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A Boxer Finds Meaning in God

Windmill Ministries
Published by in Live It. ·
A Boxer Finds Meaning in God
An Excerpt from my Interview with Dr. Phil Fernandes

As the 1970s came to a close, Phil Fernandes was a Marine, a boxer, and a skeptic.
Today, he is a Christian scholar, apologist, and pastor.
What changed? In his own words...

"I wasn’t looking for truth; I was just looking for meaning. But I started reading Hall Lindsey books on the end times, and I thought, 'Wow, maybe there is something to this. I wonder who the Antichrist is going to be...'

Then I got into a lot of drinking. But that didn’t work. Then I thought, 'Maybe I’ll find meaning by boxing Marines.' And I kept fighting bigger and bigger Marines, but they didn’t know how to box so it wasn’t a lot of fun. Eventually, I quit drinking. I started going to Catholic mass. Then a lady invited myself and the other Marines I was working with – we were all from New Jersey, New York, Boston…mostly Italian guys – she invited us over for a home-cooked meal.

There were pictures of Jesus all over the wall.

She knew she wasn’t going have an open door with us. She kept saying that her friend was going to come over and talk to us. He was an ex-convict. He looked like a big, rough guy. I thought I could respect him, and he was a Roman Catholic.

He invited me to a prayer meeting, and I went to that prayer meeting Tuesday night and was given the gospel message in a real clear manner: that I’m a sinner and I deserve the flames of hell. There was no way to be saved other than by trusting in the Lord Jesus and being saved by God’s grace.

So in 1981, around May or June, I trusted in Jesus for salvation. That’s how I got saved."

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The Bible Isn't Just a Book

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What My Three-year-old, Amazon Prime, and a Sexual Predator Named Eric Aniva Tell Us About What it Means to Be Human

3 Reasons Why Yahweh Is Nothing Like The Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Published by in Think About It. ·
Tags: FlyingSpaghettiMonster
It is a common caricature of Christianity to compare our soul’s most powerful and sacred commitment to beliefs that deserve disdain: the belief in a flying spaghetti monster, a teacup orbiting Jupiter, or an imaginary friend to comfort us. Why is this so wrong? And frankly, so stupid and insulting. Here are three reasons.

Does the Problem of Evil Support Atheism?

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Published by in Think About It. ·
Tags: theProblemofEvil
Why does a good God allow suffering? Why is there so much evil? It is a commonly mentioned problem, but it isn't a logical problem for theism; on a deeper level, it is actually a confirmation of it.

What Our DNA Tells Us About Our Creator

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Published by in Prove it. ·
All information comes from an intelligent source. DNA in the first living cell contains extensive information. Therefore the information in the DNA of the first living cell came from an intelligent source whose intelligence and power is beyond anything ever discovered in the natural world.

4 Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead

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Published by in Prove it. ·
The Jesus movement died with Jesus on a cross in Jerusalem around 30 CE. The resurrection alone explains, grounds, begins, and justifies what happened next. 4 Reasons to believe it as fact.

Cornered by the Evidence - At 40, a Skeptic Finds Reasons to Believe

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Published by in Live It. ·
"In 1999 - when I was 40 years old - I was ready to retire..." Rob van de Weghe gives a brief overview of how he encountered Christianity. He discusses his reluctance to believe, the pursuasive power of Christianity, and the surprising greatness of the One he embraced as his Savior.

How Mick Jagger Points Us to God

Windmill Ministries
Published by in Prove it. ·
An Introduction to the Argument from Desire.

A Cow in a Pink Princess Dress

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Published by in Prove it. ·
An introduction to the Argument from Reason, otherwise known as the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism.
As a windmill depends on the wind, so mankind depends on God
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