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The New Geneva Leadership Blog 2009 Thanksgiving post…

““See what cause the saints have to be frequent in the work of thanksgiving. In this Christians are defective; though they are much in supplication, yet little in gratulation.

The apostle says. “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5.18). Why so? Because God makes everything work for our good. We thank the physician, though he gives us a bitter medicine which makes us sick, because it is to make us well; we thank any man who does us a good turn; and shall we not be thankful to God, who makes everything work for good to us? God loves a thankful Christian.

Job thanked God when he took all away: “The Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1.21). Many will thank God when He gives; Job thanks Him when He takes away, because he knew that God would work good out of it. We read of saints with harps in their hands (Rev. 14.2), an emblem of praise. We meet many Christians who have tears in their eyes, and complaints in their mouths; but there are few with their harps in their hands, who praise God in affliction.

To be thankful in affliction is a work peculiar to a saint. Every bird can sing in spring, but some birds will sing in the dead of winter. Everyone, almost, can be thankful in prosperity, but a true saint can be thankful in adversity. A good Christian will bless God, not only at sun-rise, but at sun-set. Well may we, in the worst that befalls us, have a psalm of thankfulness, because all things work for good. Oh, be much in blessing of God: we will thank Him that doth befriend us.”

Taken from Banner of Truth’s Puritan Paperback, “All Things for Good,” by Thomas Watson, pp 62-63.

If you’d like to read the rest of Thomas Watson’s “All Things for Good,” other works of the Puritans, or any of the other 600+ Banner of Truth books currently in print, visit their Web site at www.banneroftruth.org

(Source: http://newgenevaacademy.wordpress.com/2009/11/)

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“Halloween is shortened version of “All Hallows even” meaning “the night or evening before All Hallows Day” or “All Holy Day” or “All Saints Day.”

The celebration of this day in a positive way has a long tradition in various branches of Christianity. Reformed churches tend to celebrate 31 October in remembrance of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church on that day in 1517.

There is a “dark side” to this day: goblins, witches, macabre costumes, etc. For the general public, an aura of death pervades the day. “Trick or Treating” has a “downside” component. Many Cable TV movie channels run a string of “horror” movies that negate anyone’s sense for decency, sound mind, and good taste.

There is a long tradition in many cultures of the “Festival of the Dead.” It occurs after harvest (in late October) and it is a celebration or honoring of deceased members of the community. This festival seems to be the origion of many of our modern day Halloween accoutrements and practices.

Since this “festival” is resident in so many cultures, there would seem to be some justification for discovering its true origins. We have hints to this origin in the Bible.

In Genesis 7:11-12, we read “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Note the detail of the dates. First, the age of Noah: 600 years. At age 600, Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah, was 969. The year of the Flood was the year of the death of Methuselah, the man who lived the longest according to Scripture. And, Methuselah’s name means “when he dies, it shall come.” This analysis reveals the long-suffering of God (cf. I Peter 3:20-21) since the display of His wrath is denoted in Scripture as His “unusual task” (Isaiah 28:21), not against His nature as Lord of all, but against His first intention as Creator, to shower the created order with His goodness.

Second, note the date of the commencement of the Flood: in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month. When was this in terms of our dating system? In the Hebrew civil calendar, this is the month of Marchesvan or Heshvan. The 17th day of this month equates with the end of October … Halloween.

On this day, those who did not heed Noah, the preacher of righteousness, died in God’s judgment. Since that day, it would be reasonable to conclude that all cultures, tracing their starting point to the descendents of Noah, in some way recognized this day. As these cultures turned away from the light and walked in darkness, the celebration of the “Festival of the Dead” (the original dead of the Flood) replaced the celebration of the salvation of God through Noah.

