“God’s Love for Unborn Babies & Their Parents” May 25

 

God is the God of the Fatherless. He is also the God who restores those who have ended their babies lives, if they turn to Him in genuine repentance. God is a God of the fatherless, especially the thousands and thousands of babies who are killed in their mothers’ wombs every year in our country. He is also the God who restores those who have ended their babies lives, if they turn to Him in genuine repentance. He is the God who loves unborn babies and their parents.

If you have had an abortion or if you are the father of an aborted baby, there is grace and forgiveness. Go to the Lord, seek His forgiveness and restoration.

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 21 & 22
Psalm 68.1-6
Proverbs 17.2-4
John 8.28-59

 

God’s Love for Unborn Babies & Their Parents

 

Psalm 68.1-6:

God of the Fatherless

 

This psalm of praise says God is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows (v. 5). If we have His heart, He desires for us to be His agents in this. One of the greatest opportunities to do so is in defense of unborn babies whose fathers and mothers, while not physically nonexistent, are unable or unwilling to defend them.

I say unable, as well as, unwilling because I understand that there are times when women are coerced into abortions and times when fathers are left out of the decision altogether or unable to stop it.

Suffering, Crime & Child Sacrifice - What if you were called to endure suffering or hardship for the cause of Christ? Would you be willing to risk it all? Does crime sometimes pay? And what about child sacrifice? Is it something that only happens in pagan societies?If you have had an abortion or if you are the father of an aborted baby, there is grace and forgiveness. Go to the Lord, seek His forgiveness and restoration.

I would strongly recommend finding a biblical counselor to help you walk through it or go to someone who does post-abortion counseling. If you live in El Paso, you can contact the Pregnancy & Fatherhood Solutions, but most cities have Christian crisis pregnancy centers. Seek one out.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

2 Samuel 21 & 22:

Divine Judgment

 

In chapter 21 we have the story of the seven sons of Saul being executed by the Gibeonites. This is divine justice being carried out, though it hardly seems fair that it would be carried out on the next generation.

One phrase may help us understand why God allowed His justice to be carried out this way:

Verse 1, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house …”

It appears that the violence was not limited to Saul, it may have been a predominant attitude among his descendants, as well, (remember Shimei who cursed David when he fled Jerusalem, 2 Sam. 16.9-12). Continue reading

December 6 “Turn your world upside down”

turn your world upside downWe have largely turned away from the God of the Bible and look at the consequences! It has affected education, politics, business, family life and more. Like a handful of faithful men and women did in the first century, how can you turn your world upside down?

 

 

Today’s Readings:
Hosea 3 & 4
Psalm 138.8
Proverbs 29.18
1 John 4.1-21

 

Hosea 3 & 4:

Turn your world upside down

What a beautiful picture of God’s mercy with His people and the fact that He will, eventually, redeem the true church and the nation of Israel.

Verse 3.1, “Then the LORD said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.’ ”

But that does not mean that there are not consequences for sinful behavior.

It’s impossible not to see some of the parallels between our nation and the church of God in America to rebellious Israel. We have largely turned away from the God of the Bible and loved a lover, a god, of our own making—one who allows us to live however we desire. Look at some of the phrases in chapter 4:

“…no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land … swearing and lying … killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint … bloodshed upon bloodshed … you have rejected knowledge … forgotten the law of your God … they set their heart on iniquity.”

No truth or knowledge of God: He’s been “kicked out” of our schools, our government and the public arena.

Swearing and lying: In politics, in business (whatever it takes to make a buck), and the list goes on.

Killing and stealing: Just turn on the nightly news.

Committing adultery: Even a sitting President can get away with sexual immorality and argue the meaning of the words. Continue reading

June 25 “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming …”

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Reading through the Bible is a great goal and worth persevering through. To quote that great philosopher Dory, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim, swim.”

On to the Word …

Today’s Readings:
1 Chronicles 13 & 14
Psalm 78.1-11
Proverbs 19.20-21
Acts 7.22-43

1 Chronicles 13 & 14:

The horrible consequences of sin

God allows us to see the men and women He uses with all their warts and failings:

Verse 14.3, “Then David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.”

Remember kings had been specifically commanded not to take multiple wives (Deut. 17.17). Even though God allowed him to do so, He didn’t condone it. And the history of his life and family reveals the horrible consequences, including: infighting, jealousy, incest, and murder. So don’t be tempted to think the men and women in the Bible somehow got a pass on sin.

As a pastor friend of our used to say, “You can choose to sin, but you don’t get to choose the consequences.”

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay”– unknown

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April 27 “Sin & its bizarre results” & LINK-UP

The consequences of rejecting God are not pretty. As one sin leads to another, the results are sad, costly, and sometimes downright bizarre.

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Today’s Readings:
Judges 20 & 21
Psalm 51.12-19
Proverbs 15.1-3
Luke 19.1-27

Judges 20 & 21:

Sin’s bizarre end

Today we wind up one of the saddest periods is Israel’s history—to quote MacArthur, “Judges 17-21 vividly demonstrates how bizarre and deep sin can become when people throw off the authority of God …”

Grab your partner … do-si-do

Can you imagine telling some cousins, we’re sorry you don’t have any women to marry you, but some of our other cousins are having a party and some of the girls will be out back dancing. So just grab some of them and we’ll look the other way!? Or how about offering your virgin daughter to a bunch of rapists or shaking up your complacent relatives by sending a part of your murdered wife’s body to each family. It makes you wonder why the human race has even survived this long … only because of the grace of God!

Our own bizarre consequences

But before we criticize our spiritual ancestors too harshly, we need to look at our nation today. Where has sin and the rejection of God led us?

… to men who bomb, kill, and maim innocent people to further some cause.
… to increasing numbers of people who commit murder-suicide, even of their own children, because of some grievance.
… to aborting our babies when pregnancy is inconvenient.
… to acceptance of homosexuality as just another lifestyle choice.
… to parents who defend their rebellious children instead of allowing them to suffer the consequences of their rebellion.
… to rampant divorce, adultery, abuse, fornication, self-harm, and the list could go on and on.

While laws and vigilance may help, the only real hope is for revival, starting in our own hearts. Then we must prepare ourselves to “be witnesses to [Him] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1.8b).

And when we’re tempted to feel like it’s hopeless, we need to remember that a handful of men and women going out in the power of the Holy Spirit to share the love and truth of God, without TV, radio, computers, planes, or any modern conveniences … turned the known world upside down (Acts 17.6)! Continue reading

February 7 “More valuable than gold”

More valuable than gold

What value to you place on God’s Word? Do you see it as valuable? Do your actions back up your claim?

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 25 & 26
Psalm 19:7-14
Proverbs 6:32-35
Matthew 24:1-28

Exodus 25 & 26

Not by chance

The first thing that strikes me as I read the instructions God gave Moses for building the tabernacle, its furniture and implements, is that our God is a God of order and planning. Nothing was made or created by chance! How that flies in the face of the theory of evolution with the premise that life began by chance. The idea that all that we see: the wonder of creation, the intricacies of the human body, the birth of a baby … happened by chance, requires more faith than I have. It requires less faith to believe the truth!

Giving from the heart

The second thing is that those who gave to the building of the tabernacle were to do so willingly and from the heart (25:2). 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that God loves a cheerful giver and Luke 6:38 says that we receive blessings in proportion to our generosity. With God the heart attitude is always the important thing. We are not to give either out of compulsion or with a “what can I get in return” attitude, rather willingly and from the heart. Continue reading