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Enough is Enough!

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The New Normal for Marriage

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Enough is Enough! by Pastor Robert Fleischmann

It was to be the watershed event in women’s rights. Women would be free from the bondage of an unwanted pregnancy. Free to be like men – pursuing careers, fighting wars, being promiscuous, and soaking it all up under the banner of autonomy.

legal, and after 40 years this grand social experiment has been a miserable failure. Through a fog of misrepresentation and distortions, “autonomy” has become the much-sought-after holy grail of our wayward society. No longer do advocates of abortion-rights question what happens during an abortion. Naomi Wolf argued that her fellow abortion rights advocates “need to contextualize the fight to defend abortion rights within a moral framework that admits that the death of a fetus is a real death.”1

Women could claim control over their bodies, once previously unknown in this nation. Under the mantras of “my body – my choice” and “safe, legal and rare,” abortion has been the legal choice for the unnatural intrusion into that which ultimately defines a female’s inimitable characteristic – her unique ability to bear children.

Move ahead 13 years: in 2008 abortion rights advocate Camille Paglia put it this way, “I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.”2

With stories of patient deaths in abortion clinics and an annual rate of over one million per year, abortion has not been safe, it has not been rare – but it has been

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These are not wild distortions of abortion from crazed far-right fanatics. Leading abortion advocates now view their cause in this way.

“Our society finds Truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form Truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder; it is a hallowing reproach.

After more than a generation of legalized abortion, the killing of the most defenseless hardens abortion advocates and dulls the apathetic. Time has enabled many of us to become desensitized of this moral outrage.

“What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not the Ten Suggestions, they are Commandments. Are, not were. “The sheer brilliance of the Ten Commandments is that they codify, in a handful of words, acceptable human behavior. Not just for then or now but for all time.”

We as a nation were horrified by the attacks of 9/11 and crushed to tears by the sniper attacks on grade school children. But what is it that makes those losses overshadow the 55 million babies who have died from abortion? Where is the outcry for them?

Apart from the things of God our morality is wobbly gelatin. We reject objective values and determine for ourselves what is right

Were not both events the To surrender to the lovelessness of outrageous display of autonomy in which the our time is to surrender our freedom perpetrators ultimately took to speak and to do what is right their own lives after taking even when it is not popular. the lives of others? What is it that sets them apart? What makes killing first graders more wrong than and wrong. Then we hope for a consensus killing millions of first-trimester babies? in order that madmen do not fly planes What makes killing people innocently into buildings or shoot little children. working in a majestic tower more wrong Abortion represents our wayward nature than killing a baby innocently growing at its worst. Its staunch advocates no within the haven of her mother’s womb? longer care about abortion being safe,

The argument for autonomy that undergirds the right of a mother to kill her unborn child is an obvious fatal flaw for the child. Yet with each abortion, we all lose.

legal and rare. They just want it safe for themselves – their concern for the child is non-existent. They want it always legal until the first breath of the child. And they want it as accessible as possible. The fact that even conservative Christians avail themselves to abortion is a testimony not to its correctness but to its corruption that lures, tempts and leads the righteous from their right ways.

Granting the right to control one’s body is indeed a great right, but it has limitations. The sin is not autonomy itself, but the manner in which people use that autonomy. When the exercise of autonomy reaches beyond acceptable use and brings harm or death – either selfinflicted or onto others – it is a problem. It is a sin. It is, dare I say, wrong!

But on this anniversary a word is in order for those who should know better. For those of us lulled into apathy after 40 years of killing, today is a new day. To surrender to the lovelessness of our time is to surrender our freedom to speak and to do what is right even when it is not popular. Our God-given freedom compels us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Starting today, speak up.

In a society so lost in its illusion of autonomy, principles of right and wrong disappear – the historical record of right and wrong behavior is ignored. The Scriptures, the foundation of the JudeoChristian ethic for the previous millennia, dominated the ethics arena. Today the clarity of Scripture is obscured with people’s own adaptations of “right and wrong” – those that fit their own likes and desires.

For those fooled into having an abortion or advocating for an abortion out of ignorance there is admittedly an irretrievable nature to that error. We cannot resurrect the child’s remains and place her in her mother’s arms. Our faith refuses to allow us to be bluffed into the old myth that the child was

In his 1987 commencement address to graduates at Duke University Ted Koppel eloquently stated, C le a rly C a r i ng

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just a blob of tissue. The nagging reminder of the silent voice that speaks to us at all hours of the day testifies to our error and haunts us. The knowledge alone is our living hell, poking at us mercilessly with a stabbing pain that refuses to be quieted.

our Creator. It is the knowledge that our deliverance from shame, guilt and error is not from endless acts of penance but from the perfect blood of Him who had no sin. Forty years is an awfully long time to be living a lie. It is time for people who know better to act like it. It is time for silent voices to be silent no more. It is time to call out the emperor’s nakedness and expose the inherent evil that abortion has always been.

Autonomy promises independence and “freedom” yet it actually enslaves us to a value-less culture that endangers all lives even remotely dependent upon someone stronger, wiser, bigger and perceivably better.

The time has come for us to speak above the shrill of abortion advocates with actions of love for both mother and child. Forty years is too long. Abortion is too wrong. Apathy is too unacceptable. Enough is enough!

The solution is found where it always has been – outside of ourselves. The objective standards of right and wrong always wage a war against our natures which rebels against parents, against authority and against God Himself. The clear teaching that calls us to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” reflects that truth. It is the teaching that we – with humble hearts – become more concerned for others than ourselves. It is the teaching that although error must be revealed, love must dominate. It is the teaching that our eternal relevance is found not in ourselves but in

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Rev. Robert Fleischmann is the National Director of Christian Life Resources. He speaks throughout North America on the Biblical approach to various life and family issues and counsels people with God’s Word in correct decision-making.

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When Life Holds No Dignity by Pastor Robert Fleischmann

Advocates for assisted suicide have often marched under the “death with dignity” banner, but what does that word, “dignity,” mean? When did we get it, and how do we lose it?

ideals of Him who created that person. Christian dignity is a walk in life – an attitude and lifestyle – which reflects a heart minded toward God and His will (Samuel 16:7). Today dignity has been redefined to represent not as others see us but as we want to see ourselves. We are lured into thinking the “best years of our life” are those of our best physical and mental health. So when health declines we are misled into believing our dignity declines as well.

Some say they lose dignity when they lack proper judgment and cannot think or act for themselves. Some say they lose their dignity when they cannot control bodily function. Others argue that dignity is the ability to enjoy all that life offers, and when that can’t be done any longer, a person is “better off dead.” Do these examples really represent a loss of dignity?

Dignity and Faith The loss of dignity comes not with the demise of health but with the demise of faith. When anyone demonstrates a love for themselves, a lifestyle, a hobby, a possession, a presumption of health and welfare above and before a love for God, dignity is lost. Scripture tells us, “This is love for God: to obey his commands” (1 John 5:3). We are at our most undignified when we choose to disobey God, to love ourselves above others and to commit acts of lovelessness, murder and self-murder.

What about those with disabilities? Sometimes they have these problems. Do they lack dignity? Did they lose dignity? And what about babies? Don’t they also have these same conditions?

A Hijacked Term Today, the term “dignity” has been hijacked. At one time dignity was tied to moral character and ethical behavior. It was lost when one betrayed a higher expectation. A preacher loses his dignity when he acts in a most non-Christian manner. A politician loses his dignity when he acts in an untrustworthy manner. A member of the military loses his dignity when he neglects or deserts his duty.

Dignity is not about our health – but about our heart. Dignity is the possession of those whose walk with the Lord reflects devotion despite the challenges. Dignity is found both in the perfect obedience to the will of God and in humble repentance when that obedience falters. Dignity comes when others are so struck by your allegiance to God and His Word that they have to ask you how you hold up against great challenges (1 Peter 3:15).

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down syndrome It became obvious to me that most of the information given by the medical community only told half of the story and, in my opinion, encapsulated a negative bias. My son has a very strong heart and has been very healthy. While I understand he is very fortunate for that, I also now know that of the 45 percent of DS children born with congenital heart defects, most are minor and require no treatment. The major heart defects are most often treatable, and procedures have become commonplace. Over 90 percent of those diagnosed with major congenital heart defects live well into adulthood – and live fulfilling lives.

“My Son, Maxwell”

With all of the measures being taken to ensure quality of life for these individuals, I was horrified to learn that the abortion rate for unborn children diagnosed with DS is over 90 percent. I believe this number is high because expectant parents are only given statistical information which is often based on thousands versus millions of cases. Many ethical issues are raised by doctors, and most reflect a bias that does not respect life as beginning at conception. Many in the medical profession suggest that it is irresponsible to have a baby with DS because of the burden on society. What most people do not realize is that many of these same people sharing propaganda about the termination of a DS-diagnosed unborn baby already favor abortion for nearly any reason. Some even advocate “after-birth abortions” (infanticide) if prenatal testing fails to give an accurate

by Lisa Van Drese

My son, Maxwell, was born on April 6, 2011. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS) when he was two days old. I have since learned that Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a chromosomal condition involving all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21 rather than the usual two. DS is commonly associated with delays in physical and cognitive ability, as well as certain facial characteristics. After Maxwell’s diagnosis, I received a flood of information from his pediatrician – mostly statistical and completely overwhelming. As much as I appreciated knowing the potential health risks of a child with DS, I did not find the material to be very uplifting. Let me say that I am the type of person who must find a bright side in everything. I believe God has a plan and does not make mistakes. At that point, the information provided by the doctor was all I had to go on. I prayed that God would grant me strength and courage to take the best care of my little blessing. C le a rly C a r i ng

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diagnosis. This is wrong – in the womb and outside of the womb – to take these lives that God has given.

facial characteristics associated with DS, he also carries on other characteristics, such as my lips (from Grandpa), his father’s hairline (from Grandpa), and his sister’s nose (from Grandma). He is our baby with our genetic makeup, and he is rocking that third chromosome like nobody’s business!

I welcome the opportunity to assist both expectant and new parents with this most exciting challenge. Maxwell has brought so much love into this world. He will soon celebrate his second birthday, and I could not imagine my life without him. He has been loved by many, and he in turn richly touches their lives. It truly breaks my heart to think that anyone would give up a baby’s life because a doctor says it’s genetically responsible to terminate the pregnancy.

If you or someone you know faces the challenge of a diagnosis of the birth of a child with DS, contact me. You can send an email to the national office of Christian Life Resources at info@christianliferesources.com or call the office at 1-800-729-9535, and they will relay your contact information to me. Let’s talk! When you know how precious a child with DS is and what fulfillment he or she brings to a family’s life, you will come to know Down syndrome is not a curse but a wonderful blessing.

There is no child alive who does not have special needs. That is why these babies are given to us to care for and love. While scientists think it important to create a superior race, it also slowly dulls our compassion and willingness to help our fellow man.

Photo used with permission of Maxwell with his sister, Andréa (Van Drese) Couillard.

Max has taught all of us so much. I have a deeper concern for and understanding of people that would not have been possible if not for Max, and I will continue to receive him as a gift – a wonderful gift from God! While Max may have some

Lisa Van Drese and her husband, Doug, and their son, Maxwell, live in Gladstone, MI. They are members of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Escanaba.

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Deprived of the Chance by Pastor Robert Fleischmann

My travels throughout North America have given me countless opportunities to meet some rather incredible people. One of those people is Lisa Van Drese. Her attitude, optimism and unrelenting faith in the purity of God’s will compelled me to ask her to write about her experiences. In her article entitled My Son, Maxwell (page 8), Lisa wrote the following that is worthy of our focus: C le a rly C a r i ng

“While scientists think it important to create a superior race, it also slowly dulls our compassion and willingness to help our fellow man.” How profoundly true that statement is in all areas of our lives.

The Duty to Die In 1984 Governor Richard Lamm of Colorado stated the elderly had a “duty to die” rather than burdening the government or their family with their care. On January 22, 2013, as our own United

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States noted its 40th year of legalized killing of unwanted unborn children, the Japanese Minister of Finance Taro Aso relit a firestorm of controversy when he commented that elderly people should “hurry up and die” in order to avoid a drain on the country’s financial resources. As the battle continues in the United States to prevent the legalization of physician assisted suicide, disability rights groups are seen as the most articulate opponents. They understand the way people think. What starts as the “opportunity” to exit life early quickly becomes an obligation (or a “duty”) to die – ultimately relieving a caregiver of a loved one’s burden of care.

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defenseless lose first. They lose respect and honor – and eventually their lives.

We Lose As our nation presses its families to engage in “the talk” about end-of-life care, the aging are buying into the misguided notion that “I don’t want to be a burden for you.” We have so indoctrinated ourselves with pleasure and luxury that caring for others is deemed an intrusion into our self-absorbed lives. Hadley Arkes, professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, once stated in a speech some 20 years ago (and I paraphrase), “Many people talk about not wanting to be a burden on their family and others. I contend that the fabric of society is strengthened by its ability and willingness to carry a burden.”

That is why assisted suicide is often associated with elder abuse. Granting the right to self-murder suggests In our pursuit of convenience and that there are times when it is appropriate to kill oneself. pleasure the most defenseless lose It plants the thought. Society first. They lose respect and honor today accepts and justifies – and eventually their lives. the self-murder of the elderly who are stigmatized as lacking dignity and an acceptable quality With the disposal of every unwanted of life. So what of those whose lives are child; with the humiliation of the judged as lacking “full quality” – such as aging and disabled through neglect; people with disabilities? When should they and with our acceptance of the right “move on” and why? And what about the to abort and commit self-murder we elderly who, in the spirit of “contentment forget the other victims – ourselves! in all things” (Philippians 4:12), accept the With each abortion and suicide, each of declining quality of life as part of God’s us loses the opportunity and privilege plan for them and those around them? to carry a burden and reprioritize our What happens is that such measures values in life to reflect the tradition of become a form of psychological our faith, learned first from Christ who abuse – by shaming the vulnerable died for the unlovable and unappreciative into accepting assisted suicide on the that we might live forever (Romans 5:8). grounds that they are burdens to others.

As a nation we work hard to rid ourselves of life’s inconveniences. We abort the children diagnosed with Down syndrome – not because it is right, but because we can. We abort the ill-timed children – not because it is right but because we can. We abort the children conceived from a rape or incest – not because it is right but because we can.

When someone unwanted or deemed a burden dies on our watch it is a subtle and continual brainwashing that cheapens life inside and outside of the womb. When we relegate charity to government programs we give away a portion of our dignity that would be found in personally carrying the burdens of others.

Most people know instinctively that it is wrong to end another person’s life. Causing death because an unborn child cannot be seen or by convincing ourselves that some individuals are something less than real persons is mere denial. In our pursuit of convenience and pleasure the most

The admonitions to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the ailing were not given because they were easy but because they were good – for us as well as for others.

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

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The New Normal for Marriage

How a False Worldview Undermines Christian Thought and Truth by Pastor David Thompson Reprinted by permission of the author. Originally published in the Lutheran Sentinel JanuaryFebruary 2013.

The trend is clear. Surveys have shown a steady and growing acceptance of homosexual marriage. In 1996 (when nationwide polls began) it was opposed by more than two to one. It is now favored 50-48%. So in 16 years there has been a significant swing in the perception of homosexual marriage (not to mention, homosexuality itself). Fifty years ago no one would have imagined that this new thinking would become commonplace. This “new normal” is the consequence of a false worldview and it ought to concern anyone who values true Lutheran teaching and the good of society. Why? As Christians we confess the following regarding marriage and the current controversy: • There is one and only one definition of marriage that God instituted and intended for all people of all time: “the lifelong union of one man and one woman into one flesh, entered into by mutual consent and promise.” (Evangelical Lutheran Synod Catechism) • This universal understanding of marriage is clearly attested to in Scripture (Gen. 1:27-28 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:2-3; Eph. 5:31). C le a rly C a r i ng

• This understanding of marriage is also confirmed throughout history where no government has ever given clear legal sanction to homosexual marriage, until the last eleven years in which 12 countries, and nine states are now engaging in such an experiment. • The purpose of the God-ordained marriage is for establishing the most unique loving companionship and the raising of godly children by a father and a mother. Families injured or broken by death and divorce ought to receive the compassion and help of Christians. • God also intended such marriages to be the foundation of civil society; where such marriages break down, are dishonored, or re-defined, civil society is endangered. • Cultural trends cannot trump the revealed will of God; and, therefore, Christians are to stand firm on the timeless truths of God’s Word rather than allow popular trends to frame their beliefs. • Christians, like Christ, love sinners. In fact, we are them. We come to church because we seek, find, and receive full and free forgiveness in Christ who offers to us what he so painfully bought on the cross. For that reason, we invite to our worship services anyone – the selfish, proud, greedy, idolater, thief, adulterer, homosexual, murderer – who wishes to find real forgiveness and help in a world that can be so burdensome, painful, and hopeless. We can offer no greater love.

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But this Christian and biblical approach to marriage has been pushed aside in favor of the Postmodern worldview that has quickly and effectively altered the way people – even Christians – view divine matters, often with no critical thought – they just absorb it because it is popular. Postmodernism teaches that there are no timeless truths that apply to all people of all time; there are only humanly constructed “truths” developed by certain cultures or groups over time which they then hope to impose on the rest of culture. Therefore one man-one woman marriage, the postmodernist believes, is not really something from God, but a humanly constructed concept which one group naively believes is really true and wishes to force upon culture at large. A (postmodern) pastor recently argued this way in a letter to a local paper. He essentially said: my church holds to one teaching on marriage, another church has a different version of marriage; government, therefore, must not impose one church’s version or “truth” on

everyone. If marriage is merely a matter of personal or church preference, as this pastor believes, then the door is wide open to allow for any and all definitions. If we cannot limit marriage to one man and one woman, we cannot limit it at all. The truth is: our understanding of marriage does not originate from behind our church’s doors. It transcends from the very mind of God. It is one of those inalienable truths given to all mankind, based in nature, attested to throughout history, and clearly taught in Scripture. Here we and our children must stand. Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word; Curb those who fain by craft and sword Would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son And set at naught all He hath done.

David Thompson lives in Audubon, Minnesota where he serves as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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IN MEMORY OF Lena Severson by Dr. Terry & Judith Gueldner of Manitowoc, WI

Rev. Richard Mueller by Bill & Marilyn Sherod of Harbor City, CA

Christine Scheele by Pastor Martin & Sandra Scheele of Jackson, WI

Henrietta Baxter by Donald & Paula Sipe of Appleton, WI

Don Ohrmundt by Donna Ohrmundt of Randolph, WI

Louise & Richard Beyer by Michael & Sharon Bingen

Eunice Bunkowske by Glen Bunkowske of Lake City, MN

Rhonda Kleist by Rev. & Mrs. Dennis Kleist of Appleton, WI

Ardele Suhr by Mr. & Mrs. John Cleven of Appleton, WI

David M Hohenstein by Becky Truell of Oshkosh, WI

Martin Eisenman by Lucille Eisenman of Racine, WI

Edna Walker’s birthday by her daughter, Joyce Schneider of Madison, WI

Iola Bartsch by Marilyn Gillespie of Johnson, MN

Ginny Fessmann by Rev. Robert & Diane Fleischmann of Hartford, WI

Elda Rockhoff by Rev. & Mrs. Jonathan Rockhoff of Wichita, KS

Jim Marquardt by Ken & Sue Gawrisch of Franklin, WI

Bill & Mary Stephans by Suzanne & Allen Schmidt of Hartford, WI

Rebecca Kading by Ronald & Carolyn Kading of Green Bay, WI

Elroy Crozier by Steven Zastrow of Rhinelander, WI

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Orville & Belva Schroeder by Randy & Linda Schroeder of Lakeville, MN

Micah & Evan Sievert by Frederick Sievert of Watertown, WI

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The Journey of Forgiveness by Anonymous

Roe v. Wade seemed like a timely solution to a very big problem in young women’s lives, namely an unwanted pregnancy. What would one “do” with an unplanned baby?

dream – not to mention bad timing for a corporate career that was in full swing. My doctor mentioned that I could “always get an abortion” as simply as I could change a light bulb. “It’s legal now.” At the time, I figured that meant it was the okay thing to do.

In my case, I was unwed and pregnant. At the time, the pregnancy seemed like a bad

The father of my baby, a fast track business colleague, would not even consider getting

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married but would pay for the abortion. I thought I didn’t have any options. I did not really have anyone to talk to. So I bravely went to the abortion clinic and was shown a video. I immediately got sick, and I remember the nurse saying, “We need to take ‘this one’ right away.” The whole procedure was a blur, and it was over before I could even consider changing my mind.

I don’t remember when it happened, but I realized that God through Jesus had forgiven me for all of my sins. Even the abortion! But how could I forgive myself? I realize now that beating myself up for so long was arrogant, and I was living in self-pity. When I was strong enough, my pastor suggested that I make a video to show to young pregnant girls. We worked on this project in a small mission church. It felt so wonderful to be able to help prevent these young girls from making the same mistake I had made.

