The Lord called Barbara to salvation and redeemed her as a nine-year-old girl and later called her to the ministry at a Southern Baptist conference. ‘I questioned Him because I had three, little boys at the time and knew my first responsibility was to them. In addition, He called me in a denomination that didn’t and still doesn’t accept women in ministry. Puzzled, I had no choice but to let Him work it out.’
Barbara received a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University followed later on by a Th.B. and Th.M from Christian Life School of Theology with Beacon Bible College. “Outstanding Young Women of America” chose her to represent them followed later by “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in American Education.” After receiving His call to the ministry, Barbara prepared herself in the Lord’s “school of discipleship” at Fountain Gate College where Dr. Fuchsia Pickett was not only the President of the Bible College but also the senior pastor of Fountain Gate Church in Plano, Texas. Later, Barbara taught and served as Dean of Women and Dean of Student Affairs. As a minister-on-staff, she became co-pastor under Dr. Sam Sasser.
Barbara took four computer classes in the early ‘90’s from Collin County Community College in Plano prior to receiving the Lord’s vision of a website to encourage women in their place and relationship with their husbands as well as their place in the Body of Christ at-large and the local or house church. That vision came after having found the tremendous book she thought was out-of-print – God’s Word to Women by Katharine Bushnell. Presently, she partners with Gay Anderson of Eagle Lake, Texas in the God’s Word to Women website.
She is married to Phil Collins, and this union caused them to become parents to three boys – Steve, Jeff, and Byron who have now given them nine grandchildren. Jeff is a prophetic evangelist and ministers in Europe and the Middle East for six months each year with his family based on the island of Cyprus with Gateways Beyond, a Messianic-Jewish ministry.
Abortion: the Culture of Death
by Barbara Collins
David said in Psalms 139:13, Amplified, "For You did form my inward parts. You did knit me together in my mother's womb." Why have so many unborn lives become like unraveled knitting?
$254.4 million in
2002-03 from taxpayers
Since 1973, the Roe v Wade decision has generated approximately 46 million abortions totally or around 1.3 million abortions each year since that time.
Up until about forty years ago, the 2000 year old Hippocratic Oath led medical school graduates to say at their commencement, "I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception." The sanctity of human life is the Judeo-Christian world view. The original document of the Hippocratic Oath now states the above sentence minus the words, "from the time of conception."
May God help us as a nation for legally confusing such a basic tenet of our civilization. Because abortion on demand is legal throughout the nation, does that make it right? No! It never has and never will. Does a woman's "right to privacy" triumph over an unborn child's right to life? Do you know what the three types of abortion are? Click here for a review.
Is the embryo simply an extension of the mother's body, or is it something separate and uniquely irreplaceable? Is an unborn baby merely an extension of the woman or which couldn't even exist without the man's seed? After conception, just leave that fertilized seed alone, and it will develop into a human being unless some outside force destroys its life.
Because you know biblical values, do you value human life as unique and worthy of protection and love? Our society must continue to rest upon its Judeo-Christian base. Otherwise, we must settle for humanism which makes man the measure and center of all things.
Humanism has resulted in a secularized society that trashes the Bible and puts man as having started from himself, discounting the words, "In the beginning, God . . . " As a Christian, have you taken the name of the Lord in vain? Yes, if you've allowed choice and expediency to become idolatry between you and God and what He says in His Word.
Have you been listening to the voice of the world, the flesh, or the devil instead of laying aside "busyness" long enough to hear that "still, small voice of God?" If human beings can live by their own inclinations, why not just wad up our prayer life and throw it in the garbage. Has our humanness been lost in the devaluation of human life all around us?
Is it possible for one to be called of God before birth? If not, then, we'll have to conveniently dismiss the life of the prophet Jeremiah to whom God said, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you. I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
What about John, the Baptist? The voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, sounded her greeting in the presence of Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother. Elizabeth, who was carrying John in her womb, responded, "the babe leaped in my womb for joy." Now, filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth prophesied to Mary, "Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." Then, Mary, also set free to prophesy, begins to sing!
Are you worried about the child sacrifice of abortion going on today in the name of sensuality and convenience? What are the results of this dehumanization by legalized abortion-on-demand which, as a nation, we have sanctioned through our U. S. Supreme Court? Child abuse just keeps on growing and has dramatically increased every year since 1973 when abortion became legal. What inhumane treatment of a child or children will flood across our newspapers tomorrow?
Because women, married and un-married, have offered their children to destruction, death, and the ultimate form of child abuse through abortion, the Lord offers His forgiveness. Instead of dwelling on the past and trying to sort it all out, simply take a step forward into right relationship with Jesus Christ. Enter into the peace and rest that comes in our serving Him and in joy and strength to carry out the calling He has given us in absolute dependence upon Him. Abortion can be a stumbling block in our lives. That stumbling block can become a stepping stone into a deeper knowledge of Him when we let the God of all forgiveness, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, take His rightful place of being our all in all.