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Sunday School Cancelled! We WILL have Sunday Worship Service at 11!

Due to inclement weather, our 9:45am Sunday School Small Groups are CANCELED for tomorrow, Sunday, February 17. We WILL have our regularly scheduled 11am Sunday Worship Service along with our Baby Bottle Boomerang Ingathering. Stay safe, God bless, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 11!

The deadline for our Baby Bottle Boomerang 2019 is this Sunday, so be sure to bring back your baby bottles for a special ingathering! Together, we will raise our prayers, raise people’s awareness, and help raise the funds necessary for the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville to fulfill their mission of saving the lives of babies and caring for them and their parents, before and after they are safely brought into this world, all for the glory of Jesus Christ.



February Pastor’s Notes

     I want to start this month’s Pastor’s Notes by reminding you that I personally don’t believe that Christians should be overtly political, because it could limit our ability to share the Good News of Jesus Christ’s Gospel.  When the Apostle Paul said “22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23), he was not saying that we should act like sinners to reach the sinful, as some have wrongly concluded.  Instead, he was saying that he would give up all of the freedoms he has in Christ for the sake of winning souls to Christ.  For this Pastor’s Notes, it means that you are free in Christ to be politically active, to vote, to campaign for various candidates, and to hold a particular party affiliation.  But, what God says in His Word is that if  exercising those freedoms might lose me one chance to win a soul for Christ, then I will gladly give up all those freedoms and much, much more for the sake of the Gospel.  Therefore, I personally endeavor to NOT write, preach, or teach about politics so that I may by all means save some!
 
     So, this message is not about politics!  It’s not about choosing “R” vs. “D” or conservative vs. liberal.  This message is about choosing Life vs. Death!  Recently, I saw a video of the New York Legislature celebrating the passing of a new law that legalizes killing unborn children right up to the moment of their birth (https://twitter.com/PPNYCAction/status/1087830306823041024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1087830306823041024&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.cbn.com%2Fcbnnews%2Fus%2F2019%2Fjanuary%2Fa-sad-and-evil-day-new-york-legalizes-abortion-up-to-babys-birth-day-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade).  It used to be a felony in New York to murder an unborn child in its third trimester, but now abortion has even been stricken from the definition of homicide in New York’s criminal code altogether. The law even states that “every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”  It doesn’t even bother trying to make the arguments of whether or not to use the terms baby or fetus and whether or not the baby can live outside the womb.  This new law just comes right out and says child.  The thought that people would cheer for the murder of an innocent child actually made me physically ill.  It felt like I was watching a mob cheering someone on as they beat a baby to death. 
 
     I can see no way that we as Christ’s Disciples can just sit back and do nothing about the murder of tens of millions of children.  When we hear on the news about one child being murdered in a drive by shooting or a child being abused, our God-given conscience causes a righteous anger to rise up in our spirits.  Why then do we allow our government to legalize infant torture and murder?  I have heard too many Christians talk about a woman’s “right” to choose abortion.  There is no talk of this right in God’s Word!  What about a baby girl’s right to choose life?  Others ask what about in cases of rape or incest, what about the well-being of the mother?  These are very serious issues indeed, but the question God requires us to ask first is, what did the baby girl or boy do to deserve to be murdered?  This is not a question about choosing one life vs. another, this is a question of choosing a culture of “Life” vs. “Death”!
 
     Let me show you what I mean in God’s Holy Word.  During His incarnation, Jesus was very clear that there is a direct connection between love for Him and obedience to Him.  On the night that He was betrayed He declared, “15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15; cf., John 14:21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 1:6).  It is why Jesus never asked for a decision, but instead, asked for disciples. God the Father also made it very clear that one of those commandments forbids murdering another human being, “13 You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13).  Have you ever wondered why?  Well, in the beginning, “27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27).  And after the flood waters had receded, God told Noah, “6 Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” (Genesis 9:6).  So, Christian brothers and sisters, please know without any doubt whatsoever, it is a sin to murder another human being because they were made in the image of God.
 
     The only question left for a true Christ follower regarding abortion is, “What is God’s view of the unborn?”, or maybe better put, “Does God view unborn children as human beings?”.  Well, fortunately for us, God makes the answer to those questions very clear too.  He declared, “22 “If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide. 23 But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” (Exodus 21:22-24).  God is clear that if the unborn child is harmed in any way, then the penalty shall be the same as if the child were already living outside his mother’s womb.  I don’t have the time and space here to describe how Old Testament Law affects the New Testament Believer other than to say, because it reflects God’s character and will, we are able to apply its principle directly to us.  So, what does this passage teach us about God’s character and will regarding unborn children?  It declares that in God’s eyes, every human being, whether 40 days, 40 weeks, or 40 years old is made in His image and is, therefore, sacred!  God views the unborn child as a full-fledged human being and killing that child is murder, period!
 
     Therefore, I encourage you with all the passion I can display in a written message to reject this evil world system’s culture of death!  Do not be taken captive by arguments about man-made constitutions and rights (Colossians 2:8).  Remember the Word and heart of your Lord & Savior and choose life!  This is not a problem that we can turn our backs on and say that it could never happen here!  Just last week, a bill was introduced right here in Virginia to create basically the same God-hating law that was passed in New York (https://twitter.com/vahousegop/status/1090346857925144576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1090346857925144576&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.cbn.com%2Fcbnnews%2Fus%2F2019%2Fjanuary%2Ffirst-new-york-now-virginia-democrat-proposes-bill-pushing-to-abort-babies-just-seconds-before-birth).  And just this Wednesday, January 30th, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam defended the 40-week abortion bill by saying, “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkTopSKo1xs&feature=youtu.be).  To think, as a culture we are now debating how long a baby can live after being delivered before it is wrong to murder that child!  To quote a recent president, “Elections have consequences,” and I pray that we will not stand by and allow this culture of death to seize control of our nation, our families, and our children:  born or unborn!
 

     And, please know that this is much more than how you vote!  Yes, you should prayerfully research individual political candidates and see not only what they have said around election time, but also what they have actually done regarding the issue of abortion the rest of the year. But, there is so much more the body of Christ can do in His name!  You should become a prayer warrior for the unborn, beseeching our Lord to end this God-hating holocaust of children.  You should prayerfully support para-ministries like the Pregnancy Care Center in Martinsville that we are currently raising funds for with our Baby Bottle Boomerang.  You should prayerfully seek how you can personally reach out in love to those women who are in the greatest danger and to those who may have already made this terrible mistake.  And, you should prayerfully consider how you can help the women, who have chosen life for their babies, and their children.  Beloved, this is not a message about politics or choosing “R” vs. “D”.  This is a message about choosing to follow your Lord & Savior, and choosing “Life” vs. “Death”!




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