I returned to my apartment numb, thinking that everything would now be okay. I was very wrong. The guilt did not come immediately; it grew over many years. My career focus and a full social calendar kept the pain from taking control. But every Mother’s Day I would My sin of abortion had become legal feel terrible emptiness in the world, but how did I get to and horrible guilt.

the point of forgiving myself?

All I ever wanted was to get married and have a family. I never found the right person, so I moved to Chicago and started climbing the corporate ladder. Many times I “found” religion in various places, but nothing ever stuck. God finally led me to a lovely Christian man, and we married. Since I was older, we did not have any children. His teenage children eventually became mine through time and lots of love. I was mad at God for a long time and thought He was punishing me for my heartless decision from all those years ago. I thought that although He really did give me a baby, I threw it away. Was my baby tossed out with the garbage or flushed away? What a horrifying thought even to this day. If I didn’t care then, why would He give me another child? As the years went by in my marriage without natural children, I again started to beat myself up over the abortion. I hadn’t been barren, but heartless. I wondered where my baby was. Nowhere? In heaven? Would I ever see my baby? After several serious health problems, I realized that I needed to give back in some way while still on this earth. God had given me so much that I wondered how I could give Him glory. I spoke with my pastor many times about my guilt. I thought perhaps I needed to tell this story and help other young girls from making this horrible mistake.

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When my pastor told me he was going to put this video on television for all to see, I felt extreme panic. I guess I wasn’t ready to help in such a public manner! So again I felt shame – yet I came to realize I was letting God down again. The anti-abortion road signs hurt all the more at this point. We are all sinners. My sin of abortion had become legal in the world, but how did I get to the point of forgiving myself? After several years of Bible classes, my faith became stronger. Yes, “Jesus loves me... the Bible tells me so” rang true. He loves me so much that He sent His only Son to die for my sins. Even the sin of killing my baby! Knowing this fact became the first step in forgiving myself. Many times I turned to God for help when I couldn’t fix something. Well, I couldn’t fix my guilt over the abortion. When I focused my prayer in the direction of a loving Father, the pain became weaker. As I kept praying and knowing that He forgave me, the peace of self-forgiveness seemed like it happened overnight. Do I still regret my decision? YES! Am I grateful that I am forgiven? YES! Is God now in control of my life? YES! Each day He guides my path. Every day I sing His praises! And through my wonderful stepdaughter, He has blessed me with three grandchildren! What joy!!!

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WELS on wheels by Tim Luetzow

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 This past spring I read about a group that was planning their 4th annual 1,100 mile bicycle ride from New Orleans to Chicago. They accomplish this in eight days as a way to raise money for pro-life causes. While reading this a light bulb went on in my head. Why not start a WELS bicycling group? A group to promote fellowship, evangelism, healthy living and enjoyment of God’s wonderful creation while at the same time raising funds for WELS and ELS organizations. The decision of ministries to support was based on my desire to promote pro-life and pro-family issues and Christian Life Resources was first on my list. A natural extension of the family-oriented message of Christian Life Resources was WLCFS Christian Family Solutions, WELS Missions and the ELS group Thoughts of Faith. I firmly believe that this group has the potential to appeal to all ages from parents pulling their little ones for two or five miles to hard core riders competing for 100 miles and anything in between. Events could begin with an outdoor service. Cookouts and picnics could follow the ride. If desired, pledge forms could be completed although money is not the most important aspect and local chapters could make their own determinations as to whether they would even want to seek contributions. T-shirts could be printed as another way to promote the event. The picture on the right shows the shirts I had printed for the inaugural WELS on Wheels Ride 4 Life which was held on June 16, 2012. A total of nine riders logged 584 miles and raised $800 for Christian Life Resources. The three of us in the picture on the next page rode the entire length of the Glacial Drumlin Trail from Waukesha to Cottage Grove Wisconsin, a total of 53 miles. Some rode 34 miles and others rode 10 miles, it is up to the individual rider. I think our first ride went pretty well, and we enjoyed some fun, sun and rain. I hope to make this an annual event held on the Saturday before Father's Day. C le a rly C a r i ng

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I also recently read the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, and one quote in particular stood out. The quote reads, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” My love of bicycling paired with my passion for pro-life, pro-family issues makes me come alive. I pray that WELS on Wheels becomes a benefit to promoting those issues as well as an encouragement for us to come alive to share the hope we have through Christ our risen and living Savior.

NEXT RIDE: The 2nd Annual Ride For Life to benefit Christian Life Resources DATE: Saturday, June 15th LOCATION: Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc, WI, on an around-the-lakes tour. We will ride either 25 or 50 miles depending on the number of participants. To learn more or to express interest in order to get a count, go to: WELS on Wheels Facebook page or e-mail: welsonwheels@netwurx.net

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The Manhattan Declaration by Pastor Robert Fleischmann

The Manhattan Declaration was released in the fall of 2009. It can be found at: manhattandeclaration.org

What Is It?

Religious Liberty: The document declares: “Christians confess that God alone is Lord of the conscience. Immunity from religious coercion is the cornerstone of an unconstrained conscience. No one should be compelled to embrace any religion against his will, nor should persons of faith be forbidden to worship God according to the dictates of conscience or to express freely and publicly their deeply held religious convictions.”

