Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good News for Life --from Lutherans for Life



This is a church bulletin insert from the Lutherans for Life website.


Philippians 2:14-16 says:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life...

We are to hold out the word of life, to hold it forth as a beacon in the darkness of the crooked and depraved generation we are in. God's truth endures forever, that's why we stand on it. The world and all its ideas and notions will pass away.

The word of God compels us to stand for life. Our love for God drives us to speak up for the unborn generation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Losing Ground - Moving Forward" by Jim Lamb

I am posting this article "Losing Ground- Moving Forward by Jim Lamb of Lutherans for Life in the USA. This was written in the context of the recently held US national and local elections. He wrote that even if pro-abortion politicians get elected and abortion laws get enacted, the value of life itself does not diminish.

The more the Church, the body of Christ, must shine the light of the word of truth and expose deeds of darkness for what they are.

The popularity of what is wrong does not diminish the truth of the word of God.

We have to be the salt and light in a decaying and dark generation, even if being salt and light is unpopular.

We are to be witnesses for God's truth, whether or not we are liked for doing so.
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Losing Ground - Moving Forward by Jim Lamb, Director, Lutherans for Life


Respect for the value of human life lost more ground yesterday:

*We elected the most pro-abortion president ever to sit in the White House.
*The State of Washington legalized assisted suicide.
*Michigan legalized unrestricted destruction of human embryos for research purposes.
*California said no to requiring that minors to obtain parental consent for an abortion.
*Colorado failed to pass an amendment affirming that life begins at conception.
*South Dakota failed for the second time to ban most abortions in the state.

Yes, respect for the value of human life lost ground, but the value of human life itself cannot be diminished, for it comes from God:

*Every human life is created and gifted by God.
*Every human life is someone for whom Jesus Christ paid the price of His blood.
*God desires to call every human life into His Kingdom according to His purpose.
*The objective reality of the God-given value of human life increases the travesty of what we did yesterday, but what we did yesterday does not decrease that reality.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ continues to live and reign to all eternity. God has put all things under His feet. He is in charge of the nations and governments. We trust in Him to use governments according to His will for the sake of His people. But we do not trust in government to restore respect for the value of human life.

That is why Lutherans For Life will continue to assist pastors and congregations to connect the Word of Life to the life issues so that hearts and lives will be changed. That is needed more than ever.

Many Christians, undoubtedly not understanding the full scope of what they were doing, were part of yesterday's collective voice that diminished respect for life. Fear of the economy, fear of pain and suffering, fear of embarrassing and difficult situations overrode their fear of God and trust in His love demonstrated in Jesus.

Ground was lost yesterday.

But Lutherans For Life will continue to move forward striving to do all we can to help Lutheran congregations apply the life-changing message of the Gospel to the life issues.

We will continue to seek to restore respect and reverence for the gift of life within the Church so the Church will once again be part of a collective voice that restores this respect in our country.

Your servant For Life,

Jim Lamb

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"There Are Too Many Israelites!":Pharaoh's Population Control Program

In the Bible, there is one person who complained that there are "too many Israelites": Pharaoh.

Exodus 1:9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.


His solution? Slave labor.

Exod 1:9-13
"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.


What happened? The more the Israelites increased.

Pharaoh's next solution? Infanticide, by talking to the midwives to kill the babies.

Exod 1:15-16
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."


What happened? The midwives did not kill the babies because THEY FEARED GOD.

Exod 1:17
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.



What happened to the midwives?
Exod 1:20-21
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

Pharaoh's next solution? Infanticide, by throwing the baby boys in the river

Exod 1:22
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

What did Moses' mom do? She did not throw him into the river, but she placed him in a basket. She placed him up for adoption. And he ended up being used mightily by God to deliver Israel.

Exod 2:1-3
Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
Are there really "too many Filipinos"? What is wrong with having a large population? Will reducing the number of hungry people solve the hunger problem? Or do politicians who steal money from the government want to lessen the number of their constituents so they would have less people under their responsibility, so it won't be so obvious that the money for the new school building is missing because the number of students are less?

Who are we to say that we have to reduce the number of people in the next generation when we have been allowed to live ourselves?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Citizen Link.org: Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen

Saline Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen challenges US presidential candidate Barack Obama about his consistent opposition to the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which sought to protect babies who survived abortions from being subjected to infanticide. (Once the lungs have filled with air, an infant is considered born alive and any killing beyond that point is infanticide.) Obama's response? He put out an ad that called Gianna's challenge to him a "despicable lie". Read this 5-question interview "Friday Five: Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen" on Citizenlink.org and be touched by Gianna's testimony.