Use the Superbowl for something Useful

Turn your Superbowl party in to a “St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. Party.”

If you’re going to give money to anything beyond the sharing of the gospel, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an extremely worthy charity.  They never charged us a dime during the years of my brother’s illness right up to his death, and they always treated us with kindness and compassion.

So, give something back.  This hospital really is helping children with cancer to live longer.

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Murder Most Foul

The image is shocking! My children, 5 and 7 years-old, came in while this was on my computer screen and shouted, “What is that, Mom!?” A barely clothed young woman is drenched in blood and wrapped in cellophane—is she a murder victim?  No.  She’s protesting the eating of meat in front of a barbecue restaurant.

The obviously the intention of the PETA demonstrators is to shock and perhaps even sicken those who see it.  They chose the most foul, disgusting, image they could muster to try to produce sympathy for animals.  But my question is this… Why should this image shock us? Take a moment to just think that through before reading on.

Now think carefully; why should we be shocked when the real thing is happening, right now, in every major city in the United States?  In your city today, in clean, white rooms, women pay smiling secretaries, to have human beings slaughtered—literally.  The bloody, lifeless bodies of once living people, are wrapped up, and tossed away into the garbage… and the attitude is “good riddance!”

Can you imagine the backlash if I were to take a baby doll, cover it with fake blood, wrap it up in cellophane—just like this PETA demonstration—and stand in front of an Abortion center? After all—unlike PETA’s idiocy—it would be an accurate depiction of what is going on inside.  You see, PETA is tolerated in our society for this kind of “free speech,” but showing blood on a baby near an Abortion business would result in the police being called out to remove you… you “religious fanatic!”  (Can you smell the hypocrisy?)

If you think about it, the reason this picture has such shock value is that when we see someone murdered, something jumps inside us.  Our conscience almost instinctively screams, “This is wrong!  This should never happen!  Someone should be punished!”  Why?  Because human beings are created in the image of God, and God has written his Commandments (including, “Thou shalt not murder,”) on our hearts.

So, I’m sorry to tell PETA, that their demonstration didn’t work on me… at least not in the way they intended.  It didn’t make me sympathetic towards animals—instead it made me focus even more on the value of human life.

Are you against the killing of animals, but for the slaughter of human beings? If so, let me quote PETA from the paper under the cellophane, “GET HELP!”

Man Destroys Himself

Hey… I know it’s not near Halloween, but are you ready to see some actual HORROR?  I saw some tonight.  Quite by accident.  My husband was flipping through this picture line-up on CBN News showing the devastating effects of Methamphetamine.  The after pictures of these poor people who have destroyed themselves on this drug look like something out of a low budget haunted house.  Before, they appear sane, normal, and some even pretty.  After?  They are slack-jawed, covered with pus oozing sores, and suffering from paranoia and hallucinations.

Before and After Photos of Meth Users - Credit: Rehabs.com

The first thing I thought of, when I saw these pictures, was a book I read some years ago, which actually became one of my all time favorites.  It’s called The Oath.  The spine of the story is a small mining town that sells itself to the devil, so-to-speak.  It sounds like something you’ve heard a hundred times, but this telling had a disgusting twist: when time came for individuals to cash in with the devil, a wound would appear directly over their heart.  It would turn from burning red to black and soft, and begin to ooze a mucous-like, foul smelling, black fluid… right out of that person’s heart.  The funny thing is, that the more advanced the person’s condition was, the less they noticed it.  So that near the very end… just before the demon would devour them, they would be covered in this slick, black, filth — though completely oblivious to it — as it nearly gushed out of their chests.

That paints such an accurate picture of sin, doesn’t it?  Often the one in the throws of the deadly addiction, who is literally killing themselves, is almost completely blind to it.

It just so happens that with Meth addiction, the evidence of sin is painted all over the person’s face, but most other sins don’t leave this kind of visual evidence behind.  They build up inside the soul more like The Picture of Dorian Gray.

People enslaved to pornography, for example, often look just fine on the outside.  They can smile on command, no problem.  But their soul is rotting away inside as they give piece after piece of themselves away in a miserable quest for something they will never find.  It eludes them like a vapor. What they need so desperately evades them like an endless game of hide and seek.  Only late at night, when the pleasure of the sin is over for the moment, when the shame creeps in (if they are even still able to feel shame) — only in these quiet, alone, late night moments can they hear a small, muffled voice screaming, “I am creating my own Hell on earth!”

