Fossil Ape Skull Is a Game Ender

 

BY BRIAN THOMAS, PH.D. * | SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

A recent poll of college-age Americans showed that the single most convincing science-based argument for evolution is the lineup of supposed ape-like evolutionary ancestors of mankind.1 But epidemic disagreement among researchers over the relevance and position of every thus-far-proposed human ancestor undermines confidence in this fluctuating and fragmented fossil lineup. Creation researcher Marvin Lubenow called it “the fake parade” in his book Bones of Contention.2 A new ape-fossil study adds even more reason to decry this fossil parade as a fake.

Publishing in the journal Nature, a team of experts described a fossil skull that puts both a new face and a contradictory age onto an extinct ape variety previously known only from teeth and bone fragments.The team discovered the fossil in 2016 in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Early on, they recognized it as an australopithecine ape, but after analysis, they assigned it to the species anamensis.

Australopithecus anamensis supposedly evolved into Australopithecus afarensis—the most famous example of which is nicknamed Lucy—which some have asserted became humans. But many evolutionists see no anatomical link between this extinct ape kind and mankind. One zoologist admitted, “They are just apes.”4

Bible-respecting scientists see both Australopith varieties as members of the same created ape kind—now extinct. From this perspective, they would have lived at the same time but perhaps in different places, much like the two chimp varieties on Earth today. The common chimp Pan troglodytes has a wide habitat range, whereas the more rare pygmy chimp (bonobo) Pan paniscus appears to only live south of the Congo river in the Congo basin.

The story of supposedly ancestral A. anamensis evolving into A. Australopithecus was easier to tell back when A. anamensis fossils occurred in rock layers below, and thus before, those of A. australopithecus. But this newly described A. anamensis skull received an evolutionary age that overlaps its supposed descendant by 100,000 years. Lead author of the Nature paper Haile-Selassie told the Max Planck Institute, “This is a game changer in our understanding of human evolution during the Pliocene.”5

Talk about an overstatement. Rather, this is a game-ender for merely the Australopith backstory of one of the many human evolution narratives. The long overlap in evolutionary time erases notions of an ancestor-descendant relationship between these extinct ape varieties, but leaves intact the Genesis-friendly model of variations within kinds.

References
1. Biddle, D. A., and J. Bergman. 2017. Strategically dismantling the evolutionary idea strongholdsJournal of Creation. 31(1): 116-119.
2. Lubenow, M. 2004. Bones of Contention. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 167.
3. Haile-Selassie, Y. et al. 2019. A 3.8-million-year-old hominin cranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Nature. Posted on Nature.com before print, August 28, 2019, accessed September 2, 2019.
4. Lewin, R. 1987. Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 164.
5. A face for Lucy’s ancestor. Max Planck Institute. Posted on mpg.de August 28, 2019, accessed September 2, 2019.

Stage image: cranium of Australopithecus anamensis
Stage image credit: Copyright © Dale Omori, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Adapted for use in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holders.

Dr. Thomas is a Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.

https://www.icr.org/article/fossil-ape-skull-game-ender/

Rally to draw attention to ‘Repeal Obergefell’ movement

Ex-gays to speak in favor of traditional marriage

 

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When the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling that Chief Justice John Roberts argued in dissent was unconnected to the U.S. Constitution, created same-sex “marriage” in 2015, progressives cheered.

But the impact went beyond marriage,  creating a conflict between newly acquired LGBT rights and the constitutional right of citizens to exercise their religion.

Among the victims was Jack Phillips, who was sued over and over for refusing to use his wedding artistry to promote what the Bible defines as sin. And Melissa Klein, for the same. In addition, wedding venue operators, calligraphers and photographers have been targeted because of their beliefs.

Now a rally is being held to promote a movement to repeal of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

It’s being organized by Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and others.

He contends the “gay marriage” decision was based on the lie that homosexuality is immutable, like race.

How does he know? He will have a number of former homosexuals, including David Arthur, confirm that.

The rally, on a public sidewalk near the Supreme Court in Washington, will point out the fundamental flaw in the majority opinion from Anthony Kennedy, now retired, who claimed homosexuality or sexual orientation is immutable.

“Yet many men and women have left this immoral lifestyle behind,” LaBarbera’s announcement said.

“Arthur and several others who came out of homosexuality and gender confusion (transgenderism) will speak at this year’s ‘Repeal Obergefell’ rally,” the announcement said.

It was held  at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26.

That day is the fourth anniversary of the decision that, rally organizers say, gave America the “unconstitutional, immoral and tyrannical Obergefell v. Hodges.”

