It’s a baby . . .


February 3, 2019 – Special Edition Blog

Not Forgotten  For the one whose song we won’t hear For the one whose voice disappeared For the melody held in your heart  And for all of your dreams torn apart

You are not forgotten  We are fighting for you We’ve answered your silent cry to be your voice  Your life was not for nothing  We celebrate your heartbeat  The price that you paid is a fire that’ll change this world 

We can’t go on like it’s OK  Turn a blind eye and just look away  For the sake of all that’s pure and true  We will lay our lives down just for you 

Jesus heal our land  You’re the answer, You’re the answer  We return our hearts to You  You’re the answer

They are not forgotten We are fighting for them We’ve answered their silent cry to be their voice Their life was not for nothing We celebrate their heartbeat The price that they paid is a fire that’ll change this world –Phil King

Phil King wrote this and put it to music in the wee hours of the night. It followed his heartbreak in reading a post on social media about the Governor of NY signing a bill to extend abortion to the third trimester of a baby’s life. He cried as he wrote. He prayed. He poured out his heart. He declared the heart of God as he was experiencing it.

In my book, Under the Broom Tree: Contemplations on Life and Service, I wrote in the preface:

There are times when sleep seems to evade me and I simply need to get up and contemplate; get in some thinking, planning, and deal with some ideas that have kept me awake . . . the Holy Spirit is active and pointedly honest with me.

Peter writes: “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect [reverence]” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV).

I experienced, in my ministry years, several opportunities to counsel young women in their concerns over abortion – that passage is so helpful. One cannot replace the wisdom of God, nor can one replace what God says with their own “wise” remarks. Worldly wisdom cannot nearly approach what God has to say. We, when we exclude God’s truth, are only left with our own opinions.

One morning, I was at my desk in a church in Pennsylvania, studying for the message God was placing upon my heart. It was early in my pastoral ministry. I was alone, with the church door unlocked (as was my custom). I looked up, startled, with a young woman standing in the open door of my office. She was in tears and asked if I might have time to speak with her.

It was about her children. She told me that she had five abortions and then discovered that they were actually children. It was over an hour until she could compose herself to tell me her story.

My heart just cried at her experiences. She was never sure of the father of each child. She wondered if God would ever love a person like her. 1 Peter 3:15 is quite clear of God’s expectation of believers. In addition, I was studying 2 Corinthians 5:17f and clearly understood God’s intent that we (every believer) be ready for the ministry of reconciliation, as His ambassadors.

The events of the last weeks in our nation has reminded me of how desperately evil is our culture with regard to the value of life. It has jarred my heart once again. I cannot help but to pen some words and ask you to pray for our nation, and specifically pray for those making decisions that affect all of us – and to pray for those misguided in thinking that the child they are aborting is simply some sort of tissue. People need truth – with gentleness and respect.

The signing, and celebrating, of an “advanced” legislation regarding abortion has spurred other states in our nation to attempt the same kind of evil legislation.

People are misled so that they might think the baby they carry is not a child; however, that is blatantly untrue. To find out it is true devastates the mother (and often the father). The young mother in my office had the privilege of being introduced to the One who died for her; the One who was chasing her with His grace.

Did you notice the image at the beginning of this blog? Look at it once more. The caption on the original is: “The first person to recognize Jesus was an unborn child; a gift from the Father.”

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:41-42)

What will you do with someone who wants to speak to you with regard to a child they want to abort, or a child (or children) they have aborted? Be gentle and respectful, for even they are made in God’s image.

I have never heard a mother-to-be or a couple make an announcement that they are “with fetus;” they announce, instead, “We are having a baby.” Celebrate life with them.

Really? . . .

Vol. 3 No. 7 – 2-18-2018

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?” – Luke 17:17

A PHD in research of biochemistry announced that by the year 2038 neurologists will be able to control the evil and problems of mankind on a scientific basis. One would have to read further to find there is an “if” clause: If there would be preparatory psychoanalysis, if there would be cloning, and if there would be a moving of the candidates to a new world!

I do not think they will be knocking on my door.

The little clipping that I had saved related: “When a man behaves in an uncivilized manner, we will not say he is crazy and vicious, criminal or immoral. Instead we will know too much pyruvic acid has accumulated in his thalamic cells, and there is no carboxylase, a highbrow term for Vitamin B-1, operating in his thalamus.”

“We will be able to tell he did not grow enough association neurones descending from his cortex so that he does not deliver enough acetychorline to his midbrain.”

