How Should A Christian Deal With Infertility?

How Should A Christian Deal With Infertility? What is an infertile Christian couple to do? What does the Bible say about in-vitro fertilisation? What is the Biblical stance on artificial insemination? Should a Christian married couple consider artificial insemination? Is being a sperm/egg donor a sin? Is it a sin to use a sperm egg donor? Is this the same as abortion?

The problem of infertility can be a very difficult one, especially for couples who have looked forward to children all their lives. Christian couples can find themselves asking “Why us, Lord?”, surely God wants Christians to be blessed with children to love and nurture? For physically healthy couples, one of the most heart-wrenching aspects of infertility is not knowing whether it is a temporary or permanent situation. If it is temporary, how long must they wait? If it is permanent, how do they know that, and what should be their course of action?

Find out the answers to all of these questions as we do an in-depth feature on Infertility in our latest issue of JOY!
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I Recovered From Multiple Sclerosis – And You Can Too!

About two years ago (2015), I was diagnosed with MS, and I thought my life would never be the same again, but as it turns out, its better now that it has ever been.
The initial shock is devastating – besides the physical disabilities, the emotional ones are probably even worse. Brain fog, constant fatigue, and in my case, loss of the use of my left hand and all fine motor co-ordination disappeared.
My wife is an ex nursing sister, so from the outset we started looking for options and as there is no known cure. We started looking at what else was available, and this of course lead to alternative methods…
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Darlene Zschech – Hope Anchors The Soul

Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor, and speaker, most notably for her involvement in the music from Hillsong Church in Sydney over many years. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, Darlene’s success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion for serving God and people with all her heart. 
Darlene preached this message as she faced her greatest battle – cancer, and fought back and won. I trust it will be a huge encouragement to those who are facing severe battles in their lives.

“Shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer, I laid on my bed one night trembling. It was almost like an out-of-body experience and I felt very vulnerable. The Holy Spirit began to speak to my heart. He asked me, “What do you believe?”. 
I could feel myself saying, “I believe You, I believe in Your promise, I believe in Jesus and that He paid the ultimate price, and I believe that You are the redeemer and that You are looking after my family, I believe in Your church, I believe You are the Saviour, I believe you are the Alpha and Omega, I believe You are the one”. My list went on and on… ”

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How Old Is The Earth? And Does It Matter?

Evolutionists claim that dinosaurs died out approximately 65 million years ago. Why then do their remains include unfossilised organic material, such as blood vessels, blood cells, soft flexible tissues, bone proteins, and DNA? The doctrine of ‘the Fall’ is very important because it enables Christians to answer atheists when they claim that there can’t be a good God as the Bible teaches because of all the suffering in the world.
The Bible teaches that God created the earth approximately 6000 years ago. From time to time, we meet people who reject evolution and would call themselves ‘creationists’, but who, nevertheless, accept that the earth and its rocks are millions of years old. In some cases, they feel that identifying as ‘young earth creationists’ would cause them to appear foolish and that this would undermine the credibility of their Christian witness. In responding to this, I believe that it is a mistake to begin with science. Instead, I find a better approach is to talk about God, His nature and glory, His original, perfect creation, and how this changed due to our sin. This helps people to see why an ancient earth cannot be reconciled with the Bible’s teaching.

Some say that the days of creation were really long periods of time. Others say that there was a gap of millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Others put the gap between Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:3. Still others argue that Genesis 1 is poetry and so can accommodate any view of the age of the earth. But why? Why do they argue in this way? I believe that, for many, the explanation is that they have been persuaded that ‘science’ is an unassailable authority and they have been persuaded that this unassailable authority has proven the world to be millions of years old. Hence they think that they must fit millions of years into the Bible somehow. But it’s surely bad theology. It must be because it puts the Fall before sin and makes God responsible for what is, in realty, the consequences of our disobedience.

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