We felt it necessary to share this video here. There are several parts to it but check it out. There are many good points that this video draws out.
Archive for January, 2012
We felt it necessary to share this video here. There are several parts to it but check it out. There are many good points that this video draws out.
Have you ever really stopped to think about His mercy and His grace? How about His patience? I mean to think that through the expanse of time God would continue to give us a second chance and continue to extend his hand to pick us back up is simply…unbelievable. What other being would think of such an idea? Undeniable, undeterred, unmistaken, unwavering, unlimited grace. What could we have done to deserve such a gift, such a beautiful gift that we take for granted so often? From what I recall we were the race that God created to have a singular personal relationship with himself as our primary goal. He gave us the perfect world, gave us dominion over it and gave us the perfect companion. He gave us an uninterrupted relationship with himself and for all of those things, we simply threw them back in God’s face and said….I’ll take my own pride. Do we sound like a race that deserves grace? Every day we struggle over the same thing ultimately. Do I want God’s will or my own and so often I, we, find ourselves falling victim to the belief that our will is greater than the One who gave us a will in the first place. Ironic isn’t it? So why should we expect grace? Why should we expect forgiveness? Why on earth would we expect such a sacrifice from a God that could just easily have wiped us out and started over? You look through history and through the religions of the world and what they bring to the table is regards to answer to the “why us” question. Everywhere you look you see religions requiring the betterment of people to equal the perfect of a deity before that deity embraces people. Christianity is the only religion where God says, “Without me, you can’t be perfect, but take my hand and I will sanctify you.” You see, that’s just it. That’s what everyone else seems to forget and what we seem to forget ourselves even though so many of us have grown up in the church and grown up in the Bible belt and “knowing” about God. We still think that for whatever reason, we have something to do with our forgiveness. Wrong. So, we stand here and look at this world and we stand here and contemplate all the problems that we as humanity have caused in light of all of the opportunity God gave us for good and wonder how could God allow all this to happen? We question God because we don’t want to take responsibility for the very things that are wrong with the world. Blame God? Blame ourselves because just like in the garden, it was our pride that caused this mess. The only thing God has done for the past four thousand years is create a method to clean up our mess. Yes, Jesus is the answer for global warming, and everything else that’s actually wrong with this world. For those of you that ask why God doesn’t do more, I think I have an answer for that too. It’s because we won’t let him because we think our plans are better than God’s plans. If I/we think for one second that on our own we can fix any of this then we seemed to forget who gave us the ability to plan in the first place. So back to grace, back to the very forgiveness that allows me to have an eternal future. do I deserve that gift? Not a chance. Do any of us? Do you? It’s something that we have all heard before I am sure but how many times have you actually put down your school books, put down your Xbox controller, put down your phone, put down the TV remote and thought about the grace that has redeemed you? Ever wonder if God just wants you? Ever consider that the reason God has been so persistent through all these years is because more than anything He wants you? What I love more than anything is to know that God just wants to talk to me, that maybe on any given night I can simply sit down and talk to Him, the One who created all of this. I know everyone has been told a lot of different things about what God really wants from us, obedience, sanctification but something that I can’t help but believe is that before anything else God just wants us to love Him. In order to do that I think we just need to talk to Him. It’d be nice to listen from time to time too you long winded people you. I think it was Paul that wrote that above anything else he just wanted to know God and the power of his resurrection. Novel idea isn’t it especially when you stop to think that God has sort of been keeping his end of the bargain since the very first covenant he ever made with mankind and we’ve been “slacking off”. It’s as if God knew we would screw up and said, “Well, let me show you how much I love you.” So we’re back to grace, stemming from that very love. So I guess the reason I’m writing this is sort of because it’s been running through my head for the past week but also because someone probably needs to read this, or maybe I just needed to read this. We put so many idols before God, so many things in front of our time with Him (i.e. all those things we could put down to have a conversation with God) and all He has ever asked is for a relationship with Him. Is that too much to ask considering the grace that he has bestowed upon us? Forget all your theological terms and your definitions for all you “scholarly” people. I probably didn’t need to go to a Bible institute or go to a Bible college and get a Bible degree to come up with this cause it’s so much more simple than all of that. God’s grace sort of went something like this. “Even though I’m entirely self-sufficient, I am going to make these beings to interact with. They are totally going to screw up but that’s alright, because that will just give me a reason and a chance to show how much and how great I can love.” Angels probably thought He was crazy… So that’s my God and I’m dropping all the omniscient, omnipresent, inerrant, infallible, omnipotent mumbo jumbo that no one needs to understands and I’m going to stick with those terms that children know. Cause, after all, isn’t they who will inherit the kingdom? So, my God is my friend, my father, and my savior. So not to quote the movie “Babe” or anything but…that’ll do. I’ve done a lot of dumb things, and I’m still going to do a lot of dumb things and maybe you think you’ve done a lot of dumb things, things that exclude you from His grace. Well, one of those things that I am recognizing at this point is that God’s grace exists because of all of those dumb things I/you have done. Experience His forgiveness as it was intended because His grace is enough to save. Be thankful that all we have do is let Him know He was right in the end and that we can’t do it on our own. Novel idea? Seems simply doesn’t it? Then again, the wisdom of God can be foolishness to men. I think that’s in the Bible somewhere too. So, what a concept. Forgiveness, and all we have to do is admit that we need it. That’s my God. So, I’m going to go get to know Him better, try this whole deep relationship with an almighty being. You dig?
