Monthly Archives: May 2016

5 WORDS THAT CAN CHANGE A LIFE

David and goliathThere are 5 words David (of David and Goliath fame) spoke on the battlefield to remind Israel’s fearless fighting force why they were supposed to be fighting.

“Is There Not a Cause?”

I borrowed these words for a book I wrote. I don’t think David minds…This week’s post is an excerpt from the book. With all the political speak being thrown around these days I wanted to calm it down and just bring revelation for some into the conversation.

You may have never heard this reasoning, but I am hoping my words will give you a new way of looking at this issue. I also hope my words will give you talking points for this debate. It’s time we take the blinders off and stop allowing politics to overshadow what is truly the matter at hand. From the book…”Is There Not a Cause?”

Personal Oppositions

Let’s look at another argument that I hope will appeal to your personal responsibility. The argument is the old saying we’ve heard for years, “Well personally I’m opposed to abortion, but I don’t think it’s right to impose or legislate my morality on others.” The truth is, this is a battle every Christian has been called to fight. You may defend this argument, and maybe that is why you have not engaged in this battle. But let me ask you the question: What law doesn’t impose morality? Laws against robbery and rape impose on thieves and rapists that their actions are wrong. The abortionists in our country have no problem imposing their lack of morality on the unborn, denouncing the life of unwanted babies.

And furthermore, a good question to ask is, why they are personally opposed? If the baby is not a child, then why be more opposed to abortion than say, removing your tonsils? Are they personally opposed to that? The answer, more than likely, is that their personal opposition is in knowing this is a living human being worthy of life. If a person recognizes this fact, they must join the battle or receive judgment from their Creator. Again, we need to reassess if we have lost our fear of the Lord for fear of what the world thinks.

A person who uses this argument wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want to sound morally correct to others by “personally opposing” abortion. They want people to think they are upright, goodhearted citizens of our society. But in reality they are truly whispering, “I know it’s killing, but I’m going to hide behind the excuse that I can’t impose my morality on others. I just want to still be accepted by you without actually having to dirty my hands by joining this battle”.

We could use different scenarios and see if this argument holds water.

“I’m against husbands beating their wives, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

“I’m against rape, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

Why do we allow people to separate abortion from every other vile act? Don’t let yourself be swayed by this thinking. It is undeniably from the pit of hell.

Rare Abortions

I’m sure several of us have heard some declare, “Abortion should be legal, but rare.” My question to that statement is, why? If abortion isn’t wrong, then why should we make it rare? We haven’t heard these same people saying we should make appendectomies rare. This question may be best answered by Dr. Alfred Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, as he testified to a U.S. Senate Committee regarding when life begins:

“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life….

I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”

Is this why we should make abortion rare? Because in the recesses of our minds we know it’s a human life we’re taking? If you answer the why question, then you must recognize this choice certainly does not leave untarnished a woman, a man, and most often their entire future.

Please feel free to comment below what you would add to this way of thinking. Others need to hear a collective reasoning, not just all mine. And occasionally we need to be reminded there is a cause worth fighting for…

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

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My view of the Grand Tetons after leaving Jackson Hole, WY

Being in vast skies, giant mountains, and the crisp Wyoming air does something to a person. Seeing mountain ranges, antelope frolicking, and nature in its untouched state makes the hardest of divas want to abandon the Hilton for hiking boots and a tent. I’m not saying I have to have niceties like the Hilton (ahem) but I am saying I felt heartsick at times to be hiking and camping in that beautiful terrain.

 

 

As many of you know I just returned from a trip to Yellowstone National Park on my way to speak and train in Casper, WY. The trip was absolutely wonderful and since we’ve been back SaveOne has had the privilege of adding 4 new chapters in this great state. All of this happens because our staff member Judy Ellis went to all the trouble and sacrifice to MAKE it happen. She coordinated and gathered the people, designed flyers, organized itineraries, found donors to pay for it all, and in the meantime made me feel like the Queen of England. In fact, the south doesn’t have anything on hospitality compared to Wyomingans (is that a word?) I want you to hear, in Judy’s own words how she feels about SaveOne.

“The healing I received from participating in a post abortion bible study 8 years ago literally changed my life. I knew I wanted to help other men and women experience the same release of that ugly burden many of us carry around for years.

Finally after waiting patiently for 4 years I was approached by a friend who was looking for non-residential adult groups for Teen Challenge and SaveOne happened to be the recommended Bible study. In addition, I worked through SaveOne on my own about a year after participating in a different study.

I LOVE SaveOne for many reasons. I get to share the Word of God with other men and women. SaveOne is a great study for the new believer or one who is unsure of their faith. I love the special bonding my co facilitator and I have with the participants in the class. We have a common issue that many individuals keep secret for the rest of their lives and it’s such a relief to be able to share with those we trust.

I LOVE the founder, Sheila Harper and how she reaches out to us with her love and support. It’s an honor to be a part of her volunteer staff; reaching out to Chapter Leaders to support, love on, and pray for.”

So how about that for a heart of gold and a motivation for no other reason but to “get” to share about how Jesus can change lives. THAT’s the kind of staff SaveOne has. THAT’s the level of men and women God has surrounded us with. THAT’s how we continue on and are so successful.

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Just one of many antelope we saw along the way

Thank you for linking arms with us to make this happen on an even grander scale. Your involvement through financial giving, and prayer is making all the difference in lives literally around the world, and most recently where the deer and the antelope play.

An Army of Truth-Tellers!

I just returned from a marathon travel schedule over the last two weeks to Winston-Salem, NC, Santa Ana, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Casper, WY. I tell you that to first of all let you know that SaveOne is on the move! Several of the SaveOne team members got to go too so that was a real treat for me. There are so many great things happening at SaveOne, I am afraid I would run out of room on this blog post if I tried to write it all!

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Secondly I want to let you know of our travels because meeting these incredible people we have met over these last two weeks gives me great hope. To find like-minded individuals who are either thankful to discover SaveOne, or are already doing the work of abortion recovery is phenomenal. These meetings show us our circle we have locked arms with, is growing more and more every day.

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SaveOne is building an army of truth-tellers who are no longer willing to be silent about the devastation abortion brings into a man, woman, or families lives. It’s time…way past time the millions suffering in silence have a place to turn for help. SaveOne being offered in churches and pregnancy centers around the world is just such a place. We are so thankful for the chapter leaders being willing to push this hard subject.

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We met people in these cities I mentioned whose marriages have been restored; who were able to kick an addiction; who saved an unborn life; countless numbers who confessed abortions to us with one woman having held the secret for 40 years. All of these scenarios happened because these people were brave enough to step forward and deal with a past abortion. God then took their circumstances and turned them to good. Only He can do stuff like that!

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Please pray for us as we have meetings, speaking engagements, much more travel, and our first ever SaveOne European Summit, all still happening this year. We cannot do what we do without your financial help as well as your much needed prayers.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you have for us, or if you would like for us to come to your church to share SaveOne. Hope to hear from you soon!