Church Must Call for Exodus from Public Schools

Strong words but kudos to our home schools and other private schools…

“…The Church in America is blah. It can hardly be called a church at all, according to Biblical standards. It sits there like a wax dummy while its children, by the millions, are herded off to the anti-Christian public schools to be taught that homosexuality is a virtue, abortion is a right, Evolution is the truth, government is the answer, and, above all, that the Bible is a hate-filled collection of fictional stories and is wrong, wrong, wrong about everything.

Real churches, faithful churches, wouldn’t stand for that. Real shepherds don’t let their flocks be fed poison.

Real churches would be helping parents by setting up Christian schools, providing assistance in homeschooling, and forcing their congregations to yank their heads out of the sand and see what’s going on. Real church leaders would be leading their people out of Pharaoh’s schools, not standing on the sidelines, wringing their hands…” – Read the whole article at http://barbwire.com/2014/05/29/church-must-call-exodus-public-schools

Comments from Facebook:

As an educator I can tell you you’d be hard pressed to find any public school science curriculum that does not teach of an old (billions and billions…) earth, and evolutionary theory. In Texas they do their best to indoctrinate the teachers before they let you graduate. – KC

Yeah I’m sure some are worse than others but overall it’s much worse and even when I was growing up it was a godless place. – NM

Every Christian public school student should be sure never to forget their sword! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152526993782573&fref=nf – NM

I don’t believe this is accurate for all students and schools. My children are in public school and have stood firm in their faith and values. I thank God every day for keeping them from harm AND allowing them to bless those around them. They have been a positive influence and encouragement to their Christian friends as well as their classmates that are completely unchurched. (I don’t really like the word “unchurched” because it ONLY one’s relationship with Jesus but you get my drift.) If students who are believers completely isolate themselves from unbelievers there are fewer chances for them to be positively influenced. – RG

I hope what you believe is true in your case. For most children I believe they are influenced more by government schools and their peers than they end up influencing others. Hard for me to imagine children being baptized and mature in their faith trained as missionaries/evangelists especially at the age of five? Anecdotal evidence: In my case I was not baptized til 17 and maturity in my faith was still many years down the road. – NM

…it is much different now from when we went to school…look around you in the community and in our culture and see a picture of what our children deal with from kids and teachers. Also the homosexual agenda and abortion rights, anti-christian teaching has really progressed faster in the last few years. The last couple of years in high school I was told by quite a number of students “Miss –you can’t say that” when I was answering a students question with the way I believe. I didn’t start the conversation …but if they asked me what I thought ….I told them ….and their thought was that I wasn’t allowed to say that. It is a wonder I wasn’t called up to the principal’s office because I was starting to get bolder and bolder with truthful answers to their questions. – PM

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This powerful book reveals shocking trends and offers wisdom on how to win back our families, our churches, and our world! https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/already-gone-book/?sku=90-3-022

 

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Is Public School an Option?

Here is an article from Answers In Genesis asking the question: Is Public School an Option?

https://answersingenesis.org/public-school/is-public-school-an-option

Our beliefs:

  1. Government schools are a hostile mission field for brave Christian teachers, at least until they get canned.
  2. Government schools are not for students.  Teachers teach and train students in school, not the other way around.  Peer pressure influences the minority, not the other way around.
  3. While God could call young believers rock solid in their faith to go in with an agenda and impact others this is the exception not the rule.  It is highly unlikely children would be ready for this mission at five years old.

 

