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.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 21: Heroes in your home town
Dear Deacon John,
The heroes of 40 Days for Life campaigns are the local leaders ... because leading a campaign is hard – really hard.
From recruiting volunteers to pray at an abortion center ... to working
with local police ... to dealing with hostile media ... leading a
campaign is a challenge.
It takes a special person to do it. Many of our local leaders don’t see praying and working to end abortion as something they have to do ... but something they get to do.
It would be easy and cynical to say that abortion is here to stay – to
believe that we really are helpless in the fight for life. But 40 Days
for Life leaders don’t see it that way.
They pray and they trust God ... and their example should inspire you as we enter the second half of the campaign.
Leaders range from college students to retired military officers to stay-at-home moms ... and they’re a force to be reckoned with. We love them all.
Today, we salute our local leaders, who make these daily email updates possible. We start with a campaign I just visited.
It was great to meet Debbie, the new 40 Days for Life campaign leader in Haverhill.
She found herself praying alone on Day 1 ... and she immediately prayed for help with the campaign. Later in the day, that help arrived.
A woman came out to the vigil and said she had just found out about 40
Days for Life and wanted to help in any way possible. “And wow! Has she backed up her words!” Debbie said. “She has been a huge help and was an answer to my prayer on Day 1!”
During this campaign, Debbie and her team are paying tribute to a
longtime dedicated prayer warrior, John Cronin. John would pray every
day at the abortion center in Haverhill during 40 Days for Life. He
passed away on July 4 and Debbie wants everyone to make him proud.
On the days when John felt really ill, he would still go to the vigil and remain in his car to pray. He was that dedicated and never complained. I was fortunate to meet John’s wife, who was so inspired to see people coming out in his honor.
It’s already getting a bit chilly at 40 Days for Life in Billings. Montana has just a few abortion facilities left, including Planned Parenthood in Billings.
pregnancy center, LaVie, is right next door to Planned Parenthood. I met
the entire 40 Days for Life team when I spoke at the pregnancy center’s
banquet, and then headed to the vigil the next day.
Amy is the dedicated leader in Billings, where so many come out to pray. Their first campaign was in 2009 … and many of their campaigns have been 24-hour vigils despite the cold!
Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 21 intention
Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.
— Ephesians 6:12-13
Reflection from Carmen Pate
I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is
perceived more often in churches today as political rather than
spiritual. Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to
silence many in the body of Christ.
We must see the battle for what it is and if we are to be prepared to
face the spiritual enemy on the issue of abortion, we must daily "put
on" the armor God has given us:
Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) – Commit your emotions to believe
truth and to speak truth, regardless of the repercussions.
Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) – It will protect our
hearts -- the innermost springs of our beings -- from all
unrighteousness so evident in this fallen world.
Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. (vs. 15) –
Preparation is vital if we are to be effective in God's work.
Taking the shield of faith (vs. 16) – The Accuser will instill doubt,
fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such
Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs. 17) –
A helmet protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and
thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine revelation for human
Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs. 17) –
The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by
the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word is powerful and effective.
Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse
tells us how, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
spirit." (vs. 18)
Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we
be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. We thank you for equipping
us with Your armor. Lead us daily to put it on!
Thank you for allowing us to serve under your command, and for hearing
our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory
that is ours because of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.
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