Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 21: VIDEO -- Can YOU really make a difference?

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,

Can one person really make a difference?

Our 40 Days for Life national director, David Bereit, spoke about this recently during a high-energy presentation to 2,300 high school and college students at the Students for Life of America national conference.
As you watch the video of his talk, you’ll learn:
       •    How God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things
             — saving lives, changing hearts and minds, and closing
             abortion centers
       •    Three steps to becoming more effective at influencing
             others and illuminating the world
       •    What God can accomplish through your participation
             in 40 Days for Life
To see the video of this inspiring talk, click the image below ...

There’s good news from the 40 Days for Life team in Dover. A sign has been posted on Planned Parenthood’s door … noting that the facility is closed two days a week – and sometimes three.

It is not unusual for abortion centers to cut their hours of operations when people pray outside regularly. It’s generally is a sign that business is off … and they can’t afford to stay open when their customer count decreases.

People continue to pray outside, even though, as one volunteer noted, “It was freezing out there! Thank you to all who showed up and braved the cold!”

Tempe, Arizona

“What joy to drive up and see the empty parking lot at Planned Parenthood!” a 40 Days for Life volunteer happily reported. “Fridays are one of the three busiest days for abortions,” said Lisa, the local leader in Tempe, “but not this particular Friday!”

Unlike many Fridays, there were no lives at risk. “Many innocent lives of our unborn brothers and sisters were spared,” Lisa said, “and women and men did not go home carrying a burden so deep and painful because of ‘choice.’”

Planned Parenthood’s hours have changed frequently over the course of the past year, with signs on the door announcing variations in office hours “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

“Praise the Lord!” Lisa said.
The one thing that remains consistent is the ongoing prayer for the closure of the center, the conversion of the staff … and all who are thinking about abortion. “The Lord is truly at work through your prayers and witness.” 
Today’s devotional is from Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

Day 21 intention

We pray for the conversion of all those who refuse to acknowledge that human life belongs only to God.


Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "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 1:4-5
Reflection by Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh

To be or not to be?

There is no question!

The question of being is something philosophers have long pondered.

What is the meaning of being and what is the source? In the passage before us, we have our answer.

We have being because we are known by God.

For God to declare that he knows and sets apart the prophet Jeremiah even before he is conceived indicates that our being rests in God's own being.

Because He is and because He wills we, therefore, are and do.

The Apostle Paul says as much when he declares before the philosophers of his day, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

One of the tragedies of the abortion culture is that life in the womb has been so heartbreakingly devalued.

To embrace the arguments of the “pro-choice” crowd one must conclude that the child in the womb doesn’t exist, isn't there, has no being. But nothing could be further from the truth.

That child is known by God and, as such, has being.


Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being.

Because You are, we are.

May we find grace from You to affirm the being of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world around us. Amen.

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For life,
Shawn Carney 
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life