Sunday, February 6, 2011
Puerperal fever is now rare in the West due to improved hygiene during delivery, and deaths have been reduced by antibiotics. Dr. Semmelweis was not alone, although he was not aware, Oliver Wendell Holmes published published The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, Holmes' conclusions were ridiculed by many contemporaries, including Charles Delucena Meigs, a well-known obstetrician, who stated, "Doctors are gentlemen, and gentlemen's hands are clean.". Semmelweis began experimenting with various cleansing agents and, from May 1847, ordered all doctors and students working in the First Division wash their hands in chlorinated lime solution before starting ward work, and later before each vaginal examination. The mortality rate from puerperal fever in the division fell from 18% in May 1847 to less than 3% in June–November of the same year. While his results were extraordinary, he was treated with skepticism and ridicule.
1. Wertz RM, Wertz DC. Lying-in: a history of childbirth in America. New York: New York Free Press, 1977. Original reference is probably Meigs, Charles Delucena (1854). On the Nature, Signs, and Treatment of Childbed Fevers: In a Series of Letters Addressed to the Students of His Class. Original from Harvard University (Digitized Nov 30, 2007), Retrieved September 1, 2008: Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia. p. 362 pages. http://books.google.com/?id=RigSAAAAYAAJ.:104
2. ^ Raju TN. Ignac Semmelweis and the etiology of fetal and neonatal sepsis. J Perinatol 1999; 19(4): 307-310.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Remember the words of Paul, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (Phil. 3:12). We have a responsibility to lay aside what easily entangles us and look toward Jesus and press on. He has overcome and in Him we are overcomers! Don’t quit, keep pressing on!
You Mustn’t Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must – but never quit.
Life is queer, with its twist and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out;
Stick to your task, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with one more blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt –
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that YOU MUSTN’T QUIT.
- author Unknown, from Along The Road To Manhood
by Stu Webber, p. 92.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Years ago, a Signs of the Times author wrote a short reflection about the thief who died on a cross next to Jesus.
A man was once asked, “Are you a believer in the Christina religion?”
“Oh, certainly!” the man replied. “You are a member of some church, then, I suppose?” his questioner asked.
“No, indeed. Why should I join a church? The dying thief wasn’t a member of a church, and he will be in heaven.”
“But of course you have been baptized.” “Oh, no. I am as safe as the dying thief was, and he never was baptized”.
“ But since you will not join a church or be baptized, you will give your means to help others in some way?” “Of course not! The dying thief--” The friend interrupted, Let me remark that you seem to be on pretty intimate terms with the dying thief. You derive a great deal of consolation from his career. But there is one importation difference between you and him. He is a dying thief. You are a living one.”
Adapted from Sings of the Times, November 6, 1893
Friday, January 21, 2011
Let my people go, that they may serve me.
The command of God is clear. "Let my people go, so they can serve me." Although God was speaking to pharaoh of old the command has not changed. Today, God is calling us out captivity. He is calling us out of bondage, out of the hands of the destructive slave master of sin driven by a tyrant who despises us to the core. Like Pharaoh of long ago our enemy (sin) will not release its iron grasp on our lives easily. However, unlike the people of God in Egypt we are the ones who can make the choice to leave. The gates are open and all we have to do is choose to step through and keep moving away from the place of bondage. The reality is if we stay close we are in danger of going back.
Pharaoh’s response to God’s command are deceitful compromises. Study them well:
1. Exodus 8:25”Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land."
IN THE LAND - THE LIE: He told the Israelites that they can stay in the land and do their "religious living" right there in the land, still in bondage, still under his control. He tried to convince them that there is no reason to leave. You can stay right here and serve God. "
THE TRUTH: You cannot! You have been called out! The call is clear “Come out of her my people, Babylon has fallen! (Revelation 18:4) The reality is "the land" represents sin and bondage to sin. Jesus came to save us, not IN our sins, but FROM our sins. If He doesn't save us from our sins, He doesn't save us at all. There is no such thing as partial salvation. Sin is a cancer that kills. If you don't kill it, it kills you. Through Jesus you must get sin out of you and then you must get away for the land of sin!
