This blog deals with issues pertaining to natural dignity and worth that all humanity deserves under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will find articles about Life issues pertinent to Christian living and faith.
“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
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Caring For Haiti's Orphan's
My wife, LaRee, has volunteered to help at a Christian orphanage in Haiti. During July, she will comfort, care, feed and tend to the needs of children who have nothing and nobody to care for them.
LaRee is a skilled seamstress and sewing teacher so in addition to ongoing care of children she will be mending and making clothes and teaching orphans how to make their own clothing (an important 3rd World skill) that will serve them well to cloth and support themselves. The Edmonton store CENTRAL SEWING has donated sewing machines that must be shipped to the orphanage in Haiti prior to LaRee's arrival at the end on June (another cost). If you would like to help sponsor her mission trip by making a donation, click on the link above.
Thank you for any support.
(Any unused funds will be given to Hands Across The Sea orphanage.)
Saturday, May 30, 2015
MOTHER TERESA: "DO YOU KNOW THE LIVING CHRIST?"
"I worry some of you still have not met Jesus, one-to-one, you and Jesus alone. We have spent time in the chapel- but have you seen with the soul how much He looks at you with love? Do you really know the living Jesus - not from books but being with Him in your heart? Have you heard the loving words He speaks to you?
Ask for the grace; He is longing to give it. Until... you can hear Jesus in the silence of your own heart, you will never be able to hear Him saying, "I thirst" in the hearts of the poor. Never give up this daily intimate contact with Jesus as the real living person - not just the idea. How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say ''I love you?'' Impossible. Our soul needs that as much as the body needs to breathe air. If not prayer is dead, meditation, only thinking.
Jesus wants you each to hear Him speaking in the silence of your heart. Be careful of all that can block that personal contact with the living Jesus. ''The devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes or own mistakes - to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really cleaving to you." This is a danger to all of us. And so sad, because it is completely the opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you. Not only that He loves you, but even more. - He longs for you. He misses you when you don't come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy." When not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes - He is the One who always accepts you.
Only believe - you are precious to Him. Bring all you are suffering to His feet - open your heart to be loved by Him as you are." He will do the rest."
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1-xRLmEwNQ for Shawna Edwards singing "Coming Home".]
THE FUTURE IS NOW
In Canada ALL abortions are tax payer funded. Women can have abortions for any reason or no reason, and have as many abortions as they want. There's no legal protection for prenatal life at any point of pregnancy. Canada's Supreme Court made it so.
[NB: Two years prior to the odious, unanimous 2015 ruling by Canada's Supreme Court favouring assisted suicide for sick, disabled and depressed Canadians (with much public support), the Canadian Parliament gave unanimous support for the concept of a national suicide prevention strategy (with much public support). Why the contradiction? I believe a suicide prevention strategy is intended for healthy and able-bodied suicidal Canadians. Physician assisted suicide is for sick and disabled suicidal Canadians. It boils down to anti-disability bigotry of a majority of Canadians that permeates even the media and highest levels of government and Judiciary.]
Is this what we call a "civil society"? There's nothing civilized about it. It is moral darkness that will ravage the very soul of any remnants of our once civilized society, a put the lives of the most vulnerable humanity in great peril.
Leonard Cohen's 1992 album "The Future" carried a song of the same name. It is featured below. The vulgar words at the beginning have been removed, and I'm sorry to expose you to that even with the bleeps, but the rest of the song has an apocalyptic theme. The official video (below) removed Cohen's poignant, important lyrics, in the song:
[*] The last major defense of that western moral code was World War II. The Allies fought against Nazism that directly threatened western Christian civilization. In fact, on the eve of the Battle of Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill stood in the British House of Commons and said,
"I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned upon us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
TO LIVE FOR SOMETHING LARGER THAN SELF-INTEREST
To teach our children the ways of God, and to love God -- through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ -- is the most important truth you can impart to your children. Fathers, take a leadership role in the spiritual development of your children. Lovingly teach them the word of God and to love the Word of God.
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foUrBztgzZA ]
 See http://www.humanlifematters.org/2015/05/a-child-song-and-weight-of-glory.html
 See John 1.1.
A YOUNG FATHER'S VIDEO ABOUT HIS BABY
[Click on image below orhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aS45u_K_T8 ]
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PAT BUCHANAN ON THE SUICIDE OF A SUPERPOWER
[Peter Robinson host of Uncommon Knowledge, in association with the Hoover Institution, PJMedia and PJTV, 2012, interviewed Pat Buchanan about his book SUICIDE OF A SUPERPOWER. Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GG1rFA_QEk , 1hour. Interesting.]
EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO BE
and reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Adults in their world have a responsibility to make sure every opportunity is available to them to reach their potential. But this responsibility falls primary with their mother and father.
It begins at the beginning, with good prenatal and post-natal care. Every child deserves good nutrition and clean air, decent housing and education. Every child deserves access to quality medical care that includes preventive measures such as immunization. Every child deserves encouragement, and nurture and, ideally, a family with a loving mother and father to guide them. They have a right to be included, and experience love, friendship and kinship.
Every child has a right to know the feeling of warm summer sun, to experience the smell and fresh cut grass and flowers, to breathe in fresh, crisp autumn air and see trees turning colors, and the changing seasons. Every child has a right to life ... a right to be, to experience, to know and to grow.
Fathers have a critical role to play in his child's life. It begins with love and care in utero. The highest complement a man can give to his offspring is to love their mother.
If you are a man who is unexpectedly expecting a child, then support and help your baby's mother to make the right choice. The right choice is never abortion.
Real men care for their children.
Rise to the call of fatherhood. If you are not willing or unable then let an adoptive couple parent your child. A little life depends upon it. Support a decision for life and let your child live and thrive. Every child has a right to be -- Mark
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALrJ17qKpHg for the song "A Father's Love" by Gary Valenciano.]
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
A CHILD, A SONG, AND THE WEIGHT OF GLORY
exquisite rendition of Nella Fantasia. It is the vocal version of Ennio Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe. Gabriel's Oboe is from the soundtrack for the 1986 film The Mission: A favourite film, and composition, of mine and I've written about it in an earlier blog post.
Sweet child, I believe that what you were singing about was a primordial human longing, a desire in the hearts of humanity, that has stretched across the centuries. It is what Solomon was referring to when he wrote that God "has put eternity in their hearts." (Ecclesiates 3.11). It is a desire for the perfect love of God. God is love. He made us for heaven. C.S. Lewis wrote "Now, if we are made for heaven, the desire for our proper place will be already in us, but not yet attached to the true object"
Whether you knew it or not, Jackie, I believe you sang of the weight of glory that God has placed within you and me and every other human being throughout the ages. It is embedded deep within your soul and is intertwined with the image of God you bear. It's roots began with the first spark of your life (that we commonly call conception).
As beautiful as the music and words are that you sang, they are merely symbolic of a larger, grander glory that eludes expression and falls short of the real object of perfect love. When the last note fades away, we are still left with that yearning for something and somewhere else. I believe it is heaven.
Fulton Sheen wrote this: "... the human heart heart is isolated and in agony: it has more love to give than any earth-bound object can receive -- it clamors to be loved more lastingly and comprehendingly than any human lover. But both the longings -- to love perfectly, to be loved perfectly -- are merely vacuums in man." Ah, the longing for perfect divine love! It can only be found in Jesus Christ and will reach its full potential and reality in heaven.
Unless I am mistaken, sweet child, that is the dream you sang about so beautifully that evening. It is made complete in Jesus Christ. God bless you and keep you in all you do. -- MDP
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQF-l9NBtX8 for Jackie Evancho singing Nella Fortuna (2012) -- with English subtitles.]
 1John 4.8.
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.
 Fulton J. Sheen, LIFT UP YOUR HEART.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN AN UNCHRISTIAN WORLD
within me since becoming disabled and wheelchair-dependent than when I was healthy and able-bodied. It seems contradictory to a generation of people focused on youth and health.
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_omAMeVxH8 for "I am not shamed"
Friday, May 15, 2015
DISABLED WOMAN NEEDS YOUR HELP
Maria Victoria Venancio is a 29 year old Edmontonian who came from the Philippines to work in the service industry. In June 2012, she was struck by a truck on her way to work leaving her quadriplegic and unable to walk. Now, the government wants to deport her as a burden, knowing that she will never receive the help she needs in the Philippines. Let's be clear: Ms. Venancio was in Alberta doing a job most Albertans will not do.
With your support, we can help Vicky stay and get the help she needs. I ask Alberta readers of this blog to write to their MLA and Premier-elect Rachel Notley to demand Ms. Venancio be allowed to stay. All readers (whether Albertans or not) can tweet Alberta Premier-elect Rachel Notley @RachelNotley and call upon her to allow Maria Victoria Venancio to stay in Alberta and restore her Alberta Health Care Number so she can receive the care she desperately requires. I want the new premier to know that North America is aware of how we treat people brought here to work in the low paying service industry and are hurt.
For more information about Maria Victoria Venancio's situation see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-health-minister-denies-coverage-to-temporary-foreign-worker-1.3019954
"Alberta health minister denis coverage to temporary foreign worker", CBC News, 02 April 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN NORTH KOREA
The first video is 19 minutes and the second is 5:00 minutes.
