Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This last small group was the best one that I can remember. We managed to stay on topic the entire night, and our discussion was profitable for all parties involved. We determined that meditation, while not interchangeable with prayer, is still necessary for prayer. The heart and mind must first be focused on Him before true prayer can be offered. Meditation on Him should naturally lead you to pray to and praise Him. Also, "pray without ceasing" refers to a continual attitude of prayer; it is physically impossible to pray without ceasing. As achieving total Christlikeness is unattainable in this life, so is prayer without ceasing. BUT!!!!! Just because we cannot reach these things does not mean that we are not to strive earnestly for them.
We know that trials often accompany the Christian faith. However, we do not always commit to seeing God's plan for us in them. James 1:2-4 tells us that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness or endurance. We need to look beyond the pain that our flesh sees and see the reward and strength that comes from testing.
Never take your small groups for granted. These are the people that you can always come to for help and for guidance. Don't make the mistake I did of hiding in the background not sharing. You only get out what you put into it.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, September 12, 2008
One of the most serious moral and ethical crises facing our nation right now is the debate over abortion rights. For many, abortion enables a practice of unrestricted sexual indulgence without consequence. The basis for many of the pro-abortionists’ arguments is, “The fetus is part of the woman’s body, right? So doesn’t that mean that she should have the right to choose what she does with her own body?”
The fault with this line of reasoning lies in the reasoning itself; the fetus is a complete human being, although it is unable to support itself or make its own decisions. If you listen to a pro-abortionist long enough, you will notice a continual reference to the baby as “the fetus”. This is an attempt to clear his own conscience, as well as an attempt to justify the selfish slaughter of a defenseless human being. Conversely, if we were to say that elderly people are getting in the way of the “more useful people”, would this justify the deaths of countless senior citizens who were done away with simply because they were no longer wanted? The answer is no. Even from a logical standpoint, no one would consider this an option for “population control”.
Why then would anyone be able to rationalize the murder of an unborn child? Notice that I say “child” rather than “fetus” or “embryo”. This is because the unborn child is still, very simply, a child. The only difference is viability. The psalmist says in Psalm 139:13 and 16, “For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb…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.”
If we are to begin saying that the child’s parents have the right to dispose of him because a baby would be an inconvenience, what is to stop us from applying that line of reasoning to any other age or genre of people? This exemplifies a patent lack of willingness to take responsibility for actions. One of the best summaries this argument can be given is this quote from Rev. Jesse Jackson:
“What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person and what kind of a society will we have 20 years hence if life can be taken so casually? It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind-set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth."
Given eternal consequences, perhaps Reverend Jackson’s “hell on earth” is a comfort zone in which pro-abortionists prefer to operate.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Recently, Pastor Higgins preached a sermon on how we are to stand up for and evangelize our faith. As a general rule, I don't share and evangelize nearly as much as I need to because I don't appreciate others making fun of me for my faith in Christ (major pride issue for me!!). However, as I started to think about what he (SKH) had said, I started to think "Why am I not defending my king? So many of us will stand up and rant at others when they bash on our favorite sports team (movie, band, etc.), but as soon as there is an opportunity to defend our faith, a lot of people (me included) will most of the time just not say anything to avoid altercations with others. The matter at hand is not that we don't care enough of our faith to defend it (most of the time), but that we are too afraid of having our pride injured to say anything that might get us ridiculed by others.
The only thing that I can think of to remedy this is to put aside our pride and take a stand on the faith in God, and take a moment to set our priorities straight. If we don't defend our Lord and Savior, how are we any different than the rest of the world that Christ wants us to be set apart from? What distinction do we give our faith if we stand back and do nothing when we could be witnessing to someone? Think: God will make provisison for the salvation of those that He wants to save. What if you are that provision for just one person? If you stand back and say nothing when someone is doing something that is against God's moral law, if you are one of the chances that person was allotted, that person may be losing an opportunity for salvation.
It may not be their only opportunity, but we have been commanded
to take the gospel to all men. How are we honoring the Great Commission if we don't do or say anything that gives evidence of our saving faith in the One True God?
A song that I believe goes along with this post is DC Talk's What if I Stumble.
Think about it. Later days.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Two songs that might go well with this are Todd Agnew's "Grace Like Rain" and Jars of Clay's "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet".