Life Triumphant!

Great News from Shawn Carney from 40 Days for Life

It’s Day 40 — and I have great news to share! As of right now, we know of 541 babies — and their mothers — that God has spared from abortion.

That’s at least 3,352 since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign a mere three years ago. And who knows how many more that we’ll never hear about?

“The Everett Planned Parenthood is closed again,” wrote Ed, one of the local 40 Days for Life leaders in Everett, Washington. “It’s the third Friday closed this campaign!”

In Columbia, Missouri … the Planned Parenthood facility there hasn’t done abortions since August 9. Faithful volunteers are continuing the vigil …

… and Planned Parenthood doesn’t like it.

“We found out that Planned Parenthood in Kansas is watching us on video — over 100 miles away,” said Kathy in Columbia, “and they called in a ‘violation’ to the Columbia police station.”

The “violation”? There was a camera tripod sitting in Planned Parenthood’s driveway. “Soon two police cars showed up and they went in,” Kathy said.

It turns out the tripod belonged to a reporter who was working on a news story. The police quickly left when they found out what was really going on. “One officer has come out twice — and he’s not too happy with Planned Parenthood.”

And all this time … no abortions in Columbia!

And of course … no abortions AT ALL in Severna Park, Maryland … where an abortion facility CLOSED ITS DOORS FOREVER at the very beginning of this campaign!

Who knows how many lives have been saved in Columbia and Severna Park?

There have also been at least four abortion facility employees who have left their jobs during this 40 Days for Life campaign — possibly more. And others may be thinking about it.

And then there’s Anita’s van — a life-saver on wheels. It has “pray to end abortion” painted on the side, along with a pregnancy help center’s phone number and the 40 Days for Life web address.

Lives have been saved because of the information on the van — no one knows how many. But this pro-life mission was about to come to an end. The van was about to be repossessed.

Anita had no idea what would happen. So she prayed. She had to decide whether to pay her tithe … or the note on the van. She paid her tithe.

Anita didn’t know it, but one of her friends sent out an e-mail that explained the situation. And people started giving. Before long, there was enough to pay off the loan!

“This is not my van,” she said. “This van belongs first and foremost to God, and then to every single pro-life person out there.”

The van — and its message — will stay on the road. And who knows how many lives will be saved?

“Abortion will truly be finished one day,” Anita said. “I pray it is very soon. The walls of deception are crumbling as we speak. The truth is spreading — one heart at a time — and all of you have played a part in getting that message out. Thank you all so very much!”

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

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DAY 40 INTENTION
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Let us keep our eyes fixed on the New Jerusalem, where death will be no more.

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SCRIPTURE
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He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

–Revelation 21:4-5

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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone
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Every activity we undertake in defense of the sanctity of life is prophetic, inasmuch as it points to the day when “death will be no more.”

Every victory we have when an act of abortion is prevented is prophetic of that day when death itself will be definitively conquered.

Every triumph of grace in this world, whereby someone is brought to see the value of life and given the strength to welcome it, is a breaking into our history of that definitive future in which the old order of things will have passed, and all things will be made new.

As pro-life warriors, we must keep our eyes fixed on heaven, and our hearts secure in the hope that the day is coming when all evil will be conquered. It is the future that shapes the present; it is victory that informs the battle; it is the destination that determines the journey.

Daily, we are called to reflect on heaven. When we weep, we are to think of the day when every tear will be wiped away.

When we face the destructive power of death, we are to think of the day when death is swallowed up in victory.

When we labor against abortion, we are to think of the day when we will have the rest and peace of the final triumph of life.

Heaven is as real as earth, and its joys will be as real as our present sorrows.

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PRAYER
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Father, you are the God of hope. Your word fills us with the vision of the world to come, when every tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more. Father, how we need that hope, how we are strengthened by that vision!

Keep our hearts focused on heaven, and diligent in the labors of earth. As we struggle against the culture of death, root our souls in the assurance of victory. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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PRINTABLE DEVOTIONAL
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To download today’s devotional as a formatted, printable PDF to share with friends:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2010day40print.pdf

Letter from God

I just had the most amazing experience I’ve had in a long time. God wanted to give me a good surprise, and He sure did!