The announcement says: “They have the media. They have the power. They have the money. But we have the truth.”

Speakers included former homosexual Stephen Black of First Stone Ministries, former female-to-male transgender Laura Perry, Pastor Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship. Others are LaBarbera, Arthur, Bruce Johnson of Metropolitan Marriage Association and constitutional law expert William Olson.

The issue has been in headlines because Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, a professing Christian, has attacked the Christian beliefs of Vice President Mike Pence and others on the issue.

But LaBarbera described Buttigieg as “a living, walking and breathing example of the politicized sham that is religious-left ‘Christianity’ today. He claims that God created him as a homosexual – a self-serving blasphemy as audacious as it is biblically nonsensical.”

The announcement said, “Predictably, ‘Mayor Pete’ has quickly become the darling of a media who incessantly promote all things ‘gay’ and ‘trans’ — and who loathe socially conservative Christians who actually believe the Bible in humility, and fear God in reverence.

“The simple truth is that homosexual behaviors are wrong, unnatural, and often unhealthy – yet can be overcome through the grace and power of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6), as testified by countless ex-‘gays’ and former ‘transgenders.’ No faithful Christian proudly identifies by his or her besetting sins, nor seeks to justify them before a holy God.”

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Simple things you Should do for your Marriage to Work

Tips That Make A Marriage Last A Lifetime

We all know that after the honeymoon, reality begins to sink in and things can easily take a wrong turn if not well handled. Marriage does require hard work and patience. It requires team work and intention to get things moving towards the right direction. The intentions to make the marriage work for the rest of your lives should be unanimous. Let’s take a look at some of the simple things you should do for your marriage to work:

Don’t Try to Change your Partner:

Most couples get smitten by what they see at the beginning of a relationship that they miss out on the important things that can actually ruin their relationship later on. They get caught up on the positive things about their partner and totally ignore the negative side. The truth is, when those negative traits begin to emerge more often, it becomes unbearable. You might think that you will change your partner and get rid of the things you dislike about them. That’s where problems begin because you cannot change the other person. You can encourage them into changing, but the decision to actually change lies entirely in an individual.

I’ve heard women complaining about their husbands habits, I’m sure they had noticed those habits when they dated. Sadly, they choose to ignore them and hoped for some changes once they live together and start a family.  They come and remain as is, unless they decide to change. Those imperfections become part of your life forever once you get married, Don’t start nagging your partner because of imperfections you clearly noticed before you got married. Besides, we all have imperfections, your partner may not tell you but nobody is perfect. If you want to see your partner changed, get down on your knees and pray.

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Know your Spouse:

Once you get married and start living under the same roof with a new housemate. You start to realize that your time and self no longer belongs to you alone which is challenging.  Some people think that going out on a date is not a priority anymore because you see each other everyday. But for a person whose love language is spending quality time together, not being in able to do that outside of the home will make them feel unloved.

People show and feel loved through words of affirmation, giving and receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch and spending quality time together. You should be familiar with your spouse’s love language. I have a friend who complained about his wife. He said that he took her on a vacation for her birthday, but all she did for his birthday was cook a special dinner. Well, she’s my friend too and had bragged about making him some exotic dishes. She gave her all because that’s her love language, but her husband missed the whole point.

Learn how to Stop an Argument:

I always say that two people living together as one must agree to disagree. Arguments will start and that’s normal, but never go to bed mad at your spouse. At the very beginning of our marriage, my husband and l would  get into heated argument, he likes to hold his peace and doesn’t say much when this happens. He would rather take all the blame just to end the fight. I was never very good at staying calm. Although I’m petite, my adrenaline levels are exaggerated. I guess I’m such a woman {smile}.

I used to go on and on about it until l get a hug, “it took a long time for that to happen”. Not until my husband noticed that when he hugs me everything evaporates. He mastered how to turn off my flares and end an argument. To balance things up, I’ve also learned that he dislikes being nagged so l stay off this female specialty. It is advisable to calmly discuss and solve the issue that started your argument. Don’t just swipe it under the rug because it will resurface. Issues don’t go away by ignoring them, it builds up and becomes significant over time. you can’t make something better unless you get clarification and find resolution.

Work on your Communication Skills:

Compliment your partner as much as you can, communication is not only for sharing problems and negative feelings. Avoiding sharing your issues with others , this includes family members. Sharing your issues might cause more harm than good in your marriage. Don’t vent on social media, the goal is to communicate with your spouse and not build a block. When you start sharing your marital issues with the world, some will laugh behind your back and others will throw you into a deeper hole with their advice.

