“You will never know how hard it was to keep you boys busy,” my dad acknowledged in a moment of morphine-induced honesty following surgery for colon cancer.
“Did it ever occur to you to give us a day off?” my youngest
Dad hesitated, but only for a moment — “The thought never crossed my mind.”
“Keep busy” buzzes in my head. My daily “to do” list gives an often distorted shape to my day.
In A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors, David Alves raises his voice over the buzz. “God is taking you out of the brick making business,” he writes. With frequent references to his own story, David argues that Sabbath and Sabbaticals offer a God-designed way for me to be free from the drivenness that has served as a constant companion since my youth.
The Primer troubles me with a question that lingers like the scent of a powerful perfume: which father’s voice will shape the remaining years of my life?
–Clayton Blackstone, author of Meet Me for Breakfast and Pastor of the Advent Christian Church in Bangor, Maine
As of January 2012, Americans murdered approximately 54,559,615 babies. We have just entered 2014.
A new estimate published by the National Right to Life Committee indicates there have been an estimated 54,559,615 abortions since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision allowing virtually unlimited abortions. –by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/23/12 6:37 PM
Joel Rosenberg writes:
Consider the horror of that fact. We as a nation will soon have murdered ten times more Americans than the number of Jews that the Nazis killed during the Holocaust.
When will the killing end? When will abortionists be outlawed? When will the curtain be peeled back so that people open their eyes to see what abortion mills are doing to our children? Every clinic in America that offers to slaughter the innocents will be destroyed when the Day of God appears unless those who run them and get rich off of them repent and turn to God for mercy.
You mostly silent, moral majority who claim to be “Pro-life” in table discussions . . . What will you tell your children that you DID–personally–to prevent this kind of horror in the early 21st Century? How much time, resources, or money have you invested in the war against infanticide. What have you risked to save the innocent?
Remember, Scripture records God’s view of rationalizing inaction by saying: But, I didn’t know . . .
“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” (Proverbs 24:11–12, NLT)
Selective abortion is an abomination. Late term abortions are serial killings. It is the result of the depraved and darkened mind. God hates it. And He will not take ignorance as an excuse for doing nothing. This is a spiritual battle. Is your voice being heard? Will heaven have a recording of your outrage at the desolation of our murdered American children?
At the very least, we must stop using nice euphemisms for making baby-murder more palatable at table conversations. Let’s call it what it really is. We also need to not wait until a girl is a woman and mother to value her choice. I choose to value choice in the womb. The tiny future mothers have a choice but need us to make it for them. How have we ever allowed ourselves to fear the disdain of the depraved and their bogus, self-centered reasons for championing the annihilation of generations of girls and boys? God have mercy on us if we stood by and did nothing!
I believe–should the Lord not return soon–that future generations will outlaw these atrocities. They will look back upon the 50+ years of legalized abortions and ask their parents and their grandparents what they were thinking and doing to put an end to the holocaust of infanticide. If our country survives (though we do not deserve to), future generations will erect Holocaust Museums in honor of the slain millions of babies. How will you rationalize your many trips to the sports arena without one attempt to “rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death” in the abortion mills of our fallen nation? How will you look into the eyes of Christ at His Coming and escape His wrath?
I believe that those who end the horror may also hunt down–as criminals against humanity–those who carried out these atrocities as well as those who supported them. Like Nazi war criminals and the leaders of the SS death camps, abortionist nurses and doctors will be anathema–hunted criminals. Perhaps in the swing back to law and order that history shows is inevitable, the abortionists will themselves be executed. I don’t wish for this, but I would certainly understand it. I pray that in that day, they will receive the mercy they were unwilling to give to the children they annihilated.
I’m not sure how these people go home after a day in the killing fields, sit at the dinner table with their families, and then go tuck their children in at night without a second’s thought about the children they murdered that day and the parents who will not experience the joy of tucking their beautiful children in at night.
A National Infant Holocaust Museum will draw tens of thousands of incredulous visitors every year. Photos of piles of discarded and dismembered children will hang on the walls. And the abortionists, children, grand-children and great grand-children will parade past the evidence and hang their heads in shame for what their parents and grand-parents did for “a living”.
That’s why I hope one abortionist reads this shocking post and wakes up, before it’s too late, to abandon his or her lust for money and blood. I hope one lazy “Christian,” who sings praise and worship songs on Sunday morning and drives a girlfriend to get an abortion on Monday will “wake up!”
As for the press, they need to follow the money. There’s HUGE money in late-term abortions. Why won’t you report THAT story? Or are you a part of the killing machine too? Below is an example of what I’m talking about:
Joel Rosenberg writes at: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/
A CLEAN BODY! EAT CLEAN IN 2014!
Maybe its just that I’m nearing the 60 mark… Maybe its the temperamental hip that likes to shout when I happen to go in a compromised direction… Maybe its an awareness that too many young people around me are being ripped from life at too young an age by the evil ravages of addiction… Perhaps its the children in the supermarket full of the excitement of Christmas whose, “mommy, mommy, mommy” is being ignored or worse yet shouted at with expletives that should not come from a truck drivers mouth, let alone a mommy… Maybe its my own toxic thoughts and thoughtless words to someone I love when the heat of the moment is brought on by the stress of the day… Perhaps its the kidney stones that jab “Good Morning” to me everyday or the knee that…
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I fall short in many ways. I’m sure I’m not a great pastor nor a good church manager, but I have regained my focus this past week.
As was John the Baptist, I am a man “sent by Christ” to be “a witness.” The Lord renewed this calling and assignment on Christmas morning–36 years ago to the date that I first received the truth about my sin and the Lord’s grace. During an early morning study time on Christmas morning last week, the Lord pointed me to Acts 20.24 as my verse for 2014.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, ESV)
I am a witness of the love of Jesus for the lost, abandoned, fatherless, and those who have been discarded by the world. I am a witness of how weak ones–conceived and steeped in sin–are nonetheless loved by a gracious Father and treasured by a compassionate Savior. That’s why Jesus is Lord of my life. It is His doing, all by His grace. Of that, I am a witness and a sign. And I am healed of rejection and a broken heart. For I who was nothing am a son of the Living God (Rom. 8.14, 16).
Well, David . . . how do we know you can be trusted as a witness? Because Jesus gave the criteria for trustworthiness: John 7:18.
“The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.” (John 7:18, ESV)
The Lord knows and so do those who know me best and have watched my life for many years.
It’s so good to KNOW whose we are, where we’re headed, and what our assignment is.
I found this insightful and honest. I’m planning on thinking through each point today during my Sabbath rest with the Lord. I love sharing remarkable writing with those of you who visit “David’s Place.” Blessings.
After a year of grief, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also made some mistakes along the way. Today, I jotted down 15 things I wish I’d known about grief when I started my own process.
I pass this onto anyone on the journey.
1. You will feel like the world has ended. I promise, it hasn’t. Life will go on, slowly. A new normal will come, slowly.
2. No matter how bad a day feels, it is only a day. When you go to sleep crying, you will wake up to a new day.
3. Grief comes in waves. You might be okay one hour, not okay the next. Okay one day, not okay the next day. Okay one month, not okay the next. Learn to go with the flow of what your heart and mind are feeling.
4. It’s okay to cry. Do it often. But it’s okay to…
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