It’s all about relationship. There are many steps to the throne and each one of them are worth more then gold. It amazes me how wrong we are. How wrong we think, how wrong we act, how wrong we treat others, even how wrong we treat ourselves. The more God shows me, the more I realize how pathetic I am. There’s a difference between knowing something and really knowing something. I’m not sure exactly what step that comes on or if it’s even the same step for everyone. I do know that I’ve reached it, or a deeper meaning of it anyway. The moment when your faith meets reality, it just doesn’t get much better than that. To know that God loves you, is always right there with you, and will always give you what you need is the best “high” anyone could ever need. It’s a process to get to this point, if you are not there, it is because something is blocking you. Draw closer to Him, pursue Him, become “addicted” to him. You will start to hear him answer you and speak to you. It’s not about who you are or what you do, it’s about relationship, strive for that, the rest will follow.
It’s sad, I know, but I hate Christmas. Well, it’s not actually Christmas I hate, it’s what it has become. I hate the stress it brings. I’m pretty sure that when Jesus was born, the idea of Christmas wasn’t to go out and buy every toy in the store for our kids, just to have them sit in a corner and never be played with.
It starts somewhere around July, I begin thinking, “I should be buying Christmas presents, it’s going to get here fast and I wont be ready”. Every year it gets here and I’m not ready. The stress rules too, because of it I can’t even enjoy the decorations, putting up the tree just frustrates me and makes me grumpy. It’s all about the money and it shouldn’t be.
What a disappointment this must be to God. The whole gift-giving concept has been turned into an obsessive, idolatrous hunger for self serving desires pleasing to the flesh only to fade away on December 26th. When, in truth the concept of gift giving was born as a result of the birth of the ultimate and perfect gift of eternal life!
Let’s take it a step farther. santa claus. We tell our children that this fat guy in red breaks into our homes and leaves these gifts. Superficially this sounds cute and exciting and oh so much fun. But… let’s take a moment and think about how “santa” makes Jesus feel. It’s Jesus’s birthday, the gift is about HIM and what He has done for all of us but instead we give all the credit to santa claus. Not to mention the fact that we tell our kids that santa is real and then one day they find out he’s not. What kind of cruel, pathetic joke is this?! This revelation is often times devastating to most kids. I know of one child who clung to his mom and sobbed for hours when he found out there was no santa claus. If we lie about santa then maybe we’re lying about Jesus too, that is if we are parents who teach our children who Jesus is.
So, what do we do about this? How can I get through the season not so stressed out but instead have the peace that Christmas is meant to bring? As I think about what the concept of gift-giving means to the One who created it, I realize that maybe it’s not about spending a dime. Quite possibly, it’s more about a feeling or an attitude. Maybe the gifts that God wants to see us giving are the gifts of kindness, love, hope, and thankfulness. The movie, Pay It Forward, comes to mind. Let’s change how we think of Christmas one person at a time. Do something for someone in need, give a smile, be kind, give your time. After all, it often seems as though these gifts are the hardest to give. If we spent as much time instilling these values in our children instead of shopping and trying to cover for santa claus, the true meaning of CHRISTmas might emerge and create in people the peace and renewed hope that is the very definition of what Christmas is.
Spell it out, don’t X Him out- it’s CHRISTmas not Xmas!!
The story of Christmas: Matthew 1 and 2, Luke 2
The first gift ever given was meant for you, will you accept it?
I love this! After you read this you might see him differently, too!
Can you see it?
What has he done? How did he get there? I bet he’s a drug addict. I bet he is addicted to heroine or meth. He deserves it. If anyone gives him money, he’ll go spend it on more drugs. More alcohol. More numbness.
But can you see it?
He’s dirty. Unclean. Not worth it…. …and that’s just on the outside. All that from looking at a picture and only a picture. I’ve never met him. Never exchanged words of kindness, or words of hate. I’ve only judged him the way that I see him. By MY standards. He can’t hear my thoughts. He’ll never know that I think this way about him. No harm, no foul. The funny thing is…there is harm in this. What I’ve just done. I’ll suffer from it. Thinking this way will actually hurt me in the end. Because it isn’t the way…
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I could feel my blood pressure rise and my heart start to beat. I felt that nervous, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach waiting for the page to load. I didn’t get far in my research, I just couldn’t. I know how they do it, I just wanted to make sure I was up to date and accurate. I read and saw enough to know that I was.
I can’t justify it, I don’t understand how anyone can. At 4 weeks after conception that little human heart is pumping blood. At 6 weeks after conception the baby has eyes and 7 weeks he has toes. The baby’s nails are developing by 10 weeks.
I’ve heard the justification that if the baby can’t survive outside the womb it’s ok to abort. It seems to me that this “age” is constantly changing. So, a fetus at 24 weeks today is much more likely to survive then it was twenty years ago. Who’s to say what that age will be ten years from now. Who are we to decide what the “cut off age” is? If we’re playing this card then truth be told, a full term baby cannot live outside the womb on his own.
What about the pain? Not the mother’s pain, the baby’s pain. According to Robert J. White, M.D.,PhD., professor of neurosurgery, a fetus can not only feel excruciating pain but actually feels pain more intensely than adults. This is because the pain system is fully developed but the higher level pain – modifying system has just begun to develop.
What about a fetus younger than 20 weeks, though? I’m sure the argument would become, “Well, most abortions are done before 20 weeks.” Well… according to abortionfacts.com, the sensory nerve that controls pain is present at 8 weeks! When an 8 week old fetus is poked in the palm of his hand (yes, they have palms by then) he will open his mouth and pull away.
Ok, so, let’s have a look at how these “procedures” are done. There are quite a few ways to kill a baby so I’m just going to give you a brief definition of each one with a link to the website I took them from. Here goes:
Suction aspiration (vacuum curettage)- this is the most popular in the first trimester. A sharp cutting suction tube is inserted into the womb through the dilated cervix. The suction sucks baby and placenta, either piece by piece or in parts into a bottle.
D&C- The baby is cut into pieces and removed by a steel, loop-shaped knife.
RU486- this is banned in other countries. It’s the use of hormones that block nutrients from getting to the baby. Three or four days later the woman is given a drug to induce labor.
D&E- Similar to D&C but this one uses forceps with sharp metal jaws to twist and rip the limbs of a baby as old as 24 weeks. Usually by this time the skull has hardened and will have to be crushed to be removed.
Saline- this is an injection into the uterus used usually in later-term abortions, 16 weeks or older. It is a salt injection that the baby will breath in and be poisoned while burning and deteriorating his skin. It usually takes around an hour for the baby to die and in a couple of days “mom” will deliver a burned, shriveled sweet little angel. Oh and by the way, babies have been born alive… read a survivors story: http://www.mccl.org/gianna-jessen.html
Prostaglandins- basically just a hormone to induce labor. Usually baby is too little to be born alive but just in case sometimes a toxin or salt will be injected to make sure he’s dead when he comes out.
Partial-birth- late-term abortions performed on a baby 20 -32 weeks or later. This is guided by ultrasound as the abortionist grabs the baby’s leg with forceps and pulls the baby into the birth canal except for his head, then he shoves scissors into the back of the baby’s skull as the little one writhes in pain and spreads the scissors apart to make the wound larger. A suction catheter is then used to suck out the baby’s brain and collapses the skull.
Check it out for yourself: www.mccl.org/abortion-procedures.html
There are videos on YouTube as well, search, “The Silent Scream“.
My question is, how can anyone justify abortion? Anyone educated in the procedures and having a complete understanding of what abortion truly is would have to be completely deceived and hard-hearted to have the capacity to rip the little limbs one by one off a baby right out of her own body. Some people believe that if a woman was raped then it’s ok to kill the baby. Why?! Rape does not make the baby feel less pain, it doesn’t change how the baby is murdered, it doesn’t make the baby nonhuman and it doesn’t make the baby guilty! How is it justified, the killing of an innocent baby any more than the baby destroyed who is conceived out of love?!
This has been very difficult to write, there were moments when I didn’t want to continue and thought about just hitting the delete button. Please understand, anyone out there who has had an abortion, I don’t mean to target you. God is a God of forgiveness, He will forgive you and He loves you as much as He loves the baby waiting to meet you in heaven! My cry is to the ones who haven’t done it yet, the ones who are battling with the decision to keep or abort. The ones who aren’t even pregnant yet. I say to them, on behalf of the Creator who has to endure watching each baby suffer and die in ways more gruesome than even the worst horror film, on behalf of all those couples out there who can’t have children and would give anything to raise yours, and on behalf of that innocent child who cannot yet say it himself, Mommy… Please Don’t.
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN) — Thou shalt not Tebow, for the wages of Tebowing is trademark infringement.
A management and consulting firm representing New York Jets back-up quarterback and evangelical sports icon Tim Tebow has moved one step closer to holding the trademark “Tebowing” for use on things as widespread as clothing, pencil sharpeners and holiday ornaments.
Tebow has long been very public about his Christian faith. In college, he sported Bible verses on his eye black, which the NCAA went on to ban after his graduation. Tebow invoked God frequently at news conferences and wrote at length about his faith and growing up the son of evangelical missionaries the Philippines in an autobiography.
“Tebowing” became part of the American lexicon when Tebow, then a second year player for the Denver Broncos, was photographed bowing in prayer in the end zone on one knee, helmeted…
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It’s scary sometimes, or at least for some of us it is. I’ve been a christian since 1995 and unfortunately many people I know will find this out as they read this blog. Evangalism hasn’t been one of my strong points.
When the idea for this blog first came to me, I didn’t think much about it. It didn’t hit me until I got to that “point of no return”. That’s when my heart started to pound and I started to get nervous. I began to think, “what am I doing, who am I to think I can do this?” “What do I know, and what will people think of me?”
Why is it that so many of us worry about what people think of us? What does it really matter? Are we that insecure that we care more about the opinions of people then we do about the opinion of God?
What a terrible injustice we are doing to those who have not received Jesus as their Savior, how disappointed God must be as he provides opportunities for us to witness and time and time again, our mouths stay shut and our hearts harden. In my mind I can see the image of people I knew passing. I can picture these people at that very instant when they realize there is a God and they did have to chose scream at me, “Why didn’t you tell me? You didn’t tell me!”
How sad it is for this to have taken me 17 years to realize or at least act upon. People are blind in the dark, shine your light so they might see. If you don’t, it might be you they’re screaming at.