Bought by the Blood

March 25, 2010

Parenting Advice For First Time Parents

Filed under: Family — cubsfan1980 @ 9:38 am
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Pete Wilson has some do’s and don’ts for first time parents.  Parenting 101 | WithoutWax.tv by Pete Wilson.

March 24, 2010

A Couple of Gems From Spurgeon

Filed under: Charles Spurgeon,Condemenation,cross,grace,heaven,Joy — cubsfan1980 @ 9:16 am

“All that God can demand of a believing sinner, Christ has already paid, and there is no voice in earth or heaven that can henceforth accuse a soul that believes in Jesus.” Read the rest at Because He Was Made A Curse For Us.

“Heaven is our portion, and the thoughts of its amazing bliss should cheer us on the road. Christ has given to us such large and wide domains of grace and glory, that it would be altogether unseemly that there should be a poverty of happiness where there is such an affluence of possession.” Read the rest at Why Shouldn’t We Praise The Lord

March 23, 2010

More Impressive Then Any Athletic Feat

Filed under: Family,parenting — cubsfan1980 @ 2:06 pm

Wilt’s 100 point game…

Brett Farve’s 253 consecutive starts…

Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hit steak…

All of these accomplishments are nothing compared to “The Streak” held by Jim and Kristen Brozina.  You can read about it here:  Generation B – Father and Daughter Bond by Years of Reading – NYTimes.com.

Discipline is not the same as Punishment

Filed under: Family,parenting — cubsfan1980 @ 1:59 pm
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As a parent, it does feel like that in one form or another, you have to be engaged in the discipline of your kids in one form or another. Sometimes that discipline is reactionary. They make a bad choice, and you bring the discipline. Sometimes it’s just teaching, disciplining them about how to live in the world. But discipline seems like a very important part of parenting to me. If you need proof, I bet you could ask any childcare worker at your church or the YMCA or the local daycare what is one thing a parent could do to make their job easier, and you’d probably get back, “Play a more active role in disciplining your kids.”

Read the rest at: 3 Reasons Why Discipline is Harder Than Punishment « Forward Progress.

March 22, 2010

Despite Obamacare Passing, God Is In Control

Filed under: 1st Corinthians,Health Care,Russell Moore,Trusting God — cubsfan1980 @ 10:43 am
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Here are some encouraging and convicting words from Dr. Moore about last nights about House vote and the proper Christian response.

If we were half as outraged by our own sin and self-deception as we are by the follies of our political opponents, what would be the result? If we rejoiced as much that our names are written in heaven as we do about such trivialities as basketball brackets, what would be the result?

So if what you’re afraid of is a politician or a policy or a culture or the future of Western civilization, don’t give up the conviction but give up the fear. Work for justice. Oppose evil. But do it so that your opponents will see not fear but trust, optimism, and affection.

“So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).

Fear God and, beyond that, don’t be afraid.

Read the rest at: Moore to the Point by Russell D. Moore.

March 21, 2010

President Obama’s Executive Order Will Not Protect The Unborn

Filed under: Abortion,Obama — cubsfan1980 @ 8:18 pm
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I just posted this over at the We The Posterity Blog and wanted to share it here as well

Being in the dark ages and not owning a smart phone, I don’t get the news as quickly as others.  My first glance of cnn.com I thought I saw good news about health care reform as Stupak announced that an agreement was reached which would protect the sanctity of human life.

Unfortunately, this agreement comes from an executive order that President Obama has agreed to sign which would prohibit federal funds from going towards abortion.  On the surface there seems to be promise, but as we dig deeper Obamacare is not as pro-life as Pelosi, Obama and others would want us to believe.

However, if the bill excludes federal funding for abortion, why is an executive order necessary?

The answer, of course, is that President Obama and the Democratic leadership know that the Senate health care reform bill includes subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortions, could possibly lead to abortion coverage mandates for insurance companies, and does not prevent other funds in the legislation from directly paying for abortions.

