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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Top Stories
• Planned Parenthood Promotes New Group: Grandmas for Abortion
• Abortion Activists Launch New Web Site Promoting At-Home, Do-It-Yourself Abortions
• Shocking Planned Parenthood Expose’ Video: Women’s Health Care Down 60-70%, Abortions Up 27%
• Full, Unedited Video Confirms Planned Parenthood Sells Body Parts of Aborted Babies

More Pro-Life News
• Mother Gives Birth to Healthy Conjoined Twins After Refusing Abortion
• Incredible Photos of 196,543 Baby Socks Shows Just Part of the Abortions Planned Parenthood Does Annually
• Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Girls Under 12, Caught Taking Girl to Abortion Clinic to Hide His Crimes
• University OKs Vending Machine Selling Plan B Morning After Pill
• Pregnancy Center Opens 100 Yards Form the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
• Trump Admin Looking at Stopping Obama Ruling Forcing California Churches to Pay for Abortions
• Nationwide Rallies Urge President Trump to “Finish the Job” and Totally Defund Planned Parenthood
• Michigan Abortions Drop 2.8% as 756 Babies Saved From Abortion
• West Virginia Gov Signs Bill Stopping Abortionists From Doing Secret Abortions on Teen Girls
• 8 Million Babies Have Been Aborted in the UK Since Abortion Was Legalized 49 Years Ago

• Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Law Requiring Abortionists to Have Admitting Privileges to Protect Women

Planned Parenthood Promotes New Group: Grandmas for Abortion
A group of Maine grandmothers who go around promoting abortions for their children and grandchildren caught the attention of Planned Parenthood this week.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Abortion Activists Launch New Web Site Promoting At-Home, Do-It-Yourself Abortions
Abortion activists have begun promoting the dangerous, self-induced abortions that they once claimed to want to help women avoid.

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Shocking Planned Parenthood Expose’ Video: Women’s Health Care Down 60-70%, Abortions Up 27%
A shocking new Planned Parenthood expose’ video shows the business of the abortion business is abortion.

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Full, Unedited Video Confirms Planned Parenthood Sells Body Parts of Aborted Babies
The Center for Medical Progress has released yesterday a new summary video along with the full unedited version (see below) featuring Planned Parenthood abortionist Mary Gatter.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

Mother Gives Birth to Healthy Conjoined Twins After Refusing Abortion
When doctors told Chelsea Torres that she was carrying conjoined twins, they warned her that the babies probably would not survive past the first trimester.

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Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Girls Under 12, Caught Taking Girl to Abortion Clinic to Hide His Crimes
April 14, 2017, seemed at first like just another routine day at the abortion clinic for a number of pro-life activists.

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University OKs Vending Machine Selling Plan B Morning After Pill
Students at UC Davies University in California can now purchase the morning-after pill from a vending machine on campus.

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8 Million Babies Have Been Aborted in the UK Since Abortion Was Legalized 49 Years Ago

Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Law Requiring Abortionists to Have Admitting Privileges to Protect Women

 
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Committed to a Cause or to the Christ?


Authored by Randall Murphree | Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Before we can adequately serve the world we must first kneel before its Creator.

The expression of my faith must be focused on the Christ whom I claim to serve, the only One who can truly change my life. And my world. – Randall Murphree

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” (NASB)  

How do you express your faith? Is it evident mostly through the great Christian causes you support? Your local church? The Fellowship of Christian Athletes? Operation Christmas Child? Eight Days of Hope? I love to support all of those ministries in various avenues of serving and giving. But are they the front line expression of my faith? 

It’s something I have to be reminded of all too often: The expression of my faith must be focused on the Christ whom I claim to serve, the only One who can truly change my life. And my world. 

Some time ago, I was at a Christian retreat in a nearby state park. I had been encouraged and motivated by other team members as we met to pray and prepare for the weekend. Even more importantly, their lives and their witness for Christ had dared me to turn a mirror on my own heart and analyze my walk with Christ.  

Service born of passion 

At the camp, a friend read aloud “Service of Passionate Devotion,” the June 19 daily entry in My Utmost for His Highest, the classic book of devotions by Oswald Chambers (1874-1917). His point was that our first devotion must not be to a cause, but to Christ. 

