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What does He ask of you?

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Dear Peace Family,

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3)

A couple months ago, Pastor Wandrey and I attended a Ministerial Association meeting here in Post Falls. There was a good group of pastors in attendance and there were a couple state legislators there to speak on an Idaho initiative prohibiting abortion. The executive director of Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Coeur d’Alene was there, as well as the director of Lifechoices in Sandpoint.

This meeting was quite an eye opener. I saw pastors who were weeping for the fact that we have allowed this to happen in our country and that we, as the church, the body of Christ, have not stepped in to do anything to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. God was calling these pastors to repentance. And they were heartbroken…so was I.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

Since the Roe vs. Wade decision that was made 44 years ago, almost 60 million babies have been killed. 80,000 of them in Idaho. Is that not just insane? Have we become so desensitized to these deaths that because the law says it is OK, we don’t have to listen to God? Or have we decided that this is a political issue, so we won’t talk about it at the risk of offending others.  What about offending God? What about the babies? What about our youth, our next generations, who accept this method of eliminating a pregnancy as a given? “The law says it’s OK, it must be!!” “It’s a woman’s right!” “It’s not a baby…it’s a fetus!” That is what they are hearing. Will they hear that here, at Peace Lutheran, because we don’t tell them different?

I saw a post recently on Facebook that accompanied an article about all the good things that Planned Parenthood does, and I’m not arguing that. But it said that the government should continue to fund it because none of those government funds are used for abortions. Does that make any sense at all? If I have government funds in one pocket and your funds in the other, and I pay doctors and clinics to perform abortions…does it matter which pocket it came out of? Does it matter if only 3% of Planned Parenthood funds are used for abortions? Let me see…does that calculate out to be few enough babies to not matter? What about this idea…JUST STOP KILLING BABIES!!

Ever since I attended that Ministerial Meeting God has been planting His scriptures about this topic right in my path!! Day after day! I have no choice but to share His Word.

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the One who formed you from the womb, “I the LORD, am the maker of all things…” (Is 44:24)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace…”  (Galatians 3)

John the Baptist was blessed in the womb. Paul, Jeremiah, Isaiah, David…. Formed, set apart, chosen, and loved by God in the womb…even before the womb. You were planned!

Ephesians 1:3-4 tells us that we were all chosen before the foundation of the world to become, in Christ, His holy and blameless children…

WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE?

PRAISE GOD, THERE IS FORGIVENESS: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace…”  (Ephesians 1:7)

Please, let’s have conversation about this and what we can do to repent and turn our nation away from this evil.  But, first… I would invite you to have serious conversation with our Savior. He was a baby in the womb. What does He ask of you?

 

With Love and Blessings,

Pastor Gail (Pastor Wandrey adds his signature in wholehearted agreement with this letter)