But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
If men should struggle with each other and they hurt a pregnant woman
and she gives birth prematurely but no fatality results,
the offender must pay the damages imposed on him
by the husband of the woman; and he must pay it through the judges.
But if a fatality does occur, then you must give life for life.
A special case with regard to the command “do not murder” is that of an unborn child. The scripture in Exodus shows God’s viewpoint, that it is wrong to cause the death of a baby in its mother’s womb, even unintentionally. If either the mother or her baby died as a result, the guilty party had to pay “life for life”. This means that abortion is wrong. In a complex world, it’s good to have a clear-cut answer to this emotive and sometimes heart-wrenching subject.
I love the passage in the book, “Keep Yourselves in God’s Love”, in the chapter, “Do You Value Life as God Does?”, which reads,
What, though, about a woman who had an abortion prior to coming to knowledge of Bible truth? Is she beyond God’s mercy? Not at all! In fact, a truly repentant person can count on Jehovah’s forgiveness based on Jesus’ shed blood. (Psalm 103:8-14; Ephesians 1:7) Indeed, Christ himself said: “I have come to call, not righteous people, but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32.
This is the reverse side of the Memorial Invitation.
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After sundown on Friday, April 3, 2015, Jehovah’s Witnesses will observe the Memorial of Christ’s death, an event that they consider the most important of the year. The commemoration includes a 45-minute public discourse entitled “Appreciate What Christ Has Done for You!” As part of this special event, we are inviting our family members, neighbours and friends to attend. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you, my blog friends. To find out where your nearest location is, please visit HERE and click on “Find a Location Near You”.
I’ve been calling the US versions “QL”, for Quarter Letter, or adding the dimensions, 4.25″ x 5.5″
but that gets tedious to type every single time!
Can one of my visitors from the US please confirm for me that cards of this size are called A2?
Or if not, what are they officially called?
I used juno Rubescent with another few elements for my materials…
…and this card sketch from Mojo Monday.
For by him we have life and move and exist.
You must not murder.
That’s a very minor example. Think of the incredible work that went into designing human beings! Jehovah God as Designer lovingly directs how his wonderful designs operate for maximum happiness. An obvious provision for protecting that happiness is the command not to take the life of another.
Millions Will Attend
The Memorial of Christ’s Death on Friday next, April 3rd.
You are warmly invited to meet with us to observe the anniversary of Jesus’ death.
To find your nearest location, please visit HERE
Today’s card is made using juno Rubescent
Free Digital Kit
…and this card sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
I also drew inspiration from the wonderful Becca Feeken who recently featured a card with stacked pennants on her blog, amazingpapergrace.
Becca asks that folk not copy her pictures, but here is the link.
The Doily Cluster above is included in the card download.
With you is the source of life;
By your light we can see light.
Jehovah, the living God, (Jeremiah 10:10) is the Source of Life. Our life is a gift from him, and along with the gift comes an instruction manual. Have you ever put something together without reading the instructions carefully? Maybe you missed an important detail or skipped a step. How did that work out for you? I’m sure we’ve all done it!
How do you feel about some of the instructions in the Bible? Maybe in little known parts, or maybe there are bits that don’t appeal to you for some reason. Over the next few posts I’ll be mentioning some of these and exploring how they are an expression of Jehovah’s love for us. It’s always a good idea to check with the designer, right?
Today’s cards are made using my Free Digital Kit, juno Rubescent.
Both European A6 and US 4.25″ x 5.5″ (QL) are available.
…and I used this card sketch from Mojo Monday.
You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor
and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will
they came into existence and were created.
The two cornerstones of Jehovah’s sovereignty are his RIGHT, and his RIGHTEOUSNESS. The scripture in Revelation above shows why God has the right to be our sovereign. He is the Creator. He is worthy to have the power because he made all things. When we choose to be obedient to God’s commands we are acknowledging that he has the right to set laws for his intelligent creation.
What about his righteousness? This is where the understanding of why Jehovah gives us certain commands comes in. The Bible is rich with detail of his dealings with mankind from the very beginning. Jehovah caused all this information to be recorded because he doesn’t want blind obedience. He’s not that kind of God. He invites us to use our free will to love him and to obey him. He has the right to be obeyed, but his commands are also righteous. He reveals himself to us in the pages of the Bible so that we can get to know him and to understand that he is a loving God who has our best interests foremost in mind.
In fact, he asks us to “Taste and see that Jehovah is good.” Psalm 34:8. How would you know if a new food appeals to you if you don’t try it out for yourself? Your family and friends may like it/not like it, but that doesn’t mean you will. The only way to be sure is if you taste it for yourself. Jehovah invites us to “taste and see” for ourselves. He knows how the human mind and heart work, because he designed them. He knows what’s truly good for us, not just for the next five minutes but forever. When we do things his way, and experience for ourselves how matters work out for us in the long term, we grow in confidence in this loving and righteous God, and we can start to see how all of his commands will lead us in the path of true happiness.
(An interesting side point is that Jehovah always abides by his own standard of righteousness. Of how many humans in positions of authority can that be said? What an endearing quality! This is a person who can be trusted and relied on with the utmost confidence.)
This card was made with the addition to juno Misty Provence,
The Scenic Papers. More information about these
The blank Journalling Mat is included in the card download.
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.
The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.
The orders from Jehovah are righteous, causing the heart to rejoice;
The commandment of Jehovah is clean, making the eyes shine.
The fear of Jehovah is pure, lasting forever.
The judgments of Jehovah are true, altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold,
Than much fine gold,
And sweeter than honey, the honey that drips from the combs.
By them your servant has been warned;
In keeping them, there is a large reward.
Exquisite words from one of my favourite Psalms. The chapter on Living in a Way that Pleases God comments that changing your behaviour may be the greatest challenge you have ever faced, (paragraph 18) and that effort is required to “clothe yourself with the new personality”, Colossians 3:9,10 (para 22). But meeting this challenge brings great satisfaction, happiness, and rich rewards, as the above Psalm says. Most importantly, you are personally giving an answer to Satan’s challenge and making God’s heart rejoice!
Today’s card is made using juno Misty Provence.
The Bird Journalling Mat and the teeny Birdhouse
are included in the card download.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear,
but along with the temptation he will also make the way out
so that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
With Jehovah’s loving and effective help, we can live in a way that pleases him despite our own imperfection and the opposition of Satan. The scripture above assures us of that. God knows all of our imperfections, but he also knows our potential. He knows us better than we know ourselves, (Psalm 103:14) and he can help us to obey him, if that’s what we want. By means of his holy spirit – Jehovah’s power in action – we can live a life in harmony with God’s will. Becoming Jehovah’s friend is something that is within our reach!
Today’s card is made using juno Misty Provence…
and yet his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:3
Another method Satan uses to turn people away from living in a way that pleases God is more subtle than outright opposition and persecution. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.” So we can expect misinformation and misdirection to be features of this aspect. We can keep on our guard against this by using the Bible as a filter when examining spiritual concepts. God’s word is truth, so anything that contradicts it or is out of harmony with it won’t pass through the “filter” and is wisely discarded.
Satan also loves to use discouragement because it’s a powerful weapon in making people feel that they are not good enough to serve God. (Proverbs 24:10) That is a particularly cowardly and vicious lie. God’s Son died for all, so that all who exercise faith in him might have everlasting life. Although we are imperfect, we can have a good relationship with Jehovah through the ransom sacrifice of Jesus, by finding out how to live in a way that pleases God.
The final card made using juno Couture.
The Journalling Mat and full-sized Vintage Label