The question then becomes, can an executive order correct all of the abortion-related problems in the bill?

The answer is a resounding no. While a carefully worded executive order might be able to take care of some of the mandate concerns, it cannot correct all of the abortion-related problems with the bill. A statute cannot be undone by an executive order or regulation. For example, an Executive Order cannot prevent insurance plans that pay for abortions and participate in the newly-created exchanges from receiving federal subsidies, because this allowance is explicitly written in the bill…

Further, Executive Orders can be undone or modified as quickly as they are created. In spite of the fact that the American people overwhelmingly do not want to see their tax dollars go toward abortion, we continue to see restrictions on federal funding for abortions reduced to executive orders, appropriations riders, and regulations. The majority of Americans want to see a prohibition on federal funding for abortion included in permanent, statutory law.

Congress failed to deliver a statutory prohibition on abortion funding in health care reform, and an executive order cannot do the job.

The following is a statement that Charmaine Yoest, from Americans United For Life made to the press.  You can read the full thing here: http://blog.aulaction.org/2010/03/21/yoest-executive-order-won%E2%80%99t-stop-taxpayer-funded-abortion/

Once again, the proposal to address the problem of abortion funding in the health care bill through use of an executive order is a tacit acknowledgement that the bill as it stands is pro-abortion legislation. Both the President and the Speaker have repeatedly denied this stark fact.

Furthermore, the AUL legal team has concluded that an executive order is not an adequate fix to mitigate the Senate bill’s establishment of taxpayer-funded abortion.  For example, an executive order cannot prevent insurance companies that pay for abortions in the exchanges from receiving federal subsidies.

In addition, executive orders can be undone or modified as quickly as they are created. President Obama revoked the Mexico City Policy, through the use of an executive order, and thereby allowed federal tax dollars to finance organizations that provide abortions internationally for the first time in years.

This fact, coupled with the Administration’s repeated endorsement of the pro-abortion lobby’s agenda, force any reasonable person to conclude that this bill will clearly create the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in American history.

In summary, the two big takeaways that we need to remember is that 1)An executive order cannot prevent federal funds from paying for abortions and 2)The language in the original bill did not prohibit abortion from being funded by tax payer dollars.  If it did, then there would be no need for an executive order.  Please continue to pray for our nation and the unborn.

March 7, 2010

A Love That Can Never Be Earned

Filed under: God's love,My Utmost for His Highest,Oswald Chambers — cubsfan1980 @ 11:31 am
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The underlying foundation of the Christian faith is the undeserved, limitless miracle of the love of God that was exhibited on the Cross of Calvary; a love that is not earned and can never be. – Oswald Chambers

March 3, 2010

Love fueled by God’s love is in exhaustible

Jesus has some extraordinarily peculiar sheep: some that are unkempt and dirty, some that are awkward or pushy, and some that have gone astray! But it is impossible to exhaust God’s love, and it is impossible to exhaust my love if it flows from the Spirit of God within me. The love of God pays no attention to my prejudices caused by my natural individuality. If I love my Lord, I have no business being guided by natural emotions— I have to feed His sheep. We will not be delivered or released from His commission to us. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by following your own natural human emotions, sympathies, or understandings. That will only serve to revile and abuse the true love of God. – Oswald Chambers

March 2, 2010

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and the Gospel

Filed under: Gospel,Michael Horton — cubsfan1980 @ 11:56 am
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If you follow the link below there is a great video by Mike Horton where he defines moralistic therapeutic deism and tells how it differs from the Gospel.  At the end of the video, Horton makes a great analogy comparing the Gospel to an ocean.

The gospel is so deep it is like an ocean you swim in, you never touch bottom, you never reach the edge of it, you just swim around in it for the rest of your life as a Christian, and yet it is so easy to get into that a child can understand it.  It is an amazing thing this gospel.  The gospel is not only for justification, but for sanctification, church growth and everything else.  It is the power of God onto salvation.

What Is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? | TheResurgence.

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