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Too Many Wombs Have Been Turned Into Tombs!

Does a woman’s womb carry a life, or does a woman’s womb carry a choice?

Regardless of how one answers the second half of the question, the first half is only controversial to the darkened heart!

For one to conceive that it is morally acceptable to turn a womb into a tomb on the basis of some supposed freedom or civil right is abominable. It should be inconceivable to anyone who has any kind of grasp of what simple morality is to think that a “civilized” society should accept a concept such as abortion to be anything but the taking of an innocent life. How fast can the word “Hippocratic” become “Hypocritical”? Say the word “abortion” and you’ll find out.

Is a child in the womb a “life to be born” or must the child be “born to be life” ???

I’ll let this picture speak for itself, for if one will not listen to it they will not listen to anything I have to say:

If you are not familiar with the story behind the picture click here for the details.

Not only is the Bible clear on what a woman carries within her womb, but so is the common sense that accompanies any decent minded parent that has seen their child grow within the body of the mother.

If you find yourself on the other side of the issue, please reconsider and seek the innocent blood of the One who can forgive all the senseless shedding of the innocent blood of others. EA

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.”

(Matthew 1:18 – BBE)

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The Eventual Left

It’s happened to the majority of us all, at least to the majority of us who live out in the country. You’re driving along on the road and all of a sudden it happens. You get stuck behind a vehicle that has their turn signal on…blinkblinkblink. And after a mile or ten you realize they’re not actually interested in turning any time soon.

I have a name for this situation. It’s called the eventual left. They’re turning you know…that is eventually I think they are. Sound familiar?

One vehicle I got stuck behind drove for about ten miles with their left turn signal proudly blinking on and off before they finally went around a curve that was sharp enough for them to turn their steering wheel just enough to the left to automatically cut it off. Small pleasures sometimes bring big smiles and laughs. But my “ordeal” wasn’t over. Less than a quarter-mile later that left blinker returned. They had come to a stop sign, and I didn’t know whether or not to believe them by now. They had just driven ten miles with it on and now I’m supposed to just take them at their “word?”

Now, that was only a vehicle, but does this sound like anyone you know? How about yourself?

What I mean is that sometimes we can get stuck pulling an “eventual left” in our life. We keep saying that we’re going to do a certain something for our self or others but we never seem to keep our word. We keep “blinking” but we never act! I think the technical term is procrastination.

Some examples may be becoming more faithful in the services of the church, reading your own Bible more often or inviting a friend or family member to worship and Bible study.

Sometimes it’s not necessarily what we need to do but what we need to stop doing. We keep telling our self or someone we care about that we’re going stop doing some particular thing (drinking, smoking, cussing, loosing our temper, you fill in the blank) but that someday never seems to come anytime between Monday and Sunday. Soon enough people will quit believing us if we keep “blinking” but never seem to make the “turn.”

James said our life is “like a vapor that appears for a little time, then vanishes away” (James 4:14). We are only given so much time to do what we’ve said we would do. We need to make our “lefts” right before we hit the stop sign of life (Hebrews 9:27, John 9:4, Ecclesiastes 5:4-6).

Don’t eventually do something for others or God, do it today. Think about it, then act on it. EA

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’”” (2 Kings 20:1)

Freedom Rings And The Death Bell Tolls

Men and women in this country for the last couple of centuries have sacrificed a lot for this nation (a large number giving all) to continue to provide the freedoms and blessings we have as American citizens. The efforts, love and convictions of these leaders, soldiers and citizens have helped shape and form our country into the bastion of liberty that many in the world today desperately want to live in. Taking these facts into consideration, I sadly believe this country has forgotten where an essential element of victory comes from – God!

In Acts 17:26 the Bible reads, “And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” The blessings of a nation comes not from the will of man alone, but from the nation’s willingness to recognize and praise God for who He is, and for what He has given them (Acts 17:27). Through the providence of God and the ultimate sacrifice of others, the bells of freedom ring for the ears of some, while the death bells toll for the life of others.

On the contrary, our nation is starting to hear the death bell toll louder and louder under the guise of “ringing freedom.” Many today advocate “freedoms” that are tearing our country apart thread by thread and condemning us. According to some, the Constitution gives a woman the “right” to end the life of her child while “it” is still inside of her. Let her give birth and then kill “it” and she will be charged with murder. According to some, the Constitution gives a person the “right” to look at pornography on the Internet at a public library where children are present, but let them ride down the road viewing the same garbage on a TV screen where the public can see it, and they can be charged with a crime. In some people’s minds the Constitution can make a “Civil Right” trump a moral wrong. The common decency cannot be so common, nor so decent due to liberty???

