VIDEO To Have And To Hold

 

 

Chris Fabry, co-author of A Marriage Carol, talks about the newly release book and new radio drama from Moody Radio adapted from the title. The story follows “Marlee and Jacob,” a couple on their way to sign divorce papers. But when a snow storm spins their car across the ice, the collision that follows puts everything on hold.

 

 

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Visit http://www.MoodyRadio.org/Christmas to listen to the special program.

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/to-have-and-to-hold/

 

Liberal Newspaper Claims the Bible is Silent on Abortion. But It’s Wrong

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Some claim that because the word “abortion” or some literal statement condemning abortion isn’t in black and white in the Bible, the Bible is silent on the topic and thus abortion must be moral and acceptable.

A recent article in The Chicago Tribune argued that the Bible is silent on the issue of abortion.

“Each party to the abortion dispute rests its case on a hallowed document. For the anti-abortion side, it’s the Bible. For the pro-choice side, it’s the U.S. Constitution,” the Chicago Tribune continued.

“But those who are pro-choice say they can’t find the word ‘abortion’ in the Bible. Those who are anti-abortion counter that they can’t find the word ‘abortion’ in the Constitution. Both sides are right.”

Another liberal source, the Huffington Post, wrote a similar report at the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in 2012, arguing, “There are various reasons people oppose abortion, including ethical, moral and scientific but the primary basis seems to come from a religious conviction, presumptively based on biblical principles, that life starts at conception and therefore terminating a pregnancy is murder.”

The report continued: “Do those opposing abortion on religious grounds know that the Bible does not consider a fetus a full human life or the killing of a fetus murder? It is quite ironic and hypocritical how the anti-abortion/pro-life politicians talk about a fetus being considered a full human life, when the Bible itself, based on a literal reading, does not recognize a fetus as a full human life subject to the same rights as a birthed person.”

“Of course the Bible should not be used as the barometer for social policy but many politicians and advocacy groups make it abundantly clear that their policies on abortion stem from the Bible,” the Huffington Post continued. “The irony is that the Bible does not support their position that a fetus is a full human life and that abortion is murder.”

“Not a single verse yet the anti-abortion movement continues to declare, in the name of God, that abortion is murder. It seems that God left out the prohibition of abortion or perhaps does not consider a fetus a full human life,” it concluded.

However, the scrolls of ancient scripture clearly defend the sanctity of life in the eyes of God, in both the Old and the New Testaments.

Thou shalt not murder. – Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17

God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27

And Isaac besought the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and he heard him, and made Rebecca to conceive. But the children struggled in her womb… – Genesis 25:21-22

But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. – Psalms 22:9-10

Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. – Psalms 127:3

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. – Psalms 139:13-16

You have been my guide since I was first formed . . . from my mother’s womb you are my God. – Psalms 22:10-11.

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:4-5

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace… -Galatians 1:15

“Confronted with that sticky issue, both sides would respond: ‘Maybe the word isn’t there. But the concept certainly is,’ the Chicago Tribune continues.

Indeed the concept certainly is there. Simply because the word “abortion” is not literally mentioned does not mean one cannot extrapolate abortion, kill, and murder to be synonyms. The Bible is clear in stating, “thou shall not murder” or “thou shall not kill” as the Sixth Commandment.

Scriptures do not present this as a friendly suggestion but a commandment. The Bible does not state sometimes you shall not, or in certain circumstances when it is inconvenient for you, a child may be killed, but commanded “thou shall not murder,” leaving little room for misinterpretation.

According to the Huffington Post, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee summarized these sentiments at the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade: “Whether the baby is in the mother’s womb, or whether it’s 8 years old … that life has value, not because I said so, but because God made it to have value.”

 

by ERIN PARFET

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/03/liberal-newspaper-claims-the-bible-is-silent-on-abortion-but-its-wrong/

The Passion to Serve Him

2 Corinthians 11:22-31

In today’s passage, Paul’s description of his suffering is remarkable in two ways. First of all, he had obviously faced considerable torment for his faith. Second, he refused to whine or seek pity—if this was the price for passionately serving Christ, Paul was willing to pay. In our own faith walk, we can learn from the apostle’s commitment.

We serve according to God’s will, not our own. On the road to Damascus, Jesus said to Paul, “It will be told you what you must do” (Acts 9:6). We are to seek the Lord’s direction and timing instead of choosing the ministry that seems best to us. Committing to do whatever He asks requires courage, but anything less amounts to putting limitations on our obedience.

We serve according to our gifts, not our talents. A spiritual gift is the special endowment God gives us to serve where He calls. Talents may be useful in His work, but His gifts equip us for success. Natural skill wasn’t what made Paul a powerful preacher. In fact, he spoke of the uselessness of his abilities and pedigree in comparison with knowing and serving Christ (Phil. 3:4-9).

