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An ounce of mother is worth more than a pound of clergy. – A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. – KJB
YOUR MOTHER AND MINE
In the theological world it is often stated how mixed up folks are about the subject of brotherhood and its meaning. But if one thinks that to be a problem, just consider how mixed up so-called churches are about motherhood!
The status of motherhood has been on the rise for the last two thousand years. Jesus elevated it to its proper position, but as with most everything else, man takes it where it does not belong. Kooky ideas in the 21st Century about feminism in general and motherhood in particular abound. Media is filled with the exaltation of feminism, even to the extreme of subjugating masculinity, unless that too resides in a female. But try as they will, men will never totally pervert God’s creation order and purpose. Godly women find the ultimate of feminine contentment and joy in their God-given roles, even if modern times cause those roles to change somewhat. In this writer’s house, the men are men and the women are glad of it! Conversely, women are women and the men are glad of it.
But let this subject go on into the religious realm specifically. Catholicism has done much to bring shame on the Son of God, and Mary, His earthly mother, by exalting her above Him. Hence, prayers are offered to Mary who is palmed off as a perpetual virgin, and the scriptures show that to be a blatant lie. But, of course, they say, everybody knows if you want to get something from someone, contact his mother. Really!
This article is about motherhood and our mother in particular. Are you staying with me?
When the original cosmos created by God was cast down, an unwritten controversy over the earth between the two supernatural powers undoubtedly occurred. Therefore, in the reconstruction, the earth would be allowed to speak for itself. For that to happen, the earth would of necessity have to bring forth an offspring who could speak, think, and make decisions regarding it. It was to this end that mankind was taken from the earth and made a living soul with those capacities.
In the ancient Hebrew language a word that describes man taken from the earth is “Yelid.” This word literally means and is so translated in other places, “to give birth to.” So, the earth is consistently referenced as “Mother Earth.” She is indeed your mother and mine. From it we were taken, and to it we shall return, even as the spirit within us was given of God, and will return to Him.
It is the purpose of man then to make good decisions regarding his mother Earth, including all her children. The first man failed so utterly, but the second Adam succeeded. To Him the Earth looks, as well as all her children who are saved from that terrible sin, and more specifically their own. Are you honoring your mother by honoring Him?
George Washington’s adopted son recalls President-elect Washington’s visit with his mother.
“But go, George, fulfil the high destinies which Heaven appears to have intended you; go, my son, and may that Heaven’s and your mother’s blessing be with you always.”
Washington’s Farewell toHis Mother.
IMMEDIATELY after the organization of the present government [spring of 1789], the Chief Magistrate repaired to Fredericksburg, to pay his humble duty to his mother, preparatory to his departure for New York. An affecting scene ensued. The son feelingly remarked the ravages which a torturing disease had made upon the aged frame of the mother, and addressed her thus:
“The people, madam, have been pleased, with the most flattering unanimity, to elect me to the chief magistracy of these United States, but before I can assume the functions of my office, I have come to bid you an affectionate farewell. So soon as the weight of public business, which must necessarily attend the outset of a new government, can be disposed of, I shall hasten to Virginia, and—”
Here the matron interrupted with—“and you will see me no more; my great age, and the disease which is fast approaching my vitals, warn me that I shall not be long in this world; I trust in God that I may be somewhat prepared for a better. But go, George, fulfil the high destinies which Heaven appears to have intended you; go, my son, and may that Heaven’s and your mother’s blessing be with you always.”
The president was deeply affected. His head rested upon the shoulder of his parent, whose aged arm feebly, yet fondly encircled his neck. That brow on which fame had wreathed the purest laurel virtue ever gave to created man, relaxed from its lofty bearing. That look which could have awed a Roman senate in its Fabrician day, was bent in filial tenderness upon the time-worn features of the venerable matron.
The great man wept. A thousand recollections crowded upon his mind, as memory retracing scenes long passed, carried him back to the maternal mansion and the days of juvenility, where he beheld that mother, whose care, education, and discipline, caused him to reach the topmost height of laudable ambition—yet, how were his glories forgotten, while he gazed upon her whom, wasted by time and malady, he should part with to meet no more.
Her predictions were but too true. The disease which so long had preyed upon her frame, completed its triumph, and she expired at the age of eighty-five, rejoicing in the consciousness of a life well spent, and confiding in the belief of a blessed immortality to the humble believer.
—George W. P. Custis, “The Mother of Washington,” Ladies’ Magazine
“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:36.