Speaking of God’s salvation through Noah, there is another important date in this narrative. As noted in I Peter 3:20-21, the ark of Noah is linked to the resurrection of Christ. At the baptism of Christ, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove (cf. Luke 3:21-22 with Genesis 8:8-12) indicating that, in Christ, a new world (or new age), rooted in judgment on sin, was about to burst forth. In Genesis 8:4, we read that the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month (the Hebrew month of Nisan, our April) … the exact day that Christ rose from the dead centuries later, a day that demonstrated the triumph of Christ on the Cross and the commencement of the Age of Messiah, Anno Domini, the Jubilee Year of our Lord (Isaiah 61; Luke 4:18-19).

In conclusion, as Biblical Christians, let’s learn to celebrate God’s Reign of Triumph past, present, and future as we recall the demonstration of His justice and salvation on 31 October, so many years ago.”

(Written by Professor James Nickel… his website is http://www.biblicalchristianworldview.net/)

“Abortion has slowly crept into the world of religion promoted as both a Biblically backed and logically moral act. Entire denominations now embrace abortion as an appropriate choice both in the eyes of God and their church leaders. More liberal denominations support abortion as morally correct in all situations while others like to limit their moral blessing to abortions done only before the point of viability. In either case, the decision to illegitimately claim God’s blessing on the act of abortion is both immoral and heretical.

The ultimate authority and word from God is found in the Bible and is used by both sides to claim the moral high ground. In articles dotting the Internet there are people claiming the verses popular to the Christian Pro-Life movement such as Jeremiah 1:4-5 and Psalm 139:13-16 are either taken out of context or actually support the Pro-Abortion stance. It is the smaller detail of the many verses that the critics will miss; that God’s view of life starts well before birth.

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 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 139:13-16).

Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God (Psalm 22:9-10).

Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? (Job 31:15).

Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3)

This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … (Isaiah 44:2).

And now the LORD says–he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength (Isaiah 49:5).

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

In these verses it is brought directly to the reader that God’s view of life begins before birth. Psalm 22 shows the beginning of our relationship starting before birth. In Psalm 139 the verses specifically show our relationship with God before birth as He formed us and had already planned our days to come. Jeremiah 1 again emphasizes God’s relationship with an unborn child and Isaiah 44 comforts with the picture of God’s faithfulness during the formation before birth. God does not look at our lives from birth to death; He views us from conception onward.

These passages certainly contain separate contexts and were meant for differing audiences, but it is with their diversity that the strength of the argument is made. There is not just one verse in one situation that mentions God’s view of human life to include the before birth stage; there are many verses in many situations. The Pro-Life view stands directly on the Truth as shown through the Bible; God’s view is that life begins before birth.

We do not need to decide when life begins, but accept what God has already shown, that life begins before birth. It is impossible to take a life before birth and be justified. The beliefs and ethics of God are not situational and do not provide the exceptions. Life always begins before birth in the eyes of God even if rape, incest, or other sinful acts conceived the baby. It is only as our human self-centeredness grows that we look for exceptions or man-based rules to govern when we can take a life of a baby.

Christians must understand that supporting abortion is opposed to God and his righteousness. We must not allow the heretical views of the world a place to seep into our individual beliefs or the churches that we attend. Taking a stand on abortion in your church is easy; you have God and the Bible on your side.”

(Source: http://www.abortionfacts.com/bible/abortion_bible.asp)

Even most of the abortionists agree that an unborn baby is still a living thing, but their problem is they do not believe that the unborn baby is a baby, just a thing that can be terminated at the whim of the doctors or parent(s). The problem that many Christians have is that they don’t, or rather, can’t defend the pro-life side of the argument mainly because they do not think the Bible has the answer to the question – Is an unborn child really a child with a soul from the time of conception? Or is it just a fetus/embryo that is given a soul when it is born?

The place everyone starts is usually in the book of Jeremiah where the prophet writes the following…

“Then the word of YHWH* came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly [womb] I knew thee;” (Jeremiah 1:5, KJV)

(*The name YHWH or Yahweh is the original Hebrew word for the Name of God. Whenever you see the word Lord or God in all caps in the Bible, YHWH is what should be used.)