Chambers began with John 21:16: “Lovest thou Me? … Feed My sheep.” Here’s the context in NASB: 

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (John 21:16-18) 

Then Chambers made this observation: “Jesus did not say, ‘Make converts to your way of thinking, but look after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me.’” 

Now, we can certainly take that conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter as a challenge to engage in active Christian ministry – teach Sunday school, feed the homeless, go of a mission trip, clean the church. Clearly, those are good things – caring for the body of Christ and for the world beyond the church. 

Rooted in love 

But it is imperative that we perceive discipleship, i.e. serving Christ, as an act rooted firmly in our adoration of Jesus Christ, not in adherence to a belief or a creed or an act of service. That is to say we serve others because first, we love Christ. To serve others is the natural byproduct of loving Christ. That “first love” – our love for Christ – defines what it means to be a disciple. Love comes first. 

These days, it seems to me that we too often substitute creedal belief for personal belief, and that’s why so many are devoted to causes and too few devoted to Jesus Christ. We seem to shy away from being devoted to Jesus – we might be labeled as fanatics or Bible thumpers. Jesus Christ is a source of deep offense to the sophisticated and politically correct worldview of our day because the world rejects His eternal and unchanging truths. Our Lord’s first obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outgrowth of His obedience to the Father. 

If I am devoted mainly to the cause(s) of humanity, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my faith will falter. But if I first love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve others in the proper context. Oswald Chambers called it “passionate devotion” to Jesus Christ. Love comes first. It is both the secret and the strength of a Christ follower’s life. 

What conviction. What challenge. Where is our commitment – to a cause or to the Christ? 

 

Randall Murphree AFA Journal Editor

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


Wednesday, April 25, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again
• Bill Nye Trashes People With Large Families, Wants Them Penalized for Having “Extra Kids”
• Freedom Caucus and Pro-Life Groups Back Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare
• Planned Parenthood CEO Complains Ivanka Trump is Not Pushing Its Abortion Agenda: “Women are Waiting”

More Pro-Life News
• Democrats for Life Leader Slams Democrat Chair for Saying Pro-Life Democrats Aren’t Welcome
• Disgraced Abortionist Forced to Close His Abortion Clinic After Failing to Pay Rent
• Christians and Abortion: How Can You Be a “Born Again” Christian if You Won’t Allow Babies to be Born?
• Man Texted Pregnant Girlfriend: “If You Don’t Have an Abortion I Will Punch Your F—— Head In”
• Nurse Fights Back After Court Rules She Must Do Abortions to Keep Her Job
• Overpopulation? Is America Running Out of Space to Live? No. Here’s Why
• WATCH: Cackling Abortion Activist With a Cowbell Confronts Pro-Life Pastors Outside Abortion Clinic
• Abortionist Whistled Show Tunes While Vacuum Suctioned Out the Unborn Baby
• Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
• South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

• Ohio Pro-Life Bill Would Stop Sales of Aborted Baby Parts

Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again
Mary Gatter, the Planned Parenthood senior executive who infamously was caught on tape saying “I want a Lamborghini” while discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies has been caught again.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Bill Nye Trashes People With Large Families, Wants Them Penalized for Having “Extra Kids”
Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” famous for hosting a children’s educational TV show, is not as kid-friendly as he initially may appear.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Freedom Caucus and Pro-Life Groups Back Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare
A large group of conservative Republicans and a leading pro-life group have announced their support for the legislation that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Planned Parenthood CEO Complains Ivanka Trump is Not Pushing Its Abortion Agenda: “Women are Waiting”
The CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business is growing impatient with Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and is grousing that Ivanka is not pushing her father to promote abortion.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

Democrats for Life Leader Slams Democrat Chair for Saying Pro-Life Democrats Aren’t Welcome
Pro-life Democrats are speaking out this week after Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez told them that they are not welcome.

