Abortion Clinic Chronicles – They Got Back in the Car and Left

Worldwide, we have killed 1.2 billion children through the hands of abortionists – a huge percentage considering the world population is now around 6.8 billion today. Voices must be raised, for we cannot forget or let the world forget what we are doing. Innocent blood is on all our hands. Innocent blood always cries out, and human voices should always be raised in solidarity with that innocent blood. That is why I am grateful that each week people from our church go out to plead for the lives of unborn babies in front of our local abortion clinic. They lift up their voices to cry out for the innocent. I know that their time, prayers, anguish, labors, preaching, and pleading often seems to be in vain. But occasionally God gives glimpses into the fruit of their labors.

A past Saturday, a girl was brought to the abortion clinic by three of her friends. They all got out of the car and stood beside it talking for quite a while. The counselors from our church were calling to them inviting them to come and talk while the preacher was preaching the Word and the Gospel over the loud speakers. They listened to the preaching and continued to engage in very energetic conversation. The preacher kept preaching about how children are a blessing from the Lord and how God had knit that child together in her womb. The counselors kept calling out and beckoning to them to come and talk personally. After about 20 minutes, the three friends suddenly started clapping. We stood there wondering what was going on.

Then, they hugged and all got back into the car. As they drove up the driveway where our counselors were standing, they stopped and explained that the three of them had been trying to talk the girl out of the abortion all morning to no avail. But, the preaching had changed her heart. On that day, God used many voices to save one tiny life.

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A New Kind of King for a New Year

What kind of king does God desire? The Ruler of the universe has declared what kinds of civil leaders He desires. He communicates this in a number of places. The last words of David is one place where we find a declaration of the will of God for civil leaders. David declared what God said a king must be:

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.’ – 2 Samuel 23:3-4

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Year in Review

I am so grateful for the mercy of the Lord throughout 2012 — for His faithfulness, kindness, and His sustaining hand. I put together this flip book to help capture many of the victories and providences of our kind and gracious God in 2012 and to cast a vision for churches and families in 2013.

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Blogging Will Resume in January

Here are five thoughts with five verses for closing out the year with your family:

Thankfulness

Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Prayerfulness

Ephesians 6:18-20: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Repentance

2 Corinithians 7:10-11: For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: what diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Worship

Psalm 96:8-10: Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.”

We look forward to communicating with you in 2013.

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Vote Your Conscience for Celebrating Christmas

As you can see from my last post, R.C. Sproul Jr. claims that there are at least three ways to use the phrase, “Celebrate Christmas.” He does recognize that there are more than three choices, but for simplicity, let’s take a poll. Which one of the following do you vote for?

And I’m curious what you think. What is your position on celebrating Christmas?

Vote Your Conscience for Celebrating Christmas

It is not right for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It has pagan and unscriptural Roman Catholic origins. 0%
We celebrate the birth of Christ only and leave out the materialism and the common cultural imagery. 0%
We celebrate Christmas all out – Santa, Frosty, trees and the baby Jesus in swaddling cloths.0%
Other: (Please specify)0%

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Should We Celebrate Christmas?

Each year, I receive letters asking my thoughts about the celebration of Christmas. So last year, I posted over a dozen articles on the subject of Christmas expressing a number of different perspectives from respectable men. Here they are below. This year, R.C. Sproul Jr. wrote this one I would like to add to the list: Is it a sin to celebrate Christmas?  My view is that it would be very unwise to refrain from evaluating this holiday from a strictly biblical perspective. These articles are written by men who have tried to do this. No one will agree with all of them. My counsel is that we all carefully scrutinize all cultural practices in the light of Scripture, and be faithful to obey the Lord as He convicts us. It is important to preserve love, and continue the dialog.

What about Christmas? Ponder through the Twelve Days of Christmas series and test each of them by the Word of God.

Day 1: Sermon by Charles Spurgeon

Day 2: Jonathan Edwards on Christmas, Easter, and New Year’s

Day 3: XMAS by A.W. Pink

Day 4: John Piper

Day 5: George Whitefield

Day 6: Brian Schwertly

Day 7: John MacArthur on the Christmas Tree

Day 8: A Scottish Covenanter – George Gillespie – on Christmas

Day 9: Two Sermons Commenting on Christmas Observance from Charles Spurgeon

Day 10: Rethinking the Pagan Origins of Christmas

Day 11: The Puritans on Christmas

Day 12.1: Did We Celebrate Christmas in Early American History?

