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The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “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.”
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WHO HAS ABORTIONS? • • • • • • • • • •
At least 80% of all abortions are performed on unmarried women (CDC). The abortion ratio for unmarried women is 510 abortions for every 1,000 live births. For married women, it is 61 abortions for every 1,000 live births (CDC). Women between the ages of 20-24 obtained 33% of all abortions (CDC). 50% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25; women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all U.S. abortions and teenagers obtain 17% (AGI). Adolescents under 15 years obtained less than 1% of all abortions, but have the highest abortion ratio, 773 abortions for every 1,000 live births (CDC). 47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion (AGI). Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely (AGI). 43% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% identify themselves as Catholic (AGI). Hysterectomy and hysterotomy were used in less than .01% of all abortions (CDC). Medical abortions make up approximately 10% of all abortions reported (CDC).
Louisiana Abortion Facts State abortion stats by rate, rank, total, age, gestation, and procedure type. State abortion statistics are collected privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, the most recent data available is generally a few years old. It should be noted that three states (California, Louisiana, and New Hampshire) do not provide abortion data to the federal government, and AGI (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) openly advocates abortion. AGI DATA (Louisiana) Total Abortions (2005): 11,400 The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 11,400 abortions took place in Louisiana during 2005. Total Abortions Rank (2005): #23 Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Louisiana's 2005 abortion total places it at #23 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest). Abortion Rate* (2005): 11.7 The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2005 abortion rate for Louisiana was 11.7. In 2000, the abortion rate in Louisiana was 13.0. The 2005 abortion rate across the entire United States was 19.4. *The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. Abortion Rate Rank (2005): #31 (tie) Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Louisiana's 2005 abortion rate places it at number 31 (tie) on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest). Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2005): 13% In 2005, 85,700 women in Louisiana became pregnant. 71% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 13% in induced abortions Total Abortion Facilities (2005): 9 In 2005, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 9 abortion providers in Louisiana. In 2000, there were 13 providers in Louisiana. All stats found on www.abort73.com ￼
Natural Family Planning Natural Family Planning is a term used for identifying some methods of achieving or avoiding pregnancies without the use of chemicals and drugs. It is based on naturally occurring signs and symptoms of a woman’s fertile and infertile cycles. Natural family planning helps couples to enrich the bond between husband and wife and is more compatible with spiritual guidelines referenced in the Bible. Below are some resources for Natural Family Planning, including course learning opportunity information. Office of Family Life & Pro-life (SWLA) 337.439.7426 Find home study courses or online courses at any of these helpful sites: www.familyplanning.net www.woomb.org www.fertilitycare.org www.creightonmodel.com www.ccli.org www.nwfs.org/nfp.htm www.nfpandmore.org www.omsoul.com csn-paper.com June • 2010 CSN
Louisiana Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Network The ultimate goal of the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review program is to reduce the numbers of infant deaths and stillbirths in each community across Louisiana by understanding the circumstances under which these deaths occur and engaging community leaders to take action to prevent future deaths. Louisiana FIMR is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Office of Public Health and is a key part of the Louisiana Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. The National FIMR initiative is supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Louisiana Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative coordinates FIMR and a number of outreach activities. •
The Partners for Healthy Babies Campaign links pregnant women to the services they need to help them be healthy and have healthy babies. Information is available online at: www.1800251Baby.org. Partners for Healthy Babies has a free 24/7 phone line, 1-800-251-BABY (2229). Nurse Family Partnership is a nurse home-visiting program for low-income, first-time mothers and their babies. The program begins during pregnancy and continues until a child’s second birthday. The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction & Safe Sleep Campaign is a public-information campaign to increase awareness about SIDS risk factors and unsafe infantsleep practices. The free parenting newsletter “Healthy and Happy Kids” is packed with tips and helpful information and is mailed to new parents at home until their child turns 5 years old. Parents and parents-to-be can subscribe on the Partners for Healthy Babies website.