This video is very profound. Here is a secular artist thanking his mother for not terminating him. A secular artist whom abortion has touched, and it would seem…he is pro-life. I felt it necessary to share at this point, based on the subject that has been discussed. Unborn children have no voice to speak up. I ask you who will speak up for them? Who will help them live?
Proverbs 31:8-9—> 8 Speak up for those who have no voice,
for the justice of all who are dispossessed.
9 Speak up,judge righteously,
and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.
Often Times when the issue of abortion comes up, people will argue that a mother who was raped should not have to keep her child. Hank Hanegraaff has a great article on page 425 of his book “The Complete Bible Answer Book.” I thought I would post it here for you to read.
SHOULD ABORTION BE PERMITTED IN THE CASE OF RAPE OR INCEST?
When the subject of abortion comes up, rape and incest are often used as an emotional appeal designed to deflect serious consideration of the pro-life position: “How can anyone deny a hurting woman safe medical care and freedom from the terror of rape or incest by forcing her to maintain a pregnancy resulting from the cruel and criminal invasion of her body?” The emotion of the argument often precludes serious examination of its merits.
First, it is important to note that the incidence of pregnancy as a result of rape is rare, with studies estimating that approximately 1 percent to 4.7 percent of rapes result in pregnancy. Thus lobbying for abortion on the basis of rape and incest is like lobbying for the removal of red lights because you might have to run one in order to rescue someone who is about to commit suicide. Even if we had legislation restricting abortion for all reasons other than rape or incest, we would save the vast majority of the 1.8 million preborn babies who die annually in the United States through abortion.
Furthermore, one does not obviate the real pain of rape or incest by compounding it with the murder of an innocent preborn child. Two wrongs do not make a right. The very thing that makes rape evil also makes abortion evil. In both cases, an innocent human being is brutally dehumanized.
Finally, the real question is whether abortion is the murder of an innocent human being. If so, abortion should be avoided at all costs. In an age of scientific enlightenment we now know that the embryo even at its earliest stages fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life (including metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction); that a zygote is a living human being as demonstrated by its distinct genetic code; and that human personhood does not depend on size, location, or level of dependence. Thus, abortion should be avoided even in cases of rape and incest.
For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, “Annihilating Abortion Arguments,” available through the Christian Research Institute (CRI) at http://www.equip.org.
“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-the LORD detests them both.”–
(Note: I have attempted to be very gentle in this discussion on the issue of abortion. However, I realize that one: I am a male and am less gentle than the females of our species, two: I can be very opinionated, and three: I am human and am flawed. I apologize ahead of time if my comments here come across as harsh or attacking. It is not my intent to come across that way. My intent is to teach the truth in love.)
This week’s topic of discussion, Abortion, divides many people. Since it has become a major ethical and moral issue there have really been two sides to this debate; are you pro-choice, or are you pro-life? At the heart of this issue, the very core, the very thing that determines where you stand on this topic, is where you view life beginning. The issue of Abortion, for me at least, is really an issue on the sanctity of life.
