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Happy New Year to everyone!

Have you made some New Year’s resolutions? How did you do on last year’s resolutions?

It’s a lot of fun talking with our friends about all of our good intentions for the coming new year. We laugh about the resolutions that did not last long in 2018. I am wondering if some of my resolutions were either too specific or too general. No wonder we get discouraged.

As my husband and I sat at the breakfast table last Tuesday morning, January 1, we talked about making resolutions for the new year. It’s really good to take time out to evaluate our lives. Even if our good intentions only last a month or two, at least we tried.

Maybe we ought to switch to “New Quarter” resolutions, or even “New Monthly” resolutions. If we didn’t accomplish our goals, we can just make adjustments and keep on going. The point is to not give up at the end of January when we throw in the towel and put off thinking about our decisions and goals until the next new year.

So, I told my husband that I would like to lose 15 pounds, but I will not beat myself up if I don’t. I had the same goal last year. I lost the 15 pounds, but I gained them back over Christmas!! I will try again. He would like to spend more time reading books. We agreed that we will review at the beginning of each month and see how we are doing.

But what about our more serious resolutions for this year? What should those be?

 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

When we celebrated Christmas we celebrated the birth of Jesus. Jesus came not only to die for our sins but to give us new life. Our lives can now be spent for God’s glory. We can now serve Christ with joyful hearts. We can follow in Jesus’ footsteps leading lives that look like His. I would like to do a better job of that this year but how did I do last year?

Our goal is to become more like Christ. Can I honestly say that during 2018 I became more like Christ?

How did I do in my spiritual life?

– Did I take time to study the Word of God in order to be able to “present (my)self approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)?

Thanks to Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection we are able to grow spiritually.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

All Christians are given the gifts of the Spirit “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:12)

– Did I grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”? (2 Peter 3:18) How much time did I spend getting to know God better?

– Did I take the apostle Peter’s advice on how to be more spiritually mature? Peter encourages the saints to INCREASE in the following progression of character traits of the spiritually mature.

“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in our knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in in your perseverance godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

– Was I grateful, gracious, and thankful? “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

What did I do when I failed or was discouraged?

– Did I remember that we “have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you and example for you to follow in His steps”? (1 Peter 2:21)

– Did I get up and try again when I came up short of my goal? Paul encourages believers to keep on persevering. “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. … I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 3:12, 14) knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” (Colossians 3:24).

Don’t’ be discouraged. Make resolutions. Seek God’s help to fulfill your plans.

I hope that by the end of 2018 I had become more like Christ than at the end of 2017. And my prayer is that when the end of 2019 gets here I can look back and say that my New Year’s resolution – my resolution to be more like Christ – will have been accomplished.

The apostle Paul tells us that we should be, “a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”  (2 Corinthians 2:15) Will I be a fragrance to others this year?

To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen!

 

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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  (Micah 6:8)

This is the time that we pause and reflect on the old year and make our resolutions for the new year. My Pro-life friends and Inew-year-baby have resolved to redouble our efforts to make this a better world for those who are unjustly oppressed and no one is more egregiously oppressed than helpless unborn babies.

We have been mortified that so many tiny human beings, made in the image of God, are treated as if they don’t have any value. Let us work hard to end the slaughter.

For many years now women of courage such as Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, and Marjorie Dannenfelser have fought to protect life each on a different front of the battle for life.

They have reported many exciting accomplishments in 2015 and my prayer is that Pro-life men and women will build on that in 2016. Here are some of the top stories of 2015:

Lila Rose – Live Action News:

lila roseOne of the most important things that occurred in 2015 was the exposure of Planned Parenthood as an organization whose main purpose is to profit from the killing of the unborn. Americans are so outraged that there was even legislation passed in both houses of Congress to stop funding this abortion giant.

Here is a summary of an article explaining why American opinion is changing and there is hope to finally end the killing of the unborn.

From an article on their website – liveactionnews.org – December 26, 2015:

