A Video Message from James Walker

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Good afternoon . Please allow me to share this very brief video message with you. Click here to watch (3.5 min.):

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I want you to know that we are very thankful for your prayer and financial support in 2015 that has helped to keep us on the mission field. Watchman Fellowship is an evangelical Christian ministry focusing on apologetics (defending the faith), evangelism, and research. Our main mission is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with people of other faiths by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Your donation also helps our staff engage this important task.

Stay tuned, as early next year I will announce plans for upcoming mission trips to Utah and Africa. We have some new Profiles in the works on timely topics. You won’t want to miss any.

We are also in early discussions about the possibility of another Islam debate in 2016 where I hope to be able to debate a prominent Muslim leader.

Are you enjoying our bimonthly Profiles? Remember, your tax-deductible donation in December of any amount will help us to continue to research, write, and publish these 4-page Profiles.

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Only 3 Days Left to Help Us in 2015

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There are just 3 days left to make your year-end donation to help support our staff and ministry. Year-end giving for us is huge as it can literally make or break us. That’s why I am asking for your help right now. If you can make a tax-deductible donation between now and December 31, I would like to say thanks by sending the 259-pg. book, Rescuing Slaves of the Watchtower, by my long-time friend Joe Hewett, a former Jehovah’s Witness.*

As much as a third of our total support for the year is received in December but with just days to go and time running out, we still need over $62,000 to reach our budget and fully enable our ministry going forward in 2016.

Our staff and their families trust in the Lord’s provisions and rely on the generous donations of partners like you to advance our ministry of apologetics, research, teaching, and evangelism. Would you please stop and pray for us right now?

If you have recently given a gift to support this work, THANK YOU for partnering with us to reach the lost in other faiths and religions. If you have not yet made a 2015 year-end gift, would you please consider a tax-deductible donation right now?

About Joe’s Book

Here are some reasons I think you will love this book. Do you know a Jehovah’s Witness? Have you ever had them knock on your door but you didn’t know what to say? If so, I know you will truly appreciate this valuable resource.

In this spellbinding look at the Watchtower Society, Joe B. Hewitt, formerly a third-generation Jehovah’s Witness, pulls back the curtain of mystery and exposes the lies, mind control, and glaring contradictions behind one of the world’s fastest growing religions. What’s more, this book gives you a practical plan to actually rescue a Jehovah’s Witness from the spiritual bondage of the Watchtower organization. As Joe Hewitt personally discovered, only the true Jesus of the Bible can free us from the slavery of false religion.

If you can help before midnight, December 31 with a tax-deducible donation I would like you to accept this book as a small token of our gratitude. Please know that your generous donation is much-needed and greatly appreciated!

* Offer ends midnight December 31, 2015 and is valid in the USA only. A similar book may be substituted in the unlikely case that demand overwhelms our stock.

Watch James Walker Interview Four Atheists: “Would You Believe If…”

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I can’t wait for you to watch this short video! Earlier this year, the “outreach director” of the Metroplex Atheists invited me to visit their weekly fellowship meeting. So far they have been very friendly and I have been back 5 or 6 times since. They even offered to make me an “honorary member.”

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We have had lengthy discussions on everything from big-bang cosmology and the source of ethics. They have asked some tough, thought-provoking questions — and so have I. We’ve debated topics like Intelligent Design, the “finely tuned” universe, and even Multiverse Theory. It’s been both friendly and challenging.

Last week I did a live Periscope video interviewing several of my Atheist friends. I wanted to ask them these two questions:

  1. As an Atheist, what would you say to Christians like me to help us understand you better?
  2. If you had sufficient evidence that Christianity was true, would you worship Jesus?

You will be shocked to hear the answers to question 2 — especially from the last two Atheists I interviewed. Watch it now and tell me what you think.

http://www.watchman.org/AtheistsInterviews.htm

I plan on being back at their fellowship meeting later this week. I don’t know if they will go for another live Periscope interview. If they do, what would be some good questions you would like me to ask?

You can also download our free Profile on atheism.

I want to thank you for your prayers and financial support that keeps us on the “front lines.” Your partnership helps make possible our ongoing ministry of apologetics, evangelism, and missions. Please click here to donate.

BTW: Would you like to watch my future videos real-time as they happen? Periscope works with Twitter so to watch live video, just download the Periscope app (iOS or Android) then follow me on Twitter: @jkwwfi.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Free Profile

 

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Should Christians celebrate Halloween? Who could object to trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, and other fun activities?

In our free Profile on Halloween, Rick Branch and James Walker look at the occult roots of the celebration, its history in America, and provide a Christian response. They conclude:

Because of its Occult history and symbolism, many informed Christians avoid any activity that would appear to support, promote or celebrate Halloween. Other Christians attempt to minimize the glorification of Halloween’s Occult roots by refusing to directly participate in costuming or activities where witchcraft, Satan, or demonic themes are prevalent. They feel that participation in Halloween and even trick-or-treating is acceptable if alternative costumes and themes are substituted or gospel tracts are given at the door. There is not total agreement among believers and churches concerning appropriate Christian responses to this pagan holiday. Knowledgeable Christians; at the very least will certainly want to avoid Halloween’s more obvious glamorization of the Occult. The Bible is replete with warnings and examples of involvement with the Occult.

You can learn more about the roots of Halloween, and receive suggestions for Christian alternatives, in our free Profile. You can also keep up-to-date on cults and new religious movements by getting your free subscription to future Watchman Fellowship Profiles.

Christian Perspectives on the News

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Have you read the latest posts to our Facebook or Twitter streams? Each weekday we provide a link to a recent news story about a cult or new religious movement, and we’ve recently mentioned:

Subscribing to one of our social media streams will help you keep up-to-date on developments in new religions around the world.

We also provide more than mere links to news stories — in our Profiles we also provide the background and Christian perspective you need to understand and respond to these religions. For example, you can read our free Profiles on:

Order your free subscription to the Watchman Fellowship Profile so you can increase your evangelism and keep up-to-date on new religions!

2015 Confident Christianity Conference

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You are invited to the Confident Christianity Conference September 18-19 hosted by Fielder Church, which is my home church in Arlington, Texas. The conference is presented by the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention (SBTC). Keynote presenters include Frank Turek, president of Cross Examined and Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College in Dallas. I am thrilled to also be invited as one of the speakers.

Bruno Molina, who leads Interfaith Evangelism at SBCT, has put together a great lineup of teachers and I am very excited to be participating. Some of the top experts in evangelism and apologetics will be equipping and inspiring you to share the gospel with your friends and neighbors of other faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The conference includes:

  • Former Seventh-day Adventist
  • Former Jehovah’s Witness
  • Former Mormon
  • Expert in Buddhism
  • Experts in Islam
  • Experts in apologetics for students
  • A Spanish language track

Confident Christianity Conference
September 18-19, 2015
Fielder Church, Arlington, Texas

The scriptures tell us to “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience….” (1 Peter 3:15-16). This conference can motivate and equip you to do just that.

Do you know an atheist or agnostic?

Do you have a friend or family member who is a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon?

Are any of your friends, family, or coworkers involved in Buddhism or Islam?

Would you like to have real, practical answers when your faith is questioned or challenged?

If so, this conference is for you. Check out the full lineup of speakers, the complete schedule, and registration info here:

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Thank you for helping us to provide training and equipping in events like the Confident Christianity Conference. Your continued prayer and financial support literally makes our ministry possible. If you wish to help us continue our ministry of apologetics and evangelism, you may partner with us by clicking here: http://www.watchman.org/donate

Shi’a Islam Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of Shi’a Islam. In this free Profile, Mike Edens looks at the history of the religion, as well as its philosophy and application, and provides a biblical response.

You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

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Reiki Therapy Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of reiki therapy. In this free Profile, Jeremy E. Scarbrough looks at the history of the practice, as well as its philosophy and application, and provides a biblical response.

You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

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James Van Praagh Profile

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We have just added to our website our Profile of James Van Praagh. In this free Profile, Brady Blevins looks at the history of the popular medium, as well as his teachings and activities, and provides a biblical response.

You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to receive the latest information and resources from Watchman Fellowship.

Witnessing Tips and Strategy for Sharing the Gospel with Hindus

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Hinduism is predicted to grow 34 percent worldwide, from just over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion people, by 2050. In the United States alone, the Hindu population grew to 2.23 million—an increase of 85.8 percent—since 2007. All of this raises a vital question: how can Christians share the Gospel with followers of this growing religion?

In a new article on our website, C. Fred Smith explains:

Hinduism offers such a different worldview than Christianity that many Christians may find responding to Hinduism rather intimidating. One major challenge is that Hindus will often affirm Christian forms of worship and teachings. It is possible, however, to respond to Hindu claims regarding ultimate truth, and to defend the gospel effectively and engagingly. There are a couple of main areas where Christians can show that a biblical worldview is better, the matter of the experience and destiny the two religions offer, and the question or logical coherence.

Learn more about the Christian response to Hinduism, as well as tips for sharing the Gospel, in this free article.