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40 Days for LIFE: Fall 2014

KEEPLIFELEGALSeptember 24th starts the 2014 Fall Campaign for 40 Days for Life. Awaken the conscience of YOUR community!

What’s YOUR intention? Are you post-abortive? Were you ever abortion-minded? Have you lost a sibling or family member to abortion? Then 40 Days for Life is for you! This is an opportune time to come and peacefully pray, grieve, and be a life-minded witness to abortion-minded women and men! 40 Days for Life vigils changes lives and save lives!

I don’t know how to do this! No problem, let the Word of God guide you to doing what we are called to do as Christians [Rom 12:9-16]:

v9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 
v10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
v11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; v12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
v13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
v14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
v15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 
v16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

From the 40 Days site:

“40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

  • Prayer and fasting
  • Peaceful vigil
  • Community outreach

40 Days for Life“40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.”

Cooperation is KEY. Everyone is welcome: Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, everyone! This is not about ecumenicism, it is COOPERATION to share the sidewalk with other LIFE-minded people who seek an end to abortion. I know there are some people will not stand shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalk and that’s too bad; we should never let personal agenda keep us from being a faithful witness on the sidewalk to save lives.KEEPLIFELEGAL

During a 40 Days for Life campaign, you may come as an individual or with a church group to pray as you wish TO END ABORTION. We are all there for the same thing, to save our unborn from abortion death.

You may see KeepLifeLegal’s Statement of Faith here and Purpose & Vision here.

This is what you SHOULD NOT DO:

  • Yell at anyone; the pre-abortive, coercers, abortionists, passers-by, etc.
  • Persecute other faithful witnesses; This is a cooperation on the sidewalk
  • Be combative for any reason; if anyone is combative with each other on the sidewalk, it does not show our heart toward saving the unborn. It is confusing to the pre-abortive.

This is what you SHOULD DO: 

  • Purpose to be at the sidewalk as often as you can
  • Be a prayerful faithful witness
  • Did I say SHOW UP? We really want to see you there!

It has been proven that when people show up at abortion facilities, they CLOSE. These facilities can’t handle the constant prayerful vigil for LIFE. It proves what they do is wrong and needs to stop.

Get the 40 Days book! I have mine :)

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Toleration & Apathy is NOT our friend…and it KILLS.

I’ve written often of the hatred of human life from those that consider toleration to be more important than what God has created. We are a society of drones rather than children of God. I happened upon a blog that said:

“…we have lost our hatred of death. We have become indifferent to it. We have come to assume it is natural, normal, no big deal. Why don’t we despise it or reject it as hideous anymore? Have we forgotten that we were created by God to live, not to die?”

I would go further with how our society EXPECTS death rather than fighting for it. It is a sad, sad world where we band together for homeless dogs and cats but allow abortion facilities to exterminate humans.

This apathetic ‘live and let die’ attitude feeds on people who have not sold out to God. Our love for each other has shifted to empowering the entitled classes and an uninterested Church. We feed the ego rather than the hungry; we succumb to the wiles of the culture of death while we shout an occasional ‘hallelujah’.

This writer/minister knows that we may not see an end to this extermination until Jesus comes again; we are aware of the scriptures and the expected end. Then why continue, you ask…simple: Every soul has value to God and He expects us to ‘Go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel TO EVERY CREATURE’. We are His workmanship, so are they…born AND unborn.

This ‘culture of death’ that we reside in – shouldn’t live in – seeks the souls of us, not just the physical parts of us. Not one person is expendable for any reason, not one soul is accidental.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

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Agape Defiled: How the Church Has Failed 55 Million Orphans | BreakPoint

Agape Defiled: How the Church Has Failed 55 Million Orphans

By: Rolley Haggard Published: May 9, 2013 8:20 PM

There’s an elephant in the living room. Only it isn’t an elephant, and it isn’t in the living room. It’s a golden calf, and it’s in our baptismal font and our pulpit and our sanctuary and our Sunday School class and our Bible study group and everywhere else we worship and serve God, because, truth be told, it’s in our hearts.