“5 terrible things Americans learned about Planned Parenthood in 2015” –

  1. Planned Parenthood, who receives $1.5 million PER DAY, wants abortion to be plentiful. Their slogan of “safe, legal, and rare” is a sham.
  2. Planned Parenthood knows that abortion takes the life of a baby. Vice President of of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Savita Ginde said on tape, “It’s a baby.”It's a baby
  3. Planned Parenthood actually does abort babies who could survive outside the womb. Live Action News investigated PP’s own clinic websites and found at least 6 PP clinics that do in fact perform abortions after viability (the time when a baby could survive on its own outside the womb). Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood flat out lied when she said, “We don’t provide abortions after, um, viability.”
  4. Planned Parenthood has been harvesting baby body parts and organs. 2015 brought one of the strongest modern indictments against Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry:  the undercover work of The Center for Medical Progress. CMP’s string of stunning videos showed PP executive after PP executive haggling, negotiating, and laughing over the body parts of aborted babies. Here is just one quote from Dr. Savita Ginde, “We’re doing procedures at 17 weeks, so we have fairly large identifiable parts. … And we’re planning on going to from 18 to 20 weeks by the end of the year.”
  5. Planned Parenthood lies. And lies. And lies and lies and lies. In one single interview given by Cecile Richards eleven bold-faced lies were told. Just one example will suffice: Planned Parenthood tells women that the baby does not have a heartbeat until around 17 weeks of pregnancy. Actually the baby’s heart can be heard beating by three weeks after conception.

Lila Rose and Live Action plan to “keep educating America on the truth that Planned Parenthood fails to tell: every single baby is a precious human being, deserving of a chance at life.” Please join her organization and help her.

Abby Johnson – And Then There Were None:

Another champion of life for babies is Abby Johnson. Abby thought that she was helping women when she went to work at aAbby_Johnson_high_quality_810_500_55_s_c1 Planned Parenthood clinic as a young woman. Everything changed when she actually witnessed an abortion in 2009. She watched in horror as a 13-week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist. Now Abby travels around the globe to share her story and to expose Planned Parenthood. She has started a ministry, And Then There Were None, to help abortion workers get out of the abortion clinics. To this date Abby has helped nearly 200 workers leave the abortion industry.

Recently in an article in LifeSiteNews.com, Abby had this good news to share for 2015:

“6% of abortion workers have left industry in last four years – nearly 200 people”

Abby reported: 197 people have left the industry through its outreach and education efforts.

Now, says Abby, “the majority of workers come to us because they have heard about our ministry from sidewalk advocates. We owe much of our success to those who go to the clinics to spread a message of hope to all who enter the facility.”

“We have found that most of the workers contact us because there has been a moment of clarity for them in regards to the humanity of the unborn. It may be something in their own personal lives, like the birth of a baby or a miscarriage. More often, it involves a child who was killed by abortion.”

While thousands of people still work in the shrinking abortion industry, Abby says her group is making a difference. “We estimate that there are approximately 3200 individuals who work in abortion facilities. We have been able to assist more than 6% of the industry’s workers in their conversion. That 6% has the power to turn the abortion industry upside down.”

“Also, out of the 197 workers who have left, 6 of them are abortionists who permanently put down their life destroying instruments and now fight to save lives! We firmly believe that our vision is a key component in ending the culture of death. If we can make the abortion industry so unattractive to health care providers, they will be forced to close because of limited or no staff. We have already seen that happen in multiple locations because of the workers who have come through ATTWN.”

In addition to helping people leave the abortion industry, ATTWN helps former workers find new jobs. “For those who are licensed healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurses, medical assistants, they will almost always stay in the medical field,” she explains. “Some of the workers who have come through our ministry now work in prolife pregnancy centers or medical clinics. It is such a beautiful vision of transformation and redemption.” This is wonderful news! Please join Abby and help in this effort.

We praise God for Abby and pray that many more workers will quit their jobs in abortion clinics. This ultimately cuts down on the number of deaths of unborn babies.

Marjorie Dannenfelser – Susan B. Anthony List

majorieA true soldier of Christ on the legislative front of the battle is Marjorie Dannenfelser. While Lila is busy exposing the Planned Parenthood groups for the frauds that they are, and Abby is helping abortion workers to leave the clinics, Marjorie is battling to get people put into office who can help change the laws that are allowing the baby killing to go on or in passing legislation that will end the holocaust.

Marjorie’s good news for 2015 is that many groups have put before Congress a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill has passed both houses, but of course the paid puppet of Planned Parenthood, Barack Obama, is expected to veto it. Please be in prayer this year that sane and compassionate voices will override the president’s veto.

My New Year’s resolution is to be even more supportive of these three women and their organizations. Lila Rose and Live Action News are leading the charge into the abortion industry itself reporting on what is really going on. The truth about the abortion industry is being exposed; Americans are waking up; babies’ lives are being saved. Abby Johnson with her organization, And Then There Were None, is compassionately working with abortion workers bringing them truth and healing. Many are turning around and joining the fight to protect the unborn. Marjorie Dannenfelser with the Susan B. Anthony List is working tirelessly to get people elected who will change the laws that are promoting the killing of the unborn. Part of my resolution is to pray for these women more constantly. The other part is to send them a donation.

