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Culture of Death

Last week, on January 22nd, it was the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that day of legalizing on demand abortion, 55 million innocent unborn children have been murdered in the United States. This is an atrocity unparalleled in human history. America's violent culture is hidden behind euphemisms and legalization. The reality is that our culture has decided that it is acceptable to kill somebody else if you think it will impact what you want to do in life. Our civilization is morally backward and ugly.

There have been many good articles written about this topic in the last week which I have shared below:

Justin Taylor -A Conversation on Abortion and the Gospel: Francis Chan and John Piper Talk with John EnsorAlbert Mohler - Abortion and the American ConscienceDenny Burk - If President Obama were honest about abortionKevin DeYoung - How God Healed Me from My Abortion

Lessons from Josiah - Part 2

Josiah lived during a time that was very much like our own. The people of Judah were historically oblivious, and therefore bound to repeat the mistakes of Israel. They were also arrogant in worship, which blinded them to their impending judgment. God warned them before they entered the promised land that they should obey Him or face the consequences.
"But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon  you and over take you (Deut 28:15)." The ultimate consequence being that they would be exiled from their land.
And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it (Deut. 28:63). During the time of Josiah,  there were 2 prophets that prophesied, namely, Zechariah and Zephaniah, w…

Lessons from Josiah

Josiah was the last good king of Judah before they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. His life is an example of what it means to be a man of God.

He was eight years old when he became king, but even more impressive he was only 15 years old when he began to seek after God (2 Chron. 34:3). Josiah's desire to know God was not just an intellectual pursuit, because he acted on his beliefs. When he was 19 years old he purged Judah and Jerusalem of their idols (2 Chron. 34:3-7).

Having purged the land, he turned his focus to the house of God (i.e. Temple). To see clearly what God is teaching us in this story, we need to make note of the parallel between the house of God and the church. The Levites had been collecting money from the people and storing it in the temple, but it was not being used for rebuilding. Josiah instructed Hilkiah to rebuild the temple, and the money was given to the craftsmen to do the work. This lesson should not be lost on the church. The church is good…

2013 Bible Gateway

While searching the Bible on my favourite online reference, I came across Bible Gateway's 2013 year in review.
The top 10 Bible verses searched for on BibleGateway.com in 2013 were:John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Philippians 4:13 : I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Romans 8:28: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures...Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy…