Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Monday, July 19, 2010

John's Blog: A Scarce And Necessary Virtue.

I highly regard the story of 'Rowan'. It certainly does illustrate a scarce an necessary virtue among women as among men. We can imbibe and make application within our domain and calling. This is what heroes are made of and their expectation of those closest to them. It's uncompromisable and those who will not compromise, curiously enough, become the cream that rises to the top. Enjoy and thanks John!

Keeping Rank & Order

Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is legion, they do not crowd upon each other, so as to throw their columns into confusion. This remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the a Lord has infused the spirit of order into His universe, since the smallest animate creatures are as much controlled by it as are the rolling spheres or the seraphic messengers. It would be wise for believers to be ruled by the same influence in all their spiritual life. In their Christian graces no one virtue should usurp the sphere of another, or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support. Affection must not smother honesty, courage must not elbow weakness out of the field, modesty must not jostle energy, and patience must not slaughter resolution. So also with one must not interfere with another; public usefulness must not injure private piety; church work must not push family worship into a corner. It is ill to offer God one duty stained with the blood of another. Each thing is beautiful in its season, but not otherwise. It was to the Pharisee that Jesus said, "This ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone." The same rule applies to we must take care to know our place, take it, and keep to it. We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability, and not intrude upon our fellow servant's domain. Our Lord Jesus taught us not to covet the high places, but to be willing to be the least among the brethren. Far from us be an envious, ambitious spirit, let us feel the force of the Master's command, and do as He bids us, keeping rank with the rest of the host. To-night let us see whether we are keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, and let our prayer be that, in all the churches of the Lord Jesus, peace and order may prevail.

Recommended Resources:
The Art Of Divine Contentment
Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Children As Pets

From Doug's Blog an excellent lecture and thorough examination of an incredibly destructive worldview.

We live amidst a culture that delights in an infantile worldview. The moral character that was meant to sustain a hardy Christian people is disdained and the fruit of this is a generation of weak immoral people incapable of even helping themselves, thinking for themselves, finding their own solutions, making informed decisions, carrying them out, standing in the gap, fighting when the battle calls to name a few. Children consumed by the lust of their parents have no future and no hope for righting such backward thinking, but for the grace of God.

Caleb Hayden writes:

In his talk, “Children as Pets” Geoff Botkin explained how our culture has attempted to replace God and create a new reality. This broken culture has become a culture of death, manifested through parents’ ungodly behavior in how they raise their children by:

  1. Nourishing within children a morbid preoccupation with self
  2. Minimizing the value of children’s souls
  3. Indulging children because parents carry guilt for failing in their spiritual responsibilities
  4. Being unwilling to direct children to bear the cross of Christ in moral tests and responsibility
  5. Not insisting on obedience to every aspect of God’s law
  6. Making lawlessness comfortable in the home
  7. Directing personal affections away from God toward defiant stubborn attempts at self-fulfillment
  8. Substituting sentimentality for God’s Law

Additionally, adults often exploit their children and manifest disdain for their future by embracing the fantasy policies of a death culture, which include:

  1. Fiat money
  2. Anti-family “social security” schemes
  3. Death taxes
  4. Socialistic policies in business licensure
  5. The religious upbringing of children by government experts
  6. The toys and escapist entertainments of the day.

Mr. Botkin went onto describe how our culture and even some Christians believe that when families make a deliberate choice of when and how many children to have, the children are better loved, cared for, and protected.

But is this not also true of pets? Like pets, children are seen as having no future, no context in God’s created order, no responsibilities, no designated understanding of their place in God’s Kingdom, and no sense of personal duty. However, unlike pets, children have souls, are discipled, and then become disciple-makers of their own children. In our present cultural context, this means discipleship in an excessive, self-centered, and immature approach to life and culture.

Sadly, most Christian children learn to view the world not as God’s battleground, but as a playground, Mr. Botkin noted. Children made in God’s image become enslaved when they are treated like spoiled pets in a culture that emphasizes cuteness, sentimentality, and image over obedience and duty.

Men with hobby lives have hobby families in the artificial world of their own making. Artificial worlds make artificial lives, and the result is a death culture. We have a superstar mentality. We believe we can do what we want, get adulation, and have the world revolve around us.

Believers, Mr. Botkin urged, must repent and do the following four things:

  1. Trust God and His promise to bless families who fear Him
  2. Know your children’s hearts and souls, and guard their affections
  3. Provide children the freedom and tools for learning
  4. Provide children a vision for Christian civilization

In closing, Mr. Botkin commended Titus 2:11-13 as words of instruction for Christians to embrace: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

To purchase The Baby Conference Audio Collection, which includes this message on “Children as Pets”, click here.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vision Forum Deal Of The Day: Heartstrings!!!

Heartstrings was a wonderful project to work on as all Heumoore projects have proven to be. We have many wonderful memories. Our mom has a cameo and Andrea was Mom's set nanny on this particular film :) I was back at base camp rolling up one too many burritos. But more importantly it was wonderful to see the Lord bless Heumoore Productions with a wonderful set minutes away from base camp showing that His hand was on the project honoring the commitment to work with the means and budget allowed. Prior to that it was going to be our home which was some distance away. Heartstrings is also the fruit of the combined effort of families in the body of Christ which has substantial influence on the way the production goes entirely.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Unto the Least of These: Swanson and Sproul Share on Ministering to Special Needs Children

An update from the Baby Conference just posted, talks about a story which our family heard Mr. Swanson deliver several years ago. Since then I have recommended it many times as a source of encouragement to those finding themselves in varying difficult situations. I am so thankful for a message of resolve in the face of a culture of death, when the weakest among us are preyed upon, when the break down of the family leaves many vulnerable. Since it is such an important message and a favorite of mine....

Be sure to stay tuned for the updated version. It is an incredibly inspiring talk calling us to embrace the difficulties God calls us to, trusting him and learning to love what God loves, how God loves in contradistinction to the ideals of our culture. We are called to circumstances such as these. In the midst of difficulties, temptations and trials we find that God has perfectly orchestrated opportunity for our sanctification, for the strengthening of the church, and to stand against the masses who have embraced a culture of death in so doing offering a testimony of faith rarely seen.

From Doug's Blog:

In “Suffer the Children: How to Love Those Children Who Are Rejected by the Culture of Death”, Kevin Swanson and R.C. Sproul Jr. shared moving personal testimonies of caring for disabled children that God has placed in their lives.

Kevin Swanson contrasted the stories of Dylan and Simon, two handicapped four-year-old boys in the Denver area. Dylan’s case was highlighted in a Denver Post article titled, “Two Parents Face an Agonizing Test of Faith and Love for Their Son.” The article described how Dylan’s parents deprived their son of food and starved him to death after twenty-one days. Regrettably, the newspaper characterized the parent’s choice to murder their son in a positive light.

In contrast to this horror story, Kevin told of how Reformation Church, where he serves as an elder, has rallied in support of Simon, a handicapped boy who suffers from nearly the exact same disabilities as Dylan: blindness, a lack of mobility, and the need for multiple surgeries. Yet rather than suggest that Simon’s life is not worth living, the families at Reformation Church have ministered to him, Kevin explained, even as their lives have been blessed be him amidst his frailty. Kevin charged the audience to “define love God’s way” — and to gladly bear the cross of sacrifice for the weak and infirm.

Read the rest here.