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Archive for February, 2013

A plea to parents from Kate Merrick, whose 8-year-old daughter Daisy is now with Jesus:

Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters.

Love each day like it’s your last.

All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you.

Enjoy your gift.

Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath.

Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen.

Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them!

Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them.

Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth.

Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it.

It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long.

You blink and they’re grown.

It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years.

I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike.

 

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No compromise

John MacArthur aruges that “compromised truth has no hope of rescuing the eternal souls of men and women who have been unwittingly ensnared by the trap of devilish deception.”  In “The Cost of Compromise” he writes,

“Undiscerning believers who partner in a common spiritual cause with unbiblical forms of Christianity or other false religions open the door wide to satanic corruption. The appearance of unity, no matter how enticing, is not worth sacrificing the clarity of the gospel.

Furthermore, embracing those heretical systems falsely reassures their followers that all is well between them and God, when actually they are headed for eternal damnation. Partnering in a spiritual enterprise with unbelievers helps Satan muddy the doctrinal waters, and it cripples our ability to preach the need for repentance.

Scripture is clear about how we are to respond when the very foundations of the Christian faith are under attack: our duty is to contend, not compromise.”

Read more here.

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Reading the Pentateuch

By God’s grace, I plan on reading through the Bible this year. I’m basically reading it from Genesis to Revelation with a few variations but that means I am currently almost through Numbers. I have consulted some helpful commentaries along the way and have slowed down at times to understand some of the laws and sacrifices a bit better.

Here are some short notes that I wish I had in January to help me and pass on to others when reading through the Pentateuch.  Pastor Terry Enns has put these helpful overviews of each book together for his congregation.  So if you are reading through the Pentateuch currently or will do so soon, I would encourage you to download the files and before you start a book take some time to read Terry’s introduction and overview to it.

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John MacArthur writes, “In the coming days and weeks, you’re likely to find yourself in a variety of conversations about the Catholic Church with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors—each one an opportunity to shed biblical light on a topic that everyone will be talking about. And when the Lord brings those opportunities, I want you to be able to speak with clarity and authority regarding the truth of God’s Word and the corrupt idolatry of Roman Catholicism.”  Here are the first three entries.  Read and be prepared as you interact with others on this issue in the next month especially.”

A Timely Critique of the Catholic Church

Exposing the Heresies of the Catholic Church: Grace vs. Works

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Short but helpful article here which shares three areas moms can kind of a do a “quick check” on mothering in between more significant times of evaluation and planning. Gospel-centered mothering certainly involves more than these three things, but not less.

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Tim Challies admonishes us to look at our on-line social media activity and evaluate our hearts today:

“Facebook keeps track of the name of every person you’ve searched for, every status update, every comment on another person’s status, every photo you’ve liked, every friend you’ve made. Taking a look at this list makes for a helpful social media heart-check.

I’d encourage you to take just a few moments to do this heart-check. Here’s how to begin . . .

He then goes on to walk us step-by-step on how to review all of our comments and updates, all the people we have searched for, etc.  He concludes

Social media gives us some very helpful opportunities and abilities, but it is also a powerful reflector of what is going on in the heart. Don’t run away from the opportunity to probe a little bit!

Check out how to do your own social media heart check right here.

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From LiveActionNews.org:

In the last two weeks, Houston has been the backdrop for two stories that aptly reveal more of the double-standards set by abortion-supporters. These harrowing abortion stories blatantly demonstrate the fallacies that accompany legislation and philosophies aimed at enshrining abortion as a right or a good.

First, last week, a young woman filed a lawsuit against her parents, claiming that they were attempting to force her to abort the baby she is pregnant with. She is a minor and wants to keep her child. It can be implied from much abortion-related legislation that the wantedness of a child is what determines his or her right to life.

Another story out of Houston just this week ended more tragically. An unidentified woman was hospitalized due to major hemorrhaging following what was revealed to be a self-induced abortion. First she told authorities that her baby was wrapped in a blanket in the dumpster, prompting a massive search of her apartment complex. The woman later admitted that the child was in a different location, where it was subsequently recovered by police.

What’s the double-standard and the takeaways from these two stories?  Find out here.

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