Reflection on Romans 8:12-17

Scripture

For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Observation

We have the Spirit of God dwelling in us and therefore have no obligation to give in to sin. If we live by the flesh we will die, but if we crucify our flesh by the power of the Spirit we will live.

The Spirit confirms we are children of God. We are no longer slaves but fully adopted children, and God’s Spirit enables us to call God “Abba, Father.”

Being God’s children by adoption means we inherit with Christ everything of God’s glory. This implies we share also in Christ’s suffering.

Application

it is an awesome privilege to be bearers of God’s Spirit. Not only does the Holy Spirit equip us to be servants of God, He assures us that we are children of God not slaves.

We are adopted into God’s family- truly sons and daughters of he King of Kings.

This means that we are heirs with Christ to the entire creation- both what is seen and what is unseen. We get a share in the infinite glory of God!

Prayer

Lord, like a peasant summoned to live in the palace, I can scarcely comprehend what you intend for me. Thank you for this incalculable grace. Amen.

Reflection on Isaiah 6:1-8

Scripture

It was the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.

Observation
In the year of King Uzziah’s death, Isaiah sees the Lord. He is high on a throne with a robe whose train fills the whole building. Mighty seraphim surround the throne and cry out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord. The whole earth is full of His glory!”

The voices shake the Temple and smoke fills it.

Isaiah is filled with dread for he knows he is a sinful man and he should die in the presence of the Lord. A seraph takes a burning coal from the altar and touches it to Isaiah’s lips saying it has now removed his guilt.

The Lord then asks who will be His messenger to the people of Israel. Isaiah responds, “Here I am. Send me.”

Application
What an awesome revelation this must have been for Isaiah. But this vision is not for Isaiah’s pleasure or excitement. The Lord is looking for a man who will carry His message to His people.

God is holy; God is awesome; God is powerful; God is a sender.

God is looking for men and women who will take His message to a people group. Our response to this call must be like Isaiah’s, “Here I am. Send me.”

Prayer
Lord fill all your people with a willingness, a desire to go with your message. Amen.

Poly- Marriages- Bad For Children But Will Anybody Listen?

From Lifesitenews.com

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Although I was very young, the images of my father cuddling with my mom, and then my step-brother’s mom still remain with me.Share on Facebook

Polyamory isn’t good for children: my story

(thePublicDiscourse) – Recently, I had a discussion about marriage with someone who calls herself a “Darwinian gay feminist.” I asked her, “Is there any principled reason that marriage should be limited to only two people? There is now such a thing as a ‘throuple’—a three-way relationship. Should they have a right to marry?” She replied, “A union between three consenting adults? I see nothing wrong with it. The same goes for incest. It’s none of my business.”

I take it that she was serious in her response. Given that she believes marriage should be redefined to include same-sex couples, I suppose that makes sense. If marriage is just an emotional and loving union focused on satisfying the desires of adults, then including three or more members in this union is only logical. But her position seems to discount the fact that there might be more than just consenting adults involved. What about children who are raised by three- or four-person groups?

This isn’t just a hypothetical question. Last April, the New York Post published a story with this headline: “Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child.” The youngest member of the throuple and the biological mother, Kitten, said, “The three of us have always wanted kids and wanted to grow our family.” This might be their desire, but is this right for children? Is being raised by a throuple good for children?

I am particularly sensitive to this question, because my own childhood gave me a glimpse of what it is like to be raised in such a household.

Let me explain.

My Story

I grew up in a household living with not only my mother and father, but also my half-brother and his mother. My father had two kids: one with my mom (me) and one with another woman (my half-brother, who was three months older than I). When my mother was not there, I would see my father and my half-brother’s mother kiss and cuddle. When my half-brother’s mom wasn’t there, I would see my mother and my father kiss and cuddle. Although I was very young, these images still remain with me.