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Bible Verses About Children

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A Package Deal

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. – Matthew 18:5

Regarding Our Attitude

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. – Malachi 4:6

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:10

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. – Mark 10:13-14

God’s Domain

And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb. – Genesis 30:2

The LORD Closes

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing… – Genesis 16:2

For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. – Genesis 20:18

The LORD Opens

And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. – Genesis 21:1-2

And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. – Genesis 29:31

And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters… – 1 Samuel 2:21

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. – Psalm 113:9

Earnestly Desired

And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. – Genesis 30:1

Answer to Prayer

And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan. – Genesis 30:6

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. – Genesis 20:17

And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. – Genesis 30:22

And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. – Genesis 25:21

And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived… – Genesis 30:17

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life… – 1 Samuel 1:10-11

Children as Blessings

And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. – Genesis 17:16

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; – Genesis 26:4

Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: – Genesis 49:25

There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. – Exodus 23:26

Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him. – 1 Chronicles 26:4-5

Fruitfulness Blessings

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. – Genesis 17:6

And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. – Genesis 48:4

And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. – Genesis 17:20

And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; – Genesis 28:3

For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. – Leviticus 26:9

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. – Deuteronomy 28:4

He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. – Psalm 107:38

Gifts From the LORD

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. – Genesis 4:1

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: – Genesis 29:33

And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant. – Genesis 33:5

And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place… – Genesis 48:9

And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. – Joshua 24:3

So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. – Ruth 4:13

All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. – 1 Chronicles 25:5

Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. – Isaiah 8:18

Created by God

Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. – Job 10:8-11

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; – Psalm 100:3

Influence on Political Power

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; – Genesis 22:17

And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. – Genesis 24:60

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. – Psalms 127:1-2,4-5

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. – Psalm 112:1-3

Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. – Exodus 1:9-12

Children as a Reward

Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. – Deuteronomy 7:12-14

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. – Psalms 127:3

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. – Psalms 128:3-4

Absence a Reproach

And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: – Genesis 30:23

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. – Luke 1:24-25

Lack of a Punishment

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. – Psalms 109:13

As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them! Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. – Hosea 9:11-16

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. – Psalms 37:28

Planned Before Conception

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5

And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. – Hebrews 7:9-10

A Purpose of Marriage

Yet ye say , Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. – Malachi 2:14-16

Childfree Worse Than Murder

And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. – Luke 23:27-29

Childbearing is Sanctifying

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. – 1 Timothy 2:15

Be Fruitful and Multiply

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. – Genesis 1:28

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. – Genesis 9:1

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. – Genesis 9:7

And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; – Genesis 35:11

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. – 1 Timothy 5:14

Procreation a Duty

If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;  Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed. – Deuteronomy 25:5-10

Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. – Lamentations 4:3

Avoiding Duty Condemned

And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also. – Genesis 38:8-10

Sterilization a Blemish

Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach : a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose , or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; – Leviticus 21:17-20

He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 23:1

Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf… You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut… – Leviticus 22:20,24 NIV

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Penalty for Reproductive Harm

When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her. – Deuteronomy 25:11-12

Bible Verses About Faith

When considering bible verses about children it is a good idea to also consider bible verses about faith and providence.

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Verses quoted are from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.

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Bible Verses About Faith

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Faith in Providence

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. – Psalms 37:25

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:11

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Luke 1:53

Deliverance from Evil

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. – Psalms 37:28

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. – Daniel 3:17

Prayers of Faith

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: – Matthew 7:7

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Luke 11:9

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:18-19

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:21-22

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:24

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:13

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. – John 15:16

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:23-24

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. – 1 John 3:22

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15

Faith for Wisdom

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. – James 1:5-6

Faith for Healing

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16

Faith in God’s Goodness

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

Wealth is from God

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth… Deuteronomy 8:18

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. – Gen 26:12-13 NIV

And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God: – Deuteronomy 26:9-10

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. – Deuteronomy 26:4

The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. – 1 Samuel 2:7

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. – Proverbs 10:22

For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. – Hosea 2:8

Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee… – Ezekiel 16:17

He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. – Psalm 107:38

And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: – Deuteronomy 30:9

Rewards of Reverential Awe

What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. – Psalm 25:12-15

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed . Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. – Psalm 112:1-3

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate . Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign , and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. – Proverbs 8:13-19

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10

God Seeks the Faithful

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. – 2 Chronicles 16:9

Faith Pleases God

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. –  Hebrews 11:6

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This collection is a work in progress. If you have any verses to add please comment below!

Verses quoted are from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.

