Thursday, January 20, 2005

MH - Encouragement

Well, the inauguration has come and gone, and at least as of this writing, nothing untoward has happened, aside from a few boobs out there protesting, who couldn't resist trying to make themselves the center of attention. We all know, of course, how distraught they get in any situation that isn't all about them. If that's as bad as it gets, I think we can be encouraged.

But enough of that. Speaking of encouragement, Hadleyblogger Dan wanted to share this email he got, as part of, which describes itself as "a daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation."

Seeing as how the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is coming up on Saturday, I thought this was an appropriate message for us all. Not a Catholic site, but I think this is another example of how we can all find encouragement from one another, and make peace around the areas of common agreement we share.

"From Infancy"

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15).

Last night Brooksyne and Ester took a meal over to our Amish neighbors who just had a baby daughter. They came home and told me how very tiny and cute the baby is. Brooksyne said we need to go over again and visit the family. This baby is clearly loved and valued by her parents and toddler brother.

Postmodernism has contributed greatly to the devaluing of life. The latest issue of "Consumer Reports" candidly deals with birth control and also touches on the subject of abortion. The procedure is said to remove "uterine contents." Is that a new low in Orwellian doublespeak or what!

There's a powerful truth related to this in our daily verse. Notice the phrase "how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures." Timothy had a godly mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). They apparently made known the Holy Scriptures to Timothy even as an infant. The word "infant" is a very interesting Greek word, "brephos". This same word is used in Luke 1:44 to describe John while he was in his mother's womb.

John was not "uterine contents" but a tiny developing baby, who grew up to make a mighty impact in fulfilling the purpose for which God made him. Timothy was impacted by the Holy Scriptures from infancy, which I certainly believe is prenatal development as well. Even many in the world recognize the intricate development that takes place in the womb, not only physically but in many other ways as well.

Consider today the awesome power of God's Word, the Holy Scriptures. Some of you, like Timothy, have known Biblical instruction from infancy, having a godly heritage. Others have come into this knowledge later and are the first generation in your line to have godly faith. Regardless, hold on to the divine truth in the Holy Scriptures, "which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."

Seeing as how the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is coming up on Saturday, I thought this was a most appropriate message to share with you all. This email also contains an important reminder about Consumer Reports, that it too has apparently bought into the Planned Parenthood culture of death by "rating" various abortion procedures. This after its ratings of different brands of condoms. Read more about this outrage here at American Life League and and click on "Planned Parenthood bias infiltrates Consumer Reports."

Thanks for the email, Dan!

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