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Sixteen and Pregnant/Sixteen and Loved: Hey MTV yes they are loved, but it’s the aboritons that are making them feel bad, not society!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

MTV did a special with girls from Sixteen and Pregnant. One couple, James and Markai share their pain after their abortion.

Please visit Fr. Frank’s article and read about this situation. The TV shows are saying that abortion might not be an easy choice, but they are trying to make it okay. In the new series 16 and loved, they are telling the girls that society is trying to make them feel bad, but that the abortions are okay. Well, it’s the aboritons that are making them feel bad, not society. Thank God for healing programs like Rachel’s Vinyard and Silent No More Awareness!

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New York Pregnancy Centers Still Battle Anti-Free Speech Law

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Steve Ertelt

LifeNews.com
Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pregnancy centers helping women find abortion alternatives in New York City continue to battle the city council and its attempt to limits its free speech.

The city council is considering a measure that would place stringent limits on the advertising pregnancy centers use and require them to post signs designed to dissuade women from seeking their abortion alternatives services.

Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin are behind the proposed ordinance. Should the measure be approved, one pro-life legal group is planning to sue the city over the law.

But Christopher Slattery of Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers is hoping the efforts his group of pregnancy centers are launching will help stop the bill in its tracks.

“We’re in the middle of a major battle with the New York City Council over their proposed free-speech-muzzle Bill #371 and tomorrow we kick off a five week ad campaign featuring Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece to defeat the bill,” he explained an email LifeNews.com received.

“We will air two different spots: a 60 second spot on WMCA-570AM, and 970 AM-The Apple, and a 30 second ad on WCBS-880AM, WINS-News 1010AM,” Slattery added. “We are spending over $12,000 on our initial four New York radio station buy to drive folks to our new petition and informational website.”

Slattery says the record of success at the centers proves how much they are needed in America’s largest city. They provide free services inside 12 centers and clinics in five counties and on the streets of the South Bronx with their mobile clinics including free ultrasounds, subsidized pre-natal care, supplies for moms and kids, ongoing care and love, adoption aid and spiritual guidance..

“EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York City were able to Save close to 3,000 moms and their babies from a certain abortion in the abortion capital of America in 2010,” he said.

He estimates anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 women will be helped at the centers in 2011 “who would otherwise fall prey to the largest concentration of abortion centers in the United States.”

“Without any changes in law we have been able to save over 38,000 children from abortion. EMC’s effective life-saving system is the best possible way to save the tens of thousands of children at great risk here,” he concluded.

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Post-Abortive Women React to MTVs No Easy Decision

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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Post-Abortive Women React to MTV’s “No Easy Decision”

Staten Island, NY – Women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC) reacted with sorrow and disappointment today at MTV’s “No Easy Decision” program depicting a young mother with an infant child who goes through an abortion.

“My heart broke for Markai, not just for her difficult situation, but for the lack of counseling she received,” said Georgette Forney, a co-founder of SNMAC. “This abortion decision was driven by economics, but no one told Markai about the help available to her from pregnancy resource centers. No one told her that this didn’t have to be ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ having one child die so the other could live.”

“The abortion clinic told this young woman to think of her unborn baby ‘as a little ball of cells,’” added Janet Morana, another co-founder of SNMAC. “It was yet another example of so called abortion counselors acting as unethical salesmen, telling women anything to influence them toward abortion.”

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and a SNMAC spokeswoman, said she identified with the young woman in the program. “I ached for Markai,” stated Dr. King. “Before one of my abortions, Planned Parenthood told me that my baby was ‘just a clump of cells.’ Decades later, this beautiful young mother was told the same lie. I pray that Markai and all women like her will seek true healing and restoration from a caring post-abortion program like Rachel’s Vineyard.”

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Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 3,877 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 572 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 9,027 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website.

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The Pro-Life Movement Needs Your Help

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

With the Pro-Life/Pro-Abort issue heating up, there are many good groups out there that are doing wonderful work to advance the cause for Life. The one nearest and dearest to me is Priests for Life for obvious reasons. With this year being one of the worse for donation giving, and with so many organizations cutting back or even worse, shutting down, this is a plea for your assistance. With just a few days left before the end of the year and just in time to get a tax break for your donation, take the time to help the Pro-Life Movement by supporting us or one of the other many good organizations fighting to bring an end to abortion-on-demand in America and around the world. Click here to make your contribution and help us end abortion.

