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Thoughts on the Travel Ban

Some people here are either afraid of offending other people or, the most likely, have a political agenda of undermining our president. 

The link below should give food for thought for those people and also the supposed supporters of open borders.

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A Few Ideas About Abortion

Fetus: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically :  a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth — Merriam-Webster

I just don’t understand how, if you murder a pregnant woman and the baby dies you are charged with two counts of murder, but it’s okay to kill an unborn child in the name of abortion.

If we were to find a single cell organism on Mars we have found life, but an 11 week old baby in the womb with a beating heart and functioning organs is not considered life. This is a disturbing thought process.

We have all kinds of people and organizations fighting to protect the rain-forests, whales, trees, bald eagles, national parks, endangered species, so then why not protect our unborn children?

Why won’t the media and the CDC publish abortions deaths each year when they publish the national deaths by cause? My guess is that it is too alarming. In 2013, per the CDC, there were 664,435 (babies died) abortions “performed” and 611,105 deaths from heart disease. some other numbers: 84,767 deaths from Alzheimer’s,  56,979 from influenza and pneumonia, 41,149 from suicide and 10,945 firearm homicides.

If doing drugs is illegal, prostitution is illegal, murder is illegal, not wearing a seatbelt is illegal then why is killing an unborn child legal?

It is a $250,00 fine and a sentence of up to two years in prison for destroying a bald eagle egg, but it’s perfectly legal to kill an unborn child.

“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.”- Mother Teresa

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8

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Song of Songs

Saturated with tales of secret rendezvous, sexual escapades and extramarital affairs, today’s media is teaching that immorality means freedom, commitment is old-fashioned and perversion is natural. Sex, created by God and pronounced good in Eden, has been exploited, twisted and turned into an urgent, casual, self-gratifying, and illicit activity. Love has become lust, giving becoming getting and lasting commitment into “no strings attached.”

In reality, sexual intercourse, the physical and emotional union of male and female, should be a holy means of producing children, celebrating love and experiencing pleasure while being protected by the commitment of marriage.

A moving poem, drama and story, Song of Songs features the dialogue of love between a simple Jewish woman and King Solomon. They describe in intimate detail their feelings and desires for each other and their longings to be together. Throughout the dialogue, marriage and sex are put in their proper, God-given perspective.

This song has spurred much debate over its meaning. Some claim it is a literal story about love and marriage. Others say it’s an allegory of God’s love for Israel. It is actually both- a historical story with two different meanings. One meaning, we learn about marriage, sex and love; the other, we see God’s overwhelming, unfailing love for us.

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A Perfect Love

A vase shatters, brushed by a careless elbow; a toy breaks, handled roughly by a child’s fingers; a blanket tears, pulled by angry and strong hands. Tears and spills take time to clean up, effort and money to repair or replace, but far more costly are broken relationships. Untruths, hateful words, unfaithfulness, and forsaken vows tear delicate personal bonds and cause wounds not easily healed. The most tragic, however, is a broken relationship with God.

God loves completely, unconditionally and perfectly. And His love is a love of action; guiding, giving and guarding. He is altogether faithful, true to His promises. But consistently people spurn their loving God, breaking the covenant, following other gods, worshiping idols and living only for themselves. So their relationship with Him is broken and in shambles.

But the breach can be repaired; all hope is not lost. God can heal, mend and reweave the fabric. Forgiveness is available. And that is grace. His everlasting grace.

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Beginners Guide to Prayer

The most basic prayer to start with is the one we were given by Jesus in the Book of Matthew Chapter 6. It is the Lord’s Prayer. 

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.                                     Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.                                                        And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

As we discussed last week in our Ohana group, the Lord’s Prayer provides a great guideline or framework for how to pray: worship, recognition of God’s sovereignty, putting His will ahead of our own, asking for forgiveness and praising Him.

Through your prayers you should be affirming and solidifying the Creator-created relationship. God already knows our needs. He longs to hear we are wholly devoted to Him. That He is our all-in-all.

Consider these passages in the Bible; John 15:7, John 14:13-14, John 16:23. 

May God bless you.