OYB May 13

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 14
NT: John 7:31-53
Ps: Psalm 109
Pr: Proverbs 15:5-7

Today´s notable verse:

"Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul."

I Samuel 14:7 (NIV)

I wonder if we, the armor-bearers of God, would reply to our Lord in the same manner?

The One Year Bible Blog's comments for today.

OYB May 12

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 12-13
NT: John 7:1-30
Ps: Psalm 108
Pr: Proverbs 15:4

Today´s notable verses:

But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

I Samuel 12:24 (NIV)

Still good advice today!

13 "You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."

I Samuel 13:13-14 (NIV)

We see here some of Jacob's prophecy in Genesis 49 being fulfilled: Jacob prophesied that Benjamin would "devour prey" and "divide plunder" - and what are the Benjamite Saul's first acts as king, but acts of war against the Ammonites and Philistines? Jacob also prophesied that the rulership of Israel would be Judah's, and that the scepter would never leave Judah until the coming of the Messiah - and here Samuel alludes to God's Chosen, David, of the tribe of Judah: a man after God's own heart, who would become Israel's first and greatest king, aside from Messiah Himself.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:4 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Verse 23 is intriguing when Samuel says - "As for me, I will certainly not sin against the LORD by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right." It sounds like if Samuel stopped his prayers for the Israelites, he would be sinning. Interesting. What about us today? Does God call us at times to pray for others? And if we do not respond to this call and do not pray for others, are we sinning?


Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

James 4:17 (NIV)

OYB May 11

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 10-11
NT: John 6:43-71
Ps: Psalm 107
Pr: Proverbs 15:1-3

Today´s notable verses:

The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.

I Samuel 10:6 (NIV)

Is not the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives today the same? For those redeemed of Christ, we have with us and in us the Holy Spirit - in power. And can we not help but to be changed into a different person? I'm not so hung up on the part concerning Saul prophesying, for the Holy Spirit gives His gifts as He chooses. But I cling with all that I am to the promise that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am being continually changed into a different person: a person more and more conformed to the image of Christ.

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

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OYB May 10

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 8-9
NT: John 6:22-42
Ps: Psalm 106:32-48
Pr: Proverbs 14:34-35

Today´s notable verse:

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

John 6:29 (NIV)

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OYB May 9

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 5-7
NT: John 6:1-21
Ps: Psalm 106:13-31
Pr: Proverbs 14:32-33

Today´s notable verse:

Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning
and even among fools she lets herself be known.

Proverbs 14:33(NIV)

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OYB May 8

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

(Posted May 9, back-dated.)

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 2:22-36, I Samuel 3-4
NT: John 5:24-47
Ps: Psalm 106:1-12
Pr: Proverbs 14:30-31

Today´s notable verse:

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

John 5:24 (NIV)

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OYB May 7

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 1, I Samuel 2:1-21
NT: John 5:1-23
Ps: Psalm 105:37-45
Pr: Proverbs 14:28-29

Today´s notable verses:

Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."

John 5:19 (NIV)

Jesus here is obviously referring to Himself carrying out the work of God the Father, but this verse reminds me both of the great blessing God has given me in the example of my earthly father, and also the great responsibility I carry as an example the my future children. I thank God every day for my parents, for their disciplining of me in and example to me of faith. I thank God that they have demonstrated to me the love of God the Father. And I am awed by the thought of one day having that same privilege and responsibility; I pray that I am able to exemplify a life of faith and demonstrate the love of the Father to my future children.

A patient man has great understanding,
but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 14:29 (NIV)

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OYB May 6

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Ruth 2-4
NT: John 4:43-54
Ps: Psalm 105:16-36
Pr: Proverbs 14:26-27

Today´s notable verse:

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)

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Adult Stem Cell Advances You Don’t Hear About: Mending a Broken Leg

Filed in ScienceTags: Media Bias, Stem Cells

Here is an example of an adult stem cell (ASC) treatment truly on the verge of breakthrough: ASCs used to help mend a broken leg, in a situation normally requiring a bone graft:

About seven weeks ago, Dr de Steiger harvested bone marrow from Mr Stevens' pelvis.

A subgroup of stem cells that can transform into tissues including bone, cartilage and heart, were isolated and grown.

Last week, about 30 million of these cells were implanted in to the 5cm x 3cm hole in Mr Steven's left thigh bone, where they are expected to generate new bone.

The alternative to this pioneering procedure was a painful bone graft.