There are other groups that also need your help.

Rachel’s Vineyard

Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Black Pro-Life Movement

Personhood USA

L.E.A.R.N.

National Right to Life

Human Life International

American Life League

Too Many Aborted

Black Genocide

One More Soul

We are in critical times and it’s time for everyone to choose what side you’re on. Pick an organization and donate before the year ends.

God Bless and thank you for your support!

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The Church Can Turn The Tide

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

A few years ago, I wrote an article, The Church Can Turn The Tide (see below). Well, the tide is turning, people are longing for revival. American is over 50% pro-life. We are looking to God for solutions, rather than the works of human. As we move into 2011, let us pray more and seek the face of God for solutions to the pressing challenges we are facing.

The Church Can Turn The Tide

If one were to follow the current stream of events, we could only wonder where God is in all of this. Is Jesus still Lord? Is God still on the throne? Is the Holy Spirit still moving across the waters? The answer to all of this is an unequivocal and emphatic yes! And yet, we must also wonder how did we end up in the mess that we are in? The American economic system is crashing. Wars and rumors of wars are covering the globe. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is sweeping the continents. Yet, people are turning on the television tubes rather than falling on their knees. Has God failed America? No. Christians have failed America, and Christians are grieving the Spirit of the Living God.

Many would have us to believe that we are embroiled in a political battle and faced with an impending global crisis. For many Americans, the answers lie in one political party or the other. Hundreds of books and millions of cyber space postings blast one candidate while proclaiming another as the answer to all of life’s problems. In the presence of all the hype, one factor is noticeably absent. God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican! The Christian Church is passing the buck on finding solutions to the moral crises that are spilling over into the lives of America’s families. Christians are spending so much time arguing about who to vote for, that they are forgetting who to pray for. Christians spend so much time looking at television, that they forget to read their Bibles. As one election cycle draws to a close, people are already gearing up for the next, forgetting all about mounting the next revival crusade that could lead millions to Jesus Christ, and change the course of disaster we are currently experiencing.

The Christian Church can turn the tide, but only if we are willing to pray. As it is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.,” we need to pray and see God’s solutions prevail.

In October 2008, I had a dream. It was early in the morning. I was away on a spiritual retreat. While sleeping, I dreamed of two converging streams. One stream was the economy, the other stream was a deep, dark, stream with a powerful current. This stream was the spirit, whether of God or man, I could not see. This stream was a mystery. As I woke up, I realized that the streams represented today’s dilemmas, the economy being the problem, the spirit the solution.

The economy stream was heading towards a huge vortex, where other streams were converging; broken marriages, drug abuse, AIDS/STD, failing school systems, sexual abuse and sexual dysfunctions, houses, businesses. I looked for abortion, knowing it had to be somewhere in the mix, but it was hidden. Major institutions were whirling in the vortex too, Wall Street, Planned Parenthood, banking systems, political systems, and sadly, what appeared to be religious institutions. I looked for the Body of Christ, and found her in the spirit stream. Marriage, Life and Family are in the spirit stream, guided and guarded by Love.

I have a dream, it is in my genes. My Uncle Martin, my grandfather, Daddy King had dreams too. Martin’s dream was for the nations, one of Granddaddy’s dreams saved me from abortion, another saved my son from the same fate.

This particular dream about the streams comes in the wake of a growing discontent in my heart with our present times. The Body of Christ is in the spirit stream. The spirit stream is more powerful than the vortex, yet it is dark and mysterious, and most people don’t trust what they can’t see. Yet, those who are investing their prayers and yes, their money into the spirit are seeing something amazing, their efforts are staying afloat, not sinking, not converging into the vortex. The spirit stream converges somewhere too, it flows steadily into a river. There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy habitation of ‘Elyon. (Psalm 46:4)

So, this is a time to trust the Spirit of the Living God, to communicate with God in spirit and in truth. Our spirits can converge with His, if we are prayerful and wise. This could be a time to invest in the spirit and not in flesh and material things. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) End of the dream.