The document focuses on life, marriage and religious liberty. Sanctity of Human Life: The Declaration states: “A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are discardable. As predicted by many prescient persons, the cheapening of life that began with abortion has now metastasized.” Traditional Marriage: The document professes: “To strengthen families, we must stop glamorizing promiscuity and infidelity and restore among our people a sense of the profound beauty, mystery, and holiness of faithful marital love... The impulse to redefine marriage in order to recognize same-sex and multiple partner relationships is a symptom, rather than the cause, of the erosion of the marriage culture.” C le a rly C a r i ng

Who Wrote It? The document is the collaborative effort of religious leaders of the Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant persuasion. The late Chuck Colson served as a driving force behind its development along with the members of its drafting committee, Robert P. George and Timothy George. Notable signatories to the Declaration include Dr. James Dobson, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Tony Perkins and Rev. Chuck Swindoll.

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Why Was It Written?

of holiness and righteousness: lost at the fall into sin and regained only through faith in Christ (Colossians 3 and Ephesians 4). What is stated in the Declaration about the image of God is not wrong – just not completely right.

According to Eric Teetsel, director of the Manhattan Declaration Project: “My job is to grow a movement of Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians committed to life, marriage, and religious freedom.”

2) The work of Christ. The document declares, “...just as Christ was willing, out of love, to give Himself up for the church...” This statement reflects wording used in Paul’s discussion of marriage in Ephesians 5. It fails, however, to reflect the full teaching that Christ died not only for the Church but for the sins of the world. Again, what is stated is not wrong – just not completely right.

As such, the Declaration seeks to address social ills within the context of the Christian community. It acknowledges theological differences among the Christian community while also seeking to tie that community together on the three previously-stated issues. While looking to increase social awareness in the Christian community it appears the organizers included an additional agenda to affect public policy. Recently the Declaration was submitted as an amicus brief (literally, a “friend of the court” treatise) to the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Who Might Sign It? The issues favoring pro-life positions, traditional marriage and religious freedom invite strong convictions – and considerable passion. Those favoring the conservative statements contained within the Declaration tend to feel equal passion to sign onto the document and to also question those who have not yet done so. Indeed, if the Declaration was merely presented as a simple petition favoring the protection of life and defending traditional marriage and religious freedom, I too would have difficulty understanding the reasons why anyone would not want to sign it.

Why Might a Person Not Sign It? The Declaration appears to have a confused purpose. If its intent focused solely on igniting the Christian community with an increased level of social awareness, then it must be examined in its entirety as a religious statement. As such, the document weakly touches on some issues which might lead to misunderstanding. Two areas of concern stand out: 1) The image of God. The document echoes what is sometimes called the “broad” understanding of the image of God. It denotes the special nature of man above all other life created by God. Scripture does speak in that manner, but Scripture also talks about the image of God as the state C le a rly C a r i ng

As a religious statement, the Declaration’s lack of precision in these two areas is problematic. Because we confess that Christ died for the sins of the world – for ALL people – to restore the image of God lost because of sin, it would be difficult to defend such general statements in this regard. Submitting the document as an amicus brief raises an additional concern. Once the Declaration became a tool for social change its first appeal should have been to natural law. While rightly reflecting the testimony of God’s Word on these issues, its foremost feature should have been the historical positions on these issues. Because affecting social change in the civil realm does not appear to have been the initial intent of the document it is not as strong or effective in its expression of natural law on these matters.

So, What To Do? Some might think our criticism involves being so doctrinally perfect that we become practically useless. Perhaps, but physicians would demand “perfect” statements in a medical document. Engineers also would be as exacting. So also when it comes to deeply religious people when a document talks about religion. The Manhattan Declaration commendably seeks to raise the moral conscience of America. If such petitions could accomplish that we would favor it. As a unified “Christian” statement, however, it is inadequate and lacks the precision and clarity to warrant our unqualified support.

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H A P P EN I N G NO W !

News & Views Bills Banning Abortion Make Gains in State Legislatures In a shift from past decades, pro-life advocates have ramped up efforts in state legislatures to ban abortion after certain points during pregnancy. Before 2010, no state had enacted a law to ban abortion outright at any stage in pregnancy. Pro-life gains in state legislatures and governorships over the past three years reversed that trend, allowing for the enactment of such bills. Since 2010, ten states have passed measures banning all or most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Arkansas became the first state this year to pass a bill that bans most abortions after 12 weeks (see related news below). S OU RC E : 3/12/13 – Women’s Health Policy Report

Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Late-Term Abortion Ban A federal judge struck down Idaho’s 2011 law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled March 7 in favor of Jennie Linn McCormack, who decided to challenge the state’s fetal pain law. The decision marks the first time a court has ruled that such a measure is unconstitutional. S OU RC E : 3/7/13 – LifeNews.com

Veto Override Makes Arkansas Abortion Ban Toughest in U.S. Arkansas now has the country’s most protective pro-life law, banning most abortions in the 12th week of pregnancy. On March 6, lawmakers voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The law, which goes into effect this summer, is certain to end up in court. Gov. Beebe vetoed the measure on Monday, March 4. The following day, the state Senate voted to override the veto. On Wednesday, March 6, the state House voted 56-33 to do the C le a rly C a r i ng

same. A simple majority was needed in each chamber for the override. The vote comes less than a week after Arkansas lawmakers overrode a veto of another state bill banning most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy. That bill became law immediately after the final February 26 override vote. S OU RC E S : 3/6/13 – LifeNews.com; 3/6/13 – Arkansas Democrat

