God at Work in Every WombJob 31:13-15If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves when they filed a complaint against me, (14) what then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him? (15) Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same one fashion us in the womb? (more…)
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Posted in Christianity, culture, faith, False Beliefs, family & parenting, God, JESUS CHRIST, Marriage, religion, Sexuality, spirituality, tagged divorce, Marriage, remarriage on June 20, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
By Angie Lewis
I know of two couples personally who got married at a young age and then went through tremendous trials and troubles in their marriage, and for one reason or another they ended up divorcing. After a time, and finding their way in life, after even more trials, they ended up remarrying each other again.
Remarriage to the man or woman you first married is more prevalent than you would think. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have the knowledge beforehand of knowing you will remarry your spouse, so you could skip the divorce part of it, work on the marriage and stay married?
After I analyzed these now quite happy remarriages, I have come to the conclusion that with the correct knowledge, divorce can be skipped and shouldn’t even be an option. In one of the cases mentioned above, the marriage was greatly disturbed by the presence of an alcoholic. And neither partner had come to accept Christ for their life.
Several years later when he got sober and mentally healthier, and she discovered the power of God in her life, they remarried and the marriage is doing great. The couple above is my sister and brother in law. They have been remarried now for over ten years. I do not see divorce again in the future.
In the other case, the couple was again, very young and quite immature. The problems of the marriage were too much stress for them to handle with such undeveloped intentions, besides they just did not have the basis for a solid foundation going for the marriage, and they ended up divorcing. Several years later they rediscovered one another, now mature in their age, both believers in Jesus Christ, they reunited in marriage. And the marriage is flourishing.
I believe that more and more divorced couples could rediscover one another again and remarry. Here’s why. When we get married, we bring baggage with us. We don’t leave it at mom and dads house or the dorm we once lived in. No, the baggage comes right along with us. Maybe it is addiction or predisposition to addiction, or maybe it is plain out selfishness, or maybe it is emotional retardation. Whatever the baggage is, it doesn’t matter.
The point is, whatever baggage we bring into the marriage, we can learn from it with our spouse, or we can give up, impede growth and divorce. The problem with that is we still have the baggage and it will come along with us into all of our relationships until we rid it from ourselves. Past baggage is not who we are it is only a part of the hurdles in life that we need to grow out from and learn by. Anyone with determination can jump the hurdles of baggage, believe me.
Sometimes the pain of baggage really hurts deep and sometimes we suffer through our tribulations onto the next trial. But here is the answer, as simple as it may seem. With God all things are possible. And with God and a sincere belief and complete trust in the Son of God as our Savior, we can get through our problems of suffering and pain. Yes, it will hurt, but we will get through them.
Let me ask you something. If you knew that you would be remarrying your spouse five or ten years later anyway, would you get a divorce? The answer to that is probably not. You would work on the marriage through any means that worked, wouldn’t you?
Knowing that God wants us to stay married to our first love and knowing that He will give us the resources and strength to work on the difficulties of marriage, should give some of you a second chance in your heart to repent, forgive, and work on yourself and marriage. Skip divorce all together! Who needs it anyway? Why put you and the children through such turmoil and suffering of divorce when God has given you the ability to work through your trials and tribulations? Jump over those hurdles with God!
Think about this. I think that more and more divorced couples could and should reunite with their first spouse if one or both of them have not already remarried someone else. After all, in God’s eyes they are still married anyway.
Angie Lewis is the author of four marriage books offering marriage tips and wisdom filled answers tackling such issues as addiction, adultery, pornography, emotions, beliefs, forgiveness, communication and much, much more.
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Posted in Bible study, christian apologetics, Christianity, faith, family & parenting, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, religion, Sexuality, spirituality, tagged abortion, murder, unborn on June 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Murder is OK for the Unborn?
Greg finds disturbing similarities between the viewpoint that abortion can be justified and reasons used to justify past genocides.
You know, it’s amazing how many people who are seemingly intelligent, moral, ethical, and level-headed are adopting a frightening point of view. They’re willing to admit that abortion does indeed take the life of an innocent, defenseless human being, but still they think abortion is justified in many cases.
This makes it very difficult for a pro-lifer, because we think if we could just make the case that the unborn is an innocent human being, then that ought to be enough. But it’s gotten to the point now where it’s not obvious that we should protect the lives of innocent human beings–that all humans have a defensible right to life.
It’s gotten to the point now where it’s not obvious that we should protect the lives of innocent human beings.
File this next suggestion away, please. Place it in your mind somewhere that you can get at it quickly when this comes up in discussion. When somebody says to you, “Yeah, I think abortion takes a human life– that it kills an innocent human being–but I think it’s justified in certain circumstances,” then ask them this question (and don’t say it in a snide way, but in a very genuine way because it’s a fair question): “Please explain to me how this view is different from Nazi Germany. After all, it was the Nazis who coined the phrase, ‘a life unworthy to be lived.’ How is your view different?”
It’s one thing when you execute somebody because he or she is a criminal. It’s another thing when you justify taking the life of an innocent human being who can’t defend himself. The question is, what could possibly be a justification for that? You see, the answers you’re going to get for justification are the same kinds of answers that people used to justify genocide in the past. If it was wrong then, it seems like it should be wrong now.
What, they have a congenital defect? They didn’t have their body parts right? They weren’t smart enough? They were a burden on society? Isn’t that exactly how Hitler reasoned from 1934 to 1939? Before the massive death camps, when Jews became the ones considered a burden on society, the Nazis eliminated children with congenital defects and people who had mental incapacities.