My mother and the mother of my half-brother were best friends. When they were in their late teenage years, they came from Guatemala together to the United States and developed a bond on their journey. My half-brother and I got along very well, but having the same father yet different moms in the household was confusing and troubling. It was confusing and troubling for me because I was never the center of my father’s attention, especially when he would mistreat my mom and when he would show affection to my half-brother’s mom. I hated seeing my father show affection to another woman who was not my mom.

When I was six years old, my father broke off ties with all of us and started a new family with a third woman. It was at this point that my half-brother’s mother and my mother went their separate ways. From that point onward, my mother raised me by herself.

Read the full article here

Marriage Hasn’t Changed: Ireland Has

From Lifesitenews.com:

Keith Fournier writes:

Marriage hasn’t changed. Ireland has.

They “exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” (Romans 1: 18-30) In this case, they exchanged the truth of natural marriage for the lie of false equality and fake tolerance.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Times that the referendum amounts to a social revolution and the Catholic Church needs to do a reality check because “most of those people who voted yes are products of our Catholic schools for 12 years.”

That is why the Catholic Church in Ireland, and throughout the West, needs a new evangelization.

Many fellow Christians have asked me how this could happen since “Ireland is Catholic.” It happened because, for all practical purposes, this is not true. The Irish have what the Apostle Paul described —  a form of religion but they deny its power. (2 Tim. 3:5) There are no doubt faithful Christians in Ireland, but they are clearly in the minority.

Prime Minister Enda Kenney joined the crowd claiming “with today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.” His Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burden called the vote a “magical moving moment.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Referendums cannot change reality. What has changed is Ireland. It has rejected its Christian roots. The veneer of Ireland as the home of Christian missionaries has been ripped away.

Read the full article here

Solar Power Saving Lives in India

Simple technology revolutionising the lives of the very poor in India. Notice how it’s private enterprise, not Government subsidy achieving this.

From the ABC:

Australian solar company Pollinate Energy brings light to slums of India

With indoor air pollution from kerosene lamps and stoves the second largest cause of death in India, one company, founded by Australians, has come up with a solution to the problem.

Every night in the sprawling shanty towns of the country of 1.2 billion people, the air fills with dense, black smoke.

“We used to get oil from the market and pour it into the lamp and light it; the house used to get full of soot and dirt,” said Abdul, a slum-dweller in Bangalore who lives in a hut made of wooden board and tarpaulin.

That was until Abdul bought a portable solar light from a company called Pollinate Energy, founded by five young Australians.

“After we got this solar lamp a lot of things improved,” Abdul said.

“Now we don’t worry that there will be a fire.”

Read the full story here

More Greenpeace lies

Amongst all the spin and lies amongst the environmental movement at the moment, there are none so shameless as Greenpeace and WWF.

Here is the latest Greenpeace con job.

From Andrew Bolt:

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The Greenpeace ad, claiming our Great Barrier Reef is being destroyed:

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But wait. That picture of dead coral is actually of coral in the Philippines, and was lifted from another Greenpeace publication:

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Even more amazing, Greenpeace had actually used that picture to demonstrate how coral killed by a cyclone could actually grow back. Don’t panic!

Apo Island’s community-managed marine sanctuary is considered one of the best of its kind in the world. Established in the mid1980s, the sanctuary became a beacon of hope that damaged reefs can, with proper protection, management, and community buy-in, be restored back to health. ..

Strong storm surges decimated the corals and washed them ashore. The sanctuary, once known to be teeming with marine life was left devastated and now resembles a coral graveyard. Fortunately the reefs on the other sides of the island were spared. But while the damage to the sanctuary was significant not all was lost because marine life around the island was already healthy…

Apo Island’s success story has always been a model of hope for the Philippine seas. 

What a con. Here’s Greenpeace using a dodgy picture to push a dodgy scare about a dodgy warming theory – with the result that it’s likely to drive away tourists.

It’s also pretending nothing is being doing to “save” the Reef, when in fact more than $2 billion of taxpayers’ money is being spent over the next decade to protect it.

Has Greenpeace no shame?

 

Shear Madness

I took a step towards insanity today. 

