“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THE JOY OF ORTHODOX PASCHA, BY WESLEY J.SMITH

WesleyJ. Smith
I want to share an excellent article about Pascha (Easter) written by my friend Wesley J. Smith for First Things magazine. It appears under the title "The Joy of Orthodox Pascha". In it we are given insight into the world of our eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ. Click on this link.
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/the-joy-of-orthodox-pascha

Saturday, April 19, 2014

IF I HAD ONLY 1 PIECE OF ADVISE FOR THE SICK AND DISABLED

If I were only to give one piece of advise to an individual facing the prospect of disability or chronic illness, it would be this: Put your trust in Jesus Christ. You will find that He is the center of all that exists.[1] Once you have grasped that beautiful mystery, everything else in life becomes an irrelevance and a diversion. I have discovered that even in my darkest hours Christ has been with me. The beautiful mystery at the center of existence is the light of Christ.[2]

Once you have discovered the Light of the world, let it shine for all to see. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, there is no other.[3] It is so sweet to trust in Him regardless of our circumstances. 

Mark

(Signing of ''Tis So Sweet to Click below for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuPGqEntuxc )




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[1] John 1.3-4.
[2] John 1.4, 9, 8.12; Also see 2 Corinthians 4.6;
[3] John 3.16-21, 8.24, 14.6 Acts 4.12; Cf. 1 Corinthians 3.11.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

C.S. LEWIS IN HIS OWN WORDS


Hear C.S. Lewis in his own words. For a tidbit of his wisdom click on the image below or here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkuyRm8OP8k It's a little over a minute long. Excellent.



BLOG SURPASSES 275,000 HITS

The HumanLifeMatters blog has surpassed 275,000 hits.
Readership is primarily American, Canadian and European. Articles (maximum 700 words) are welcome but should pertain to the mandate as identified at the top of the blog. Send your submissions for consideration to HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca under the title "Article submission." (Submissions opposing the mandate of the blog will be considered but expect to be challenged and be prepared to defend your position.)

 I will also considering posting upcoming events such as conferences dealing with Christian living, Life issues or disability.

Mark Davis Pickup   

Monday, April 14, 2014

C.S. LEWIS ON SEXUAL MORALITY

C.S. Lewis
The YouTube video below is called "On sexual morality, by C.S Lewis". It is from an essay he wrote in 1963 (the year the great man died). My copy is entitled "We Have No 'Right to Happiness'" and appears in a collection of C.S. Lewis essays on theology in the book God in the Dock (HarperCollins, 1998). From the essay:

"In words that are cherished by all civilized men, but especially the Americans, it has been laid down that one of the rights of man is the right to "the pursuit of happiness". And now we get to the real point."

"What did the writers of that august declaration mean?"

"It is quite certain what they did not mean. They did not mean that man was entitled to  pursue happiness by any and every means -- including, say, murder, rape, robbery, treason and fraud. No society could be built on such a basis."

[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBp8M8M4DMs for an illustrated version of the essay.]
  


Saturday, April 12, 2014

BEETHOVEN'S COUNTRY MUSIC

I like large cities but I prefer my small town near farmers' pastures and open spaces of the country. Architecture, culture and frenetic energy of urban life is exciting but the symphony of nature and rhythms of rural life speaks to my soul. The presence of God can be found in a quiet afternoon in the country or a violent storm with thunder-claps that rattles the windows of my little house and lightening that lights up the night sky.

Ludwig van Beethoven's love of nature. Someone has said that he found his equilibrium in the country. It was Beethoven's love of nature that inspired his beloved 6th Symphony. 

[Click on image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQGm0H9l9I4 for  Ludwig's van Beethoven's 6th Symphony, "Pastorale"]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WESLEY J. SMITH ON EUTHANASIA AND QUEBEC ELECTION

Wesley J. Smith
See Wesley J. Smith comments in the National Review on the fate of the Quebec euthanasia bill and the election that saw the PQ ousted. Go to http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism