Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 29: Small towns and abortion
Dear Deacon John,
Abortions don’t happen in the White House or the Supreme Court ... but in cities and towns, large and small. In fact, the abortion industry has often grown by moving into smaller communities.
Cobleskill, New York is a small town. It has around 5,000 people … stores and businesses … a regional state university campus … and a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. It’s the sort of place you might drive through and say, “Why does a nice town like this have an abortion center?”
It’s often because
the abortion industry doesn’t have to ask permission to come to a town —
and many times, they don’t even announce they’re coming.
But there’s a prayerful response to Planned Parenthood in Cobleskill ... and it has been anything but small.
Cobleskill, New York
moved to their current location almost exactly two years ago and the
prayer coverage for this campaign continues to grow,” said Patrick, the
local leader in Cobleskill. Some of those people pray there every day.
“It is so encouraging to see men and women ... pray so humbly for God’s
mercy and grace to fall on the community of Cobleskill.”
Patrick said he
almost gave into some negative thinking a few years ago – the idea that
he didn’t know enough people in Cobleskill to put together a 40 Days for
Life campaign. He admits that it isn’t always easy to stand and pray in
public, “but God is honoring our willingness to humble ourselves before Him and before man.”
During this fifth 40 Days for Life vigil, Patrick has been sensing some
changes around town. “There has been a noticeable shift in response to
our presence outside of Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The shift is positive and having an impact on the local residents.”
The reaction of people driving by is also changing, with more people waving and smiling … with negative reactions diminishing to only a handful.
“Just in the past couple of weeks I have received encouragement from
several residents who stopped to talk and say they appreciate our public
Patrick also thanked the pastor of a nearby church for allowing vigil
participants to park there. The church provides a place to store
campaign materials when they’re not in use.
“About one week into the campaign I was praying in front of Planned
Parenthood while also enjoying my hot cup of coffee and the first car
pulled up and parked in the parking lot,” Patrick said. “I knew it was
an employee so I kept praying for the Holy Spirit to come in power.”
He recognized the woman as someone he’d spoken to before, exchanging simple greetings of “Good morning!” or “Good night!”
“This time the Lord coordinated everything perfectly and I was able to
introduce myself from across the street. She reciprocated with her
name,” he said, “and we shook hands. God is moving in Cobleskill!”
Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 29 intention
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the
transgressions of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His
anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have
compassion on us; and will subdue our iniquities.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your
doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek
justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the
— Micah 7:18-19
Micah had been sent to declare God’s judgment and call the people of
Judah to repentance. The people had become spiritually and ethically
Prosperity had hardened the rich, the poor were oppressed and the heirs
to David's throne were practicing abominations and idolatry.
Is it not easy to see the parallels of God's people in Micah’s day and God's people today in America?
Through Micah, God corrected His people by demanding justice, not burnt
offerings and sacrifice. He told them to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with their God.
In speaking of Old Testament stories of God’s people turning from God
to sin and idolatry, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10: 11, "Now all these
things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our
admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come."
Many biblical scholars believe God has removed His hedge of protection
around our nation in response to our sins of immorality and abortion.
Let us cry out in repentance for His mercy once again. And may we honor
His faithfulness by doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with
eternal, changeless, and faithful Lord, we recognize that we are in need
of forgiveness as a nation, for turning our hearts away from you. Hear
our prayer of repentance Lord and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We praise you for your tender mercies and your compassion that never
Lord, it is only by Your grace that we can live lives that are just,
and merciful. May Your Holy Spirit enable us to walk humbly in Your
presence and may You be pleased to restore America so that a generation
not yet born may praise you. In the name of Christ Jesus, who has done
great things for us, Amen.
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