Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From 40 Days For Life: Ask yourself this question

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
Our culture needs YOU – now more than ever! As 40 Days for Life kicks off tomorrow in 273 cities, ask yourself, “What difference can one person make?”
Many of us want to build a culture of life. But we often get discouraged and lose sight of what God can do through us. But it is possible for you to make a difference ... and save a life in your community!
Just find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you.
Steve Karlen, 40 Days for Life’s North American campaign director, talked to volunteers on a visit through Alabama. In this 3-minute video, some of the people he spoke with explained how one person can make a difference ... and how one person’s actions can multiply.
To watch the video, click on the image below...
... or go to:
The 40 Days for Life campaign starts tomorrow and runs through March 20. In many instances, the “one person” getting things started is the local leader in each of the 273 locations.
Volunteer local leaders are the backbone – and heroes – of 40 Days for Life. Their “yes” is a leap of faith ... and it gives YOU the opportunity to save lives from abortion where you live.
So find your nearest location, sign up for a time ... and make a difference!
Some people take an hour a day, while others stand an hour a week. It’s a sacrifice. It’s not always convenient. But it’s worth it!
The Lord will hear your prayer ... and moms will see your peaceful presence and have one last chance to choose life for their baby.
After all … you can make a difference!
As we prepare spiritually for the 40 days ahead, here’s the first of our daily devotionals …prepared by Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Pre-kickoff intention 
For God's blessing upon all participating in the coming 40 Days for Life campaign.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land."
— 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 55 million.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 — both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth — the church?
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin.
We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land.
Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, Amen.
Printable devotional
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For life,
 Shawn Carney
40 Days for Life
PS: Once again, here's that link to the full list of 273 campaign locations: