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Abortion Is Still Taking A Life

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

This is a reworked repost. Sad that we have not ended abortion as of yet.

January 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate of High School. I was preparing to enter Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) for the summer semester to get a head start on college. I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire. Life was good – for me. But January 1973 – is an infamous month in the history of our country. 46 years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been out of High School that long) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb – called abortion.

I understand that this is a hot button topic still today. Maybe especially today since President Trump has named two new members of the Supreme Court and may have one or two more in his second term (if re-elected). Vice President Pence is very pro-life and so maybe for the first time in 46 years there is hope for the pro-life movement.

I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion – written in 2009. Another article was titled simply – Abortion – written in 2008. Still another article was titled – Does It Take Controversy – written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference in 2012. In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived. In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total. Continue reading

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Being Pro-Life Is More Than Being Against Abortion

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

RayMcDJanuary 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate of High School. I was preparing to enter Anne Arundel Community College (AACC or A2C2) for the summer semester to get a head start on college. I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire. Life was good – for me.  But January 1973 – is an infamous month in the history of our country. 44 years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been out of High School that long) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb – called abortion.

I understand that this is a hot button topic still today. Maybe especially today since President Trump is soon to name the next Supreme Court nominee and he or she will most assuredly be conservative on this issue. Vice President Pence is very pro-life and so maybe for the first time in 44 years there is hope for the pro-life movement.

I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion – written in 2009. Another article was titled simply – Abortion – written in 2008. Still another article was titled – Does It Take Controversy – written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference in 2012. In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived. In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total. Continue reading

January 30, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Google+ Hangout Concert (11/18 – 7 – 9 pm)

Hey Readers – here is a great opportunity to attend a concert in the comfort of your home and support adoption too.  We cannot be pro-life and not support adoption IMHO.  Read the promo my son Jason put out and watch the video and plan now to attend on Sunday – 11/18 from 7-9 pm on Google+.

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In celebration of National Adoption Month JYB (Jason Yost Band) is hosting a Google+ Hangout Concert (11/18 – 7 – 9 pm). Tune in wherever you are to listen to thought provoking tunes and life changing stories of adoption and orphan care. You will also have the opportunity to hear first hand about the upcoming c3 Campaign that New Rhythm is leading in order to network local churches together to be a viable resource for the Child and Family Services Department of DC. This is an evening you will not want to miss and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home, coffeehouse, or WiFi hot spot. Mark your calendars and tell your friends to join you for the hangout. We will see you there!

View event in Google+: https://plus.google.com/events/c99ivi7qj5c0dvmjrset6vq2ico

November 8, 2012 Posted by | Community, Encouragement | , , , | Leave a comment

New Rhythm Project’s November Founder’s Vlog

This is an extra post – centered on my daughter and son – Shelly and Jason.

My daughter and son are the founders of New Rhythm Project – a ministry that supports Orphans and families that want to adopt.  Their website presents themselves this way – New Rhythm Project is a non-profit organization that works to educate, communicate, and facilitate local communities to care for orphans and vulnerable children across the globe.

On their website they tell us who they are this way: We are a collaboration of professionals, specialists, & thinkers who are passionate about creating & shaping opportunities for individuals & families to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We believe that caring for orphans is more than just an initiative or social justice movement; it’s a way of life.

Check out their website here.

I’m very proud of their work.  You can find them on Facebook here.

My daughter and son’s own story about the adoption journey can be found here.  As a grandfather want-to-be – I feel their pain and also rejoice in the excitement of the child(ren) God is planning for our family.

Here is a video blog – a Vlog – that Jason just posted if you are interested: New Rhythm – November Founder’s Vlog.

I would encourage you to pray for them and their ministry and to even consider supporting them financially if the Lord lays that on your heart.  You can support them on this page.

God bless you today and everyday.

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Community, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Marriage | , , | 1 Comment

Biological or Adopted – Our Love Pours Out for the Children

Romans 9:8

In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

On Facebook today I posted my daughter Shelly’s blog page.  You can read some of her journey here http://yostfamily.newrhythm.org/. When today’s passage popped up on my screen today I thought of Jason and Shelly.  I began to highlight my daughter and son’s journey.  They have done everything according to God’s design – and they are not able – yet – to conceive.  I believe there are a number of people out there who face this and Shelly has invited them to join the conversation on her blog page.  I am so proud of her and her boldness to reach out and help others through this experience.

Shelly and Jason always had a plan to adopt – even if blessed with biological children – so they are just going to adopt now as they wait and see if God will bless them with a biological child at another time.  God’s timing is not always our timing!

The question may arise in some people’s mind about the difference between biological and adopted children.  It was the question that Paul and the early church dealt with in today’s passage.  In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

Paul was convinced that the Gentiles – even though adopted or grafted into the family of God – were equal heirs to God’s grace and love.  He wrote: There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29

As a grandfather to be (one adopted and one biological) – I realize that biology doesn’t make a mom or dad – and it doesn’t make a grandparent either.  It is the love poured into the child that means everything and any child of my daughters (all three of them) will be loved with ferocious love from this granddad! They will be equal heirs of all that I have and all that I am (good or bad – lol).  Check out my daughter’s story on her website if you have the time and the interest – http://yostfamily.newrhythm.org/.

Another person sent me this article about Mother’s Day and thanked me for the way I treated Mother’s Day this year at Mt. Oak.  We tried to honor and prayed for all women.  Just thought this might help some as well.

If you aren’t dealing with these issues – maybe someone in your family or circle of friends is facing it.  Please share this information with them.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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