Life worth Living


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Sermon for Sanctity of Life Sunday

Be sure and watch the videos linked below..

The first video in it is from here...

The second video is similiar to this one on Youtube...

I also read this, during the slide with the pictures of the holocaust...

"An elderly German man who lived through the Holocaust tells the following story:
I always considered myself a Christian. I attended a church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews; but like most people in America today, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it?
A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from a distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we heard cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews.
Week after week that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry out to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We could do nothing to help these poor people, yet their screams tormented us. We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow, and we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. It some of the screams reached our ears, we'd just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more.
Years have passed, and no one talks about it much any more; but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene."

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Life worth Living

  1. 1. Life worth Living
  2. 2. William Wilberforce <ul><li>Led the campaign against the slave trade in 18th century Britain, And was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British Parliament. </li></ul>
  3. 3. In the following clip <ul><li>You will see William interrupt a dinner cruise for the members of Parliament and their wives to bring them face to face with a slave ship.. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Smell of Death
  5. 5. God Made Man Equal <ul><li>150 years ago, America was dealing with Slavery. </li></ul><ul><li>Blacks were treated like property.. </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance ran rampant throughout the South </li></ul><ul><li>The nation divided… </li></ul>
  6. 6. 65-70 yrs ago <ul><li>The world was witnessing one of the worst atrocities to ever take place </li></ul><ul><li>The Holocaust </li></ul>
  7. 7. First to be killed in Nazi Germany… <ul><li>The sick, </li></ul><ul><li>The senile </li></ul><ul><li>The mentally retarded, </li></ul><ul><li>The aged and </li></ul><ul><li>The defective children. </li></ul>A lot of the info in today’s sermon comes from Focus on the Family.
  8. 8. Then <ul><li>Epileptics, </li></ul><ul><li>Children with badly modeled ears </li></ul><ul><li>Blondes with blue eyes </li></ul><ul><li>and even bed-wetters. </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation of patients to killing centers was carried out by &quot;The Charitable Transport Company for the Sick.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>The plan then was to kill all Jews and Poles and to cut down the Russian Population by 30,000,000. </li></ul>
  9. 9. In 2008, we wonder how it could have happened… <ul><li>Leo Alexander, consultant to the Secretary of War said it: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;all started with the acceptance of the attitude that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived.“ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sing a little louder <ul><li>Listen to this man’s story: </li></ul><ul><li>Found here… </li></ul>
  11. 12. Today’s Holocaust <ul><li>Abortion… </li></ul><ul><li>Are Christians tempted to sing just a little louder to drown out the cries of the unborn? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we tempted to put handkerchiefs to our noses so we don’t have to smell the stink in America? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Genesis 1:26-27 <ul><li>(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>(27) So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Genesis 2:7 <ul><li>(7) And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Notice this… <ul><li>The Holocaust began with the idea that there is such a thing as a life not worth living… </li></ul><ul><li>Many today will abort their baby because the baby may have something wrong with it…. They think the baby’s life is not worth living… </li></ul>
  15. 16. Does God goof up? <ul><li>How does God view those He creates? Gen 1:26-27 </li></ul><ul><li>(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>(27) So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them </li></ul>
  16. 17. Only Man is crowned with glory and Honor <ul><li>Psalms 8:4-5 </li></ul><ul><li>(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? </li></ul><ul><li>(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Only God can determine life’s beginning and end. <ul><li>Psalms 139:16 NIV </li></ul><ul><li>(16) your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Too many want to “play God” <ul><li>If their unborn baby is deformed </li></ul><ul><li>If a person becomes an invalid </li></ul><ul><li>If a person has a terminal disease </li></ul><ul><li>Things may not make sense to us, but we have never been authorized to “play God” </li></ul>
  19. 20. What if a Mother’s life is in danger?.. <ul><li>Practically this is rarely the case for an abortion, </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the following statistics… </li></ul>
  20. 21. The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) states: <ul><li>* 1% are victims of incest or rape </li></ul><ul><li>* 1% had fetal abnormalities </li></ul><ul><li>* 4% had a doctor who said their health would worsen if they continued the pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>* 50% said they didn't want to be a single parent or they had problems in current relationships </li></ul><ul><li>* 66% stated they could not afford a child </li></ul><ul><li>*75% said the child would interfere with their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Planned Parenthood, The life of the mother is not even an option for abortion. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 22. C. Everett Koop, M.D., <ul><li>States that during his 35-plus years of practicing Medicine, (obstetrics) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Never once did a case come across my practice where abortion was necessary to save a mother's life.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Again, I want to emphasize we are never to PLAY GOD! </li></ul>
  22. 23. Humans are Developed according to God’s plans… <ul><li>Psalms 139:13-15 NKJV </li></ul><ul><li>(13) For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. </li></ul><ul><li>(14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; [Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. </li></ul><ul><li>(15) My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Luke 1:35 NKJV <ul><li>(35) And the angel answered and said to her, &quot;The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Notice it doesn’t call it a blob, or “tissue”… But HOLY ONE </li></ul>
  24. 25. Luke 1:41 <ul><li>(41) And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>A piece of tissue can’t leap! </li></ul><ul><li>Only something living can… </li></ul>
  25. 26. Even Medical Science declares it to be living… (Definitions of life from Science) <ul><li>Homeostasis: Regulation of the internal Temp. </li></ul><ul><li>Organization: made up of one or more cells, which are the basic units of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolism: Consumption of energy by converting chemicals and energy into cellular components </li></ul><ul><li>Growth: </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation: The ability to change over a period of time in response to the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Response to stimuli: </li></ul><ul><li>7. Reproduction: The ability to produce new organisms. </li></ul><ul><li>Also </li></ul><ul><li>Heart starts beating from 18-21 days, </li></ul><ul><li>Detectable brain waves from 40 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Only the most ignorant state that the unborn is not alive… </li></ul>
  26. 27. God Loves Children and has a purpose for them. <ul><li>If they are not protected in the womb, how can they experience that love and purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Each of us have a purpose and God leaves us here until that purpose is fulfilled. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Every life is worth living!!! <ul><li>Because we are created in his image. </li></ul><ul><li>Because we are developed according to his plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Because we all have a purpose to be fulfilled. </li></ul>
  28. 29. Jesus came to give us life. <ul><li>If you are a Christ follower, you will want to give life as well… </li></ul><ul><li>“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke </li></ul>
  29. 30. So what can we do? <ul><li>Let our voices be heard… </li></ul><ul><li>Even in the voting booth… </li></ul><ul><li>Be active in promoting holiness… </li></ul><ul><li>Help those who are pregnant… Instead of putting them down. </li></ul><ul><li>Become and advocate for Adoption. </li></ul><ul><li>Let our leaders know we will not stand for the murder of children. </li></ul>
  30. 32. The Smell of Death is rising from America <ul><li>Let’s not stand by and sing loudly, hoping to drown out the cries of the unborn. </li></ul>
  31. 33. It is Time <ul><li>For the Church to stand up and say.. </li></ul><ul><li>“ENOUGH”… </li></ul>