September 12, 2012

Scripture for Today

If your church, LFL state federation, chapter, etc. are planning any events for Orphan Sunday on November 4, our friends at the Christian Alliance for Orphans have a great list of speakers. Check it out here. Be and check the Lutherans For Life Speakers Bureau as well.

Can a Man Love God But Hate Churchgoing? by David Murrow

Video: The Obamacare Mess Explained in One Sentence

Why Christianity is a Religion of Peace and Islam is Not by Gary Demar

On Sunday, I took my son, Alex, and his friend, Ilona, to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It is an absolutely wonderful movie!

Faith and Family Quote from The Patriot Post (9/10/12)
“A new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati compares mortality rates between married and cohabiting individuals. Researchers found that among some groups, married individuals have lower mortality rates compared to individuals who cohabit. Previous research shows that when compared to those never married, divorced, or widowed, those who are married experience lower mortality rates. … The link between marriage and longevity is likely connected to the generally better levels of health — both physical and psychological — of married individuals. Nearly 90 percent of married adults report being in good or very good health: a greater percentage compared to their non-married peers. Additionally, married people are less likely to experience health problems or take part in risky health behaviors (smoking, drinking, etc.). Marriage is also connected to improved recovery from illness. … Marriage is the greatest protector against child poverty, and children from married-parent families are more likely to thrive on a variety of measures. As adults and children thrive, societies are able to prosper. Sadly, marriage rates are declining in the U.S. As the marriage rate declines, fewer will reap the many benefits this institution provides. Policies to promote and support marriage are crucial to ensuring the strength of the nation.” Heritage Foundation’s Rachel Sheffield

From Dust to Dust
by Ray Comfort

Skeptics like to ridicule the fact that God made Adam from the dust of the earth. The next time someone mocks that thought, ask him how he thinks man was first made. Some believe that perhaps there was a big bang and life arose spontaneously from non-life (a scientific impossibility). Most people, including secular scientists, haven’t a clue. It’s a mystery, but that doesn’t really worry them. They just know that God didn’t make man from the dust of the earth. So ask them what the body of a human being turns into after death. It decomposes and ends up as the dust of the earth. God made man of the dust of the earth, breathed life into him, and when the life leaves, he goes back to dust (see Genesis 2:7; 3:19). That’s why preachers often mention “from dust to dust” during a funeral. Now there’s a good clue for the clueless … if they want the mystery solved.

Let’s never Forget …
by Jennifer Bown, Iowa Right to Life

It’s hard to believe it has been 11 years since that tragic day. That morning being just a brief snapshot of time. 2,976 people died. Some in an instant. Some knew only shock, disbelief, horror as they traveled on hijacked planes to their deaths. Some were helpless to save themselves and waited for death to come for them.

Mothers, fathers, grandparents, businessmen and women, first responders, members of the clergy-their lives were in full motion. And just like that. Ended. With no warning. With no chance to defend themselves. Dead.

As a native New Yorker, then a Pennsylvanian and now an Iowan, I was devastated that day in ways I still cannot articulate. We all were. We stood still. We cried. We wailed. We screamed in utter dismay at the television screen. We hugged our family and friends, tighter and more often.

Just over 4,000 days have passed since September 11, 2001.

Almost every single day in those 4,000 days, an estimated 4,000 babies, have lost their lives. In what should be the safest place in the world…their mother’s womb.

Close to 1.5 million lives have ended every single year since that day.

In that time, more than 16 million unborn lives ended before they drew their first breath. Who were they created to be? Surgeons-fathers-mothers-teachers-pastors-bakers-scientists-actors-authors-pilots-librairians-firemen-astronauts? Who? We will never know.

Girls and boys who never got to take their first breath-to live their lives-to dream about who they wanted to grow up to be.

On September 11, 2001, we watched in terror as terrorists took the lives of so many of our countrymen and women into their own hands–and mercilessly killed them.

Abortion continues to kill millions of our sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Where are we? Are we standing still? Are we crying? Wailing? Screaming in utter dismay at the television screen, at images of babies starved, scorched, dismembered?

We as Americans had NO control over the terrorists’ deadly plans that day. In contrast, we DO have control over the relentless slaughter of our future generations.

Get involved. Join us this fall as we pray outside of at least 12 of the more than 20 Iowa Planned Parenthoods.

Smile at the girl at the grocery store. She may be wrestling with a life-ending decision and your welcoming face may be what she needs at that moment.

Speak, with the courage that only comes from telling the truth, to your neighbors, friends, family and strangers regarding the realities of abortion.

STAND with us for LIFE. For a world where every women confronted with a pregnancy knows she has support. For a world where every baby is welcomed into this world to live…to breath…to dream.