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Thursday
Jan192017

So They Could Choose

Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven

I had just had my second child during the Christmas season, and this particular song by Christian artist Amy Grant spoke to me. In it, she sings from the perspective of Mary on her way to Bethlehem shortly before giving birth to Jesus. She sings of her trip and the growing. But then she says, “And I wonder what I’ve done.” Although this is just a songwriter’s interpretation, this line made me wonder: Why would Mary question what she had done?

Mary had done nothing wrong. She didn’t ask for this. In fact, the only thing she did do was receive the Word of God, which was the right thing to do.

Although I was not carrying the Son of God, I realized that most expectant mothers must go through this, even Mary. Whether it’s her first or her tenth pregnancy, a woman is filled with uncertainty. But, personally, having a baby taught me so much about the love of God.

First, I learned how to give my cares to Him. The day I received that first hospital bill, I panicked. I had never seen a one-time charge of that size. Based on 1 Peter 5:7, it was the first of many lessons that God taught me about worry: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” ( New King James Version). I physically knelt at my couch, held up the bill, and gave my cares over to Him.

Secondly, I learned how to love naturally. Romans 5:5 explains that “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.” Love comes from who we are because of Jesus and not from what we do. I didn’t have to try to love my child. I loved my child because I was her mother. It’s who God made me and empowered me to be.

Third, I learned to let go and rest in Him. I read all the books and pamphlets recommended to me. I had my doctor visits and ultrasounds. I took my vitamins. But bad things can happen, and it’s easy to get scared. When a blood test came back with some questionable numbers, the nurse’s words were frightful. But I know my God and His peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7). I knew everything would be okay. And it was.

Finally, I learned how to be led by the Holy Spirit in raising my children. Jesus promises that “the Helper, the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV). In raising kids, we’re not going to do everything perfectly. We will make mistakes. But the Lord gives us such sweet assurance that He will be there, every step of the way, helping us.

When I hear the arguments in favor of a “woman’s right to choose,” I am both sympathetic and saddened. I have extreme sympathy for the woman or young girl who finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy. Two out of three of my own were actually unplanned.

But how could I have justified ending one of my children’s lives? Who would I have chosen? None of the labors were pleasant. All of my children cost money. Yet, it was never my right to choose whether any of them lived or died. And now, all in their twenties, they may even say their lives have just begun.

I have learned so much from having my children. I’m so glad I left the choice of living up to them. I chose life, so they could do the same.

This week on the Gospel Truth broadcast, you can watch teaching that will encourage you in choosing life. If you would like to share your own experiences, please comment below. Please keep in mind the sensitive nature of this subject and be respectful.

Monday
Jan182016

A Narrow Road

“It was about 20 years ago now, my principal had a meeting with me, and he said that I was going to lose all of my dreams and that I needed to give the baby up for abortion.”

Choices Pregnancy Center has been a safe haven for young women in Teller County, Colorado by pointing them down the road less traveled. Through offering free services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and parenting training, Choices has encouraged countless mothers to make the right decision. Such was the case in 1996, when sixteen-year-old Rebecca stepped through their doors.

Kathryn Perry, Executive Director“I had suspected that I was pregnant,” recalls Rebecca. “I went to my friend’s house and took a home pregnancy test. Sure enough, the test came out positive. I then decided to go to the Choices Pregnancy Center. I started talking to one of the counselors, Julie, and told her that there’s no way I could be a mom and that I didn’t know what I was doing. Julie really provided a safe place for me to just fall apart but also to be comforted as well.”

Certain that Alan was going to break up with her, Rebecca picked up the phone to tell him the news. Shocked by how calm he was, Rebecca was assured that their relationship was not over, and they agreed to tell their parents together. By following God’s prompting and with their parents’ support, Rebecca and Alan decided to get married. However, not everyone agreed with their decision.

Exam table where a baby's life is discovered“My principal had a meeting with me and told me that I should have an abortion,” remarks Rebecca. “I told him I was going to keep the baby and that I was also going to be getting married. He said that if I missed any days of school, he would expel me. But it was in those moments that I heard God’s voice even stronger saying, ‘This is not what you want.’”

Alan and Rebecca got married on December 23 and moved into a tiny, studio apartment together. “Neither of us knew what to expect with a baby,” recalls Allan, “And our expectations could not have prepared us for how difficult it was. At the same time, the majority of the feelings that I had at those times were just wonderment. We were able to dream of maybe what the future might hold.”