First I read this article by Tim Blair, which was harmless:

Be polite to sheep – or face investigation: 

A case of alleged animal abuse in the far west of New South Wales has led to debate about whether sheep can comprehend human speech …

It was alleged sheep were abused verbally during shearing.

Brilliant response from the farmer whose station was accused of the sheep rudeness:

For Ken Turner, who operates Boorungie Station, the obvious answer to the quandary was to ask the sheep themselves to corroborate the evidence.

 

Then I clicked on one of the links which took me here, and that is where the madness really took hold:

A case of alleged animal abuse in the far west of New South Wales has led to debate about whether sheep can comprehend human speech.

It began in September last year, when the New South Wales branch of the RSPCA received a tip-off about the alleged mistreatment of sheep, including verbal abuse, that were being shorn at Boorungie Station, 130 kilometres from Broken Hill.

The complaint was lodged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which had apparently obtained footage and testimony from an undercover operative working at the station.

For Ken Turner, who operates Boorungie Station, the complaint itself suggests the sheep could at least understand English.

“The basis for the concerns was the rights of the animals, that they might have been harassed by viewing things they shouldn’t have seen or verbal abuse by people using bad language,” he said.

“To my knowledge, there was no actual cruelty on the job.

“The allegation was that bad language was used by an employee on the property in front of the sheep, and that they could have been offended by the use of bad language.”

Steve Coleman, CEO of NSW RSPCA, said the war over the words began when it was decided, for reasons that remain unclear, that the video footage was not legally usable.

“We felt the footage was inadmissible and therefore we relied on what oral evidence came from both parties,” he said.

“It was conflicting, and on that basis we were unable to continue.

“The evidence that was available basically came down to one person’s word against another.”

While Mr Coleman did not deny that verbal abuse was a factor, he insisted the complaint contained more concerning issues than just bad language.

“Certainly there were other concerns well beyond yelling at sheep,” he said.

While describing claims about verbal abuse of animals as “rare”, Mr Coleman said the RSPCA took such allegations seriously.

The allegation was that bad language was used by an employee on the property in front of the sheep.

Ken Turner, Boorungie Station

“If there is an allegation that puts at risk an animal that would cause it unnecessary suffering and distress, we would investigate it,” he said.

“I don’t know if it matters what language is used. An animal is not going to understand it.”

But Nicolah Donovan, president of Lawyers for Animals, said animals did understand.

“I think it is conceivable that verbal abuse of an extreme nature against an animal, whether it be human, sheep or otherwise, could constitute an act of violence,” she said.

“We have accepted that domestic violence can certainly be constituted by acts of extreme verbal abuse, particularly when the victim of the abuse is especially vulnerable – if they have a low fear threshold or they lack understanding that the verbal abuse isn’t going to proceed to a physical threat against them.

“This might be the case with children or farm animals, and the level of abuse needn’t be that extreme to cause that kind of fear in an animal.”

 

Click on the link to read the full article if you dare.

Any article quoting any member of PETA or Animal Liberation or, good grief, Lawyers For Animals should come with a trigger warning for extreme stupidity.

Get a grip people. Animals are not humans. They cannot understand human speech. They do not have a sense of morality. Do not equate children and farm animals that is just insulting.

Reflection on Romans 8:22-27

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Scripture

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

Observation

All of creation is groaning, awaiting the new creation- the new heavens and the new earth.

Believers also groan, looking for an end to sin and suffering. We look forward to receiving our full inheritance as children of God.

In the meantime, we have the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes with groans that cannot be expressed in words.

Application

Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to direct our praying.

The world is such a broken place, people are so caught in sin, that it is hard to know how to pray for people, situations or nations. But the Holy Spirit can show us exactly how to pray. Listening to the Spirit is essential to effective prayer.

This ministry of intercession is part of the gift of tongues. When we pray in the Spirit, we are allowing the Spirit of God to direct and form the words we use. Our words, incomprehensible to us, become a part of the groaning of the Spirit.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, teach me how to listen to you in my prayer times and to let you direct the words I use. Amen.