“Nobody Feels Sorry for Me”

I can think of only one person in the Bible who said something like that.  “… And there is none of you that is sorry for me….”  It was Saul, in I Samuel 22:8.  It ended in murder.

I can think of one other person who had a similar attitude.  It was Ahab, in I Kings 21.  That ended in murder, too.

Maybe it isn’t a good idea to want other people to feel sorry for us.  It fosters ingratitude, resentment, and a host of other problems — often leading to deep hatred, which is murder in spirit (even if it doesn’t manifest itself in action).

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.

For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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“Love Isn’t Fair”

So yesterday afternoon, in the midst of lying on the sofa with a 2 year old and a 4 year old climbing all over me, and perhaps bouncing on my chest and belly, at one point I told the elder one, “Life isn’t fair.”  (I don’t remember why I said it, what exactly triggered it, but I certainly did say it.)

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Doing the Do’s

You can’t love Jesus without “do-ing” and “don’t-ing.”  It is a demonstration of love when we do the do’s and don’t the don’ts.
- Pastor Sandy Edgar

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
– Jesus, John 14:15

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Murdering Our Own Children

Romans 1:31

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Yesterday, two women, Liam’s mother and her “partner,” were charged with murdering two-year-old Liam Fee in Thornton in March.

A week ago, Madison Horne’s mother’s male “partner” (not Madison’s father) appeared in the dock for two-year-old Madison’s murder in Kelty in April.

One month ago, Mikaeel Kular’s mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, admitted to killing her three-year-old son in Edinburgh and hiding his body in Kirkcaldy.  Mrs Adekoya fell pregnant with Mikaeel while having an affair with a man from Leven who had a long-term partner.  Neither her husband nor Mikaeel’s father were living with her when she killed her son.

These are our neighbours, our communities.  Fife Council presides over a culture that produces child murderers and looks afar to pass moral judgments on foreign lands.  We debate whether we’ll have more money in our pockets if a referendum passes next month, as if that is what really matters.  Separate or not, if there is not national repentance, Scotland will suffer judgment.  We’ve destroyed any real concept of the family, and we’ve killed our own children in the womb for years.  Now we’re killing them after birth, too.

May God have mercy.

 

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Richard Dawkins’ Monstrous Ideas

Richard Dawkins, on aborting a Down’s Syndrome baby — “it would be immoral to bring it into the world.”  (I’ll not give him a link.)  Then, he played the victim — “Apparently I’m a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted.”

Oh, he is right that his words reflect the depravity of our society.  But nothing will change the fact that he’s come right out and said it would be immoral not to abort a Down’s Syndrome baby.

How repulsive do a person’s statements have to become before people stop giving him a forum to spread his perverse rantings?  We talk about protecting vulnerable people, emphasise the Special Olympics, etc, but we treat the source of such monstrous statements as a celebrity, instead of a pariah.  Dawkins will, no doubt, appear on television sets soon and be treated as if his ideas deserve serious consideration — but his ideas are abominable.

Hopefully this ends the folly of Christians debating this man.  No Christian should take part in giving him a public forum.  He does not need a hearing.  His arguments need no answer other than to point people to where his philosophy leads.  If anyone can’t see that his views are morally bankrupt, no argument you make is likely to help them.

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The Next Person….

Remember, the next person you speak to could be dead tomorrow.
- My friend, Alex Rollo, in his diary after the death of his brother

Three from Paul the apostle as directed by the Holy Spirit:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
– Ephesians 6:18-19

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
– Romans 1:14-15

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
– Colossians 4:5-6

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Shebna’s Tomb — “The Lord Will Carry Thee Away”

The Bible in the British Museum

In an earlier article, I looked at the Tomb of the Royal Steward in Silwan, just across the Kidron Valley from the ancient city of David in Jerusalem.  (If you missed that article, this one builds on it significantly so you may want to read it first.)  In this article, I’d like to focus less on the artefact itself, and more on the Biblical context of Isaiah 22, which almost certainly refers to this exact tomb.

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