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Abortion Is Still Taking A Life

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

This is a reworked repost. Sad that we have not ended abortion as of yet.

January 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate of High School. I was preparing to enter Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) for the summer semester to get a head start on college. I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire. Life was good – for me. But January 1973 – is an infamous month in the history of our country. 46 years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been out of High School that long) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb – called abortion.

I understand that this is a hot button topic still today. Maybe especially today since President Trump has named two new members of the Supreme Court and may have one or two more in his second term (if re-elected). Vice President Pence is very pro-life and so maybe for the first time in 46 years there is hope for the pro-life movement.

I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion – written in 2009. Another article was titled simply – Abortion – written in 2008. Still another article was titled – Does It Take Controversy – written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference in 2012. In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived. In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total. Continue reading

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Pray And Do Not Give Up!

Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

112015 Ray McDonaldI’m sitting here tonight in my chair – watching the reports from Iowa on the news – with a twisted back and sore neck – rotating a heated bean bag from my neck to my back. I’m typing on my iPad – trying to put together my thoughts for tomorrow’s devotional. I’m wondering if the two or three candidates I have been following will fare well tonight. I’m wondering if the two or three candidates I hope never get elected will do well (I sure hope not). There is so much at stake in this election.

The candidates are leaving nothing to chance. They are working long hours to get their message across. They have spent millions of dollars to be elected. This is only the first of 50 states to walk through this preliminary voting process. Please pray about who you will vote for and please – get out and vote.

Starting Sunday – we will begin a time of prayer and fasting. Starting Sunday – before or after the Super Bowl – your choice – we will pick some things to remove from our lives and we will pick some things to add to our lives. Our plan is to remove things that hinder us physically or spiritually and adding things that will enhance us. I’m going to remove some things I put into my body (food and drink) and some behaviors as well. I’m going to spend more time in prayer and less time on social media. I challenge our readers to follow suit – to pick some things that will enhance our relationship with Christ. Continue reading

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