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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Jefferson’s Creator

March 31st, 2007 Viewed 1752 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series We Hold These Truths

One of the arguments that Christians like to try to use is that the acknowledgement of the Creator is in the Constitution.  It isn’t.  It is in the Declaration of Independence– and regardless of its location it has a lot to tell us about what the founders of this country believed and the framework from which they conceived this great country.

The arguments that people are trying to use today is that the Declaration of Independence can mean any Creator God.  The problem is, Jefferson knew exactly who his audience was.  To quote Benjamin Hart,

There were no Moslems, Buddhists, Confucianists, or Hindus present at either the signing of the Declaration of Independence, or eleven years hence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Jefferson was addressing Christians.  His entire argument about people having “unalienable rights” is contingent on the existence of God, and One who cares deeply about each and every individual.

Jefferson is the origin of the logic that I’ve used many times here– if God is not the originator of liberty (if they are not gifts of his) then the state is the highest moral authority and has the rights to determine what is right or wrong based on the whim of those in power.

Cure for STD’s is Not Abstinence

March 30th, 2007 Viewed 2415 times, 1 so far today

Marissa Jaret WinokurHi there, I’m Marissa Jaret Winokur.  I learned about a year ago that HPV, a common virus, causes cervical cancer. Now there is an HPV test that might have caught my precancerous cells earlier.

You see, I had a few too many sexual partners– well, probably only one too many– and I contracted a disease that resulted in doctors performing a surgery on me so that I can no longer have children.  Not to worry, though, I can harvest my remaining eggs and find a surrogate.

I’m here today because People Magazine wanted me to give a word of advice to teens and young women so that they don’t have to have the same procedure done on them.

Godly Husband: Are You Precise?

March 29th, 2007 Viewed 2830 times
This entry is part 14 of 17 in the series Godly Husband

olderhusbandandwifeheader.jpgTo me, there’s nothing that is more frustrating than trying to communicate with someone and not using the same terminology or where things have different meanings.  Precision in our communication is important if we are to communicate our needs, wants, and thoughts.

Since you and your wife are two different people with two different ways of looking at things, it is important (if you are going to minister her fully as a leader and a Christian brother) if you communicate precisely with her.

Taking care with precision is much more difficult than one may expect.  Men typically deal with two main groups of people: Those at work and those in the home.  This being the case, there are two sets of vocabulary and things that each group does not know or does not know the context of.

If we don’t pay attention to being precise, we may have the possibility of becoming agitated that our wives don’t understand all that we’ve been through, or what we are saying.  In reality this is our own fault!

There are two main reasons I can see why we need to be precise:

  1. To promote harmony, communication, and prevent aggravation
  2. To be able to communicate our needs to our wives as our helpers.

So, men, it’s up to us to navigate our different “worlds” and communicate to her in love.

Question Idea taken from From Dreadlock to Wedlock

Grease Monkey, Your New Best Friend

March 28th, 2007 Viewed 1714 times

With my recent change from using a smart Captcha to Akismet, I remembered reading somewhere about an extension for Firefox that would allow me to save my finger from scrolling a lot when reading down through Akismet spam. So, off to Google I went, and found that it was actually a two step thing– I needed a Firefox extension and some extensions to that extension. What I didn’t know what just how useful the first extension would be to my browsing.

Let me introduce you to Grease Monkey. This handy little extension is a basic tool that lets you do a lot with anything that you see in a web page. It does this through executing scripts that people write and post to Userscripts.org and you install them and run them in your Grease Monkey extension. So, in the case of Akismet, I have a Grease Monkey Script that goes through and shrinks the entries of the comments so that they are one or two liners instead of the full height.

But that’s not all, I’ve found and installed scripts to remove profanity from a site you a browsing, tons of stuff for ebay like displaying the total with the shipping, keep you logged into my ebay, and add a count down to the ebay page. But don’t just take my word for it! Browse through all the different scripts and see what you can do about changing the color, styling and information that’s presented on any page.

Godly Wife: Are You Openly Appreciative of Your Husband?

March 27th, 2007 Viewed 4427 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series Godly Wife

For me, one of the most awkward parts of Scripture to read is the passage of Song of Solomon 5:10-16.  Why?  Because this is the passage (if you haven’t already opened it up) where the woman speaker starts to describe her husband’s features referencing them to animals, food, spices, trees, metal and building structure.  It’s just strange– probably because we do not talk this way now.

And yet, this passage, and it’s companion passage in Song of Solomon 4, have something to teach us about praise and your husband.  You see, our culture has done a good job in instructing the guys that their women like to be noticed, that they like to be told how they look, what we like about them, etc.

