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Matt Woodley, Editor, PreachingToday.com: source: Nellie Bowles, “A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley,” The New York Times (10-26-18)
I recently spoke with a friend who works in the pro-life movement and told her that my mom had suffered three or four miscarriages. A few days later, I was talking to my mom on the phone and she corrected me on the number of her miscarriages. I winced as I held the phone a little tighter and tried to grasp what my mom just told me. I was missing nine siblings. Nine. Nine little lives that would never be. Nine babies I would never know, nine friends I would never have, nine people I would never get to share life’s adventures with. I can’t explain why it hit me so hard right then that I didn’t have these siblings.According to my mom, “After a miscarriage, I initially felt disappointment and sadness. Sometimes I felt like I did something wrong. Was it because I ran upstairs, did I eat something wrong, did I think something wrong, was I not excited enough, is God mad at me, am I being punished? Sometimes I felt angry, like I was tricked. Sometimes I felt like God used my womb to fast-track souls to heaven. Many women fear miscarriage in the first trimester, but once you’ve had a miscarriage, the fear can be overwhelming in future pregnancies. Miscarriage certainly challenges your trust in God. Suffering is miserable, but it isn’t pointless. God uses your suffering, not only in your life but also in the lives of others. I learned to hang onto God through the deepest valleys. And maybe it was really God who was hanging onto me.”The Mayo Clinic defines miscarriage as “the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.” When you think about it, that’s a considerable number. It’s even more astonishing when you realize that it’s only 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies. The Mayo Clinic goes on to say that the true number of miscarriages is likely higher due to the miscarriages that happen when women are unaware that they are pregnant.When I was 11 years old, my mom sat my siblings and I down in the living room. One of my mom’s closest friends was there in the room because she had just accompanied my mom to a doctor’s appointment. My dad would have gone with my mom, but he was fighting an ugly case of the flu and was cooped up in bed all day. She told us that she had just gone to the doctor and found out that she was miscarrying a baby. I sat there in silence. I didn’t know what to say. My 11-year-old self didn’t grasp the fact that my siblings and I had just lost a little sibling. I knew my mom suffered her first miscarriage about 12 years before this time, but I never gave it much thought. I understood that life was lost and that we would never have the opportunity to meet the baby this side of Heaven, but it didn’t sink in. I don’t remember anything else about the conversation.It wasn’t until I was in college, when girls around my age started getting married and having babies, that I began to understand the impact a miscarriage can have on a woman. The thought of a life that could have been but wasn’t because God took it away seemed wrong and unfair to the woman and all those who cared about her. Why would God give a woman a baby, only to take it away? It seems so harsh. But as believers, we know that we live in a fallen, sin-ridden world, and until the Lord returns and restores all things, there will be hurt and suffering (see Ecclesiastes 11:5, Isaiah 55:8-9, and Revelation 21:5). God doesn’t explain everything to us, He just asks us to trust Him. So, I will. I will mourn my siblings that could have been, but I will still put my trust in the Lord.Cassidy Rich is an Administrative Assistant at Family Research Council.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018Isaiah 9:1-7Introduction:A. Some 740 years before the birth of Christ, God allowed the prophet Isaiah to look down the telescope of time and bring a message of hope to oppressed Israel and Judah. B. Isaiah gives the prophetic hope of the birth of a Child and the giving of a Son. The long awaited “seed of the woman,” Israel's Messiah: The Anointed One, the King, the Deliverer.C. The conditions were ripe, the stage is set, the Promise to be fulfilled.D. Thanksgiving sets the tone of the Christmas Season: thankfulness to God for His many blessings.E. A time of contemplation concerning the gift of God's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.F. The times in which the Messiah was born were dark times spiritually. The people “walked in darkness.” Thus, it is with the world today, in light of the Second Coming of Christ. The Light of God is being slowly turned off, the wicked riot in the day time now, the “god” of evolution is worshipped, and the Anointed One is coming.G. Verse 4: The Nation of Israel, God's Elect:1. They Carried the Burden of the Yoke of Sin. Yoke of His burden…A yoke was a tool that harnessed two animals together to pull a load. A description of the nation away from God. They were yoked to a burden they could not manage.2. They Bowed under the Tyranny of the Staff of the Flesh. Staff of His Shoulder…The staff was used by shepherds to keep the sheep in line. The reference here is to wrong leadership that has taken their freedom and liberty away.3. They Suffered under the Oppressive Rod of Satan. Rod of His oppressor…This instrument was used to