Am I Pro-Birth or Pro-Life?

Sunday afternoon I had a good conversation with a young woman about many things in the coffee shop. She is not a Christian, however, she is working on her Master’s in Social Work, so we have some common interests. One of the things we talked about is the political climate in the USA which included the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Roe V Wade.

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A week ago, I shared a post What If The Church Stepped Up? In that post I stated my intent is not to debate and the same is true of this post. In that post I mentioned a few things, providing childcare centers, adoption, and foster care that if the church as a whole had been doing all along, a much better job, perhaps the 65 millions abortions since 1972 would have been a smaller number.

On to my question. Am I Pro Birth or Pro Life? By Pro Birth I mean we protest, work against, etc abortion with no follow through in the years to help the mother. By Pro Life I mean that we step up and provide child care in low income areas for single moms or low income moms and other efforts to support disadvantaged women.

I read about a case of a woman who was raped but chose to keep the baby. Her rapist sued for custody and child support. How is that conducive to being Pro Life? How in the world does a rapist be given custody and the woman who was a victim forced to pay child support? The judge reversed his ruling, but still it should not have happened in the first place. A link- Article.

Laws need to be in place to protect women in such cases and we who claim to be Pro Life should be the loudest voices for such.

A blogger I know, Vanessa of is a shining example to me of what Christians could have been doing all along. After having two of her own children, she opened her heart and home to adopt three children. She even has an arrangement for one of the birth moms to be involved in the child’s life.

A family at my church provided foster care the baby of a single mom who was put in jail for a short sentence. The family loves the baby and husband and wife were the first parents the baby knew. But they maintained friendship with the birth mother and the birth mother became a Christian. The birth mother was reunited with her baby after she was released, but it was emotional for the family who took the baby in. Now the single mom and her baby are part of the family and join for things like Christmas celebrations.

So what I am proposing is that we as Christians step up in a variety of ways that are Pro Life not merely Pro Birth with things like working for compassionate laws for women who are rape and incest victims, using money to fund child care centers not multimillion dollar buildings for church buildings with all the fancy things, work for better adoption laws, and much more.

One other issue is what about women who have an ectopic pregnancy, or the baby is not viable in the womb, or the mother’s sorely needs life saving medical treatment that could put the baby in danger. We should be advocating for women and laws to protect them in such cases.

These are the types of issues that cause me to carefully consider am I Pro Life or only Pro Birth?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- I Am Free Performed by Jared Anderson

Today is Independence Day in the USA. Today we celebrate freedom in this life such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion that we enjoy in the USA.

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But there is a far greater freedom that cannot be corrupted or taken away. That is the freedom we have in Jesus. Freedom from sin, freedom from oppression by darkness, freedom from judgement and much more. Jesus frees us to become what we were created to be which is sons and daughters of God.

Happy Independence Day

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The Return of the Blueberry and Its Cupcake

After church today, I came to my office, aka coffee shop, and was blessed to see one lone blueberry that just so happened to on top of a cupcake. There it was sitting all alone in the refrigerated display case. So what is one to do but save it from isolation?

So I purchased aforementioned blueberry accompanied by a cupcake. At risk to my coffee purist status, I changed it up a little and got a Wild Raspberry Iced Tea. I guess they did not have time to tame the raspberries before making the iced tea.

It is a hot and humid day, so I intended to get an iced coffee, but gave the iced tea a try.

While in worship this morning, it seemed like God gave me an idea of one small edition to one of the books I am working on, so here I sit in my office, aka coffee shop, blogging and writing.

Sunday morning worship at church was wonderful. The focus was baptisms as eight people were baptized. We sang worship songs, listened to the testimonies of what Jesus has done in their lives, and cheered for them after they were baptized. I loved it.

How is your Sunday?

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Freedom in Jesus- Happy Independence Day

Tomorrow will be Independence Day in the USA. It is the day we celebrate our freedom and historically when the USA became an independent nation. In the Declaration of Independence , freedom and rights are acknowledged as coming from God with line such as:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

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While I am grateful to live in a country where I can worship God freely and have other rights, it pales in comparison to the freedom we can have in Jesus. In Jesus, we can be freed from sin and judgement. In Jesus, we can be freed from the bondage of the effects of being abused, shame, and victimhood.

The bible says of Jesus in Luke 4:18:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”

It starts with first coming to know Jesus personally as our Savior. Jesus said in John 8:32:

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

and in John 14:6:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

Jesus is the truth. When he comes into our lives, he sets us free from the snare of sin, our own and the effects of what others have done to us.

Ultimately we will experience it fully when we enter into heaven, but we can know that freedom in our souls in the here and now no matter what situation we find ourselves in.

Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow bloggers and readers in the USA.

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Seeing Clearly Past The Fog Of Life

One afternoon when I was in Lyon France in June 2004, one of the men in my evening group looked eastward and said, “I can see the mountain. It will rain tomorrow.” He was referring to Mont Blanc the highest mountain in Europe. Mont Blanc is 145 miles/231km from Lyon. Most of the time it is not visible in Lyon due to cloud cover, so when the sky is clear enough to see the mountain, the people expect to have rain the next day. By the way, it rained the next day.

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There can be a variety of things that cloud our sight spiritually and in regards to seeing the next step or which step to take. Confusion can set in making it feel like we are in a fog. Issues like money problems, relationship problems, sin, mistakes, worry, anxiety can make things seem fuzzy.

The good news is that Jesus is eternal. He exists beyond time. He created time for us to live in but he is not bound by time. He is with us in the here and now while at the same time, he is in our future. Even better news, he has already told us that he loves us.

So how can we clear our minds of the fog and receive guidance from Jesus?

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We can come to him and confess to him whatever the issue is. He already knows, so it won’t be a news flash to him. If we have messed up, we can confess to Jesus. If we are confused, we can give it to him. If we are worried, we can give it to him.

Sometimes there can be different options and we want guidance. I have experienced that myself recently in regards to how to publish my books I have been working on. I prayed about it, and Jesus brought someone across my path that would get my attention. I have other questions. so I set up a coffee appointment with my friend Robb who understands business matters better than I do.

We do not live independent of others as we journey on the Christian walk. We have Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit. We also have fellow Christians. Jesus has blessed us with being part of Christian communities and access to wise counsel.

We can see clearly past the fog.

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July Already?

July is here already. We are half way through the year so soon. July has been a month for me of wondering what will happen. Big things have happened in my life in July. Some examples:

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July 1989 I rededicated my life to Jesus.

July 1991 I tendered my resignation, with a one month notice, for my position selling office furniture because I was preparing to go study fo rministry.

July 1995 the doctors finally diagnosed the problem that was causing me to be sick.

July 2001 I began teaching for the college where I teach.

July 2008 I started being financially supported part-time for my ministry.

July 2010 I started studying Spanish.

So each year when July comes, I wonder what God will do next. What will it be this year? Will it be publishing a few books I am working on? Will it something else I did not anticipate?

I even sometimes wonder if July will be the month Jesus takes me home to heaven. 🙂

So here we are, It is July. Summer is going quickly and before we know it Brenda of and Alicia of will be enjoying their favorite season- Winter. 🙂

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Confirmation from a “Chance Encounter”

After the doctors appointment yesterday, I went to my office, aka coffee shop, to treat myself. The treat ended up being a lemon bar. It is what occurred while leaving my office that got my attention.

A few days ago while at the Organic Store next to the coffee shop while I was checking out, a woman greeted me by name. I replied to her greeting wondering how I know her.

Yesterday as I was leaving the coffee shop there she was just getting out of her car. She again greeted me with, “hi Matt” which got my attention. I get called teacher in most of my interactions with people, so when someone says my name I tend to do a double take. 🙂

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It was the same woman. We talked for about 15 minutes in the parking lot. She used to go to the same church I went to back in in the early 1990s. She was a voice from my past when my ministry was very different than it is today.

While we were talking, I shared with her about the books I am working on and two different possible self publishing ideas. Her response was, “God has connected dots for you for the writing idea on your book about Jesus Understand Trauma.”

A voice from the past, a chance encounter was not by chance. It was God at work to connect me with a person in a way that really got my attention to give me confirmation.

I am so thankful that God works in ways that get our attention and for his guidance.

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Doctor Day- Oh Well

Today is doctor day. It’s off to see a gastroenterologist for a consult. This whole doctor thing has become a monthly budget item. At least I have hit my deductible already. This appointment will be with a Physicians Assistant for a consult about stomach issues. So I don’t think any blood tests which is good because I have not studied for one. 🙂

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After the doctor, I think I will need to stop at the office, aka coffee shop. A doctor day means one is deserving of a treat, but sadly no more cupcakes with a blueberry on top. We will see what they have today. Yesterday I didn’t see anything gluten free but that doesn’t mean something won’t be there by the time I get there today.

I will bring a book to read, Anatomy of the Soul by Dr. Curt Thompson, and my laptop for blogging and writing. I am close to the point of publishing the two books I am working on, Lifted Out Of The Pit/Called To The Nations and Jesus Understands Trauma.

This evening, if it is not too hot, I will join some people for a barbecue.

How is your Wednesday?

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