Make God the Centre of your Marriage:

There’s nothing as peaceful as letting God take full control of your marriage.  Make a point of praying together and for one another. I noticed the tremendous changes that took place in my own marriage, when l quit trying to control things and put everything into the hands of God. If God is in your life, both of you will become better. The fruit of the Holy Spirit, Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control will reflect in your lives. All the best in your marriage.

 

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Humbly Coming Before Our Father

The Privilege of Christian Prayer

by Burk Parsons
Pastor, Sanford, Florida

As a local church pastor, I spend a lot of time in the community of central Florida, a diverse community that is composed of people from numerous backgrounds, cultures, nations, and religions. As I engage with them, I find that no matter what religion they claim or whatever religions they oppose, they all agree on one thing, namely, that everyone is a child of God.

When I hear people claim the universal fatherhood of God, I immediately want to respond by saying, “Well, yes and no.” Everyone is indeed a child of God in the sense that we are all creatures made in the image of God — we are “God’s offspring,” as Paul declared on Mars Hill (Acts 17:29). However, not everyone is a child of God spiritually, being born again by the Holy Spirit and adopted by God as Father through the imputed righteousness of his Son.

“We can always, at any time, day or night, cry out to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.”

Although most people, even many professing Christians, believe that everyone is a child of God in a spiritual way, the word of God is undeniably clear that only those who are united to the Son by faith are the adopted children of God. These, and these alone, are those with whom Paul includes himself when he says, “Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Galatians 4:6; see John 1:12Romans 8:14–219:8Galatians 3:26).

Adopted into a Family

When Jesus taught us to pray with the words “our Father” (Matthew 6:9), he was not employing universal language to be inclusive of all human beings. He was teaching us something profound about God and our relationship to him — namely, that God is not merely a Father or the Father; he is our Father. When God adopts, he adopts us into a family. When we pray “our Father,” we are reminded that we’re not alone and that we’re part of a family.

God created us as human beings for community, and by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, he created us anew for the community of his family. For that reason, God calls us as his people to gather together, face-to-face, to worship him. When we come together in gathered worship every Lord’s Day, we are reminded that we are not alone, that we are a vital part of a living body, a covenant community of believers and our children.

That the only begotten Son of God would tell us to call his Father “our Father” is humbling. But for many Jews in the first century, it seemed arrogant. For them, it was extraordinary that Jesus called God his Father, as it implied that he is the Son of the Father (John 1:148:1914:7). Some scholars have argued that for Jesus to teach his followers to call God “our” Father would have been regarded by Jewish rabbis of the day as presumptuously conceited at best and blasphemous at worst.

Consequently, when Jesus rebuked certain Jews who rejected him, he made it abundantly clear not only that God was not their Father but that they were of their father the devil (John 8:39–47). They did not understand how God was not their Father because they did not believe that Jesus came from the Father. In their natural state before God, they could not believe because the Spirit had not given them ears to hear, eyes to see, or hearts to perceive that Jesus is the long-awaited seed of the woman, the long-expected Son of God (Genesis 3:15Isaiah 9:6). Moreover, in our natural state before God, we were enemies until God conquered us and made us his friends and adopted us as sons in Christ.

Welcomed and Blessed

God is our Father only by virtue of our being united to Jesus Christ, the Son, by faith. Through his resurrection, our brother Jesus demonstrated that he is the firstfruits of our resurrection, that he is the firstborn among many brethren, and that, united to him, we are heirs with him. It is fitting, then, that our Father has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness through Jesus Christ our Lord (2 Peter 1:3–4).

“God is not merely a Father or the Father; he is our Father.”

Our Father is a gracious and generous Father who cares for us in ways that our fathers on earth cannot, and who thus disciplines us in ways our earthly fathers cannot, because he loves us in a way they cannot (Hebrews 12:9–10Romans 5:8). Knowing the innermost desires and sins of our hearts, he is able to conform us to the image of Christ in the precise ways that we uniquely need to be conformed.

Too often, we presume what our Father will not do for us or what our Father will not give us, and thus we never ask. We treat ourselves like orphans although God has made us sons. For when God adopts us into his family, he doesn’t merely call us “adopted”; he calls us sons. Mephibosheth was crippled and at enmity with his king; we were not only crippled but dead in sin and at enmity with our King and his kingdom. However, as David welcomed and blessed Mephibosheth, God has welcomed us and blessed us; he has brought us in and has made us able to recline and rest at his table to be washed by him, to dine with him, and to dwell with him forever (2 Samuel 9; John 13:1–20).