We are to serve with a focus on God, not on the work. Paul excelled at remaining Christ-centered, but this is where many people fall short. We get caught up in scheduling, responsibility, and accolades, which can make us lose sight of the true purpose: reaching the needy and those who need Christ.

Doing “church work” can stroke the ego but drain the body. If we keep focused and serve out of our gifts, service will be satisfying, even when it is hard or painful.

The Pattern in the Mount

“And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.” (Exodus 25:40)

Nothing that God does is capricious or accidental. A remarkable object lesson of His attention to every detail in the plan of salvation is the tabernacle in the wilderness. The divine blueprint for this structure and its attendants, followed by its construction and dedication, occupy no less than 13 chapters of Exodus. Then the exposition of the symbolical meaning of “the pattern” shown to Moses “in the mount” occupies a major part of three chapters in the book of Hebrews. At least in terms of space allocated to the tabernacle, it seems to constitute the major “type” of the Bible, speaking in many ways of the Lord Jesus Christ. Numerous authors have devoted entire volumes to its exposition. The brazen altar, the laver, the mercy seat, the high priest—all “serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5).

The God of the infinite cosmos is also the careful designer of every detail of His tabernacle and every moment of our days. “In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16). Just as it was vitally important for the builders of the tabernacle to follow God’s pattern precisely, so it is essential that we also follow His blueprint for our own lives, and that pattern is Christ Himself. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). If our lives are to speak of Christ, as did the tabernacle, we must “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). HMM

The just shall live by faith in God

Galatians 3:6-18

In this passage the apostle shows that Abraham’s righteousness was gained by his faith; that the covenant made with him was upon the tenure of faith; and that by the way of faith alone we who are sinners of the Gentiles are made partakers of covenant blessings.

Galatians 3:6-7

Not the trusters in works and boasters in circumcision; these, even among the Jews, are but his children by the power of nature, to whom no more belongs than to Ishmael. Abraham was the father of the faithful, or believing. In his grandest aspect he is not the sire of a rebellious nation, but of the believing seed.

Galatians 3:8-9

For in no other way can all nations share in the blessing, since they neither inherit it by descent, nor obtain it by circumcision, nor earn it by merit.

Galatians 3:10

Let us learn this verse well, and may it ring the death knell of all legal hopes. All that the law can do for sinners is to judge them, condemn them, and curse them. Let us flee from the vain hope of ignorant and proud men, and look to another way of salvation; which, indeed, is the only one.

Galatians 3:11

The only just men before God are the men of faith, and these do not live by their works, but by believing; hence it is clear that the law has nothing to do with their righteousness.

Galatians 3:12

Hence we cannot be saved partly by faith and partly by works. The roads are distinct. We must keep the whole law if we would be saved by it. Our only hope is in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ received by faith.

Galatians 3:13, 14

His the curse, that ours might be the blessing. By the gate of Substitution all blessings come to us, and even that best of blessings—the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 3:15

Once made, a covenant cannot be justly altered by an afterthought, or affected by an unforeseen event. What consolation is here!

Galatians 3:16

Mark how the apostle believed in verbal inspiration, for he finds a meaning in so small a matter as the use of a singular word instead of a plural.

Galatians 3:17

Sinai and Leviticus cannot supersede the covenant of grace. Notwithstanding the law, the believer is secure in faith.

Galatians 3:18

And we by faith grasping the promise are made partakers of it, not at all by our doings, but by the simple act of reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

In vain we ask God’s righteous law

To justify us now;

Since to convince and to condemn,

Is all the law can do.

 

Jesus, how glorious is thy grace!

When in thy name we trust,

Our faith receives a righteousness

That makes the sinner just.

 

Don’t Ignore the Last Words!

Ephesians 6:10

In the sixth chapter of Ephesians, the apostle Paul writes his great text about spiritual warfare and spiritual weapons. But before Paul goes into a detailed explanation of our spiritual armor, he first passionately beseeches us, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord….”

The word “finally” is one of the most important words in this text. It is taken from the Greek phrase tou loipou and would be better translated for the rest of the matter; in conclusion; or in summation. The phrase tou loipou is used in other Greek manuscripts of that same period to depict something so extremely important that it is placed at the very end of the letter. This way if the reader remembers nothing else in the letter, he will be more likely to remember this one thing.

