Life is worthless when…

Life is worthless when the government is in charge…
Disclaimer: According to recent legislation under review by our current government, the healthcare reform bill proposes a government controlled system where life is valued based on one’s age. According to the recent proposals, individuals under the age of 15 and

persons over the age of 40 will haveless access to medical care due to their “lower value of life.” Synopsis of valuing life: Essentially, the proponents of the healthcare reform bill state that those under 15 have not yet had substantial resources invested into their life, and therefore are not as valuable as that of a 20 year old. Furthermore, those over the age of 40 “have lived their life,” and therefore are not as worthy to spend government/health insurance on their well-being.
Now, this is NOT intended to imply that ALL of the healthcare reform proposals are bad. We do, in fact, need healthcare reform. Be cautious of what you read, as in many cases, the proponents of such reforms will only highlight the positives (which do exist), but fail to give you the whole story. Read the entire bill for your own edification.

The policies that devalue human life contained in the reform by comparing one’s life to another’s is absolutely unconstitutional and unbiblical. Our Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal…and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If we recall, the Nazi’s, Russians, and Cambodian’s had similar philosophies as they killed millions of citizens that they considered “less valuable.”

Furthermore, we find that human life represents that of God (Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’”). We received another reminder through Moses and the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:13 – “Thou shalt not murder.” Some would say that the healthcare reform bill does not promote murder, but the details suggest that the refusal of treatment to certain sects of society is a passive method of murder in which we “allow them to die” (or commit murder). This is referred to by many as “passive euthanisia.” Euthanasia – the taking of life when a person is elderly, but not dead – is just as sinful as abortion – the taking of life when a person is not yet born, but still alive.

Countries where government supported healthcare (Britain, Holland, Scandanavia) has already been enacted, have already proven the unsuccessful state of such government run programs and the deteriorating effects of quality of care that follows. As recent as 1995, Tennessee adopted a government run healthcare and by 2005 the governor said “Our experience with trying to do universal coverage ended up being a

disaster” which took the state on a road to bankruptcy.

Young children with life threatening diseases are told that their life is not worth spending government money for treatments and are “allowed” to die. The elderly that require extensive surgeries for bypasses or broken hips are not only denied treatment, but also denied pain medications.

How would you like the government to tell you that your premature baby was “too young” for treatment when it is born? These are NOT hypothetical situations. These situations WILL OCCUR if we allow the current healthcare reform bill to pass!



It is one thing for a person to refuse treatment that will only prolong a person’s death in terminal cases. It is a total different topic to permit the government to decide/refuse the consideration of such treatment.

Now, do you really want the government deciding the value of YOUR life? Speak out to your congressmen and senators quickly!

Additional note: The government plans to start collecting taxes to pay for healthcare reform on Jan 1, 2010, but we won’t receive any supposed “benefit” until Jan 2013 because the budget office has realized that to pay for 7 years of healthcare will take 10 years of taxes.

No Excuses

To make it possible for everyone to attend church this Sunday, we are going to have a special “No Excuse Sunday“:

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep in.”

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.”

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute “Stamp Out Stewardship” buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think he’s too loud!

Anything else you wish to include? I didn’t think so.  See you Sunday!

And whatever you do…

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:11

Some people do not declare Jesus to be the Son of God. Although Scriptures refer to Jesus directly as the “only begotten Son of God,” they still don’t believe it. As the passage above shows, we should be honoring God in all that we do, and as we give thanks we should do it “through Jesus.” Jesus is our intercessor – the one whom allows us access to God.

Prior to Jesus being crucified on the cross, the high priest had to go annually,  and present a sacrifice to God in the “most holy place” in the temple. He was the only one allowed access to this room to present the offering to God. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple to the most holy place was torn from top to bottom, signifying that we now had access directly to God through the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross as the Son of God.

Jesus provided the new means through which we now can access what God offers. It is through belief in Jesus that we have Salvation.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

So, how important is Jesus to you? To me, I believe in Him as the Son of God, and one day in the future I will get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Go and Tell…

Ok, so you’ve heard the Great Commission (“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… – Matthew 28:19)

Mark 16:15 repeats this “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’

Yet, how many of us do this? Well, I’m happy to say that Sunday night, 4 students took some steps forward to do this. I was honored, and I’m sure God was too, when some students came forth and gave their testimony during church.

Public speaking is probably one of the hardest things to do, next to witnessing to someone. And this weekend gave me great hope in the youth of our generation as they came forward not only to speak, but to speak about God. They are taking the first steps toward speaking out TRUTH in our nation. 