Hallowed in Heaven

Jesus also taught us that God is our Father who is in heaven, reminding us that our Father is perfect in his glory, that he is transcendent, and that because he is in the spiritual realm of heaven he is not far away but is near to us, ever present, and always ready to listen to us and commune with us (Psalm 145:18Jeremiah 23:23Acts 17:28James 4:8). Therefore, we are not to regard him as some sort of distant authority figure who doesn’t listen to us, who is never around, who is too busy for us. Rather, we can always, at any time, day or night, cry out to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the sovereign, triune, and almighty God, humbly and confidently praying, “Our Father.”

When Jesus taught us to call on God as our Father, he also taught us to call on our Father whose name is hallowed. The self-disclosed covenantal name of God is Yahweh (Exodus 3:14). Recognizing that the name of God is hallowed, or praying to him as one whose name is hallowed, does not make his name hallowed. On the contrary, his name is, in itself, apart from us, by his own declaration, hallowed.

His name is set apart and sanctified by no greater authority or power than God himself (Hebrews 6:13). His name is holy because he is holy. His name is not like our names, his name is not simply what we call him, and his name doesn’t just describe him. His name is who he is: Yahweh. Thus, when we confess that his name is hallowed, we are not asking him to become something he isn’t; we are acknowledging who he is, we are affirming our reverence of his holy name, and we are praying that God would make his name known and revered as hallowed to others throughout the world.

So, whenever we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name,” we can rest assured that he is our Father and that once he has adopted us, he will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6Hebrews 13:5).

The Danger of Not Disciplining Your Kids

Lessons from 1 Samuel 2

January 3, 2020 by SLIMJIM

Establish the need: Do you see the importance of spiritually disciplining your children?

 

Purpose: Today we will see five points concerning the danger of not disciplining your kids

  • Beware the sins of your children (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22)
  • Beware of thinking your example is enough
  • Beware of doing a little discipline a little too late (1 Samuel 2:22-25)
  • Beware of thinking you are not responsible for not discipling your kids (1 Samuel 2:27-36)
  • Let us dedicate our child to the Lord (1 Samuel 2:19-21 and 11, 18, 26 and 1 Samuel 3:1)

 

Beware the sins of your children (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22)

Passage: ” Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the Lord 13 and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand. 14 Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest meat for roasting, as he will not take boiled meat from you, only raw.” 16 If the man said to him, “They must surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as you desire,” then he would say, “No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force.” 17 Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for the men despised the offering of the Lord.” (12-17)

Proof

  1. Summary about the sons of Eli: “Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the Lord” (v.12)
    1. Characteristic 1: “were worthless men”= Morally wicked men.
    2. Characteristic 2: “they did not know the Lord”= The root of their problem is spiritual.
  2. Offense 1: “and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand. 14 Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.” (v.13-14)
    1. Priests were allotted the breast and right leg from the people’s sacrifices according to Leviticus 7:28-36.[1]
    2. Here the sons sent a servant with a fork (13)
    3. The man would then use that fork to get food for themselves from the people.
  3. Offense 2: “Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest meat for roasting, as he will not take boiled meat from you, only raw.” 16 If the man said to him, “They must surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as you desire,” then he would say, “No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force.” (v.15-16)
    1. According to Leviticus 3 the fat should be burned to honor God.[2]
    2. But then this servant would break procedure by starting out “before they burned the fat” (15a).
    3. And the servant would break procedure by asking for uncook meet (15b).
    4. If people correct the servant then the servant will threaten them according to verse 16.
  4. Offense 3: “Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting” (v.22)
    1. Here sexual sins are mentioned.
    2. Eli’s sons had mad the area near the tent of meeting a place where sins were committed instead of being confessed.[3]
  5. God’s assessment restated: “Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for the men despised the offering of the Lord” (v.17)
    1. The sons’ sin “was very great.
    2. Also note that they “despised the offering of the Lord!

Practice

  1. Our children’s will sin; do you know what their sins are?
  2. Do you know

Beware of thinking your example is enough

Proof

  1. We don’t see any written account of he himself doing something actively in terms of willful sins against God.
  2. Eli was a priest!
  3. He served with others.
  4. He had no problem correcting what he perceive is people’s sin in 1 Samuel 1.
  5. He even discipled others!
  6. He was an example to even a youth name Samuel in 1 Samuel 2:11.
  7. Lesson: Our good example is not enough! We need to discipline our kids! [4]

Picture: Do you know people who are good at church and busy with church but their kids are terrible? Then you talk to the kids and there’s no discipline nor discipleship but the parents are such good example of being busy at church and serving!

