Monday, February 28, 2011

Is Congress condemning women?

There is an open letter to Congress from Planned Parenthood that is gathering signatures from supporters.

This letter started after the "House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care."

The letter begins:

"How could you? How could you betray millions of women - and men, and teens - who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care?

How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illness?"

Did you catch it? That last line said that Congress would be condemning women by removing federal funding of Planned Parenthood. This is similar to the argument against Calvinism that says "How could God condemn all those He doesn't elect? By not electing them they are condemned to hell, and God is condemning them to hell by not choosing them."

However, what needs to be noted is the position of man in the first place.  Man is already on the way to hell on their own, by their own acts of sin. It is a merciful God that chooses to save some from their self-inflicted condemnation.

In similar fashion, citizens of this country have no legal right to the 'care' that PP offers. By removing federal funding, Congress is not condemning them, merely leaving them in their natural state. Congress has no obligation here.

(FYI many local county health departments offer free cancer screenings.)

So, if they were going to write a letter to congress, it should say something like: "Would you please be merciful to these women - and men, and teens - who utilize Planned Parenthood's 'health care'? We recognize that their health is their problem, and there is no right for them to have help with this, and that they have other options, but it would be great if you did help them stay in business."

Now, how about the fact that they call an unplanned pregnancy conndemnation?!?

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward." Psalm 127:3

I consider a reward the antonym (exact opposite) of condemnation.

In case you didn't catch the wording above, let me repeat it with emphasis: "How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illness?"

This is asserting that without PP these people will have undiagnosed cancer, get pregnant unintentionally, and have their illnesses untreated.  What happened to personal responsibility? It's as if they characterize people as helpless beings who cannot take care of themselves to prevent cancer, NOT have sex (or even at least!!! not be able to kill their baby), or not get their illnesses treated by other means.

It is this exact practice that has bred such an immature, irresponsible nation. People no longer think for themselves and must have someone else take care of their problems (as if pregnancy is a problem to be solved...ugh).

I could continue, but I think most of this is common sense (or is it??).

Once again, I call everyone to pray for those involved in this culture of death.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Philippians 2:12-18

Thanks to Dan & Tara Schmidt (they lent me one of their microphones), I was able to get this week's verses recorded in record time! 

I'm still late on getting it up, but it would have been probably next week had I not had a real microphone to use.

Hopefully this will help me have the future weeks' verses recorded on time (at the beginning of the week).

Here is this week's video:

Have a great week!

I'm headed up to Lake of the Woods to do some ice fishing, so I won't have next week's verses done until early next week.

I'm quite sure it's going to be cold, so this definitely won't be us:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giveaway of all Giveaways!

Who likes free stuff?!?!?

No, it's not going on here. Sorry. Maybe one day I'll be able to coordinate such a wonderful gift package for you all, but to keep you satisfied until then I'm letting you in on one that's happening right now!!

The Book and Music Giveaway is going on over at Jonathan Bolin's blog.

The giveaway includes:

  1. Your choice of any bonded leather, Truetone, or personal size edition of the ESV Study Bible
  2. Mark Driscoll’s Doctrine
  3. Bob Kauflin’s Worship Matters
  4. Rolland McCune’s Systematic Theology three volume set
  5. Page CXVI’s three Hymns CD’s
    1. You can stream their 2nd Hymn cd for free at the bottom of this page :-)
  6. Together for the Gospel Live CD

And yes, ONE person will win ALL of this! This is the giveaway of all giveaways!

There are ways to get multiple entries; I encourage you to do them all so you have better chances (although that would make my chances of winning go down, so...hmmm).

Contest ends at the end of the month, so act fast to get in!

Thanks to Jonathan for organizing this!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Philippians 2:5-11

I'm a week behind on this post, but at least it's done! Busy schedule on top of absent-mindedness led to several attempts at this weeks verses; needless to say I hope this didn't throw off your memorizing schedule. I hope to still get this weeks verses done asap.

Hope this helps:

And don't forget to download these in .mp3 format (free of course!) - on the right sidebar - so it's easily accessible for review!!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Philippians 2:1-4

Now we begin the next chapter in Philippians! We have the whole first chapter of Philippians memorized! It's so great to store up God's Word in our heart.

Here is this week's video: