly troublesome area, in the text of scripture has allowed you to do the very thing that Pharaoh did. You have raised your fist against the Almighty and you’ve violated the Second Commandment that says, “You shall not bow down to any graven image”. You have exalted your mind above scripture. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb 10:31)

Your original question is a bit shallow. It reveals that you do not understand the Biblical position on God’s relationship with evil (theodicy), which is at the heart of what you are actually asking (death of infants--being just one example).

Scripture teaches that God is in control of whatsoever comes to pass. However, this does not make God evil or the author of evil. Scripture gives several examples of God using secondary causes to accomplish His sovereign will. Basic questions that little kids in Sunday school are taught.

I know that God’s sovereign rule over all things is not pleasing to the fallen sinful mind of man which is hostile to God, but if you repent and trust in Christ, God will give you a new mind, and renew your worldview from man-centered thinking to God-centered thinking. There are plenty of philosophically challenging things in Scripture, Hell, death, infinity, etc.

As a Christian our question for the non-Christian is, by what standard of morality do you determine what is good or evil? For example, is evil a universal moral standard to which all people subscribe? And if so based upon what authority? If it is not universal but subjective or relative, is your question a relevant one or not? If it is not relevant based on things that are absolute, then why ask the question in the first place? I believe that non-Christian worldviews cannot adequately answer these types of questions, at least not without borrowing from the biblical worldview.

With that said, do you or do you not believe in the preservation of human life at any cost? And if you were to die tonight where do you think your soul would go?