Christians sometimes stop here and say “Look, God formed the baby and said He knew it, so therefore, it has a soul and killing it is murder.” They fail terribly because they missed the rest of the verse…

“…and before thou camest forth from the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

This is the real meat of the verse. The word “sanctified” means “set thee apart” in the literal, but in the original Hebrew it means “appoint, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, prepare, or purify/purified” and the word “ordained” in the Hebrew means “occupy, offer, or ordain.” Basically this means that God is telling the prophet Jeremiah that He, God, set Jeremiah apart by purifying (setting apart) Jeremiah by the means of occupying him. In other words God saved Jeremiah as one of His people before Jeremiah was even born from the womb i.e. Jeremiah had a soul while still in the womb!

 Another common verse used is by King David in the book of Psalms….

 “(For) thou hast possessed my inward reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; that my soul knoweth right [very] well.” (Psalm 139:13-14, KJV)

In the original Hebrew the phrase “possessed my reins,” means “create, to procure, especially by purchase, redeem, my (figuratively) mind (as the interior self).” In the Bible, when we are saved by Christ it says we are bought…

 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1st Corinthians 6:20, KJV)

The word “covered,” means, “(figuratively) protect, cover, defense, defend.” “My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield (protector), and He in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.” (Psalm 144:2)

In summary, the psalmist is praising God for “buying”/saving him while he was still in the womb all the while protecting David from danger. Think about it… David was saved while he was still in the womb, only men and women with souls can be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, all humans have souls, while David was an unborn child in the womb he had a soul, therefore he was a human, and therefore if his mother, father, or doctor killed him while he was still in the womb (with a soul) that would be murder of a human life, murder of a soul. This is true for every unborn child in all of history. The laws of God are unchangeable because God Himself is “the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8, KJV)

 Abortion is simply premeditated murder, plain and simple. The Bible is the law book of life and states that abortion is a murderous sin clearly. I will go into where later on. For now the point is the Bible says that unborn children have souls, were designed by God, and God knows each and every unborn child by name, just like the sand by the sea or like the stars in the heaven are counted by our Father in Heaven.

 Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

This is a very interesting question+answer that was asked on GotQuestions.org.
Enjoy!

“Question: “How should a Christian view weight loss? What does the Bible say about obesity and weight loss?”

Answer: While nothing in the Bible specifically addresses obesity and weight loss, there is much in God’s Word about the importance of taking care of our bodies and our health, as well as commandments against gluttony. In the Old Testament we read of God’s specific warnings and instructions about what His people, the Israelites, were to eat (Deuteronomy 14:1-21). Most of these were commands God gave them in order to keep them from eating harmful foods which would impact their overall health in a negative way. Some of the commands were given so they wouldn’t imitate the diet and habits of the idolatrous people around them.

Gluttony, overeating or drinking to excess, is mentioned in the Bible as being something to avoid (Proverbs 23:20-21). Gluttony can lead to health risks and become a drain on our finances, and the love of food and drink can all too easily become an idol in our lives. Anything that takes the place of God or becomes our number one focus is by definition an idol and thus a sin against God (Exodus 21:3-6). As far as obesity goes, the word “fat” is used in the Bible to describe people who were displeasing to God. Job 15:20-31 describes the wicked man who defies God. His “waist bulges with flesh,” a description of a very fat man, and one that pampers the flesh, and indulges himself in eating and drinking and who, figuratively, is one who abounds in the good things of this world. Jeremiah reiterates this same idea, that “wicked men” whose “houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek” (Jeremiah 5:27-28). Clearly, obesity is not a sign of blessing or favor with God. In fact, two men characterized by their obesity—King Eglon of Moab and Eli the priest—died traumatic deaths (Judges 3:17-22; 1 Samuel 4:18). Proverbs 23:2 exhorts us to “put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony,” an admonition to restrain our appetites.