77 Assisted Suicide Deaths Reported in Oregon in 2012 The annual report released by the Oregon Public Health Division indicates 77 Oregonians died in 2012 after obtaining lethal medication to end their lives (in 2011, 71 individuals took their lives in Oregon). The latest report indicates 115 lethal prescriptions were written during the year. That total represents a 21% increase in the number of prescriptions for assisted suicide in Oregon since 2009. Eleven additional individuals who killed themselves in 2012 used lethal prescriptions from previous years. The total number of 77 deaths in 2012 continues a trend of steady growth in the use of the “Death with Dignity Act” (DWDA) which took effect 15 years ago. The total known assisted suicides in Oregon stands at 673. S OU RC E : Oregon Public Health Division Report

Civil Unions Signed Into Law in Colorado Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law on March 21 permitting civil unions for same-sex couples. The law takes effect May 1. Civil unions grant samesex couples rights similar to traditional marriage, including inheritance and parental rights, as well as the ability to make medical decisions for their partners. Colorado now joins eight U.S. states with civil unions or similar laws. Nine states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. S OU RC E : 3/21/13 – Fox News

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A. I LOvE YOu DAD PHOTO FRAME A charming 10"W x 11"H picture of a side view mirror of an old truck. The mirror is a cut-out for a 3"W x 5"H photo. The frame reads: “Dad, Sometimes I look in the mirror and I see you and it makes me smile, as I reflect on the man that helped make me who I am today. I love you, Dad.” #717906354211CCO

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CHRISTIAn TIES Retail $9.99 each Sale $6.99 each B. CROSSES This polyester tie is black and features silver crosses of different sizes “floating” across it. #788200815159ANC

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D. DEER - JEREMIAH 17:17 This handsome necktie is made of Polyester and features a deer under a tree and has the words of Jeremiah 17:17 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”. #788200814916ANC

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From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God... and to their children? #9781598599695STL

Retail $29.99 Sale $20.99 F. COuRAgEOuS - 365 DAY PERPETuAL CALEnDAR Written to encourage men, and particularly Dads, this COURAGEOUS DayBrightener includes quotes from the movie, quotes to inspire men, and applicable Scriptures – a valuable tool each day of the year. Size: 5.25"W x 4.25"H x 1.5"D. Free standing for table or desktop. #081983436635DSP

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Each Thompson Bible is carefully hand-crafted, one at a time, using the finest Bible paper, leathers and craftsmanship. 1984 NIV translation. #9780887075568HDB B

Retail $64.99 Sale $44.49 B. ThE OnE yEAR BIBLE (nIV) Each 15-minute daily reading includes a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs using an attractive layout. Paperback. #BK9780842324519

Retail $18.99 Sale $13.29 C. COnCORdIA SELF-STudy BIBLE Combines the easy-reading of the NIV with Lutheran interpretive notes. As a study-enhancing resource, it’s the ideal choice for bringing new vitality to personal or group Bible study. Hardcover with jacket. #9780570005056CPH

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d. puRSE STyLE BIBLE COVER Beautiful burgundy Bible cover features a decorative silver cross on the front, purse-style handles, zipped mesh interior pocket, pen loop, and two exterior slip pockets. Size: Large (6.625" x 9.5" x 2"). #6006937075665CAG

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F. ThE pROBLEm OF SuFFERInG : A FAThER’S hOpE Author Gregory Schulz speaks as a Christian father, sharing the very personal, difficult struggle of dealing with years of pain, suffering and questions. It is honest, straightforward, and linked closely to the suffering Savior. Superb resource to share and to use with anyone suffering any form of loss. Paperback, 144 pages. #9780758626615CPH

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G. A TImE TO LAuGh A TImE TO CRy Using Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as a touchstone, author Bonnie Wasser emphasizes through her recollections she hopes to show how reassuring truth and unbelievable blessing can be found in every situation, happy or sad. Paperback, 104 pages. #BK9781427631060

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Read to loved ones...even if you can’t be there. Children’s hearts will be delighted to hear your voice and to enjoy the adventure of a whimsical celebration of God’s gift of imagination! Share a smile and a favorite memory with this keepsake reminder that even in soggy situations, adventures await! Written and illustrated by Matt Anderson. Board book, size: 8.5" x 10" x 1". Requires three AAA batteries, included. #081983475498DSP

Retail $29.95 Sale $20.96 B. LIttLE VISItS wIth gOD By ALAn hARt JAhSMAnn & MARtIn P. SIMOn Written especially for children ages 7-10, this best selling collection encourages children to learn about God and develop love and trust in Him. Each “little visit” includes: a Bible verse, life-related devotion, questions to help children get involved, suggested Scripture readings, prayer. Paperback, 413 pages. #9780758608475STL

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Retail $13.99 Ftg $11.99 c. My FIRSt BIBLE Collection of Bible stories that are especially engaging for young, inquisitive minds. Each story is communicated in such a way that the hearer quickly grasps the message God has for His people and how the story promotes the Gospel message of forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. Hardback, 256 pages. #BK9780758609106

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Adorable padded cover board books follow a baby lion and panda cub with their Daddy and Mommy. D. #9781400317080STL E. #9781400317073STL

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F. hAzEL cREEK In the Hazel Creek Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains, Nathan and Callie Randolph, with their five unique daughters, wrestle to maintain their farm, forests, family, and faith against an unforgiving wilderness. A cast of colorful characters collide in a gripping struggle of good and evil amid eruptions of violence and tragedy. #9781439141823STL

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GREETING CARD ASSORTmENTS Retail $16.95 each Sale $11.99 each Enjoy the delightful variety, convenience and value of a greeting card portfolio filled with an assortment of 20 colorful greeting cards and designed envelopes!