Practice

  1. We need to realize our examples are important! But it is not enough to just only be a good example!
  2. We need to internalize verses that the Bible says we need to discipline our kids such as Proverbs 29:15![5]

 

Beware of doing a little disciple a little too late (1 Samuel 2:22-25)

Passage: ” Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 23 He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people? 24 No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the Lord’s people circulating. 25 If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the Lord desired to put them to death.” (22-25)

Proof

  1. Eli definitely knows about his sons’ sins: “Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel” (v.22a)
  2. Eli spoke out against his sons: “He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people?” (v.23)
    1. It is good to speak out against sins.
    2. But then there’s concern still.
    3. God Himself later said: “For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.” (1 Samuel 3:13)= So Samuel did not correct his son as a result habit.[6]
    4. Here in verse 23 we do see Samuel spoke up but recall “Now Eli was very old” (22a); he might have just spoken up rather late!
    5. Also Eli might have spoken up more from fear of man than fear of God; note verse 24: “No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the Lord’s people circulating
  3. Practice
    1. We need to be proactive in speaking out against our children’s sins!
    2. WE need to nip in the bud concerning our children’s sins!
    3. We need to discipline.
    4. We need to do it not only when our kids are old but when they are young.
    5. We need to discipline not out of fear of man and only when its embarrassing but for the Lord first!

 

Beware of thinking you are not responsible for not discipling your kids (1 Samuel 2:27-36)

Proof

  1. While it is true that we are responsible for our own sins still don’t think we don’t sin when we are negligent in discipline of children as parents.
  2. God sent a prophet to rebuke Samuel; here are sobering these words are: “Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh’s house? 28 Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel? 29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the [p]choicest of every offering of My people Israel?’ 30 Therefore the Lord God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever’; but now the Lord declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days are coming when I will break your [q]strength and the [r]strength of your father’s house so that there will not be an old man in your house. 32 You will see the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that [s]I do for Israel; and an old man will not be in your house forever. 33 Yet I will not cut off every man of yours from My altar [t]so that your eyes will fail from weeping and your soul grieve, and all the increase of your house will die [u]in the prime of life. 34 This will be the sign to you which will come concerning your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas: on the same day both of them will die. 35 But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always. 36 Everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a [v]piece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, “Please [w]assign me to one of the priest’s offices so that I may eat a piece of bread.”’”” (v.27-36)
    1. We won’t be going over the whole thing but listen to how serious is God’s punishment.
    2. This punishment is also directed towards Eli.
    3. Also notice how long this section is compared to the previous section; God wants us to know we are responsible for bad parenting when we don’t discipline and correct.

Practice

  1. Have you realized your responsibility as a parent to discipline your child?
  2. Have you realize there are consequences for yourself as well if you don’t discipline your child?

 

Let us dedicate our child to the Lord (1 Samuel 2:19-21 and 11, 18, 26 and 1 Samuel 3:1)

Passage: ”A” (A)

Proof

  1. In the middle of all of these public events is a private event that’s a contrast.
  2. The mother Hannah and her son Samuel is a contrast with Eli and his sons especially in the details found in 1 Samuel 2:19-21.[7]
    1. 19-21             V.22-26
    2. Mother’s love (19) Father’s sorrow (v.22)
    3. Eli’s blessing (20) Eli’s rebuke (v.23-25a)
    4. Provision : Life (21a) Purpose: Death (v.25b)
    5. Samuel’s growth (21b) Samuel’s growth (v.26)
  3. Hannah was willing to give her child up to the Lord! What a contrast with Eli.
  4. With every reference to sins we see God juxtaposition that with a statement that Samuel was serving and growing in God.[8]
    1. Samuel serving (2:11)
    2. Eli’s sons’ sins (2:12-17)
    3. Samuel serving (2:18-21)
    4. Eli’s son’s sins (2:22-25)
    5. Samuel growing (2:26)
    6. Prophecy of judgment of Eli’s sons’ sins (2:27-36)
    7. Samuel serving (3:1)

Practice

  1. Be careful of thinking being nice is a substitute with being dedicated to God and dedicating your child to God.
  2. Be careful of mere legalism but eventually we need to focus our kids to turn and be dedicated to the Lord.

 

[1] Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus), 30.

[2] Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus), 30.

[3] Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus), 30.

[4] Paul and Karen Tautges, Help! My Toddler Rules the House (Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2014), 12.

[5] Paul and Karen Tautges, Help! My Toddler Rules the House (Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2014), 12.

[6] Paul and Karen Tautges, Help! My Toddler Rules the House (Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2014), 13.

[7] Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus), 32.

[8] Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel, (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus), 31.