FIMR is an anonymous, community-owned, action-oriented process involving careful review of fetal (stillbirth) and infant deaths. A summary of findings and recommendations from these reviews is presented to the community to improve services and resources for women, infants and families. The FIMR Coordinator for Southwest Louisiana, Nancy Roach, R.N., can be contacted at the Office of Public Health in Lake Charles at 337-475-3224. csn-paper.com June • 2010 CSN
Methodist Children’s Home of SWLA
A new facility for children is being built near the intersection of Highway 27 and Houston River Road in Sulphur, LA. The Houston River will be the northern boundary and Highway 27 will be the boundary to the east. The grounds are comprised of
approximately 40 acres on which a residential facility and an administrative building are nearing completion. This new Home is the realization of the ongoing mission of the Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc. (LUMCFS, Inc.)
to “Guide Children and Families Home to Experience God’s Love by Following the Teachings of Christ.” LUMCFS, Inc. is headquartered in Ruston, LA where the main campus is home to 106 residential youth. They also operate the Methodist Home for Children of Greater New Orleans on the Northshore in Mandeville. The new residential facility in the Sulphur/Lake Charles area will enable the Home to minister to even more of Louisiana’s hurting youth and families, which is their ultimate goal. Terrel J. Deville, President and CEO of LUMCFS, Inc., gave a brief history of how the need arose for a facility in the SWLA area, stating that “hurricanes Katrina and Rita were the catalyst that helped make us acutely aware of the needs of children and families in the southern area of our state.” The campus, to be known as the Methodist Children’s Home of Southwest Louisiana is slated to hold its Grand Opening and Dedication Services on October 17, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. If you are interested in being part of supporting this new facility and want more information on the Home, please visit www.LMCH.org, or call their Public Relations and Development Department at 318-255-5575 or 866-255-5830.
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Just to Have ME As HIS Own! Orphan; lonely, abandoned - words I could use to describe myself should I choose to do so. I can honestly say that as a child, and even unto this day, I am without a mother, sibling, aunt, cousin, etc. In the natural, I have pretty much been abandoned emotionally ( as these people do exist but have chosen not to be in my life). I have also suffered great loneliness and pain throughout my marriage. Abandonment and severe loneliness hover over me daily. Most people could take a look at a biography of my life and wonder how I’m still sane, much less in possession of any joy. Oddly enough, my adoptive Father has given me that hug when I really needed it, that shoulder to cry on, and has been that faithful friend I could depend on when I needed help. In fact, He has sacrificed His all just to have me as His own. There exists no greater love! I want people to know and understand
that no matter what life has thrown at them, even if everyone else in the world including their own parents, have abandoned and orphaned them, there is One who is waiting to adopt them into His family; One who is The King, The Name Above All Names, One who owns the cattle of a thousand hills! He invites all who are willing; as His children we become princes and princesses. With this sweet adoption comes royalty, love, peace, joy, and an everlasting family! There is also promised security; once you join His family, no one can take that from you; ever! God is waiting to become your father, mother, sister, brother, husband, friend, and your JOY! He is waiting; are YOU willing? - undisclosed Are you lonely? Please let us help in prayer. (all requests kept confidential) Feedback@christianstarnewspaper.com
Galatians 4 4 -7 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.
Father of the Year, cont. but once I got over those hurdles things began to move up and I was able to graduate on time in 4 years and then go to grad school. But it was challenging. You had a lot of negative racial attitudes from instructors as well as classmates, so there were some challenges. CSN: I’m sure it was hard, but I’m sure you realize how important it was for you to push through those hard days. CT: It gave me an opportunity to really do some major character development and it motivated me to want to excel both on the court and off the court. It motivated me to want to make sure that my sons and daughter don’t have the kind of negative experiences that I had and it motivated me to push them. About 2 weeks ago I was given a very nice honor in the Hall of Distinction of LSU Alumni. It gave me an opportu-
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nity to reflect on a lot of things that the home negatively because you have taken place in the last 4 years. don’t have the good role model and It’s been an interesting and a pretty you don’t have the performance of good ride. being responsible parents, which is CSN: Who was your mentor or critical for families to be successful. strong influence when you were a young man? Coming from our Father of the CT: That guy whose picture is on Year and very popular former Tithe corner of my piano. My In most homes, at least one dad. Actually, my mom and of the parents is absent. dad both were. CSN: In most homes, at least one of the parents ger, those are very good words to is absent. That figure is somewhere ponder. Look for Collis Temple to around 60%. How do you see that be traveling the state and speaking impacting this generation? out against violence and promoting CT: It’s going to have a dire negamentorship programs in the near tive effect. Not only are many future. households without a father, but the father is often incarcerated or has a major chemical dependency problem. All these things impact
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Financially Speaking... Federal Tax Incentives Encourage Small Business Retirement Plans Too often, workers in the small company arena are much less likely to have retirement plan coverage on the job. The reasons are varied and complex, but they boil down to one basic problem. Many small companies don’t think they can afford retirement plans. The U.S. Congress has addressed this attitude head-on by creating federal tax incentives that directly encourage small business retirement plans, while also reducing complexities that made plans costly or difficult to operate. As a result, the gap in plan participation between workers in big companies and small companies is starting to shrink. Whether you own a small company or work as an employee in one, you should know about three basic areas of changes: 1) federal tax credits; 2) enhancements to SIMPLE plans; and 3) other incentives that make small business retirement plans more attractive. Federal Tax Credits Congress has created two federal tax credits related to retirement plans. One is specifically designed for companies with 100 or fewer employees that start new plans. These companies are eligible for a tax credit to offset a portion of administrative and participant education costs during the first three years of the plan’s life. The credit is capped at 50% of the first $1,000 spent on qualifying costs. The second tax credit is available for low-income and middle-income participants in qualified retirement plans of all types and sizes, including 401(k) s, SIMPLEs, Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Taxpayers can receive a “government matching” credit on up to 50% of the first $2,000 of their own money they contribute to a plan. To qualify for the highest credit (50%), joint filers must have Adjusted Gross Incomes below $36,000 and single filers must fall below $16,500. Lesser credits are available for Adjusted Gross Incomes up to $55,500 joint or $27,750 single. Enhancements to SIMPLEs The SIMPLE, a type of retirement plan created specifically for small companies, was introduced by Congress in
1997. The major advantage of SIMPLEs for companies is simplicity. By agreeing to make minimum contributions on behalf of all eligible workers, the company is relieved of responsibility for performing complex non-discrimination testing or complying with cumbersome “top-heavy” rules. When the SIMPLE plan is set up with personal IRAs as funding vehicles, the company also has no ongoing investment responsibility. After the first two years of participation, employees are free to transfer from the SIMPLE’s IRA into another IRA of their choice, if they wish, with no tax consequence or penalty. (A 25% premature distribution penalty applies on transfers in the first two years.) Other Enhancements Several other incentives in U.S. tax law have encouraged small companies to set up plans. A variety of funding limits have been gradually raised, ranging from 401(k) deferral limits to the formula for calculating defined benefit plan contributions. In general, small business owners will have more freedom to sock money away for their own retirements with tax advantages. The top-heavy rules that have added red-tape for thousands of small companies in the past have been relaxed too. Now any matching contributions made by the company will count toward the minimum contributions required in top-heavy plans. In the future it will be easier for workers to take their plan money with them from job-to-job, or else transfer it into a personal IRA. In the tax environment of today’s Federal Administration, now may be a good time to review the many good reasons to create or participate in a retirement plan with the help of a qualified financial professional. The barriers that have prevented so many small companies from offering plans are falling. The opportunities for all workers to set money aside for the future, with tax advantages, have never been greater. For additional information regarding Small Business Retirement Plans contact Stephen Liles at Vincent & Liles Financial Group (337) 562-0900.