Please do not write to me with questions about pyruvic acid, carboxyla, and acetychorline. I am just an ignorant male with an earned doctorate degree. However, I am knowledgeable of what causes evil and problems in mankind’s thinking, speaking, and actions. It is sin; it is following one’s own choice in our broken world; it is pride. The middle word in sin is “I.” The middle word in pride is “I.”

Not every disease is chosen or inflicted upon us by our choice; yet, ultimately disease is a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve and has moved throughout people of the earth since Adam and Eve sinned.

Think of leprosy – it is real! When Donna and I traveled to India we found that leprosy is still active. It is found primarily in low cast conditions – treatable, but the Hindu society does not treat the low cast as real people well, or even as people. Lepers were an outcast of society. Rotted limbs, twisted arms and legs, disfigured faces, and unclean. Medical science has worked hard to find an absolute cure, but it is elusive, but treatable.

The scientist today is not even close to admitting that our diseases have resulted from original sin; psychologists, socio-biologists, and sadly numbers of theologians are confused.

The answer is within our text. Ten fellows approach Jesus as He heads south out of the province of Galilee into Samaria. Knowing Who He is and what He could do, they shout: “Have mercy on us!”

What are they asking for? Can You control our problem? Is our pyruvic acid out of balance? Can You deliver enough acetychorline to our midbrain? We need help; can You provide the remedy?

Jesus responds to them. “Go to the Jewish priest and show him that you are healed.” As they traveled to see the priest, going in faith that things would be OK, their leprosy disappeared. One of them came back to the highway, found Jesus, and for all to hear said: “Glory to God, I am healed!”

He fell flat on the ground in front of the Savior, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done. Ten men were healed; only one returned to say “Thanks!” One came back to worship. Incredible that our worship today is usually about us rather than directed to God.

Are we not all in danger of being among the nine, rather than being represented by the One; forgetting and failing in our praise and gratitude? Thanksgiving is the expression of our gladness that God is good to us. We ought daily to give Him thanks for what He has done, what He is doing today, and by faith, the future blessings He has for us. –G. Campbell Morgan

Whoever offers praise glorifies God –Psalm 50:23

Hush …

Vol. 3 No. 6 – 2-11-2018

The crowd sternly told him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more. Luke 18:39

It is always exciting to meet a person that refuses to simply accept “NO” for an answer!

There have been mid-major sports teams, winning this year because of their commitment and conviction that refused to allow themselves to go down to defeat. We can learn a lot by observing how others react.

Have you ever had an experience where you had to stand up to a Goliath, like David, as an insignificant little shepherd boy who was still wet behind the ears, you prevailed?

Our text in Luke tells of a blind man standing firm in the opportunity to have his blindness healed. A man in sheer, desperate persistence, facing odds perhaps 10,000 to 1 (or more than that).

Blind Bartimaeus did not even have the opportunity to read a braille edition of the Scriptures. He never heard of Pat Riley’s book, The Winner Within (you might have read the chapter on breaking through self-imposed barriers). Blind Bart did not have some formula for success; he was only aware that if he missed this opportunity with Jesus, failure would more than likely follow.

Zacchaeus, a wealthy citizen lived in a fancy home, perhaps a town home in a wealthy section of town. Jesus had left out of a luncheon, heading up from Jericho, 18 miles through the “Canyon of Blood” to Jerusalem. As He walked, He taught. We ought to do so as well. No one crosses our path by accident.

There was a tramping of the crowd accompanying Him that caused Blind Bart, the beggar, to ask about the commotion.

Jesus of Nazareth is passing by!

Ordinarily, as a beggar, Blind Bart would have sought to make capital out of the crowd. Extra shekels would be available. More passers-by meant more money in his box. However, on this occasion, sight was more on his mind; more important than money. He deliberately sacrifices financial advantages for eyesight; for an encounter with the Christ.

How much we could learn from that little note.

Twice he cries out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The first time it was a soul-stirring lament that attracted attention. The second time it was an eager scream of ungovernable emotion. Jesus pauses. Blind Bart had no sight in either of his eyes; he knew what he wanted most of all; he wanted to pass from darkness into light. He wanted to quit being a beggar and become a follower; move from crying for a few coins to being a person praising God.

His cry enters into the Heart of Mercy:

Receive your sight, your faith has made you well. And immediately he regained his sight, and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God (18:42-43).

When was the last time you cried out in faith to God; then glorified Him for what He did, following Him so that you might have an impact on those who gather around you?

Maybe it is time.

A man is not finished when he is defeated;

H is finished when he quits

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