Video 1: Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_trSJf7Zec
Sunday, May 10, 2015
'ASHTRAY ANNIE' PLAYS BEETHOVEN
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWvfDC2oW6w for Anne Fischer playing Beethoven, Piano Concerto #3 in C Minor, 1987. 38:04 minutes.]
Saturday, May 9, 2015
BEETHOVEN AND MOTHER'S DAY
|Ludwig van Beethoven|
In many of my speeches throughout North America, warning of the perils of euthanasia and assisted suicide, I have often referred to Beethoven. There was a point in his grief journey, as deafness was shutting out his music, when Beethoven was driven to consider suicide. He mentioned this in a letter to his brother Carl. Imagine if assisted suicide had been accepted in his day as a legitimate way of dealing with disability or psychological pain; and imagine if he had given in to that temptation at a low point (with the full support of society and assisted by doctors ). Think of the music we would have missed!
One my favourite compositions by Beethoven is his Moonlight Sonata -- written in serious deafness.
|The grand piano at center stage|
of arts centre named after my mother:
The Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsOUcikyGRk for Moonlight Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27, No. 1,2,3. Pianist Valentina Lisitsa
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A BATTERING RAM OF LIBERALISM
(Try to ignore England's
St.George's flag at the top)
educational context in his book Slouching Toward Gomorrah:
[This posting was republished with permission by Stephenson County Right to Life, Rockford, Illinois. See http://prolifecorner.com/a-battering-ram-of-liberalism/]
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
LIGHT YOUR LAMPS FOR LIFE IN THE COMING DARKNESS OF DEATH
The high court defined the scope of assisted suicide to include an "illness, disease or disability" that causes "enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual the the circumstances of his or her condition." It also includes those people suffering "psychological pain". Assisted suicide would be an option even if the person has refused available treatments.
It should be noted that less than two years earlier Canada's
Parliament unanimously supported the idea of a national suicide prevention strategy. Parliament supported suicide prevention while the Supreme Court supports assisted suicide. What's worse is that the vast majority of Canadians support both! Why the difference? Suicide prevention is intended to save suicidal healthy and able bodied people, assisted suicide is intended kill off suicidal sick and disabled people.
Am I wrong? How else should someone like me (incurably ill and disabled with advanced multiple sclerosis) interpret the apparent contradiction between the highest legislative and judiciary bodies in the land?
What will happen to conscience rights for physicians who refuse to participate in assisted suicide or refer patients for assisted suicide? Will their professional or licencing organizations support
conscientious objectors? It's dicey. Already I have been told by some physicians of their fears conscience rights will not be respected. Will the Canadian Medical Association and their provincial/territorial counterparts protect conscience rights of their members? What about nurses?
How will provincial governments in charge of health care delivery respond? Will they willing go along with the killing? Yes they will. They already violated the sanctity of human life by paying for all abortions for the past forty years. They pay for killing at the beginning of life, why not the end of life? At some point, the grades or distinctions of barbarism cease become murky. A deadly Rubicon has been crossed! Welcome to 21st Century Canada.
Yes, there are dark days ahead. But Christians must collectively
light lamps of love with life-affirming action. Our light of Christian love will shine in the darkness of our culture. We can start outreaches of care and inclusion for the sick and disabled in much the same way as Christians established pregnancy care centers for women in crisis pregnancies in the 1980s. That is a template. The care is different but the Christ-centered love and concern are the same. Remember, love is a verb.
Establish Christian suicide hotlines and advertise them broadly. Connect suicidal people, and their families, to Christian Counselling and appropriate palliative care resources with up-to-date pain management. Make your churches welcoming, accessible and barrier free to people with disabilities. Reach out to families in crisis and invite them into the tender care of your church communities. Establish rosters of church-based trained volunteers to provide respite care for families facing a death or profound disability of a family member. Provide ongoing grief counselling.
There are dark days ahead but we can be beacons of light pointing to a better way -- the way of Christ. I write these words from authentic personal experience. I have known dark days too, yet in the midst of sickness, disease and disability I have seen the light of Jesus Christ.
Friday, May 1, 2015
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION
It uses the Protestant Bible.)
139.13-18: “God has His eye on us before we were born. These verses avow that personhood does exist from the time of conception. The psalmist affirms God’s knowledge of his life from the pre-embryonic stage through death. The Lord weaves and knits together our beings in the wombs of our mothers (v.13). . . . We are in a real sense “prescription babies” in that God has a custom design for every individual, equipping each for specific achievement and purpose (see Isaiah 43.7; Romans 9.20, 1 Thessalonians 1.4).Even the greatest tragedies can be overruled or transformed to good within the providence of God (Romans 8.28). . . . Even our worst negative traits can be transformed into positive qualities (Romans 12.2)
The Evangelical Commentary on the Bible says the following about the passage above:
See short video showing development of human life in utero development. Click on image below or this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAZRS5yZHGY