ALL LIVES –MATTER!

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Proverbs 6:16-19  (KJV)

While driving up the Interstate 1—somewhere between Southern Pines and Sanford, NC I read a church billboard that said “Aborted Lives Matter”–Proverbs 6:16-19. This is a position taken after so much publicity has been diverted to the “Black Lives Matter” movement– And they do–but ALL LIVES MATTER!! Red or Yellow Black or White .  . and ALL lives matter at ANY age!

And even when we decide to agree upon that premise–that ALL LIVES MATTER–we still have this massive sin in our world, our country, our community- ABORTION.

According to our Abortion laws in the USA–women have the “right” to choose. The Roe v. Wade decision set precedence in Jan 1974, where the highest court of the land SCOTUS determined that “a woman had a right to her own body.” Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. It was decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life.[1] Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the third trimester of pregnancy.–Wikipedia

As a young, and out of fellowship with the Lord, know it all woman, I thought this decision was not only practical, but RIGHT!! I mean how dare anyone tell anyone what they could do with their own body!! And who were these “men” telling us, “women” what we could and SHOULD do!! RIGHT? right?

And don’t women have dominion over what path they decide on for themselves??? What if they were raped? What if they were impregnated in an incestuous relationship? OR, what if the mother’s life was endangered–there would be this “legal” loophole that a woman would not be punished further! ABORTION was legal.

I mean come on . . . it’s just a clump of cells. . . you can’t even tell what it is!! RIGHT?  . . .right?

After later, having two babies, I queried my friends and family members–I could not even imagine having an abortion after having two children! I had never known love so deep and meaningfully! Then after I became a college professor and listening to 1000s of student speeches and listening to the differing points of view . . . there seemed a smugness in that “women were in control of what they did to their bodies individually.”

Look where man’s law has gotten us! Last count roughly 56 million LEGAL abortions have been performed in the USA since that infamous landmark decision in 1974. The stats below reflect some very shocking facts:

                     The clock is ticking . . .

                     Think about this:

         One baby is aborted every

                        26 seconds

                     137 every hour

                    3,304 every day

                  23,196 every week

                100,516 every month

                1.206,192 every year

           in the United States alone!

Because you see, even though you might be able to justify to yourself that “it’s just a bunch of cells” or in a worse case scenario that it’s a far along as 5 months in utero or in STILL LEGAL cases of up to the DAY OF DUE DATE–an abortion is shedding innocent blood–it’s a baby, the unborn, innocent, indefensible child that God knows, and HIS words are recorded in Proverbs 6:16-19:

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

King James Version (KJV)

GOD is our CREATOR and has a plan for each and every life–regardless of what color, sex, or age. Respecting all life is key to obeying GOD’S Word. I thank God daily for guiding me to the truth and giving me the opportunity to take a stand against this terrible procedure—a procedure that treats the unborn with total disregard for the sanctity of life–

Oh, God in Heaven, we thank THEE for EVERY life!

Be of Good Cheer!

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Be of Good Cheer!

When Jim and I go to our little house in Comanche, Texas, we attend the Gustine church of Christ just a few miles from town, in Gustine, TX population about 200. . . It’s the warmest congregation with about 20 members–all of who welcome us as though we are sorely missed and that they are so happy to see us–and we know they really are sincere!!

This congregation, as I mentioned, has 20+/- members who attend regularly–a number which is down substantially from 250+ just 40 years ago–like 90% down !! Most of the members are elderly or close to being so, but what attracts us to this congregation is because they define what I refer to as great examples of Christian men and women. I love them, respect them, and admire them for their continued service to Christ our Lord and Savior– and to the local community–with no complaint–and most of them have many good reasons to complain . . . but you would never know it–because they are friendly, engaging, and cheerful.

Bro. Bill Blackstone–the preacher is 80 or older–and brings the messages on Sunday, teaches Sunday School and the Wednesday classes and he puts out the Weekly Bulletin. I am sharing one of his articles about our attitude regarding our lives. He said that I could use anything that he writes and I chose this article for this week’s Words of Wisdom article. I hope you are able to use it to your benefit!

“BE OF GOOD CHEER” One thing in life is sure: we all have our share of pain and suffering. Bad things happen to good people. Age, disease and sickness can destroy our health. Family problems threaten lives and souls of those we love most dearly. Financial strain, job related stress, and everyday challenges of life seem to be like Jesus’ description of the poor – “With us always.” (Mark 14:7).

This should not surprise us. Didn’t Jesus warn us, “In the world you shall have tribulation?” (John 16:33). We can be thankful that Jesus did not stop his thought here, but continued by promising, “….be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

No problem or sorrow is larger than our God. And God, who “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), has promised to help his own. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1).

The question is not “Does God care?” He does! The real problem that each one must answer is “Do I believe what God has promised?-Bill B

I do!

And, again, I am inspired to do better and to have the reputation as a cheerful Christian. I am also inspired because Jim and I have found this scripturally sound, and cheerful congregation here at Boyd Lake Rd and there are so many parallels–uplifting, kind, concerned, friendly members, excellent sermons and services . . . both “cheerful” . . . one difference to note: Gustine may be losing membership due to the small town getting smaller reality –but continues to be an inspiration to so many and Boyd Lake Rd continues to grow and add more cheerful faithful Christians to its number-I am so blessed!