Author Archives: Travis Berry

A Sermon on Prayer

This is a sermon I delivered on May 4th, 2014 at Windwood Presbyterian Church. It was Youth Sunday, and it was a blast! I hope you enjoy the video…

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The Proof for God

God ExistAtheists will ask for the proof of God’s existence. Many Christians will give the Atheist the “design argument”, “Ontological argument”, “Pascal’s Wager”, and/or their own personal experience. The problem with these arguments is that it makes the Atheist the judge and jury of whether or not God exists. These arguments leave the decision in the hands of the non-believer to determine if God is real or imaginary, fraud or true, hoax or Creator. But God’s existence is not determined by his creation. God is God regardless of what we think or say.

Beyond this, giving the Atheist evidence goes against Scripture, because the Atheist already knows that God exists:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20, ESV)

According to the Word of God, everyone knows that God exists, but they are suppressing the truth with their unrighteousness. So, the Atheist doesn’t need us to prove God exists. What we need to do is point out the inconsistency of their worldview. So, let’s look at the question many Atheists pose to Christians, “What proof do you have that God exists?”

Here is my answer to the Atheist. The concept of proof, presumes the laws of logic. By nature, the laws of logic are universal, immaterial, and unchanging. The answer to the Atheist’s question lies here.

We all have presuppositions. However, many people never stop to think about whether their presuppositions are consistent with their worldview. Most Atheists and Agnostics hold to Naturalism. Unfortunately for the Naturalist, laws of logic, which one needs to use to have any proof of anything, cannot not fit into their worldview. Unchanging, universal, and immaterial laws fly in the face of Naturalism. Their worldview cannot withstand the assumptions of their own inquiry for proof, because they assume the laws of logic are valid without validating them.

So, the answer to the Atheist is this…the fact that they are asking for proof proves that God exists, because only the Christian worldview with an eternal, unchanging, and immaterial Creator, can account for immaterial, unchanging, and universal laws which are needed for proof.

Thanks for Reading,

Travis

The Little Things We Learn

Two months ago today, I became a youth director again. I moved from Arizona to Houston, Texas to minister to young people. These past two months have been extremely busy, but encouraging. I love the church I am at, and I have the pleasure of working with amazing students. Over the past two months I have grown in my faith, and it wasn’t a bunch of huge experiences, it was a few little things.

One of those little things came during our Jr. High mission trip. After arriving at our destination, we were informed that we would help run an after school VBS for kids in La Feria, TX. The first day was amazing! Our students did a great job working with the kids of La Feria and we were excited to go back the next day. Upon our return to the church, we found a woman praying in Spanish. Now, I am not a Spanish speaker. I took Spanish in high school, but what I learned, long ago, exited stage left. One word I do know is “gracias”. As we entered the small church the contrast between the brightness of the sun outside, and the dimness of the sanctuary was enough to make my pupils shrink quickly. As I regained my sight, I saw the woman praying. With tears in her eyes, and pain in her voice, she prayed. The whole conversation was in Spanish, but the word I heard over and over was, “Gracias”. I could tell that she came before God with a heavy heart, and knowing the area, she probably did not have the same luxuries most of us have. Even though she was visibly shaken by life, she never stopped thanking God. That changed me!

I have a lot to be thankful for. I have an amazing wife who loves me. I have a wonderful family that has supported me. I have a church family that has been nothing short of a blessing to my wife and I. I have a Savior who took on my sin, and gave me his righteousness, so that I could live with God for eternity. I have a lot to be thankful for, and that little thing I learned reminded me to always be thankful.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)

Never stop being thankful, as I strive to do the same.

Thanks for reading.

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