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The Blessing of Rebekah

March 2014 Scripture of the Month

Genesis 24:55-60

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. 56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. 57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

 

In an remarkable version of the common practice of arranged marriages in the culture of Abraham’s day, Abraham sent his trusted steward to his homeland to find a godly wife for his son Isaac, instead of one of the pagan Canaanites who were natives of the land. The steward asked for a specific sign from the Lord to show His chosen woman to continue the seed of Abraham, which He had promised to multiply as the stars of the sky. The Lord had shown the sign in Rebekah, Abraham’s great-niece. Her family recognized that this thing was of the Lord, but requested time for Rebekah to stay with them for a few days.

This is where we find Rebekah at the beginning of this passage. She had just heard about this situation the very same day. In a great act of faith, she left her family, her friends, her life, all that she had ever known, to go and marry a man she had not even met! To describe this as rash would be almost inadequate – if it were not for the fact that God had given a clear sign. Having received this direct sign from God, Rebekah did not hesitate to say “I will go with this man”. Because of her absolute trust in God, she was ready and willing to follow His leading, wherever it might take her. With such a big decision suddenly put in front of her, it seems perfectly reasonable that she would want time to let it sink in. However, Rebekah knew that life is short. Because of this, when God gives clear direction, there is no time to waste “thinking it over” or “letting it sink in”. Tomorrow may never come – now is the time to follow God’s leading and go where He wants us to go.

The reaction of Rebekah’s family is also remarkable. Instead of trying to persuade her to stay, they let her make her own decision and blessed her for it. They too realized that this thing was of the Lord (cf. verse 50) and so their opinion of it did not really matter. In this is illustrated the divinely designed perfect balance between God’s supremacy and the free will of mankind. God was involved in making this happen, and He knew that Rebekah would choose to go and marry Isaac. However, this in no way means that Rebekah’s free choice in the matter was removed.

I also want to draw attention to the blessing given to Rebekah on her departure. Their parting blessing on her was not that she would find a godly man in her husband-to-be. They did not even wish her a happy marriage. But what they did bless her with is a hope that she would be the mother of billions (this is their words!), and furthermore that her children should be a godly seed possessing the gates (the political realm, the legislature) of their enemies. Compare this with Psalm 127 – God designed children as a blessing! There are no ands, ifs, or buts in this blessing! Instead of rejecting them for selfish reasons, Christians today need to take possession of the blessings God wants to give them – children, who will become the world-changers of tomorrow.

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

In honor of our son Taylor’s 1st year of life, and to raise awareness of Down syndrome, here are 13 facts and pieces of information that I have found interesting and helpful.

In the water just a few minutes after birth

In the water just a few minutes after birth

1. Nothing that the mother or father does causes their child to have Down syndrome. The cause is unknown, but early improper cell division happens before or immediately after fertilization of the egg.

My son was planned by God and He knows exactly what He is doing!

Age 1 month, he has been in the hospital for 20 days with RSV/pneumonia and will be released 3 days later

Age 1 month – he had been in the hospital for 20 days with RSV/pneumonia and was released 3 days later

 2. Although the probability of having a baby with Down syndrome increases with a mother’s age, 80% of babies with Down syndrome are born to mothers under 35 years old. This is because of the higher birth rate in younger mothers.

Age 2 months

Age 2 months

 3. Babies conceived with Down syndrome have a 60-70% chance to miscarry naturally before birth.

Age 3 months - one of the first smiles caught on camera

Age 3 months – one of the first smiles caught on camera

 4. 90% of women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their babies.

After reading this statistic and the one above, I find it even more of a miracle that Taylor is with us today. God has a big plan for his life!

Learning to reach and grab for toys while sitting upright to strengthen head control

Age 4 months – learning to reach and grab for toys while sitting upright to strengthen head control

 5.  In 1929, the average life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was just 9 years old. In 1983, their average lifespan was 25 years old. Today, just 30 years later, it is 60 years old! The dramatic increase is largely due to the fact that people with Down syndrome are no longer institutionalized.

age 5 months - he loves to swim and especially enjoys floating on his back with my hand under his head

Age 5 months – he loves to swim and especially enjoys floating on his back with my hand under his head

 6. Since the practice of institutionalization has ended, the average IQ of people with Down syndrome has increased by 20 points.