 

https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/the-danger-of-not-disciplining-your-kids-lessons-from-1-samuel-2/

Pastor in England Sues After Forced Out of Second Job Over Anti-LGBT Pride Tweet

 

Pastor in England Sues After Forced Out of Second Job Over Anti-LGBT Pride Tweet

An English pastor is suing his local public school after he was driven from his second job as the school’s caretaker for posting a message on Twitter reminding Christians not to participate in LGBT Pride events.

Ely, a town 14 miles northeast of Cambridge, was preparing to host its annual LGBT Pride Festival in June. Keith Waters, 53, who serves as pastor of Ely’s New Connexions Free Church, wanted to warn Christians of the dangers of such events. Copying and slightly modifying a tweet from Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin, Waters tweeted on June 1: “A reminder that Christians should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian faith and morals. They are especially harmful to children.”

“The backlash was savage and swift,” reported Church Militant. “LGBT activists from Ely went ballistic and stirred up local residents in an attempt to drive the pastor and his family out of the countrified cathedral town.”

A local journalist and LGBT advocate almost immediately tweeted back, accusing Waters of attacking the local LGBT community.

The next day, council member Alison Whelan tagged the East Cambridgeshire police in a tweet demanding that Waters’ tweet be investigated as a “hate incident.”

On June 3, Waters made the front page of the Cambridge Evening News in an article that negatively contrasted his views with those of the local Anglican bishop, whose church flew a rainbow flag in support of the previous year’s Pride festival — an action the paper stated “did not represent a move from traditional church teachings on sexuality and gender.”

Waters acquitted himself well in his comments to the Evening News. Pride, he explained, “suggests something which is unbiblical is good. I’m not saying it’s not okay for people to be who they are, our view is everybody, unless it is who they are by Jesus and saved by Jesus, is none of us are the right people. We’re all messed up. It’s a case of loving everybody, but not necessarily loving what everybody does.”

That wasn’t the end of Waters’ troubles. According to a press release from Christian Concern, whose legal-aid arm, the Christian Legal Centre, is handling Waters’ case, the pastor “experienced a string of threats including his wife having to answer the door to funeral directors who had been sent to arrange his ‘funeral.’ [Real estate] agents contacted him, having been told he was moving from the area ‘in a hurry,’ and he was nearly knocked off his bike by an angry local resident in a car who wanted to remonstrate with him. False rumors were spread that Pastor Waters was a child molester.”

The ongoing threats to himself, his family, and his church led Waters to delete his tweet, but the persecution kept on coming.

At the time, Waters was supplementing his income from the church by working as a caretaker at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Waters’ last performance review called him “an asset to the school.”

Having received “a handful of complaints” about Waters’ tweet, including the ludicrous claim that he was threatening “violence” against Pride supporters, the school’s headteacher issued him “a final warning for allegedly bringing the school into disrepute and breaking the code of conduct,” wrote Christian Concern.

“As a result,” the group continued, “Pastor Waters believed he could no longer combine his roles as a Christian pastor and caretaker at the school, and decided that he had no alternative but to resign.”

Waters is suing the school for constructive dismissal (forced resignation due to a hostile work environment), indirect discrimination, and breach of public sector equality duty.

“Anyone who believes in freedom of religion and expression should be very concerned about my story,” Waters said. “This was an attack, not just against my Christian beliefs, but against anyone who dares to question these matters in public. The biggest concern should be that a story like mine is becoming normal.”

Indeed, noted Christian Legal Centre chief executive Andrea Williams, “This is not a local issue … but a growing intolerant and threatening trend towards, not just Christians, but anyone across the country who dares to oppose Pride.”

Sadly, the same can be said of many other nominally Christian countries, including the United States.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/34268-pastor-in-england-sues-after-forced-out-of-second-job-over-anti-lgbt-pride-tweet


 

Père Marquette, French missionary to Indians

by Bill Federer

He explored Michigan, Wisconsin, & Mississippi River Valley-Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, & Arkansas,

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In 1535, Francis I, the King of France, sent explorer Jacques Cartier to find a “northwest passage” to China, but he only got as far as the impassable rapids on the Saint Lawrence River, which named La Chine, because he though China was just on the other side.

Cartier also named the land “Canada,” which was the Iroquois name for “settlements,” of which the two main ones on the St. Lawrence River were Stadacona (Quebec City) and Hochelaga (Montreal Island).

France began seriously colonizing Canada 70 years later, during the reign of Good King Henry IV, who sent over Samuel de Champlain.

Champlain officially founded Quebec City in 1608.

When King Henry was assassinated in 1610, his son, Louis XIII and his Chief Minister Cardinal Richelieu, continued sending Champlain to explore and colonize Canada.