Fiona brought me the mail, and I saw a card among the envelopes. It was addressed to :)A Very Special Family 🙂 at our address. No return address. It came through St. Louis’s post office system.

It was a Thinking of You card. It said: Just to let you know someone’s remembering you in prayer… and trusting God to touch your life with warmth and loving care.

This handwritten message followed:   Your family has been on my heart and in my prayers. Asking God to “work all things together for your good.”
In Christ’s Love

And if that wasn’t enough, there was a letter, too. It said:

I know we don’t know each other, but I know that each and every member of your family is very special. God loves all of you.

I am not sure what your circumstances in life are, but I would like to let you know that I’m praying for favor and the blessing of God on the lives of each of you.

Please know also, that you are near and dear to the Father of all Creation. He placed you all strongly on my heart to pray for you. Because He loves you 🙂

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Phil. 4:4, 6, and 7
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!” “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Much love and many blessings!

And then this prayer:

Father, in Jesus’ name, keep this family tightly in Your grasp.  Protect them and light their paths.  Lord, give them the desires of their hearts.  Bless them and pour Your favor upon them.  If any be sick, Lord, heal them.  Draw them closer to You.  Make Your face to shine upon them.  Lift any fears, worries, burdens, anxieties or troubles.  Thank you, Father, that You hear our prayers, and You answer them.  Your perfect will be done in their lives.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen and Amen.
🙂

I am crying and overwhelmed by God’s love and kindness. I honestly have no idea who sent this letter. I only know that God is proving once again just how very much we are on His mind and that He is with us and we have nothing to fear.

Phil. 4:6, 7 AGAIN! Okay, Lord, I am anxious for nothing.

Whom shall I fear? The Lord is on my side. He has us right where he wants us. And He will put us in the right place at the right time. I believe.

Personhood Defined

Teen Youtube Sensation Lia Mills Proves Personhood of Unborn in New Video
Patrick B. Craine (October 29, 2010)

“When will someone else decide that you’re not a person?”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Apostle Paul told his young protégé, Timothy, to “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the Believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Seemingly walking out that exhortation is Lia Mills, a teen orator and a champion for the culture of life, with an amazing gift of communication. Her compelling argument on the personhood of the unborn is presented in her latest video, which can be viewed by clicking on the link toward the end of this article. I highly recommend it. –Aimee Herd, BCN.

(Toronto, Ontario)—After proving the humanity of the unborn in an August video, teen pro-life orator Lia Mills has released a new video aiming to prove that the unborn are also “persons” by virtue of being human, as are other classes of humans who have been denied the status of ‘person’ in the past.

The video, released Tuesday, comes out as Lia [addresses] the International Pro-Life Conference in Ottawa, taking place now through Saturday. She will be joined by a star-studded cast of major leaders from the international pro-life movement, including North American pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke.

“The unborn are definitely human. It’s obvious and it’s supported by science,” says Lia in her new video. She points out, however, that people now generally accept the unborn’s humanity and argue instead that they can be killed because they are not yet ‘persons’.

“How can we tell when exactly the unborn gain their personhood?” she asks.

To help, she goes to a dictionary, which defined person as “a human being.” “Since the unborn are humans, that means based on this definition the unborn are persons as well,” she says. But she then concedes that the issue is more complicated, because the definition of person changes depending on the academic discipline. In law, she points out, “a person is whoever the governing authorities decide to give rights to. Under the law, you’re only a person if the lawmakers say you are.”

Lia then discusses four examples in history when lawmakers denied personhood to a certain class of people—Jews in the Holocaust, black slaves in the US, North American natives, and women.

“The Jewish people were stripped of their personhood and thereby stripped of their rights and their value, and that’s why all of the atrocities committed against them were considered acceptable,” she explains.

“People are quick to judge the Germans at the Holocaust, but we have our own Holocaust that’s taking the lives of millions of unborn babies every year,” says Lia. “We do it using the same tactics that the Germans did. We deny personhood to the unborn and thereby deny them their rights and justify our own actions.”

