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40 Days for Life campaign is now under way (February 25 - April 5]
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Posted on 02/25/2009 9:35:05 PM PST by Salvation

40 Days for Life campaign is now under way!

 40 Days for Life in San Fernando, CA

More than 130 communities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland are hosting 40 Days for Life events through April 5. Please check out the complete list ... and today's devotional.

40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

Here are a few of the ways you can participate:

 
Thanks! May God bless you abundantly!

 

Excitement high for this spring's 40 Days for Life campaign

 Spring campaign director Shawn Carney

The pro-life movement is gaining momentum! At national, state and local events, large crowds have been reported at Roe v. Wade memorial events and we’ve been getting reports from across the country about a heightened level of enthusiasm for the current 40 Days for Life campaign.

At one of those events, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, spring campaign director Shawn Carney spoke to more than 1,800 faithful people who came out to remember the 50 million lives lost to abortion — and to celebrate the accomplishments of 40 Days for Life locally and nationally. The entire 26-minute talk was recorded.

Listen to the audio online (click arrow to start audio):

Download MP3 (right-click to save file to your computer):

http://www.40daysforlife.com/blog/audio/ftwayne.mp3

 


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Join 40 Days for Life and go walk back and forth in front of a Planned Parenthood Clinic for one hour, one day a week. Only six hours.

You will be surprised what happens at that PP killing house once the prayers start!

1 posted on 02/25/2009 9:35:05 PM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
DAY 1 INTENTION

That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.

SCRIPTURE

Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast... Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people." Joel 2:15-17

REFLECTION by David Brandao, 40 Days for Life

The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.

It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection -- His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me... Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me... O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).

We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).

That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.

PRAYER

Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will.Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.


2 posted on 02/25/2009 9:37:31 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Heard some great news today that could also use a lot of prayer petitioning.

Texas is introducing a bill into legislation that will make it Mandatory for ALL woman seeking an abortion to first have a sonogram and see the baby.

Their is a clause in it that the woman can cover her eyes and turn away but the Doctor/clinician must provide this before consenting to doing the abortion.

Huge step IMO.


3 posted on 02/25/2009 9:40:43 PM PST by Global2010 (God Will see us through. Persevere)
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To: MountainFlower; Faith; Coleus
Pray for an end to abortion and the conversion of America to a culture of life.

4 posted on 02/25/2009 9:41:00 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Locations
5 posted on 02/25/2009 9:41:52 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

I wish them well.


6 posted on 02/25/2009 9:42:10 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Salvation

The picture of the man standing in front of the Costco size Planned Parenthood is creepy.

Is that an actual abortion clinic? Or the headquarters?


7 posted on 02/25/2009 9:43:25 PM PST by Global2010 (God Will see us through. Persevere)
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To: Global2010

Yes, that would be a huge step. Many mothers to be, even if they are single, do not have the abortion after seeing the baby in the songram.


8 posted on 02/25/2009 9:43:56 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Global2010

Actual picture from San Fernando, CA.

Probably is an abortion clinic.


9 posted on 02/25/2009 9:46:29 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

If that is true then I would have to say that is an Abortion Factory.

How dark and evil is that!


10 posted on 02/25/2009 9:55:04 PM PST by Global2010 (God Will see us through. Persevere)
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To: Global2010

PP places them in poorer neighborhoods too.

All supported by our tax money.

Lord, have mercy on us.


11 posted on 02/25/2009 10:16:11 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Found ya! BTTT!


12 posted on 02/25/2009 10:18:13 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Salvation; All
Prayer and devotional BUMP!