I pray the many others will do the same. Consider making this one of your New Year’s resolutions too! May this be a Happy and Safe Year for the unborn!

 

 

 

 

 

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For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

As you spend time with family and friends this Christmas count the many blessings that you have been given. The most important blessing is Jesus. He came to earth to save us and reconcile us to God. Now we can have fellowship with God here on earth and forever with Him in Heaven. That is the most marvelous blessing of all!

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Life is a precious gift. Most of us are thinking through the past and making New Year’s Resolutions for improving ourselves in the future. This is a fine thing to do. It is always a good thing to review our lives and seek to be a better person in the future.

But how many resolutions are centered in our own lives? A poll reveals that the most common resolutions are:

  1. Lose weight or get fit
  2. Quit smoking or drink less alcohol
  3. Get a better education or a better job
  4. Save money, manage debt better
  5. Reduce stress
  6. Go on a vacation

What do you notice about these resolutions? Where is a resolution to give up time or money or both to help others? Where does “helping others” fit into our plans? What about those who cannot help themselves? We must seek justice for the helpless as we follow in the steps of Jesus. Our focus should not just be on ourselves.

We have been so blessed in our country. Thankfully, we have access to good health care, doctors, gyms, and financial planners. All of the popular New Year’s resolutions are within our reach. We are blessed beyond belief. It is a good thing to want to improve our lives. But is our culture too selfish?

Each year over one million babies will not get the chance to live, let alone ever have a chance to make New Year’s resolutions. The problem seems so big and overwhelming but many people have worked hard in the last year to end the slaughter of babies. Here are a few victories to celebrate especially thanks to tireless Pro-life supporters:

  1. Live Action produced a video entitled “What is Human?” and put it on Facebook. The video went viral with millions of views. This video showed that beyond a doubt the little being in the womb is a human being. The abortion industry refuses to acknowledge the dignity and humanity of unborn children. If you or anyone you know is undecided on this issue watch the video. You will know the truth.Beauty of Life
  2. Young people are joining the ranks of the Pro-life movement in droves! This is great news and cause for much rejoicing! This is good news for the unborn in the future.young people for life
  3. Thanks to technology, Pro-lifers can share the beauty of life with their friends on the Internet. Organizations like Live Action, LifeSiteNews.com, and many others send out newsletters via email that are resent by hundreds of thousands of supporters daily.
  4. Planned Parenthood is continually being exposed as a fraudulent organization. PP pretends to be about women’s health, but is actually making millions of dollars off of abortions every year. And NO! Planned Parenthood does not have an ultrasound or mammogram machine in any clinic. PP is strictly about women’s so-called “rights” — this means the right to kill an unwanted baby. UNBORN women don’t count. Unborn women don’t have rights. What hypocrites the pro abortion supporters are!
  5. While we may get angry at the organization Planned Parenthood, we should pray for the individual workers there. Former workers at Planned Parenthood facilities are leaving the abortion giant continually. Once these women see an actual abortion they can no longer stay in the abortion industry.

Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson says, “Friends, these workers are leaving the abortion industry because they are finally able to see that there is real help for them. They don’t leave because people have told them that they are “baby killers.” They certainly don’t leave because someone tells them they will “burn in hell” for working in the industry. They leave because we are now able to give them help and healing. They leave because they want something better for themselves. They leave because we are finally helping them see that we do genuinely care about them.”

(Note: the above mentioned video is one of many other things that is convincing these women about what an abortion really is – the death of a helpless human.)

Abby continues, “We always need to remember that these workers are not our enemy. Abortionists are not the enemy. Our enemy is sin. No matter how rude they are to us, no matter how much they ignore us, no matter how many times they tell us to “get a job” or something similar…they WILL eventually leave. But that will only happen if we BE Christ to them. We don’t have to preach to them. …

Pray. Be kind. Love them. And if you don’t think you can love them, then stay away from them. The only thing that will keep an abortion worker in the industry longer is a pro-lifer who condemns them.

What if you were the reason an abortion worker took a left instead of a right? You can be. I thank God every day of my life for the people who made me “change my route.”

I agree with Abby. Let’s make one of our New Year’s resolutions to try to win others with the love of Jesus.

2015 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION –save-babies

It is no longer politically incorrect to say that you are Pro-life. This year make it one of your resolutions to speak openly about the plight of the helpless unborn babies. The tide is turning. Pray for those who disagree with you. Give money and support to Pro-life organizations. Just pick one activity and get involved. Make 2015 the year that abortion is ended for good!

 

 

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