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Will You Choose Life?

Care Net logoI had the opportunity last evening to participate in the CareNet banquet for CareNet of Warren County NJ. During the evening we heard moving testimonies from women who struggled with an unwanted pregnancy. They shared how they felt fearful and confused. They shared how they were afraid to tell their families. However, as a Pastor, what I found particularly disheartening, is that they believed that their church would not be a place of support and help. In one woman’s case, she felt ostracized by her church. Is her sin any greater than others in that congregation? Where is the grace and mercy that is found in the gospel of Christ?

To be sure, I do not know all the details of their interaction with their church leaders. However, it got me thinking about my own family and my church. We do not want to minimize sin. God hates sin. We have no right to lessen what God hates. However, God is also full of grace and mercy. We have been granted amazing grace, a marvelous, matchless, and infinite grace. Should we not as pastor communicate the law to convict and the gospel to convert, comfort and change? I wonder how people would see me and my family and my church? Would they see me as a person who overflows with the gospel of grace?

MarcNewmanPortraitLast evening, we also heard from Dr. Marc Newman. He is the president of Speaker For Life, a training firm dedicated to equipping pro-life advocates nationwide with public speaking skills. He has spoken at nearly every major pro-life convention in the nation and is in demand as a banquet keynoter. He is the former Director of Speech and Debate at the University of California at Irvine and recently retired from teaching in the doctoral program in the School of Communication and the Arts at Regent University. He is a founding faculty member of the new Applied Bioethics program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He has trained speakers in public and private sectors for over twenty-five years. In addition to teaching, he heads – a site that helps Christians use movies to reach out to others. He has appeared on Fox News and in Time magazine. He lives in North San Diego County in California with his wife, Sharon, and their youngest son, Joel.

Newman spoke on three key issues

  1. Knowledge
  2. Ability
  3. Willingness

Christ has come to give life and life abundantly. Do you have that life? Have you trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? Have you done something in your past that you believe can never be forgiven? Perhaps you are a burdened with fear, shame, despair, guilt over your choices. The gospel of Christ is the only hope for forgiveness and freedom for broken humanity. In the gospel, we find that we are loved, accepted, forgiven because of the person and the work of Christ. Will you trust Him today?

For many of us who are in Christ, are you also living under the burden of shame, fear, and guilt? Have you heard the gospel and trust Christ for your salvation but still believe you are condemned? Paul, in Romans 8, said that there is now, no condemnation for all who are in Christ. Added to that, he ends the chapter by saying there is no separation from the love of God in Christ for children of God. I encourage you to stand under the waterfall of God’s grace and mercy. Be saturated in His word of steadfast loving-kindness and His peace.

I encourage you to find a local Care Net resources center in your area and find ways to help. We can always pray. Many of you could give time or treasures to aid in the ministry. Will you consider how God may want to use you to help?


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