Father God, hear the prayers of Your children. Lord hear our voices, united before You, coming against the Spirit of Death, the Spirit of Selfishness/ self-centeredness, the Spirit of Fear, the Spirit of Deceit, the Spirit of Greed and any of their co-horts that drive the killing machine of abortion. Lord, we declare them bound, cast under our feet, their bonds and backs broken in Jesus Mighty Name. Father open the eyes of the women and girls who drive to these places of death and cause the scales to fall from their eyes, that they may see the TRUTH, Your TRUTH, and be saved from this pit before Your precious little ones are murdered.
Father, protect Your children who are present at the Planned Parenthoods around the country, praying for the end to abortion, the end to murder, the end to the damages done to the mothers. Protect these warriors and their families during this seige, Father, from any thing in the physical, emotional or spiritual realm that would cause them harm. Bring them encouragement, boldness, discernment and forthrightness, Lord. Anoint them with Your Voice. Father God, be with the sidewalk counselors and cause their voices to be heard by the women/ girls who are about to enter these places. Lay the message heavy on their hearts, turn them from the doors of these places and bring them to find help in the places of Your hand. Lord, be with those who have already had an abortion. Father, bring laborers across their paths to sow seed, bring them to places for healing and help them to see themselves as You see them.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, now and over the coming 39 days. Hear your children, Father, and answer. IN Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

13 posted on 02/25/2009 10:19:05 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Salvation

I was out today with a group of 20 people for two hours for 40 Days for Life in Dayton. It was heartbreaking to see all of the cars going in and out of the abortion clinic but in the time I was there I was able to witness at least one woman that changed her mind.

Please get involved in this grassroots effort in a community near you and pray to end abortion!


14 posted on 02/25/2009 10:29:31 PM PST by Jen4life
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To: Jen4life

Yes, Jen, thanks for your testimony. Watch during the 40 days — the number of cars will decrease!

20 people!!!! Wow!!!


15 posted on 02/25/2009 10:31:53 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for posting the entire reflection and prayer. I am making use of it. ;-)


16 posted on 02/26/2009 5:22:32 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita; MountainFlower

Mountain Flower is going to post the reflection and prayer each day. So she might start a ping list so you could read it each day!

Thanks, MF.


17 posted on 02/26/2009 8:48:27 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Do you want a separate thread each day, or continuation of this one?


18 posted on 02/26/2009 8:51:43 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

You have FReepmail.


19 posted on 02/26/2009 8:59:53 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; wagglebee; Mr. Silverback; MHGinTN; Coleus; MeekMom; tajgirvan; All
DAY 2 INTENTION ------------------------------------------------------

May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.

SCRIPTURE

My power is made perfect in weakness. - 2 Corinthians 12:9

REFLECTION

The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation.

For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation.

For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.

The door to healing is humility.

It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"

During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."

Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will.

This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).

PRAYER

Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."

20 posted on 02/26/2009 9:06:24 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: All

Father God, may the church and your children examine themselves. Open our eyes to our own pride, criticisms and judgementalism against others. Father, bring our hearts to true repentance and healing so we can reach out in love to those who are hurting, the post-abortive. Father, help us to reach past ourselves to these, whom the church has pushed away. Cause Your love, through us, to reach through their guilt and shame. Open their eyes to see themselves as You see them, forgiven and loved, clothed in the cleansing purity of Christ’s shed blood. Bring them healing, Father, IN Jesus Name we pray this, AMEN.


21 posted on 02/26/2009 9:07:00 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Salvation

I’d love to be on that ping list...


22 posted on 02/26/2009 4:42:35 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita; All
PING LIST started. Have you on it.

Anyone wanting on the PING list, for each new daily pray posted, please FReepmail me, or post to let me know.

23 posted on 02/26/2009 9:42:53 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

Thanks. I really appreciate this list. ;-)


24 posted on 02/27/2009 4:18:52 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; Faith; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...
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DAY 3 INTENTION

May God's people understand that the Lazarus of the 21st Century is the unborn child, and respond accordingly.

SCRIPTURE

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

So he called to him, "Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire."

But Abraham replied, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

"And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us."

-- Luke 16:19-31


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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich. He went to hell because he ignored the other man. He thought that because Lazarus had less, that he was worth less.

He failed to recognize that Lazarus was his brother. Lazarus was waiting at the door of the rich man for scraps of food; the Lazarus of our day, the unborn child, is waiting at the door of the womb for birth itself.

God does not only prohibit aborting the unborn; he prohibits ignoring them.

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PRAYER

Father, I thank you for the life that I possess, and for the birth that you granted me. I hear the cries of the Lazarus of our day; I see them sitting at the door.

