Sunday, March 11, 2012

Couple would have aborted daughter if not for botched test saying she was healthy, & other news

Some news for you this morning.

What is there to say about this first story? Except that God hates when parents pass their child though the fires to Molech, (Leviticus 18:21) and that each child is a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3). The parents say they are receiving death threats over this.

Victory for couple who said they 'would have aborted daughter if they knew she had Down's syndrome' as jury forces hospital to pay $2.9million following botched test
"A couple who sued a hospital for not telling them their unborn child has Down's syndrome has been awarded a $2.9million payout. Ariel and Deborah Levy, who say they would have had an abortion if they had known the child would be disabled, claimed they needed the money to pay for their daughter Kalanit's lifelong care. And a jury agreed, deciding on Friday that Oregon's Legacy Health hospital had been negligent in failing to diagnose the condition in a pre-natal scan. The hospital is considering appealing the verdict, but the Levys' lawyer urged them to 'let this case finally come to an end'."

As we awaken today and prepare for congregational worship, it is a sad reality that a quarter of a million school children in Israel have had school canceled due to the number of rockets that have been shot at the southern end of the country. Worse, officials now fear an escalation that would include targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. If the Military officials in Israel have good grounds to fear this, then they have good grounds to fear this. They are not Nervous Nellies over there, and so we need to use our prayer time for Israel today.

Gaza terrorists might target Tel Aviv
"Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continued Saturday night, and police are expressing concern that the current round of fighting could escalate. Police fear that terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip might use weapons that have not yet been seen - long-range rockets that could reach metropolitan Tel Aviv. The police and the IDF Home Front Command are not taking any chances, and are planning for the worst case scenario. A senior police official told Hebrew daily “Ma’ariv” that there are serious concerns that terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip might use weapons not yet employed."

One thing I've noticed is that churches have become overextended lately because they inadvisably hopped on the Youth culture bandwagon. Suddenly the churches around where I live are renovating or adding on so that their youth can have a space like a darkened loft where The Beat Generation used to hang out and jam to Kerouac poetry. These building additions have fancy lighting, sound stages, concert quality amplifiers, couches to hang out on etc. All some of these places need is a booth and Phil Spector creating a Wall of Sound. Here is an essay/video interview from the Gospel Coalition on "The Idolatry of Youth Culture in Worship". In the 17 min interview they talk about the current entrapments of youth in America, whether it be fashion or music or celebrity culture etc. and how they get into a hamster wheel of always needing to be fresher or onto the next new thing. Sometimes the next new things means spending a lot of money to satisfy the wants and lusts of Youth in the church space to make it sensuous rather than worshipful.

The Idolatry of Youth Culture in Worship
"Worship leaders often talk about the tension between performance and worship. It's easy to get drawn into the spectacle of music in the church, with our primary examples and role models being professionals---often young, beautiful, and enormously talented."

Sunday is the Lord's Day. He sent us a letter from heaven to read, to fill us with truth, to establish us as His own, to provide spiritual food. Once we believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we understand that He is the Word and that His word is not only authoritative, but inerrant.

"The Eternal Word: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:1-5).

Do you believe the bible is truly God's word? That everything in it is authoritative and useful for our lives? (2 Timothy 3:16). Or do you pick and choose what you want to believe, saying "Well the flood surely is allegorical...well Jonah surely wasn't swallowed by a big fish..."?

If you are not sure, here are some resources for you to read and then pray to the Spirit to help you understand that the bible is sure, perfect, and all we need for understanding of God's ways and His Son.

Christian Research and Apologetics Ministry:
Are the Scriptures Sufficient?

GotQuestions:
Is the bible truly God's word?

Answers in Genesis:
Is the bible authoritative and inerrant

Tim Challies:
What does inerrant mean?

John 5:24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

2 comments:

  1. Awesome Blog. God Bless You for this. But have to point out that God says that it is Saturday that is His holy day. This day was changed by Constantine as he hated jews and tried to take out everything that was jewish about Jesus (Yeshua) and was followed by many others doing the same thing. Now a lot of "religions" are following man-made doctrines, instead of what God has established and because people will not pick up their bibles and be as Bereans and search scripture for themselves, they are being spoon-fed lies and will believe anything.
    Exodus 20:8
    “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Exodus 20:10
    but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
    Exodus 20:11
    For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
    I also must point out that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and when he says something, he is not going to change it because modern society disagrees with it. The OT is just as valid today as when God dictated it to Moses and the prophets and if you search the OT, you will see Jesus (Yeshua) everywhere!

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    1. Hello Anonymous, and thank you for visiting.

      The issue of the Sabbath day for new Covenant Christians is not as clear-cut as you have shared. In actuality there is no biblical command for New Testament believers to set aside a day for corporate worship. It has been tradition that we have done so on a Sunday, in order that we may voluntarily keep His ordinances (baptism and Lord's Supper.) However, the New Testament doesn't command us to worship on a Saturday. We are under grace and not law and the law about the sabbath was the only one not re-affirmed by Jesus. The other 9 were. Instead, He said He is the Lord of the Sabbath.

      I am of the opinion that it is good and profitable that we corporately gather to worship and learn, and as I mentioned, to observe the Ordinances. Traditionally we do that on Sunday. If you choose to do that on Saturday, that is all well and good too.

      You can read more, with scriptures, here
      Should we keep the Sabbath or not?
      http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/should-we-keep-sabbath-or-not

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