By building on things which are eternal, we can find hope in this present time of trouble. The thing is, we must not lose sight of moral priorities in the face of economic stress. Yes, these are troubled times, times of trouble, we need to anchor our faith in Jesus, through His love, so we remember what’s important. What the current economic meltdown should teach us is that our hope is not in the things of this earth, but in God. If financial pressures cause us to stop loving our neighbors, to think only of ourselves, we will lose much more than money. If we stop giving to charity, cease donating our time to help others, or, in the extreme, abort a baby for financial reasons, we literally sacrifice the eternal for the temporary.

Ultimately, what brings us the greatest rewards or the worst scars are the choices we make that have spiritual consequences. In the end, we don’t look back at our lives and think of refinanced mortgages or stock trades, but of those we loved. Let us trust God and love Him by loving others in good times and bad. As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

If we are to do what is right, we must constantly pray and then act on what God reveals into our hearts. This revelation comes from relationship with God, spending time in prayer and in His Word. To squabble about political parties is a waste of precious time.

While it is true that the Republican Party paid a price in helping to free the slaves, that same party also has a history of erring on the side of caution in involving African Americans in major policy procedures. Oh, there have been some major African American political appointments, but historically, the Republican Party does not back African Americans for state and federal races. The rationale is that the “unpredictable black vote” is better left undisturbed. A communication gap may be the major disconnect with Blacks and the Republican Party. Case in point, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower did much to advance the civil rights of “negroes” in America. He appointed the first Black, E. Frederick Morrow to a White House post. Yet when Eisenhower died, the GOP did little to include Blacks in the three days of funeral and memorial events. Little to nothing was said of Eisenhower’s historic role in the Little Rock school crisis. Decades later, yours truly was locked out of the RNC Headquarters during a visit to the site for a prayer vigil.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party, the party secretly infiltrated by the Klu Klux Kan; also champion of the crippling welfare system and the abortion and anti-marriage culture is considered to be the champion of Black Americans. More Blacks have been elected to public office as Democrats than in any other party. Many Blacks secretly worshipped Bill Clinton as “the first black president.”

Obviously, both political parties, products of human government, have serious flaws. The Christian Church must rise above political machinations and lead the way to spiritual reform through prayer. Morality cannot be legislated. The human heart must be changed by a Divine touch, and the Church has the key, the responsibility of leading the way. Has the Church fallen short? The answer is yes, and yet it is never too late to return to God

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Don’t “X” Jesus out of Christmas. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season…

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

My text box is loaded with Christmas greetings today. And dear friends, Merry Christmas to you! For those who are taking a short cut, abbreviating the greeting by writing Merry XMas, please note that Xing Christ out of Christmas is forgetting all about what Jesus did for us by being born of the Virgin Mary, establishing His Kingdom Ministry in the earth, then making that awesome sacrifice with the gruesome yet passionate death at Calvary, then going into hell for those three days and defeating our enemy Satan, then rising again victoriously and ascending to Heaven as our High Priest. The ministry of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit should never be “X”ed out. God bless you.

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A Christmas Story

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

JOHN 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

ISAIAH 11:1-2
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord

ISAIAH 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

ISAIAH 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

LUKE 1:26-35
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man names Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be.” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

MATTHEW 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

LUKE 2:1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria). And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.

MATTHEW 2:1-12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

JOHN 1:9-14
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God.

REVELATION 21:1-7
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

REVELATION 22:16-17, 20-21

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

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Prayer for Life in Reparation for Roe vs. Wade

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

God and Father of Life,
You have created every human person,
And have opened the way for each to have eternal life.

We live in the shadow of death.
Tens of millions of your children have been killed
because of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Father, have mercy on us.
Heal our land
And accept our offering of prayer and penance.
In your love for us,
Turn back the scourge of abortion.

May each of us exult in hearts full of hope
And hands full of mercy
And work together to build a culture of life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Brutal Truth

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Lord Nicholas Windsor is speaking out about “the single most grievous moral deficit in contemporary life.” Following the example of William Wilberforce, (1759-1833), one of history’s greatest abolitionists, Lord Nicholas spoke out on the evils of abortion in an article published in First Thing, American religious journal.