Grant that I may never ignore them, and that through this 40 Days for Life campaign, I may stir many others to pay attention to them as well. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

25 posted on 02/27/2009 8:49:46 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; Mr. Silverback; HoosierHawk; cpforlife.org; fishhound; All
PING lists?

REPORTS FROM THE FRONTLINES:
Brisbane, Australia is 15 hours ahead of the East Coast of North America, so it was still Tuesday when the other 134 locations began their vigil. Brisbane leader Brendon reports, "We had about 80 people at our kickoff event and so far we've got most of our time slots filled," he said. "I pray the USA and worldwide event is going well."

Back in the States thing ARE going well...

In Worcester, Massachusetts, Bishop Robert McManus led about 40 people in prayer. Paul, one of the local coordinators, said, "It was the most people I've ever seen there at one time." Reporters for two newspapers were there as well. "We are getting so many new people involved. I think something big is coming!"

Something big is happening indeed. I know that because of my visit to Indianapolis for the kickoff event where 50 people processed two miles to Planned Parenthood -- in the snow!

see PHOTO of 40 DAYS HERE

Eileen reports, "With hearts on fire, they sang and prayed and promised to return often during the 40 Days for Life Indianapolis campaign. Their sacrifice is an inspiration to anyone hesitating because the weather isn't comfortable."

There's something else BIG to report -- the FIRST BABY SAVED from abortion during this brand-new campaign!

Two women were praying at a 40 Days for Life vigil in New Jersey -- for one of them, it was the first time ever. As they were praying, they saw a woman who had just come out of the clinic and was standing near the door. When the women who were praying asked if she would take a flyer, she had a simple response: "I didn't do it! I changed my mind."

WOW!

Chris in Florida was already apprehensive about the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Tallahassee and as she drove up to the vigil, she saw police cars. "My heart started pounding and I said a quick prayer before I got out of my car," she said.

It turned out that a woman had parked in the clinic's lot and went to pay an insurance bill next door. When she came back out, she walked over to the people praying to offer her support. Well, the abortion clinic staff ran out, yelled at the woman for parking in their lot and called the police.

"The police took down information, defused the situation, and were wrapping up by the time I arrived," Chris said. "As the officers left, one of them said we were doing just fine where we were, but he had only one problem with us: 'You're only here during Lent!' What a great affirmation of our effort!"

26 posted on 02/27/2009 9:01:39 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Salvation
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Folks, one day we will stand before our Maker and we will all be held accountable for what we did or did not do to help these defenseless, innocent babies. May God have mercy on anyone who chooses to stand for our "right" to destroy the lives He has created. May we all fall to our knees and pray for this nation and its people.
27 posted on 02/27/2009 11:42:28 AM PST by Faith
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To: Faith

Prayer for the Helpless Unborn

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil,

those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.

Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today

who are not thinking of motherhood.

Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image

- as well as theirs - made for eternal life.

Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts

to love their babies and give them birth

and all the needed care that a mother can give.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,

Who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever. Amen.


28 posted on 02/28/2009 1:14:18 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
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DAY 4 INTENTION
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Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

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SCRIPTURE
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

-- Ephesians 6:12-13

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REFLECTION
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I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual.

Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ.

We must see the battle for what it is and we must daily "put on" the armor God has given us:

>> Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) -- Commit your emotions to believe truth and to speak truth, regardless of the repercussions.

>> Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) -- It will protect our hearts -- the innermost springs of our beings -- from all unrighteousness so evident in this fallen world.

>> Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. (vs. 15) -- Preparation is vital if we are to be effective in God's work.

>> Taking the shield of faith (vs.16)-- The Accuser will instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such false accusations.

>> Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs.17) -- A helmet protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine revelation for human reasoning.

>> Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs.17) -- The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word is powerful and effective.

Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse tells us how, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit." (vs.18)

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PRAYER
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Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. Thank you for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, Amen.

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If you want on or off the PING list for this Daily Prayer Vigil during the 40-Days for LIFE, please contact Salvation or myself.
Blessings on you and yours.

29 posted on 02/28/2009 4:52:16 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: All

Day 4 was written by Carmen Pate.


