On Sunday, September 8, we begin a five-week series on God’s gracious covenant with the human race. Genesis 17 tells the story of El Shaddai, God Almighty, entering a covenant with Abraham.
“I am El Shaddai; walk before Me, and be blameless, and I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly” (Genesis 17:1-2).
Michael Card wrote a song called “El Shaddai” over 30 years ago that still rings true in the hearts of worshipers. As you prepare your heart for worship this weekend, consider the greatness of our God while you listen to this live recording by Michael and friend, Sara Groves.
In a week that revealed once again the Great Divide of the United States on the issue of abortion, Sara Groves will present a concert to benefit Amazing Grace Adoption/Orphans Care, a ministry/service to help place unexpected or unwanted children in loving homes where godly parents can nurture them and grow them up in the presence and love of Christ.
The debacle between the Susan Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood received very little intelligent treatment in the news this week. The former raises funds to support research for the cure for breast cancer, while the latter spends its money both to give counsel and when possible provide abortions to pregnant women. In other words, one seeks to preserve life and the other seeks to destroy life.
Planned Parenthood, for example, counseled 841 women in all its clinics in 2010 to put their unborn child up for adoption when it was born while aborting 329, 445 unborn babies. When B&H Publishing entered into a partnership with Komen to print pink Bibles to help in gathering funds for breast cancer research, they had no idea that some of the funds were being channeled into the coffers of Planned Parenthood. As soon as they discovered this amazing disparity between organizations bent on either life-saving research and life-taking practice, they immediately withdrew those Bibles and ate the losses rather than continue to support anything remotely connected with abortion.
The voices of those who love God and the life He creates need to be heard above the media hype which ignores the reality that well over half of our nation opposes abortion and supports all that preserves and protects life.
In addition to the fine work of Christian counseling services around the nation which offer truth to women with difficult decisions regarding their pregnancies, there are many wonderful agencies set up to help the overwhelming number of families who want children but have not been able to adopt because so many are aborted before they ever see the light of day that there are far fewer babies than parents who long for them.
So now we as Christians get to step up and provide support for agencies which work hard to make adoption possible so that the little ones unwanted by some can be placed with those who have been longing and praying for the privilege of having them in their home.
This benefit concert in Raleigh on Saturday night, February 11 gives us a chance to enjoy the musical talents of Sara Groves and know that the proceeds will support the work of a great organization! If you are going to be in town, I highly recommend that you come and give your voice and your gifts to support a work that values life and loves seeing little ones placed with families who will give them every opportunity to find the life they were created to live–to live for the glory of their Creator God!
Hope you enjoy another Sara Groves video!
Tickets for the concert at Fletcher Opera Hall in downtown Raleigh can be purchased at agadoptions.org or ticketmaster.com. See you there! Cathy and I wouldn’t miss it!
The mercies of the Lord are new every morning. The clock keeps ticking and the calendar keeps turning pages and will do so until Christ comes for us or we go to Him.
Each new year, we look back at what happened with some regrets, some nostalgia, some wishes that things could remain what they once were. But with the promises of God, our great expectations are always in Him and with Him in this moment. Fear of the future drives many to despise change and long for the past–selectively remembered, of course! But our hope rests in the plans God has for us and the confidence that we are His workmanship, that He is still working out His purposes in our lives.
In the book of Exodus, the children of Israel could not understand that. They kept wanting to go back to Egypt where life had been grueling, but familiar–painful, but predictable. Now they were in a position that forced them to trust the Lord and believe that He would be faithful to His promises.
I recently remembered a song by Sara Groves, first recorded over a decade ago, entitled “Painting Pictures of Egypt” in which she describes our tendency to revise the past so that we prefer its known difficulties to the possible hardships of an unknown future. The lesson is simple…trust the Lord, and put Paul’s words into practice, “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Hope you enjoy the message of this song!