Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A reflection on abortion

Suppose there were a young teenager who found herself pregnant. She was a good kid who didn't deserve it--she'd been as careful as could be expected, but now she was faced with the prospect of having this baby. Her support system wasn't the best. Her fiance said that he'd leave her; he claimed the baby couldn't be his. Her parents were real conservative; they wouldn't want a bastard in the family. She didn't know what, if any, support she could expect from them. She might just have to have this baby alone in whatever place she could find shelter. She had little education and no job skills. Shouldn't girls like her--children, really--have access to an abortion? Why should she have to ruin her life over something that, by all rights, never should have happened to her?

Suppose her name was Mary, and this happened about 2000 years ago.

Monday, May 08, 2006

FLYlady is a godsend.

Friday, May 05, 2006

The name of the blog

Through Christ, those of us who have accepted His saving gift of grace, the gift of His very life, are reconciled to God.
God's plan is to reconcile all the world to Him through we who are already reconciled. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.
If you wish to be reconciled with God, you can be. "Sins" are the things you do which are against God's commands and his will. When we hate or judge others, when we put other things before our devotion to God, when we entertain thoughts of wrong things like sex with someone other than our spouse, stealing, or hurting another, we sin. As you can see, it is very difficult to avoid sinning; only one person managed to live his whole life without sinning. That person was Jesus Christ. Because of his sinless life, he could be a sacrifice to take away all our sins: all at once, for all time. He died on the cross, as predicted by many generations of prophets, and he took all the sins of the whole world upon him. Even your sins. Even though you weren't born yet. No matter what you've done. He took mine upon himself too. But Jesus didn't stay dead. He was not just a sacrifice to God, but the Son of God. Jesus Christ is God. So after he died, he defeated the power of Death and of Satan so that we would have no fear. He was willing to die a painful death for you and for me because although we were sinners--although we had not been born--he loved us.
Jesus has already died for you. Nothing can change that. All you need to do is accept the gift he has already given. If you accept that you are a sinner and that Christ died for you, taking all your sins, then you will be saved. You will die to this world--as Christ died--and instead have new life in Christ. Christ has gone to heaven to prepare a place there for those who believe in him. Someday those who believe in him and accept his love will be there forever with him.
If you do accept God's free gift of salvation, eternal life, and reconciliation to himself, try to find a local church that can help you understand more about Jesus' plan for your life. Those who do not find a group of other believers to help them grow closer to Jesus often find their newfound salvation forgotten as they become absorbed once more in the concerns of life on this world. In every faith that calls itself Christian, there are at least some good teachings and at least some people who are truly following God. The best way to find out if a church is based on Christ's teachings is to read his words yourself in the New Testament of the Bible.
I hope that in this blog I will be able to represent Christ, my Lord, to both those who agree with me and those who disagree, those who are Christians and those who are not. I will strive to base my opinions on God's word and research from Christian sources. I will avoid siding with a certain individual or political party without doing research, preferably from sources with different viewpoints. (Sometimes, however, this is difficult for me because some opinions on some subjects leave me feeling very angry.) Posts from me will be of several types:
-things going on in my life and my walk with Jesus
-things going on in the world
-things I see online that I agree with, that I disagree with, or that made me think
-things someone wants me to post about.
Feel free to comment if you want to hear my thoughts on something! I'll try to post on whatever people would like me to.


I have set up this blog to have an anonymous forum to speak about those issues that matter to me, mostly politics and religion. Most of my views are not typical, but all are informed by my own reading of the Bible. I usually read NIV.

I tried once before to set up a blog and failed. I hope this will work better.

I hope to read all comments, but I do not plan on banning anyone. I will make an email address available for those who wish to correspond with me. It is a gmail address which is the same as the title of this blog, but without the spaces or capitalizations. I am perfectly open to debating topics respectfully but not with people who use ad hominem attacks or "you're so stupid" as their main arguing points.

I am located in Massachusetts and will answer to J. I have been married about two and a half years and saved since 2001 or 2002. I have no children, although I would like them, and I am churched.