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During the election season I was given a free copy of a book that was being re-released.  I intended to blog about it, even though it was an opposing viewpoint from my own. I was willing to write the author’s assertions and then state the reasoning for my position.

But I got to one chapter that made me sick to my stomach. I could not in good conscience lead anyone to read this book, which essentially said that abortion helps to lower the crime rate.

First of all, I thought that in our courts we are innocent until proven guilty. I suppose that is the case, unless you’re in your mother’s womb. Then you’re guilty if your mother says you are. With no evidence. And no crime.

In our legal system, we rely on evidence. And sometimes science plays a large part in bringing the evidence to light.

DNA was first used in criminal cases in 1986. Since then, innocent people have been set free after serving a prison sentence for crimes they didn’t commit. And, likewise, people have been found guilty after years of no evidence.

Cold cases have been solved. Simply from analyzing the DNA.

In 1973 Roe v Wade was decided before the Supreme Court of the United States based on the argument that a woman should be able to have an abortion because it was her own body.

However, if the DNA was analyzed in that excised part of “her body”, I think we’d find that it wasn’t her body at all.

The DNA evidence would suggest that this was in fact, another person. Another body. Another crime victim.

Is it time to use new science for a cold case?

 

 

 

The Youth Leaders in my church took our youth to see The Case for Christ at the Palace Pointe theatre when the movie was first released.

I loved it and told others to go see it.

Then I had the pleasure of meeting the screenplay writer of the movie, Brian Bird, at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference where he taught us how to write screenplays.

He is also an executive producer for the show, When Calls the Heart, on the Hallmark Channel(which I love).  Needless to say, I had to take a selfie with him.

Brian Bird 2017 BRMCWC

 

I saw this review of the movie and had to laugh(My last post is also a video from this same man, David Wood, who you’ll find in the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel  Qureshi). I think Mr. Bird would be pleased about this review.

The movie is out on DVD now. GO GET IT. I’m thinking of buying several copies to give away.

BTW, I love movies with Christian themes. Yes, even the low budget ones.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.      John 14:6.

 

He is the only way, Home and Family people.

I have spoken before about my son’s seizure disorder. I’m so blessed that medication works for him. We had a recent scare when we were half-way to the beach and realized he had left his pills at home. Not wanting to turn around, I called our insurance provider and his doctor to get his prescription called in to a pharmacy near our resort. We had to get the generic version because the brand would have costed $1100 for a 30 day supply. For the few days at the beach we thought we could get by with the generic.

Myrtle Beach 2017

Anyway, because my son has a disorder dealing with the brain, I have studied aspects of the brain I would not normally study.

The brain is fascinating.

I’ve learned about brain plasticity and seizures and tumors, etc. But with all that knowledge available about the brain, scientists are still baffled by some things that happen there.

I have learned that the criminal brain is different from the “normal” brain (like mine, lol). MRIs done on criminal brains have shown striking abnormalities. Click here for an article on the subject.

I ran across this video by someone who had no regard for right or wrong. He would have been labeled a Psychopath.

I hope you watch it to the end and then read the rest of my post.

 

I would say that this man had a criminal brain.

BUT

He met the creator of that brain.

AND

SUPERNATURALLY

His mind was made new. Transformed.
I don’t know if he had MRIs before, but I know he has a different brain now.
Romans 12:2New International Version (NIV)

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:21-24New International Version (NIV)

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

It has been a few days since coming home from my writers conference held at Ridgecrest nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This particular conference is  a revival of sorts for me, and I get a little blue when I return home.

I fellowshipped with people like me who have ideas they want to share and want instruction on how to do it effectively. I have worshipped, laughed and have had some thoughts validated. I met some incredible people who have incredible stories to tell.

But I can’t stay there in that mountaintop euphoria. I have to come down from the mountain.

Our Bible study lesson this Sunday at church was on the Great Commission from the book of Matthew, chapter 28. In verse 16 the 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain where they met Jesus. He told them to go and make disciples of all nations.

The disciples couldn’t stay on the mountain with Jesus, though I’m sure they wanted to. No, they had a mission that they could not fulfill by staying up there.

We have a mission that cannot be carried out up on the mountain at Ridgecrest. We must go, write, teach, preach and show the love of God to those we encounter, whether it be by screenplay, novel, devotion, Bible study, memoir, sermon, or non-fiction book.

Ready. Set. Go.

Matthew 28:16-20Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The Great Commission

16 The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always,to the end of the age.”

It was great to get back to my home church where we had two baptisms in our Sunday Morning Service. Buried with Christ and raised to walk in newness of life. A beautiful picture of a life that is changed by the cleansing we receive by coming to Jesus–whether we meet him on a mountain or in the lowlands.

In my personal Bible Study this morning I read from Psalm 90 verse 2,

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

My husband is an enigma. He could fit into several Love Language categories.

They say you speak your own love language. If that is so, then my husband’s love language is Gifts. But he could also be Touch, Acts of Service, and Words of Affirmation. Because he is good at all of those.

He is definitely a gift giver. He loves to shop for other people and he does it well and would make an excellent personal shopper.

If your love language is Gifts then you feel loved when people give you something. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive.

The greatest gift was given many years ago just for you. You should feel so much love.

The song below says it perfectly.

“The story of amazing love. The light of the world given for us. Noel”.

 

John 3:16New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 7:11New International Version (NIV)

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Merry Christmas!


Here is my gift giver.  We celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary on New Years Eve.

I’m obsessed with the FYI TV show Married at First Sight–a reality show that “scientifically” matches couples who will not meet each other until they are in front of the minister at their wedding.

I want these marriages to work, because I believe marriage is holy.

In his book THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MOSES, Athol Dickson says

“What if  men, women, and the third thing we become when joined together–the “one flesh”–are somehow meant to be an earthly image and likeness of the three persons of God?”

So, what does my obsession with Married at First Sight have to do with the Five Love Languages series I started in my previous post?

Sonia and Nick (Sonic) quickly became my favorite couple in this latest six week “experiment”. Early on Sonia made it clear that her love language was words of affirmation. She needed to hear that she was special, appreciated and pretty. If she didn’t get those things from Nick, then she would not feel loved–her emotional love tank would not be filled. Harsh words, in particular, can be devastating, as we saw when Nick lashed out saying he didn’t find Sonia attractive. Her response was to move out, because she did not feel loved and probably at that moment hated Nick.

If your “Love Language” is Words of Affirmation you want to hear of your worth and beauty, but maybe you’re not hearing those things from the people you love.

Know this–God shows his love for you in these words:

1 Peter 2:9New International Version (NIV)

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 John 3:1New International Version (NIV)

3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Psalm 45:11New International Version (NIV)

11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

2 Corinthians 6:18New International Version (NIV)

18 And,
“I will be a Father to you,

and you will be my sons and daughters,

says the Lord Almighty.”[a]

Romans 9:24-26New International Version (NIV)

24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”[a]

26 and,

“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’

there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”[b]

Song of Songs 1:15-16New International Version (NIV)

He

15 How beautiful you are, my darling!

Oh, how beautiful!

Your eyes are doves.

She

16 How handsome you are, my beloved!
Oh, how charming!

And our bed is verdant.

My sister is an accountant. A CPA to be exact.

But I’m not going to talk about her. (Though I love her dearly).

Did you know that God has every hair on your head numbered?

Every last one of them.

He even knows how many just left my head and made it into my comb.

But there is one thing he stops counting. Hebrews 8 in the Message Bible says:

This new plan I’m making with Israel
    isn’t going to be written on paper,
    isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;
This time I’m writing out the plan in them,
    carving it on the lining of their hearts.
I’ll be their God,
    they’ll be my people.
They won’t go to school to learn about me,
    or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.
They’ll all get to know me firsthand,
    the little and the big, the small and the great.
They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,
    with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.

He knows the number of hairs on your head, but he will wipe the slate clean of your sins.

Isn’t that cool? The ultimate Accountant will stop counting sins.

Matthew 10:29-31

Forget About Yourself ] “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering thehairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.

 

Church services were canceled today, so I thought I’d post worship through music.

The Church Youth Ensemble plays “Amazing Grace”.

Worship the One whose Grace is Amazing.

My sweet son is on the trumpet. I love him.

 

 

I admire strong brave people, because there are times when I’m not brave and when I’m not strong.

But I know two young people who are both brave and strong.

Zach and  Dalton are giant-slayers.

In 2010 Zach started on his quest to slay the giant.

The Doctors could not figure out what was going on in his small body. His red blood cells were being killed as soon as they were being made. Steroids and blood transfusions kept him alive.

But there came a time when he needed a stronger intervention.

In steps his big brother, Dalton, who was a perfect match for bone marrow donation.

Before he was to go into the hospital for the procedure, Zach, his parents and members of the church planned a celebration of life service.

When Zach was just a small thing he gave his heart to Christ, and I don’t know of too many adults who show such faith in the Savior as this young man.

Below I’ve posted the service in its entirety. Zach chose all the songs. And I have to say, an adult couldn’t have done a better job. The songs are powerful and spoke to what he is going through right now.

You can read more about this giant-slaying quest on his Caring Bridge Page:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/zachsides/journal

Whom Shall I Fear

I’ve confessed that I have slight prepping tendencies.

I happened upon these videos which I think are a great introduction to preparing for different disaster scenarios.

The biggest disaster is to live with the weight of sin. But it is the easiest disaster to avoid, because we don’t have to do anything about it. It was all done for us. Jesus took the weight of our sin with him on the cross. He paid the penalty for our sin. And all we have to do is accept that he did and receive the forgiveness that only He can offer. It is simple really.

Engineer775  mentions that the US is not mentioned in Bible prophecies. I’d like to think that it is because most of the country will be raptured. Those that put their faith in Jesus will be one of those raptured. I wouldn’t want to be LEFT BEHIND.

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