beat animals and people that were out of line. Israel and Judah would suffer at the hands of their enemies.H. In verses 6-7, we see:1. We see the Cradle – “For unto us a Child is born.”2. We see The Cross – “A Son is given.”3. We see the Crown – “And the government shall be upon His shoulders.”I. Only Jesus can break the yoke, tyranny, and oppression of Satan.J. I want to look at that description of Christ in verse 6 for a few minutes.1. WONDERFUL – Marvelous or extraordinary – Exciting, surprising, astonishing, miraculous, powerful, incredible, exceeding, supernatural, admirable. Do you hear me tonight? That is our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ! Do you know my wonderful Lord?His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful,His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord;He is the mighty King, master of everything,His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.He's the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages,Almighty God is He;Bow down before Him, love and adore Him,His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.a. He wonderfully saved my soul in 1976! What a wonderful thought that I will be in Heaven for eternity because He loves me.b. He wonderfully forgave all of my sin in 1976! Past, present, and future. I am both saved and secured through the Light of the World.c. He wonderfully changed the direction and desires of my life in 1976! What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart.d. His name became Wonderful to me! He is the sole reason of my praise!2. COUNSELOR – to give advice, to purpose, to devise or plan, to conspire, to manage causes in court.a. He counsels me when my heart is troubled.b. He counsels me when my faith is tried.c. He counsels me when my integrity is tempted.d. He has the remedy for all my problems! He knows all because He is the COUNSELOR! His advice is always good, His counsel is always right, and His path is always safe. He makes no mistake nor does He turn from His divine purpose. Ask and ye shall receive! Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not!e. Do you know my Counselor?3. THE MIGHTY GOD – strong, valiant, excelling, powerful, great, prevailing, authoritative, accomplished, extraordinary degree or quality in respect to size, character, importance, and consequences! That's my God! That's my Lord!a. He is mighty when I am weak.b. He is mighty when my enemy is strong!c. He is mighty when the winds and waves roll over my soul!d. He is mighty when the impossible becomes the probable.e. He is the Resource of my power!f. He can do anything at anytime, anywhere! When I have to “withstand in the evil day,” He stands with me. When I have done all and must continue to stand, He stands with and for me. That's my MIGHTY GOD! With Him, I can fear no evil. With Him, I can face tomorrow.g. Do you know my Mighty God?4. THE EVERLASTING FATHER – eternal in duration, never coming to an end, a begetter, a parent, the founder of a family, the head of the home, important, distinguished!a. As a Father, He loves me.b. As a Father, He has pity upon me.c. As a Father, He directs me.d. As a Father, He corrects me.e. As a Father, He protects me.f. As a Father, He provides for me.g. As a Father, He will never leave nor forsake me!h. Do you know my Father?5. THE PRINCE OF PEACE – of the highest rank, in the highest place, of the highest authority, He is the Sovereign, He is the Monarch, He is the Authority, He is the Son of a King, He is of royal blood, He is of great ancestry, there is no one like Him, He is of highest rank, He is the Head of the Church, He is preeminent, He is predominant.a. He brings stillness to my troubled soul.b. He brings rest in restlessness.c. He brings hope in hopelessness.d. He brings victory out of defeat.e. He is the Fairest of Ten Thousand to my soul!f. There were none before Him.g. There will be none after Him.h. He is the Manifestation of Peace.i. He is the Minister of Peace.j. He is the Master of Peace. k. Do you know Prince of Peace?Conclusion: He truly is indescribable! He is the “I AM THAT I AM!”TO THE ARCHITECT HE IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.TO THE ASTRONOMER HE IS THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.TO THE BUTCHER HE IS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO WAS SLAIN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THIS WORLD.TO THE BAKER HE IS THE LIVING BREAD.TO THE CARPENTER HE IS THE MASTER BUILDER.TO THE DIPLOMAT HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE.TO THE DOCTOR HE IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.TO THE EDUCATOR HE IS THE MASTER TEACHER.TO THE ELECTRICIAN HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.TO THE FARMER HE IS THE LORD OF THE HARVEST.TO THE FLORIST HE IS THE LILY OF THE VALLEY AND THE ROSE OF SHARON.TO THE GEOLOGIST HE IS THE ROCK OF AGES.TO THE HORTICULTURIST HE IS THE TRUE VINE.TO THE JEWELER HE IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.TO THE JUDGE HE IS THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE.TO THE LAWYER HE IS THE CHIEF ADVOCATE.TO THE PHILOSOPHER HE IS THE WISDOM OF GOD.TO THE PUBLISHER HE IS GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY.TO THE SCULPTOR HE IS THE LIVING STONE.TO THE THEOLOGIAN HE IS AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.TO THE ZOOLOGIST HE IS THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, HE'S THE BREAD OF LIFE.IF YOU'RE THIRSTY, HE'S THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER.IF YOU'RE BLIND, HE'S THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.IF YOU'RE LOST, HE'S THE WAY.IF YOU'RE CONFUSED, HE'S THE TRUTH.IF YOU'RE DYING, HE'S THE LIFE.He is WONDERFUL - He is my DELIGHTHe is THE COUNSELLOR - He is my DIRECTIONHe is THE MIGHTY GOD - He is my DEITYHe is THE EVERLASTING FATHER - He is my DEFENDERHe is THE PRINCE OF PEACE- He is my DIFFERENCE