I know very few people that would ever say that murder is not a crime. If I were to come up to you with a gun, shoot, and kill you, that would be a crime. I would be arrested and punished to the extent that the law saw fit. On this issue of abortion however, there are those that would say it is murder and those that would say it is the choice of the woman. Since 1973 this particular country (The United States of America) has left it up to the woman to decide if her child lives or dies. The reason it seems, for this division is, as stated earlier, where one views life beginning.
If you view this issue as I do, from the stand point of someone who is pro-life, then you most likely believe that life begins at conception. There is much scientific proof for this view that life begins at conception. In his book “The Complete Bible Answer Book,” Hank Hanegraaff states this on page 423. “Furthermore, abortion involves killing. The zygote, which fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life (metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction), is indeed terminated.”
The website prolifephysicians.org states this “Biologically, from the moment of conception this new human being is not a part of the mother’s body. Since when does a mother’s body have male genitals, two brains, four kidneys? The preborn human being may be dependent upon the mother for nutrition, however, this does not diminish his or her humanity, but proves it. Moreover, dependence upon a parent for survival is not a capital crime.” The website goes on to state that “At the average time when a woman is aware that she is pregnant (the fifth to sixth week after conception), the preborn human being living inside her is metabolizing nutrition, excreting waste, moving, sucking his or her thumb, growing, and doing many other things that non-living things just do not do. As early as 21 days after conception, the baby’s heart has begun to beat his or her own unique blood-type, often different than the mother’s.”
On allaboutpopularissues.org, Dr. Albert Liley, the renowned physiologist known as the “Father of Fetology” is quoted as saying, “Biologically, at no stage of development can we subscribe to the view that the unborn child is a mere appendage of the mother. Genetically, the mother and baby are separate individuals from conception.”
Yet, despite the scientific evidence, there are those that believe that life does not begin at conception but rather at some point after birth. There are so many differing views on when life actually begins. In one article I’ve read the author went so far as to say that we can have no idea as to when life begins or ends. To a degree that is true, but ultimately this debate centers around the question of does abortion end a human being’s life, or is it simply the termination of an impersonal pregnancy. Many in the pro-choice camp would seek to deny a truth about when life begins.
On allaboutpopularissues.org it says this, “Dr. Landrum Shettles, sometimes called the “Father of in vitro fertilization” notes about life’s beginnings: “Conception confers life and makes that life one of a kind.” Continuing on his comments about the Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade he says, “To deny a truth (about when life begins) should not be made a basis for legalizing abortion.”
It would seem however that our society would deny a truth; a truth that points to life beginning at the moment of conception. This truth that they seem to deny allows for the brutal murder of innocent children.
In conclusion, the forming documents of our country allow for men and women to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, despite the proof that unborn children in their mother’s womb are human beings, our country allows for women to choose whether or not this child lives. So while most people would say murder is wrong, the denial or the choice to ignore the fact that life begins at conception as has caused many to engage in an act that normally they would view to be wrong.
—-The Bible has this to say on the beginning of life, and I am requoting the same verses that Andrea used in her post earlier in the week:
Psalm 139:13-16: ”For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
Jeremiah. 1:4-5: ”The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 22:9-10: “Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.”
Isaiah 44:2: ”This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … “
this is a story starting of when i was 5 and then skipping to when i was 17 . Well when i was roughly 4 years old me and my mom went to do the laundry at the laundry mat in town and it was a typical day you know those perfect sunny days well i was sitting on the floor playing with my little tonka trucks right behind my mom while she was loading the washer and out of no where a car comes speeding through the parking lot and right into the laundry mat and hit my mom and all of a sudden all i remember was seeing these 2 figures come out of no where they each grabbed under my arm’s and i was instantly on the other side of the laundry mat and every one was speechless well those two figures were Jesus and my Guardian Angel now Skip ahead To age 17 almost 18 i was constantly Tired and sick and not wanting to do anything not even go to church and i fell away from god that summer till about july and i had these two red spots show up on the back of each leg so i went to a walk in clinic and the doctor gave me a pill to take and said go see you Dr in 2 weeks so i did and the walk in Dr said i said something that i didn’t so my doctor ordered a couple test’s so i did that and he called me about an hour after i got home that afternoon and he said ” Tim are you sitting down?” i said no he said well you might want to i sat down and said okay and he was like well Tim you have Leukemia and i just started Bawling and i said okay what do i do he said well i want you to see a Hematologist and i just started praying and my church and friends and family prayed for me non stop and i went to see that doctor could not get a accurate read on my blood so i went home for a couple months and took iron and vitamin c so i went back to the hematologist 2 months later and he said well i have some good news and some bad news . The good news you no longer have Leukemia . you had it i know i saw it but i have no idea what happened to it but it is not there bad news i have no idea what is wrong with you so Moral of the Story No matter what you are going through always Stick to God cause he will bring you through it even though at that point in time it may not seem like it
“Well, we know _________’s in a ‘better place’.” Oh, how often we hear these words spoken at funerals; words that are intended to comfort those who have just lost a loved one to the “last enemy” which is death. I fear that sometimes (not always) people take a false comfort in this idea which is actually, if you really think about, missing the point.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that Heaven is a place, and I do believe it is a better, much better, place than here. I do not think it is a place, however, that any technology devised by humans, no matter how sophisticated we may get with it, will get us to, though, because it is in another dimension, and you must be in spirit to arrive there, in that place.
