Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Calvin on Abortion

From John Calvin's Commentaries on the Last Four Books of Moses, Vol. 3, pp. 41-42:
If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man's house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Excellent Pro-Abortion Caller Answered by Greg Koukl

Please listen. This is very illustrative of the battle we face.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

God's Thoughts About Having Children

Psalm 128:1-6 [1] A song of Ascents. Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. [2] When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. [3] Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. [4] Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. [5] The Lord bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. [6] Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 127:3-5 [3] Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. [4] Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. [5] Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

1 Chronicles 25:4-5 [4] Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. [5] All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to exalt his horn. For God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

1 Chronicles 26:4-5 [4] Moreover the sons of Obed-Edom were Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, [5] Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth; for God blessed him.

Hosea 9:10-17 [10] "I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves to that shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved. [11] As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird-- No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception! [12] Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them! [13] Just as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place, So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer." [14] Give them, O Lord-- What will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb And dry breasts! [15] "All their wickedness is in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes are rebellious. [16] Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb." [17] My God will cast them away, Because they did not obey Him; And they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Exodus 23:25-26 [25] So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. [26] No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.

Deuteronomy 7:13-14 [13] And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. [14] You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Biblical Commands to Fathers to Have Godly Conversation in Families

Genesis 18:19[19] For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."

Exodus 10:2[2] and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord."

Exodus 12:26-27[26] And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' [27] that you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.' " So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 13:8[8] And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.'

Exodus 13:14[14] So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is this?' that you shall say to him, 'By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Incredible Comment from Pro-Abortion Advocate

This is the most amazing statement I have ever read by anyone in defense of elective abortion. I had to put the book down and walk away for awhile after reading it. This quotation is found in the introduction of Scott Klusendorf's excellent book: "The Case for Life." The quotation from Boonan's book, "A Defense of Abortion" is from p xiii-xiv. If you believe elective abortion is a moral right, I'd like to know if you agree with the sentiments expressed here by Boonan. Here is the full quote.

David Boonan, from "A Defense of Abortion," p xiii-xiv:

"On my desk in my office where most of this book [A Defense of Abortion] was written and revised, there are several pictures of my son, Eli. In one, he is gleefully dancing on the sand along the Gulf of Mexico, the cool ocean breeze wreaking havoc with his wispy hair. In a second, he is tentatively seated in the grass in his grandparents' backyard, still working to master the feat of sitting up on his own. In a third, he is only a few weeks old, clinging firmly to the arms that are holding him and still wearing the tiny hat for preserving body heat that he wore home from the hospital. Through all of the remarkable changes that these pictures preserve, he remains unmistakably the same little boy. In the top drawer of my desk, I keep another picture of Eli. This picture was taken ... 24 weeks before he was born. The sonogram image is murky, but it reveals clearly enough a small head tilted back slightly, and an arm raised up and bent, with the hand pointed back toward the face and the thumb extended out toward the mouth. There is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows the same little boy at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question that the position I defend in this book entails that it would have been morally permissible to end his life at this point."

My Response:

Notice the use of 2 key words in his last sentence: "his" and "life." Usually, pro-abortion advocates try to argue (unsuccessfully) that the unborn are not persons, nor are they really human lives. But here, right at the outset of his own defense of abortion, this man refers to the unborn baby using a personal pronoun: "his" and even refers to the baby's "life." And he even says that it would be "morally permissible" to "end his life."

What are the unborn? That is the only question that matters. All of the talk about "privacy" and "a woman's right to choose" are irrelevant to the real issue: What is the unborn? Would it be "morally permissible" to kill a toddler in private? Would a judge acquit someone for killing their 5-yr-old because they happened to be "pro-choice" when it came to 5-yr-olds? Of course not. Why then do people think it is morally permissible to kill the unborn? Because they do not believe they are living human persons. If the unborn are living human persons, then abortion is wholesale murder. I would like to point out for the record and for all to see: staunch secularist defender of abortion David Boonan agrees with me, an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the unborn are living human persons. But for some reason, it is "morally permissible" not to "dispose of an unwanted mass of tissue," or "discard an impersonal clump of cells," but to "end their lives." Can everyone see clearly what Boonan is actually saying here? He is saying that murder is morally permissible. I am thankful that at least one abortion-choice writer has the courage to simply come out and call abortion what it is: the ending of human life. It is my firm conviction that in time, people will wake up to the barbarism of this practice and see it as the holocaust it is. And when they do, one can only imagine what could possibly be done to make amends for the murder of more than 50,000,000 American citizens who, like all of us reading this, had the right to life.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Great Text of Scripture

Psalm 119:82[82] My eyes fail from searching Your word, Saying, "When will You comfort me?"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lyrics to Keith Green's Song "Grace By Which I Stand"

Lord, the feelings are not the same,
I guess I'm older, I guess I've changed.
And how I wish it had been explained, that as you're growing you must remember,
That nothing lasts, except the grace of God, by which I stand, in Jesus.
I know that I would surely fall away, except for grace, by which I'm saved.