To put it bluntly: We, the church of Jesus Christ, have an idol.

It’s called ministry.

Ministry?

Yes, ministry: busying ourselves with the things of God. Granted, ministry seems very un-idol-like. But then, subtlety is the hallmark of seductive sins. It has been the devil’s most effective stratagem since the beginning of time: Get the sin to seem no sin. Better, get it to seem like service to God. Better still, get it to be service to God. Sins don’t get more subtle than that, nor does idolatry seem like idolatry when we’re busy doing things God instructed us to do. It seems like true Christianity, like pure and undefiled religion.

But is it? Even ministry can be idolatry when it supplants what God most wants from us. What is the acid test of true Christianity, of pure and undefiled religion? What does it look like?

Pure and Undefiled Religion

We are not left guessing. In James 1:27, God tells us what “pure and undefiled religion” looks like: “Visit[ing] orphans and widows in their distress.” That’s divine shorthand for serving “the least of these” with sacrificial agape love. Acts of compassion, exemplified by coming to the aid of suffering women and children, are the distinguishing marks of true Christianity.

The American church, by stunning contrast, has been characterized the past 40 years—ever since Roe v. Wade—by the deliberate and thoroughgoing neglect of 55 million orphans in exquisite distress. One has to wonder if the cold indifference shown by the church to these orphans could have been any more absolute had salvation itself depended on completely ignoring them.

Orphans?

Yes, orphans, in the truest sense. These little victims, before having their lives snuffed out in abortion, were emphatically orphans, for there are two ways a child becomes an orphan: One is to lose his parents; the other is for his parents to abandon him. It doesn’t take a Solomon to see here the applicability of James 1:27.

Yet for four decades the church has fastidiously refused to muster aid on behalf of these little people and against one of the most barbaric and inhumane practices imaginable. Not only has the church opted not to visit these orphans in their distress, but by refusing to voice any significant public moral objection, the church has actually gone to the opposite extreme and given tacit sanction to their cruel mutilation and murder.

And this comports with James 1:27, how?

No one will answer that question because there is no answer. We are wholly without excuse. We have ignored not only the soundless cries of these abandoned orphans, but more ominously, the unequivocal declarations of our God and Father as well.

This raises the additional and perhaps more deeply soul-probing question: If pure and undefiled religion in God’s sight is to visit orphans in their distress, then just what kind of religion has the church been practicing since 1973? What kind of religion is it whose defining characteristic is the refusal to visit tens of millions of orphans in their inconceivably great distress?

Defining Characteristic?

Yes, defining characteristic. A defining characteristic is the feature most notable and distinctive about a thing. A hundred years from now history will remember us not for our missions or evangelism or our ministry, much less for our fidelity to the Bible. It will remember us for our breathtakingly thorough disregard of orphans in their distress.

Abortion continues to flourish largely because of us. We could end abortion overnight—if we really wanted to. The present generation of Christians will no more be lauded for its service to Christ than would a perverted pastor who preached spellbinding sermons and won thousands of souls by day, but committed pedophilia against a four-year-old child by night.

We will not be remembered for the religious busyness we called ministry—in the final analysis, this amounts to so much window-dressing in the sight of God—but for refusal to give Christ the one thing He wants in evidence of true love for Him: that we would love our neighbor as ourselves.

The logic is inescapable: If pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is to give compassionate, sacrificial, agape love to abandoned children, then American Christianity is grotesquely impure and defiled—like a river of life befouled by the corpses of too many children for even the angels to count.