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Disgraced Abortionist Forced to Close His Abortion Clinic After Failing to Pay Rent
It took only 15 minutes for the fate of Premier Ob-Gyn to be decided: CLOSED.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Christians and Abortion: How Can You Be a “Born Again” Christian if You Won’t Allow Babies to be Born?
Can you claim to be “born-again” when you won’t allow others to be born in the first place?

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Man Texted Pregnant Girlfriend: “If You Don’t Have an Abortion I Will Punch Your F—— Head In”
Abortion, coercion and abuse are connected much more often than people probably realize.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

Ohio Pro-Life Bill Would Stop Sales of Aborted Baby Parts

 
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Top Stories
• Colorado Abortion Activists Celebrate 50 Years of Killing Babies in Abortion as First to Legalize It
• Will Trump End the Obamacare Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions?
• Democrat Party Chair Says There’s No Place for Pro-Life Democrats, But 23% of Democrats are Pro-Life
• 10 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit Their Jobs After 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

More Pro-Life News
• 27-Year-Old Man Kills Himself After Being Told He Can’t be Euthanized
• Breast Cancer Group Hires New CEO From Planned Parenthood, Whose Abortions Raise the Cancer Risk
• Woman Who Had Muscle Spasms and Insomnia is Euthanized After Doctors Said Problems Weren’t Treatable
• Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Wins Webby Award as “Best Charitable Organization”
• Abortion Activists Claim the Media is Biased. Wait Until You Hear How
• R&B Singer Keke Wyatt: Music Execs Tried to Get Me to Have an Abortion to Further My Career. I Refused
• 95% of Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome are Aborted. How Do We Stop It?
• Illinois House Passes Bill to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions, Keep Abortion Legal if Roe is Overturned
• Indiana Governor Signs Bill Protecting Parental Rights, Stops Secret Abortions on Teen Girls
• Massachusetts Abortions Drop 11 Percent as More Babies Saved From Abortions

• Catholic Bishops Blast Attempt to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Australia: It’s the Opposite of Health Care
• Artificial Wombs: Scientists Successfully Helped Premature Lambs be Born, are Babies Next?
• Missouri House Passes Bill to Stop Selling the Body Parts of Aborted Babies
• Minnesota House Passed Bill to Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

Colorado Abortion Activists Celebrate 50 Years of Killing Babies in Abortion as First to Legalize It
Six years before Roe v. Wade, Colorado became the first state to legalize abortions widely up to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Will Trump End the Obamacare Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions?
Will President Donald Trump end the Obamacare mandate that forced the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious organizations to fund abortions?

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Democrat Party Chair Says There’s No Place for Pro-Life Democrats, But 23% of Democrats are Pro-Life
Yesterday, LifeNews.com covered how the chairman of the Democratic Party made it clear that pro-life Democrats are no longer welcome in the party.

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10 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit Their Jobs After 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign
The abortion industry is not happy right now … so we’re moving FORWARD!

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

27-Year-Old Man Kills Himself After Being Told He Can’t be Euthanized
I have been struggling with my possible response to the suicide death of Adam Maier-Clayton (27) who died by suicide, allegedly, after being told that he did not qualify for euthanasia in Canada.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Breast Cancer Group Hires New CEO From Planned Parenthood, Whose Abortions Raise the Cancer Risk
A breast cancer awareness organization that focuses on helping young women hired a former Planned Parenthood leader as its CEO this month.

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Woman Who Had Muscle Spasms and Insomnia is Euthanized After Doctors Said Problems Weren’t Treatable
I did a radio interview yesterday warning that I expected Canada to, one day, allow euthanasia as a “treatment” for serious mental illness.