In fact, there are documentaries you can still see, films made by the Nazis to persuade the populace that murder can actually be a loving act, a cleansing act. One of the Nazi films was called Existence Without Life. The title captures the Nazi’s view of humanity, that some didn’t have real life, that is, a quality of life that made it worthy to be lived. They merely had biological existence.
Aren’t we now doing the same thing, relegating human beings to non-human status because of something they don’t possess that we deem valuable: some skill, some capability, some mental quality? Because they lack this, their lives are no longer worthy to be lived as far as we’re concerned and, therefore, we are justified in taking their lives.
Someone tell me the real difference between that and the one who says, “Yes, I think an unborn child is a living human being, but it’s okay to kill him.” When people say this to you, ask them that question, and then wait for them to give you an answer. Don’t let them off the hook. How is their view different from the Nazis’? Don’t make it an accusation. Give them the benefit of the doubt; maybe they’ve got an intelligent justification. I doubt it, though.
People who are quick with moral judgments at other times can’t seem to find a moral problem with taking the life of an innocent human being simply because it’s in the way and can’t defend itself.
Making the Bible Real to Your Children
By Ruth Willms
I remember as a child, gathering in a circle in our huge dining room for family devotions. My dad, ever the Bible teacher, sat in the circle with us. Our family consisted of sixteen individuals: Dad, Mom and fourteen children. However, the time I’m remembering, two of my siblings were already married and another two were living on their own. Still, among the ten siblings present, there was a wide age range from about four years of age to twenty three. Yet, I think my dad presented Bible truths so each one understood and found it interesting. (more…)
By Kelvin Gilmore
When there is an avalanche the land shakes.
There is a similar action that causes earthquakes.
When there is a rockslide that tumbles to the ground.
It vibrates the land and changes everything around.
When there is a meteor that hits the earth at great speed.
It will destroy whatever it hits; this is a fact, that is guaranteed.
As you can see, things that fall can kill and destroy.
Many are not living in God’s truth but are falling into the Devil’s decoy.
Instead of having loving families, people are choosing to shack.
Like animals, many are choosing to live like hyenas in a pack.
Instead of a man marrying a woman and then having a child.
Same sex marriages occur today this is sick- it causes demons to smile.
Many are killing their own children by the practice of birth control.
Instead of being like our Heavenly Father, desiring many children; this is no longer the goal.
The list of offenses against God goes on and on, but it all ends at one final destination.
A place for those who enjoy sinning against God and participating in abominations.
The popularity of sin is like a balloon ready to explode, just about full of air.
Damnation occurring to all who disobey our God without a care.
Repent Now! and Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior before it’s too late.
Don’t you be a participant in the next Great Earthquake.
For it is written that Hell is enlarging herself over and over because of sin.
Souls are falling in Hell’s belly expanding the earth where the earthquake begins.
Kelvin Gilmore, a devout man of God, sold out for Jesus Christ. Gifted and chosen by God to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through teaching and poetic persuasion. Persuasion because the gift that God has imparted to him is of the upmost uniqueness that it persuades you of your need for Jesus.
Posted in Bible study, Christianity, culture, divorce, faith, family & parenting, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, Marriage, religion, spirituality, tagged divorce, Marriage, recommitment on May 26, 2008 | 2 Comments »
Stop Divorce and Recommit Yourselves
By Angie Lewis
Recommitting yourselves to one another in marriage is for couples that are choosing to work on their marriage, resolve issues, and recommit their lives to each other. It is for couples that have grown apart spiritually and or emotionally and intend on encouraging each other through their devotion to one another. And finally, it is for couples who just want to remind their spouse of how much they mean to them, and to keep the bond going strong. (more…)
What about having a vasectomy or tying the tubes?
Is it okay to have a vasectomy or your tubes tied in order to prevent pregnancy? I would say that it depends on the motives and circumstances. If the purpose of having a vasectomy or tubes tied in order to be able to fornicate without the fear of pregnancy, then that would be sinful and wrong. Also, if the purpose was to defy God in any way, that would also be wrong. (more…)
Posted in Bible study, christian apologetics, Christianity, faith, family & parenting, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, religion, sermons, tagged abortion, Birth control on May 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Does the Bible say anything about birth control?
The Bible does not address the issue of birth control so it is difficult to say whether or not it is right or wrong in an absolute sense. But since it doesn’t condemn it outright, we do not either.
Biblically, having children is a blessing from God and a fulfillment of the command of God to multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28). If anything, we are told to have children, never to not have them. But that alone isn’t enough to settle the issue. A generic principle of having children is for humanity and not always for individuals. Take Jesus, for example. He did not marry and have children. He did not fulfill the command to do so. Therefore, since Jesus never sinned, we can conclude that the command to have children is a generic one for mankind and not necessarily intended to be applied to each and every individual. Therefore, it would seem logical that birth control would be permissible to some degree. (more…)
What does the Bible say about rape?
“But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. 26“But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. 27“When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her,” (Deut. 22:25-28). (more…)
What is the biblical purpose of sex?
The biblical purpose of sex is multifaceted. God has given sex to us as a means of glorifying Him as we fulfill its design for procreation, intimacy, comfort, and physical pleasure. It is a fulfillment of God’s created order in marriage between a husband and wife. (more…)