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April 24, 2016

Obeying Proverbs 24:11–12

Ming-Jinn Tong

Pastor for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown Campus

The leader of our Sanctity of Life Ministry, Delsie Baxter, has been busy organizing our April 2017 Peaceful Presence at an abortion clinic just blocks away from the Downtown Campus. She can tell you more ...

When a global partner spoke about his country on the other side of the globe, he mentioned a people group who had practiced human sacrifice.

I heard the Downtown Campus adult Sunday School class gasp.

Yet, as shocking as the concept of human sacrifice is, did this group not realize that if they looked out the window, they could see a place where innocent lives are taken five days a week through abortion—a “modern” practice of human sacrifice to the gods of convenience and materialism?

More than 2,000 babies died there last year, just down the street from the Downtown Campus. Pause and take it in. Does that fact and that number grip you? Do you grieve and—more important—do you sense the Lord’s grieving heart?

After 44 years of living with legalized abortion, are we just tired and willing to give up? If you are under the age of 55 and cannot remember a society without legal abortion, have you come to a place of complacency?

Or do we believe God has called us to be a voice for the voiceless? Do we believe in his power? 

The father of lies is very busy, and much of the world believes the lies—including those walking through the doors of that clinic. We need to be there with the truth. We need to be there to call upon the Lord to move. He is watching us! Will we give up the convenience of more sleep or staying warm and dry and make ourselves available to intercede (both in prayer and in word) for those He is “knitting” together in the womb?

Come join several of our pastors and members of the Sanctity of Life Ministry as we spend time at “our neighborhood abortion clinic” this week. We’ll gather at the Downtown Campus for prayer and instructions and then walk down together to pray and to hold signs conveying words of truth. Find a shift that works with your schedule:

Tuesday, April 25: 7–9am (Tom Steller and Sam Crabtree)
Tuesday, April 25: 9–11am (Ken Currie)
Wednesday, April 26: 7–9am (Bud Burk)
Wednesday, April 26: 9–11am (Mike Tong and Vince Johnson)
Friday, April 28: 7–9am (Keith Anderson)
Friday, April 28: 9–11am (Gil McConnell)
Saturday, April 29: 8am–10am 

Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
      hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
     does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
     and will he not repay man according to his work?—Proverbs 24:11–12

For the least of our brethren,