Lord Nicholas, in comparing abortion to terrorism, admits that “terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda calls for “robust and, where necessary, lethal response”, but that “these are not threats that appear existential and have not as yet provoked a real sense of public crisis” as abortion has.

He is right is stating that, “[t]oday legal, permissive abortion is a fact of life so deeply embedded and thoroughly normalized in our culture that – and this is the most insidious factor in that normalization – it has been rendered invisible to politics in Europe.” I would add that such has also become the case in the United States as well.

We live in times where the words of my Uncle Martin ring truer than ever before, namely that: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” And “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

The fact that abortion has become so “normalized in our culture” speaks volumes to “the silence over [abortion] by the good people.” Unknowingly, all those good people “who [accept] evil without protesting against it [are] really cooperating with it.”

The fact that surveys show that over 50% of all Americans report being pro-life means that the sidewalks in front of the abortion mills should be packed with protesters on a daily basis, not the 2-5 that are show up currently, more if there is concentrated effort such as 40 Days for Life.

We “good” people are sometimes letting the unborn babies down; and we are letting these mothers down, who, out of a sense of fear, lack of support, and all the other reasons why women have abortions; why they turn to abortion as a solution to their problems. But if they saw a crowd of people expressing their love for them and their unborn babies; our outreach might help them to make a different “choice”, knowing that all these people care about them and are willing to help.

I invite everyone to read and contemplate Lord Nicholas’ words as he very eloquently states his case for life.

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The Parable of the Eye of the Needle

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I stood among the sons of men, strong and tall. My heart was filled with enthusiasm. My life was given to the purpose of God. Upon that day, I said to the Lord, “I will do mighty exploits in the name of my God.”

The Lord came unto me, and He said, “What is it, son of man, that thou wouldst have?”

I said, “Lord, if I would only be among those who play sweetly upon an instrument and who sing well in the house of the Lord, then I would do great things for my God.”

The Lord came to me, and He gave unto me the desire of my heart. He stood me among the sons of men. He let me play, and He let me sing. I saw the day when the hearts of men were moved by that thing that the Lord had given unto me.

After hearts of men were moved, I stood back, and I said to myself, “Now I will be content, for I have been able to move the hearts of men.” But in my secret hour, I bowed my heart before my God and said, “Lord, Thou hast given what I asked for, but my heart is heavy. I have a longing for something more.”

He came again unto me in the night season. He asked me again, “Son of man, ask Me again the thing that thou wouldst have of Me.”

I said, “Lord, I see men bowed by burdens low. I see hearts that are broken. I see sadness and discouragement. O, give me the power of the spoken word that I might speak the Word and their hearts will be delivered.”

The Lord came unto me and said, “Son of man, I have given thee the things which thou has desired.”

With great joy, I marched before the people of God. In my youth and in my enthusiasm, I spoke the Word and men were delivered. I spoke the Word, and their hearts were made whole. I know what it was to bind the brokenhearted and to pour in the oil of joy for mourning.

While men were praising Him and glorifying His name, I went back to my secret chamber. I bowed my head in sorrow. I said, “O my God, O my God. I am not satisfied.”

He came again unto me and He said, “Son of man, what is it that thou again desirest of Me?”

And I said, “O my God, give me power in my hands that as Thou didst do, I might lay my hands upon the sick and see healing flow.”

He said unto me, “It is done as thou has commanded.”

From that very day, as I went to the nations of the Earth, I saw the sick raised from their sick beds. I saw pain and suffering go away.

I was rejoicing as I went to my secret place. I bowed my head before my God. I said, “Now, my God, I will be satisfied, for Thou has given me that which I have desired.”

No sooner had the words come out of my mouth when the heart within me began to ache and cry. I said, “God, I do not understand this. Again my heart is sad.” I said, “Lord, wilt Thou just one more time give me the thing I ask of Thee?”

He said, “It is done.”

I said, “God, I desire to go against principalities and powers, the powers of the wickedness of this world in spiritual darkness in high places.”

He said, “Surely I give it unto thee. Now go.”

So I went, and the Lord allowed me to go into dens of iniquity and holes and dives where men hide from the light because of the sin and evil that is upon them. There was a day when I saw demons cry out at the very presence of the power of God that rested.

