My New Kindle Book “204 Days in Genesis” is Being Edited

I want to let you know that I am working on my newest Kindle ebook: “204 Days in Genesis.”  It’s been almost 4 years since I released a book!  The editing work for this devotional commentary is pretty large and intimidating, but I am almost half way done with the process.

My current plan is to release the book on June 1st.

Like all of my other devotional commentaries, this is a journey through an entire book of the Bible.  This one is special in that it is foundational to everything else.  If you want to understand Christianity, the Bible or even life itself, it makes sense to study Genesis with eyes of faith.  Like any book of the Bible, it can change your life when you decide to believe what it is saying.

So, stay tuned for more updates.

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Purchasing Health Insurance?

If you are looking to purchase health insurance, and you are a Christian and go to church on a regular basis, I highly suggest that you look into Christian Healthcare Sharing.

Healthcare sharing between Christians is actually better than insurance in many ways.  It’s a huge group of people who are committed to sharing each other’s medical bills.  In a very real way, it’s a strong move back to what God intended Christians to do.

What got me looking for insurance alternatives was a move my company made to force us to an insurance company that was known to be participating in abortion.  I could not bear the thought of having even one cent of my premium used for someone else to have an abortion.  My move to Christian Healthcare Sharing was fundamentally a conscientious one, but I was also interested in it would cost.

I was surprised to find out that even with the significant amount of help my company provided, it was still a pretty good deal to go with Samaritan Ministries and that was a couple of years ago.  Some have recently reported a $500 per month reduction in cost.  I researched about four different ministries and Samaritan was the one that best aligned with my beliefs and my goals.  The thing that really stands out with Samaritan is that the organization doesn’t even touch your money at all.  You send your money directly to those who have needs, every month.  All Samaritan Ministries does is to direct your payments.  They keep track of where the needs are and whether or not they are legitimate and within the scope of the Samaritan Ministries Guidelines that all members must agree to.

I’ve been a member now for over two years and as Samaritan Ministries has grown, it has added new options.  There are options for young healthy members who don’t really want to spend much money, as well as options for the big family that really needs to know that all their emergencies will be met.

There’s even an option to share a few dollars more per year to have needs met should they exceed $200,000.  Needs in the millions have been successfully shared.  When you have that kind of commitment from other Christians, it is a very comforting thing.  It’s comforting to know that you are following God’s pattern in the Bible for how Christians should help each other.  It’s also critical to know that you are not participating in things that grieve God’s heart.

I encourage you to go to Samaritan Ministries and check it out and tell them that you heard it from Troy Taft.  That will help me too.  Thank you.

You can also check out the videos of what members have to say about Samaritan Ministries.

Monkeying with the Truth

I’ve been finishing my next devotion book… Stay tuned.

I want to address one of Bill Nye’s supposed pieces of evidence about evolution he offered in the recent debate between he and Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis.  He showed a slide with a bunch of skulls on it and suggested that it was some kind of proof for evolution.  In this video, Dr. David Menton, who is actually an expert in these things.  Explains the real issue and does so in a very enjoyable way.

I’m sure the video is easily worth the money (I have his whole “Body of Evidence” set) but the trailer is educational in itself.  Check out: 3 Ways to Make an Ape Man.  By the way, Answers in Genesis has linked the video to articles explaining away other things that Bill said as well.

Evolution is Ancient

One of the incorrect assumptions people have about evolution is that it is a modern idea. Like almost everything about evolution, this is also not true.

I was informed that in some of the old pantheon’s, the gods themselves came from a sort of primordial soup.  Darwin’s ideas were just an intellectual rehash of ancient religious philosophy.  When you dig deep enough, you discover that all ideas about origins are beliefs.  In fact, everything that we think ends up being faith.  Just as yourself “why” enough times about anything.  Even those who claim to believe in naturalism have to ask “why” they believe in naturalism.