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Solomon: The Mother’s Day Ruminations of an Abandoned Son

Call me her son, but not my mother deem
The one who gave me life enough to taste
The barest part of God’s ecstatic dream,
Then rid me from her womb with wicked haste.
“Considered innocent till guilty proved”
So said the law she praised, yet gave me death
With no defense, who not so much as moved
A tiny fist or raised his voice in threat.
She thought it wisdom plotting my demise
And naming “Orphan,” by default, her son;
But she by murder made that son more wise;
For cenotaphs shall dub him “Solomon,”
Who, like the Sage, is sure a mother true
Would not consent to cut her child in two.

Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: “How can my friend get past her abortion?”

THAT is probably the number one question I am most often asked, after “Don’t you people have a job?” People are funny…

Yesterday, a woman said that her friend confessed to having an abortion many, many years ago and can’t get past the ‘past’. She asked my opinion of what to tell her, and here it is: JESUS.

In my mind’s eye, I see a crucified Jesus dying on a cross for me…bloodied, bludgeoned, humiliated. He died a public death for ME and my sinful past that cannot be erased from my memory or the history that others insist on remembering, you know….just in case I forgot ;)

My Faith is in my risen LORD. It is His shed Blood which washed my sin away never to be remembered again. Then, it is up to ME to rest in His finished work on the Cross, that I AM FORGIVEN and that NO ONE can take that away from me. EVER.

My dear sisters in the LORD: If you have had an abortion, I understand what you are going through, I have carried that bag. You do not have to carry this heavy burden any longer! TRUST IN JESUS – He will forgive, He will LOVE you, He will protect you!

Way too often I hear how God cannot possibly forgive them. NOTHING can be further from the truth! It isn’t God who won’t forgive, it’s people…people that you TRUST who will try to separate you from God by reminding you of your past. Relative righteousness is how people feed off other’s miseries and histories. Do not be fooled, God is not MOCKED; He will make beauty FROM ashes!

We need to require more from our friends and family who seek to keep us under subjection to THEM.

We are His, We are forgiven, We will NOT be forsaken.

Jesus said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Egg on the face?

Nope. Aim wasn’t that good….but the intent was. How do two ‘grown’ men driving past an abortion facility find it necessary to spray a prolife senior citizen – alone on a public sidewalk – with a 1/2 dozen eggs? KEEPLIFELEGAL

One of the eggs didn’t break, nor did any hit their intended target.

Prolifers are expected to follow the law while prochoicers with little to do with their time break the law.

Another case in point recently was at the last abortion facility in Jackson, Mississippi. Now, while I love to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson is quite another part of the world that doesn’t quite mesh with its polite southern counterpart. Created Equal was at this last abortion facility in Jackson and watched, along with police officers, as prochoicers thieved Created Equal’s signs…many of them. Click here for the video and story. Currently, Created Equal has filed a lawsuit against the Jackson Police Department citing harassment and threats toward law abiding peaceful prolifers.

“There are nine instances reported in the lawsuit where the claimants argue police officers violated their rights and harassed them while they were not breaking any laws. The suit also repeatedly claims that JPD officers told different protesters they could not put signs on public sidewalks but instead had to hold them at all times,” the story goes on to say.

Who does the law protect? Not law abiding peaceful prolifers on a public sidewalk or right-of-way.

2014-07-16 14.07.19 2014-07-16 14.07.30At a prolife event just last week, our sidewalk was riddled with police officers. The city spent THOUSANDS for these officers watch us pray, sing and children draw with sidewalk chalk. Some of the officers were kind, others were intentionally ‘over zealous’.

Moral of the story: Bring a camera….and use it.

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Scary Prolife Event

 

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REAL BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Abortion Wars Continue

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Under the noses of tourists, neighbors and other locals, abortion is being sold. You need to look behind the centuries old architecture, art museums and music. The French Quarter is not the heart of the city…the new Planned Parenthood regional abortion facility site is squarely seated right in the middle of the city, by design.

Recently I finished a prolife missionary trip to Louisiana and Texas. While in New Orleans, I went to the site of the regional abortion facility that Planned Parenthood is TRYING to build. Over a year ago, I went to the Press Rally and since then all that has been built is a rent-a-fence, some concrete forms and roughed-in utilities; photos are below.

Louisiana Right to Life put up signage the day after I left NOLA; I was a bit concerned that I saw no one there both days. Apparently they need more sidewalk warriors to cover some prayer time [HINT 2014-07-07 09.47.47HINT]. The photo shows the only bit of ‘life’ at the Planned Parenthood site, and was apparently vandalized. LRTL should be more concerned and willing to check on the property; the sign was there both days. Not good.

However, this week a national prolife minstry called Operation Save America is having their annual national event in New Orleans and has made quite the splash. According to the local newspaper, there will be ‘heightened security, both uniformed and plain clothes’. That does not hinder this group because they follow the law, not break it. Simply, OSA is there to protect the unborn, preach the Gospel and community outreach. God Bless them for what they do and please pray for their safety.

Boycotting works; telling the TRUTH works. Some of the contractors and subcontractors had no idea that they were working on an abortion facility and left the job. Others have not left, click here to see who is still on the job.

Pray that Planned Parenthood gets the hint to LEAVE and a gospel mission of prolifers and ministers stay to spread the love of Jesus Christ; without Him, we are nothing. With abortion, we die…every one of us.
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HOBBY LOBBY DECISION: Victorious, at what cost?

While I am pleased with the decision, the fact that we still have to fight for our most basic rights is ludicrous. Over and over again we fight this fight, a fight that WAS fought for, to keep our religious freedom and freedom of speech LEGAL.

How many unborn lives were lost because businesses were forced to provide toxic contraception and abortion coverage to workers?

I believe that Christians need to start acting like Christians; they need to use their God-given ability to share the Gospel all the time, to spend their money with like-minded individuals and companies, and be what God called them to be. We have caved over and over and over again as a Christian society to protected classes of people who hate us. It’s time to for the tail to stop waggin’ the dog.

For now, the Hobby Lobby decision is a victory – but as Christians we need to continue to fight the good fight of faith, be the example we are called to be, to never take no as the usual answer from the social agenda.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1Peter 3:15

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TESTIMONY: Choosing LIFE & Faith, no matter what.

For there to be a testimony, there has to be a test. And as Christians, we are tested all the time. In a time when a woman finds herself pregnant at the very worst time, God tells us it’s never bad time to be the life giver He made women to be. Since the foundation of the WORLD we have been known by God, each with a divine purpose only He can give.

FAITH.

Being on the sidewalk, we hear so many ‘reasons’ why they can’t have their baby. But there are no reasons…not ONE…good enough to kill an innocent unborn child entrusted to the parents by God.

What a blessing to read this incredible testimony given by God’s woman, a woman who follows Him no matter what. After all, lemonade tastes much better than sour, bitter lemons.

Thank you God’s woman, for sharing this incredible testimony, and thank you for choosing LIFE: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” [Gal 6:2]

Written in her own hand, enjoy this beautiful testimony:

One year ago today at this time I was saying hello for the first time to my 2nd little bundle of joy, Zachary! I knew as soon as I found out he was a boy that the Lord put the name Zachary on my heart for him. I knew the meaning of the name at the time but I didn’t know why in particular the Lord wanted me to name him it until after he was born. You see I’m not going to go into details but a few months before Zach’s birth I started going through one of the worst times of my life and it was something completely out of my control. There was nothing I could do to avoid or help the situation but I had to just deal with it and do it 7 months pregnant at that! The beauty of being a child of God though is that I didn’t have to deal with it on my own but as always my Heavenly Father was right there by my side taking care of me in any way He could. If I only had the time to tell you all how many ways God has showed me how much He loves me and has had my back through this thing! One of the biggest ways was by Him giving me Zach. Before his birth I honestly was a little worried about how I was going to take care of a newborn and a 3 year old in my emotional state but after he was born and I spent a little time with him I understood immediately why the Lord gave me the name Zachary for him. Zachary means “God remembered” so you see in a time of deep despair God remembered me and gave me a literal bundle of joy! He really is just the happiest most laid back baby ever and has been since his birth. You can pretty much guarantee a laugh out of him whenever you see him. Of course my 3 year old already made me smile and laugh everyday no matter what but the Lord gave me another little blessing to make me smile and laugh even more despite what I was going through. Words can’t even describe the love I have for my 2 little boys and the joy that they bring to my life! [Anonymous]

The Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Are we doing it wrong?