Then I went back to my secret place broken. I said, “God, I have asked Thee for all that I desire, and still my heart is not satisfied. Nor do I feel that I have touched the thing that Thou hast called me to. In my youth I had expended myself with all the things that my heart had desired.”

Then one more time a gracious and loving God visited me in the night season. He said, “Now, what is it that thou dost desire?”

In brokenness of heart, I bowed before Him, and I said, “God, only that thing which Thou dost desire to give unto me.”

He came unto me and said, “Come with Me, and I will take thee on a journey.” He took me past my friends. He took me past those with whom I had come into the house of the Lord. He took me into a desolate place. He caused me to go into a place alone in the wilderness.

I said, “O my God, Thou hast cut me off from those I love. What art Thou doing unto me?”

He said, “I take thee to the place where all men must come if their heart’s cry is to be fulfilled.”

At a certain hour, I bowed before a gate that is called, “the Eye of the Needle.” There before the Eye of the Needle I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Bow low.” I bowed low. He said, “No, lower.” So I bowed lower. He said, “Yet lower. Thou dost not go low enough. “ So I went as low as I could go.

I had upon my back my books of learning. I had with me my instruments of music. I had with me my gifts and abilities. He said unto me, “Thou hast too much, thou canst not go through this gate.”

I said, “God, Thou hast given me these books. Thou hast given me these abilities.”

He said, “Drop them, or thou dost not go.” So I dropped them, and I went on through a very small gate that is called “the Eye of the Needle.”

As I went through this gate, I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Now rise to the other side.” As I rose, a very strange thing happened to me. For lo, the gate which was so small that I must lay aside everything, was so wide I could not fill it.

As I stood in the presence of the Lord, I said, “God, what is this thing that Thou hast done unto me, for my soul is now satisfied?”

He said, “Thou hast come through the gate of worship. Now come up to the Circle of the Earth, and I will show thee a great mystery. I will reveal unto thee the thing that I am doing among the sons of men.”

The Spirit of the Lord caught me away. He took me to the Circle of the Earth, higher than the eagle flies, beyond where the clouds can rumble, beyond where the sun shines or the moon finds her path. There at the throne of my God, He said, “Look down upon My people.”

I saw strange things. I saw my compassions gathered around a very small gate. I saw them wringing their hands and crying. They were saying to one another, “God hath given us these instruments of war. This sword is my sword, and I will work against the enemy. I will bring the enemy down. I cannot go through this gate, for if I go through this gate, I must put down my sword. God had called me to be a warrior, and therefore I will not do it.”

And I heard another one say, “Me? Lay down my instruments of music? Lay down all that God has given unto me, just to go through that silly little gate, to be nothing but a bare man who comes out on the other side stripped of everything? I cannot do this thing!” I saw them as they stood aside in their pride, afraid to bow themselves before a very small gate.

Then I saw again, as the Lord brought me closer to the gate, I saw a man bow low, laying down everything that he had. As he came through the very wide gate on the other side, his instruments of music were there. His sword was there. His books were there. The power was there.

The word of the Lord came to me, “Go now and tell this people before thee, I have given unto this people extreme talents and much ability. I have called those who are instrumentalists to play. But I say unto thee this day, if thou dost not come through the very small gate, which is the gate of worship, and bow low and lay before Me thine instruments, thy talents, thine abilities, thy vision, and the power, thou shalt always be among those who will only be able to minister to the hearts of men and bless the hearts of men.

“But there is a gate open in the Church in this hour which is a very small gate. Through that gate only men who are worshippers will go. These men will lay talents before their God. These men will say, “God, we will be worshippers.” Through that wide gate they will come. As they come through that wide gate (hear again the Word of the Lord), they will arise again on the other side, not to minister unto men, but to minister unto their God.

“I now present before thee a choice. Thou canst minister unto men, and I will cause thee to sway the hearts of men with thy talent. Or thou canst humble thyself as one passing through a very low gate and become a worshiper of God. Then thou shalt minister unto the King.”

This, the best known of her prophetic parables, was given by Dr. Baker at the 1981 National Worship Symposium in Dallas, Texas.

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