French Catholic missionaries sought to peacefully reach natives, though many suffered the fate of martyrs.

One French missionary was Isaac Jogues, who taken prisoner by the Iroquois in 1641.

Indians gnawed off two of his fingers and roughly sawed off his thumb.

He was forced to run the deadly gauntlet, as described in The Jesuit Martyrs of North America, but before they could kill him, he escaped.

He wandered till he found some Dutch fur traders who helped him make his way back to Quebec.

From there, he was able to sail back to France.

Isaac Jogues later returned to America to continue his missionary work, where he was eventually killed.

Other French missionaries who died included:

  • Charles Garnier,
  • Rene Goupil,
  • Anthony Daniel,

– John de Brebeuf, who wrote to newly arrived missionaries: “You must love these Huron, ransomed by the blood of the Son of God, as brothers.”

Courageous missionary stories such as these inspired Père Jacques Marquette, (“Père” is French for “Father”), who arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Native Americans.

In 1673, Frontenac, the Governor General of New France, commissioned Père Marquette to explore the unknown Mississippi River.

Marquette traveled with French explorer Louis Joliette by canoe along the west coast of Lake Michigan.

They canoed to Green Bay, up the lower Fox River, across Lake Winnebago, and up the upper Fox River.

Marquette and Joliette then portaged their canoes two miles through marsh to the Wisconsin River, where their two Indian guides abandoned them, fearing “river monsters.”

Marquette and Joliet canoed the Wisconsin River to present-day Prairie du Chien, where they entered the Mississippi River.

They paddled south down the Mississippi, along the shores of present-day Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, to just below where the Arkansas River enters the Mississippi.

They hesitated going further for fear of entering dangerous Spanish Territory.

(Get the book, The Treacherous World of the 16th Century and How the Pilgrims Escaped It: The Prequel to America’s Freedom)

Being the first Europeans to explore the northern Mississippi, Jacques Marquette gave his account in Voyage et De’couverte de Quelques Pays et Nations de l’Amerique Septemtrionale (translated 1852, The Jesuit Relations, Volume LIX):

“We came to … the Folle Avoine (Menominee). I entered their river to go and visit these people to whom we preached the Gospel … in consequence of which, there are several good Christians among them.

I told … of my design to … discover those remote nations, in order to teach them the mysteries of our holy religion.

They … did their best to dissuade me … that I would meet nations who never show mercy to strangers, but break their heads without any cause …

They also said that the great river was very dangerous … full of horrible monsters, which devoured men and canoes together; that there was even a demon, who … swallowed up all who ventured to approach him …”

Marquette continued:

“I thanked them for the good advice that they gave me, but told them that I could not follow it, because the salvation of souls was at stake, for which I would be delighted to give my life;

that I scoffed at the alleged demon; that we would easily defend ourselves against those marine monsters …

After making them pray to God, and giving them some instructions, I separated from them.”

Very large fish could have existed in the Mississippi River, as up to this point in time, it had never been commercially fished.

As recent as February 14, 2011, fisherman Kenny Williams of Vicksburg, MS, caught an alligator gar on the Mississippi River that “measured 8 feet, 5 inches long, weighed 327 pounds, and was 48 inches around,” and had a double row of razor sharp teeth. (FoxNews.com, 2/21/11; FieldandStream.com 2/23/11)

“Officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) said it could be the largest alligator gar caught.”

Père Jacques Marquette continued in Voyage et De’couverte de Quelques Pays et Nations de l’Amerique Septemtrionale (translated 1852, The Jesuit Relations, Volume LIX):

“Here we are at Maskoutens. This word may, in Algonquin, mean ‘the Fire Nation’ — which, indeed, is the name given to this tribe.

Here is the limit of the discoveries which the French have made, for they have not yet gone any farther …

No sooner had we arrived than we, Monsieur Joliet, and I, assembled the elders together;

and he told them that he was sent by Monsieur our Governor to discover new countries, while I was sent by God to illumine them with the light of the holy Gospel.

He told them that, moreover, the Sovereign Master of our lives wished to be known by all the nations; and that in obeying His will I feared not the death to which I exposed myself in voyages so perilous.

He informed them that we needed two guides to show us the way; and we gave them a present, by it asking them to grant us the guides.

To this they very civilly consented; and they also spoke to us by means of a present, consisting of a mat to serve us as a bed during our whole voyage.”

Père Marquette is featured in the dynamic book Miracles in American History-Volume TWO: The Faith that Shaped America

Père Marquette related another account:

“On the 25th day of June we perceived on the water’s edge some tracks of men, and a narrow and somewhat beaten path leading to a fine prairie.