Well, to be sure IF you are doing it wrong, there has to be a benchmark to judge by. And right now, I see none in the region where we live and witness.

Being a Christian comes with responsibilities to others, and not just the ‘pretty’ ones. How many times have prolife ministries come churches to be a presence on the sidewalk? But do they come? Not many, if any at all.

Okay, how many times has prolife ministries mentioned through social media a prolife ministry opportunity and hardly anyone shows?

KEEPLIFELEGALHmmm, and why won’t Pastors do anything outside of the box on the other side of their church doors? How many Pastors are within a quarter mile distance from the abortion facility and NEVER come to the sidewalk to pray? Is the planned execution of the unborn NOT ministry?

In a four county metro area, there are over 840K residents, and HUNDREDS of churches that circle just ONE ABORTION FACILITY. Still, no one comes. They know the need, they understand the fate of nearly every unborn baby that goes there…still no one comes.

We go to the Statehouse to protest and testify for our precious unborn, to legally further their rights as citizens to be protected. Very few Pastors come to rally at the Capital for the ‘least of these’, if any at all.

WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE OPPRESSION THAT KEEPS CHRISTIANS AND PASTORS FROM MINISTERING TO THE LOST AND DYING IN OUR OWN BACK YARD!

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Christians, you’re doing it wrong. Just because you don’t go doesn’t mean abortion went away. The sidewalk is still there, full of grief and pain. The sidewalk needs every one of us to go and pray.

Jesus said, All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” [Matthew 25:32-33]

The Church allowed abortion, now it’s time to take it back. Go to the sidewalk, tell your Pastor to go to the sidewalk….and PRAY.

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Mother’s Day…for the rest of us.

This morning we had our Mother’s Day prayer meeting in front of the abortion facility. We prayed, we sang, we cried, we rejoiced. Today we remembered the moms who aborted children, the precious ones in Heaven, and for the babies who are schedule to die. KEEPLIFELEGAL

Mother’s Day. Yes, Mother’s Day…but what about the rest of us? This is not the time to be bitter or sad but reflect and be a positive change in the life of a mom that is in the valley of decision. Being post-abortive, you have a vast amount of knowledge that these abortion-minded women need.

For the post-abortive, Mother’s Day is bittersweet, if sweet at all. Some of us don’t want to be recognized on Mother’s Day, even if we’ve had children after abortion. It’s a hard thing to look at your born children knowing they have a sibling in Heaven. What do we tell them, how can we tell them they were all wanted by ME, but not by THEM?

 KEEPLIFELEGALTHEM: If you listen to the abortion industry, they equal abortion TO pregnancy. Whether you know it or not, every woman that has ever been pregnant has been coerced to abort simply by what the mainstream media and our government spews. Every unborn baby has a price on his/her head…depending on how far into the pregnancy they are. Instead of Congratulations, it’s ‘Are you going to keep IT’?

KEEPLIFELEGALAbortion is ugly, abortion is evil, abortion is killing our children. Today in Ohio, 72 unborn babies died an abortion death. In the United States, 4000 will be aborted. Abortion is making America childless and motherless.

And even so, we rejoice! I am SO thankful to the moms that chose life! I am proud of their wherewithal and tenacity to have their children, regardless of their circumstances, while everyone close to them says to abort. This is a hard world we live in, but even worse for the unborn who are unplanned.

This Mother’s Day, remember that your mother chose life; and know that God loves you more than anyone else ever can. He heals, He restores:

I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14

Happy Mother’s Day.