Temple Baptist Church - 11-11-2018Psalm 103:1-14Introduction:A. As we continue to look forward to Thanksgiving Day, it does us well to remember that our thankfulness should be a present continuing one. Every day of the year, we need to be aware of God's continual blessings upon us.B. One of the aggravating things about our modern word processors is their modern dictionary. 1. As our English language continues to evolve, and some precious truths of the Bible are being changed and are lost when we use these dictionaries to underline and suggest changes in the wording. C. What makes the King James Bible so different from the modern-day translations is found in both the texts from which they are translated and the differences between the old English and the new. D. Our Bible is “frozen in time” as it has not changed over the years and the words are the same as they were in the 1600's. I do understand that we have the 1769 version of the King James Bible, with spelling standardization, but it is still consistent with the 1611.E. One of the important older spelling of the words in the Authorized (that means there may be unauthorized) King James Version are the “eth” endings on many of the words. These words come from the Elizabethan Period that our Bible was translated in when the English language was at the pinnacle of its purity.F. When we read this chapter, we find God's benefits (beneficial things) given to His children. In today's world, we understand the importance of benefits that go along with our jobs.G. “eth” is present perfect in tense which always means always and at all times. These verses show the goodness of God all the time: when we realize His goodness and when we do not.H. I thank God for my old “archaic” Bible because it expresses a truth in our text that we so often overlook! 1. Verse 3 – “He Forgiveth” – all day, every time, in every way that we fail. 70x70x70x70 to the “nth” degree! All sin! Thank God for this every day of our lives. We are still just sinners saved by grace and if God should mark iniquity, who could stand? Thank you Lord for you forgiveness, mercy, and grace.2. Verse 3 – “He Healeth” – all our diseases! God has given us a body that can heal itself; doctors and medicines that can heal us. Our bodies are not just evolution and a series of accidents, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. One of my surgeons once told me that he would do the best that he could but healing comes from God! Thank God for this every day of your life.3. Verse 4 – “He Redeemeth” – God protects us from both self and circumstances continually. I thank God every day for being a lot better to me than I deserve. God goes a long way to protect the testimonies of sinners saved by grace. God protects us from those who would do us harm. Thank God every for the “hedge” that He has placed around us!4. Verse 4 – “He Crowneth” – God is loving, kind, and merciful to us every day. His mercies are new every morning. Loving us, being kind to us, being merciful to us. I love the word “crowneth.” On top of all our other blessings, God showers us with love, kindness, and tenderness. Thank God every day for your relationship with the Saviour.5. Verse 5 – “He Satisfieth” – God gives us enough; all that we need; the desires of our hearts. God blesses His children all day, every day! I am satisfied! Learn to be satisfied with what God gives you. Thank God continually for His goodness.6. Verse 6-12 - “He Executeth” – In everything give thanks! For the bad as well as the good for it is in the valleys that we grow in faith. We do not get everything that we want and thank God we do not get everything that we deserve. The wheels of God's judgment upon those who hurt us may be slow at times, but they are sure. God is the executor of vengeance. God is better to us than we deserve and has placed our eternal judgment upon Christ. Thank you, Lord, every day!7. Verse 13- “He Pitieth” - “To fondle, to be compassionate. Does Jesus care? Oh yes He cares! God cares every day. Casting all you care! He knows how we feel and makes a way for us in every trial and every mile.8. Verse 14 – “He Knoweth” – God knows our feelings, our frame, our failures, our fights, because He made us. God formed us upon the Potter's Wheel with His hands, the Water of His Word, and the motion of our lives. 9. Verse 14 – “He knoweth … He Remembereth” – We are finite, but He is infinite! He knows that we are but dust. God never forgets what we are made of and who we are but continually, every day, all day long loves us anyway. I am glad that God never gave up on this sinner! I thank God constantly for loving a sinner such as I am!Conclusion: Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time of the year but, as God's work and the overseeing of our lives is one of continuity, so should our Thanksgiving be a continual one! A time of remembering, a time of giving thanks to God for all His blessings, seen and unseen, known and unknown!