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The Word Walk A:
This question has been asked numerous times, and just recently it was brought up in my weekly men’s “Kingdom Builders” discipleship class that I teach here locally in Selma, CA. By the way, if you would like copies of the many answers I provide to the many that e-mail me, please feel free to e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org To answer this question, we must first differentiate between denominations within the body of Christ and non-Christian cults and false religions. Presbyterians and Lutherans are examples of Christian denominations. Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are examples of cults (groups claiming to be Christian but denying one or more of the essentials of the Christian faith). Islam and Buddhism are entirely separate religions. The rise of denominations within the Christian faith can be traced back to the Protestant Reformation, the movement to “reform” the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century, out of which four major divisions or traditions of Protestantism would emerge: Lutheran, Reformed, Anabaptist, and Anglican. From these four, other denominations grew over the centuries. The Lutheran denomination was named after Martin Luther and was based on his teachings. The Methodists got their name
"Why are there so many Christian denominations?"
because their founder, John Wesley, was famous for coming up with “methods” for spiritual growth. Presbyterians are named for their view on church leadership—the Greek word for elder is “presbuteros”. Baptists got their name because they have always emphasized the importance of baptism. Each denomination has a slightly different doctrine or emphasis from the others, such as the method of baptism, the availability of the Lord’s Supper to all or just to those whose testimonies can be verified by church leaders, the sovereignty of God vs. free will in the matter of salvation, the future of Israel and the church, pre-tribulation vs. post-tribulation rapture, the existence of the “sign” gifts for the church today, and so on. The point of these divisions is never Christ as Lord and Savior, but rather honest differences of opinion by godly, and yes, imperfect people seeking to honor God and to keep pure doctrine according to their consciences and their understanding of His Word.
styles of worship to fit the differing tastes and preferences of Christians. But make no mistake: as believers, we must be of one mind on the essentials of the faith, but beyond that there is great deal of latitude in how Christians should worship in a corporate setting. This latitude is what causes so many different “flavors” of Christianity. A Presbyterian church in Africa will have a style of worship much different from a Presbyterian church in Colorado, but their doctrinal stand (the essentials) will be, for the most part, the same. Diversity is a good thing, but disunity is not. If two churches disagree doctrinally, then, there is a vital need to come together, debate and dialogue concerning the problem from the Word, in a loving manner. This type of “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17) is beneficial to all. If they disagree on style and form, however, it is fine for them to remain separate. This separation, though, does not lift the responsibility Christians have to love one another (1 John 4:11-12) and ultimately be united as one in Christ (John 17:21-22).
Denominations today are many and varied. The original “mainline” denominations mentioned above have given birth to numerous offshoots such as Assemblies of God, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nazarenes, Evangelical Free, Independent Bible churches, and others. Some denominations emphasize slight doctrinal differences, but more often they simply offer different
Is there a downside to denominationalism? There seems to be at least two major problems with denominationalism. First, nowhere in Scripture is there a mandate for denominationalism; to the contrary the mandate is for union and connectivity. Therefore, as a result, the second problem is that history tells us that denominationalism is the result of, or caused by, conflict
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he Problem: The cycle
A wonderful story is told in Matthew 4:21-22. It is the story of Jesus calling two of His disciples, James and John. The Bible says that the two brothers were with their father, fishing when they encountered Jesus. After closely examining this scripture, the words began to leap off the printed text and beg to be applied to our lives. Fishing was a common occupation of that day. It was the occupation of many men. Given the context of the scripture Zebedee, the young men’s father, was a fisherman also. Though it is not said, this father was probably doing that which he learned from his father. Here we find the sons now following in the footsteps of their father and many other men of that era…… fishing. They had begun their journey through manhood destined to be like every other man……fishing. They had set a course bound for a dull, mundane, and humdrum existence……fishing. Here we see also a father at ease with letting his sons follow in the commonality of his years…….fishing. We see here a father gratified to allow his sons to expend their life energy going no further along in life than he did….. fishing. This is a scene that transcends the limitations of time. I can remember an age when we were shocked to hear of fatherless homes. Now homes without fathers are as common as rain showers in April. Dead beat dads and dads unaccepting of their roles is a sad but all too familiar occurrence. This cycle has continued largely because sons have followed in the footsteps of their deadbeat dads. Because they were abandoned and not shown how to be men, they abandon their sons
and the cycle continues. The discipline of a father is a lost value in many homes. It is the discipline that a young man learns in the home that teaches him discipline outside the home. The evidence of the lack of fatherly discipline in the home is apparent in the lack of discipline displayed outside the home. Today many of our young men learn discipline in the halls of detention, juvenile boot camps, and prison. And so the cycle continues.