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Wins Webby Award as “Best Charitable Organization”
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood won an award this week from a group dedicated to honoring the best in modern media.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Massachusetts Abortions Drop 11 Percent as More Babies Saved From Abortions

Catholic Bishops Blast Attempt to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Australia: It’s the Opposite of Health Care

 
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Top Stories
• New Study Finds Unborn Babies Feel Pain in the First Trimester
• Man Raped and Impregnated a Girl, Then Attempted to Abort Her Baby
• Black Abortionist Calls Pro-Life People Racist Because We’re Upset Black Babies Are Aborted
• Government Official Demands Nuns Allow Abortion Clinic at New Maternity Hospital on Their Land

More Pro-Life News
• College May Punish Pro-Life Group for Display Saying “Most Dangerous Place for African-Americans is in the Womb”
• Video of Twin Unborn Babies Provides Breathtaking Glimpse Inside the Womb
• Shocking Report Shows 1,324 Patients Euthanized Less Than a Year After Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide
• This Boy Was Almost a Victim of Abortion, Until Something Amazing Happened
• Abortion Activists Block Attempt to Record Ambulance at Planned Parenthood After Botched Abortion
• We had 100 reasons why we could’ve chosen abortion, but my boyfriend and I chose life
• Planned Parenthood Opening New Missouri Abortion Clinics After Judge Overturns Pro-Life Law
• Environmentalists Will Celebrate Earth Day, But Will They Celebrate Unborn Babies Who Live On It?
• Attorney General “Aggressively” Investigating Late-Term Abortion Clinic That Sold Aborted Baby Parts
• To Win Again, Must Democrats Stop Being the Abortion Party?

• Canadian Board Recommends Free Abortion Pills for All Women
• Pro-Abortion Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolf: “What Would We Do Without Planned Parenthood?”

New Study Finds Unborn Babies Feel Pain in the First Trimester
That the nervous system develops sooner than thought could have implications for whether babies feel pain in the early weeks.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Man Raped and Impregnated a Girl, Then Attempted to Abort Her Baby
Wisconsin news outlets broke a sickening story this week of a man charged with raping multiple children and attempting a “crude” abortion on one of them after she became pregnant.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Black Abortionist Calls Pro-Life People Racist Because We’re Upset Black Babies Are Aborted
Abortionist Willie Parker seems to thrive on making nonsensical and outrageous statements that get him attention.

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Government Official Demands Nuns Allow Abortion Clinic at New Maternity Hospital on Their Land
The Irish Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree contracts allowing abortion and contraception in the new National Maternity Hospital being built on their land.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

College May Punish Pro-Life Group for Display Saying “Most Dangerous Place for African-Americans is in the Womb”
Pro-life students are facing hostility for exercising their free speech rights on college campuses across America.

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Video of Twin Unborn Babies Provides Breathtaking Glimpse Inside the Womb
Technology has come a long way since the legalization of abortion over 40 years ago. .

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Shocking Report Shows 1,324 Patients Euthanized Less Than a Year After Canada Legalized Assisted Suicide
Nicole Ireland with CBC news reported that there have been more than 1324 euthanasia deaths in Canada.

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This Boy Was Almost a Victim of Abortion, Until Something Amazing Happened
This year, True Care Woman’s Resource Center celebrates 30 years serving women experiencing unplanned pregnancies in Casper, Wyo., and the surrounding area.

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To Win Again, Must Democrats Stop Being the Abortion Party?

Canadian Board Recommends Free Abortion Pills for All Women

 
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Have You Met This Jesus?


Authored by Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. |  Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.afa.net/the-stand/faith/2017/04/have-you-met-this-jesus/

Have You Met This Jesus?

In times of horror and persecution, don’t look to an appeaser and accommodator to save you. Look instead to a sword wielding Conqueror.

As ISIS attempts to strike fear into the minds and souls of Christians globally it would behoove the faithful to consider the sword wielding Christ whom the foes of God cannot defeat. – Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr.

  • A Muslim walks the streets of downtown Fresno looking for white men to shoot and after gunning down three men and surrounded by police shouts “Allahu akbar.”
  • An elderly man is picking up cans on the streets of Cleveland and a car pulls up. The driver gets out with his cell phone recording via the Facebook Live feature and tells the man to repeat a woman’s name.  When he does the driver shoots and kills him.
  • A psychotic and obese despot in North Korea promises to reduce America to ashes with “our super-mighty pre-emptive strike.”  Political and military leadership in this country is not shrugging and laughing it off.  A U.S. navy armada is on its way to the Korean peninsula.
  • Forty five Christians were killed by suicide bombers in Egypt on Palm Sunday. 

At home, in America, the hatred spewing from liberals towards conservatives and evangelicals has reached a fever pitch and portends violence.  The University of California at Berkely urged the cancellation of a speech by Ann Coulter who was to speak on illegal immigration for fear of the eruption of violence.

Christians are taught that in the midst of devastation and despair we are to look “to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb. 12:2).  Unfortunately, the Jesus many are looking to in these difficult and troubled times is not much of a problem solver if you go by what is being preached in many American churches. 

The picture of Jesus being painted by many of our pulpiteers is not the author and perfecter of faith but the accepter and accommodator of human desire.  He’s an appeaser, not a Savior. 

The Jesus many Americans hear about on Sundays accepts people no matter what they believe or how they live.  He’s a pacifist, a pluralist, and even a secularist (He apparently believes in the separation of church and state and doesn’t want anyone to be made to feel uncomfortable by hearing the gospel). 

So as the pressure against righteousness mounts and the persecution against Christians increases, to whom are all those churchgoers turning who don’t believe Jesus opposes anything except the notion of intolerance?  As far as I can tell the answer to that is government.  If only the Jesus revealed in the pages of the Bible was faithfully proclaimed then instead of the faithless hand-wringing that seems to be going on by shallow churchgoers with the haters of the cross growing ever more bold, a fearless and bold prayer would ascend using the words of David in Psalm 68:1 “God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!”

Here a few passages in the Bible to consider when looking to Jesus in the midst of burgeoning evil and its designs.

Genesis 3:15I will put enmity between you [serpent; Satan] and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

The very first prophetic word about redemption and the One who shall bring it is an image of a Man stomping on the head of a snake.  He doesn’t flee from it.  He doesn’t adopt it and make it His pet.  He stomps its headThat is what the Son of God thinks of evil.  Not quite the picture of accommodation proclaimed weekly in many churches.

Joshua 5:13-15 – When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Compare that to what was said to Moses from the burning bush and you know who this “commander” is.  There is absolutely no doubt that the commander of the armies of the Lord is Jesus (as we shall see in another text).

Two things are striking about this passage.  First, is that the “commander” had a drawn sword in His hand.  This was the eve of the attack on Jericho.  The first battle for the conquest of the Promised Land was about to commence and the pre-Incarnate Jesus was wielding His sword.

When Moses was besieged by naysayers as the freed Hebrews had their back to the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army bearing down on them the deliverer shouted “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex. 14:14).  When did the Lord ever stop fighting for His people except when they turn away from Him in unbeliefJesus stands just as ready today to wield His sword against the enemies of the cross as He did when He appeared to Joshua as the conquest of Canaan began.

The second striking facet is the non-answer answer to Joshua’s inquiry.  Joshua’s question was essentially “Are you on our side or theirs?”  “No.”  What kind of response is that?  Simple.  Jesus was saying “I’m on My side and if you want to succeed in that which I have called you to do then you will follow Me.”  Where? Into the battleJesus doesn’t shy away from leading the people of God into victory on the battlefield.  As ISIS attempts to strike fear into the minds and souls of Christians globally it would behoove the faithful to consider the sword wielding Christ whom the foes of God cannot defeat. 

Colossians 2:15 – He [Jesus] disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

To the naked and unspiritual eye the bloody death of Jesus on a Roman cross looked like utter and ignominious defeat.  Hardly.  Paul uses the imagery of a Roman victory procession down the streets of the city where the defeated royalty was paraded in chains.  What looked to most people to be humiliating defeat, was in fact, a glorious victory where the spiritually bankrupt were revealed and put to open shame.  It takes a measure of spiritual maturity to recognize this which is why there is so much fearful whining emanating from so many churchgoers today.  They’re not looking to a conqueror.  They’re hoping for someone who can convince those who hate Christianity to learn to live with us.  What they’re hoping for is what Scripture teaches the antichrist will provide…not Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:12-15 – His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

When hope seems lost as evil spreads its hateful wings across the entire planet and persecution rises to truly unprecedented levels…this is the Jesus I look to.  A Savior with burning eyes, blood soaked apparel, and a sword that cannot be turned or tamed.  Could this have been on David’s mind as he penned the matchless words of the 23rd psalm which includes these words: “thou preparedst a table before me in the presence of mine enemies”?  Only two verses further in the text of Rev. 19 are the words of an angel seen standing in the Sun speaking to the birds “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men…”

The Commander of the armies of heaven is not the only hat that Jesus wears or the only revelation of His character.  In subsequent blogs I will be looking at some of the others.  But this is probably the one that gets the least attention because it doesn’t fit the theologically liberal narrative that Jesus is all about making everyone feel good about themselves and their neighbors. 