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C. FAIThFul SERvANT PORTFOlIO Handsome faux leather portfolio displays Deuteronomy 15:10. 8.5"W x 11"H. Notepad included. #DIC-PORT10

Retail $35.00 Sale $24.49 D. WAlk BY FAITh JOuRNAl This journal is great for recording prayer requests, capturing inspiring thoughts, and noting meaningful Scripture. Size: 5" x 7", 160 lined pages, notebook style. #081983436253DSP

Retail $7.99 FTG $6.83 E. A PlACE TO REmEmBER... JOuRNAl Christian journaling is a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with Christ. Size: 4.25" x 7.25", 192 lined pages, book binding. #081983479557DSP

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F. NATuRE’S BlESSINGS - BIRThDAY Celebrate a birthday with one of these 12 beautiful floral cards featuring an inspirational message of blessing. #081983398605DSP

Retail $5.99 FTG $5.69 G. CONGRATulATIONS - CElEBRATE Let these 12 fun cards send your messages of celebration for every celebratory occasion! #081983450563DSP

Retail $4.99 FTG $4.79 h. “WITh GOD All ThINGS ARE POSSIBlE” NOTE CARD PACk This pack includes 8 note cards and 8 envelopes. Front reads: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26. The inside is blank for your message. #3006

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This 100% silk tie is black and shows the picture of a sunrise coming over the horizon with a cross. “John 3:16” appears at the bottom of the tie. Above the horizon is the the words “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” #796736089197ANC

Baseball-styled short-sleeved shirt features embroidery on the front that reads, “With God we will gain the victory.” Back features an applique baseball with embroidered “Psalm 60:12.” Size: 3T, 4T

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Beautiful cross necklace comes in an elegant 3" square jewel-accented trinket box. #4401

A handsome, black leather bracelet with olive green jute string for adjusting. #651263015968ANC

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a. CHuRCH bEllS CD bY KoInE vol III Inspirational CD by Koiné, featuring: 1. Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways 2. Fight the Good Fight 3. Comfort, Comfort All My People 4. Once in Royal David’s City 5. My Song Is Love Unknown 6. Draw Us to Thee 7. He Stood before the Court 8. Glory Be to Jesus 9. This Joyful Eastertide 10. All Glory, Laud, and Honor 11. What Wondrous Love Is This 12. When God the Spirit Came 13. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night 14. The King of Love My Shepherd Is #880495999139KOI b

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Classical style piano music by Paul Spaeth. Release date: 2001. Featuring: 1. out of the blue 2. tranquility 3. celtic legend 4. sand of time 5. the hope within us 6. spirit of silence 7. truth in soul 8. starlight 9. voices from the forest 10. unity 11. horizon #656613372920PSP

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Christian Life Resources Affiliates ARIZONA

Little Canada, MN 55117-1344 651-644-3937 www.newdaycenter.org lifecenter@clmonline.com

Alpha Pregnancy Counseling Center 1822 W. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85015-5296 602-285-0050

CALIFORNIA Alameda Pregnancy & Life Resource Center 2175 The Alameda, Suite 207 San Jose, CA 95126-1149 408-249-6707 www.alamedapcc.org bayareapcc@ccglobal.net

OHIO Alpha Life Resource Center 2999 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 108 Columbus, OH 43231-4030 614-890-0003 www.justasking.org info@justasking.org

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The Hope Center 730 W. Glendale Avenue Appleton, WI 54914-2352 920-739-0039 www.thehopecenter1316.com thehopecenter1316@gmail.com

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Alpha Pregnancy & Life Resource Center 313 E. Main Street Watertown, WI 53094-3708 920-261-9207 www.alphalifecenter.org office@alphalifecenter.org

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Choices of Life Center 729 Grand Avenue Racine, WI 53403-1135 262-898-7043 www.pregnancyhelpracine.org choicesoflifecenter@gmail.com

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New Life Resource Center 1923 State Road La Crosse, WI 54601-5835 608-785-2377 www.newlifelacrosse.com info@newlifelacrosse.com

Pregnancy Counseling Center 25545 5 Mile Road Redford, MI 48239-3228 313-952-2147 www.pregnancycounsel.com counselor@pregnancycounsel.com

Bay Area Counseling Center 530 S. Webster Avenue Green Bay, WI 54301 920-433-9955; 800-680-9955 www.bayarealifecenter.org info@bayarealifecenter.org

Michiana Life Resource Center & Pregnancy Center 671 McAllister Avenue Benton Harbor, MI 49022-4934 269-925-1335

Tomorrow’s Choice Family Resource Center 912 Barstow Street Waukesha, WI 53186-4602 262-513-9590 www.tomorrowschoice.org tomorrowschoice@yahoo.com

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New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers PO Box 423 Aurora, CO 80040-0423 303-364-0890 www.homeformothers.com info@homeformothers.com

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