In the New Testament, Paul tells followers of Jesus Christ that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and as such we are to take care of our bodies and keep them as healthy as we can. Since being obese leads to multiple health risks, we need to realize that as much as it is up to us in our choice and amount of food, drink, and exercise, we should strive to avoid becoming overweight.

A down side of this subject of obesity and weight loss is when we take it to the opposite extreme and become obsessed with our body image. Again, when something becomes the major focus of life and it isn’t God, it is sin. So to constantly obsess about exercise, diet, and weight loss means we’ve allowed our bodies to become the center of our lives. While the effects can be better for our health than being gluttonous and overweight, the result is still the same—our bodies have become an idol in our lives. An obsession with weight loss can easily tip over into anorexia or bulimia which also has a negative impact on our health.

The bottom line is that the Lord wants His children to take excellent care of their bodies since they are the residence of the Holy Spirit. A strong healthy body helps us stay in shape so we can better serve God each day and thus bring glory and honor to Him, our principal reason for living. The Lord wants us to keep our focus on Him and not fall into obsessing about weight gain, weight loss, or food and drink, any of which can become an idol in our lives.

Recommended Resource: Faith and Fitness: Diet and Exercise for a Better World by Tom Hafer.
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This article was taken from the home page of http://www.biblical-health.com.

Biblical Health. biblical healthYour health is very important to God the Father. In 3 John 2 we read “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

 Have we as Christians ignored the biblical health principles that God has laid out? There are numerous scriptures relating to our bodies and health. When we look around and take a careful look at what people are putting in their bodies today we see people eating chemicals, colorings, salts, pastes and pastries, sugary sweets, alchohol, smoking cigarettes. The percentages of people with cancer and diabetes as well as numerous other ailments has been skyrocketing.  

In this site we go over the solution to our health woes. God gave man a diet in the beginning. He gave man herbs, fruits and nuts to eat. There was no meat since nothing died. When he did allow meat to be eaten they were not to eat the blood in it. (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17, Acts 15:20, 29)

TWO WORLD VIEWS

There are 2 ways to look at this world.

  1. The body is designed. It has many organs, veins, blood, heart, bones, joints, eyes, ears a reproductive system. We couldn’t design it better if we tried. 
  2. It all came together by chance and we are a chemical mess that somehow seems to have order.  

If we look at the world from the first perspective and we see that our body is designed, then this would tell us that there must be a designer. And since these bodies are designed they must run on certain fuels like any designed machine or vehicle. If we put the wrong petro into the gas tank of a car, it’s not going to run very well. 

If we look at the world from the second perspective it is likely that we will end up looking to try to put another chemical into our body that our body was not designed to ingest to try to throw off the chemical imbalance. Sometimes using things like chemical therapy or radiation treatment. 

The problem with these types of treatments is that the body has already been broken down through years of abuse and this is what has lead to the disease. And now more chemicals and radiation deteriorate the immune system even more and it becomes even more susceptible to disease. Whereas If the proper nutrients are put into the body, and practicality in regards to keeping that body in shape it will fight off the disease by itself as God has designed it to do. 
 

Live foods give life, dead foods give nothing. Live foods have living enzymes which aid in healing the body. We highly recommend a raw vegan lifestyle and in this website you will find documentation and numerous testimonies testifying to the effect of a raw vegan lifestyle.    

In this site (biblical-health.com) you will find numerous testimonies of people who have overcome weight loss, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis etc. 

God has a message of biblical health and he will be glorified through obedience to his principles and trust and obedience of his word.  

Exodus 15:26 : “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.””

Check out their website for tons of articles and resources. (http://biblical-health.com/)

God’s Dietary Laws Page

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Bible
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I made the God’s Dietary Laws page mainly for reference but I encourage you to read through it.
The page contains the King James Version of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14:1-21.

The purpose of this page is for your education of what God says concerning your food. Please use the information to make better choices at the food store and to form a do and don’t list of eating.