Lord, I remember that special way,
I vowed to serve you, when it was brand new.
But like Peter, I can't even watch and pray, one hour with you,
And I bet, I could deny you too.
But nothing lasts, except the grace of God, by which I stand, in Jesus.
I'm sure that my whole life would waste away, except for grace, by which I'm saved.
But nothing lasts, except the grace of God, by which I stand, in Jesus.
I know that I would surely fall away, except for grace, by which I'm saved.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When God Doesn't Remove Our Afflictions

Matthew Henry wrote this:

Men do not notice the mercies they enjoy in and under their
afflictions, nor are thankful for them, therefore they cannot expect that God should deliver them out of affliction. He gives songs in the night; when our condition is dark and melancholy, there is that in God’s providence and promise, which is sufficient to support us, and to enable us even to rejoice in tribulation. When we only pore upon our afflictions, and neglect the consolations of God which are treasured up for us, it is just in God to reject our prayers. Even the things that will kill the body, cannot hurt the soul. If we cry to God for the removal of an affliction, and it is not removed, the reason is, not because the Lord’s hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; but because we are not sufficiently humbled.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baxter on dividends of calling men to lead their families

Get masters of families to do their duty, and they will not only spare you a great deal of labor, but will much further the success of your labors.... You are not likely to see any general reformation, till you procure family reformation. Some little religion there may be, here and there; but while it is confined to single persons, and is not promoted in families, it will not prosper, nor promise much future increase.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Old Coney - What a day!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Edwards quotation

Another Saturday night, (Jan. 1739,) I had such a sense, how sweet and blessed a thing it was to walk in the way of duty; to do that which was right and meet to be done, and agreeable to the holy mind of God; that it caused me to break forth into a kind of loud weeping, which held me some time, so that I was forced to shut myself up, and fasten the doors. I could not but, as it were, cry out, ‘How happy are they, who do that which is right in the sight of God! They are blessed indeed, they are the happy ones!’

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let all men tremble before their God and Maker

Deuteronomy 32:39-42 [39] 'Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. [40] For I raise My hand to heaven, And say, "As I live forever, [41] If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. [42] I will make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword shall devour flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the heads of the leaders of the enemy." '

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fathers: Commend and Praise, Don't Just Reprove and Correct

Matthew Henry in A Church in the House said this in 1704:

Encourage everything that is good and praise-worthy in your children and servants. It is as much your duty to commend and encourage those in your family that do well, as to reprove and admonish those that do amiss; and if you take delight only in blaming that which is culpable, you are not doing your whole duty. When we are slow to praise that which is laudable, we give occasion to suspect something of an ill nature not becoming a good man, much less a good Christian. It should be a trouble to us when we have only reproofs to give, but no expressions of pleasure toward our children. We ought to be able to say with the apostle, "Now I praise you (1 Corinthians 11:2)."

Most people will be easier led than driven, and we all love to be appreciated. When you see any thing that is hopeful and promising in your family, any thing of a promising and responsive disposition, much more any thing of a pious affection to the things of God, you should therefore do your best to encourage it.

Smile upon them when you see them set their faces heavenwards, and take the first opportunity to let them know you observe it, and are well pleased with it, and do not despise the day of small things. This will quicken them to continue and abound in that which is good. It will hearten them against the difficulties they see in their way, and perhaps may turn the wavering, trembling scale the right way, and effectually encourage their resolutions to cleave to the Lord.

When you set them forward to come to family-worship, attentive to the Word, devout in prayer, industrious to get knowledge, afraid of sin, and careful to do their duty, let them have the praise of it, for you have the comfort of it, and God must have all the glory.

Draw them with the cords of a man, and hold them with the bands of love. This way, your rebukes, when they are necessary, will be more acceptable and effective. The great shepherd gathers the lambs in His arms, and carries them in His bosom, and gently leads them, and so should you.

Fathers - meditate on these things and make them your own.

Are Love and Wrath Contradictory?

John Murray, in His Collected Writings said:

Love and wrath are not contradictory. They can coexist in their greatest intensity in the same person at the same time. Wrath is not to be equated with hate. Failure to recognize this simple truth... is the capital error of those who make the objection concerned. It is an incomprehensible error. Because of the compatibility of love and wrath as coexisting, the wrath-bearing of the Son of God, pre-eminently upon the accursed tree, the vicarious infliction of the wrath of God against those whom the Father invincibly loves, is not only comprehensible, but belongs to the essence of the doctrine that Christ bore our sins in his own body upon the tree as the supreme manifestation of the Father's love. God's glory is not only love. It is also holiness. and because he is holiness, his holy jealousy burns against sin, and therefore against sinners. For only as characterizing sinners does sin exist. The propitiation which God made his own Son is the provision of the Father's love, to the end that holiness may be vindicated and its demands satisfied. Thus, and only thus, could the purpose and urge of his love be realized in a way compatible with, and to the glory of the manifold perfections of his character.... And so we must say that this love of the Father was at no point more intensely in exercise than when the Son was actively drinking the cup of unrelieved damnation, than when he was enduring as substitute the full toll of the Father's wrath.... What love for men that the Father should execute upon his own Son the full toll of holy wrath, so that we should never taste it!

Monday, August 9, 2010