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 Bible study, Christian living, Christianity, faith, family & parenting, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, religion, sermons, Sexuality, spirituality, tagged abortion, unborn, womb on July 2, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Bible study, christian apologetics, Christian living, Christianity, Ethicss, faith, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, religion, Sexuality, spirituality, Theology, tagged accountability, Demas, Riches and pleasure, sexual sins on July 1, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Ten Steps Toward Sexual Sin
1. Falling in love with the present world.
For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. (2 Timothy 4:10)
Once Demas was a partner in the work (Colossians 4:14, “Luke the beloved Physician and Demas greet you”; cf.
But the world became too attractive and desirable for him, and he forsook his leadership role in the church, and decided to go and satisfy his desire for the world.
What is it about the world that leaders are tempted to love?
Jesus pointed out several things: (more…)
Posted in Bible study, Christian living, Christianity, faith, God, lectures, love, religion, sermons, Sexuality, spirituality, tagged Christian Virtue of Hospitality, Marriage, Singleness on June 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Marriage, Singleness, and the Christian Virtue of Hospitality
By John Piper
1 Peter 4:7-11
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
What’s driving this message is a desire for Christ to be magnified in the way married people and single people—especially at Bethlehem—show hospitality to each other. Or, to put it another way, if it’s true, as I tried to show in the message on singleness, that God’s family, that comes into being by new birth and by faith in Christ, is more central and more lasting than families that come into being by marriage and procreation and adoption, then how that spiritual, eternal family—the church—relates to each other—married and single—is a crucial witness to the world that our lives are oriented on the supremacy of Christ and that our relationships are defined not just by nature, but by Christ. I long to see Christ magnified through married people folding single people into their lives, and single people folding married people into their lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel. (more…)
Missions and Masturbation
Masturbation is the experience of sexual orgasm produced by self-stimulation. Virtually every man and almost as many women have tried it. It is a regular practice of most single men.
One of the major forces preventing young people from obeying the call of God into vocational Christian service is defeat in the area of lust. A teenager hears a challenging call to throw himself into the cause of world evangelization. He feels the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He tastes the thrill of following the King of kings into battle. But he does not obey because he is masturbating regularly. He feels guilty. He can hardly imagine witnessing to a pretty girl about the eternal plight of her soul, because he has so habitually looked at girls naked in his imagination. So he feels unworthy and unable to obey the call of God. Masturbation becomes the enemy of missions. (more…)
“Marriage Is about love.”
The controversy about same-sex marriage churns principally around the definition of marriage. Activists deny the traditional view that marriage is about children. Instead, marriage is an ever-changing, socially-constructed institution constantly being redefined by society. There is no essential connection with children. Rather, at the core of the enterprise are two people in love. (more…)
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.
Adultery Pandemic is Angie’s latest book. Turn Your Marriage Into A Success! If you want to restore your marriage from the demoralizing effects of adultery, then look no further – this is the book for you!
Your Marriage Can Be Restored!
A treasure book filled with effective guidance for your marriage from forgiveness and trust to recommitting your lives to each other again. Practical and easy-to-read, this book combines the solutions and remedies your marriage needs towards recovery. This book will give you the guidance you need to discover the true secrets to a happy, lifelong marriage.
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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.
Posted in Bible study, christian apologetics, Christianity, faith, God, JESUS CHRIST, lectures, religion, Sexuality, spirituality, tagged abortion, Biblical Theist, Naturalist, The Fertile Egg on June 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
The Abortion Argument, The Fertile Egg, and the Bible
When I began writing an ebook on abortion, I found myself “eyeball to eyeball” with the fertile egg. Initially, I considered this “a detour” from where I wanted to go. But, with man’s invasion into its domain, and because it is the beginning of the human life line, I knew I had to start there. Even though a pro life advocate for decades, I had never really thought much on the fertile egg. After all, from my life science classes, I already knew what it was – right? Well, my “review” surprised me and I soon realized the abortion argument clearly begins with the fertile egg. So, … what is it? (more…)
By Kelvin Gilmore
Lust is an enemy running rampant in the land.
It is secretly killing millions-it’s getting out of hand.
The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes are the twin sisters of evil.
Laying eggs-destroying souls like cotton is done by boll weevils.
Dirty magazines, Cable TV and the Internet are their major tools.
Leading men and women to destruction like a carrot leads a mule.
These lusts sins are done in secret so most go undetected.
Demons feeding on men souls because their salvation is being neglected.
“Come out from among them” is what God’s Word says to do.
Ignorance of God’s Word destroys souls- people don’t have a clue.
Many Christians are deceived to think that they will receive a Heavenly Crown.
When Holiness, Godliness and Righteousness are nowhere to be found.
God is saying to you “I have eyes- I can see”
You choosing to love this evil world instead of me.
God’s servants are saying, Repent Now! Before it’s too late.
Pick-up your cross and follow Jesus for your soul’s sake.
Just like Noah’s time, God’s warnings are seldom heard.
People instead are listening to Satan being trapped and devoured like a bird.
Preachers! Preachers! You need to Preach!
There is no time for a prosperity speech.
Christians keep your affections on things above.
This world will pass away and the Lust thereof.
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.