“Who decided that the Jews weren’t persons, that the natives and slaves weren’t persons, and that women weren’t persons?” she asks. “Lawmakers.”

“Who decides today that the unborn aren’t persons? Lawmakers.”

“Personhood has become a fabricated term used by lawmakers to decide who has rights and who doesn’t,” she continues. “Personhood is denied to [the unborn] because they’re dependent, because they look different, and because they can’t do what older babies, children, and adults can do.”

“Should those in power be allowed to decide which humans are ‘persons’ and which are not, who gets rights and who doesn’t?” she asks in conclusion. “Once you allow one group of humans to lose their personhood, every other group’s personhood becomes vulnerable and no one is safe.

“When will someone else decide that you’re not a person?”

The International Pro-Life Conference will be the first of its kind to take place in Ottawa in 20 years. Lia will be speaking at the conference Friday with Rebecca Richmond of the National Campus Life Network on youth in the pro-life movement.

Watch the video HERE.

Source: LifeSiteNews.com

Victory for Personhood Mississippi!
Les Riley (October 29, 2010)

“Isaiah 59 tells us that ‘the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear,’ so we first give all praise and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ for hearing our prayers and giving us the victory in this round.”

Sponsors of the Mississippi Personhood Amendment, Initiative Measure Number 26, have been notified that the motion to remove the amendment from the Ballot, filed by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, has been denied.

ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State in July, seeking to disallow Mississippi voters from voting on the Mississippi Personhood Amendment.

Amendment sponsors and volunteers exceeded state signature requirements on February 17, becoming only the fourth successful ballot initiative since 1992. The amendment, Initiative Measure Number 26, reads, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

The ACLU then filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, arguing that the Personhood Amendment which seeks to define the term “human being,” modifies the Bill of Rights, which is expressly prohibited by Section 273(5). Steve Crampton, Liberty Counsel attorney for Personhood Mississippi, explained that Section 273(5) does not prohibit the definition of an otherwise undefined term, such as “person.”

Crampton went on to explain that the Personhood Amendment complies with section 273(5)(a) because it does not propose any new right and does not modify or repeal any existing right guaranteed under our bill of rights. Instead, the Personhood Amendment merely defines the term “person,” and does not modify the Bill of Rights in any way.

The Court decision read “Initiative Measure No. 26 has received more than the required amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot and the Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their Constitution.”

“Isaiah 59 tells us that ‘the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear’ so we first give all praise and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ for hearing our prayers and giving us the victory in this round,” explained Les Riley, amendment sponsor. “We have been certain that we have the right to define the term ‘person,’ and that right was affirmed by the Circuit Court and Judge Harrison. The people of Mississippi have spoken—they want to vote to recognize those Personhood rights in November 2011.”

“It is time for Mississippi voters to recognize that all human beings are people, and every person should be protected by love and by law,” added Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA.

Source: Personhood USA, Christian Newswire

Both of these stories came from Breaking Christian News from Oct. 29, 2010.

This Fall Things Will Fall into Place

Doug Addison:
Fall into Place – Many People are Being Promoted

Last January I released my 2010 prophetic forecast about it being a year of radical change. “Resign, Reassign, and Realign,” was how I heard it from God. This has been a year of shifting and changing. Another part of what I received was that when we set the clocks forward (Daylight Savings Time) in the US, things will begin to “Spring Forward” in the spiritual realm, and when we set the clocks back in the fall, things will begin to “fall into place.”

We received a lot of positive feedback about the “Spring Forward” word. In my life and ministry we saw things dramatically increase just after March. We are approaching the time change on November 7th and I am totally expecting that the rest of this prophetic word will be accurate for me and many others.

We have been in a time of transition where the old ways of doing things are not as effective and the new ways have not been totally revealed yet. You can expect things to start to take more shape. I have actually been delaying some major decisions and projects until after November because we are in a time that God is releasing deep revelation.

Many People Promoted

Just before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (September 18), I had a spiritual experience in which I was taken through a Jewish rite of passage. I and many others were being promoted to a new level. I was taken by surprise by the experience because the past few years have been very difficult. To be honest, it has not felt like I have been all that victorious since my ministry has suffered a lot of loss and setbacks.