Day 12.2: More Quotes from the 17th to the 19th Centuries

Day 12.3: What Roman Catholics Say About Christmas

Day 12.4: Christmas and the Use of Time

Day 12.5: R.C. Sproul and J.I. Packer

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How to Train Your Children to Work

One of the most important things we teach our children is how to work – how to take dominion. We have to realize that we face a multitude of daunting obstacles. We must face the fact that we live in a particular kind of world where people underestimate what children can produce; where parents are content to outsource their children to institutions where they produce nothing of tangible value; where the population actually hates work so much that they work 8 hour days and live for the weekends; where they hate to see children working as evidenced by the child labor laws in your region. So how do you teach your children how to work? It is a long discussion. I will be addressing these matters at Kevin Swanson’s Economics Conference in St. Louis next year. But here, my friend Charles Churchill offers some sound wisdom on the matter.

There is something mind-numbingly frustrating about child training, particularly when it comes to training them to do jobs that are truly useful to me and my wife (folding laundry, washing dishes, sweeping/mopping the floor). Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to teach them to go through the general motions of something, but getting them to the point where you no longer have to go behind them and redo the work or clean up the larger mess that they made is another matter entirely. (more…)

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Obama’s Christianity

Here is a CNN cover story commenting on what kind of Christian Barak Obama is.

In a 2006 speech before a Sojourners meeting, Obama talked about his approach to the Bible:

“Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?”

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The Unfair Advantage

I have always marveled at the ways God favors His people in terms of health and happiness. In Exodus 8:23, this principle is affirmed, “I will make a difference between My people and your people.” This is the unfair advantage.

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Abortion Clinic Chronicles: They Gave Him a Name

Each week, we have teams from our church who go out to an abortion clinic to preach the gospel to those who are on their way to kill their babies.

One day this year (2012), a couple drove into the parking lot with the intention to abort their baby. Our men were preaching the Word of God from a microphone, and our counselors were appealing to them. The couple sat in the car with the windows open for a long time listening. After half an hour, they drove up to the counselors and said that they changed their minds. The counselors gave the couple some baby clothes, a Bible, and a mom-to-be book, adoption info, and contact info. The counselors got their names and contact info and prayed out loud for them. They have been contacted several times and given the gospel and the offer of help. We just learned that they found out they were having a baby boy and have given him a name.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5).

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Where Did All These Evangelists Come From?

I am delighted by the harvest that God is reaping in many families across this nation. God is raising awareness of the beauty of the gospel and the desire to spread it. He seems to be raising up courageous men to preach in the streets. He is raising up young people who speak to their friends about Jesus.

At the recent White Unto Harvest conference, Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio interviewed me, and we talk about this work of God in families. You can listen to the interview below.

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Don’t Do What Other Christians Do

In a piece called “the Acceptable Sacrifice,” John Bunyan delivers several warnings on living the Christian life. Here is one of those warnings:

Take heed of evil examples among the godly; learn of no man to do that which the word of God forbids. Sometimes Satan makes use of a good man’s bad ways, to spoil and harden the heart of them that come after. Peter’s false doing had like to have spoiled Barnabas, yea, and several others more. Wherefore take heed of men, of good men’s ways, and measure both theirs and thine own by no other rule but the holy Word of God (Gal 2:11–13).[1]

[1] Bunyan, J. (2006). Vol. 1: The Acceptable Sacrifice (712–714). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

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Our Women Are Not Like Your Women

I was reading Exodus again and I saw how different the daughters of Zion are compared to the daughters of the world, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women” (Exodus 1:19).

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Where Christianity and the State Converge


Russell Watkins/Department for
International Development

Recently the President of Uganda led his nation in repentance. This is one of the most critical convergences of Christianity and the state.

A friend of mine from Uganda wrote this to me about this incident, “We are rejoicing and praising the Lord for answered prayer. God is working in the heart of our president. This event took place in the largest stadium (Mandela National Stadium) in front of over 50,000 people. Believers spent the whole night in prayer.”

Yes, Christianity does have something to do with the government. In the style of Josiah and others who turned to God during their reign, this leader has shown the right way for civil leaders to operate.

The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation.

“I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness,” Museveni prayed.

“We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal,” Museveni said.

“Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict,” Museveni prayed.

Next, the president dedicated Uganda to God.

“We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own,” Museveni prayed.

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What Is the Gospel? – Paul Washer Answers

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