Temple Baptist Church - 11-4-2018Psalm 103:1-5Introduction:A. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I thought it good to reflect upon the goodness of God to His children. 1. Psalm 103 is one of the more notable Psalms dealing with thanksgiving. It begins with the blessed blessing God. Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2. Verse 1 is a reflection upon what the Lord has done for those who know Him.B. We live in an ever-changing world. 1. As Barbara and I were walking into Walmart Thursday, the morning after Halloween, the first thing that we noticed was that a Christmas Tree had been set up in front of the doors. 2. The last time that I thought about it, Thanksgiving Day was next. On Walmart's agenda but, this year, the change was evident. 3. Christmas, the commercial one, was next. Thanksgiving Day is now just a family day with little profit for Walmart.4. I understand that Walmart is a commercial store, not a spiritual one and their main goal is profit so I am not being hard on the Walmart stores.5. But their openness with the “beginning of the holiday season” reflects the heart of the nation. Instead of Merry Christmas, it will be Happy Holidays.C. I know that this may seem trivial to many, but Thanksgiving Day, in the traditional sense, had its beginning as a day of thanksgiving to our wonderful Creator for His many blessing upon us.D. But the world in general no longer wants God. E. Across our country there is a spirit of ingratitude. 1. Today, we hear the word “entitlement” instead of the words “Thank you.” 2. So many people believe that the government, society, or someone else owes them a living and what they receive is never enough. Their only concern is for self! 3. This attitude breeds a lack of thankfulness. Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. As we approach everyday (not just Thanksgiving Day), as the children of God, let each of us remember to give thanks. The Bible says much about thanksgiving: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalms 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.G. We need to thank God publicly. We are here to do so this morning. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.H. But, more importantly, we need to thank god privately. Our personal devotion is who and what we are! Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.I. David is the author of the Psalm through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. David's life was characterized by ups and downs. His life was full to good times and bad times. His life was noted for its successes and failures.J. Some of things that can certainly be noted concerning David's relationship with the Lord were:1. David loved the Lord! The 23rd Psalm is a reflection of David's love for and trust in the Lord. “The Lord is my Shepherd!”2. David desired to live his best for the Lord! He is the only man in the Bible described as a man after God's own heart.a) Abraham was called the “Friend Of God”b) Moses was called the “Servant Of The Lord!”c) John The Baptist was called the “Greatest Prophet Born Of Woman!”d) David was called a “Man After Gods Own Heart!” K. Here, we find the “blessed” blessing the One who blesses! Through all of the trials and tribulations that David experienced in his life, he knew that he was blessed and thanked the Lord for it. Several things stick out to me in the first two verses.1. The Resolve of Thanksgiving. “Bless the LORD” is a command given to self. Gratitude is not a natural thing in the flesh. a. Sometimes we take the blessings of the LORD for granted. b. Sometimes we believe that we deserve the blessings of the LORD. c. Sometimes we credit fate or luck for the things that the LORD has provided for us.2. The Desire of Thanksgiving. “O my soul” a. When in the hard times of life, it is easy to fail to see the good things of life because we are shrouded with the evil things. All of us have had or are having hard times and, though it is in the valleys that we grow, it is easy allow our disappointments, discouragements, etc. to take our eyes off of the LORD. b. God was good to David in his youth. David spent his youth in obscurity watching over his father's sheep. b. God was good to David in his manhood. In his young manhood, he was anointed King of Israel but never got to sit on a throne. In the meantime, he spent most of his time hiding from King Saul. His life was one of battles and, yet, he knew that he was blessed of God. c. God was good to David in his failures as well as his victories.3. The Depth of Thanksgiving. “all that is within me” a. What a blessing it is to praise the LORD with all our hearts for His goodness and mercy. So many times we say thanks without actually being thankful. A good example of this is blessing our food. We go through the right ritual and say the right words but often pay little attention to the wonderful food that God has provided for us while multitudes are starving. b. We mention being blessed of God but move through life in a thankless manner without taking time to look around and “smell the roses.” In the midst of problems, we have so much to be thankful for.4. The Reminder of Thanksgiving. “bless his holy name” a. Our thanksgiving is to the Giver of life. The Bible says that He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. He is our Creator who loves us and thinks upon us. b. We live in the greatest nation on earth; we eat more than we need; we share the comforts of good homes, the conveniences of transportation, and the ease of royalty. I love to hear the song “God bless America!”5. The Possibility of Thanksgiving. “forget not all his benefits” a. Being saved is so much more than just going to heaven. It is a blessing filled life here on earth and then heaven. It is easy in this rat-race world to get caught up in the busyness of things and not taking time to simply say, “Thank you, LORD, for your blessings upon one as underserving as me.” b. We have good health in the midst of so much sickness and suffering around us.c. We have our church family! What a blessing and privilege it is to come and just see our brothers and sisters in Christ. To come out of the world for a few minutes and experience the peace that only God can give.d. We have the Holy Spirit living within; we have the Word of God in our hand; we have the church when we are down and out. We are blessed! Let us bless the LORD for He has certainly blessed us.
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