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What an amazing time we had at our recent Spotlight Apologetics conference on Nov 15-16! We had 433 people attend, 146 of which were youth! It was our biggest event so far! Over 80 different churches were represented and the feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.
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God is at work in the Portland area and we are so excited to be a part of it! We look forward to providing additional opportunities to connect with all of you and work together to see the truth proclaimed here in our community so that GOD CAN BE MADE KNOWN, AS HE IS. We’re already planning for our 2020 conference, stay tuned for more details!

We’d like to invite you to visit our website and stay updated on all of our plans and activities throughout the year. We have our Resources page, which was handed out at our table at the conference, describing speakers, ministries, and online materials that we would recommend to help you continue your training in Apologetics. You can also see our Mission and Vision Statements. We also have our monthly Friday Forum Schedule of targeted Apologetics topics throughout the year. Our next Forum is on January 24th and will feature Charles Jackson speaking on the topic of “Wokeness, Identity Politics, Critical Theory, Other Cultural Challenges”. After that will be Caleb Rogers talking on the topic of “Life: Where Did it Come From?” on February 28th.
As we discussed at the conference, we will be answering texted questions from a biblical perspective throughout the year. The first posted questions are from the conference, we’d like to encourage everyone to take a look and keep your questions coming!

Finally, we have a lot of exciting plans for this coming year! Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook to get all of the latest updates and information. Also, we will be reaching out to you to see how we can come alongside those who would like to get an apologetics ministry presence started at their church.

Question Corner

Why are there Christian soldiers, when the Bible says ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’?
Great question! The Bible calls us to examine and think and reason, so it’s good to always tackle these kinds of questions head on!
The original Hebrew in this verse says “loÌ‚' raÌ‚tsach” which literally means “do not kill the innocent in premeditation”. When the King James version (which you quoted) translated the Hebrew in 1611 it used the word “kill” because at that time in the English language “kill” was used as we use the word “murder” today. But the English language has changed a lot in 400 years. Modern Bible versions now translate this as “You shall not murder”. So Christian soldiers are certainly allowed to “kill” the enemy in war, but never to “murder”. Again, great question, keep ‘em coming!

Youth Corner

Hey! My name is Ruthie. I am 16 years old and I attended the 2019 Spotlight Apologetics conference. One of my biggest takeaways from the conference was that I don’t need to have every single answer before interacting with unbelievers.
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I used to be afraid to let people know that I was a Christian for fear that they would ask me a hard question that I couldn’t answer. I thought that I needed to learn every trick in the book before I could actually make a difference in the real world. However, I learned that simply knowing that there ARE answers out there is enough. If people ask me a question I can’t answer, I know there are people and resources who can help me work through the issue and find a logical response.

Now that I am no longer scared, I am super open about my faith at my job. Every chance I get, I talk about Jesus and the effect he has had on my life. God has definitely blessed that openness by giving me opportunities to talk to some of my coworkers about spiritual things. Although none of them have had a radical conversion, I’ve given them a good experience with a Christian, which will hopefully make them more open to talking to other Christians in the future.

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