In the news today, there are so many anti-Christian remarks and rulings that makes me wonder what happened to the country our forefathers established in America. What happened to our Freedom of Religion? Or Freedom of speech?

Just today in the news is an “outrage” concerning a Penn State T-shirt that may resemble a cross design on the front (see,2933,569665,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r5:c0.076740:b28529225:z10 for the story).

“It’s just sad to see that in this day and age, the most offensive thing on a shirt can be what people see as a religious symbol,” said Stephanie Bennis, a senior at the school who designed the shirt.

Think about this:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Well, there it is in black and white. We want to secure the blessings of liberty! It was said a long time ago, I just wish it was still true. So, how do we continue to secure these blessings? By speaking out to the government. I think too many times that we Christians sit down and are quiet because we fear it is wrong if we cause an “uprising” to support our cause. Well, every other non-Christian group is speaking out, so it is now our turn to speak out.

Go and Tell! Tell the world (and our nation) that we believe in God and that we want our religious freedom back. We want our liberty! Without liberty, democracy is in jeopardy. Without democracy, our government may become communist or a dictatorship!

“It’s just sad to see that in this day and age, the most offensive thing on a shirt can be what people see as a religious symbol,” she said.

Loving others…

Teamwork – that’s what we claim sports is about. It’s not about winning or losing – “it’s how you play the game.”

I want you to think about our society for a moment. Do we play as a team? Do we use teamwork to advance our society? Sure, within our circles of influence and at work, we probably all have some common vision. Whether it’s to provide the best healthcare at a hospital, or to provide the lowest cost merchandise to the public at retail locations, we probably all have some common theme. However, outside of those walls, do we have the same enthusiasm? Do we try to help each other? Is there a sense of teamwork in our society?

Jesus told us that the greatest Commandment is to <span style=”color: #ff0000;”>love the Lord our God </span>(Matthew 22:37). And the second is like it – <span style=”color: #ff0000;”>love your neighbor as yourself</span> (Matthew 22:39). If we truly executed these two commandments, I would agree that we have team work. <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>But do we?</span> Do we execute these Commandments? I think we all know the answer to that question. Even if we execute them just partially, are we accomplishing the task at hand?

Scripture says we are to accept one another (Romans 15:7), encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), and to serve one another (Galatians 5:13). Do we do this? Are we truly loving our neighbor as ourself? Or are we selfish?

Above and beyond these tasks, God tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. One easy way to identify whether we’re doing this is found in Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” You see, that’s what love is all about; God forgave us through Christ. <span style=”color: #ff0000;”>God loved us so much that He gave His one and only son for us, so that we would not have to perish, but have everlasting life</span> (John 3:16). His example of forgiveness, by giving His only son, is by far the most sincere debt of gratitude than anyone can express. So if you want to really know if you are loving your neighbor, look at the type of love God showed us. Does your love compare?

So next time you meet someone in the grocery store, hold the door for them, and give them encouragement. The next time you see somebody in your neighborhood that needs a hand, lend it to them. The next time you’re anywhere and see a person in any kind of situation that needs help, give of yourself and show God’s love through your willingness to help one another. When you find yourself on the playing field or basketball court, show compassion to your fellow sportsmen and show God’s love through the way you play the game.

The Computer is Down…

Two priests died at the same time and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter said, “I’d like to get you guys in now, but our computer is down. You’ll have to go back to Earth for about a week, but you can’t go back as priests.

So what else would you like to be?” The first priest says, “I’ve always wanted to be an eagle, soaring above the Rocky Mountains.” “So be it,” says St. Peter, and off flies the first priest.

The second priest mulls this over for a moment and asks, “Will any of this week ‘count’, St. Peter?”

“No, I told you the computer’s down. There’s no way we can keep track of what you’re doing.” “In that case,” says the second priest, “I’ve always wanted to be a stud.”

“So be it,” says St. Peter, and the second priest disappears. A week goes by, the computer is fixed, and the Lord tells St. Peter to recall the two priests. “Will you have any trouble locating them?” He asks.

“The first one should be easy,” says St. Peter. “He’s somewhere over the Rockies, flying with the eagles. But the second one could prove to be more difficult.”

“Why?” asketh the Lord. “He’s on a snow tire, somewhere in North Dakota.”

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

Be cautious what you ask for, you might just get it! Remember, God answers prayer requests!

15 minutes to a pure life

In today’s world, technology exists that allows us to store a multitude of information in phones, memory cards, and other electronic devices. However, this data is useless unless it’s extracted from its source and put to use.

Even in early times, the Psalmist recalled that God’s laws must be reviewed by man in order to apply them in our daily lives. He mentions the overwhelming need to learn and memorize Scripture, so it can be extracted and used to live a pure life:

Psalm 119:9-13

 9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
       By living according to your word.

