Wednesday, April 23, 2008

They Were All Showing...

We have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
... by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God
that the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine on them ...
For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 4:1-6
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Orlando Women's Center killing place gospel outreach
Late Term abortion day (murder of babies from 17 weeks to full term)
Missionaries: Heather, Ben, Dale, Scott, Patte, Rachel & Will
We met about a dozen aborting mothers who came with companions to murder their infants by labor-and-delivery this morning. There was at least one mother brought her daughter. We took turns offering our help, providing information about adoption & telling the mothers how God had created their infants for His pleasure. We explained that God has written His moral Law upon our hearts, so that we are without excuse when we disobey His commandment: You shall not murder. We spoke to each of the clinic workers, several who arrived with fish on their cars, playing worship music to murder babies through all nine months of pregnancy.  :'(
Rachel came to the mill to minister for the first time today. She was both shocked & saddened noting: "All of them were showing."  It was true. Each of the mothers had big round pregnant bellies, full of their precious infants. They brought blankets, pillows & snacks with them because when they made their appointment they had been instructed that it could take anywhere from 6 hours up to three days for their infants to be delivered. They don't tell the aborting moms that they will be led into the bathroom to deliver into the toilet. While those mothers who kill their babies up to 12 weeks pay around $500, women have to dig deep to pay for the later abortions. At 15-16 weeks of pregnancy it costs $975. 19 weeks is $2200. 20 weeks is $2400 Almost four years ago a mother paid $12,000 to have her child slain at 28 weeks. ( We make certain that every single aborting mom is given good information about adoption, which is not only FREE, but can help provide for her living expenses during pregnancy & for 6 weeks following the birth of her baby.
James 1:15 explains the process of how a woman chooses to sin (against the witness of God's Law, which is written on her heart & her conscience) by fornicating & then by being tempted & then murdering her baby by abortion. "Then when lust has conceived it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death." First, the woman is tempted to sin. She lusts, often towards a man who is not her husband. Then, the woman commits the sin of fornication. The lust & the commission of sin itself brings a measure of death because the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Then, the woman who has conceived a child must lust again. This time she burns in her heart with a hatred for her son or daughter. This is called 'murder of the heart'. This lust for blood, if not resisted, will culminate in purposely putting her baby to an agonizing death. Romans 1:18-32 explains how God's wrath is revealed against women who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The scriptures tell us that lost women do not want to retain this knowledge of God & right & wrong. They want to sin (both sexually & by retaining the power over the life of their child, to murder). The Holy Spirit explains (in vs 32) that women who kill their sons & daughters by abortion are those: " ... who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them." It is our common experience that after women have had abortions they bring their friends in to kill their babies too. Just last week two friends came together to have what would be their second & third abortions. Oh, this is an awful state of depravity & more & more mothers are taking the lives of multiple numbers of their infants. A woman recently had her 20th abortion at Orlando Women's Center. It is the most abortions on one woman that anyone who works at the clinic had ever seen.
What is a Christian to do? We will leave you with a profound scripture which directs us to do our holy best to intervene for the helpless ones who cannot defend themselves. We have included a powerful commentary on the passage by Matthew Henry. None of us could never had said it better.
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
* Proverbs 24:11 *
 Matthew Henry's commentary on Proverbs 24:11
A great duty required of us, and that is to appear for the relief of oppressed innocency. If we see the lives or livelihoods of any in danger of being taken away unjustly, we ought to bestir ourselves all we can to save them, by disproving the false accusations on which they are condemned and seeking out proofs of their innocency. Though the persons be not such as we are under any particular obligation to, we must help them, out of a general zeal for justice. If any be set upon by force and violence, and it be in our power to rescue them, we ought to do it. Nay, if we see any through ignorance exposing themselves to danger, or fallen in distress, as travellers upon the road, ships at sea, or any the like, it is our duty, though it be with peril to ourselves, to hasten with help to them and not forbear to deliver them, not to be slack, or remiss, or indifferent, in such a case.
2. An answer to the excuse that is commonly make for the omission of this duty. Thou wilt say, "Behold, we knew it not; we were not aware of the imminency of the danger the person was in; we could not be sure that he was innocent, nor did we know how to prove his innocence, nor which way to do any thing in favour of him, else we would have helped him.’’
(1.) It is easy to make such an excuse as this, sufficient to avoid the censures of men, for perhaps they cannot disprove us when we say, We knew it not, or, We forgot; and the temptation to tell a lie for the excusing of a fault is very strong when we know that it is impossible to be disproved, the truth lying wholly in our own breast, as when we say, We thought so and so, and really designed it, which no one is conscious of but ourselves.
(2.) It is not so easy with such excuses to evade the judgment of God; and to the discovery of that we lie open and by the determination of that we must abide.
[1.] God ponders the heart and keeps the soul; he keeps an eye upon it, observes all the motions of it; its most secret thoughts and intents are all naked and open before him. It is his prerogative to do so, and that in which he glories. Jer. 17:10I the Lord search the heart. He keeps the soul, holds it in life. This is a good reason why we should be tender of the lives of others, and do all we can to preserve them, because our lives have been precious in the sight of God and he has graciously kept them.
[2.] He knows and considers whether the excuse we make be true or no, whether it was because we did not know it or whether the true reason was not because we did not love our neighbour as we ought, but were selfish, and regardless both of God and man. Let this serve to silence all our frivolous pleas, by which we think to stop the mouth of conscience when it charges us with the omission of plain duty: Does not he that ponders the heart consider it?
[3.] He will judge us accordingly. As his knowledge cannot be imposed upon, so his justice cannot be biassed, but he will render to every man according to his works, not only the commission of evil works, but the omission of good works.
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  
~ Jesus
Together for Life & Eternity,
Patte & Scott Smith & Friends