How many “hats” do you wear? We all fill many roles from day to day. Father, mother, grandparent, child, teacher, mechanic, doctor, nurse, accountant, lawyer, architect, manager, clerk, server, cashier, host, friend, neighbor, confidant, counselor and so forth. But whatever talent and ability God has bestowed upon us, we simply cannot be all things to all people. There are areas of weaknesses in my life that simply will not be strengthened no matter how hard I try, but that is where Jesus steps in.
Jesus is all things to all people. Everything we need in our God, He is. God is pleased that all His fullness would dwell in Christ (Col. 1:19). In John 1:35-51, we see Jesus given many titles—Lamb of God, Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph, Rabbi, Son of God, King of Israel and the Son of Man. As John the Baptist and the first disciples began understanding who Jesus was, it is interesting that they saw Him satisfying many different needs. These titles remind us that He is the perfect sacrifice we need, being the fulfillment of the prophecies and God in the flesh. Everything we need we find in Jesus Christ. I may not be the smartest, the wisest, or the most talented, but everything I really need I find in God, through His Son, Jesus.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you find everything you need in Jesus today?
“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother,” Matthew 12:50.
In John 7, the Scriptures make it clear that Jesus’ half brothers did not believe He was the Messiah and even mocked Him.
I have three brothers whom I love very much. We ate Post Toasties from the same box, swam in the same swimming hole and shared our childhood in blissful innocence and ignorance. However, if one of my brothers came to the breakfast table and announced that he was God, I doubt I would have taken him seriously. If he began a campaign to tell the world that he was God, I would be the first one to sign, having him committed for psychiatric help.
Jesus’ mother perhaps was worried about His physical health. She and the brothers innocently came to remove Him from public shame and help Him recuperate. It was not until after Jesus’ resurrection and personal visit from the dead (1 Cor. 15) with the next brother in line, that James saw the Light and even became pastor of the church in Jerusalem. He introduced himself as Jesus’ servant.
How many grow up so close to the gospel they could touch it and never believe from the heart? That a mere man called Jesus could be God in the flesh, was the stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (verse 5).
“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (verse 6).
If we obey the gospel, Jesus promised to manifest Himself to the repentant sinner.
JUST A THOUGHT – Truth will prevail when untruth will not prevail.
Robert A. Brock
WASHINGTON (BP) — Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would jettison the rationale and logic behind prohibitions on polygamous marriages, according to several friend-of-the court briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the traditional definition of marriage.
“Ultimately, there is no principled basis for recognizing a legality of same-sex marriage without simultaneously providing a basis for the legality of consensual polygamy or certain adult incestuous relationships,” reads one of the briefs, filed by the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel. “In fact, every argument for same-sex marriage is an argument for them as well.”
Over the next three days, Baptist Press will preview some of the legal arguments made by supporters of traditional marriage ahead of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s oral arguments. On those days the court will consider the constitutionality of two laws: California’s Proposition 8 and a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Prop 8 is a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman in California, while the DOMA section in question defines marriage in federal law in the traditional sense. If both are overturned, then gay marriage likely would be legalized in all 50 states.
A friend-of-the-court brief signed by 18 state attorneys general also briefly warns about the potential legalization of polygamy if gay marriage is legalized. The brief — which supports Prop 8 — says the traditional definition of marriage is tied to the fact that only a man and woman can reproduce, thus continuing society’s very existence. The state has an interest, the brief says, to see that children are raised, ideally, by the mother and father who beget them. A mother and father in each home is “optimal for children and society at large.”
“Once the natural limits that inhere in the relationship between a man and a woman can no longer sustain the definition of marriage, the conclusion that follows is that any grouping of adults would have an equal claim to marriage,” the attorneys general brief states, arguing that marriage no longer would be about the needs of children but about the desires of adults.
A friend-of-the-court brief supporting Prop 8 by three academians, including Harvard’s Robert P. George, says there is a movement in the United States to see group relations recognized by the government.
“Nor are such relationships unheard of: Newsweek reports that there are more than five hundred thousand in the United States alone,” the brief signed by George reads.
Liberty Counsel’s brief quotes 19th century Supreme Court cases that upheld the federal government’s ban on polygamy in Utah. Among them were Reynolds v. United States (1878) and Murphy v. Ramsey (1885). In the 1885 case, the justices affirmed the traditional definition of marriage, writing that laws are “wholesome and necessary” when they are established on the basis of the idea of the family as “consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony.” The court called traditional marriage “the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization.”
Liberty Counsel asserted that “when the traditional definition of marriage as that between one man and one woman is reversed to include other marriages, the state is left with little, if any, justification for other laws restricting marriage.”
“For example,” the Liberty Counsel brief warns, “some might argue that larger family groups (of 3 or more adults) would provide an even stronger private support network than the two-adult model. Or, marriage between certain close relatives would minimize the number of legal heirs, potentially minimizing disputes over property distribution upon death. At a minimum, there is nothing inherent in polygamous or certain incestuous relationships (e.g., consenting adults who are related, but not by blood) that makes those unions less worthy of state recognition under such criteria.”
