Sunday, October 2, 2011

Abortion and Conscience

Perhaps I am going about this post the wrong way. It has several items in it (audio, video, links to articles) and I do not want you to lose interest. On the other hand, I do not want to spread them out and have you lose your place. So, I will keep them together.

First, I have written an article at "Piltdown Superman" discussing the relationship between evolutionary thinking and how it encourages abortion. I hope you will indulge me and click here to read it.

Second, here is a 1-1/2 minute audio from Ken Ham at Answer in Genesis discussing the link between evolution and abortion (or click here if the embed fails):

Third, here is an article by Tony Perkins at Answers in Genesis:
The abortion debate is far more than a mere political issue. It strikes at the heart of every society. Without the light of God’s Word upholding the sanctity of human life, Western nations lose all respect for the sanctity of the unborn.

Having grown up in a Christian home and having accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of nine, I just assumed that I was pro-life, even though I can’t recall ever hearing a sermon on the topic. After all, I thought, aren’t all good Christians pro-life?

In the summer of 1992, I came face to face with the realization that being pro-life was more than a slogan on a bumper sticker—it was an understanding that what some have relegated to a mere political issue is in fact at the very nexus of a God-honoring, just society.
For the rest of  "Fighting Abortion—The Measure of a Just Society", click here. But come back here when you're done, OK?

Fourth (yes, I know, I'm giving you quite a bit), there is a podcast that I discussed in an article at "Stormbringer's Thunder". After the introduction, there is a direct link to the MP3. (You may wish to pull my trick with most lengthy audio materials, download them and play at accelerated speed). Click here for "Strong Arguments for Pro-Lifers". But come back here when you're done, OK?

Finally, I am going to make another demand on your time. Below is the "180 Movie" on abortion that was released on September 26, 2011. Not only am I asking you to spend about half an hour to watch it, but to forward the link to this article. No, I don't have anything useful of my own, but the video and other materials are important. Are you ready? Here is the video:

Monday, September 12, 2011

An Experiment

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4.8, KJV

This article will be nice and short.

I have written several times in various places that I like a couple of analogies about the mind. My use of them is inconsistent, and even overlaps at times. Oh, well. The first one is that the mind is like a computer. It uses the information that you give it, and GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) is often a very accurate description.

The other analogy is that the mind is like a garden. I find this one to be more consistently accurate than the computer analogy, because thought seeds are planted, fed, watered, encouraged and eventually yield some kind of crop for good or ill. We need to be careful of what we receive into our thought processes because we can dwell on and nurture whatever it is.

Here is an experiment for you.
  • Establish a period of time, hopefully for more than just one day (but not too long, because then it may become a burden). I suggest a week, or three days.
  • Keep yourself from secular media influences in song lyrics, movies, television, magazines, books and so forth.
  • Fill the void with good input. Spend more time with instrumental music such as classical or jazz, listen to Christian music (I've heard some good "sermons" in Petra and other groups' lyrics), read your Bible more, get some good Christian apologetics books and that sort of thing, listen to sermons on audio (you can catch up on the resources that I keep putting on this site).
After the experiment is over, check your attitude. Has your thought life improved? Have you grown spiritually? Are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5.22-23)? My guess is that your answer is "yes".

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Deception - A Big One

Here is a video that I feel is important to Christians to emphasize the importance of the question of origins. Originally, I was going to put it at Piltdown Superman, but realized that it is better suited for believers. Get comfy, this will take about an hour. Unless you have a downloader and grab it from YouTube, that is.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Resource: Now What?

I thought I was done with Thursday's article. Then Dr. Charles Stanley of "In Touch Ministries" caught my attention with his broadcast of "I'm Saved — Now What?" Although it does not directly apply to that article, several points in there complement it. Although it is targeted for new Christians, there is a great deal of useful information for all Christians. Even if you know the material, the occasional refresher does not hurt. And I strongly suspect that there are items in there that you had not considered.

The forty-something minute video is here, or you can listen to/download the MP3 podcasts, Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bibles for the Armed Forces

Special note for members of the US Armed forces: Thank you for your service. Second, if you would like a free Bible, you can obtain it here. A second source is to write here, and provide your name and the pertinent information.

As my regular readers know, the purpose of this Weblog is to encourage, educate, edify Christians. We are engaged in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6.12). Not only do we need to keep our own spiritual lives in order (1 Peter 5.8), but we must be presenting the gospel (Luke 24.46-47, Acts 1.8, 1 Peter 3.14-15, Jude 1.8). Our spiritual warfare is difficult enough, but at least most of us do not have people actively trying to kill us.

Soldiers are fighting for our freedom. They need spiritual comfort and support, especially since they are being attacked both physically and spiritually (including the "atheist chaplains" mockery of faith). Bibles are supposedly made available to armed forces personnel, but they decline them or lose them. When they want a Bible, it is difficult to obtain.

Do you care? Would you like to help?

The first option should be obvious to most followers of Jesus, but sometimes the obvious things need to be said: Pray. We need to pray for the members of our armed forces, and that they will be able to obtain Bibles and other spiritually-uplifting materials.

In addition to prayer, we can contribute in several ways. I spent some time going through several ministries, and believe that I found two that meet my own standards. I rejected some that did not "feel right", were too obscure, had difficult site navigation and so forth (this is July 2011, one still had not updated their 2010 material).

There are several ways to participate. Quick and easy: Donate. Biblica has a program to purchase New Testaments and get them to military chaplains so they can distribute them to personnel. Soldiers Bible Ministry has a similar program, but goes further than just a New Testament. One of their partners is the aforementioned Biblica.

If you are ambitious and want a higher level of involvement, get your church involved (through proper channels, check with your pastor or board member). Your church can express their gratitude for the service members as well as show concern for their spiritual well-being.

The next level of participation is personal: Buy one and ship it. If you know someone in the military, you can buy it yourself and then ship it directly to the service member. Biblica has several Bibles to choose from. You could also buy one or several for yourself as reminders that we are in a spiritual war.

Now we come to a part that is a dilemma for me. All of the above is good, and you can stop here. At this point, I am going to suggest some special military Bible purchases and use my affiliate links. I know it looks tacky.

The fact is, I am doing it for your convenience because it is the most effective way to do "show and tell". To leave me out of this, take a few steps: Click on the link, highlight and copy the product name, close that window, go back to the site, paste the product name in the search box and go. I am saying this because I am quite serious about not wanting to make a commission on Bibles for soldiers.

But whatever you do, I hope you will pray and contribute so that our military people can have Bibles available. You can examine the sites linked above.