Rebecca, Alan, and baby JaylenThe future held more for them than they realized. Alan’s finish carpentry business took off when he was only nineteen years old. Today he is known as one of the best in Colorado Springs. As for Rebecca, she’s a full-time mom to Jaylen and her three siblings.

When you support Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM), you are also supporting over forty other ministries and organizations, including Choices Pregnancy Center. You are a part of bringing hope and life to people just like Alan and Rebecca, who took the narrow road and courageously stood for what was right in the midst of opposition. But you don’t have to be in a crisis to take a stand.

AWM has provided just one of the ways where you can stand for what is right—the Declaration of Dependence upon God and His Holy Bible. By signing it, you are stating your beliefs in the Christian faith and standing for what the Bible says over what man says.

Now is the time to stand together, not in hate, but in love and conviction for God and His holy Word. Will you join us?

Thursday
Nov052015

Abortion and the Bible

Liberal. Conservative. Pro-life. Pro-choice. Democrat. Republican. It doesn’t matter where you’re classified on the political spectrum, we’re all aware of the abortion debate. We’ve seen the social ramifications of it. We’ve heard the pro-life and pro-choice arguments. We’ve read the statistics that say “24% of all pregnancies end in abortion.”1 We know that pro-choice advocates maintain that abortion is about women’s health, but pro-life arguments say less than 1 percent of abortions are performed to save lives.2 We’ve heard both sides argue about whether life begins at birth or conception. But the discussion about abortion is not really a social issue—it’s a moral one.

Abortion is not about healthcare, the freedom of choice, or women’s rights. It’s not about religion, nor is it centered on who will win the pro-life/pro-choice debate. Ultimately, abortion is about the sanctity of life (which scientists define as a “living organism…as specifically distinguished by the capacity to grow, metabolize, respond (to stimuli), adapt, and reproduce”3).

Many people, even Christians, believe the Bible to be silent about this issue. And though you won’t find the word “abortion” in the Bible, God’s Word actually has a lot to say about the sanctity of life. In Exodus 20-21, God gave us His standard of morality and value on life (even the life of the unborn). He says,

You must not murder [deliberate, premeditated killing].

Exodus 20:13 (New Living Translation, brackets mine)

If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. [23] But if there is serious injury [i.e., the death of the baby or mother], you are to take life for life.

Exodus 21:22-23 (New International Version, brackets mine)

Do these scriptures mean those who participate in or condone abortion should be killed? Of course not. Jesus took the penalty of sin—all sin—at the cross (Rom. 3:24), but that doesn’t change the value God places on life. The biblical view of abortion doesn’t focus on death; it focuses on life. A lady who had undergone an abortion, said this about the matter:

“I knew God had forgiven me for the abortions, as I had. But there was nagging regret. What would their lives have been like? Then God showed me to focus on the lives they’ve actually had—no guilt, shame, sickness, pain. Imagine crawling into Jesus’ lap anytime and asking Him anything! My children were taught of the Lord, and great is the peace of my children (Isa. 54:13).”

God is intimately involved in the process of life. At the moment of our conception, God made a plan for us and began shaping us into His image (Ps. 139:14-16). We are unique and valuable to Him—from conception. Even science agrees that at conception, all forty-six human chromosomes (little DNA packages that are the building blocks of life) are found in a unique configuration that has never before existed!4

Life is precious and children are a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3) that we are called to defend (Isa. 1:17 and Ps. 82:3). We cannot stand idly by, merely listening to pro-life and pro-choice arguments, while millions of children are sacrificed to the idols of convenience and fear. “God is calling us together to stand and start making an impact. None of us can do everything we need to by ourselves; we have to stand as one body,” Andrew Wommack said at his annual Ministers’ Conference. “And I believe He has called me to marshal His people together…[through this] God-inspired idea, the Declaration of Dependence upon God and His Holy Bible.”

Years ago, in the face of similar social evils, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil…. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” The time has come for the body of Christ to stand and speak up about the sanctity of life. Together our voices will be heard! Sign the Declaration today!

1 http://womensissues.about.com/od/reproductiverights/tp/Ten-Abortion-Facts.htm
2 http://www.abortionfacts.com/
3 http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Life
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/genetics/vgec/highereducation/topics/dnageneschromosomes