Scofield, to be sure, I am in no way trying to instruct you or argue with you. If my statement came off as offensive I am sorry, it was not intended that way. We teach our children that God has given you a brain - use it to the best of that given ability. But we aren't to lean on our own understanding and so that requires us to do some due diligence, with prayer- otherwise we tend toward laziness and Proverbs is replete with warnings on the fate of the lazy. My point was, simply, we should not let others do the thinking for us but be about pleasing God and not man. (That was probably a gentler way of saying that... Sorry, no offense intended.)
S Scofield: "Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him." (James? 1:5)
I am so thankful that we serve the God who blessed us with a level of intellect that glorifies Him and not us, yet He leads us. Our decisions in any regard in life should be as Jesus told us, "Yet not my will, but Yours be done". That takes no intellect, just the fear of God, and that is the beginning of understanding (by His definition and not man's).
Hep B: I wouldn't recommend saying that to the OB nurse with the Hep syringe. That's what started the whole thing with us... I got the distinct feeling she didn't care about facts...
Here's another thought: if vaccinations are mandatory, they are law. A law is only a law because it can be enforced; otherwise it is only a recommendation. And then one might ponder exactly how would this law be enforced... I see no pleasantness in that.
Yes, penny, we most surely had God's protection at that moment! I was too angry to be afraid while it was happening but the gravity of the situation hit my husband and I when we were left alone for a minute. We were sick. Still makes me sick when I think of it.
From the article: â€śIf you believe absolutely in the benefit and protective value of vaccination, why does it matter what others do?â€ť she asks rhetorically. â€śOr donâ€™t do? If you believe you need vaccination to be healthy and protected, then by all means vaccinate your child and yourself. Why should you even be concerned what your neighbor chooses to do for his child â€“ if vaccination works? The idea of herd immunity is still based on the idea that in individual cases vaccines actually are protective."
An interesting side note, pediatrician's now have MMRI's: measles, mumps, rubella and influenza. if you're getting a flu shot for your kido's, please double check what else might be tagging along. Better yet, do some serious research on your own and weigh the risks against the possible benefits of the flu shot or any vaccination for that matter.
Mike, great points! My Dad said "Life is tough. It's tougher when you're stupid." (John Wayne maybe?). If you're willing to let everyone think for you there is no fear of God in you and you're no smarter than a doorknob. I would pray that Christians humbly seek God through this mess of information and at least be informed as much as possible. You're not shooting up "your kid" but a child of God. A parent should do their knowledgable, prayerful best, not at the behest of their fellow mans understanding but from a desire to glorify God as those children are His image bearers, too.
Frank, thank you, as always for your prayers!! The days seem to be turning evil - but that isn't a surprise and keeps us in prayer! With our third baby, we had a nurse literally screaming at us about how evil we were for not allowing our child to have the Hepatitus shot. We were embroiled with a social worker within minutes and the only reason we got out of it was because we were friends with the police officers who showed up. Our best friends who had their baby a week later were simply informed that their baby had been given the shot. They were furious but what could they do? Soon this just might be the way it is done. Parents needs to be wise and make decisions with PRAYER first and gather information from reliable sources. Our job is to protect our little sheep and when a family reaches that decision regarding vaccinations they should be allowed that choice without hindrance.
Honestly, if it isn't Carson, it will be someone else. This has been the trend for at least the past 10 years. The government schools are legally allowed to give your child birth control without parental consent - what's stopping them from vaccinating your child "in a state of emergency" without your foreknowledge? When babies are born in hospitals the list of vaccination rounds and their due dates are given to the mother and appointments scheduled. Try getting out of one... We did with our third and that's one of the main reasons we've had the rest at home. If a parent wants to vaccinate their child, that's their choice and not my business. And if I choose to not vaccinate mine, that's my business, too. Government should not dictate my child's welfare as they do not belong to them.
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of menâ€™s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them. Psalms? ?115?:?4-8
Great Sermon! Thank you, this series was very informative. Not only are the new translations inaccurate, but they lack the majestic language of the KJV. I find the old English is also easier to memorize.
"And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11
Frank, that is precisely where she struggles the most. That and trying to show respect to her husband when the kids ask her questions about why Dad believes one thing and she doesn't anymore. It's just a mess. I have no doubt that God will use this for His glory, she knows this too, but it's the gory battle she lives in right now.
Frank, I've been keeping your health in my prayers, too. God will always sustain us through the toughest of trials! Take heart and persever!
Dorcas, I often read through SA's news and comments but, honestly, it's near the end of my day and by that point I pray for many posters but don't have it in me to comment.
My neighbor is showing the amazing strength God only can provide. She watches her husband tear at her through the kids - oh, the manipulation - but returns it with grace. Actually, it's me who's been blessed! I can offer her little more than prayer; but isn't that everything!
What I love best about God's written word is that one might take a single verse, say Romans 12:2, and at different places on the path of our life it touches our spiritual needs differently each time - same verse, but loaded down with more wisdom, grace, reproof, compassion and guidance than a lifetime of reflection could completely uncover. And yet it is a bulwark of unshakable truth that never changes with culture or seasons. He truly is "I Am". And He is AMAZING!
I had a favorite verse growing up, but when I got married, I found another. Fifteen years and seven kids later, I have a whole bunch that remind me of my duties and Christ's provisions for me. I would venture to guess as I continue, I will find many more favorite verses. "Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide Your commands from me. I am continually overcome with longing for Your judgments. Your decrees are my delight and my counselors." (?Pslm 199:18-20, 24)
Dorcas, All's well here! Keeping busy. The neighbor acquaintance of mine who rejected the RCC but her husband has not has been essentially forced to "live out on the rooftop". It's become, strange, for lack of a better word. We continue to pray for her husband who is really angry about it all; it's effecting the children terribly.
"We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for WHATEVER ELSE IS CONTRARY TO THE SOUND TEACHING BASED ON THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE BLESSED GOD, which was entrusted to me" (?1 Tim ?1?:?9-11?)
But for the grace of God, many will wish, but all will bow, John.
Dorcas, hi there sister! Praying all is well and keeping that grandson of yours in our prayers!
Kevin Swanson is in that neck of the woods and a better friend for Christian homeschoolers could not be asked for. Many prayers for him, his family and church as they continue to work in the state of Colorado. (What happened to Colorado? They used to be a conservative state. Boulder. Ugh - slime has a way of never staying in the gutter.)
So sending crates of Bibles: "What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice." (?verse 18?). Most definitely not my cup of tea (lol! no pun intended) and it seems to me Frank is right about the "prayers of saints which avail much". And yet who knows what God might cause to happen in the "peripheral view"!
Quite right pennned! But it doesn't fit in with the plan... You know full well the forces that are bending and swaying and contorting things. It doesn't frustrate me anymore simply because, apart from prayer (and that IS everything) there isn't a single stinkin' thing I can do about it; like trying to mop up the ocean with a paper towel. Instead, I pray for the safety and keeping of our friends and loved one's, pray that God's name will be vindicated and pray that His return is quick to come! Too many sheeple, too many wolves, too many narsassistic selfies, too many eyes closed! But God has already overcome and His plan is unfolding right before our eyes! Wow! Front row seats for us! Eyes opened wide, prayers should be continually going forward - dear sister, what a time we live in!!
Dorcas, you and so many others here remain in my prayers! I look forward to the day (looking like it's sooner than later) when we will praise our Lord side by side, no longer running the race but, by the grace of God and blood of Christ, receiving the rewards He has promised! What a glorious conclusion to God's great plan for a fallen world!