30 posted on 02/28/2009 4:54:11 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

Hooray! Thank you again for this posting!!! ;-)


31 posted on 02/28/2009 5:02:31 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: MountainFlower

Bump for life!


32 posted on 02/28/2009 9:11:53 AM PST by Faith
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To: MountainFlower
Please Pray for the Unborn
 
Big bump!
 
 

33 posted on 02/28/2009 10:38:08 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
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DAY 5 INTENTION
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May God's justice sober our society; may mercy triumph over judgment.

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SCRIPTURE
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Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man.

Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.

-- Genesis 9:5-6

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REFLECTION
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The value of every human being can hardly be seen more clearly than with this verse. God, the King of the universe, has created all human beings in his image, and declares forthrightly that shedding the blood of any individual will require the blood of the one who shed it.

God's concern for human beings is not limited to any particular group. Indeed, his concern is universal, and includes male and female, young and old, born and unborn, disabled and able-bodied, the citizens of every nation on earth.

Abortion, the deliberate killing of the unborn, is the shedding of innocent blood. Surely the blood of millions upon millions of innocent children cries out to God.

It is true that we live in an age of grace, and yet this passage (among many other texts which express similar sentiments) should give every thinking Christian pause.

Christians of all people, entrusted with the Word of God as we are, must take a stand. We must speak out. We must do all that we can to protect the innocent, to pursue justice, and to encourage the repentance of all those who bear responsibility for this great evil.

Only in this manner can we hope to forestall the judgment that must otherwise surely come.

This passage should also be seen as an encouragement to educate and disciple our children and grandchildren about what it means to be human and the responsibility that will become theirs in this ongoing struggle.

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PRAYER
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O Father, forgive us for our lack of courage and our want of compassion for the unborn and for those lost and hurt by abortion. Fill us anew with your Spirit.

Renew our minds, strengthen us in righteousness, help us be people of salt and light within our nation.

May every human being, from conception to natural death, be treated with the respect due those made in your image.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Rev. John Brown, the director of United Friends for Life (United Church of Christ)

34 posted on 03/01/2009 5:02:07 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

AMEN!! ;-)


35 posted on 03/01/2009 5:07:58 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
Today's devotional was prepared for you by Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life...

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DAY 6 INTENTION
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Pray that those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.

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SCRIPTURE
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And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy."

-- Luke 1:41-44

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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
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Jesus not only loves unborn children -- He was one himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, "She's expecting a child."

Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there.

As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother.

Her gift is already there.

The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child "on the way," but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.

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PRAYER
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Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem.

As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

36 posted on 03/02/2009 5:55:37 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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REPORTS:

Here are just a few of the wonderful stories behind the amazing numbers...

"Seventeen churches were represented today, and many had never done abortion clinic ministry before. We had one saved baby in the first four hours! We had a great rally last night and people are fired up."
-- Mike in Riverside, California

"We know of at least two women who had appointments at Planned Parenthood today who left after speaking to the sidewalk counselors and went to the downtown pregnancy help center! Please remember them in your prayers."
--Christine in Houston, Texas

"At 7:30am, Gloria and her daughter were the only ones praying. Minutes after they arrived, a man was already leaving Planned Parenthood. He asked them why they were there. She said, 'We are pro-life and we don't accept abortion. We are praying to end abortion.' The man burst into tears and said that his wife was inside the clinic. But that he didn't want her to have the abortion. He went inside to talk with his wife. Two hours later, the man came out in tears and said, 'I got her out! Thank you!' By then more volunteers had joined the vigil and were celebrating!

See photo at:

PHOTO HERE

"As Gloria was waving goodbye to the prayer group, she saw volunteers talking to another woman that was leaving the clinic. She stopped at the prayer team and thanked them for their prayers, saying, "I didn't do it! Thank you!"
--Alejandra in Orange County, California

"A newspaper reporter covering our event was asking one of our counselors what she did and if any women ever changed their minds. She replied that she handed out pro-life materials and tried to speak to the women, and yes, women did change their minds. Just then, essentially during the newspaper interview, a woman -- we'll call her Gwen -- came out of the abortion center. Our counselor asked her if she had changed her mind and she said yes! The newspaper reporter then asked if she could interview Gwen, and she agreed."
--Major in Huntsville, Alabama

The most amazing thing about this account is that the reporter for the Huntsville Times, a secular newspaper, wrote the story of this woman rejecting abortion -- and the paper actually printed it!