 10 I seek you with all my heart;
       do not let me stray from your commands.

 11 I have hidden (memorized) your word in my heart
       that I might not sin against you.

 12 Praise be to you, O LORD;
       teach me your decrees.

 13 With my lips I recount
       all the laws that come from your mouth.

As I study the Psalmist’s words, it is clear that the only way to live a pure life, is to live according to God’s Word. But in order to live according to His Word, we can’t just read a passage of Scripture, obey, then go on to the next. We must not only read it, but retain it, so it can be recounted later and obeyed at all times. 

Only by keeping all of His commands, do we live a life that is pleasing to God.

Many Christians come to church to learn God’s Word. But unfortunately, one church visit a week is all that many people are getting. Because most preacher’s never fully preach the entire Bible in their life time, I would estimate that most Christians never fully learn all of God’s laws.

That’s why it’s important for each of us to have Daily Devotionals; a daily Bible reading on a consistent habitual basis. It has been estimated that the Bible only takes 72 hours to read. If we commit to just 15 minutes a day, a person can read the whole Bible in less than a year (288 days). At that rate, we can read the Bible every year and before too long, we can have all of His commands retained in our heart and mind.

Will you commit to learning all of His commands by reading the Bible daily?

What’s in a name?

Some people just have to have “name brand” clothes. They won’t wear anything else but a certain brand of jeans, or carry anything but a certain brand purse. But is that important, really?

As I study Hebrew, I’ve found that in ancient times, people’s names actually meant something. Names were given with purpose and sometimes even changed later in life. For example,

  • Abram (high father) became Abraham (father of many)
  • Sarai (contentious) became Sarah (lady/princess)
  • Saul (asked for) became Paul (small/humble) 

So what’s in a name? Well, there’s one name that didn’t change, it won’t change. It will remain forever the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:20-21.

Jesus was sent to earth by God to “save people from their sins.” I can’t imagine a greater name than that!  He saves us from our sins.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:23-26

The Bible clearly states that Jesus was sent to save us. Because of our sins, we are not worthy of the glory of Heaven. But Jesus died to make amends (to pay) for our sins in front of God. When we repent and come to faith that Jesus is the Son of God, and when we ask Him to be Lord in our life, we can have eternal life in Heaven. Jesus paid our way!

There are some names that have true value: Jesus is first on the list! The others just don’t compare. Next time you are in a store, and overhear someone talking about name brands/names, take the opportunity to tell them about the name of Jesus!

Take your time and pray

Lately I’ve been very influenced by some songs I’ve heard; and yesterday, this song by the Sidewalk Prophets really spoke to me:

Because songs speak to me, it reminds me that we need to be careful with everything we do in life. Everything we are exposed to, the radio, TV, other people…the world – they all influence our minds and our hearts. If we’re not careful, we will let these “worldly” things influence our lives, when we should only allow that which honors God to influence us.

So next time you’re driving down the road and a song comes on, or a DJ says something, think about whether or not it’s influencing you the right way. If not, take time and pray. Ask God for guidance on how you should change your habits, so that what you do, hear, and see will influence you in a way that honors God.

Here are some of the lyrics that speak to me from the song “These are the words I would say” that I linked above:

Three in the morning,
And I’m still awake,
So I picked up a pen and a page,
And I started writing,
Just what I’d say,
If we were face to face,
I’d tell you just what you mean to me,
I’d tell you these simple truths,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,

Thank God for each day,
His love will find a way,

These are the words I would say

The Bible reminds us that God said:

“I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.” – 1 Samuel 2:30b

My Protector

  1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
       my God, in whom I trust.”

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
       and from the deadly pestilence.

 4 He will cover you with his feathers,
       and under his wings you will find refuge;
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 5 You will not fear the terror of night,
       nor the arrow that flies by day,

 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
       nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
       ten thousand at your right hand,
       but it will not come near you.

 8 You will only observe with your eyes
       and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
       even the LORD, who is my refuge-

 10 then no harm will befall you,
       no disaster will come near your tent.

 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
       to guard you in all your ways;

 12 they will lift you up in their hands,
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

 16 With long life will I satisfy him
       and show him my salvation.”

The Lord is our “Protector.” Throughout Scripture, a variety of Biblical writers refer to God as their protector. Without Him, we would live in a world and could not be saved from sin. However, God, in all His mercy and goodness, sent His son to die for us, conquering the world, and renewing our bodies so that we could be called “righteous.”

God died for you. He died for me. He died for each person on this planet. He did this so that “whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

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