I have a funny little story about when I asked someone once about how to get to heaven. It is humorous upon first read, but then, when you think about it, is a most profound realization. Once, when trying to explain the Gospel to my 6 year old daughter (who is now 18 and in college!), I asked her, “What do you have to do to get to heaven?” So the little child, in her childlike innocence and concrete thinking, said “die.” You see? Perhaps you chuckled; I laughed out loud (LOL) when I first heard it! But upon further reflection, she is so right. Paul even makes this quite clear when he writes,
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 . . . we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.
(1 Corinthians 15:50-54).
You see, we have to be “changed” to experience our eternal and immortal inheritance. Paul also says in 2 Corinthians 5,
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, . . . from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Notice what Paul says here. He acknowledges that in our flesh, “this earthly tent,” we are “absent from the Lord” but when we are “absent from the body” we are “present with the Lord.” Paul here not only indicates clearly that we must have a different form when we reach heaven (that is, I would venture to say, why people who report NDEs, like Colton, do not disappear, but their physical bodies remain in front of us, while the true person has an ‘out of body’ experience), he also makes a most significant observation about being in heaven; and this is what it is all about, I believe. He says, “to be absent from the body [is] to be present with the LORD!” There it is; the most glorious truth of heaven. Not so much that it is a better place, but what makes is such a “better place” and that is because the best Person is there. People who focus on the “place” of heaven miss the important point that heaven is really about a Person; and that person is the LORD Himself. For Paul, this reality was what made death such “gain” for him (Philippians 1:21). Read again what he says to the saints at Philippi,
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. . . 23 For I [have] a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
(Philippians 1:21, 23)
It seems clear that Paul’s anticipation of heaven was not the better place, but being “with” the best Person, and this is what makes heaven “far better” indeed. To die is gain not because we will be in “a better place,” but be in the very presence of the very best Person – our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. This brings a whole new meaning to RIP – Rejoicing In the Presence!
Colton’s testimony about heaven had two powerful ideas, Jesus told him, a four year old, that He died so we could “be with His Daddy” and later, Colton told that dying man that he had no need to worry because the first person whom He could expect to see when he arrives to heaven is Jesus!
Frankly, I do not know, nor do I really care, what heaven is as a place, the most important thing to me is the Person that awaits me there; the One, and only One, who, because of His love, left his royal throne and glory and came into this dark, sin-infested world and willingly suffered its pains and shocks, to experience the ultimate humiliation of death by cross in order to, as Colton said, as well as Peter the Apostle, “bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Do we really understand Heaven if all we anticipate about it is its being a “better place” and are not wanting with all our soul, to be with the Best Peron? For that matter, do we really understand the Gospel, if all we are concerned about is what kind of “place” it is, and what kind of “mansion” we will have (which I do not think Jesus taught) and we are not focused on being “with” the Person that paid the necessary price to make the way for us to get there?
Blessings In Christ,
P.S. – Jesus said ““You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:23-24). Understanding this, Peter tells us clearly, “18 For Christ also suffered once and for all for sins, . . . that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). You will die, and when you do, as the Scripture says, “the body returns to the dust from which it came, and the spirit returns to God, who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7). You have an eternal and immortal spirit, the real you, and if you die without having come to Christ for the forgiveness of your sins for which He died, you will not be with Him for eternity. Trust that He is the one who died and paid for yours sins now and heaven will be your home, and Jesus will be the first one you will see when you awaken in that new dimension after your death.