Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Duggar Family

duggar-family

The Duggar family just had their 18th child.  This is an amazing family that believes in procreation just as God commanded.  The verses in Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.   Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”

In this article about the Duggar family, there were 5 comments dealing with having so many children. I find it sad that our culture is such that anyone who does something contrary to the “cultural norm” they get castigated!  Our culture will die down if people don’t start having more than “their share” of children.  Children would not be a “pain in the neck” if we taught them according to Scripture.  There is a right and wrong way of raising our children and the wrong way is to be concerned about the child’s self-image.  I have told my children many times that I don’t care about their self-image but I do care about their image in God’s eyes!

On the other side of the coin, there are many ladies who truly desire to have children and cannot do so.  To these ladies I would encourage to look into the possibility of adoption.  Many times those children who have no one are overlooked and unloved.  Remember, Ladies, that we, who are true believers in the Lord, are adopted into God’s family.  James 1:27 tells us, “True religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to keep himself unspotted from the world and to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.”  What better way to visit the fatherless by taking them into your home and bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  They need godly, loving  parents just like our natural born children do and even more so because they have no one!

If you go to Adoption 3:16 you will read about families that have adopted and ways they can help to bring you through the hard times based on God’s Word.   Whether you end up with a huge family through natural birth or through adoption remember that the “fruit of the womb is God’s reward!”

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Charles Spurgeon

Morning And Evening

“I came not to send peace on the earth, but a sword.” Matt. 10:34

“The Christian will be sure to make enemies.  It will be one of his objects to make none; but if to do the right, and to believe the true, should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will count it but a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be yet more friendly, and reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever.  O ye who have taken up His cross, know ye not what your Master said?  ‘I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.’

“Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, He brings war.  Where the light cometh, the darkness must  retire.  Where truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abideth, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower it’s standard, and the lie must be trodden under foot.  If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels.  If you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it the world will not speak well of you.  He who has the friendship of the world is an enemy  to God; but if you are true and faithul to the Most Hight, men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities.

“Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right.  You will need the courage of a lion unhesitatingly to pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe; but for the love of Jesus you must thus be courageous.  For the truth’s sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle which only the Spirit of God can work in you; yet turn not your back like a coward, but play the man.  Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you.  Better a brief warfare and eternal rest, than false peace and everlasting torment.”

This is definitely true because when you take a stand for truth you will see many turn away from you.  You will see sometimes even your best friend turn on you!  This has happened to us before and I expect it will happen again.  When a person is no longer willing to do what is right in God’s eyes then they will turn on their best friend if that friend is still doing what is right in God’s eyes.  In the end, the peace that comes from doing what is right is a whole lot better then the guilt that comes from following your own path.

As we see the New Year come in let us, as true believers, seek to do what is right according to the Word of God with His help and not in our own strength!

Psalm 119:1-8

1.) ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!

2.)  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!

3.) They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.

4.) You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.

5.) Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!

6.) Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.

7.) I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.

8.) I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

O Little Town of Bethlehem

This is sung British style and very beautifully sung!  A thanks to dickensxmas 2008.

O Come O Come, Emmanuel!

Another beautiful traditional Christmas song that I love to hear and not just at Christmas time!  This was put out by gppkoq on youtube.

Mary’s Little Lamb

Christmas is coming upon us soon and I thought I would post a beautiful Christmas poem that epitomized what Christ’s birth was REALLY about. Christ wasn’t born at this time of the year but we can still celebrate His birth and His death at this time of year. This poem was written by Marv and Marbeth Rosenthal who started Zion’s Hope. They also have a magazine called Zion’s Fire.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
by Marv & Marbeth Rosenthal
found on Zion Hope, Inc.

Mary had the little Lamb,
who lived before His birth;
Self-existent Son of God,
from Heaven He came to Earth.
(Micah 5:2)

Mary had the little Lamb;
see Him in yonder stall –
Virgin-born Son of God,
to save man from the Fall.
(Isaiah 7:14)

Mary had the little Lamb,
obedient Son of God;
Everywhere the Father led,
His feet were sure to tread.
(John 6:38)

Mary had the little Lamb,
crucified on the tree
The rejected Son of God,
He died to set men free.
(1 Peter 1:18)

Mary had the little Lamb –
men placed Him in the grave,
Thinking they were done with Him;
to death He was no slave! (Mat. 28:6)

Mary had the little Lamb,
ascended now is He;
All work on Earth is ended,
our Advocate to be.
(Hebrews 4:14-16)

Mary had the little Lamb –
mystery to behold!
From the Lamb of Calvary,
a Lion will unfold.
(Revelation 5: 5,6)

When the Day Star comes again,
of this be very sure:
It won’t be Lamb-like silence,
but with the Lion’s roar.
(Ps. 2:12; Rev. 19:11-16)

Copies of this poem may be used without written permission from the authors.

Angels We Have Heard On High!

This is a beautiful rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High.”  Thanks Defending Contending for posting it on your blog!