We stopped to examine it; and, thinking that it was a road which led to some village of savages, we resolved to go and reconnoiter it.

We therefore left our two canoes under the guard of our people, strictly charging them not to allow themselves to be surprised, after which Monsieur Joliet and I undertook this investigation — a rather hazardous one for two men who exposed themselves alone to the mercy of a barbarous and unknown people.

We silently followed the narrow path, and, after walking about two leagues, we discovered a village on the bank of the river, and two others on a hill distant about half a league from the first.

Then we heartily commended ourselves to God, and, after imploring His aid, we went farther without being perceived, and approached so near that we could even hear the savages talking.

We therefore decided that it was time to reveal ourselves. This we did by shouting with all our energy, and stopped without advancing any farther.

On hearing the shout, the savages quickly issued from their cabins, and having probably recognized us as Frenchmen, especially when they saw a black gown — or, at least, having no cause for distrust, as we were only two men, and had given them notice of our arrival — they deputed four old men to come and speak to us.

Two of these bore tobacco pipes, finely ornamented and adorned with various feathers.

They walked slowly, and raised their pipes toward the sun, seemingly offering them to it to smoke–without, however, saying a word. They spent a rather long time in covering the short distance between their village and us.

Finally, when they had drawn near, they stopped to consider us attentively.

I was reassured when I observed these ceremonies, which with them are performed only among friends; and much more so when I saw them clad in cloth, for I judged thereby that they were our allies.

I therefore spoke to them first, and asked who they were. They replied that they were Illinois; and, as a token of peace, they offered us their pipes to smoke.

They afterward invited us to enter their village, where all the people impatiently awaited us.”

On their return trip up the Illinois River, Jacques Marquette founded a mission among the Illinois Indians.

The next year, caught by a winter storm, Jacques Marquette and two companions erected a rough log cabin near the shore of Lake Michigan.

A monument erected by the Illinois Society Daughters of Colonial Wars is inscribed:

“On DECEMBER 4, 1674, Père Jacques Marquette, S.J., and two voyageurs built a shelter near the mouth of the Chicago River. They were the first Europeans to camp here, the site of Chicago.”

In 1675, just prior to his death, Père Jacques Marquette preached to several thousand Indians, as written in an account by Father Claude Dablon of the Society of Jesus, 1678:

“Five hundred chiefs and old men, seated in a circle around the father, while the youth stood without to the number of fifteen hundred, not counting women and children who are very numerous, the town being composed of five or six hundred fires …

The father explained to them the principal mysteries of our religion, and the end for which he had come to their country;

and especially he preached to them Christ crucified, for it was the very eve of the great day on which he died on the cross for them, as well as for the rest of men …”

Father Dablon continued the account of Marquette with the Illinois tribe:

“Three days after, on Easter Sunday … he celebrated the holy mysteries … the first ever offered there to God … in the name of Jesus Christ …

He was listened to with universal joy and approbation by all this people, who earnestly besought him to return as soon as possible among them …

He set out amid such marks of friendship from these good people that they escorted him with pomp more than thirty leagues of the way, contending with one another for the honor of carrying his little baggage …

After the Illinois had taken leave of the father, filled with a great idea of the Gospel, he continued his voyage.”

The Treacherous World of the 16th Century and How the Pilgrims Escaped It: The Prequel to America’s Freedom

On May 18, 1675, being weakened by dysentery, Père Jacques Marquette died at the age of 37.

Marquette had founded Sault Ste. Marie, the first European settlement in Michigan, and the town of St. Ignace.

Named after Marquette are:

  • rivers in Wisconsin and Quebec,
  • mountain in Michigan,
  • lakes in Minnesota and Quebec,
  • island in Lake Huron,
  • beach in Michigan,
  • state forest in Michigan,
  • Père Marquette State Park near Grafton, IL, where the Illinois River joins the Mississippi River,
  • parks in Milwaukee and Chicago,
  • railway,
  • postage stamps,
  • buildings in Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis,
  • hotel in Peoria, Illinois,
  • tow-boat transportation company,
  • military base in Laon, France,
  • statues, memorials, historical markers,
  • schools,
  • Catholic diocese in Michigan,
  • communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Manitoba,
  • counties in Michigan and Wisconsin, and
  • Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1895, the State of Wisconsin placed a statue of Père Jacques Marquette in the U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall.

Marquette explained what motivated him:

“The salvation of souls was at stake, for which I would be delighted to give my life.”

https://newsmaven.io/americanminute/american-history/père-marquette-french-missionary-to-indians-Msl1NRC-zU-G27IJMgDRVw/