Read it for yourself at:

STORY HERE

"We couldn't have asked for a better start to our 40 Days for Life Campaign," said Major. "The keys to effective baby-saving, as you well know, are prayer, presence and fasting. God is SO GOOD when we make a sincere effort to honor Him with our sacrifices. He honors those efforts in the most gratifying ways. To God be the Glory! Amen."

37 posted on 03/02/2009 6:02:55 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower; All; Faith
Latest 40 Days for Life Campaign Sees 33 Babies Saved From Abortion Nationwide
38 posted on 03/02/2009 5:41:09 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

prayer bump!


39 posted on 03/02/2009 7:55:16 PM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
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DAY 7 INTENTION
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Pray that the abortionists and all workers in abortion facilities would be troubled in their souls regarding their work and would seek truth.

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Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

-- Ephesians 4:31-32

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REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, Point of View talk show
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We see the evil and oppression in the world, the arrogance of those who mock God, the millions of innocent lives destroyed because of the greed of a few.

Our flesh tells us that we should take justice in our own hands, but instead of vengeance, the Lord calls us to love our enemy, to forgive others as we have been forgiven.

God loves the abortionist and the Planned Parenthood advocate just as much as He loves you.

It breaks His heart to see them in bondage to sin and He is giving you this opportunity to introduce them to the Savior who sets the captive free.

Though you may not experience direct interaction with these souls, your presence will not go unnoticed. Your non-verbal communications speak volumes about the God you serve.

Forgiveness is an act of obedience to God (Colossians 3:13). Forgiveness is not condoning or overlooking the wrong behavior of others, but rather it is freeing ourselves so that God can work mightily through us to touch their hearts for Him.

Let's join our hearts with His in recognizing that those in the abortion industry are not the enemy, but rather they are blinded by the enemy.

God desires that we bring them the message of truth and hope found in Christ, but the messengers He will use are those willing to forgive

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Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom.

I pray that my life would reflect my redemption so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to You, and by your grace, I choose to forgive others as you have forgiven me. In the name of Christ my Redeemer I pray, Amen.

40 posted on 03/03/2009 5:43:52 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: All
REPORT:

In San Mateo, California, 40 Days for Life is front-page news -- much to the amazement of the volunteers taking part!

The local leaders of this first-time campaign thought they would never read a word about 40 Days for Life in the San Mateo County Times, but there it was: "Abortion protesters hold vigil outside San Mateo Planned Parenthood."

You can see for yourself at:

SEE IT HERE

The headline calls it a protest, but it's a fair article that recognizes 40 Days for Life for what it is -- peaceful and prayerful.

The story contains the usual Planned Parenthood comment about "extremists," but the pictures in the paper show people standing quietly in prayer. Great job, San Mateo!

Other campaigns have seen their efforts portrayed -- favorably! -- on local TV newscasts.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, KELO-TV made a point of reporting "that this isn't a protest; instead, they're calling it a prayer service." As vigil participant Jerry Mootz told the station, "I think there's a spiritual significance to it. That's why we pray. We're not demonstrating or pacing back and forth, that kind of thing." Planned Parenthood only got a token mention at the end of the story!

You can read the article and watch the video at:

SEE ARTICLE AND VIDEO HERE

Kudos to 40 Days for Life in Wausau, Wisconsin, whose story was aired on WSAU-TV. In this story the abortion clinic spokesman said he was worried about the people standing so close to the street!

The people outside are safe -- it's the little people inside who are in danger of death by abortion. But nice of them to care...

This story and video are also online at

SEE ARTICLE AND VIDEO HERE

In Jacksonville, Florida the campaign leaders were surprised to see they ended up as front-page news -- on the home page of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida! "They even gave the dates and that it will be 24/7," said Pat in Jacksonville. "We appreciate the widespread coverage that will get for us."

