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What Are We Even Doing Here discerning about ministry roles? by Daryl and Karen Updike

What Are We Even Doing Here‪?‬ Daryl and Karen Updike

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

What Are We Even Doing Here discerning about ministry roles? by Daryl and Karen Updike

    Thanks and Prayer Request

    Thanks and Prayer Request

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    • 6 min
    Conversations With Two Unbelievers

    Conversations With Two Unbelievers

    Conversations With Two Unbelievers: A Brief Summary

    Peter writes about giving a defense of our faith in 1 Peter 3:15. “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” For this project I had an opportunity to discuss what I believe and why I believe it with two different unbelievers. The goal was to stand on the truth of God’s word while honoring Christ as holy as Peter writes. However, my main goal was not only to defend what I believe and expose the unbeliever’s world view as untenable, but also to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    The two unbeliever I spoke with had different world view from that of myself as well as from each other. One is a very skeptical person who claims to reject the Bible because it was written by men. He also claims to believe “science.” The other is more of an agnostic who claims things are too big for us to know, yet he believes there is someone who made the world and has a sense of spirituality.

    Justin

    My first discussion was with Justin. I do not know him very well and we only had a few discussions previously on Facebook. My family knows his wife from a church we used to attend together. In the conversation you will hear Justin make claims about science being true and how the bible is not because he believes it is just a book of the thoughts of man. Justin also explains that he hopes there is something after we die but he claims we do not know. One other important thing to know about Justin is that he is a vegan. He is enthusiastic about how mankind treats and mistreat animals. He is sort of a vegan apologist as he was trying to persuade me in the way of veganism.

    As you listen to this conversation you will notice, at least in his presentation, that Justin really has not fully thought out what he believes. I tried my best to stay on target with him but there were a few times we went down rabbit holes. What I wanted to show him was the inconstancies in his world while pointing out to him that he knows God because he is made in His image. For example, Justin believes people should be good. I asked him by what standard should we be good? Not much was given from him in the way of an answer.

    Shail

                  The second conversation was with Shail. I met Shail back in 2004 when I was his high school music teacher. We reconnected later in life bonding over New York Mets baseball.

    Shail was raised in what seems to be a nominal Hindu family. He does not really follow Hindu teaching but does celebrate some Hindu holidays. When he told me this it reminded me of those who claim to be Christian but only attend church on Christmas and Easter.

    As you listen to this conversation you will hear a very different world view from that of Justin. Shail believes there has to be something outside of mankind that created the world. He has a belief about the after life concerning the “energy” of people returning into the universe. Overall, Shail says some good things, but his foundation is shaky. He is not standing on the Rock of Christ.

     

     

    Conclusion

    In both conversations there were things I wanted to address but I had limited time. In the short time I desired to listen more and expose their inconsistencies when I could while getting to the Gospel as much as possible. I know there were points that I missed and times I may have gone off on tangents away from the covenantal approach, but I wanted to keep the conversation flowing. Most importantly, I wanted to point both these men to Christ, the true reason I believe what I believe.

    A point that came up in both conversations was morality. If both men believe there are things humans should and should not do to other human beings it exposes that they are made in the image of God. Being made in God’s image they are in covenant with Him. As Dr Oliphint puts it in his book Covenanta

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Romans 1:13-17 Shameless Power

    Romans 1:13-17 Shameless Power

    Once again had to opportunity to worship with the saints at Faith Bible OPC in Brick NJ. I was honored to exhort this sermon in the evening service. May it bless and encourage you.

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    • 31 min
    God is Good! Why is There Evil?

    God is Good! Why is There Evil?

    In this episode I read from a short paper I wrote for my Doctrine of God class last semester. In the beginning of the course, I had to come up with a question about God that we would hear from a member of a congregation. I picked this question that you will hear because it is so often asked.

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    • 14 min
    Are You Ashamed?

    Are You Ashamed?

    Are you ashamed of the gospel? Do you share this good news with friends, family, neighbors, and strangers? What stops you? What stops me? Fear of man? Love of self? We need not be ashamed. We have the words of eternal life. Let us not be ashamed to share the finished work of Jesus Christ for sinners.

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    • 15 min
    Why Say “Christians, Sleep Well” And Not Other Faiths?

    Why Say “Christians, Sleep Well” And Not Other Faiths?

    Recently someone asked why I make videos saying, "Christians, sleep well tonight," and I don't tell people of other faiths to sleep well. On this episode I answer the question.

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Cardinal One ,

Great Chemistry

Daryl and Karen brings Christianity to the family at a practical level. Discussing the ways of our Lord between themselves and with others so that we can see how God intended. As He instructed the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:7 to talk about His commands at all times even in the home.

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Great dynamic

The dynamic between husband and wife is great. They feed off of each other very well, as you’d expect. Great, solid material makes this one a must listen.

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Greta podcast

Great podcast real dialogue between husband and wife about real life topics

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