Several years ago a family of 8 was traveling home from a family Bible camp. They were in a horrible accident. The husband managed to find his wife who had been thrown from the vehicle and drag her to safety. The fire trucks and ambulances were almost on scene when there was a pop and their truck burst into flames; couldn't get near the truck; watched their six children die. As he and his wife were being loaded into the ambulances the husband called loudly, "The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
The were three responders who God has seen fit to save their souls from that experience and countless others who marvel at a faith when life was utterly and completely stripped down to the ugly, raw sinful place we really live in. Maybe we can ask, instead of "Why?", "What would you have me to do?"
Christopher, we all struggle with these questions. May God grant you peace, even if He won't grant your request. For He did say, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful" and I'm finding that whatever the trial, He can give us peace without removing the trial and we will find that indeed His strength is sufficient.
Dorcas and ladybug, we began calling and emailing senators and congressmen for our state as well. A friend of ours in the Montana legislature made a comment to us that I found shocking, although I don't know why; after we talked awhile, it makes sense. He said that PP could be thrown under the bus now. Senators and congressmen could hang their "righteous robes" on themselves and campaign against PP... because under ObamaCare, most of the same processes could be undertaken without so much as a wink or a nod - they, being the doctors who would perform abortions under ObamaCare, would be allowed to abort, dismember and sell babies under the guise of "scientific research/study" - who's going to successfully sue the government for scientific studies? We continue to try to shut this PP butchering station down, at any rate. God will sort it out!
2 Timothy 3:1-9 "1 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self- control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people! 6 For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, 7 always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also."
These absolutely turn my stomach. To butcher the image of God... The days are numbered, thank God!
Great Sermon! ...the triumphing of the wicked is short...
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2 Peter 3:13
Indeed the dark days we live in make us long for the return of the Lord when there will be no more sin to vex our souls.
Her writings have mentored a confused and misguided generation of women to be courageous and strong in the Lord! She was a woman among women; truly a Titus 2 gift to many of us. She will be greatly missed but I am thrilled that she has gone on to her eternal reward!
Thank you for your honesty I have heard two other sermons that deal with Jephthah's vow but not the human sacrifice. It has weighed on my mind - knowing God cannot cross His own word and is incapable of evil, this passage has been difficult to understand. I appreciate very much your direct dealing and feel even more greatful now for God's sacrifice of His only begotten. Thank you!
Wow. The world continues to go mad. Teaching is quickly becoming hazard-pay-ready in some places. You take apart the family though, hand discipline and discipleship over to a third party and, honestly, it just can't go right. So sad for this generation who will have no respect for their fellow humans - the results of love gone cold.
If it was not for Christ! For "who can separate us from the Love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us." Rom 8:35
Cody, you comment is sort of the point those of us excersizing the freedom to not have vaccinations shudder at - "depending on the situation". We have had pertussis go through our house - it was not fun. HOWEVER, our suffering was not in vain.
But this "depending on the situation" argument means there really isn't any freedom, just lip service, and when things get shaky the vacc-crowd goes berserk. If you're vaccinated, then you should be able to safely reside next to my children without worrying about yourself!
People ignor vitamin C therapy which has been proven to cure a miriad of things. Pen's right here - people have stopped thinking and they just spew back whatever the "professionals" say and quit caring about this body that belongs to God. It's way less hassle to just ignor where the vaccines come from, what they contain and the risk versus benefits than research this. Still it should remain the parents choice at ALL times to go either route and that shouldn't be infringed upon.
SF, my thoughts as well. Church is for the feeding of the Body of Christ. Unbelievers may and can benefit from hearing the word, rightly divided, at this time but that is not the point of church service on the Lord's Day. When persecution comes, and the "circus cannot come to town", I wonder how many of these same people will come to sit to pray, repent and seek God's face. Will they even know how? Will they even recognize what's going on because they have been fed from food that is not off the Lord's table but simply satisfied their stomachs and not their souls? You have to question the system when 300 people get baptized at once - I know full well God can move upon any of them at any time and save their souls, and may it be so; but it seems from the article they came for the bull - and that might be precisely what they got, a lot of bull.
Frank, completely agree, especially the soon coming of our Lord and Savior. I pray you and yours are well!
Mike, I think Jim has actually said before he thinks vacc's should be mandatory. I think parents should have the choice and not be penalized either way. Those who do vacc shouldn't be worried about my non-vacc'ed kids because they're "safe"... right...?
Jim, the vaccinations in these third world countries are sterilizing their girls. Over 90% of the vaccinations are given to girls only - and birth control hormones and outright sterilization compounds are present in the tetanus and MMR's they receive as documented by WHO and three independent labs. These people being forced by their governments to vacc their children - the crews show up in the village, the families bring out their kids, get their shots, are given a cocktail of medications to help deal with the 24-hr side effects and they're done. There is forced sterilization going on - has nothing to do with stopping measles...
"In keeping with his ministry of mercy, however, Pope Francis has extended his powers of forgiveness to those ‚Äúmissionaries of mercy‚ÄĚ priests who will visit Catholic dioceses and parishes..."
The audacity takes my breath away... "extend his powers of forgiveness"?!?! These woman will need a mighty work of the Holy Spirit to save their souls if they agree to fall under the blasphemy of this so-called "forgiveness". Lost souls!
Other vaccines, also prepared using human cell lines from aborted foetuses:
two vaccines against hepatitis A, one produced by Merck (VAQTA), the other one produced by GlaxoSmithKline (HAVRIX), both of them being prepared using MRC-5; one vaccine against chicken pox, Varivax¬ģ, produced by Merck using WI-38 and MRC-5; one vaccine against poliomyelitis, the inactivated polio virus vaccine Poliovax¬ģ (Aventis-Pasteur, Fr.) using MRC-5; one vaccine against rabies, Imovax¬ģ, produced by Aventis Pasteur, harvested from infected human diploid cells, MRC-5 strain; one vaccine against smallpox, AC AM 1000, prepared by Acambis using MRC-5, still on trial.
Here's what makes up part of the MMR - and why Christians should take a serious look at the ethical and moral "disposition" of these vaccines. Sorry it's a little long:
"To date, there are two human diploid cell lines which were originally prepared from tissues of aborted foetuses (in 1964 and 1970) and are used for the preparation of vaccines based on live attenuated virus: the first one is the WI-38 line (Winstar Institute 38), with human diploid lung fibroblasts, coming from a female foetus that was aborted because the family felt they had too many children (G. Sven et al., 1969). It was prepared and developed by Leonard Hayflick in 1964 (L. Hayflick, 1965; G. Sven et al., 1969) and bears the ATCC number CCL-75. WI-38 has been used for the preparation of the historical vaccine RA 27/3 against rubella (S.A. Plotkin et al, 1965). The second human cell line is MRC-5 (Medical Research Council 5) (human, lung, embryonic) (ATCC number CCL-171), with human lung fibroblasts coming from a 14 week male foetus aborted for "psychiatric reasons" from a 27 year old woman in the UK. MRC-5 was prepared and developed by J.P. Jacobs in 1966 (J.P. Jacobs et al, 1970). Other human cell lines have been developed for pharmaceutical needs, but are not involved in the vaccines actually available.
Great Sermon! Considering the addiction to entertainment which professing Christians have, one can't help but think of what Christians in communist and muslim countries are going through - they are willing to suffer and die for their faith.
In the past there were Christians persecuted in the USSR that made it to safety in the free world but were so disappointed to see the lukewarm state of the churches here. We have had it so prosperous for so long here, but times are changing and it may not be long before a purging will begin.
1Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God...