Hear My Prayer, O God
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5 THE SANCTITY OF LIFE!
Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. Psalm 54:2 KJV
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“Jane Roe” Speaks Out
Abortion is not a difficult moral issue if you begin with Genesis.
Nor is it difficult to find the solution to abortion. The key is to turn the hearts of individuals back to the true history of life, found in Genesis.
The Creation magazine article “The Baby-Killers” identifies one staunch pro-abortionist who had a change of heart: Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. Her conversion caused shockwaves in the pro-abortion movement.
McCovery now runs a ministry called “Roe No More.” In June 2003 she even dared to file a motion to re-open her case and overturn the 1973 ruling. Though her legal maneuver was unsuccessful, she continues working one-on-one to point individuals back to the truth—that God established the sanctity of life in Genesis.
Commenting on the 1992 court decision to remove “under God” from the U.S. pledge of allegiance, McCorvey shows why it is so important for society to go back to Genesis:
Proverbs 13:2 KJV
"A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence."
Mark 16:15, And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
You can tell a lot about the spiritual wellbeing of a church or congregation by reading their mission statement. For the uninitiated, a mission statement is a formal summary of the aims and values of a particular ministry or church, their core goals, and aspirations.
Some churches still have the preaching of the Gospel in their mission statement, but many have replaced it with owery, less biblical pabulum such as community out- reach, self-improvement, self-realization, and self-esteem.
I’m not saying there shouldn’t be more than one thing in a mission statement, whether it be for a church or a min- istry, but the principal thing should be identical across the board, unchanged from congregation to congregation, be- cause, without this one thing, we are of no bene t to the kingdom of God.
It is because we have abandoned this principal thing that so many congregations are oundering about like sh on dry sand, without direction, purpose or vision, other than adding an annex to the gymnasium or getting new pews with u er cushions.
When Jesus sent the twelve out two by two, although He gave them power over unclean spirits, although it was within their authority to anoint the sick and watch them be healed, their mission statement had a singular purpose: to preach that people should repent!
That’s it! That was the charter, that was the mission state- ment, that was the vision and the aim, to tell people that they should repent. What the people did with the message, how they responded to the call, was entirely on them.
Their mission was not to push a certain denomination; their mission was not to showcase their abilities or com- pel people with their well-rehearsed testimonies; it was to call men to repentance.
Everything else owed out of the principal thing, the prin- cipal task they were commanded to carry out. If they had cast out demons and healed the sick without calling men to repentance, though noble on the surface, in reality, they
Nowadays, men glory in the irrelevant and altogether ig- nore the essential.
You can watch countless hours of evangelists and preach- ers, heads of international ministries and pastors of star- like fame drone on about their jets, their pets, their homes, and their jewelry, yet none dares bring up the subject of repentance.
You can hear leaders of some of the largest churches in the world tell you to look in the mirror and lie to yourself until you believe the lie. They insist that God’s only de- sire is to make you happy and that soon and very soon the wealth of the wicked will be transferred to the righteous, but of repentance not a peep.
When it comes to calling men to repentance, they are si- lent!
We have inverted the message of Christ to such a degree, wherein we focus on the things He deemed irrelevant and not worth pursuing, and disregarding the one thing He commands all of His apostles to preach unashamedly and unabashedly.
It’s not a mystery why church attendance is down, or why more churches than ever are shuttering their doors. It’s not a mystery why more people than ever are dis- illusioned with their spiritual growth and just throw in the towel. Repentance was never preached to them as the principal thing, and they’ve just grown weary pursuing other avenues to the destination that only repentance can lead us to.
2 Timothy 4:1-4, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsu ering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
With love in Christ,
Amid the changes and chances of this mortal life, we have nowhere to turn but to You, O Lord. Be our anchor in the storms of life, our foundation that will secure us against disaster, and our hope for a greater future than the best or worst that this life can bring. Preserve us with the gifts of Your grace in Your Word and Sacraments. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Unworthy though we are, we come, O Lord, at Your own invitation. Washed in the blood of the Lamb, we are the people of Your promise and sheep of Your own flock. Grant us to receive with faith and in repentance the blessed food of Your Son’s body and blood, and bring this Holy Communion to bear fruit in our lives of holiness, righteousness and service. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy to provide us all things as we have need; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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