To some degree, women (and now the teenage girls) dress, act, and even go to great lengths to solicit attention and appreciation.  Just look at the preponderance of girls bearing their flesh and what they will upload to websites and do on webcams all in the search for popularity and/or compliment!

And yet, men have this component as well– as demonstrated by this passage.  No, I’m not necessarily saying that men want to be known for their good looks or their nice smell, but they do want to know what they are doing is important– that they are appreciated.

So, two things to take away from this question:

  1. If you think your hubby smells nice– tell him so (whether it’s Irish Spring, Zest or whatever!).  If there’s anything you knew he did for you, encourage him and you’ll find that he’ll probably do it again.
  2. Seek ways to let your husband know that even the little things that he does are appreciated.  The more you compliment him and look for the best in him the more he will want to please you.  It’s a win-win.

Question Idea taken from Questions for a Godly Wife

How Well do You Know Your Pastor?

March 25th, 2007 Viewed 1802 times, 1 so far today

Holly at Seeking Faithfulness had a post this week that talks about the stress that is on the church– but especially upon its pastor.  Although I’m not sure of the sample size and its makeup, I thought that the numbers I’m quoting from would at least give you some idea of what your local pastor is going through.

  • 80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with spouse and that ministry has a negative effect on their family.
  • 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner once a month.
  • 33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
  • 75% report they’ve had significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
  • 58% of pastors indicate that their spouse needs to work either part time or full time to supplement the family income.
  • 56% of pastors’ wives say they have no close friends.
  • Pastors who work fewer than 50 hrs/week are 35% more likely to be terminated.
  • 40% of pastors considered leaving the pastorate in the past three months.

Source: Death by Ministry « Seeking Faithfulness

George Washington

March 24th, 2007 Viewed 1625 times
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series We Hold These Truths

Are we, or are we not a Christian nation?  It seems to be a question more people are asking as time passes and Christianity is challenged in America.  I’ve had this discussion on this blog in comments, and so I thought we could take some time to delve into this question and see if we can find a good answer.

In the book Faith and Freedom: The Christian Roots of American Liberty, starts out looking at George Washington, and I would like to quote a passage that we need to absorb and understand:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable support,” he said.  “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with pious men, ought to respect and cherish them.  A volume could not trace all the connections with private and public felicity.  Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religions obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?  And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.  Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on the minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”  Washington knew well that a nation’s laws spring from its morals and that its morals spring from its religion.  And the religion of which Washington spoke was clear to all who knew him: “It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible,” he said.

Standing In The Gap Blog Carnival

March 23rd, 2007 Viewed 4559 times, 1 so far today

Welcome to the March 16, 2007 edition of standing in the gap.

Wenchypoo presents How I Create (and Re-Create) My Own Kitchen Convenience posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “I stood against the culture of modern food, buying, storing, and preparing for a long time–now I refined my stance and share it with you (since I just discovered this carnival).”

Culture

ann_in_grace presents Culture and Christians posted at Everyday in Grace.

Madcap presents Multiculturalism: Islam’s WMD posted at The Global Conservative.

Jon Swift presents Conservapedia posted at Jon Swift, saying, “Wikipedia is full of dangerous ideas that homeschooling was supposed to prevent from seeping into the home. Now, finally, there is an alternative, which doesn’t have any controversial ideas at all: Conservapedia. Conservapedia is based on good Christian values, unlike Wikipedia, which I gather from the name, is based on Wiccan.”

Family

OurBlogs presents The In-Laws posted at A Guide to Raising Great Kids.

Society

Charles H. Green presents Trust, Democracy, and Capitalism posted at Trust Matters.

Reb Chaim HaQoton presents Looking at Beauty posted at Reb HaQoton.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of standing in the gap using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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And You Thought Life Began at Pregnancy

March 23rd, 2007 Viewed 2001 times

There is a lot of controversy today inside the Pro-Life movement about the pill and what it does and does not do.  You see, foundational to the Pro-Life movement is the concept that life begins at conception.  This has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the argument of why abortion is murder.

The problem is that we have also been dealt a bit of sleight of hand from doctors and nurses as to what birth control pills do, and what they do not do.  You see, the documentation likes to use the term “pregnancy” in its exact definition, but I find that it’s often not the definition that the woman thinks it is.

Birth Control pills (like Plan B, the emergency contraception pill) work in one of two ways.  They either prevent the woman from releasing the egg, or they prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus and continuing its growth.  The first is not a problem for Pro-Lifers, the second one should be.  You see, the second means that life was conceived that the woman (using the pill) caused not to be able to survive.  She caused her baby to die.

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