God spoke to me that many people have a “condition of their heart” as a result of being wounded that in turn motivates their behavior and causes them to sin and miss their destinies. Others have “life situations” that negatively influence them and causes them to do the same. God looks at our hearts and judges us based on our motives and life situations, and He takes into consideration the difficulty and type of calling we are pursuing.

He also considers the demonic assignments and forces that have been against us. He looks at what we have done with what He has given us (as in the parable of the talents). He looks at our ability to love, be humble, and at the things that we have overcome for Him. As a result, judgment from God is not an easy pass or fail.

Prophetic word: “Many people may have thought they failed but are being promoted because of the enemy ‘overplaying’ his attack against them.”

Transition to Transformation

We are in a shifting season where things will begin to move from transition to transformation. For many people, the transition time has been long and difficult. New strategies from Heaven are being released right now that allow us to be effective and prosperous over the next few years.

Prophetic word: “Your time of suffering and loss has come to an end. It is a time of repayment for all that has been lost.”

Joel 2:25 NIV, I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten – the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm – My great army that I sent among you.

Prophetic word: “There will be an accelerated release of nearly every spiritual gift. There will be accelerated healing, learning, maturity and miraculous levels of wisdom and divine understanding.”

It will be messy as well because God is pouring this new anointing out on people that may appear to not be ready in man’s eyes. This is a time to have extra grace as those who are suddenly promoted may appear to not have it all together at first. This is common, as it takes time to adjust to new levels of maturity. My prayer is that we will all have the ability to see what God is doing in the midst of one of the strangest outpourings of the Holy Spirit we have seen in a long time.

God, please give us eyes to see what You are doing and give us a heightened level of discernment and grace for ourselves and others. Amen.

Doug Addison
InLight Connection
Email: respond@dougaddison.com

from www.elijahlist.com

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I really believe this word applies to my family right now. We keep waiting for the Lord to deliver us out of this situation that could become a legal problem if we don’t get out of this house quickly, but it seems to drag on and on. But we’ve had dreams that let us know that our deliverance will come suddenly.

We are packing and doing what we can to be ready to leave quickly. Gary is putting his name in for jobs all over the country, even places we don’t necessarily want to go. We’re knocking on every door and asking God to only open the right one. We have 15 different moving companies calling us to see if we’re ready to move yet. As soon as we get the word, we are out of here.

This sudden change of weather is encouraging to us because of a dream Kelsey had. This lets us know that we will be on the road soon. It was winter and she saw snowflakes in her dream as we were driving along together in a van (thank you, Lord, for giving us a van!). I’m speaking that in faith. Calling things that be not as though they were.

And now winter has come early in North Dakota, Minnesota and all of the Upper Midwest. So we believe that means we will be traveling to our new place soon.

He told me several months ago that He would put us in the right place at the right time. And He also told me to be anxious for nothing. And He has given me the grace to do it.

I liked what the above word said about God’s way of judging us. He takes a lot of factors into consideration. And He knows all the little intimate details of what’s in our hearts. How could we ever dare to judge someone else when we don’t know even half of those kinds of details about someone else’s life.

Most of us have no clue what kind of demonic attack is coming against people. I know that there is way more demonic attack against us than I ever realized, and I’m so grateful that God is showing us how to fight against it and destroy the works of the evil one. We are victorious through Christ, and we are being promoted. We’re going from glory to glory! Take this word for yourself, and we’ll see you in the Promised Land!

A Hand Full of Blessing

This morning when I woke up, I looked at my baby’s little hands. I just started blessing her little hands for whatever purpose God has for them. I prayed that God would use her hands to touch people with His love. That she would create and build things with her hands that would bring glory and honor to His name. That God would use her hands to heal hurting people. That He would use her hands to play an instrument that would bring comfort and inspiration to lonely, searching hearts. Or whatever way He chooses to use her hands, I prayed that they would be used to advance the Kingdom of God.

She seemed to know that I was doing something special. She kept her hands in mine while I was praying over them. I felt an anointing and leading to pray this over her. I’ve never done anything like that before. I’m learning to speak and pray blessings over my children and my husband. There’s power in the spoken word.