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 20, 2015
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 28: FInishing strong!
Dear Deacon John,
We’re still going!
After four weeks of non-stop vigil, it may seem quite natural to feel a
bit tired or weary. This is the time to keep your perspective and
reflect on the example of the apostle Paul:
“I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 3:14
In addition to that, have some coffee! I know I’ve had my fair share during this campaign.
Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director, shared some words
of encouragement recently at a stop in Birmingham, Alabama.
Click the image below to watch a quick two-minute video ...
Check it out … recharge your batteries … and let’s see what else God has in store to help end abortion where you live!
Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins is
conducting its tenth 40 Days for Life campaign. Linda, the local
coordinator, tells of a mother of three young children who came from out
of town ... to abort her fourth child.
Volunteers offered to help, so she came over to talk. “One of the
sidewalk counselors told her a story from the Bible that brought her to
tears,” Linda said, “and she decided to keep her child. But her needs
are great. She is a single mother. Her other children are all under the
age of four.”
This is where the community rallied around her. Though the woman lives
several hundred miles away, volunteers were able to find someone in her
home town to mentor her, and others will check on her weekly. She was
also offered supplies and gift cards to help her take care of her family
… and more gift cards have been set aside to assist her in the future.
“This is what a pro-life community does,” Linda said.
“Even when someone comes from far away, the pro-life network can reach
out to help her. This we will be happy to do for any mom who chooses
Charleston, South Carolina
“We’ve had a save!”
said Shane in Charleston, where 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers
witnessed an inspiring change of heart in a young couple – through an
An older woman accepted a pregnancy resource information sheet from one
of the vigil participants. She was at the abortion facility because her abortion-minded daughter was inside. She brought that flyer in, and noticed a young couple in the waiting room that seemed quite troubled.
She passed the information along to them.
“We would like to say that the woman’s prayers for her own daughter
were answered,” Shane said, “but we just don't know. We do know, though,
that the young couple to whom she reached out – complete strangers – left the clinic soon after … and they elected for adoption.”
A woman in her
mid-30s stopped at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Lancaster. She had
noticed the signs the prayer volunteers were holding … and asked for
more information about the campaign.
She chatted with vigil participants for a while. They gave her a copy
of the campaign flyer, and she continued her walk up the street. But
after walking a short distance, she turned around … headed back to the
vigil … and asked the others if she could lead them in prayer!
“Of course,” said one of the team members, “all agreed, and the woman
gave heartfelt praise to the Lord and passionately asked for His help in
ending abortion in our community and nation. This is just one of many moments that Lancaster vigil volunteers will long remember.”
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-life
Day 28 intention
We pray for the conversion of abortionists and all abortion advocates.
“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
— Isaiah 1:16-17
God is just.
Inscribed around the inside of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington,
DC, are the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson: “I tremble for my
country when I reflect that God is just.”
If the deist, Jefferson, knew in the depths of his being that God is
just, how much more ought we Christians to reflect on this profound
The justice of God, like his holiness and his purity, encourages us to
seek justice for all people. It is the evil deeds and wrong, selfish
attitudes of our modern society that have led to the cavalier acceptance
of abortion and euthanasia.
But, as Jefferson also said, “his justice will not sleep forever.”
God is calling us today to seek justice, to encourage the oppressed, and to defend the orphans and widows of our society.
It is a noble calling! It is one which every true believer, every
God-fearing man and woman, should heed with no hesitation and no
To follow the God of justice and truth is to stand unequivocally for
the right to life of everyone, especially the unborn, the physically
disabled, and the terminally ill.
God's word through the prophet Isaiah is as relevant in today's 21st
century world as it was in Isaiah’s 8th century BC world. May God's
grace help us to defend the unborn’s right to life as well as that of
the already born.
O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to
eradicate the evil in our society. Help us to realize that your divine
Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human
creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them. I pray
this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Amen.
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