Thursday, January 1, 2015
There are millions who can identify with Jill. It might be a pregnant college girl and boyfriend who are not ready for the challenges of parenthood, a pregnant single mom who cannot afford another child or a couple who knows the baby they are carrying will likely have a life-long disability.
Hope is that intangible thing you need when you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances. It is that gentle voice inside that in our moment of crisis, challenges us to believe in someone that is greater than our self.
If you are pregnant, living in a very difficult set of circumstances and wondering what to do, let me say, “There is hope!”
Have hope for your baby. Any ultrasound or a simple hand on the belly will prove it is not just an “it” or blob of tissue. You. Are. Carrying. Life! Let your mind dream of what your baby could grow up and become. Imagine. Dream great dreams for that little one you are carrying.
Have hope for yourself. Choosing an abortion tosses those dreams away and will etch a tragic memory on the walls of your mind. This baby can be a new beginning. Like the start of a new year. Determine to accept this child and be the very best father or mother your baby could ever have. Another way is adoption. Perhaps you could fulfill the wish of a couple out there. Maybe there is a loving husband and wife who would welcome your baby into their home.
Have hope through forgiveness. Maybe you have already had an abortion and the sense of guilt and shame weighs heavy on your shoulders. What can you do to find relief from this burden?
Centuries ago, Jesus provided a way for complete forgiveness. His sacrificial death on a cross atoned for all our sin. His blood that was shed covered our sin, removed it and washed us clean. The atoning work of Jesus and the relief it brings is waiting for you. If you call out to Him, He stands ready to forgive. God says, “I will be merciful toward their iniquities [sins], and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Imagine having your sins remembered no more. The peace. The joy. May Jesus be your hope for today and in the choices you face.
Monday, December 1, 2014
The heart of Christmas is Jesus. His miraculous virgin birth is our triumph. May Jesus be your HOPE FOR TODAY during this Christmas season.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Human history has been subjected to constant bouts of infectious diseases. Sometimes these have grown to pandemic proportions leaving death tolls in the millions worldwide. The Black Death (the bubonic plague) dramatically affected European populations wiping out up to 50 million people in the mid-14th century. During the early 20th century governments battled against the influenza pandemic which took up to 50 million lives including 675,000 in the United States. Then small pox killed upwards of 300 million people across the globe throughout much of the 20th century.
Do research. Let us educate ourselves making use of the Internet, our local library and our personal physician.
Do common sense thinking. Exercising old fashioned common sense goes a long way towards becoming and staying healthy.
Do some filtering. Use discernment in following news reports on Ebola. Sometimes information conflicts, is not accurate or is taken out of context.
Do pray. We should do all we can in the areas of science, medicine and technology to tackle disease. However, is that enough? What about God?
God speaks of Himself saying, “For I am the LORD, your healer” (Exodus 15:26). He wants the world to know who He is. He is the Healer. Then He invites the world to seek Him by saying, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
God cannot be any clearer. In the face of stopping a spreading disease our first action, not last, should be to seek God for His healing. And though people of different religions and of no religion may be affected, there is only one God we must pray to and only one Who can heal. He is the God who made the heavens and the earth and gave the world Jesus. May He be your hope for today and peace in the face of uncertain times.