In passing Prop 8, the state of California could have rationally concluded that marriage is “society’s way of recognizing that the sexual union of one man and one woman is unique, and that government needs to regulate and support this union for the benefit of society and its children,” Liberty Counsel said. California also could have concluded that despite “the personal fulfillment of intimate adult relationships, marriage laws are not primarily about adult needs for approbation and support, but about the well-being of children and society.”
“This court,” the brief says, “has long understood the importance of the marriage union as between one man and one woman.”
Michael Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress ) and in your email ( baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp)
His last words were, “SWEET HOME,”
Charles Dutton Mallary was born in West Paultney, Rutland County, Vermont, on Jan. 23, 1801. He had deeply pious parents, especially his mother. He experienced the saving grace of Christ when he was sixteen during a revival. He was immersed into the fellowship of the Baptist church in West Paultney, Clark Kendrick pastor, in June of 1822. He graduated from Middlebury College in August 1817 and taught school for a year. He became burdened to preach the gospel and relocated in Charleston, S.C. where he began preaching and became licensed by the local church, and in 1824 received a call to pastor the First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., where he was ordained. On July 11, 1825 he married Miss Susan Mary Evans, the maternal granddaughter of the eminent preacher, Edmund Botsford. Susan died in 1834. He married again in 1840 to Mrs. Mary E. Welch. After two years he moved 20 miles southeast to pastor Beulah and Congaree Baptist Churches. In 1830 he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. In 1834 he went to a church in Milledgevillle, GA, but because of poor health, only stayed for two years. At that point he began working with Mercer University where he served as agent from 1837-1839. With a passion to preach he accepted the position as Missionary for the Central Association. This was the most effective time of his ministry when he preached great revivals in the central area of Georgia. From 1840 – 1864 he lived in Twiggs and Sumter Counties and resided in Jeffersonville for many years ministering in a number of churches until 1848 when he was called to the LaGrange church, until 1852. He moved to Albany and because of poor health was unable to pastor but preached until the end in 1864 at the age of sixty-four. His last words were, “SWEET HOME,” (clapping his hands).
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 47-48.
Posted on 5 January, 2013 by Amy
As I’ve mentioned before, while I’m a huge supporter of the Second Amendment, I’m no fan of guns and sincerely wish that owning one (or three) wasn’t a necessary responsibility, especially when you have a family. Here’s another reason why that’s the case:
[A] woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.
But the man eventually found the family.
“The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.
“She’s standing over him, and she realizes she’s fired all six rounds. And the guy’s telling her to quit shooting,” Chapman said.
If this story pans out, what you have is another Exhibit A to explain why owning a firearm and learning how to use it properly is so damned important. Does it sound to you like this guy was simply looking to rob the house? And even if he was, what would he have done had he found three defenseless witnesses who had seen his face?
This story is yet another example of how, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the entire debate surrounding guns has been turned on its head by Democrats and their media allies. What they’re pushing for will only serve to make more of us — like this mother of two and the Sandy Hook Elementary students and staff — even more vulnerable to the wicked.
What should be obvious to anyone willing to put ideology aside in favor what works, is that encouraging responsible citizens to arm themselves (after learning how to safely store and use a firearm) is the smartest, most effective, and most compassionate reaction to an act of evil we know no gun control law would’ve stopped.
The only thing I dread more than the thought of shooting someone, is the thought of needing to shoot someone and being unarmed or out-gunned.
ADDED: A number of folks on Twitter are pointing out that unloading her gun on this intruder failed to kill him. Had she missed her shots or failed to bluff him with the empty gun, having only five rounds might have proved fatal. And yet, Democrats and their media allies want to restrict the number of rounds a magazine will carry.
Pickings by Robert G. Lee, D.D., LL.D.
Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.
Relating R. A. Torrey
Torrey Talking Torridly
“Any man who denies a fact is a fool. God is the supreme fact of nature, history, personal life. Therefore, he who denies the supreme fact is a supreme fool.”
“The ballroom permits of familiarity which is permitted by decent people nowhere.”
“The boy who would disown his mother is not so infamously ungrateful as you men and women who know that Christ died for you and who are so mean and contemptible and cowardly that you will not confess Him.”
“In regard to Christ’s death for you, there are those who are racially and scoundrelly ingrates.”
“All the hypocrites are going to hell.”
“Oh, how cold we are!”
“The trouble, you are filthy on the inside.”
“You are not idiots, but you act like it, God’s love considered.”