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Can It Be?

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. 
Philippians 4:13 

Does this really mean that I can do all things? Yes!...  even fulfill all the will of God! Oh what precious joy! I have Christ's in me, my hope, my glory, for all things! I have His indwelling strength, by the anointed power & authority of the Holy Spirit, to obey the Great Commission. I have the strenth to resist the temptation to sin by commission or omission. I have the strength, by the grace of My Savior, to resist the temptation to be anxious about my children, our future, our finances. Where does my strength, my help, come from? The first scripture I ever memorized provided the answer to the fearful, sin-laden anxiety of my heart: "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills - Where does my help come from? My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven & earth." (Psalm 121:1,2) My aid cometh from Him who giveth me power.  By virtue of my living union and identification with Jesus Christ, who is my strength, I can trust & obey His laws & precepts! I can do all His will, without boasting for ... "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.; & the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me & gave Himself for me." (Galations 2:20)

Glory to God for His amazing grace on a wretched sinner like me!

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

Philippians 4:10-19 It is a good work to succour and help a good minister in trouble. The nature of true Christian sympathy, is not only to feel concern for our friends in their troubles, but to do what we can to help them. The apostle was often in bonds, imprisonments, and necessities; but in all, he learned to be content, to bring his mind to his condition, and make the best of it. Pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not got, and fickle disrelish of present things, make men discontented even under favourable circumstances. Let us pray for patient submission and hope when we are abased; for humility and a heavenly mind when exalted. It is a special grace to have an equal temper of mind always. And in a low state not to lose our comfort in God, nor distrust his providence, nor take any wrong course for our own supply. In a prosperous condition not to be proud, or secure, or worldly. This is a harder lesson than the other; for the temptations of fulness and prosperity are more than those of affliction and want. The apostle had no design to urge them to give more, but to encourage such kindness as will meet a glorious reward hereafter. Through Christ we have grace to do what is good, and through him we must expect the reward; and as we have all things by him, let us do all things for him, and to his glory.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

Colossians 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously

1Timothy 1:12, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into this ministry ..."

Patte Smith

Sanctuary Ministries