Learning to sit in his high chair supported by blanket rolls on each side

Age 6 months – learning to sit in his high chair supported by blanket rolls on each side

7. Words that the medical profession have used in the past to describe someone with Down syndrome include moron, idiot, and imbecile. The word retarded, which simply means “delayed” eventually started being used as time passed. However, like many other words in our language, the common meaning of the word retarded is now an insult. This is why there is a large movement to strike the word “retarded” from our vocabulary when we are referring to anyone with any type of disability.

Age 7 months - he is full of smiles these days

Age 7 months – he is full of smiles these days

8. 38% of people in the US know someone with Down syndrome, and that number is expected to increase as the population of people with Down syndrome continue to live longer and better lives.

I had never personally known anyone with Down syndrome before my son was born. I am quickly realizing how much I have missed out on in my life.

Age 8 months - he can sit with help from the boppy pillow

Age 8 months – he can sit with help from the boppy pillow

9. The divorce rate among parents of a child with Down syndrome is lower than the national average.

Age 9 months - sitting by himself is a big milestone

Age 9 months – sitting by himself is a big milestone

10. 88% of people who have a sibling with Down syndrome say that they are better people directly because of their brother or sister’s presence in their life.

Taylor is a huge blessing to his 9 brothers and sisters as well.

Age 10 months - increasing trunk strength by sitting on a bench

Age 10 months – increasing trunk strength by sitting on a bench

11. 96% of people with Down syndrome are happy with their life, themselves, and their appearance.

What do you think the percentage of “normal” people is that could say this about themselves? I imagine it is not 96%.

Age 11 months - pulling to stand with help

Age 11 months – pulling to stand with help

 12. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

God knows His plan for Taylor, and planned him into our family before he was ever conceived. We are so thankful to God for this wonderful blessing in our lives.

Happy 1st Birthday!

Happy 1st Birthday!

 13. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Taylor is a fearfully and wonderfully made work of God!

References:

1. http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/facts-about-down-syndrome/

2. http://www.downsyndromeprenataltesting.com/down-syndrome-national-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-month/

3. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/04/did-you-know-90-of-babies-with-down-syndrome-are-aborted/

4. http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/history-of-down-syndrome/research-and-medical-care-timeline

5. http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/the-story-of-two-syndromes/

6. http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/09/22/down-syndrome-families-happy/14087/

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One Man – Savior of the World

February 2014 Scripture of the Month

John 11:47-52

47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

 

Between the covers of the greatest book on earth, there is plenty of humor and irony. This passage contains some of the greatest ironies found in Scripture – partly because they are about the greatest deed that was ever done for mankind.

This meeting takes place after the raising of Lazarus. Four days in the grave, he was raised back to life in one of Jesus’ greatest recorded miracles. There was no possible room for doubt. Some Jews even believed that a soul would hover by its dead body for three days, hoping to inhabit it again, but it lost hope on the fourth day. However, Jesus proved that He could overcome even this “obstacle”. The chief priests and Pharisees began to seriously fear what impact Jesus would have on the people if his influence was unchecked. They knew that Jesus did not agree with many of their practices, and if the people at large began to follow this Man, they would lose their position of power. In their words, “all men [would] believe on him”. How ironic – even though the chief priests and Pharisees eventually did everything in their power to stop Jesus, they still could not stop His message from spreading to the far corners of the earth. In a sense, the Pharisees are prophesying their own fate, without even knowing it!

Caiaphas’ solution to their problem also contains an unconscious prophesy. He says “It is expedient…that one man should die…and that the whole nation perish not.” Of course, what Caiaphas meant is that this one Man, Jesus, whom they perceived as dangerous, should be killed so that the whole nation of Israel would not turn after His ways. But this is not exactly what Caiaphas said. Attempting to be shrewd in how he worded his accusation, he actually made a very good statement of the kingdom of God that was to come. Jesus died, not only for the people of Israel, but for all the people of the world, so that they would not perish. Caiaphas pretty much repeated what Jesus said to Nicodemus the Pharisee in John 3:16 – “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish”. Nicodemus was likely present at this meeting. I wonder if he realized the connection?

Jesus did not come to save only the nation of Israel, as was commonly thought in His day. As John understood, His mission was to save all nations and bring His people together into the collective unit called the church, also known as His bride. What a beautiful picture of His relationship with us!

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