Jesus is many things.  But as we continue to spiral downward into the abyss of narcissism, sexual anarchy, hedonism, and lawlessness domestically and threats to our national security by totalitarian regimes such as North Korea and Iran abroad, we need to be able to look to Jesus our hope and answer.  And He is ready to respond to our faith filled cries and pleas.  Ready to protect us.  Ready to fight for us.  Ready to conquer the purveyors of hateful rhetoric and murderous ideologies. 

The Jesus I’m looking to stomps on serpents, wields a drawn sword, disarms and shames those who would openly oppose Him, and treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God!  I’ll take my Conqueror over the warm fuzzy accommodator when Satan unleashes hell on earth.  All day long…

Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. Digital Media Editor More Articles

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


Thursday, April 20, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• New Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Emerges
• “I Would Expect a Supreme Court Resignation This Summer,” Top Republican Says
• Alabama Senate Passes Pro-Life Bill Saying There is No Right to Abortion
• Iowa House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

More Pro-Life News
• Democrats Face Backlash From Abortion Activists After “Pro-Life” Candidate Added to “Unity” Rally
• Young Mother Dies Who Refused Cancer Treatment to Save Her Unborn Son’s Life
• “Each Finger Could be Counted:” What a Doctor Saw After Examining a Baby Who Died in a Miscarriage
• Abortion Ship Heads to Pro-Life Mexico to Illegally Give Women Free Abortions
• Does Planned Parenthood Receive Taxpayer Funding for Abortions? Yes. Here’s How
• Judge Lets Planned Parenthood Reopen Dangerous Missouri Abortion Clinics Putting Women at Risk
• Late-Term Abortion Clinic Accused of Breaking the Law to Sell Body Parts of Aborted Babies
• California Senate Committee Passes Bill to Force College Health Centers to Sell Abortion Pills
• Tennessee Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks
• UN Says Women Who Want to “Avoid Pregnancy” Should Use Abortion as Family Planning

New Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Emerges
Republican members of Congress appear to have a new deal to repeal Obamacare and the legislation also retains language to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


“I Would Expect a Supreme Court Resignation This Summer,” Top Republican Says
Rumors have been ubiquitous in the nation’s capital as to whether another Supreme Court vacancy is on the horizon.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Alabama Senate Passes Pro-Life Bill Saying There is No Right to Abortion
Alabama state Senators advanced a bill this week that would add the right to life for unborn babies into the Alabama Constitution.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Iowa House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
Iowa House lawmakers approved a budget plan Wednesday that would defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.

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Democrats Face Backlash From Abortion Activists After “Pro-Life” Candidate Added to “Unity” Rally
Abortion activists are causing an uproar today after the Democratic National Committee invited a Nebraska mayoral candidate with a past pro-life record to join its “unity tour.”

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Young Mother Dies Who Refused Cancer Treatment to Save Her Unborn Son’s Life
In 2015, Danielle Janofsky learned that she had a cancerous mole. She had it removed and followed up with regular checkups.

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“Each Finger Could be Counted:” What a Doctor Saw After Examining a Baby Who Died in a Miscarriage
Melissa Ogle, MD, is a pro-life doctor I wrote about in a previous article.

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Abortion Ship Heads to Pro-Life Mexico to Illegally Give Women Free Abortions
The notorious Women on Waves abortion ship sailed to Mexico this week, barely two months after the Guatemalan military kicked it out for trying to perform illegal abortions there.

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UN Says Women Who Want to “Avoid Pregnancy” Should Use Abortion as Family Planning

Illinois Governor Rauner is Right to Veto Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Fund Abortions

 
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