Using a patient's own cells avoids potential problems of the body rejecting foreign cells. However, it will be three to four months before the success of the operation is known.

This is what is referred to a clinical trial - something into which not one single embryonic stem cell (ESC) derived treatment has progressed. I wonder why the hot-and-bothered-about-stem-cells MSM haven't reported on this story?

Via Missourians Against Human Cloning.

Required Reading on Stem Cell Ethics

Filed in Politics, Religion, Science, Social IssuesTags: Christianity, Clone The Truth, Cloning, Media Bias, Sanctity of Life, Stem Cells

This interview of Bioethics Senior Scholar Dr. John Kilmer in Christian today is absolutely required reading.

Dr. Kilmer addresses two primary ethical considerations.

First, he addresses the ethical concern of destroying embryoes in order to obtain embryonic stem cells (ESCs) [emphasis added]:

However, one real concern is where we are getting these stem cells from.

We want to highlight the difference between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells because in terms of adult stem cells they can be obtained without harming the source from which they are being obtained. Whereas embryonic stem cells require destroying embryonic human beings from which they are taken.

But granting for the sake of time that human beings do begin at the embryonic stage – these would be the earliest stage of human being – then one ethical concern is that we do not destroy or harm human beings to obtain these cells. That is one core ethical dilemma.

Second, he addresses the ethical concern of truthful communication regarding stem cell research [emphasis added]:

One other great concern is about how this is being discussed in the media, public policy, and various arenas. The fact is that so often just the term ‘stem cell’ is used, and this promotes the idea that either you are for or against stem cell research. So the discussion may be narrower about some form of stem cell research, but by using the non-specific general term of stem cell, it implies that if you are not for it then you are hard-hearted, uncompassionate, and you don’t care about these people dying.

This is a serious ethical concern – an ethic of truthful communication. Far more has been accomplished with adult stem cell research than embryonic stem cell research. Apart from the ethical issues evolved in destroying embryonic human beings, adult stem cell research has produced results so it is simply not truthful to say that major embryonic breakthroughs are right on the verge and we should channel all our resources to embryonic stem cell research.

After devoting some time to comparing the ethical concerns of cloning, ESC research, and abortion, and then discussing some of the issues with federal and state-level politics, Dr. Kilmer addresses the issue of bioethics education and the church. Before I get to that discussion, though, I want to highlight some of Dr. Kilmer's comments regarding cloning: comments directly related to the Missouri Stem Cell Initiative, and to the tactics of the so-called Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures [emphasis added]:

So people recognise that for embryonic stem cell research to be really widely useful medically we would have to produce cells that are genetically matched to your body and the only way to do that is to produce an embryo that is a clone of you and destroy that embryo to get the embryonic stem cells that could be used in the treatment in you.


I’ll just add that ‘P.S.’ here – this is another example of where the really intentional miscommunication comes into play – because what happens now is proponents of embryonic stem cell research in some locations have begun to argue that ‘What we’ve done here isn’t really cloning. It is only cloning if you are having born babies.

‘But what we are doing in this research process (sometimes they just use the technical name for cloning which is called SCNT or Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer), we are just doing that and we are not engaged in cloning.’

Sound familiar? It should. But, as Dr. Kilmer points out [emphasis added]:

This is terribly misleading and really dishonest because the cloning process is completed once you have a new beginning embryo. The cloning is the description of the process by which you actually produce another human being, virtually a genetic replica of an existing human being and the rest is just that being growing and developing. The cloning is done at the point you have the early embryo.

So why would ESC proponents use such a tactic? Again, as Dr. Kilmer points out, the intent is to mislead [emphasis added]:

So to say that we are just going to define that ‘It is not a clone until it develops all the way through to birth and is born’ is just outrageous because it confuses people and makes them think that ‘Oh, that is reassuring, that what you are talking about in embryonic stem cell research doesn’t involve cloning then it may be ok.

Finally, the interview wraps with Dr. Kilmer's comments on the current state of the church with respect to the issue of bioethics, and the need for more church pastoral and lay leaders to become educated in bioethics:

I think that what is happening in the Church today is people are becoming more and more aware of bioethics issues, but I think they hear more about them through the culture and through the public than through the Church. I also think that the Church has been lagging behind the public in terms of informing people and in terms of helping people develop a Christian understanding and outlook on these issues so when they hear about them they have some ideas of how this connect to Christian faith.

Please, do read the entire article/interview.

Via Missourians Against Human Cloning.