Category Archives: Stuff the Bible Does Say

It Never Entered Your Mind

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“They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination….” Jeremiah 32:35, NASB

It never entered God’s mind that parents should murder their children. I am grateful for those of you parents who never let that thought enter your minds, either (or chased it right out again if it did), when your kids were conceived under less than ideal circumstances. You live in a culture that tempted you with a way out, but by God’s grace, you didn’t take it.

The world told you that it would be too embarrassing or too expensive or too burdensome or too risky to have your babies, but you rejected the very notion of the horrific alternative. Thank you for your defiance.

Some of you endured pressure from family, friends, and other busybodies. Thank you for your longsuffering.

Some of you chose the hard path of blessing another family with a baby, and blessing your baby with another family. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Some of you opened your arms to receive little ones who were not flesh of your flesh but became heart of your heart. Thank you for your hospitality.

Some of you chose the hard path raising your baby alone. Thank you for your courage.

Some of you manned up and married her. Thank you for your responsibility.

Some of you resisted the temptation to sock the doctor in the jaw when he suggested your child wasn’t worthy of life. Thank you for your holy indignation.

Some of you endured the reminder of terrible sin perpetrated against you. Thank you for refusing the absurd logic of trying to make things right by adding wrong to wrong.

All of you shine the light of life in a culture of death. Thank you for telling the story of God’s grace with your lives.

Stuff the Bible DOES Say (More or Less), Episode 1

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Ephesians 3:14-19, TOG11AB*:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep and real and true and genuine and sincere and willing and purposeful and intentional and deliberate and exuberant and extravagant and expensive and enthusiastic and cheerful and joyful and delighted and smiling and free and gracious and open-handed and thorough and complete and exhaustive and tenacious and unfailing and fierce and loyal and torrential and superabundant and wholehearted and ungrudging and always and forever and relentless and ceaseless is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

*TOG11AB=This One Goes to Eleven Amplified Bible