Life On the Web - February 27, 2012

By Lowell Highby

Date: Feb 27, 2012

Category: General

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Scripture for Today

Prayer memorial in Sioux City delivers roses, pro-life message - Dr. Lamb gave the keynote at this event. Roe v. Wade's "Viability" Argument Not Viable

Kathryn Jean Lopez: Rape, They Cried - About the proposed ultrasound legislation in Virginia, a most pernicious lie.

Alan Sears: Answering Planned Parenthood's Grand Deception

Kristin Walker: I’m Committed to Abstinence, Virgin is Not a Dirty Word

After record-breaking pro-life year, pro-life group releases model legislation for 2012

Dave Andrusko: “Unilaterally redefining what it means to be religious”: Religious leaders and scholars express their resistance to Obama Mandate at Congressional Hearing - This artilce also includes comments from Rev. Matt Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Ken Ham: Going, Going ... Gone - Why Are Young People Walking Away From Our Churches?

Wesley J. Smith: Euthanizing the Mentally Ill in the Netherlands

Hilary White: Dear England, I’m very confused. Is abortion a "woman’s choice" or is it "morally repugnant"?

Abortion investigation: doctors filmed agreeing illegal abortions "no questions asked" - Women are being granted illegal abortions by doctors based on the sex of their unborn baby, an undercover investigation by The Daily Telegraph reveals.

Abortion investigation: doctor caught falsifying sex selection paperwork - A doctor who agreed to arrange an abortion for a woman wanting to end her pregnancy because her baby was a girl has compared it to "female infanticide" while staff were also caught falsifying paperwork.

Gina Dalvonzo: Erasing Women: How Both Sides Contribute to the Media Blackout on Female Pro-Lifers - We could work harder to prevent unfortunate photo-ops.

Russia: Health Ministry tightens laws on abortion

Bojidar Marinov: Relationship vs. Purpose: How the Church Destroys the Christian Family - I thought this was an interesting read. What do you think?

Dr. Russell Moore: Johnny Cash at Eighty

Karen Swallow Prior: Want to Follow God? Go to Sleep - Why rest is paramount to a “successful” spiritual life.

Called and Chosen
(From "Day by Day We Magnify Thee," Daily Readings for the Entire Year, Selected from the Writings of Martin Luther. Fortress Press, 1984) 

"So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called but few chosen" (Matthew 20:16).

Luther: Because this Gospel speaks of those who think that they are in first place before God, it aims high and strikes the most excellent people, indeed it frightens the greatest saints. And that is why Christ holds it up even before the Apostles. For it sometimes happens that a man who appears weak and poor, and despised before the world ... yet secretly within his heart will-pleased with himself, so that he thinks himself the first before God; and even for this reason is he the last. On the other hand, there may be a man so fearful and fainthearted, that despite his gold, honor ... he thinks himself the least before God; and even for this reason is he the first.

It is also well known that the greatest saints have been moved with fear in this connection, and that many holding high spiritual office have fallen.

Behold, how Saul fell! How God let David fall! How Peter had to fall, and likewise some disciples of Paul!

Hence this is the essence of this Gospel: no man is so high nor can he rise so high, that he need no longer fear that he may be made the lowest. And again: no man has fallen so low, nor can he fall so low, that there is no hope of him becoming the highest, for herein all merit is set at naught, and God's mercy alone is praised, and it is firmly decreed that 'the last shall be first and the first last.' In that He says, 'the first shall be last', He takes away all your pride ... But in that He says, 'the last shall be first,' He takes from you all despair ....

Sermons from the year 1525. W.A. 17. II. 139 f.