The web site http://www.plannedparenthoodnefl.org

refers to 40 Days for Life as an "anti-choice group." The abortion group asks for money, of course, and begs for volunteer escorts "to send a message to the anti-choice protesters."

Most amusing of all, the Planned Parenthood web site then offers a $20 coupon in an attempt to lure in new customers!

Finally today, I'd like to share a quick report I received from Tom in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Before 8:00am on the first day of their campaign, there were already two dozen people at the vigil!

Soon, however, one more person arrived -- a policeman. And he was almost apologetic for being there, since the disturbance call he'd received was obviously bogus. But he had to check it out.

"Someone called to complain," Tom said. "40 Days for Life is making an impact on Day 1... Praise God!"

Whatever you're doing, keep it up. It's working!

Today's devotional was prepared for you by Carmen Pate, a 40 Days for Life board member and the co-host of the nationally syndicated Point of View radio talk program.

41 posted on 03/03/2009 5:47:26 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

Amen....


42 posted on 03/03/2009 5:55:52 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Salvation
Pinged from Terri Dailies


43 posted on 03/03/2009 4:49:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
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DAY 8 INTENTION
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We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.

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If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

-- Job 31:13-15

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REFLECTION by Rev. Rob Schenck, Faith and Action
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The ground is level as we stand before God.

Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God's expectation of him, particularly regarding his obligation to care for the weak and needy.

He knew that in God's economy everyone stands on level ground when it comes to our status as God's creatures. Because of that central truth, we must take care of each other.

Job also knew that he didn't deserve any of the good things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came to Job from God's benevolent heart.

As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively linked his obligation to be generous to others to God's kindness toward him.

As in Jesus' parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves.

He actually calls down on his own head severe condemnation and even punishment should he fail to share with others out of his own abundance (see verses 16-23).

Proverbs 3:27 reads, "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." Some things are so obvious that we don't even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and the power to do what so obviously needs doing.

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God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help.

Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother's womb. Amen.

44 posted on 03/04/2009 5:58:30 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

Morning Prayer BUMP!


45 posted on 03/04/2009 5:58:51 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower

Thank you....I had been waiting for this....

;-)


46 posted on 03/04/2009 6:02:46 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: MountainFlower; Golden Gate; doug from upland; Mr. Silverback

Amen.


47 posted on 03/04/2009 7:54:06 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: SumProVita; Salvation; Jen4life; Global2010; txnativegop; wagglebee; Coleus; MHGinTN; ...
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DAY 9 INTENTION
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Pray that the post-abortive woman would be repentant, accept forgiveness, be healed and restored, and bring glory to God with her new life.

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I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

-- Psalm 32:5

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Because abortion is legal in America, many have justified their choice. "If it's legal, it can't be wrong, right?"

We now have an entire generation of men and women who have never known abortion to be illegal; a generation of people who have never been broken over their sin of abortion.

As a result, the consequences of unconfessed sin weigh on their souls, yet they have never connected the dots as to why their hearts are heavy. No wonder we have millions of women who are struggling with depression, addictions, eating disorders and more.

Post abortion syndrome is very real but recovery begins when the individual agrees with God as David confessed in Psalm 51:3-4, 14, "Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight -- that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when you Judge. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation."

Brokenness is the key to accessing God's glorious mercy and healing. Christ came to heal the broken hearted and He is waiting with open arms to take the post-abortive woman on a glorious journey of healing and restoration if she will only run to Him.

God will not waste any sin we lay at His feet. Imagine millions of healed and restored post-abortive women like myself singing aloud of His righteousness and giving testimony of His love and forgiveness.

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

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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.

48 posted on 03/05/2009 4:39:59 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K; wagglebee; All
Personal Reflection:
These daily writings not only apply to abortion but to the other end of the spectrum where people are fighting for the 'right' for assisted suicide. Our country, and the world are fighting against the culture of death in many veins. Wagglebee, thanks for the Terri ping above!
49 posted on 03/05/2009 4:47:38 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MountainFlower
Please Pray for the Unborn
 
Pray for those who have suffered abortions and their spouses.  Also pray for the conversion of the abortionists.

50 posted on 03/05/2009 10:37:15 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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