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial contains the following engraving: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

We are sorely misunderstanding what liberty frees us from and what it frees us for today! If we confuse having liberty with taking liberties then we do so to our own peril! The Bible and history itself shows us that nations with a rotten core will collapse from the inside. If our country insists on ignoring God Almighty, He’ll ring a bell alright, but it won’t be freedoms’!  EA

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)

Choose Jesus

If you have the ability to read and understand this right now, then by the time your life is over you are going to be a person who has the ability to make no less than a million choices. That’s right; I mean what I say!

Have you ever thought about how many choices you make a day? From the time you chose to get up this morning to the time that you will choose to go to bed tonight and everywhere in between you’re making choices. Some choices will only affect you, some choices will affect those closest to you like family and friends, and some choices will even affect strangers that you may never meet.

What makes us choose the choices we make? How often do we make choices because we have chosen Jesus?

On multiple occasions Jesus urged His follower’s to choose wisely (John 8:24-32). He encouraged them to choose a heavenly reward over an earthly one (Matthew 6:19-24). He encouraged them to choose the narrow way over the broad (Matthew 7:13-14). He encouraged them to choose courage over fear (Matthew 10:28-33). He encouraged them to choose faith over family (Matthew 10:34-39). He encouraged them to choose forgiveness over anger (Matthew 18:21-35). He encouraged them to choose Him (Matthew 11:28-30).

Why choose Jesus? Because there’s no other choice that makes sense – because there’s no one better to choose (Matthew 16:21-27; John 6:66-69). EA

Make Sure “Acting Like a Kid is on Your To Do List”

No, I didn’t say “Make sure acting childish is on your to do list” – I said “Make sure acting like a kid is on your to do list.” There’s a difference between the two. Every once in a while we adults need to remember what it was like to be a kid. We need to remember what it was like to find pleasure in the simple things of life.

Kids don’t need fancy big screens TVs to have fun! Kids don’t need a giant “Grade A” steak to enjoy food! Kids don’t worry with having a designer label on their clothing when they go out! Kids don’t care if their dog is “a pure breed” or “a mut from three generations back” because they know it’s the loyalty that makes the relationship last! Kids don’t need expensive leather couches to kick back and relax!

I love kids. They keep things simple. I know life is simple to them because they don’t have to worry with bills, jobs, putting gas in the tank, etc. but the truth of the matter is sometimes we adults make the things on our “to do list” a lot more complicated than it should be. Kids leave the worrying up to the adults because we don’t let them down. Here’s a neat little “to do list” put together by a small child that their dad found. I found it on a news web-site and I thought that it might make you smile and reminisce:

It’s true that we all need to grow up and stop acting childish – but if we know what’s good for us we’ll still make time to act like a kid every now and then. EA

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-3)

What’s Fueling Your Fire?

When we start to suffer from burnout in our relationship with God it’s because we’re using the wrong fuel!

Many people try to use family to keep their spiritual flame burning – it won’t work.

Many try to use tradition to keep their spiritual flame burning – it won’t work.

Many try to use reputation to keep their spiritual flame burning – it won’t work.

Many try to use intellect to keep their flame burning – it won’t work.

Many try to use a desire to prove others wrong to keep their spiritual flame burning – it won’t work.

Many try to use the physical blessings that God has given to keep their spiritual flame burning – it won’t work.

The right fuel to keep our spiritual fire burning only comes from two places. One, it comes from our personal conviction that Christ died and rose again for us and that we should live for him (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Two, it comes from the word of God that teaches us this fact (Jeremiah 20:9).

To use anything else will leave a person with less than spiritual fumes to run on – it will leave the spiritual tank completely dry! EA

 “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.” (Jeremiah 20:9)

If You Could See Your Sand

As a kid I could get mesmerized by a sand timer. It’s such a simple device made of simple parts, but the way it keeps up with such a complicated thing like time still captures my attention.

Sand timers point out a simple but important fact— whether we see it or not, time is passing by and it’s piling up right in front of our face. Moses penned long ago, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). More than likely, Moses had quite a bit more sand than you or I have but his sand still ran out.

If you could see the sand that represents all the time that you have in life passing by in front of you, would it cause you to do things differently? Would you appreciate each grain more? Would the “big things” seem a little smaller and the “little things” seem bigger? Would you think more often about what will happen when that sand runs out?

What we do with the sand we are given is important because one thing is for sure, after the sand runs out here there won’t be any need for it in the hereafter. EA

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.Matthew 25:46