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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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“Safe, legal, and rare.”That’s how the Democrats described their position on abortion over 20 years ago. Nevertheless, in just one year, 321,384 lives were aborted by Planned Parenthood, and nearly 60 million lives have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade.First off, anything legal is hardly ever rare, and when it comes to abortions, it doesn’t take a genius to know they are not safe—physically or psychologically.We know the phrase “safe, legal, and rare” was just political coaxing mixed with just enough moral undertones to put people’s consciences at ease about abortion rights. But as usual, when you give the Left an inch, they build a highway.Now, Democrats in California want young women to have as many abortions as they want, right from their dorm rooms. This is the purpose of California bill SB 320, the first bill of its kind, which has made its way onto Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.SB 320—deceptively titled the “College Student Right to Access Act”—would require public universities with on-campus student health centers to provide abortion pills to young college-aged women by January 1, 2022. If signed, California would be the first state to require access to chemical abortions on-campus, and abortion activists will make SB 320 model legislation for the rest of the country.Legal abortion has created a pathway for bills like SB 320 that try to reinforce the idea that abortion is healthcare. Elective abortion—the taking of innocent unborn life—should never be considered healthcare, and if anything, legislation like SB 320 shows a reckless disregard for the health of young women and presumes that education and motherhood are not compatible.We’ve known since 2006 that the abortion pill regimen is dangerous, with thousands of reported adverse health events, including several deaths. Recently, the FDA reported 1,445 more adverse events from 2012-2017. Since the introduction of the abortion pill in 2000, the drug has caused 22 deaths, 97 ectopic pregnancies, 1,041 hospitalizations, 598 blood transfusions as a result of blood loss, 411 infections, and 69 severe infections, with a total of 4,185 adverse events reported.A former Planned Parenthood manager, Abby Johnson, had this experience with her medical abortion:A blood clot the size of a lemon had fallen into my bath water. Was that my baby? I knew this huge clot was not going to go down the drain, so I reached down to pick it up. I was able to grasp the large clot with both hands and move it to the toilet.Then came the excruciating pain again. I jumped out of the shower and sat on the toilet. Another lemon sized blood clot. Then another. And another. I thought I was dying. This couldn’t be normal. Planned Parenthood didn’t ever tell me this could happen.One of SB 320’s co-sponsors, ACT for Women and Girls, says SB 320 is “about making sure that our young people are prepared for their life.”Can you imagine the mental trauma that would occur to a young woman who sees her abortion take place in her college dorm room, while at the same time enduring the physical trauma of excruciating pain?We know already that abortion negatively impacts a woman’s mental health. One study in the British Journal of Psychiatry analyzed 22 studies that detailed women who were post-abortive and found that they were more likely to have issues with substance abuse and had greater anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts than non-abortive women.Instead of “preparing” women for life, the abortion pill is setting them up to be more traumatized through life.SB 320 does not prepare men or women for life, to take responsibility for their actions, and make wise, moral choices.In reality, having the abortion pill readily available steps from college dorm rooms does nothing but incentivize the prevailing hook-up culture. Will the future of college “sex weeks” not only include condoms but abortion pills too?Neither does it enhance the dignity of women. Instead, SB 320 treats women as sex objects, implying that “if she wakes up pregnant, it’s no big deal, since she can easily go to the health center to get some abortion pills.”No accountability, no responsibility—the gifts of modern feminism.Modern feminists place opposition between education, work, and family for women. If you’re a young college student who thinks she is pregnant, modern feminists say abortion is the safest route to ensure you will not be uneducated and poor (as if this is the worst thing that can happen to you… the slight elitism should not go unnoticed). Feminists proudly tout they are pro-choice, but the only choice they are in favor of is telling you to abort your child.There are serious concerns that are not addressed in SB 320 that make the bill look rushed and politicized. SB 320 disregards the risks to women’s health, the potential liability to schools, and unclear fungibility of taxpayer funds. The bill’s funding mechanism is purposefully vague. Private funding until 2021 ignores the fact that a school clinic’s overhead is paid by taxpayers, and the language of the bill leaves open taxpayer-funded abortion after that.SB 320 leaves more questions than answers in giving women unsupervised access to abortion.As the abortion industry creates victims, the pro-life movement creates victors.For instance, 24-year-old single mom Briana Williams graduated from Harvard Law School with her one-year-old daughter, and many other students have shared their stories.SB 320 is not empowering or safe for women. Better options are prevailing, and those efforts should be supported and funded. Tell Governor Brown how this bill will harm young women and place public universities at risk.Resources for Women with Unplanned PregnanciesPregnantoncampus.comPregnant on Campus is an initiative started by Students for Life of America to empower women to choose life by providing resources and support for pregnant and parenting students on campus.AbortionPillReversal.comIf a woman takes the first pill of the abortion pill regime and then has second thoughts, there is still a way to stop the process. For more information, visit AbortionPillReversal.com. For emergencies, there is a hotline at 877-558-0333.Find a Pregnancy Center Near YouCare Net pregnancy centers offer accurate and helpful information in a compassionate environment. If you think you may be pregnant and are in search of information about pregnancy options, a free pregnancy test, or post-decision support, the experts at your local Care Net pregnancy center can help. Search here to find one near you.
According to a recent article, in 2017 the Humanist Society of Scotland married more couples than the Church of Scotland.
According to a recent article, in 2017 the Humanist Society of Scotland married more couples than the Church of Scotland.