You are not a fool to believe in something that cannot be scientifically proven.  Most scientists believe in love.  They also believe in hope, even if it is only for their next paycheck.  The fool is the one who believes he isn’t believing.

I wanted to let you know that I plan to drop the price on my Kindle book “183 Days in John” for the next week, starting tomorrow.

Lifted Up – An Excerpt from 183 Days in John

Here’s a free excerpt from Day 28 of my book 183 Days in John.  Enjoy:

John 3:14-16 :
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world,  that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Here, Jesus predicts His death on the cross. He also provides us with a  story that explains the reason for His death. The story takes place after the the first Passover  when God delivers Israel from slavery. As they are moving toward the promised land  this happens:

Numbers 21:4-9 :
They traveled from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom:  and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.  The people spoke against God, and against Moses,  “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no bread, and there is no water; and our soul loathes this light bread.”  Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people;  and many people of Israel died. The people came to Moses, and said,  “We have sinned, because we have spoken against Yahweh, and against you.
Pray to Yahweh, that he take away the serpents from us.” Moses prayed for the people.   Yahweh said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard:  and it shall happen, that everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”  Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it on the standard: and it happened,  that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the serpent of brass, he lived.

Jesus said that He is like the serpent. This is a pretty bad thing to say. The serpent  usually represents Satan:

Revelation 20:2 :
…the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth…

Not only this, Jesus said that He would be “lifted up” on a pole. Now, this  is a horrible thing to say also. Listen to what the Bible says about  people that are lifted up on poles:

Deuteronomy 21:22-23a :
If a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree;  his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him the same day;  for he who is hanged is accursed of God;

Jesus is saying that the people have, like Israel, sinned against God and God sent Him specifically  to become like a serpent hanging on a pole, that whosoever believes, will be saved from the death that  they deserve. You see, our sinning against God is worthy of death too, just as it was for Israel.   Jesus was made into evil, like Satan, and hung on a pole. It satisfied God’s justice to see that  our sin was paid for by this evil that was cursed.

Isaiah 53:10a :
Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
He has caused him to suffer.

Jesus is better than the serpent in the desert and our sin is worse than Israel because eternity is  involved. Jesus is the everlasting God, and our sin is worthy of eternal punishment in Hell. If you  look to Jesus to save you, you will not die eternally, but have eternal life. This is the glorious gift  of life that has been offered to us by God. This is the Gift that changed everything for those of us  who have believed.

Galatians 3:13,14 :
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.  For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,”  that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus;  that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

2 Corinthians 9:15 :
Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!

This was an excerpt from day 28 of my book 183 Days in John.  If you want to be notified about special offers by email and stay up to date on what’s going on with me, make sure you sign up for Troy’s List.

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183 Days in John is Free Until Wednesday

My book 183 Days in John is free right now.  Get a copy before Wednesday.  Please write a review at Amazon and let others know what you think about it.  To be informed by email of specials like these, may sure and sign up for Troy’s List.

183 Days in John is a devotional commentary through the book of John in the Bible.  It’s a great way to study through the book of John at your own pace.  You might also want this book as a reference.

The book of John provides answers to important questions that are being challenged today, such as if Christianity is the only way to God, whether evolution is biblical and whether or not Jesus is the only way to God.

Most of the problems that people have about Christianity today come from a belief that the Bible has errors, or is only good for moral truth.  The Bible was not intended to be a book of morals.  When that’s all we make of it, it actually changes the whole message.  The Bible claims to hold the words of God Himself.  As such, the proper way to validate the Bible is to treat those words as having come from the God it describes.  If we read the Bible any other way, we won’t get the message.

God must help us to understand the Bible otherwise we won’t get it.  That’s what it also says.  Not only do we need to believe that these words are God’s words, God must be helping us to overcome our inability to believe Him.   At that point, we start to see that there is so much more to the Bible than just moral teaching.  It actually helps us in every part of life.

 

 

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