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A Good Day to be a Christian?

by Pastor Jeff Evans, Director of Alliances

 

In my last post, I urged that we pray like our churches, families, and state depend upon it. Assuming that this is true, I want to ask this question: Is every day a good day to be a Christian?

In our personal walk with the Lord, I think we’re eager to say “Yes!”. The love of Christ bestowed upon us, the forgiveness of our sins, and the new life given brings forth fruit like “...joy, peace, patience…” (Gal 5:22-23). Even when we are at our lowest, God breaks in and demonstrates yet again just how lavish His grace is toward us in His Son. It is good to be a Christian!

But we often wrongly separate our personal walk from other areas of life. While we say it is a good day to be a Christian privately, we often don’t show the same joy, peace, and patience publically. We too often buy into the world’s slander of the Faith, and think that exercising our faith everywhere and at all times is somehow embarrassing, backward, or inconsequential.

Don’t buy the lie. Don’t abide by it, either.

It is always a good day to be walking with the Lord, embracing all the work He has given us to do, and trusting that He has wisely placed us in this time and place for His purposes, which cannot be thwarted.

His words to His distracted, earthly minded disciples are the same for us: “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35). Palliative care? Gender identity? Mission fields to show forth the greatness of the Great Physician and the eternal peace of having our identity in Christ!

So, when you receive one of our emails explaining what is going on in our State, look at the day’s headlines, or visit your favorite news website, think “It is time to get to work!” First, pray like you mean it. Then, live like it matters. When we do this together, we provoke one another to further love and good works (Heb 10:23-24). And, the serious and joyful expression of our faith in all areas of life is a great blessing to our society.

It is always a good day to be a Christian, everywhere and at all times.
Don’t be ashamed to believe it and live it.

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St. Paul 101: You Gotta Go!

by Dale Witherington, Church Networking

At a time when many Americans are growing more dissatisfied with and disinterested in politics and government, St. Paul 101 Trainings launch Minnesotans into the legislative process in a fresh, personal way! I recently had an opportunity to co-lead a St. Paul 101 Training with Tom Prichard as we hosted 40 students from a Christian high school in Chaska, MN. They came for a “hands-on” experience inside of Minnesota’s state government. And that's exactly what they got!

The day began with a brief overview of the process. Students were invited into the operations of state government as participants rather than mere spectators. This introduction led to a demonstration of how the Minnesota Court of Appeals operates as we watched an actual case being presented to the panel of three Appellate Judges. We were then treated to a 30-minute personal presentation with Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Barry Anderson.

Justice Anderson gave a concise description of how the Minnesota Supreme Court functions and shared his personal journey to the bench. He then entertained questions from the students and teachers until he had to be whisked away for some out-of-state travel.

After a brief stop for pictures in front of the recently renovated State Capitol building, we headed over to the new Senate Office Building and were promptly invited into the office of Senator Paul Gazelka, the Senate Majority Leader! Senator Gazelka is a committed man of God who understands that he is not merely a Senator who happens to be a Christian. He is a Christian Senator “on assignment” from God as he serves Minnesotans in this influential role.

Our whirlwind tour included time with well-known state lobbyist, Maryann Campo, and our State Senator from the Brainerd Lakes region, Senator Carrie Ruud. Both gave generously of their time explaining their roles in government. Like Senator Gazelka, Senator Ruud is a committed Christian representing the Lord and the people of Minnesota in our legislature.

The day wrapped up with State Senator from Watertown, MN, Senator Scott Jensen. Senator Jensen spent 20 minutes with us in the magnificently beautiful Governor’s Reception Room!

It is our hope that these students left with a great resolve: To be an impactful member of the Kingdom of God on earth, one must be a biblical citizen and a steward of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every sphere of life!

Sign up for St. Paul 101 HERE!!!

 

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Why Am I Here?

By Cheryl Peterson, Event Coordinator

Have you ever wondered why God has placed you where you are in life? I have often asked that question. Many times I have wondered where I will be in the future. Everything we do in life is preparation for something to come. Minnesota Family Council's 2017 Annual Dinner with Eric Metaxas will be an evening of clarification for a future step many guests will choose to take. Have you registered yet? When you do, it's a step toward something. Have you considered inviting someone to the dinner? This could be the perfect opportunity to start them down a new path. Don’t be afraid to open doors for others, it is their responsibility to see if this is something God is leading them into. 

This year will be the 13th Annual Dinner that I have helped coordinate for Minnesota Family Council.  The best part of each dinner is interaction with you, our guests. I love when you call in to purchase tickets or a table or share needs so that I can be in prayer for you. It's a blessing getting to know you, before the dinner even begins! I always look forward with anticipation to the night of the dinner, hoping that we will get a chance to connect in person! 

When you join us for the dinner I really hope that you feel part of the family at Minnesota Family Council and Institute. It’s an opportunity for you to really get to know us. We look forward to your attendance all year because we get an opportunity to fellowship with YOU. It’s not just a fund-raiser. It’s a friend-raiser. We share our vision for the present and future while also reflecting on how God’s purposes for Minnesota unfolded over the past year. 

Please don’t be afraid to walk through open doors or open doors for others. You may be God's tool to prompt someone to consider something new for his glory! I pray that this evening will encourage and inspire you and those you invite to continue to be a light shining in the darkness! 

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The Facts Speak for Themselves

 

Planned Parenthood doesn’t need tax-payer dollars.

Their financial records prove they’re rolling in the dough.