2. Exodus 8:28 “I will let you go; only you shall not go very far away."
THE LIE: I will let you go . . .
THE TRUTH: The enemy has no intentions of letting you go. He will never relinquish his hold over you without a fight. He will do whatever it takes to keep you in his kingdom of bondage and destruction including destroying you! He absolutely HATES you! Like Pharoah used his slaves and disregarded their needs, the enemy also will use you as disposable trash! He will not let you go...he will only destroy you and then toss you aside. (John 10:10).
THE LIE: You can serve God (under his breath) but not too far away.
See how the enemy would have us linger near Egypt. Near enough to hear the sounds, see the sights, breathe the tainted atmosphere. Just near enough to be slowly contaminated, tempted and drawn back to the bondage of sin ruled by a tyrannical master who set on ruling and ruining us body, mind and soul.
Our enemy whispers this lie to many who heard Christ call, "All right, go serve Jesus - only don't go too far away.” “Don't worry about the little things.” “Don't get rid of your old ways, your old music, and your old friends. You can still hang out- who knows you might be able to convert them - but if you go too far away that will not be possible. Plus you don't want to come across as too religious, closed minded, intolerant and lonely do you?"
THE TRUTH: The old serpent likes to keep you close to charm you helplessly back into the jaws of death. The real deal; Drop everything that will hold you back and run! Run while you can. Run from sin! Go and serve the Lord as he has said, leave the land of bondage and never look back!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
“My Father never stops working, and so I keep working too.”
My savior never stops work on the behalf of fallen mankind. He is ever pursuing, ever drawing, ever directing, and ever loving each and every one of us. His work on the cross was not finished in the sense that He has done all He could do or would for us – not at all!* We now have a high priest interceding for us at the throne of redemption. He never stops loving, caring and calling! He is never weary or heavy laden. He is never too busy or too far (Psalm 145:18, Jeremiah 33:3). The entire Godhead (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) are always working on behalf of each life on earth – personally, redeeming them to the kingdom of God. God wants NO ONE to perish but all to come to eternal life! (2 Peter 3:19) So He will never stop working, loving and drawing us back to him! ( Hebrews 13:5)
When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke his final words upon the cross, these were not words of defeat but words of victory He did not say, I’m finished, but, It is finished. These were words of victory! Victory for Christ and victory for all who choose to know Him as Savior. I do not believe these words were whispered - they were shouted!
"It is finished!" The purpose of His hour has been completed,
and the consequences of His work are enduring.
• Christ's work of suffering is now done.
• His physical life on earth was finished
• It meant His work on earth was finished. Jesus has completed the work God has sent Him to do on this earth (John 4:34).
Friday, January 14, 2011
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Over the past few days the kids and I have been studying the parables Jesus taught while he was on earth and Amelia came to a surprising self revelation. Turning to me with a smile so big she revealed, “Mommy, did you notice that a lot of these parables are about something lost?” I told her she had just been shown the true meaning of Jesus’ mission. He did not come to be recognized as a good teacher or a great leader of the law. No he came to seek – to find, to draw fallen mankind back to God. He came to save all that was lost. He came to seek and save.
All other religions with their deity require man to reach up in order to acquire enlightenment to rise to a higher level of oneness with the “universe”. But not my God – Maybe I am not familiar enough with paganism, Buddhism, Hindi and such, but I never heard of their deity lovingly reaching down – sacrificing their status in the cosmos to seek & save!
My God gave. Practically everyone in the western world has heard that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16, 17. But many people don’t know is that God was in Christ, reconciling the world (restoring his relationship with humanity) to himself. 2 Corinthians 5:19. My God stepped out of eternity into time to seek and save that which was lost. My God left the throne room of heaven filled with the adoration and song of magnificent angels to be hunted during his seeking (ministry) and despised and hated as he saved (on a dirty roman cross).
Does not that love melt your heart?