We both have a condition, you know.  We were both born with a terminal disease — sin.  The Bible tells us that the penalty for sin is death.  We were born spiritually dead, and however many years you live on this earth, you live them running, blindfolded, at break-neck speed toward the cliff of your own physical death.  Ten out of ten die, and you won’t be the exception to that.  The Bible tells us that it’s appointed by God that every human being will die once, and then face God’s Judgment.  And believe me, that is one court date you don’t want to arrive to unprepared… that would be Hell.  Literally.

My pastor says, “Sin always takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and costs you more than you want to pay.”  Every person in those pictures above is a living testimony as to the truthfulness of that statement.  Don’t end up — spiritually — like one of them.  Go to NeedGod.com, and settle your spiritual destiny tonight.

Sanity.

Our Culture Has Accepted Two Huge Lies:

1. If you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.

2. To love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.

Both of these concepts are nonsense. You do not have to compromise your personal convictions to be compassionate.

(BTW, I didn’t create this graphic… but I agree with it.)

Birth Control Pills Cause Abortions?

A friend wrote to me today asking if I had any information on whether or not Birth Control Pills cause abortions. I’ve shared this information before, but it bears repeating. I sure wish someone would have shared it with me at the beginning of my marriage.

The birth control pill (oral contraception) causes unintended abortions. Here’s how: In basic terms, it has one chemical (estrogen) that tries to prevent a woman’s body from releasing an egg (this is what that most Christians understand BC pills to do) BUT it also has a second chemical (progestin) that thins the lining of the woman’s womb to keep an embryo from being able to attach and grow (most Christians do not know this).

The first chemical does not always keep eggs from being released. If one is released and it meets up with sperm, a baby is created. However, as the baby floats down the tube to the womb to attach and begin growing… it is unable to attach because of the second chemical. This makes the womb an un-hospitable place for the baby, and the baby will be flushed out of the body with the woman’s period.

The reason they can say “the birth control pill is NOT abortive” is because they don’t consider it abortion, because no PREGNANCY has yet happened. In other words, they don’t count a PREGNANCYto have started until the embryo attaches in the womb. Since the second chemical keeps it from attaching, you’ve “prevented pregnancy.” This is why there is much confusion among Christians.

If you believe that life begins when the sperm and egg meet, then the BC pill is clearly a way to prevent a fully human life from getting the food/oxygen it needs to live… and, in that way, extinguishing life.

On a side note, I believe this may also be why God (in the OT) forbids husbands to have relations with their wives while their wives are on their period. If you think about it for a moment, somewhere in that material that is being flushed out by the body is an egg. If it becomes fertilized during relations, you are essentially killing your child at that moment because there is not any way for the baby to implant in the womb at that time. (Sorry if this is too much info.)

For more information on this subject, see the link below. Or, for actual “proof,” just take out that little white paper that came with your BC prescription and read it all the way through. It’s right there, in black and white if you just take time to read it. (Look for language like “thinning of the endometrium” ((the wall of the womb)) and “reduces the likelihood of implantation.”)

My husband and I used BC pills for the first several years of our marriage. We had no idea about any of this. I share this with you all because many of you believe so strongly in protecting babies in the womb that you spend time sharing with women entering abortion clinics. I’m sharing with you now because I deeply regret that no one told me I was doing essentially the same thing. In fact, the “day after” pill (the abortion pill), is nothing more than a very high dose of the second chemical given to insure that any embryos will be flushed out with the period.

Here is a quote from Randy Alcorn’s research on the subject:

“In summary, according to multiple references throughout The Physician’s Desk Reference, which articulate the research findings of all the birth control pill manufacturers, there are not one but three mechanisms of birth control pills:

1. inhibiting ovulation (the primary mechanism),

2. thickening the cervical mucus, thereby making it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg, and

3. thinning and shriveling the lining of the uterus to the point that it is unable or less able to facilitate the implantation of the newly fertilized egg.

The first two mechanisms are contraceptive. The third is abortive.”

http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/17/short-condensation-does-birth-control-pill-cause-a/