  • Since Election Day, Planned Parenthood has received more than 300,000 donations, approximately “40 times its normal rate”[1], referring to the flood as “unprecedented”[2]. With those kinds of donations it's obvious that Planned Parenthood doesn’t need our money.
  • Pizza parties are used to motivate Planned Parenthood employees to meet and exceed abortion quotas. If our tax-dollars are funding pizza parties,[3] it’s obvious Planned Parenthood doesn’t need our money.
  • Planned Parenthood funneled $30 million into one presidential candidate's race this last election cycle.[4] With that kind of money it's obvious that Planned Parenthood doesn’t need our money.
  • Since 2008, Planned Parenthood has had a budget surplus [5] and that is ON TOP OF lucrative programs, heavy investments in politics and exorbitant salaries for many of their employees., not to mention Cecile Richard’s annual salary ($337,000 – during the recession!)[6] Planned Parenthood doesn’t need our money.
  • When PP cries wolf as if they’re in a financial pinch, there’s a list of celebrities who have no problem writing significant checks to the abortion giant.[7] [8] With a host of celebrity fans, can you really expect us to believe you need taxpayer funding. Planned Parenthood doesn't need our money.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve our tax-payer dollars.

Undercover videos, refusal to comply with medical facility standards and financial investigations have exposed this “non-profit” abortion industry for what it really is – a scandalous criminal with an extravagant lifestyle profiting from baby parts under the guise of "women's health".

Women don’t need Planned Parenthood.

For every one Planned Parenthood, there are 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers, ready to provide comprehensive care to women, including affordable options for low-income households. The health care options they are prepared to extend far exceed the extent of Planned Parenthood’s services.

  • There are 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) for every one Planned Parenthood nationwide. Each federally qualified health center would only need to accept two new patients in order to make up for Planned Parenthood's absence.[9] FQHCs would not be overburdened and women would have more access to more comprehensive women’s health care, while at the same time guaranteeing tax-payers that their money isn’t funding abortion! Planned Parenthood, we just don’t need you!
  • Although Planned Parenthood wants us to think there’d be a crisis for womens’ healthcare if it were defunded, 98 percent of women of reproductive age won't use any of Planned Parenthood's health care services [11]. The vast majority of women in the U.S. already don’t use their services. Planned Parenthood, we just don’t need you!
  • Women’s lives and care should not be entrusted to a non-profit organization with 15 criminal charges pending against it. Planned Parenthood, we just don’t need you!
  • According to their own annual reports, the number of prenatal services and cancer screenings have significantly declined over the last ten years. Looking at 2009 to 2013, Planned Parenthood’s abortion-to-adoption ratio was 209-to-1In 2006, they did twenty percent of abortions; in 2015, it jumped to thirty-three percent. [12] What are taxpayers getting for their tax-payer dollars at Planned Parenthood? Fewer actual health care services and more abortions. Remind me again WHY we fork out 500 million dollars to them each year in taxpayer-funding?! Planned Parenthood, we just don’t need you!

An Open Mouth

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Want to DEFUND Planned Parenthood?
Then we've got to keep opening our mouths for:

The mute and needy unborn children yet in the womb.
The destitute and poor in need of affordable, comprehensive women’s healthcare.
Justice, by exposing and prosecuting the scandalous Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is on defense and they know it. They're losing in the court of public opinion. PLEASE confront the lies of Planned Parenthood by contacting your legislators in Congress, submitting Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor, talking with friends and family, and helping people find affordable, comprehesive healthcare at Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not do abortions.

Roll up your sleeves.
Cuz it's time to defund Planned Parenthood!

Statistics and theme in the piece above are largely taken/adapted from the excellent work of Kristan Hawkins in her recently published article, 'We don't need to spend our tax dollars on Planned Parenthood'. Used with permission.

 

 

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Why We Keep Marching

By Meredith Campbell, Director of Public Policy
Minnesota Family Council

It seems there are a number of marches these days. Women’s marches, immigrant marches, marches against the President’s cabinet nominees. People are marching so often, some may even feel left out if their cause doesn't take to the streets.

Though I'm not usually one to hit the pavement, preferring instead to work behind the scenes, I found myself on the steps of the State Capitol participating in this year's annual March for Life (organized by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) a few Sundays ago.

There we were: 5,000 or so of us, shuffling along the sidewalks, waving “PROTECT LIFE” signs, and cheering on speakers who enthusiastically advocated the importance of pro-life, pro-family values.

In these dim times, we need to be lights shining brightly
in a world that's pulling the curtains on life.

That’s what drove me to join thousands of strangers dedicated to a single, crucial cause.

On the heels of the so-called "women’s" march the previous day, where some women were excluded from participation due to their pro-life stances, the March for Life was a breath of fresh air that many had attempted to suffocate.

An honest discussion of women’s rights, of human rights, must begin with acknowledging the most fundamental human right: the right to life.

Because human life is a gift from God, it is sacred and must be protected at all stages.  We are responsible to protect the life and dignity of the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn, disabled and elderly.

Where the enemy exists to steal, kill and destroy,
Jesus came to give life – and give it abundantly.

Minnesota Family Council is thrilled to continue working with legislators who have worked diligently to pursue pro-life initiatives, often in the face of fierce adversity from their colleagues and the public. There are many champions in both the Minnesota House and Senate who are advancing pro-life legislation this session. Please keep them in your prayers. Although the pro-life majorities in both the Minnesota House and Senate are encouraging, Governor Dayton has signaled he will veto any pro-life legislation that makes its way to his desk and Planned Parenthood advocate, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, still threatens any efforts to defund or investigate the abortion giant.

That’s why we march for the unborn, vulnerable and voiceless.
We march for their rights, protection, health, freedom and prosperity. 

Please join us as we keep marching for life abundant.

 

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