Fire departments nationwide are going on far fewer fire calls as home fires have declined dramatically over the years. Why? Builders use better flame-resistant materials, and people have better smoke detectors and sprinklers. Cigarette smoking has been declining for years, and the motor vehicle fatality rate has been steadily decreasing since 1921. This is called progress. And you can see it all around you.But the sexual revolution just keeps making things worse.The New York Times reported yesterday that more Americans are suffering from sexually-transmitted diseases than ever before. Every year for the last four years, more and more people have become infected with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in 2017 the number of new diagnosed cases rose to 2.3 million.“Chlamydia and gonorrhea often lurk without symptoms,” said the report. Dr. Gail Bolan of the CDC warns that people are unwittingly spreading the disease “silently through the country.”What’s worse, gonorrhea is becoming a sex superbug. It has become resistant to several antibiotics, and CDC officials predict it will become resistant to the last remaining antibiotic now being used to fight it. Dr. Bolan says it’s urgent for drug makers to develop new antibiotics to treat it.These are painful diseases—they can cause severe damage to the reproductive system, and in some cases even death. And who is it that is suffering? Almost two-thirds of the new chlamydia infections are among youth 15-24 years old. Gonorrhea is now “very common” among young people 15-24 years old. It is our children who are suffering. Mere teens. Boys and girls who should be brimming with youth and vitality and health. It is their bodies that are being riddled by disease.And what are we adults doing about it?We are calling on drug makers to develop new drugs to give to all of the once-healthy teens who will get infected with sex superbugs.We are teaching “consent for sex” in public schools in younger and younger grades, which will only cause the demographic of sick children to start at 13 instead of 15.What we are not doing is helping them find the path that leads not only to health but to happiness: Saving sex for marriage, and then being faithful to your spouse.The sexual revolutionaries call that offensive. Suffer the children. Ideology above all.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-3-2017Exodus 17:9-16Introduction:A. The Amalekites were the perpetual enemies of Israel. They ALWAYS fought them. The Amalekites are a type of both the devil and our flesh in this regard. B. This passage is an excellent example of the church/pastor relationship.1. Just as Israel needed Moses, the church needs a pastor. But just as Moses needed Aaron and Hur, the pastor needs people to hold up his hands. This includes both men and women. 2. Too often, people who love their pastor still get the mindset that the ministry and local church are his responsibility alone. When a church gets “too large” for the pastor to handle or the pastor gets old enough to have to slow down, it becomes time to get an “assistant to the pastor” to carry out the responsibility.C. This is a message of how much we need one another at Temple Baptist Church. The pastor needs the people as much, if not more, than they need him. Our is a reciprocal relationship. I want to look at the story for a minute and then draw some biblical conclusions that will help our church.D. Spiritual war is a thing of perpetuality. Exodus 17:16 “war with Amalek from generation to generation.” War is not a new thing! We are not alone in it as God's people have always had to fight for what is right. 1. Spiritual war is perpetual because churches are full of people and people have problems. My pastor used to say, “If people did not have problems, they would not need a pastor. If they did not need a pastor, you would have to get a legitimate job!” I always wondered if pastoring was therefore a de-legitimate job? 😊2. Spiritual war is perpetual because the local church has enemies who would destroy the unity, purity, and work of the church. At times, our church is infiltrated with people who are not in doctrinal agreement or bring division.3. Spiritual war is perpetual because Satan hates the local church and will go to any length to destroy it or its pastor. Cut off the head and the church may die.E. We find several things in our passage that directly affect the local church and God's men.1. There is Outward War. Exodus 17:8 “Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim” a. Against The Flesh - Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (You can hold up my hands in prayer that I will neither fall nor fail in this life. Pastors are just men and men are human.)b. Against The Devil - Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Satan is a formidable foe and God's men do not need to stand alone in the battle for doctrinal purity, spiritual purity, and unity in the church. As I stand for right, you need to openly stand with men.)2. There is Inward War. Exodus 17:11-12 “And when he let down his hand … but Moses' hands were heavy” The Attrition Rate Is Great. a. God's People Get Tired And Quit - 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. (Many of God's people have become disappointed or just plain beaten down by circumstances. Life is hard; life is unfair; sorrow and suffering are a way of life.)b. God's Men Get Tired And Quit - Jeremiah 20:7-9 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, (We older pastors get tired, both physically and emotionally. Perpetual war is never ending, it never lets up. A pastor must “keep his ear to the ground” always. He cannot rest from war as eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.)3. The Warning. Exodus 17:11 “and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”a. The People Could Not Prevail Without God's Man - Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. (Without God's man, the church people will begin to faint and scatter. This is the way that God intended the church to be. Churches without pastors tend to decline rapidly.)b. The Preacher Could Not Persevere Without God's People - Romans 16:1-6 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. (As the people of the church need God's men, God's men need the people of the church. None of us can stand alone.)4. The Winning. Exodus 17:12-13 “And they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (13) And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Together they overcame Amalek!a. Israel Needed Moses During The Battle. If Moses' hands were raised, Israel prevailed. Church members need God's men!b. Moses Needed Israel During The Battle. When Moses' hands began to fail, Aaron and Hur seated him to rest and held up his hands. God's men need the local church people.c. You need the pastor and the pastor needs you! The work is not mine; the work is not yours; the work of the local church is OURS!5. The Witness. Exodus 17:14-15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. (15) And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: a. God's People need to Remember – “memorial”b. God's People need to Rehearse It – “rehearse it” Rehearse – to practice.Conclusion:Ecclesiastes 4:7 –12 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.1. We Need To Hold Each Other Up In Prayer – You pray for me as I pray for you!2. We Need To Hold Each Other Up In Encouragement – Do not always have to be encouraged, but be an encouragement! 3. We Need To Hold Each Other Up In Faithfulness – You be as faithful to me as I am to you! 4. We Need To Hold Each Other Up In Service – Help with both the physical and spiritual work of the ministry! 5. We Need To Hold Each Other Up In Battle – Be there for me when trouble comes. I will be there for you!
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