he Prescription: Break the cycle
Many fathers are content with letting their sons raise themselves. Many fathers have ceased to challenge their sons and have accepted the usual life goals: rapper or athlete. But fathers, now is the time to stand up. Now is the time to be a father. Being a father does not only mean to be “present” in the home. It means much more. It means to challenge our sons to excellence. We must lead our sons to break the cycle of commonality. We must lead our sons to Christ. In the aforementioned scripture, Jesus passed by as the father and sons were mending their nets. Jesus then calls the sons by their names and tells them to follow Him. My friends, not only did Jesus call the young sons of Zebedee, but Jesus is calling our sons today. Jesus is calling our sons to break the cycle. He is calling our sons to have a greater impact on this world than the one that you and I have had
heretofore. We must lead our sons to be the judges who will take up the gavels though we only took up shovels. We must challenge our sons to be doctors, lawyers, and congressmen though our dreams never reached that high. Jesus is calling our sons to do greater than we have done. He is calling our sons to break the cycle. He is calling our sons to be different, holy, and set apart. Our scripture then says, “And immediately they left the ship and their father and followed Him.” What is not seen in this scripture is obvious in the context: This father let his sons go. This father apparently wanted more for his sons and when given a way to break the cycle, he let them go. This father could have easily stood in the way of the challenging yet overwhelmingly valuable future of his sons. There are many fathers who alter the futures of many sons by their absence and unwillingness to accept their responsibility. There are many sons who cannot see the calling of Jesus in their lives because of the pain caused by a distant dad. When fathers rekindle their role as fathers we will see the cycle broken!
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Fair Weather Faith? Southerners are religious, but how many actually go to church?
What makes people religious: How important faith is in their lives, or how often they actually attend services? According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, there's a big difference between the two, even in Bible Belt states in the South. Last month, Pew ranked all 50 states by their "religiousness," using four different measures (importance of religion to those being surveyed, worship attendance, frequency of prayer and belief in God). Unsurprisingly, Southern states ranked high. In all 13* Southern states the Institute and Facing South follow, the people surveyed scored above the national average in each category. But by using four different lenses on what it means to be "religious," the survey revealed some interesting discrepancies. For example: The difference between the percentage of people who say "religion is very important in their lives" and those who "attend religious services at least once a week." By my calculations, there's roughly a 20-point difference between the two in South. I compiled a chart that breaks it down by state: As you can see, the gap is largest in Arkansas and the smallest in South Carolina. There are lots of reasons people who view themselves as â€œreligiousâ€? might decide to skip going to services, ranging from frustration with a local minister/priest or sheer laziness, to broader
reservations about the direction of their denomination or organized religion in general. It also might reflect something I wrote about last year: The significant decline of people who identify as Protestant Christians -- long the backbone of Southern religion -- in the South. Between 1990 and 2008, the number of people who identified as Protestant Christians dropped in every Southern state except Louisiana; in nine Southern states the drop was 10% or more. An interesting area for further study would be the impact this has on politics. These Protestant denominations are the driving force behind the religious right in the South, and the church itself is the organizing platform. Will this decline in the number of people who identify with these denominations -- and the large number of Southerners who donâ€™t attend church -- affect the ability of fundamentalists to mobilize come election time? * The 13 Southern states the Institute follows are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia Reprint: This article is from southernstudies.org
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