 

With this in mind, the word “finally” in Ephesians 6:10 carries this idea:

“In conclusion, I have saved the most important issue of this epistle until the end of the letter, so if you remember nothing else I have said, you will remember this. I want this to stand out in your mind!…”

This is a remarkable statement! The book of Ephesians contains some of the deepest theological teaching in the New Testament. Let me mention just a few of these theological points. Paul writes about:

  • The election of the saints (Ephesians 1:4)
  • The predestination work of God (Ephesians 1:5)
  • The adoption of the sons of God (Ephesians 1:5)
  • The dispensation of the fullness of times (Ephesians 1:10)
  • The sealing of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
  • The earnest of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:14)
  • The power of God that is available to every believer (Ephesians 1:19)
  • The grace of God (Ephesians 2:1-10)
  • The eternal plan of God (Ephesians 3:10-11)
  • The fivefold ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11-13)
  • The infilling with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-19)
  • And the list goes on and on.

But in addition to these important theological points, the book of Ephesians also includes some of the most practical instructions in the New Testament regarding such issues as:

  • The relationship between believers (Ephesians 4:25-5:2)
  • The relationship between believers and the world (Ephesians 5:3-16)
  • The relationship between husbands and wives (Ephesians 5:22-33)
  • The relationship between parents and children (Ephesians 6:1-4)
  • The relationship between employers and employees (Ephesians 6:5-9)

Yet when you come to the end of this epistle that is so jam-packed with theological and practical truths, Paul says, “Finally…” and then begins to speak to us about spiritual warfare!

Why is this? Because like so many in the Church world today, the Ephesian believers had gathered together a vast accumulation of spiritual knowledge, information, and facts; nevertheless, this alone was not enough to keep the devil under their feet where he belonged! As we read through chapter 4, we can see that the devil was apparently attacking the Ephesian church and was having some success!

That’s why Paul had to instruct these believers to put away lying, steal no more, let no corrupt communication out of their mouths, grieve not the Holy Spirit, and put aside all anger and malice (Ephesians 4:25-31). Does this sound like a church full of victorious people to you? The Ephesian believers were members of the largest church of that day, yet they were not fully experiencing the overcoming, abundant life that Jesus Christ had come to offer them.

Consider your own life. Are you experiencing victory in most areas of your life, or are you suffering defeat in key areas? Have you ignored the fact that spiritual warfare is real? Have you gathered lots of spiritual information, knowledge, and facts, yet forgotten to put on the whole armor of God?

Praise God for all the knowledge you’ve gained, but now it’s time to turn your intellectual knowledge of God’s Word into the sword of the Spirit. Then you must raise it high and brandish it against the onslaughts the enemy has been trying to bring against you. It’s also time for you to turn your knowledge about faith into a shield that withstands every demonic attack! That’s why Paul said, “Finally…” In case the Ephesian believers didn’t remember anything else, he wanted them to remember that they had to have spiritual weapons to keep the devil under their feet.

How about you? Are you dressed in the whole armor of God today?

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, help me not to get so brain-heavy with facts, knowledge, and information that I forget I must have more than brain power. I am asking You to help me focus on my spiritual side and to stay equipped with the spiritual weapons You have provided for me, for I know that knowledge alone is not enough to keep the devil under my feet. Today I choose to pick up those weapons and to walk in the whole armor of God!

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I have spiritual weapons to defeat the enemy! I walk in those weapons and use them every time the devil tries to attack my life or the lives of those I love. Because I have the whole armor of God, I am fit and equipped to shove back every assault the devil may try to bring against me. God has more than adequately outfitted me with every weapon I need to maintain the victory Jesus obtained for me.

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. When you take a serious look at your life, do you think you’re doing all you can to keep the devil out of your affairs?
  2. Are there any areas of your life that are “targets” for the devil right now because of something you’re doing that you shouldn’t be doing?
  3. How long has it been since you read Ephesians 6:10-18 and really meditated on those verses about spiritual weapons? Don’t you think you should take some time to do it today?

 

Jesus Christ Earnestly Desires Intimacy

Jesus Christ earnestly desires intimacy with you throughout this day.

 

Hours before His betrayal, Jesus knew full well that the twelve disciples would soon slink away like cowards in their denial of Him. Yet it was to them He said, “I have earnestly desired to eatwith you.” (Luke 22:15)

 

And this is His desire with you today: Intimacy… Communion.

 

As you progress through this day the most significant task before you will not be:

  • Clinching a “deal”
  • Picking up another client
  • Resolving another personnel problem

As important as these challenges may be, they pale in comparison to your calling of intimate communion with Christ:

 

God is faithful through whom you were called into the fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)

 

Here is how Jesus put it:

 

It is the man who shares my life and in whose life I share who proves fruitful, for the plain fact is that apart from me you can do nothing at all.” (John 15:5 Phillips)

 

God’s singular objective at the cross was to make our fellowship with the Lord Jesus a continual, moment by moment reality.

 

Today, let us resolve that nothing in which we are engaged will rob us of that inner relationship with him. After all, that is our calling.